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.

 

It was cold, but sunny.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 367
18th January 2020

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the frosty but still muddy course, of whom 31 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to all those who ran a milestone this week.  Sue Matthewman, Jafrullah Mohammad and Rajwinder Kaur all earned their red 50 parkrun T-shirts.   And Sreeram Thiagarajan and Dhananjay Papde both earned their black 100 parkrun T-shrts.

And congratulations to Riffat Mian-Hashim, who I am awarding this week's APTOTW to for her double double time of 44:44.

Can I remind you that the finish token you receive when you cross the finish line is not yours to keep.  We lost 5 this week, though we do know the whereabouts of 1 of them.  We seem to be losing a few each week, despite informing everyone in both the first-timers briefing and in the pre-run briefing to return the tokens.  We can only assume that it is people brand new to parkrun who are going home with them.  Please, if you see people at or near the finish line who may look like they are not sure what to do next after finishing their run, point them in the direction of the clubhouse.  It was suggested by a visitor this week that maybe we should do our scanning outside, nearer the finish line.  We really don't want to have to resort to this.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Sunita DAWETT • Claire BOYLES • Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Robert Steven NUTTER • Matt SMITH • Christopher FOX • Anne MOGRABY • Lucinda LONGSTER • Caren HUNT • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Liza HIDE-SMITH • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER • Rishita RALLABANDI

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 7,622 participants have completed 40,115 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,575 km, including 5,858 new Personal Bests. A total of 494 individuals have volunteered 4,107 times.

See you next time

Michael

 

Event #365 4th January 2020

Upton Court parkrun recovered from December's lull with 210 runners participating. In fact this was the highest number of runners (New Year's Day excepted) since September. First home were Matthew Nelson (22:54) and Emily Hicks (22:54), whilst the best age graded performances came form Alan Freer (73.08 %) and Yvonne Olney (79 %).This week's firmer footing helped produced personal bests for Philip Greenhalgh, Dave Matthews, Michael Macmillan, Prithvi Ramesh, Zsolt Spirnyak, Venkat Annangi, Krishna Kumar, Mel Jones, Radley Hawes, Brendan Lally, Harjit Sappal and Samina Butt.

No doubt sticking to their New Year resolutions, we welcomed the following runners to the parkrun family: Saisurya Prasannakumar, Gina Thiara, Nyra John, Melanie Smith, Mel Foster-Hawes, Manpreet Kular, Katie Merriman, Kiran Kohli, Sarah Lowery, Joanna Coleman, Tanvi Gatne and Riffat Mian-Hashim. Well done to all and we hope to see you again soon.

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We had a total of 29 visitors from other parkruns including Bristol and London. This number included a couple of evacuees from Reading as a result of continued course flooding.There were again a number of magnificent milestones. Lisa Doidge, who is doing her Duke of Edinburgh's Award has volunteered an impressive 25 times. Louise and James Flisher were both running their 100th parkruns. Mathew Nelson from London celebrated not only his 100th parkrun but also completion of the parkrun alphabet (and yes that did include the letter "Z") by finishing first .

It's not usual to note milestones from other parkruns but I will make an exception for Dave Priddy, Run Director at nearby Black Park , who completed his 500th volunteering role on New Year's Day and was then to be seen afterwards taking photographs at our New Year's Day run. Well done David!

There was a tie for aesthetically pleasing time of the week with both Harbhajan Dhillon and Petra Hale recording 27:27.

The clubhouse kitchen was closed this week as Joanne took a well deserved break. We are very lucky to have Joanne's help and therefore access to the Rugby Club. I therefore urge regulars that if you keep only one resolution this year let be to support Joanne by continuing to buy teas, coffees and delicious rolls from the kitchen.

Run Statistics

Number of runners: 210
Number of First Timers to parkrun: 12
Number of Personal Bests: 12
Number of First Time Visitors to Upton: 29
Average Age of Runners: 41

Chris Hunt

 

Limited facilities this Saturday 4th January

We now have a healthy contingent of volunteers for this Saturday, and look forward to seeing you all.

Please note that as Joanne is off on a very well-earned holiday, we will not have access to the main clubroom or kitchen this week. The only area of the clubhouse that will be open and available will be the toilets.

Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.

 

New Years Day 2020!

Ja Hansra has kindly written a great run report covering the Black Park and Upton Court Parkruns which is below.

A big thank you thank the to the fantastic team of 25 volunteers for all your help yesterday. You really were a great support. At Upton Court we are not used to the larger numbers and it was your great team work that enabled the event to run smoothly. Please do let me know if anyone is missing.

