In a week where we were concerned at one point that Upton Court parkrun might not happen this week because of a fallen tree, the same fate befell Bracknell. They weren't as fortunate as us, in that they were unable to get obstruction cleared and had to cancel. Their loss was our gain, in a wide range of ways as the following run report written by Bracknell's Jane Light makes clear. Thanks to you all.
Upton Court parkrun #231
Photos – Simon Light: Report – Jane Light
A Friday cancellation at our home parkrun at Bracknell meant a quick scout round local parkruns for one that needed a photographer/report writer and we alighted on Upton Court parkrun for a second visit – always good for a chance of a PB. Arriving in the car park, we were delighted to see familiar faces as several Bracknell regulars also chose Upton Court for the fix of tourism. Even our 50th milestone runner Peter TOTT came along and brought his cake to share with Upton Court parkrunners. Well done to Peter TOTT and Askar ANSARI who completed his 100th run and Nigel PEARMAIN who completed his 50th run too.
As well as tourists from Bracknell, there were a good spread of tourists visiting from Harrogate, Cardiff, Guildford, Ripon, Bournemouth and Black Park.
We thanked the volunteers, without which parkrun would not be possible, and reflected on how important community is as we remembered the awful tragedy in Manchester this week. We set off expecting to get wet as the clouds rolled over. However, they carried on rolling and the sun came out making for a very hot run.
130 parkrunners crossed the line, including 6 people completely brand new to parkrun – welcome, hope you enjoyed it and hope to see you back again. 20 parkrunners ran at Upton Court for the first time having previously run elsewhere. There were 15 PBs – well done all. James GREAVES has set 9 PBs in 15 runs at Upton Court and knocked 8 minutes off his time since January which is an amazing achievement.
To celebrate FA Cup day, there was a good selection of football shirts on show.
I found some great APTOTWs (Aesthetically pleasing times of the week) to celebrate. Well done to Ben MERRIMAN 22.22, Frank FOGARTY 23.23, Natalie BAMBER 28.28 and Steve ELLIOTT 35.35.
Thank you to Upton Court parkrun for hosting us and we look forward to returning soon – especially as I ran my second fastest parkrun time ever! If you fancy a spot of reciprocal tourism, you will be very welcome at Bracknell parkrun – we do lots of cake. Just don’t expect a fast time.
See you again soon.
And finally, the stats...
Event number 231 27th May 2017
This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.
Andrew GUNN (VM35-39) of Datchet Dashers, was first over the line in 17:43 - 22nd time in 61 appearances.
James MCCAFFEREY (SM30-34) of Westbourne Running Club, was second over the line in 18:50.
Scott BREWER (SM30-34) of Thames Valley Harriers, was third over the line in 19:24.
Claire PUSEY (VW45-49) of Burnham Joggers, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:14 - 15th time in 16 appearances.
Sachiko DIXON (VW50-54) of Windle Valley Runners, was second (21st overall) over the line in 22:58 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Camilla MOORE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:59.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Claire PUSEY (VW45-49) – 80.07% for the time 20:14 (7th overall).
Yvonne OLNEY (VW55-59) – 76.80% for the time 24:34 (36th overall).
Andrew GUNN (VM35-39) – 76.48% for the time 17:43 (first 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 3,104 participants have completed 17,256 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,280 km, including 2,837 new Personal Bests.