Upton Court parkrun is cancelled on 25 May 2019: Cars parking for football event; course affected

Sunny Easter Park Run – 20th April 2019

It was a glorious day for a Park Run - I hope you all enjoyed running in the sun.

A big thank you to all the volunteers, it was great to have such a big team of helpers:

Alison BROWNHILL • Christopher HUNT • Colin John ADAMS • Bronwen PULLIN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Daisy DIGGENS • Louise DIGGENS • Jim HAYES • Caren HUNT • Elizabeth HUNT • Jim HAFFEY • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Kam ATWAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL • Jordan HOWLETT.

Daisy Diggens, who was handing out tokens, and her sister made a special effort and had prepared some Well Done signs for the runners - Thank you.

34 recorded new Personal Bests today, but a special mention to Jim Hayes, one of our Run Directors, who achieved a PB today of 21:52!

Milestones achieved: Sarah Holland did her 50th parkrun - well done. Apologies if I have missed any others.

We welcomed alot of tourists today- I hope you all enjoyed yourself and we will see you again.

This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

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

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,089 participants have completed 32,704 parkruns covering a total distance of 163,520 km, including 5,005 new Personal Bests. A total of 435 individuals have volunteered 3,474 times.

 

A bit about last week, and a bit about next week.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 327
6th April 2019

Congratulations to Haddi Browne and Kally Chana who both joined the 50 Club this week. They are now eligible for the red 50 parkrun T-shirt.

The week's APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) goes to first time visitor Marius Daniel HUTCHESON who ran a palindromic 20:02.

Can I remind everyone that there is a parkrun rule that children under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parent's choice at all times.

Can I also remind you that barcodes will only be accepted for scanning if they are printed, either on paper or the silicone bands/plastic cards that are available to purchase. We will not accept barcodes on mobile phones or other electronic devices. If you need to print out your barcode, you will find the link included in your results email or on the weekly newletter email. This may also be a good time to ensure that your new barcode has your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact details on them too.

Please note that due to an event taking place in the Rugby Club this coming Saturday, we will not have access to the main interior rooms in the clubhouse. We will have access to the toilets only, and Joanne will set up her tea/coffee-making facilities outside on the covered verandah. Scanning will also take place outside.

If you follow parkrun UK on Facebook or Twitter, you will know that each week they feature a parkrun and profile it. Keep an eye out over the next week or so, as you may recognise the parkrun as being a familiar one!

Here are the full stats for last Saturday;

This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Tav BANSAL • Stuart WILLIAMS • Richard ATKINSON • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Harbhajan DHILLON • Sam HELSBY • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • Elizabeth HUNT • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

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

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,003 participants have completed 32,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,600 km, including 4,937 new Personal Bests. A total of 427 individuals have volunteered 3,437 times.

See you next time.

Michael

 

parkrun # 325

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. 14 runners took place in their very first parkrun, we hope to see you back soon,

Congratulations to Christopher Parker who earned his red 50 parkrun T-shirt.and to Tom Atherden who earned his black 100 parkrun T-shirt. Both ran PB's

Also huge  congratulations to Jane Hounsome who took time out on her Wedding Day to join us for parkrun!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Stuart WILLIAMS • Laura WILLIAMS • Lee DUMONT • Michelle JENKINS • Matt SMITH • Sam HELSBY • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Steve FRASER • Hannah VOSE • Manjit SOHAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

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

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,937 participants have completed 31,939 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,695 km, including 4,874 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 3,401 times.

See you all next Saturday

Stuart

 

Run Report # 324 16th March 2019. Windy!

The windy weather didn't put people off  - it was great to have over 160 runners!

Talking to runners it seemed that you were helped up the hill only to be met by a force against you as you battled across the top of the field - well done to all of you!

A big thank you to the volunteers - the wind chill factor was more than we had expected!

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • James BATES • Sam HELSBY • Kim REES • Jo GODSMARK • Andy SCRUTON • Yvonne DAVIES • Isabelle SCRUTON • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Lisa DOIDGE • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

We are very grateful to the Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. In the coming weeks the roster is not that full - please do take a look and either email us, or write your name on the roster.

Well done to Peter Thomas on his 50th park run.

I feel alot more comfortable as run director now I am not worrying about cars leaving the car park whilst people still running - so thank you to those of you using the main Upton Court car park.

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

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

The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,886 participants have completed 31,724 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,620 km, including 4,842 new Personal Bests. A total of 424 individuals have volunteered 3,385 times.

 

Run Report #323 – March 9th 2019

Please see this week’s Run Report written by Mark Pinney from the Stevenage parkrun.

Apart from Mark, this week we also had 2 other volunteer-tourists:

Sandra Rhodes (Photographs – Kings Lynn)

Karen Chadwell (Tail Walker – Cardiff).

Thank you to all 3 of you for coming along. We really appreciate it.

David

Co-ED UCp

 

Windy? Just a bit!

Over recent days I haven't seen the weather report so turned up at the very lovely Upton Court parkrun not knowing quite what to expect. On exiting the large car park, it was clear it was going to be a very windy morning, with just a little chill in there too.

As a parkrun tourist I travel to a different parkrun each week. With Upton Court parkrun being only 30 minutes from home (Kings Langley near Watford) I had the luxury of a lie-in. We met up with some of our friends in the car park who had been to Upton Court once before so they explained the course, pointed out Windsor Castle in the distance and chatted about all things parkrun.

There were plenty of tourists this morning, a lot of whom were collecting their 'U' for the Alphabet Challenge, so it was lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces at the start. For those of you who don't know, the strange yellow bobble hats and neck tubes that have a picture of a cow on them, signify that the person is a parkrun tourist. We're a friendly bunch so please do come over to us and say hi, you're likely to get a very friendly response.

After the run brief from the Run Director, which very kindly included a shout out to the tourist volunteers, we were on our way. The course was surprisingly leg-sapping on the grassy bits, especially when that wind was blowing directly into our faces, but you don't hear parkrun complaining. We're a hardy bunch and everyone enjoyed the event immensely. There was even a fireman running in full gear, including oxygen mask!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

Michael Terence BALLARD, James BATES, Karen CHADWELL, Harbhajan DHILLON, Lisa DOIDGE, Bob HARDMAN, Sam HELSBY, Christopher HUNT, Caren HUNT, Michelle JENKINS, Aman JOHAL, Christina LOWE, Avtar MOOKAR, Mark PINNEY, Sandra RHODES, David ROSS, Matt SMITH, Nidhi VAIDYANATH

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers and runners can be seen at the end of the fast version of the video.

The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lTHt3mpv6k

The FULL version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05Xr2VqTK0

On to the stats....

This week we had 187 runners, joggers and walkers. 13 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 69 Females and 105 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Paul O'NEIL in 19:11, Robert ALBERY in 19:35 and Joseph Alexander ACLAND in a new PB of 19:50. First 3 Female finishers were Anne-Marie CLIFFORD in 22:03, Cat FOSTER in 23:44 and Helena DENNIS in 24:18.

There were an astonishing 33 parkrunners who were new to Upton Court of whom 5 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 16 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Bob HARDMAN on 359 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 36 members of the 100 Club, 40 members of the 50 Club and 7 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Jill GILMOUR, Sandra RHODES and Stehpen RHODES who all joined the 50 Club and Munsukh SINGH who joined the 10 Club. Well done everyone!!!

The person who has run at Upton Court more often than anyone else is Satnam SINGH who has run an amazing 288 times here out of a possible 323. Well done Satnam, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

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