Mud, mud, glorious mud! Slip, sliding away …

First of all a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers today

Bob HARDMAN  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Gurdip HANSRA  •  Ja HANSRA  •  Jo DIXON  •  Joe MAYLOR  •  Kam ATWAL  •  Laura WILLIAMS  •  Lee DUMONT  •  Linda HOPE  •  Lisa DOIDGE  •  Matt SMITH  •  Neel PATIL  •  Stuart WILLIAMS

Secondly, Linda Hope has penned a wonderful run report

Upton Court Parkrun #357   16/11/2019

Run report – a visitor’s perspective

They asked me not to mention the mud, but as it added a whole new dimension to parkrun for me it would be wrong not to at least give it a nod. This was my first run at Upton Court, though not my first visit – back in August I volunteered (timekeeper) as I was injured and unable to run as planned. At the time I was struck by just how friendly and welcoming everyone was – from the core team, through to all the volunteers and the runners themselves. What a fabulous community you have at Upton Court. So today, only the course was new for me.

Upton Court was my NENDY (nearest event not done yet) as Black Park is my home parkrun. I knew it would be a very different experience in many ways; compacted gravel paths at Black Park vs lots and lots of grass and … (let’s not mention that again just yet) at Upton Court, trees everywhere at BP vs open sky and open views at UC, a single lap course at BP vs a two lap course at UC, a wide open start at UC vs a narrow deep start at BP and a field of 6-800 at BP vs about 200 at UC.

The night before I listened to the relentless rain, trying to imagine what that was doing to a grass field! When I left home Saturday morning it was a mere 4°C, but the rain had stopped. On arrival I was warned the mud was ‘deep enough to lose a child in’, during the RD briefing a narrow track to get passed the mud was mentioned – at this point my main target was to stay upright in my road shoes.

After an animated first timers and visitors briefing, then the RDs pre-run brief, it was time to run! A 3-2-1 countdown and suddenly we were all off (at BP it takes several seconds/minutes to get going, unless you happen to be an elite athlete at the front – which I’m not!). I’d barely tucked my watch back into my warm sleeves when I heard loud, surprised squeals ahead; moments later all became clear as I splished and splashed my way though a very wet and muddy patch of field. Dare I say that was fun (I felt like a big kid)! Concentrating hard to make sure I stayed upright throughout, cornering those cones as carefully as possible and sticking to the hedge line to avoid the deepest mud.

The course marshals were wonderful - beaming, smiling and encouraging us on our way (we don’t have marshals out on the course at BP), thank you to you all standing in the cold, you did a fantastic job. The finish funnel volunteers were brilliant too – calling us to dig deep and sprint for the line.

No visitor report of Upton Court parkrun would be complete without mentioning the view of Windsor Castle – beautifully framed at the end of a path lined with trees in all their autumn colour; on a sunny, blue-sky day it must look stunning. That view makes the two-laps worthwhile!

One final note for anyone thinking of running at Upton Court on a muddy day: be warned, this is a very civilised parkrun, with a great café on site where everyone takes off their muddy shoes before going in – don’t make my rookie error and wear your brightest white socks!!!

So, a massive thank you to everyone at Upton Court, I had a great time and would love to run with you all again.

 

This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Stuart WILLIAMS • Laura WILLIAMS • Ja HANSRA • Lee DUMONT • Matt SMITH • Neel PATIL • Joe MAYLOR • Linda HOPE • Jo DIXON • Lisa DOIDGE • Kam ATWAL • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER

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 7,227 participants have completed 38,240 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,200 km, including 5,745 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 3,942 times.

See you all next week....