Event #44 – 14th April 2018 – The Naked One!

This week's run report was written by our Event Director, Kirsty Weston.

As the colder weather now seems to be behind us and spring has well and truly sprung, the Upton House parkrun team decided to try something a bit different for parkrun #44 – a naked run. This was initially met with some consternation and raised eyebrows by our runners until they realized that clothes stayed on and it was just watches, phones and other technical gadgets that needed to be removed to take part. There was much discussion in the week running up to the event on whether or not to take part with a myriad of reasons why taking part would be difficult/impossible: “I can’t run without music”, “I need my steps”, “If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen” to name just a few.

On the day, 37 brave runners cast any doubts aside and signed up to run naked, predicting their expected finishing time. Impressively, 9 of these registered a new PB. The closest to their predicted time was the speedy young Amelia Reynolds who was 2 seconds quicker than her predicted time and with 20:47 she finished as first female and gained a new PB and age category (JW11-14) record in the process. Helen Lewis, another naked runner (pictured below with her daughter Ceri ditching their tech devices) also set a new age category record (VW55-59) and PB of 23:21.

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Well done to everyone who went out of their comfort zone and tried this. We received a lot of positive feedback so will definitely be putting on naked runs again in the future. Listening to your body and paying more attention to your surroundings rather than music or your pace is quite liberating and definitely something we should all try now and again. The full set of naked results are shown below. The top three closest to their predicted time have each won a prize that can be collected this week. Although these may not be on Strava, they most definitely did happen!

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In other news Pippa HEPPELL completed her 50th parkrun this week and of the 39 first timers, 9 runners were making their parkrun debut. The highest age grading was 79.83%, achieved by Stephen HOGARTH (VM55-59) in a time of 19:55.

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers. Congratulations to Laura Horswill who earned her purple 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt.

Michele WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Kirsty WESTON • Colin SOMERS • Kevin DAY • Laura HORSWILL • Daniel GOSS • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Morag DAY • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Grace CADZOW • Rachel GLADDIS • Martin ORR • Isabelle SOMERS • Rebecca COLEMAN • Alex BARRETT • Lucy GLADDIS • Aileen BARROW • Chris WATMORE • Mark GALPIN • Amelia THOMSON

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
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 3,121 participants have completed 10,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,215 km, including 2,283 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #43 – 7 April 2018

Many thanks to our Duke of Edinburgh volunteer, Daniel Goss, for writing this week's run report...

On Saturday 7th April it was Upton’s 43rd parkrun and a rather overcast outlook. However, it is definitely getting warmer and I’m starting to see less damp and ripped barcodes covered in mud. This week saw 219 runners complete the demanding course of which 38 were first timers with 50 personal bests! 27 different clubs were represented on the day and 7 parkrun debutants.
Congratulations to Archie Weedon of Lytchett Manor Striders who crossed the parkrun finish line for the 50th time. Also, well done to Stephen Hogarth for having the highest age grading yet again with a time of 19:46 corresponding to a massive 80.44%!
The first female finisher was Lexi Brown who recently turned 11 and running unaccompanied for the first time finished with a speedy time of just 21:42 which is now her personal best!
We also had a visitor named Anthony Howe from Conwy parkrun in North Wales travelling to complete the letter “U” in his parkrun alphabet of which there are only two in the country. The other one being Upton Court parkrun in Slough.

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Thanks to all the kind donations raising money for the new equipment trolley making it very easy for the volunteers to set up the finish area early on Saturday mornings!
Thanks to the 25 willing volunteers who clapped everyone along to the finish line. The volunteers were: Mark HILL, Denise DAY, Rachel ELFORD, Leila WHITTLE, Kirsty WESTON, Colin SOMERS, Kevin DAY, Rose CLARKE, Elliot CLARKE, Daniel GOSS, Jemma MURRAY, Kate HUGHES, Morag DAY, Michael WESTON, Peter HOWLETT, Isabelle SOMERS, Josie ARMSTRONG, Geoffrey WALDER, Sophie GANDERTON, Alex BARRETT, Rory ELFORD, Fiona COPE, Annie ELFORD, Amelia THOMSON and Martha LOCKYER.

