The joys of Upton Court

It’s great to get a run report written by a visitor who brings a fresh view of what us regulars either miss or simply take for granted. So thank you to Sharon for last week’s report which reminded us that Upton Court Park isn’t  just a couple of grassy fields and tarmac paths: Sharon pointed out the wild flower meadow and views of Windsor Castle.  To her list I would add all the beautiful trees. So maybe we should start by saying thank you to our hosts, Slough Borough Council, for such a pleasant park.

We had another 200-plus runners, joggers and walkers this week of whom 31 ran personal bests. Too many I’m afraid to list but very well done to you all.

We had a whole clutch of people trying parkrun for the very first time - so welcome to William Casbolt, Aneeka Shah, Harry Macklin, Humza Hussain, Luke Williams, James Hourston, Balraj Brar, Chloe and Shannah Gates  and Tina Steinbrecher. Hopefully you had a good time and will be back soon.

APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) was a hard fought competition this week with Simon Long 17:17, Jas Kant 21:21, Ewan Montgomery 30:30 and Satnam Singh 46:46 all managing repeating numbers but this week the award is shared by Adam Malik and Humza Hussain  with their respective palindromic times of 32:23 and 25:52.

As usual a big thank you to all our volunteers who kept time, scanned barcodes, marshalled, briefed new-comers, tail-walked and set up and set down the course so perfectly. It made my morning as Run Director smooth and uneventful, which is just as I like it.  So thanks to Philip Kemp, Ja and Gurdip Hansra, Sarah Gardner, Himmat Toor, Harbhajan Dhillon, Ann Chandler, Stuart Montgomery, Claire Blazquez, James Middleton, Prabh Manni & Erin Oliver.

Keep running and see you soon.

Jim

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 346
24th August 2019

This week's Run Report is written by visitor Sharon Fox, who also provided a few more photos.....

When I realised my “U” for the Alphabet Challenge was the halfway point for meeting family (I’m in Worcestershire, family in Kent and London) this looked like the perfect excuse for a family get together on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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My cousin Rachel and her friends Abi and Rob, have recently got the parkrun bug, inspired by weekend parkrun chatter from the rest of the family from across the world.

They’d managed to persuade my Aunt and Uncle to come along too to see what it’s all about, mostly with the promise of bacon baps in the Rugby Clubhouse that were recommended by many.

Brief panic ensued when we realised the Clubhouse was closed for a function but faith was restored when we were told there were BBQ style arrangements for breakfast and the team did a great job of catering outdoors and the weather was perfect for it so all was good again.

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There were 2 First Timers Briefings delivered brilliantly by Ja and at least 20 people were fellow Alphabeteers which always makes me feel a little less crazy!

My cousin’s local parkrun is Bushy so this seemed like a very intimate affair to her with only 239 runners and walkers rather than 1,500.

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There were milestone celebrations for 50 for Raj Aravamuthan and 100 for Frank Fogarty today. There were 52 visitors and 7 newbies too.

On a very hot day there wasn’t much shade but the fantastic Marshal’s cheered us on and I caught the iconic views of Windsor Castle as instructed in the brief. Loved the 1k markers too.

The whole event was extremely well organised with a very relaxed atmosphere and the Brekki BBQ was perfect for a Bank Holiday weekend feel.

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We’d all previously looked at the park description and we weren’t expecting much, sounds like a few sports fields, however we were all pleasantly surprised by the lovely space it is and we enjoyed a walk around the wild flowers afterwards which were stunning. Considering we were near a flight path it was really peaceful too. A stroll around Slough and a coffee stop was enjoyed before we headed home, this included an hours delay on the M40 for me but hey-ho!

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Thank you Upton Court for a lovely parkrun experience.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers:

Caren HUNT  •  Claire BLAZQUEZ  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Emily EUDEN  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Gurdip HANSRA  •  Harbhajan DHILLON  •  Ja HANSRA  •  James FLISHER  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Paramjit BANSAL  •  Sharon FOX  •  Zichen MA

Sharon Fox

PS  As I mentioned during the run briefing yesterday, please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of Upton Court Park will be closed from 9th September.  The bridge will be demolished to allow the M4 SMART Motorway works to progress.  The works are likely to continue for 18 months.  So if you normally walk, jog or cycle from Datchet, Eton, or Windsor direction then you will have to use the Datchet Road bridge instead.

Michael

Some more stats........

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 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 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 6,838 participants have completed 36,135 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,675 km, including 5,478 new Personal Bests. A total of 464 individuals have volunteered 3,756 times.

 

Upton Court parkrun #345 17th August 2019

Thank you to Sam Noakes for helping with the Run Report! Sam ran at Upton Court for the first time this week and was in the leading pack, we hope to see you again!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the sunny course, of whom 31 were first timers on this course, 4 were first timers to parkrun and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part, from as far away as Singapore!