Alison BROWNHILL • David PRIDDY • Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Charles ALLEN • Ja HANSRA • Anne CHEESEMAN • Michelle JENKINS • Terry JENKINS • Christopher FOX • Jim HAYES • Tom ATHERDEN • Sue HAYES • Paul HAWKINS • Dawn FUNNELL • David RAYNOR • Sarah GARDNER • Lisa DOIDGE • Dawn ESTABROOK • Kam ATWAL • Nikolay KOVALYOV • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG • Mairwen PRICE  • Adrian CLEMENT

A special mention to our local runners for  to the following milestones achieved:

  • Rachhpal Bath - 200th milestone
  • Adrian Clement - 200th milestone, after helping with the car parking! thank you
  • Bella Shah - 100th milestone

 

 

01 January 2020 - NYD Double Event

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKRUNNERS! What a smashing morning it turned out to be today. The weather was on it’s best behaviour too, 4’c and cloudy, very favourable conditions for a run around a park (or two!) on the first morning of 2020.

Let’s admit that it’s all too easy to stay in bed and sleep off last night’s partying, over-eating and way too much drinking, but that wasn’t the case for HUNDREDS of you deciding instead to kickstart 2020 with a parkrun attending Black Park and/or Upton Court parkrun events this morning. What better way to get the new year started.

Both parkrun event teams are all too familiar now with the crowds of parkrun enthusiasts that they attract on NYD, Black Park hosted it’s 10th NYD event attracting 669 parkrunners and Upton Court hosted it’s 7th NYD event attracting 388 parkrunners. Of course, this is only possible with the tremendous help of the volunteer teams at both events, our hi-vis heroes make it possible to hold an extra event this week and we are grateful to them for giving up their time so we can run.

The Run Director’s at both events had celebrations of their own too, as if managing the biggest event of the year was not enough… David Priddy was celebrating 500 volunteers today and Alison Brownhill was celebrating her birthday! We hope you’ve had an unforgettable day and your hard work at both events was appreciated.

Both event teams have been gearing up for many weeks for today’s events calling in extra volunteers in anticipation of the crowds. Neither event disappointed, with wide welcoming smiles, happy new year greetings in abundance, it was quite a party at both start lines! There was a very special vibe today, there must be something in the 2020 air!

A thumbs up to the event teams for enabling parkrun enthusiasts to achieve a NYD “Double” challenge again this year. The NYD Double challenge is when you can run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day and it will count as two separate events on your parkrun profile. It is the only day in the year this is possible to do. Many of you joined in on this too, Black Park had a start time of 09:00am and Upton Court started at 10.30am.

On the way to Black Park this morning along the A412/Uxbridge Road at exactly 8.27am I spotted 6 parkrunners on their way to Black Park on foot! And then after the Black Park event was done, on the way to Upton Court at exactly 10.06am I counted 23 parkrunners on their way for the double… on foot! Of course this was just one mode of transport between the two events and let’s give a massive cheer to these guys (and girls) for going hardcore, certainly inspiring and maybe a challenge for others at the next year’s NYD?! Other modes of transport involved car journeys of around 12 minutes (lifts and car sharing were mentioned) and cycling between the two events with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes.

The beauty of both…

One thing’s for sure, those doing the double at Black Park and Upton Court today certainly got an all-round workout. Both events offer variety and beauty in their unique way. Black Park offers a single lap course amongst scenic woodland, sheltered by the towering pine forest on compacted gravel paths vs Upton Court boasting a two lap course of playing fields, stunning views of Windsor Castle, lots of grass and mud! Ah yes, the mud… about that… I’m so glad Upton Court was the later parkrun this morning, with some of it’s course resembling a tough mudder challenge, this was definitely the finish on a high!

At Upton Court, we welcomed parkrunners who were doing the double but came from other events slightly further afield including Bracknell parkrun and Dinton Pastures parkrun. Thank you for choosing us for your double event today and we loved having you.

A very special thanks to members of the Black Park events team that made it over to Upton Court after the Black Park event finished to take part and support us too. David Priddy, Run Director at Black Park swapped his clipboard for a camera at Upton Court, capturing runners down the concrete path with just 1K left to go! Jenny Zaremba, today’s Run Report Writer for Black Park joined in by running at both events.

Welcome first timers…

New Year resolutions might account for the 15 first timers at Black Park and 6 first timers at Upton Court who made their first ever parkrun this morning. Hopefully you enjoyed your first experience of a parkrun and will be back again soon, how about this coming Saturday 4th January? All the best with your parkrun journey, one thing is for sure, once you start, you will not stop and your Saturday morning’s will never be the same again.

Something to think about…

During the run briefing at Black Park this morning there was a message for anyone thinking of making running part of their new year’s resolution. You’re encouraged to join a local running club, no matter your level of fitness, running clubs are inclusive, friendly and a support network for sharing your running goals. Why not give it a go? There are many local running clubs in the area, you’re really spoilt for choice. Maybe have a chat with the event teams or with runners from local clubs for more information at the next Parkrun.

Black Park highlights

  •  15 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  127 visitors were welcomed
  •  65 achieved a PB result

Upton Court highlights

  •  6 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  131 visitors were welcomed
  •  30 achieved a PB result

Let’s start as we mean to go on… here’s wishing everyone’s new year gets off to a flying start and all the best for your resolutions and goals for the year ahead.

Ja Hansra

This week 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 137 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 54 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 7,526 participants have completed 39,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,565 km, including 5,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 492 individuals have volunteered 4,055 times.

Happy Running in 2020

Alison

 

 

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