Event #66 – 15th September 2018

Many thanks to Jo Bridges for writing this week's run report.

Before 2 years ago last weekend parkrun to me was something that I had heard friends talk about and would think why on earth would you want to get up and be at a park by 9am on a Saturday morning to run 5K in varying weather conditions when you could be at home having a lie in after a hard week of work and socialising with friends!

August 2016 was when I took that apprehensive first step into the world of running (or my term wobbling) by turning up on a grey miserable wet summers evening for week 1 of a Couch to 5K group, I am no slender mean machine and was thinking never in the world will I be able to wobble 5k in 9 weeks’ time but over those 9 weeks I had managed to achieve things I didn’t think were possible. I can remember one of the coaches saying “Remember - If you want to get fit, go to the gym...if you want to change your life, become a runner!” this is so true because running does not only improve your fitness but also brings with it a social side and meeting people/making new friends from all different walks of life and this is evidenced at parkrun across the country/world.

1509Today I am now one of those people who is up at a parkrun by 9am (admittedly not every week and sometimes by the skin of my teeth!!) on a Saturday morning, today was my 68th parkrun, my 25th run at Upton House. I have also packed my kit a couple of times for holidays to become a parkrun tourist – something I would never dreamed of doing a couple of years ago! 15092

When going round any parkrun I always make sure I have the breath to say thank you to the Marshall’s who give up their time to come out on a Saturday morning to encourage and ensure parkrun happens in a safe and friendly environment. This week there were 30 of these special people out in force at Upton House. The one that is not the most popular for me is the photographer!! and as we went by today I said to my friend I hope he is not going to take a rear view shot and low and behold later on Saturday afternoon what should appear on Upton House parkrun Flicker page none other than the rear view!

15093This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests , 7 of these successes being achieved by the first 10 people to cross the finish line! 15094

So for those venturing to parkrun for the first time this week or people who have taken or are thinking about taking that apprehensive first step like I did just over two years ago on to a Couch to 5k course or similar, persevere with it as I can assure you although it might not feel like it at times there will be satisfaction, enjoyment, achievements, friendships made and celebrations to come and as I often mutter to myself wobbling round parkrun I know I will never be quick but I am out here doing it and that is all that matters – with the help of Couch to 5k and parkrun I got up off the couch and have stayed off the couch!

Representatives of 20 different clubs took part this week.

Milestone runs this week were celebrated by:

• Mark Galpin – 25 volunteers
• Karim El Yauti – 50 runs
• Not classed as a milestone run but definitely worth a mention Mark Palser also completed his 300th parkrun at Upton House this week.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:05 on 4th August 2018 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Aileen BARROW  •  Alex BARRETT  •  Alun DAVIE  •  Andy WELLINGTON  •  Barry MILLER  •  Christopher MILLER  •  David RUSTELL  •  Denise DAY  •  Grace MORRISON  •  Hayley VINCENT  •  Ian BANDY  •  Jack LEACH  •  Jan BONIFACE  •  Jo BRIDGES  •  Judith VLAARKAMP  •  Karen O'SHEA  •  Kate HUGHES  •  Kirstin HAY  •  Kirsty WESTON  •  Mark GALPIN  •  Neil O'SHEA  •  Nick GAVIN  •  Nicola Jane BURGESS  •  Philip BENHAM  •  Rachel ELFORD  •  Richard WOOD  •  Robert GRAHAM  •  Samuel BULLER  •  Sarah PALMER  •  Scott WINTHROP  •  Sue DAVIE

Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 4,410 participants have completed 16,129 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,645 km, including 3,405 new Personal Bests.


Event #65 – 8th September 2018

This week's run report was written by Andrea Marshall who had a very different parkrun experience this week running with her sister.

It is so encouraging to read that every week there are a large number of first timers at Upton House, 52 this week, some of them running their first ever parkrun. Today one of the 10 first time participants was my sister. Having recently relocated 300 miles from West Yorkshire to Dorset, I managed to encourage her to join me this morning (for encourage read "yes you are coming with me - you have to start somewhere"). My usual parkrun technique is to start somewhere near the front and to set off with 'lets get round as fast as I can' attitude and hope for a new PB, but as I had promised I would go around with my sister, today was certainly very different and full of firsts for me too.