There was some impressive age graded scores with many over 70% and a few breaking 80%! One of the 80%ers was Charlotte FIELD, who led the way comfortably to finish first with a new PB and achieved the 4th fastest female finisher time on this course, ever – well done!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

 Alison BROWNHILL  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Clare REGALE-DAY  •  David RAYNOR  •  David SANDERS  •  Duncan GIBSON  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Ja HANSRA  •  Jonathan DAVIES  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Mark OLNEY  •  Sam NOAKES  •  Stuart MONTGOMERY

Note that this coming Saturday, 24th August, the rugby club is closed for an event. However Joanne will open the fire exit doors for access to the toilets. Food and drink will be served from the verandah. A sunny Saturday is forecast so you can all still stay and enjoy breakfast with your fellow running friends.

Big congratulations to everyone that took part and we hope to see you next week!

Alison and Sam

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

Female record holder: Jill COLLETT - 18:09 - Event 294 (18/08/18)

Male record holder: Glenn HUGHES - 15:28 - Event 89 (30/08/14)

Age graded record holder: Maxine MAXINE - 88.18 % - 25:15 - Event 337 (22/06/19)

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,746 participants have completed 35,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,490 km, including 5,417 new Personal Bests.

 

UCp #340 13th July 2019

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 340
13th July 2019

This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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What those around the finish funnel noticed as the runners started arriving was how young many of the fastest were. 3 out of the first 4 places (5 out of the first 7) were teenagers. Christopher BOYLE finished between the BRECH boys, only 2 seconds off his 20 minute PB. And Casper KAMAU finished in 6th place, knocking 1:52 off his previous PB!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • David ROSS • Harbhajan DHILLON • Kim REES • Jim HAYES • Caren HUNT • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Avtar Singh BHOGAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Prabh MANNI • Ellen BUENO

Remember that we are always looking for volunteers to help out each week. Next Saturday, local runners from GoodGym will be volunteering. I've done a few of the GoodGym group runs, and it is a fun and worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours on Monday evenings, getting fit whilst doing good deeds. If you are interested, the website is https://www.goodgym.org/areas/slough

After my news post last week about bringing along a water bottle and water to parkrun, Joanne informed me that she had only had a couple of requests for water, and that she had run out of bacon for the rolls. It seems that a lot of you had read the post and heeded the advice. Thank you for listening.

Looking through the 207 results for an APTOTW, I came across Jas KANG's descending time of 32:10. Good one Jas!

If anyone took away finish token 18 this week, could they please let us know, and arrange to return it. We still cannot work out why tokens go missing. We mention about it in the first-timers briefing, in the pre-run briefing and have signs at the finish funnel telling you to go and get your barcodes scanned in the clubhouse. If you spot anyone who looks a bit lost at the finish funnel wondering what to do next, just politely prompt them to go into the clubhouse, even if they haven't got their runner barcode.

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 6,528 participants have completed 34,834 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,170 km, including 5,307 new Personal Bests. A total of 453 individuals have volunteered 3,657 times.

 

It’s hot. Please bring some water with you.

At Upton Court, we are really lucky to be able to enjoy the facilities provided by the Rugby Club, and in the park: a nice dry (warm in winter) room to meet up and leave our kit while we parkrun, toilets, free parking, parkrun kit storage etc.  But one of the best things is that Joanne comes every week to unlock the club for us, and to provide us with bacon rolls and drinks, as well as other items of food.

Joanne loves doing this and meeting all us parkrunners and families.  But whilst she can usually make a little bit of money doing this, she is finding it hard at the moment to even cover her costs.  When it is warmer, people may not feel like a hot drink or a hot roll.  And when people bring in cake, Joanne usually sells fewer rolls.

What Joanne is finding recently is that people are asking for a cup of cold water, and not buying anything.  These cups cost Joanne money, and because she isn't selling other drinks and food, she is finding that she is actually losing money at the moment.  She feels bad refusing to give out water, but each time she does, it costs her.

We don't want to lose Joanne and our weekly post-run (or even pre-run) rolls and drinks.  Please try to spend a little money each week, even if it is only one coffee, or a chocolate bar.  We even have the barcode scanners sitting inside, near the serving hatch so that you don't have to walk far!  I usually spend £3 each week on a coffee and a bacon roll.  You won't find that value in most places.  A single coffee in one of those High Street coffee shops costs nearly that on its own.

And most importantly, please make sure you bring your own water bottle and water.  I always re-use old single-use bottles many times before recycling them.  Or maybe buy one of those new smart personalised parkrun bottles.  Then we will all be happy.

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