UCP #339 – A Passionateer and a Newbie

Today's wonderful run report comes courtesy of Jaspal Hansra

The parkrun fairies were very kind to us today for our first Saturday parkrun in July. A bright morning with a comfortable temperature of 21’c provided much respite after last week’s scorching temperatures. We had a total of 196 parkrunners out on the course today, an amazing turnout and hopefully it left you in high spirits for the start of your weekend.

Firstly, please join me in a big cheer for our volunteers today. Woop Woop! These were James BENNETT, Avtar Singh BHOGAL, Sacha BRECH, Max BRECH, Lisa EUDEN, Emily EUDEN, Rebecca EVANS, Marcus FLETCHER, Gurdip HANSRA, Jaspal HANSRA, Bob HARDMAN, Stephen HARTIGAN, Caren HUNT, Prabh MANNI, James MIDDLETON, Erin OLIVER, Bronwen PULLIN, Matt SMITH and Stuart WILLIAMS Thank you for your encouragement and smiles in whichever role you had. Giving up your Saturday morning to ensure the rest of us can parkrun makes you very special and it is much appreciated.

Special thank you to today’s Run Director, Stuart Williams for a well organised parkrun and giving me the opportunity to write today’s run report. I wasn’t qualified enough was my first thought, but I was quickly made to feel at ease and here I am 5 weeks into Parkrun and it’s a pleasure to do today’s run report.

Now for the numbers…

23 of you achieved a PB result today, that’s amazing! Wherever you are on your parkrun journey, a massive well done to you on your new PB time. But watch out, you’ve set yourself a new record to beat now!

Most notable PB on the table was from Ian J Lawson who has 238 parkruns under his belt and the PBs keep on coming! This is very inspiring.

We also welcomed 12 people for their first ever parkrun, we hope you enjoyed your experience of a parkrun and that you may join us again soon. Watch out for the “parkrun bug” - if it gets you, your Saturday mornings may never be the same again!

The APTOW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week) recognition goes to *drum roll* … Paul Cooksey who completed the parkrun in 29:59! How much difference a second makes! High 5 to you buddy for your sub 30 result.

A Passionateer celebrates…

We had a very special milestone celebration today too. Chris Hunt who is a regular at UCP was celebrating his 250th parkrun. He dashed around the park claiming 14th position in 20:52. I went looking for Chris and spoke to him about his parkrun journey, he calls himself a ‘Passionateer’, someone who does the same parkrun every week, regarding UCP with high esteem for it’s friendliness and great atmosphere, why would you go anywhere else?? Agree with you on that one Chris! A huge congratulations to you on your achievement today Chris. It was lovely to meet you and thank you to Mrs Hunt for the delicious spread of cakes! Yum! 

A few words from a newbie…

A bit about me then, I’m a Parkrun newbie, I have completed 5 Parkruns here at UCP and it’s been a wonderful 5 weeks absorbing the friendliness of it all.

Thank you to everyone who welcomed me and made each parkrun special in your own way. Whether you’re the volunteers who cheer me on, the finishers who give me a thumbs up on their way home, the excitable dog that ran into my face when I was tying my shoelaces, the little boy who gave me a feather for good luck, the other little boy who sprinted me to the finish, the person who used me as a pacer or the person I used as a pacer… these little things make parkrun so enjoyable, fill me with a warm and fuzzy feeling and why I come back every week for more.

Finally, whatever you are up to this weekend, have a good one and see you next week!

Jaspal

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 6,484 participants have completed 34,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,135 km, including 5,269 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 3,637 times.