Thanks goes to Phil Whitehurst for this week's run report.
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My work was cut out for me this week, as my wife Michele Whitehurst was doing her third stint as Run Director, meaning that I was already written up for Pre-Event Setup, Post-Event Close Down and the Run Report. She likes to keep me busy! In addition to all this, and because we had a full complement of excellent Volunteers, I also got to run.
As we had to be there at 07:40 to open up and set the course, it was an early start, and the rain was falling hard from the steel grey winter sky. All part of the fun of winter running. Within an hour, all was setup, the signs were out, the funnel finish prepared and the Volunteers were all arriving for their briefing. Finally, the rain slowed to a mere drizzle and runners turned up for their regular Saturday warmup.
We were soon given all the announcements from the RD, and hustled round to the start area where everyone jostled for position. I somehow ended up right at the front, as the horn went and we were away. The light rain suddenly became an asset, as the day was quite mild and the cooling effect much appreciated. Upton House parkrun has a nice gentle downhill slope in the first 500m, and it is a fast paced rocket launcher for the rest of the run. I was soon overtaken by a bunch of superfast speedsters, including two youngsters, one from Wimborne AC, who I failed to catch at all.
I flew round the first 2k, getting very muddy from the hard packed clay gravel, past the finish area, and into the lovely steep downhill of the small loop. At this point, the run was well scattered, and there was no-one behind me, and I was desperately trying to keep up with a very fast young girl, who was going up the next hill like the wind. This hill is deceptive as it keeps on going, but we eventually got to the straight at the back of the park, down the hill and onto the steep one, with the usual Marshals at the top yelling encouragement! The run soon was over, with me managing to catch just one more runner in the last kilometre to finish (for me) in a very respectable 19th – very pleased with that.
The Volunteers at Upton House parkrun are amazing, and really get into the running spirit. The run was superbly organised as always. It is rapidly becoming my favourite, the course is so nice, the people are friendly, and the team of Volunteers make the morning a special occasion for everyone.
This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Philip WHITEHURST • Ian HITCHING • Denise DAY • Julie NORRIS • Geoff SCOTT • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Jemma MURRAY • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Melanie CAMPBELL • Martin ORR • Camilla BROWN • Nicola HALL • Alex BARRETT • Keith FRANCIS • Archie DIBBEN • Fiona COPE • Anne CONSTABLE • Jade HUNT • Neil O'SHEA • Amelia THOMSON
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 Dom WILLMORE who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lin LASCELLES who recorded 86.87% (20:03) on 7th October 2017 (event number 18).
Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 2,128 participants have completed 5,024 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,120 km, including 1,173 new Personal Bests.