Upton Court parkrun is cancelled on 28 March 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun cancellations

All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.

However, even if parkrun restarts, we still have to work with Slough RFC as they too are currently closed. It may be likely that we won't be able to start up again until the rugby club re-opens, and so please check with us first.

We live in very challenging times at present and so from all of the 7 Run Directors here at UCp, please stay safe.

We hope to see you soon.

Michael, David, Stuart, Alison, Matt, Jim and Chris

 

Back to normality

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 374
7th March 2020

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were brand new to parkrun, 55 were first time visitors and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. It was nice to see numbers back to our normal expectations, especially after last week's disappointingly small crowd of only 108. Boosted numbers were partly due to a visiting contingent of about 20 pupils and staff from Gordon School near Woking, and also because quite a few localish parkruns were cancelled. Despite the ground conditions not being great, I don't think I had a single complaint about the mud and puddles, but instead a few comments from people who had enjoyed the course.

A few runners celebrated milestones this week. Young Jasmine Sinclair ran her 10th parkrun. Young Sneha Sreeram ran her 100th parkrun, all of which have been here at UCp. And a mention goes to one of our core team Run Directors, Jim Hayes, who ran his 200th parkrun. Well done all.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Kim UPTON • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Christopher FOX • Matthew MOORE • Lucinda LONGSTER • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG

And now for something serious. Yesterday, one of our marshals was seriously verbally abused by a runner who thought he wasn't being allowed to park near the Rugby Club. Maybe due to a misunderstanding with the directions being offered by the marshal, the runner shook his head, turned his car around and drove off. When he later walked down past the marshal, he subjected the marshal to a serious verbal tirade (including much swearing) claiming that he hadn't been allowed to park, whereas other people were being allowed. The marshal later wasn't able to specifically identify the runner, but the incident was reported by me to parkrun HQ as part of our usual results processing.

As he was not identifiable, it might be that he was a first time visitor, and that this will be his only visit here. However, we will not accept such behaviour from anyone, either at parkrun, in the Rugby Club or for that matter, in life generally. The point is is that parkrun is free, and only operates because of the generosity of people who willingly give up some time on a Saturday morning. No one should have to be subjected to such abuse. If you have anything to complain about, speak to the Run Director, who will try to sort out any issue. Such events can put people in the wrong frame of mind for the rest of the weekend, and could put them off ever volunteering again. It isn't nice, isn't acceptable, and won't be tolerated.

Let's hope such an incident doesn't happen again. If it was a regular, can we suggest that you try to arrive in good time for parkrun, not a couple of minutes before it is due to start.

Let's finish on something a bit more fun, the Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) non award. We had so many runners who recorded straight minutes that it was almost like it was a planned pacer day. Tom Atherden 20:00, Claire Pusey 21:00, Philip Carter 22:00, Scott Woodhouse 25:00, Alison Allen 28:00, Paramjit Bansal 29:00, Kenny McKinnon 39:00, Lucy Gardner 41:00 and Reahana Hawa 45:00 were our unofficial 'pacers'. I do like a palindromic time, and we had an abundance of those too: Sachiko Dixon 23:32, Zsolt Spirnyak 24:42, Jane Colbeck-McKinnon 25:52, Debbie Batchelor 32:23, Rajagopalan Venkataraman 40:04. But my winner is Mark Smith, who with his 33:33 achieved a nice time that was also palindromic.

See you next time.

Michael

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 Maxine MAXINE who recorded 88.18% (25:15) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 337).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 7,906 participants have completed 41,404 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,020 km, including 5,946 new Personal Bests. A total of 499 individuals have volunteered 4,220 times.

 

Nice weather for…….geese!

Upton Court parkrun #373
29 February 2020

Today marked a piece of parkrun history as this was the first time that parkrun had coincided with a leap day. It was also the first time that it was possible to complete 5 parkruns in February. The next time you will be able to parkrun on 29th February will be in 2048.

However, another weekend brought with it another storm. This time it was the turn of Jorge. Upton Court proved yet again to be a safe haven for a number of displaced runners following the closure of numerous parkruns including Banbury, Bracknell, Guildford, Reading and Oxford. The conditions were some of the wettest and muddiest we have witnessed at Upton Court to the point that some geese had taken up residence on the course. It's worth noting that to the best of my knowledge Upon Court parkrun has never been cancelled due to the weather. The number of runners was well down on our average but the early heavy rain that Matt Smith had endured during course set up had actually eased by start time.