We started quite close to the back, but could still hear the hounds eagerly wanting to be away, I almost forgot to start my Garmin and before she could back out we were off. It seemed much more relaxed for me than usual, I chatted to a couple of ladies around us as we headed down the path, explained the course and that by the time I normally get to this point for the second lap I am counting the minutes down to the finish line; questions of "are we nearly at the end" were ignored at this point and she was told to stop talking and concentrate on running!

Another first for me was to be able to say thank you to the marshals around the course - normally they get a thumbs up or a clap from me as breath is saved for breathing and not for talking. The shouts of encouragement and well done from everyone on the course, other runners, park users and marshals are the same whether you are at the front running a sub 20 minute time or at the back run/walking a 45 minute one - the distance is the same for all and the appreciation for those out there doing it certainly is as well.

I must mention the scenery at this point, as I usually have my eyes focused on the path in front of me, but out there are farms and beautiful buildings, the sea and vistas across to Poole as well as the amazing nature and diversity of plants and trees, which meant the paths that I normally hate for their 'slight ' inclines I managed to ignore today and got to take in some fantastic surroundings.

Our amazing photographer, Danika, gave a much needed boost to run for the camera as the hill approached at the end of the first lap and before we knew it we were headed down hill onto the middle loop of the course, with talk of coming to use the enclosed dog area with her new labrador puppy (and future running partner) it did not seem long before we had to go back up hill to start the final loop of the course. With my next race in mind I went for a little solo sprint at this point to the amazement of the marshals waiting at the top - but I did not leave my sister behind and went back for a second go at the hill with the promise of it being 'all down hill from here'- well for a while anyway.


Lots more chit chat and waffle meant the path through the field was in sight and she quizzed me on how we were doing for time and how fast did I normally run the course - but she denied that she was even remotely interested in speed and brushed it off as just something to talk about - yeah yeah lets see if next week you are wearing your own timing device and looking for your very own PB.

My final first was to let her beat me down the home straight to the finish line....that one won't be happening again!

This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Milestone runs this week:
James McComish - 100
Jean-Jacques de Gorter - 100


The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Jo ALLAM • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • David WHIDDON • Barry MILLER • Christopher MILLER • Margaret MILLER • Morag DAY • Hayley VINCENT • Rona YARD • Liahm YARD • Gilly ROBSON • David RUSTELL • Philip BENHAM • Jemma MURRAY • Graham FORD • Rick BOVILL • Geoffrey WALDER • Danika WESTWOOD • Nicola HALL • Teresa GRAHAM • Neve MURRAY • Aileen BARROW • Robert GRAHAM • Grace MORRISON • Samuel BULLER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:05 on 4th August 2018 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 18:57 on 25th August 2018 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).

Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 4,362 participants have completed 15,854 parkruns covering a total distance of 79,270 km, including 3,344 new Personal Bests.


Event #64 – 1st September 2018

This week's run report is written by Keith Mann

An ageing parkrunner from Poole
Knew that volunteering was cool
But for token checks
He needed his specs
Which he'd left back at home - silly fool!

So, guilt struck at missing his role
To dig himself out of the hole
He thought that he ought
Write this week's report
To show he's not such a bad soul

Four short of 300 took part
In run 64 at the start
But quickly they found
There was a loose hound
Running with them, until it lost heart

It covered near half of the route
With volunteers hot in pursuit
A parkrun for 'we'
A Barkrun for he(?)
Thank goodness no more followed suit

The weather was fine once again
A slight breeze, but no sign of rain
Few clouds in the sky
But humidity high
Saw energy stocks quickly drain

Yet fifty plus managed PBs
Some seaming to do it with ease
From 'couch to 5K'
Teri Hall showed the way
With her 3rd in a row, if you please!

