A little bit of sunshine to brighten up a rainy Sunday

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 350
21st September 2019

The sun shone and there were smiles all around.  Loads of you stayed behind afterwards in the sunshine to chat and enjoy a coffee.  Joanne had asked me to announce before the run that she was trialling portobello mushroom burgers as there seemed to be a lot of vegetarians attending UCp nowadays.  As I mentioned it during the pre-run briefing I noticed a definite 'ooohhh' coming from the starting pack.  And apparently they sold well.  Joanne would like any feedback on what you like (or don't) about the snack bar offerings on a Saturday.  She wants everyone to be catered for.  Please speak with her next time you buy a snack/drink.

One visitor commented to me after the run how it was nice to have so much space in the park, especially at the start.  She told me that she normally takes about 40 seconds or so to just be able to cross the start line at her local event.  Well. below is proof of how much space we have.

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This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were running their first ever parkrun and 40 were first time visitors.  36 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Neil Hargan and Mohammed Taj both reached their 100 parkrun milestones this week.  Neil started running parkrun on 4th February 2017 when his son was doing Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, and has done 99 of his 100 parkruns here at UCp.  Mohammed started a week later and has run 98 of his parkruns here.  Mohammed ran a PB this week too.  Well done!

And congratulations to visitor Chris Dye who ran his 250th parkrun this week.  I'm not sure why he chose UCp to run such a milestone, rather than his regular parkrun of Gorleston Cliffs, but, looking at his stats, the letter 'U' was his 18th letter of his Alphabeteer challenge.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • James FLISHER • Dawn FUNNELL • Lisa EUDEN • Niraj WYKES • Kam ATWAL • Zichen MA • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA

Now on to this week's hotly contested APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week).  We had quite a few round minutes: Lucy CARTER and Chris CARTER both ran 22:00, Marc PHILLIPS ran 24:00, Alan PAUL and Mo ARIF both ran 25:00 and Khalida ARIF ran 31:00.  Mitch DALE and Harj SINGH both ran doubles, with 21:21 and 35:35 respectively.  Rishita RALLABANDI ran a palindromic 40:04.  And Rajinder KAUR ran the overall 350 event UCp average time of 28:49.  However, (look away Spurs fans!) my favourite time this week was Mohammad SHAH's 30:21, as it reflected the winning margins of my 2 teams on Saturday, Slough Town FC and Leicester City.  No VAR needed here!

Please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of the park is due to be demolished next weekend and the motorway will be closed between Junction 5 to Junction 6 over the weekend.  Whilst I don't think anyone coming to parkrun will be using that stretch of the M4 anyway, it will however mean increased traffic driving through Slough on diversion.

See you next time.


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 6,986 participants have completed 36,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,915 km, including 5,639 new Personal Bests. A total of 469 individuals have volunteered 3,818 times.


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