Run Report #368 and Visitors collecting a “U”

Event #368  25th January 2020

It was 6°C and cloudy this morning on what was the last parkrun of January. It’s been a very busy month with lots of first timers joining us as part of their new year's resolutions, visitors arriving from other parkruns increasing their tourist quotient and even our regular parkrunners who have been going strong in what feels like a very long month. This was the 5th parkrun this month including the New Year's Day special event. A massive well done to everyone. You are awesome!

Today’s summary;

  • A total of 217 took part in parkrun this morning
  • 12 First Timers
  • 28 First Time Visitors
  • 20 achieved a Personal Best
  • 19 volunteered
  • Angela Ainsworth joined the 100 parkrun club
  • Tony Chana ran his 300th parkrun
  • David Raynor ran his 100th UCp and paid for 67 cups of tea and coffee to celebrate
  • David Pocklington wins APTOW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week) with 23:23

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Visitors collecting a “U”

If you wondered why we get so many visitors at Upton Court parkrun, most of the time the visitors come here to collect their letter “U”. They are also fondly known as parkrun Tourists. Why is collecting a letter “U” so important? This is part of the Alphabet Challenge on the Running Challenges website and many parkrun enthusiasts up and down the country use the Running Challenges to add twists, turns and variation to their Saturday morning fix. There aren’t actually that many “U” parkruns to choose from, only a handful. Other "U" parkruns include Uckfield (East Sussex), Upton House (Poole, Dorset) and Ury Riverside (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).

The getting here…

We enjoy welcoming visitors at UCp and are delighted that they have chosen us to collect their “U”. Having done a fair few first timers briefings, I get to hear first hand of their journeys. I’m very often amazed hearing of their adventures getting here, usually along the lines of multiple train journeys, overnight coaches, long car drives and then when they arrive close to Slough they might make a mad dash for a local bus or call an Uber to make it here just in time! Phew! In my mind I’m thinking “my gosh, aren’t you tired? maybe you need a lie down?” But no, they are bright eyed, bushy tailed and raring to go!

Visitors come here with incredible energy, often hanging around after the parkrun for a coffee and chit chat, and sometimes we get volunteers for token sorting which is always nice. When the Run Director calls out “Do we have any visitors today?” and they shout out Liverpool! Nottingham! Aldershot! Watford! … we get to give them another warm welcome at the start line. Also not forgetting the ones from further afield, we’ve welcomed visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore too.

Visitors' briefing

At the briefing we promise our visitors they are in for a real treat. We are a two-lap course, mind the gradual slope up the field, you’ll definitely feel it on the second lap but you get to skip the far field on the second time around. Our marshals will cheer and encourage you along at key turning points and there's no danger of getting lost on our course. We have wooden posts marking each Km for those counting up or counting down. We also have orange cones, try to keep the cones to your left, but we’ll forgive you if you forget because the regulars sometimes forget too! Once you’ve come through the finish funnel, head over to the Rugby Clubhouse for barcode scanning, hand in your finish tokens and grab a tea/coffee, sometimes there is cake too!

Oh yes! How to spot Windsor Castle? We tell our visitors they must not go home without seeing Windsor Castle… when you turn onto the concrete path at the top corner of the park (near the main car park), remember to look straight ahead and up, I can't stress this enough... look up up up! Windsor Castle looks exactly like it does on our parkrun website page. That’s the picture you want! Don't worry though, if you miss it on the first lap, you can catch it on the second lap, and if you miss it again on the second lap… you can catch on your way home to the car park…

In recent weeks, our visitors have embraced and enjoyed another great feature of our parkrun, open sky and exposure to ‘the elements’ - by this we mean our course could be good practise for a Tough Mudder challenge, there’s just been so much mud the last couple of months. At times, you could swim the top end of the far field. Our visitors don’t seem to mind our parkrun terrain at all and often comment at how civilised we are to take our shoes off before entering the clubhouse!

Running Challenges

To find out more about the Alphabet Challenge and other Running Challenges and have some fun with your parkrun results, use this link: https://running-challenges.co.uk/. You can collect running badges, volunteer badges and country flags. This Chrome browser extension adds extra information to your parkrun results page so you can see your progress. It is only accessible through Chrome or Firefox on a Desktop PC. This extension is not official or affiliated with parkrun in any way, it was created by keen parkrunners who are sharing the fun.

Ja Hansra

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 368
25th January 2020

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Kim REES • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • James FLISHER • Christine FOX • Veronika GILL • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • 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 7,662 participants have completed 40,332 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,660 km, including 5,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 494 individuals have volunteered 4,126 times.