We welcomed two runners to the parkrun family: Bradley Wood and Gerry Mcnamara.

Stephanie Poulson and Stephanie Robert both achieved the 50 parkrun milestone.

Alexy Dury, whilst collecting the letter "U" as part of the alphabet challenge, also ran her 50th different parkrun (Half Cowell).

Only one person achieved a PB in the difficult conditions and so a special mention goes to Danielle Goodall for knocking over a minute off her previous record.The first man home was Lee Parker (19:29) and first lady was Kathryn Purcell (23:08), both were visitors and first time runners at Upton Court. Top age grading was achieved by Jon Kew (72% ) and Birgit Cunningham (69%). Aesthetically pleasing time of the week (APTOTW) was awarded to Robert Nutter for 29:00 dead as it matched today's date, as well as the overall average time for Upton Court parkrun after 373 runs..

Statistics

Total Participants                   108
First Timers                              2
First Timers at Upton Court    29
Average age                           42
Milestones                               2

There was one barcode handed in after the run that was found on the course. This will be available for collection from next week.

Thanks as always to this weeks volunteers: Michael BALLARD, Paramjit BANSAL, Karin DOIDGE, Lisa DOIDGE, Lisa EUDEN, Jill GILMOUR, Rob GILMOUR, Gurdip HANSRA, Ja HANSRA, Caren HUNT, Andrew OGIERMAN, Kim REES, Murray REES, John SHAW, Matt SMITH and Laura WILLIAMS.

Chris Hunt (RD)

 

Pinch! Punch! First of the month.

A wonderfully sunny, still morning, greeted the Upton Court parkrun today, and although the going in horseracing terms was soft to heavy for most of the course, it did not stop the 198 runners, joggers, plodders, walkers, buggy pushers, and four legged friends enjoying their morning workout; of which 15 participants achieved PB’s in the testing conditions.

And how well the UCp course has held up throughout this very wet winter. Where other parkruns locally have had to close their doors - or start using an alternative course – UCp has managed to offer the same route with few problems due to frost or water cover. 

  

UCp also welcomed 28 First-Timers to join the regulars. One such person was . . .

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. . . Rebecca Mullen; It was also her very first parkrun anywhere. Other participants to took their first parkrun venture were:   Martin Winch, Albert Meena, Brendon Lally, Noeleen Bryne, Sarah West, Reahana Howa, and Aziz Howa. See you all next week, rain or shine . . . okay!

Plus, we had some Alphabet runners (A-Z parkruns) attaining the elusive U . . .

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 . . . Picture above is Melanie and Peter; whose local parkrun is Brierly Forest near Nottingham.

The first male runner home was first-timer Edward Reesin 18: 20.

First female runner was Claire Puseyin 20:52 (9th overall) and completing her 99th parkrun. (looking forward to the cake next week?)

Official milestones this week were:50 Avneet Kaur  (JW10)

100Manjit Sohal

There were also some notable unofficial additions: Gurmail Mahal: 150, and Neil Bausor: 350.

(Looking at the results tells me that there is going to be numerous milestones in the next few weeks.)

I would also like to pay tribute to one of my fellow 70-74 age group runners.  Brendon LALLY ran a PB today and also broke through the 30-minute barrier on only his 8th parkrun in a time of 29:56. All his runs have been at Upton Court, and the previous three attempts were tantalisingly close. Today he did it!

Also, a big, big  thank you to all the volunteers today:Adrian CLEMENT •  Caren HUNT • Christopher HUNT  • Claire BOYLES • Harry JACKSON-LOWE  • Ja HANSRA • James FLISHER • James GREAVES  • Jim HAYES • Lisa DOIDGE • Lisa EUDEN • Louise FLISHER  • Pam BANGA • Rishita RALLABANDI • Whitfield BRYAN • Zichen MA.

Ja HANSRA giving the First-Timers briefing.

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Jim HAYES giving the pre-event pep talk. 

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And let us not forget those four-legged friends that make the event just as memorable and allows for those to participate that might otherwise miss out. I introduce, MILO. 

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Note: A full listing of Upton Court parkrun event statistics and results can be found on the website’s Results page:

Great running everyone!

DFYB . . . Don't Forget Your Barcode!

Adrian Clement

 

 

Run Report #368 and Visitors collecting a “U”

Event #368  25th January 2020

It was 6°C and cloudy this morning on what was the last parkrun of January. It’s been a very busy month with lots of first timers joining us as part of their new year's resolutions, visitors arriving from other parkruns increasing their tourist quotient and even our regular parkrunners who have been going strong in what feels like a very long month. This was the 5th parkrun this month including the New Year's Day special event. A massive well done to everyone. You are awesome!