The first lady home, Lexie Brown
A girl who's achieved great renown
Her tally's now eight
As the first through the gate
And that forty yard sprint going down

Her namesake, Big Matt with the cap
Must be the unluckiest chap
A sub-30 run
He'll surely get done
When he trims off a second each lap

'First Timers' were seventy-five
As Upton continues to thrive
First parkrun for 10
Will they come again?
With 'tourists' who also arrive

First finisher out on his own
Was also this week's first 'Unknown'
If you're wanting to see
Your hard work result set in stone!

Just one milestone run this weekend
A tourist (Karen Rogers) came down to attend
At our Upton run
Now her 50th done
We hope for a good recommend

A 'thank-you' to volunteers all
Each weekend they answer the call
To put the run on
But when they're all gone
Who's left? Just the core team that's small

So join in as we can help too
All tasks are quite easy to do
Plus one bonus is
You're wearing Hi-viz
Step forward, your parkrun needs YOU!

Event #63 – 25th August 2018

This week's run report is written by Event Director, Kirsty Weston, who looks at the wider world of parkrun and the vast array of challenges you can tackle with your parkrun barcode.

When you first registered with parkrun, your ambitions may well just have been just to complete your first local 5k event in one piece and make it a regular Saturday morning habit. Several months or years down the line and you have hopefully clocked up an impressive number of runs and maybe earned one of the coveted milestone t-shirts in the process. But did you realise that there were a whole range of other milestones and challenges that parkrunners can choose to take on?

You may have noticed in recent weeks that when we announce the first timers briefing a huge crowd head over to listen. With 560 UK events to choose from, the opportunities to be a parkrun tourist are plentiful as evidenced by our visitors board this morning.



I took the opportunity to chat to as many of these visitors as I could and found that they fall broadly into two categories:
1) Those who happen to be in the area anyway
2) Those who visit specifically as part of a parkrun challenge (more about that later)

If you haven't tried the first type of tourism I can thoroughly recommend it. There are parkruns in every corner of the UK and all over the world. Check out this useful tool to find out which parkruns are near to where you happen to be visiting - https://touristtool.mybluemix.net/ Type in a place name or postcode (worldwide) top right and it will give you a list of the closest parkruns. We recently visited Milan parkrun while on holiday in Italy. It's so comforting to turn up in a strange place and then spot a familiar parkrun t-shirt or flag.

tourist tool

If you complete 20 or more different events your name will appear in lights on the parkrun most events table and you are entitled to join the parkrun UK Tourists Facebook group and become the proud owner a "cow cowl". These are worn by tourists at other events to show they are a visitor.

cow cowl

One of the stats provided with the extension (more about that below) is your NENDY (Nearest Event Not Done Yet) so if you fancy a spot of tourism but have no trips planned why not start with that one? To get an idea of the size of parkruns you plan to visit you can check another useful site which tracks the size of parkruns each week is http://parkstats.wangy.co.uk/ The larger the circle, the bigger the parkrun and different colours for a busy, average, quiet week. Click the circle for stats on any parkrun.


As well as simply visiting other parkruns, there are many specific challenges that can be undertaken such as the parkrun alphabet (completing a parkrun beginning with each letter of the alphabet), completing all parkruns in a region (regionnaire) and many many more. This week we welcomed 3 alphabeteers to Upton House which is one of only two "U"s in the UK. Lucasz from Portsmouth was completing his 50th different parkrun and his 20th letter (just D, I, V, Y and Z to go) and it was also Nicola from Pennington Flash's 19th letter (I, Q, R, V, Y, Z to go). She didn't set out to do the alphabet but decided to give it a go anyway after visiting Jersey and banking the tricky J. Liz from Wales is taking a gramatically correct approach to the alphabet challenge and felt she just had to do her U this week after completing her Q last week.

To discover and track your own alphabet progress plus a whole new world of other parkrun challenges there is now a free piece of software (extension) you can download here -> https://running-challenges.co.uk/. This works with Chrome and Firefox browsers on a computer and Firefox on android phones. Simply download the plug-in using the links and your parkrun profile is transformed. Once you have installed the plug-in you can earn badges (we all love a badge) for various different parkrun running and volunteering achievements - mine shows the countries I have visited, my Bushy pilgrimage and lots of volunteering.


