Upton Court parkrun
Event number 346
24th August 2019
This week's Run Report is written by visitor Sharon Fox, who also provided a few more photos.....
When I realised my “U” for the Alphabet Challenge was the halfway point for meeting family (I’m in Worcestershire, family in Kent and London) this looked like the perfect excuse for a family get together on a Bank Holiday weekend.
My cousin Rachel and her friends Abi and Rob, have recently got the parkrun bug, inspired by weekend parkrun chatter from the rest of the family from across the world.
They’d managed to persuade my Aunt and Uncle to come along too to see what it’s all about, mostly with the promise of bacon baps in the Rugby Clubhouse that were recommended by many.
Brief panic ensued when we realised the Clubhouse was closed for a function but faith was restored when we were told there were BBQ style arrangements for breakfast and the team did a great job of catering outdoors and the weather was perfect for it so all was good again.
There were 2 First Timers Briefings delivered brilliantly by Ja and at least 20 people were fellow Alphabeteers which always makes me feel a little less crazy!
My cousin’s local parkrun is Bushy so this seemed like a very intimate affair to her with only 239 runners and walkers rather than 1,500.
There were milestone celebrations for 50 for Raj Aravamuthan and 100 for Frank Fogarty today. There were 52 visitors and 7 newbies too.
On a very hot day there wasn’t much shade but the fantastic Marshal’s cheered us on and I caught the iconic views of Windsor Castle as instructed in the brief. Loved the 1k markers too.
The whole event was extremely well organised with a very relaxed atmosphere and the Brekki BBQ was perfect for a Bank Holiday weekend feel.
We’d all previously looked at the park description and we weren’t expecting much, sounds like a few sports fields, however we were all pleasantly surprised by the lovely space it is and we enjoyed a walk around the wild flowers afterwards which were stunning. Considering we were near a flight path it was really peaceful too. A stroll around Slough and a coffee stop was enjoyed before we headed home, this included an hours delay on the M40 for me but hey-ho!
Thank you Upton Court for a lovely parkrun experience.
Thanks to this week’s volunteers:
Caren HUNT • Claire BLAZQUEZ • Dennis BONNIE • Emily EUDEN • Erin OLIVER • Gurdip HANSRA • Harbhajan DHILLON • Ja HANSRA • James FLISHER • James MIDDLETON • Lisa EUDEN • Louise FLISHER • Matt SMITH • Michael Terence BALLARD • Paramjit BANSAL • Sharon FOX • Zichen MA
PS As I mentioned during the run briefing yesterday, please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of Upton Court Park will be closed from 9th September. The bridge will be demolished to allow the M4 SMART Motorway works to progress. The works are likely to continue for 18 months. So if you normally walk, jog or cycle from Datchet, Eton, or Windsor direction then you will have to use the Datchet Road bridge instead.
Some more stats........
This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.
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 6,838 participants have completed 36,135 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,675 km, including 5,478 new Personal Bests. A total of 464 individuals have volunteered 3,756 times.