Today’s summary;

  • A total of 217 took part in parkrun this morning
  • 12 First Timers
  • 28 First Time Visitors
  • 20 achieved a Personal Best
  • 19 volunteered
  • Angela Ainsworth joined the 100 parkrun club
  • Tony Chana ran his 300th parkrun
  • David Raynor ran his 100th UCp and paid for 67 cups of tea and coffee to celebrate
  • David Pocklington wins APTOW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week) with 23:23

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Visitors collecting a “U”

If you wondered why we get so many visitors at Upton Court parkrun, most of the time the visitors come here to collect their letter “U”. They are also fondly known as parkrun Tourists. Why is collecting a letter “U” so important? This is part of the Alphabet Challenge on the Running Challenges website and many parkrun enthusiasts up and down the country use the Running Challenges to add twists, turns and variation to their Saturday morning fix. There aren’t actually that many “U” parkruns to choose from, only a handful. Other "U" parkruns include Uckfield (East Sussex), Upton House (Poole, Dorset) and Ury Riverside (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).

The getting here…

We enjoy welcoming visitors at UCp and are delighted that they have chosen us to collect their “U”. Having done a fair few first timers briefings, I get to hear first hand of their journeys. I’m very often amazed hearing of their adventures getting here, usually along the lines of multiple train journeys, overnight coaches, long car drives and then when they arrive close to Slough they might make a mad dash for a local bus or call an Uber to make it here just in time! Phew! In my mind I’m thinking “my gosh, aren’t you tired? maybe you need a lie down?” But no, they are bright eyed, bushy tailed and raring to go!

Visitors come here with incredible energy, often hanging around after the parkrun for a coffee and chit chat, and sometimes we get volunteers for token sorting which is always nice. When the Run Director calls out “Do we have any visitors today?” and they shout out Liverpool! Nottingham! Aldershot! Watford! … we get to give them another warm welcome at the start line. Also not forgetting the ones from further afield, we’ve welcomed visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore too.

Visitors' briefing

At the briefing we promise our visitors they are in for a real treat. We are a two-lap course, mind the gradual slope up the field, you’ll definitely feel it on the second lap but you get to skip the far field on the second time around. Our marshals will cheer and encourage you along at key turning points and there's no danger of getting lost on our course. We have wooden posts marking each Km for those counting up or counting down. We also have orange cones, try to keep the cones to your left, but we’ll forgive you if you forget because the regulars sometimes forget too! Once you’ve come through the finish funnel, head over to the Rugby Clubhouse for barcode scanning, hand in your finish tokens and grab a tea/coffee, sometimes there is cake too!

Oh yes! How to spot Windsor Castle? We tell our visitors they must not go home without seeing Windsor Castle… when you turn onto the concrete path at the top corner of the park (near the main car park), remember to look straight ahead and up, I can't stress this enough... look up up up! Windsor Castle looks exactly like it does on our parkrun website page. That’s the picture you want! Don't worry though, if you miss it on the first lap, you can catch it on the second lap, and if you miss it again on the second lap… you can catch on your way home to the car park…

In recent weeks, our visitors have embraced and enjoyed another great feature of our parkrun, open sky and exposure to ‘the elements’ - by this we mean our course could be good practise for a Tough Mudder challenge, there’s just been so much mud the last couple of months. At times, you could swim the top end of the far field. Our visitors don’t seem to mind our parkrun terrain at all and often comment at how civilised we are to take our shoes off before entering the clubhouse!

Running Challenges

To find out more about the Alphabet Challenge and other Running Challenges and have some fun with your parkrun results, use this link: https://running-challenges.co.uk/. You can collect running badges, volunteer badges and country flags. This Chrome browser extension adds extra information to your parkrun results page so you can see your progress. It is only accessible through Chrome or Firefox on a Desktop PC. This extension is not official or affiliated with parkrun in any way, it was created by keen parkrunners who are sharing the fun.

Ja Hansra

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 368
25th January 2020

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Kim REES • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • James FLISHER • Christine FOX • Veronika GILL • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER

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 Maxine MAXINE who recorded 88.18% (25:15) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 337).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 7,662 participants have completed 40,332 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,660 km, including 5,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 494 individuals have volunteered 4,126 times.

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