 

Event #42 – 31 March 2018

Many thanks to Paul Jeffrey for writing this week's run report.

In many cultures around the world, the Easter egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth, for Christians it is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus, for me it is a reward for cracking out a 5k parkrun. It's the best way to eggsercise on a Saturday morning... be warned, omletting you know now, the egg puns are going to get worse... it's no yolk!

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This week's parkrun adventure was a visit to the eggsquisite Upton Country Park to attend Upton House parkrun for event 42. Upton House is an eggcelent choice for parkrun alphabeteers, there are only two UK parkruns beginning with U, Upton Court near Windsor being the other. There are a fair number of parkrun tourists who hop from event to event collecting letters to make up the alphabet. It's an eggciting way to discover new places. However, this is not the only reason to visit Upton House parkrun, oh no, when we arrived this morning and spoke to Michele, the Run Director, we were told that it's not a PB course, I beg to differ. It is definitely a PB course, Pretty Beautiful. The core team have poached a great location for a parkrun and it has everything you could want on hand, it can't be beaten. Ample parking that you don't have to shell out much for, toilets and cafe if you are feeling eggstravagant after your run. It is an undulating course of hard-boiled trail so you're fine to run it in road shoes. It is a big loop, little loop, big loop course that takes you through some lovely scenery with some eggstrodinary views across Holes Bay.

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This morning 252 runners from far and wide scrambled to the country park to run, jog or hop around the course. There were visitors from Easter Island, Singapore, South Africa, Northampton, Cambridge, Netley Abbey, Yeovil Montacute, Portsmouth and Havant to name just a few. There were an eggceptional number of tourists visiting with 72 first timers at Upton House this week, including 17 making their parkrun debut. There was an army of friendly volunteers - 25 to be eggxact - making sure that everyone could enjoy the course safely and without whisk, for that I thank you. Volunteering is great fun and eggstremely easy to boot, it breaks open up a whole different side to parkrun, give it a try if you haven't already, no need to be chicken. You won't regret it.

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There were a couple of milestones this week, Lisa CLARKE looked a bit sheepish when she collected her 50 cape and Colin LOWANS cracked out his 100th run. The highest age grading was earned by Stephen HOGARTH in the VM55-59 category running an eggsplosive 19:54 (79.90%). Brilliant!

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There were plenty of Easter bunny sightings around the course, with lots of eggstatic children running, laughing and yolking around. When the run was done there was a lovely chocolate treat laid on by Wimborne Road Runners which was eggsactly what was needed. I won't eggsaggerate here, I'm so glad we hatched a plan to come visit for Easter, it's a cracking course and fun and friendly too.

Thank you for making our visit so hentertaining! We hope you all have an eggstra special Easter!

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 Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
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 3,044 participants have completed 9,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,875 km, including 2,165 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #41 – 24th March 2018

Many thanks to Sarah Crake (Martin) for writing this week's run report.

Despite the damp conditions, Upton House parkrun saw its biggest turnout yet at event no. 41, with 410 runners taking on the beautifully muddy trails of Upton Country Park. This included 111 (wow!) who were new to Upton House, and 7 running their first EVER parkrun. The record-breaking attendance may in part be due to the cancellation of Poole parkrun, but I'd like to think local runners have seen the light and decided to test their legs a little on the undulations of Upton House.

With an increased number of runners expected, a call to arms was put out for additional high-vis heroes to ensure that the event would run smoothly. And cometh the hour, cometh the volunteers! They cheered, they clapped, they set up the course and they packed it down again. Volunteers, we salute you!

It's fair to say it was a wee bit muddy along some parts of the course, with parkrunners faced with the eternal question – puddle-dodge or splash-fest? Judging by the mud-splatter on show at the finish line, there was no avoiding getting mucky, and some clearly embraced the dirt more than others. Whilst you're busy drying out your trainers, do spare a thought for the parkrunning doggies, many of whom were sporting an ombre look straight from the catwalks of Paris and Milan. I suspect the dog-washing facilities had a disorderly queue of woofing, whining and woefully muddy pooches waiting to avail to warm water!