The plug-in also shows you progress with challenges such as alphabet, stopwatch bingo, tourist, cowell club and regionnaire to name just a few. To read more about these and a whole host of other stats you probably never knew existed click here - https://running-challenges.co.uk/badges/.

Phew! That's a lot of information to take in and plenty to keep you busy during the rain forecast for the bank holiday weekend. On to this week's run. There was a large field of 324 runners which is our largest turnout except for the Poole cancellation weeks. We were quite surprised at the top of the first big loop to see that the first runner by quite a margin was a lady with a dog. Well done to Claire Spencer who was accompanied by one of her six dogs and finished 3rd. First finisher this week was local runner Lee Dempster with a new PB, followed by James Gibson who was visiting with Emily Hutchison who set an amazing new ladies course record of 18:57 and is the first lady to have gone sub 19 at Upton House.



There were 86 first timers of whom 17 were completing their first ever parkrun. Milestone runs this week were celebrated by:

Carole Ingham - 100
Ella Brown - 10
Archie Brown - 10
Poppy Woods - 10

Well done everyone! Thanks also, as ever, to the amazing volunteers who this week were:
Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • Louise PERRY • Gary TISSINGTON • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Christopher MILLER • Jack LEACH • Kate HUGHES • Andrew LEACH • Helen RICHARDS • Matthew PERRY • Alison HARDY • David RUSTELL • Thomas ANDREWS • Rachel GLADDIS • Philip BENHAM • Keith FRANCIS • Lucy GLADDIS • Scott WINTHROP • Lukasz SIEMBAB • Aileen BARROW • Janette WITHERS • Neil O'SHEA • Grace MORRISON • Stephanie GALPIN

Happy touring folks and let us know how you get on with your challenges. Please don't all go at once though as we'll miss you at Upton House. See you next week and we can compare NENDYs.



Event #62 – 18th August 2018

Written by this week's Run Director, Michael Weston.

Well, that was a fun event! If nothing else, there are 2 certainties at Upton House parkrun. The first is that we will be here every week and the second is that we never know who's going to turn up!

This week we had a record turnout for a 'regular' parkrun (excluding our inaugural and Poole cancellations) of 322 runners, including a huge 96 first timers, 12 of whom were running their first ever parkrun. I don't think I've ever seen so many hands raised when I asked if we had any visitors joining us!

We were also joined by special guest, Ed Wright from the British Sailing Team. Ed was with us as part of the #teamparkrun initiative to send Lottery funded athletes to parkruns up and down the country during August and September. He next travels to Japan for training as part of his preparations for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Good luck Ed! As well as cheering you to the finish line on Saturday, Ed had another job, which was to make me look slim in the official photographs. Thanks Ed!

Unusually, for such a big turnout we only had a couple of runners celebrating milestones this week. Congratulations to Nigel HAYWOOD and Bill MARSHALLSAY, who both completed their 50th parkrun.

Our most experienced runner was a tourist from Bushy parkrun, Edward BRUNSKILL on 349 parkruns and at the other end of the scale, 10 runners came back to us for only their second parkrun and 7 for their 3rd.

Our highest performing runner this week was Stephen HOGARTH with an age grading of 81.33%.

Finally, Upton House parkrun can't take place without the sterling efforts of our volunteers. Many thanks to all 27 of you!

Andy WELLINGTON • Denise DAY • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Barry MILLER • Jemma MURRAY • Andrew LEACH • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Alison HARDY • David RUSTELL • Fletcher MURRAY • Rebecca COLEMAN • Phillipa ROLLE • Scott WINTHROP • Aileen BARROW • Lewis CLARKE • Mark GALPIN • Roger CRICKMORE • Tracy CRICKMORE • Grace MORRISON • Stephanie GALPIN • Shelley HARFORD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Serena O'CONNOR who recorded a time of 19:16 on 16th June 2018 (event number 53).
The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 16:05 on 4th August 2018 (event number 60).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).

Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 4,149 participants have completed 14,952 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,760 km, including 3,171 new Personal Bests.

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