Happy 15th Birthday

Have you, like me, being enjoying the athletics from Doha?  It was great to see KJT and Dina Asher-Smith picking up gold medals and, more widely, all the other the other competitors showing off their athletic prowess.  Also featuring in the media this week has been our very own parkrun. Fifteen years ago this weekend,  a group of thirteen people got together for a timed run in a park in south-west London. And so parkrun was born. Last weekend in the UK alone, there were 140,873 and 14,120 volunteers. Across the whole word those figures rise to 263,194 and 24,326 respectively. And that doesn’t even include Junior parkruns.  That’s some rate of growth!

What’s the appeal? Is it the exercise, is it the welcome for all, is it because it’s free, is it because it's not a race, is it the community or is it just the tea and cake after the event?   Whatever the answer, it is working; so thanks to Paul Sinton-Hewitt for his brilliantly simple idea and determination to spread it as widely as possible.  While we can all marvel at the skills and dedication of top class athletes, the impact parkrun has made on the sporting endeavours of individuals and communities all over the world is equally inspiring.

And now for the UCp news.

We had 186 finishers this week very ably supported by our team of volunteers. Congratulations to sisters Caroline and Susie Lowe who both completed their 200th parkrun, and to Kim Upton who reached her 50th (48 of which have been here in Upton Court ).

Joining the parkrun clan for the very first time were Baljinder and Simran Kaur, Rajagopalan Venkataraman, Ian Anderton, Autherine Harris-Bosncic, Emilie Fox and Sean Maguire.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves and come back again next week.  There were 28 PB’s - most notably Mohammed Taj who ran 25:41 on his 100th UCp run (102 in total) and young Shane Athukorala with 25:40 on his 38th run.

And finally: the APTOTW (google it if you don’t recognise the acronym) this week goes to UCp regular Sreeram Thiaagarajan for his time of 29:28. We had 29 people who ran Upton Court for the first time and 28 who ran PB’s.

Happy 15th Birthday parkrun and a big thank you from me for all the fun and friends it has brought me.

See you next week

Jim

Upton Court parkrun: Event number 352, 5th October 2019

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jackie WREN • Ja HANSRA • Martin WREN • James BATES • Himmat TOOR • Jim HAYES • Louise FLISHER • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Sue ALLEN • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA • Rishita RALLABANDI

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 7,050 participants have completed 37,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,725 km, including 5,684 new Personal Bests. A total of 473 individuals have volunteered 3,852 times.