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Now, who wants some stats?

First up, how about the impressive performances from Andy and Diane Leggott, an exceptionally speedy couple who took first male and first female finishers. Storming runs from them both.

But wait! There's more! Not one, not two, but FIVE milestone runs!

Lucy Wilkins and William Brodie both completed their 10th parkrun – awesome stuff guys, well done! Then there were Katy Astle and Chris Guerrier celebrating their 50th – fantastic! And to top it off, Matthew Perry conquering his 100th parkrun. Chapeau, Sir, chapeau!

Special mention to Sarah Drake, visiting from Bristol, who was bursting with pride in the finish funnel, having run the entire distance for the first time, prematurely graduating her couch to 5km plan – well done Sarah!

And that's not all – there were a stonking 68 new PBs to celebrate! Spring is not only in the air, but also in your gazelle-like running. Congratulations to all!

So, to all – runners, walkers, volunteers, supporters, young 'uns in buggies, and pooches on leashes – same time next week? Don't forget it's Easter Saturday, and the energy expended in a parkrun will see you clear a chocolate bunny. Just sayin' :)

This week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 111 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Sarah MARTIN • Denise DAY • Jo ALLAM • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Colin SOMERS • Mike CLEMSON • Kevin DAY • Rose CLARKE • Elliot CLARKE • Daniel GOSS • Barry MILLER • Jemma MURRAY • Jackie GODDEN • Jack LEACH • Ruth PAYNE • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Gilly ROBSON • Kate SOMERS • Tony WEAVER • Mark KIMBER • Rachel GLADDIS • Alan BLANCHFLOWER • Emily GREENWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Lucy GLADDIS • Aileen BARROW • Fiona COPE • Anne CONSTABLE • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Amelia THOMSON • Ken HEWITT

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 Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
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 2,972 participants have completed 9,323 parkruns covering a total distance of 46,615 km, including 2,125 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #40 – Poole Runners Takeover. DFYB!

Many thanks to Poole Runner, Roger Cross, who has authored this week's run report.

In the very early days of parkrun it was somewhat frowned upon for running club vests to be worn, apparently through the fear of making the free, weekly, 5k timed run appear too competitive, and possibly deter non club runners taking part. Thankfully, that has now all changed and rightly so, as club members are made up of all abilities, ages, experience and aspirations. Running club vests are now a common sight at all parkruns.

The blue and white colours of my own club, POOLE RUNNERS, were very evident at today’s 40th Upton House parkrun, for the latest club ‘takeover’. The club memo asked for those running & pacing to wear their POOLE RUNNERS club vests, however, the beginning of ‘Beast from the East part two’ meant club hoodies, jackets, multiple layers, gloves, hats etc. were very much in evidence.

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With multiple layers and trusted thermal underwear I made my way to my marshal point where a puzzled dog walker asked me ‘surely it’s too cold to run this morning!?’ I explained parkrunners were a very hardy bunch! Once everyone had passed my marshal point, I made my way back to the finish area, and heard the tones of some Irish music which had been organised by our new club chairman on request of today’s run director. Rumour has it, the finish area volunteers kept themselves warm with their own version of the River Dance and even our tail walker crossed the line whilst doing her own version of an Irish jig. What better way to start St Patrick’s Day!

Without volunteers, parkruns could not take place and today saw the largest number of volunteers to date at Upton House parkrun with at least 56 volunteers, a large percentage of which were POOLE RUNNERS members supported by other regular volunteers and the Upton House core team, resulting in a real buzzing atmosphere at the run briefing area.

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The weather didn’t put us off and 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 24 of which were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Jade Hunt who today joined the parkrun 10 milestone club. Jade is one of Upton House parkruns former DofE helpers. Of the 24 first timers at Upton House, 2 took part in their first ever parkrun.

