From a record attempt to a record broken

Event #229

6th May 2017

As I was driving down the lane towards the Rugby Club, I spotted a bunch of caravans and cars in the car park near the rugby pitches. Hmm, I thought. After the 'visitors' to the park a month or so ago, I thought the worst. However, as I pulled up in the car park, I noticed flags and banners and a bunch of bleary-eyed people sitting round a camp table drinking tea. It was a group of local cyclists who meet together here once a year and ride custom (shaped a bit like Harley Davidson motorcycles) cycles around the area. Some of their weird and wonderful cycles were later on display, and the smell of bacon cooking certainly made a different start to our parkrun.


164 runners finished this week - a non-New Year's Day record. Numbers have certainly been up this year, and this week we welcomed 6 runners brand new to parkrun, and 18 first time visitors. Welcome! It is nice to see a long stream of runners going up the hill at the start, and also a constant rush coming past at the end of the first lap. It also helps runners try to better themselves as there are more other runners near you to aim to overtake, or to stay ahead of.


Talking of runners trying to better themselves, did you see on Friday that Nike paid some marathon runners a load of money to try to run a marathon in under 2 hours? Although Eliud Kipchoge ran 2:00:25, the fastest marathon time ever, it will not count as a world record because he was assisted by pacers/cars etc. What I was more impressed by though was his split times.

Check out the splits for each 5K below:

2-hr Pace Distance Kipchoge's Splits 2-hr pace? 5K Split
14:13 5K 14:14 1 sec slow 14:14
28:26 10K 28:21 5 sec fast 14:07
42:39 15K 42:34 5 sec fast 14:13
56:52 20K 56:49 3 sec fast 14:15
1:00:00 Half 59:57 3 sec fast -
1:11:05 25K 1:11:03 2 sec fast 14:14
1:25:18 30K 1:25:20 2 sec slow 14:17
1:39:31 35K 1:39:37 6 sec slow 14:17
1:53:44 40K 1:54:04 20 sec slow 14:27
2:00:00 Marathon 2:00:25 25 sec slow -

That's an average pace of 14:16 for each of the 8 (and a bit) parkruns he completed!!!

Congratulations to Dennis BONNIE and Stephen CAMPION who both earned their 100 parkrun T-shirts this week. Dennis actually managed a PB too, his 2nd PB in 2 weeks.

Thank you to this week's volunteers who were:

Angela AINSWORTH  •  Bryony TRAFFORD-SMITH  •  Christine FOX  •  Duncan GIBSON  •  Isabelle ALLISON  •  Jayon AHN  •  Joshua HARGAN  •  Laura WILLIAMS  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Tony CHANA

If you would like to volunteer, check out the roster on our webpage and email us. Or fill your name in on the paper rosters available in the clubhouse when you get your barcode scanned.

Now for the APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week). 2 runners managed round minutes. Ciaran CREAN ran a 20:00 and Seamus HANNIGAN ran a 22:00.

Finally, a reminder that we are cancelled next week due to a football tournament taking place in the park - NO UPTON COURT PARKRUN ON SATURDAY 13TH MAY

See you next time.




Position Tokens.  Please make sure that you always hand in your finish token after the run, even if you don’t want a time, or indeed have forgotten your personal barcode.

Children under 11.  Children under the age of 11 MUST be accompanied by an adult the WHOLE way around the course.

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Parking.  It’s good that many of you walk, run and cycle to the event.  There is very limited car parking space at Slough Rugby Club sometimes some double parking.  Please can you instead park at the main Upton Court Park car park on Upton Court Road – Satnav SL3 7LU.  There are loads of spaces there and it is only a short walk/jog from the start line.

Dogs.  Dogs (maximum 1 dog per runner) are welcome, but should be kept under firm control, on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners.

Barcodes.  Only printed barcodes, either on paper or on the plastic tokens/silicone wristbands will be accepted for scanning.  Digital barcodes (eg on a smartphone) will not be recorded.

This free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors:
Vitality Alheimers Research UK Intersport

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 229
6th May 2017

This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Andrew GUNN (VM35-39) of Datchet Dashers, was first over the line in 17:31 - 21st time in 60 appearances.
Sean PAYNTER (SM25-29) of Datchet Dashers, was second over the line in 18:23 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Richard BAZELEY (SM30-34) of On The Run Aylesbury, was third over the line in 19:02.

Female placings:
Carol BAKER (VW50-54) of Bearbrook Running Club, was first (21st overall) over the line in 21:55 - first appearance.
Emily May HICKS (SW18-19) of Datchet Dashers, was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:02 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Veronika FIKACKOVA (SW30-34) of Datchet Dashers, was third (36th overall) over the line in 23:22.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Carol BAKER (VW50-54) – 79.47% for the time 21:55 (21st overall).
Andrew GUNN (VM35-39) – 77.35% for the time 17:31 (first overall).
Yvonne OLNEY (VW55-59) – 76.18% for the time 24:46 (54th overall).

The female record is held by Rachel GIFFORD who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 10th September 2016 (event number 195).
The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 00:15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ged RUFFLE who recorded 86.87% (18:47) on 27th September 2014 (event number 93).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 3,046 participants have completed 16,992 parkruns covering a total distance of 84,960 km, including 2,807 new Personal Bests.