Event #365 4th January 2020

Upton Court parkrun recovered from December's lull with 210 runners participating. In fact this was the highest number of runners (New Year's Day excepted) since September. First home were Matthew Nelson (22:54) and Emily Hicks (22:54), whilst the best age graded performances came form Alan Freer (73.08 %) and Yvonne Olney (79 %).This week's firmer footing helped produced personal bests for Philip Greenhalgh, Dave Matthews, Michael Macmillan, Prithvi Ramesh, Zsolt Spirnyak, Venkat Annangi, Krishna Kumar, Mel Jones, Radley Hawes, Brendan Lally, Harjit Sappal and Samina Butt.

No doubt sticking to their New Year resolutions, we welcomed the following runners to the parkrun family: Saisurya Prasannakumar, Gina Thiara, Nyra John, Melanie Smith, Mel Foster-Hawes, Manpreet Kular, Katie Merriman, Kiran Kohli, Sarah Lowery, Joanna Coleman, Tanvi Gatne and Riffat Mian-Hashim. Well done to all and we hope to see you again soon.

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We had a total of 29 visitors from other parkruns including Bristol and London. This number included a couple of evacuees from Reading as a result of continued course flooding.There were again a number of magnificent milestones. Lisa Doidge, who is doing her Duke of Edinburgh's Award has volunteered an impressive 25 times. Louise and James Flisher were both running their 100th parkruns. Mathew Nelson from London celebrated not only his 100th parkrun but also completion of the parkrun alphabet (and yes that did include the letter "Z") by finishing first .

It's not usual to note milestones from other parkruns but I will make an exception for Dave Priddy, Run Director at nearby Black Park , who completed his 500th volunteering role on New Year's Day and was then to be seen afterwards taking photographs at our New Year's Day run. Well done David!

There was a tie for aesthetically pleasing time of the week with both Harbhajan Dhillon and Petra Hale recording 27:27.

The clubhouse kitchen was closed this week as Joanne took a well deserved break. We are very lucky to have Joanne's help and therefore access to the Rugby Club. I therefore urge regulars that if you keep only one resolution this year let be to support Joanne by continuing to buy teas, coffees and delicious rolls from the kitchen.

Run Statistics

Number of runners: 210
Number of First Timers to parkrun: 12
Number of Personal Bests: 12
Number of First Time Visitors to Upton: 29
Average Age of Runners: 41

Chris Hunt