Today’s first finisher, wearing a very recognisable club vest, forgot to bring his barcode. This was the first time at Upton House parkrun, that an unknown athlete was first to cross the finish line… no barcode, no result or name. First female and wearing the 21 minute pacing bib was current course record holder & Poole Runners member, Vicki Ingham finishing 9th overall in 20:47. Seven finishers achieved age graded times of over 70% with Simon Hayter of Wimborne AC, achieving the highest of 74% in a new personal best of 21:40.

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1st VM70-74 finisher in a time of 25:12 (69.97% AG) at his 19th Upton House parkrun was Alwyn Dominey, who on 23rd July 1981, the same year as the first London Marathon jointly founded POOLE RUNNERS. In my role as POOLE RUNNERS Membership Secretary, I am often asked, ‘why should you join a club?’ Perhaps the more pertinent question should actually be ‘why shouldn’t you join a running club?’ Ask any running club member what are the benefits, and the replies will be varied and plentiful. Club membership, with the coaching and training options that it can bring, often instigates big improvements in performances at all distances not just a parkrun day 5k. Training and running in a club of likeminded people, of all ages and abilities results in lifetime memories, new experiences, new friendships and lots of fun times!

Just like parkrun, POOLE RUNNERS thrives because of its fantastic volunteers. Later this month will see the start of our 5th Poole Park Couch to 5k programme, which has already seen over 300 take part, with many now regular parkrunners including some running and volunteering at Upton House today. POOLE RUNNERS has a superb reputation for organising successful local events. The first weekend of June brings runners and their families together for Poole’s largest running event - Poole Festival of Running. In its 37th year and now a two day running festival weekend with the new Poole Half Marathon this year along with children’s minithons, Poole Hospital Charity 5k and Poole 10k. The event has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Poole Hospital Charity. The Junction New Year’s Day Broadstone Quarter Marathon, with all proceeds going to the provision of sporting facilities and equipment for the youth of Broadstone. POOLE RUNNERS also organises the popular Upton House Summer Series. Six Wednesday evening 3.5 mile races plus a 1 mile children’s race for ages 4 to 13. The first race of this year’s series is on Wednesday 2nd May.

Finally, a reminder to all parkrunners, whatever the weather, club vest or not, if you want your name to be included in the results…                            DFYB - Don’t forget your barcode!

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The 40th Upton House parkrun was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Mike CURE • Mel CARROLL • Robert BROWN • Francesca KENWAY-CHRISTOPHER • Roger CROSS • David BRYLEWSKI • Michele WHITEHURST • Denise DAY • Matthew EAST • Emma SHORE • Paul VINEY • Carole INGHAM • Paul INGHAM • Vicki INGHAM • Kirsty WESTON • Kelly AMOS • Robert FRAMPTON • Marion FRAMPTON • Colin SOMERS • Kevin DAY • Lauren Wendy VINEY • Daniel GOSS • Barry MITCHELL • Barry MILLER • Helen GUERRIER • Kate HUGHES • Aimee BROWN • Kirsty COOPER • Joanne CONEY-LAX • Andy SORTON • Claudia HOWSE • Louise BURRIDGE • Helen RICHARDS • Michael WESTON • Kate SOMERS • Graham DENNISON • James SKIPWORTH • Gary DWYER • Paul DOWNES • Rachel GLADDIS • Esther DOWNES • Martin SHORE • Bethany COOPER • Isabelle SOMERS • Steve DAVIS • Lucy CULKIN • Alex BARRETT • Carol WALKLEY • Adam WALKLEY • Annette MOGG • Joe GODDEN • Lucy GLADDIS • Artur MAJEWSKI • Elliot CLARK • Amelia THOMSON

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 Vicki INGHAM who recorded a time of 19:32 on 21st October 2017 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Jacek CIELUSZECKI who recorded a time of 16:19 on 25th November 2017 (event number 25).
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 2,861 participants have completed 8,913 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,565 km, including 2,057 new Personal Bests.

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