New Year’s Resolutions

Event #314

5th January 2019

A decent crowd of 192 finished this week. The start of a new year means New Year’s resolutions, and we were joined by 9 people this week who were running/walking their first ever parkrun. Many start off the year intending to do more exercise, and running/walking is a great way to get those joints moving and help burn off some calories.

As I mentioned in my run briefing, some of you may want to join some local running groups in order to run more, to run faster or to run with other like-minded people. We were joined today by some runners from GoodGym, who were on their way to Ryvers School after parkrun to help with a good deed. GoodGym usually meet every Monday at 6:30pm to go on group runs and do good deeds for local groups/schools/clubs. They will be doing a parkrun ‘takeover’ here on 26th January in which they will be covering all of our volunteering roles. If you are interested in what they do, here is the link to the local website:

There are also several running events each week organised by Run With Active Slough. Some are even held in Upton Court Park. We have a few more Active Slough timetables that we will put out on the scanners table each week if you are interested. Otherwise, you can find out more information here:

Or, there are several local running clubs. Quite a few runners at our parkrun are members of Datchet Dashers or Burnham Joggers. I’m sure they would be more than willing to speak with you about their clubs. I know that several runners have seen their parkrun times get faster after joining a club.


One major milestone was run this week. Rob ALBERY ran his 250th parkrun, of which 221 have been here at UCp. Congratulations to Rob, and well done to Caren HUNT for the lovely celebration cake.

So, who has won this week’s Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) award? Well, we had a load of runners finishing in round minute times: Alan BATE (23:00), Lee DUMONT (25:00), Stephen CAMPION (26:00), Robert NUTTER (30:00) and Emily MILLER (35:00). But I think the most apt time goes to Taaj OJHA who started off his 2019 with a 20:19!

This week’s marvellous volunteers were:

Anne MOGRABY  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Caren HUNT  •  Chandri KRISHNAN  •  Christopher HUNT  •  Colin John ADAMS  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Emily EUDEN  •  Gillian RICHARDS  •  James FLISHER  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Karin DOIDGE  •  Lisa DOIDGE  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Stephen HARTIGAN  •  Sue HAYES

We are lucky in that we currently have 4 people doing their Duke of Edinburgh qualification and are volunteering regularly, but if you fancy being on the roster for future events, email us at or sign up on the paper rosters in the Rugby clubhouse as you get your barcodes scanned.  None of the roles are difficult, and full training will be given on the day.

Here is a link to the online volunteer roster so you can see what is available.

Happy running!

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.

Social Media.  Please interact with Upton Court parkrun on social media.  If you use Facebook and Twitter, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Upton Court parkrun) and ‘Follow’ us on Twitter (@uptoncrtparkrun).

Car Park.  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 and 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, 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.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 314
5th January 2019

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

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 Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,521 participants have completed 29,864 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,320 km, including 4,637 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 3,232 times.


This free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors: