UCp #385 25th September 2021

First of all, our apologies for the late processing of the results and volunteer roster thank you's.

Well done to the 153 finishers who completed the course. We had 41 first timers here at UCp of which 4 were parkrun first timers. Thank you to Ja for the first timers briefing. We seem to be getting this off to a fine art now!

As well as a good turnout, we also had 15 new personal bests, and so well done.

As ever, parkrun couldn't function without the volunteers and today we had a team of 15. My thanks go to all of them and not to mention the regulars who turn up week after week and help make it all happen.

If you are able to volunteer then please either email us or add your name and "A" number to the volunteer rosters on the table inside the SRFC clubhouse. None of the jobs are difficult and if you are scanning or timekeeping, the new parkrun Virtual Volunteer app is proving to work very well.

See you next time

David

 

UCp #383 11th September 2021

First of all, apologies if you had trouble parking when you arrived this week. I had no prior knowledge that the 11-plus exams were taking place on Saturday, and only realised when I myself was on my way to parkrun with all the Run Director kit. By then it was a bit late to post anything on Facebook and Twitter to warn anyone else. I understand though that the traffic chaos quietened down at about 8:45, and I noticed that we actually only had one person crossing the Start line after the Tailwalker had started.

This week we welcomed our largest field of parkrunners since the restart in July. 179 crossed the finish line. This is almost back to our usual numbers we were getting pre-Covid.

9 of these were brand new to parkrun. We've seen a few newcomers since the restart. Let's hope they keep returning for run number 2, 3, 4 etc....  45 of our runners this week were first time visitors. We are still getting quite a few visitors each week, I assume all trying to get their letter "U" for their parkrun alphabet challenge.

One such alphabeteer was Adam 'Tango' HOLLAND, who was first finisher today. Not only was he getting his letter "U", he also joined the Half Cowell Club (or Cow Club) meaning he has run at 50 different parkrun locations. It turns out that Adam is well known in running circles, having run hundreds of marathons and winning more than any other runner in Great Britain. He told me that his time of 16:53 today was below his normal marathon pace. Rob FOSTER, who came in 2nd place today, told me to look up his stats. Adam has run a marathon in 2:24:24!

This week's APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) non-award is shared between Simon ELLIOTT and Avneet KAUR for their palindromic 24:42 and 43:34 respectively.

As always, a massive THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers, without whom you wouldn't be able to participate in parkrun. This week's superstars were:

Alison BRECH  •  Avtar MOOKAR  •  Dawn ESTABROOK  •  Gurdip HANSRA  •  Ja HANSRA  •  Jasbir HAYER  •  Kim REES  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Murray REES  •  Rajdeep HAYER  •  Robert Steven NUTTER  •  Sue ALLEN  •  Tav BANSAL  •  Tony CHANA  •  Victoria GIBSON

We always need volunteers. None of the tasks are difficult, and everyone who does it enjoys the experience. Both of our Timekeepers this week were using the parkrun Virtual Volunteer for their first time, and realised that it is really simple to use, especially as they were using their own phones.

See you next time

Michael

 

UCP#381

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 4 were brand new parkrunners and 50 were first time visitors. 29 recorded new Personal Bests.

Upton Court parkrun

Event number 381
28th August 2021

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Stuart WILLIAMS • Seamus HANNIGAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Tim ALLISON • David ROSS • Jasbir HAYER • Rajdeep HAYER • Jim HAYES • Sue HAYES • Avninder MOOKAR • Louise FLISHER • Sue ALLEN • Gurdip HANSRA

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 Helen BOLT who recorded 88.65% (21:17) on 28th August 2021 (event number 381).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 8,125 participants have completed 42,422 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,110 km, including 6,071 new Personal Bests. A total of 500 individuals have volunteered 4,324 times.

 

UCp #380 21st August

Well, five weeks back into our Saturday morning 5K and our numbers are edging back up again with 161 finishers.

We welcomed 35 first time visitors with 3 of those completing their first even parkrun, an so welcome to parkrun and we hope you enjoyed yourselves. 27 runners did a PB and so well done there as well.

Thank you to the 14 volunteers who helped make the event happen. This is really appreciated especially as people start to get back to some kind of normality. Now that we have the paper volunteer rosters on the table in clubhouse, we can now start to ramp up the volunteers a little. The course now requires 6 marshal’s and so if you are available then please write your name on the roster sheet and include your parkrun "A" number (or alternatively email us).

However, I would like to pay special thanks to Gurdip and Ja Hansra and Dennis Bonnie who have all volunteered every week since we returned last month. It is this kind of loyalty to the cause that makes parkrun such a phenomenal success.

On flip side, it would be good to see some new volunteers come forward. The new Virtual Volunteer app is very easy to use and with 7 Run Director’s the event is now a well-oiled engine.

We also had another visit from David Dyer, our parkrun Ambassador. Thank you for coming along and we hoped you enjoyed the amended course. I understand that it snowed the last time!

Please also remember that the clubhouse is open for teas and coffees as before and so no need to rush off afterwards, so to speak.

See you soon.

David

 

UCp #379 14th August 2021

We started near the main park gates this week due to an event being held at the Rugby Club. Despite the lack of toilets, refreshments and any indoor facility, 156 finishers enjoyed the occasion, a few even telling me it felt a bit like a festival atmosphere.

We welcomed 34 first time visitors, many getting their letter "U" towards their parkrun alphabet challenge, as well as 5 brand new to parkrun. We look forward to seeing them again soon.

THANK YOU to the 15 volunteers who made sure the event went smoothly. Some of the volunteers have not actually run a parkrun since the post-Lockown restart yet, but have given up their time to make sure others can run. It's now time for others to give up a run or two and help the volunteer team in future weeks. We have had a lot of good feedback from those who have used the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app so far. It is simple to use, and means it is really quick and easy for us to process the results each week.

This week's APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) I am awarding to Ben DAVIES for his nicely rising 23:45.

Next week we will be back to our usual start point near the Rugby Club.

See you soon.

Michael

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