Upton Court parkrun
Event number 376
24th July 2021
Well, after 70 Saturdays with no parkrun, we were really glad to be back this week. Looking at the weather forecast last night, I was worried that we might be having to cancel the run at the last minute due to lightning and thunder. But, luckily for once (or many times in fact!), BBC weather was totally wrong again!
It was so nice to see so many happy faces, both on the runners and on the volunteers, as well as those who came to support friends and relatives. Everyone enjoyed running up between the wildflower beds, the volunteers liked using the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app for timing and barcode scanning, and it was nice to get a coffee and a bacon roll again in the Rugby Club.
We had 118 finishers today, and reading comments on the unofficial Run Directors Facebook page, it seems that many parkruns across England also had about 55-65% their normal expected turnout. This included 6 people who were brand new to parkrun and 7 first time visitors. Well done to the 13 who ran a PB.
A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who, despite raring to run again, were happy to wait one more week. I hope that many of the people who ran today will be offering to volunteer in the next few weeks. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out. The feedback on the parkrun Virtual Volunteer App was very positive. very quick and easy to use. It also meant it was quicker and easier for me to process the results.
Congratulations to Shane ATHUKORALA who ran his 50th parkrun today, earning his red milestone T-shirt 71 weeks after running his 49th parkrun. What an agonising wait!
One tradition we aim to continue is awarding a (non)prize for the APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week). This week I award it to Harbhajan DHILLON for his double double time of 22:22. Today was also his (arbitrary) 300th parkrun.
If you like our Facebook page @uptoncourtparkrun you will be able to see the 140 great photos taken today by 2 of our volunteers Sue ALLEN and Sue HAYES.
Only 7 sleeps now until the next parkrunday.
See you then.
This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Stuart WILLIAMS • Jonathan DAVIES • Laura WILLIAMS • Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Jim HAYES • Sue HAYES • Dawn FUNNELL • Sue ALLEN • Karin DOIDGE • Richard DOIDGE • Lisa DOIDGE • 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 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 7,959 participants have completed 41,674 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,370 km, including 5,963 new Personal Bests. A total of 499 individuals have volunteered 4,249 times.