Event #322 – Important news on parking

Upton Court parkrun
Event #322
2nd March 2019

Sorry for missing the shout out for any milestones in the pre-run briefing this week. After the event I looked down the results and saw that Shivanand PATIL ran his red T-shirt-earning 100th parkrun this week. So congratulations to Shivanand who has run 98 of those here at UCp.

The APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) goes to Jake Brech for his simple palindromic 20:02.

Quite a few people did not get a result this week because they forgot to bring along their barcode. Remember one of the golden rules of parkrun is No barcode - No Result - No Exceptions. And those barcodes must be printed, either on paper, on plastic (small tokens and credit card sizes are available) or on the wristbands. We cannot and will not add results where the barcode is on a mobile phone or other electronic device..


Now onto PARKING. Please read this, as it is important.

When UCp started, we used to have about 30-50 runners each week. The small car park at the Rugby Club was sufficient to hold all the cars that arrived each week without any problems. As numbers started increasing, we asked you to use the large car park on Upton Court Road, next to Long Close School. There is usually plenty of space there, and it is only a 5 minute jog across the park from our parkrun start. However, most weeks, people seem to ignore our request, and still insist on coming down to the Rugby Club car park, often a few minutes before 9am, and then parking on the muddy grass, or double parking. And because they are late, they are in a rush to park, meaning they are a danger to the runners making their way to the start line. It also means the volunteers have to step in and act as car park marshals (and even then they are sometimes ignored. "Oh, we always double park each week" was a comment received a few weeks ago from someone who then just drove on and double parked!). We (the Core Team and other regular volunteers) find it amazing that all these runners come along to run 5km, but can't be bothered to walk more than 20 metres to get to the start line.

Then, soon after they have finished their run, they try to leave, meaning that those around the finish line or approaching the finish line are in danger of being run over. A few weeks ago, a fixed signpost was knocked over by a reversing car. This had to be reported to the council. Last week, a marshal who was standing near the finish funnel cones was nearly run over by a reversing car. The car was electric and did not make much noise, and so the marshal did not hear it coming up behind him. There have been other occasions when cars have reversed off the grass onto the tarmac path as runners are sprinting their way to the finish line.

So, we have decided that anyone turning up after 8:45am for parkrun will not be allowed to carry on down the last part of the lane to the Rugby Club and will have to turn around and go back up to Upton Court Road. You are allowed to park on Upton Court Road. There are no restrictions along most of that road. Either park in the large car park next to Long Close School, or park along Upton Court Road. Just make sure you set your alarm a few minutes earlier on a Saturday.


This weeks full stats:

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Mark OLNEY • Stuart WILLIAMS • Gillian RICHARDS • Bronwen PULLIN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Sam HELSBY • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Emily EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Richard DOIDGE • Lisa DOIDGE • Kam ATWAL • Aman JOHAL

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 5,830 participants have completed 31,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,880 km, including 4,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 3,351 times.

See you next time.


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

Vitality Alzheimer's Research UK Leeds Building Society Exodus Travels the happy egg co. Persil