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Upton Court parkrun
Event number 374
7th March 2020

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were brand new to parkrun, 55 were first time visitors and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. It was nice to see numbers back to our normal expectations, especially after last week's disappointingly small crowd of only 108. Boosted numbers were partly due to a visiting contingent of about 20 pupils and staff from Gordon School near Woking, and also because quite a few localish parkruns were cancelled. Despite the ground conditions not being great, I don't think I had a single complaint about the mud and puddles, but instead a few comments from people who had enjoyed the course.

A few runners celebrated milestones this week. Young Jasmine Sinclair ran her 10th parkrun. Young Sneha Sreeram ran her 100th parkrun, all of which have been here at UCp. And a mention goes to one of our core team Run Directors, Jim Hayes, who ran his 200th parkrun. Well done all.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Kim UPTON • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Christopher FOX • Matthew MOORE • Lucinda LONGSTER • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG

And now for something serious. Yesterday, one of our marshals was seriously verbally abused by a runner who thought he wasn't being allowed to park near the Rugby Club. Maybe due to a misunderstanding with the directions being offered by the marshal, the runner shook his head, turned his car around and drove off. When he later walked down past the marshal, he subjected the marshal to a serious verbal tirade (including much swearing) claiming that he hadn't been allowed to park, whereas other people were being allowed. The marshal later wasn't able to specifically identify the runner, but the incident was reported by me to parkrun HQ as part of our usual results processing.

As he was not identifiable, it might be that he was a first time visitor, and that this will be his only visit here. However, we will not accept such behaviour from anyone, either at parkrun, in the Rugby Club or for that matter, in life generally. The point is is that parkrun is free, and only operates because of the generosity of people who willingly give up some time on a Saturday morning. No one should have to be subjected to such abuse. If you have anything to complain about, speak to the Run Director, who will try to sort out any issue. Such events can put people in the wrong frame of mind for the rest of the weekend, and could put them off ever volunteering again. It isn't nice, isn't acceptable, and won't be tolerated.

Let's hope such an incident doesn't happen again. If it was a regular, can we suggest that you try to arrive in good time for parkrun, not a couple of minutes before it is due to start.

Let's finish on something a bit more fun, the Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) non award. We had so many runners who recorded straight minutes that it was almost like it was a planned pacer day. Tom Atherden 20:00, Claire Pusey 21:00, Philip Carter 22:00, Scott Woodhouse 25:00, Alison Allen 28:00, Paramjit Bansal 29:00, Kenny McKinnon 39:00, Lucy Gardner 41:00 and Reahana Hawa 45:00 were our unofficial 'pacers'. I do like a palindromic time, and we had an abundance of those too: Sachiko Dixon 23:32, Zsolt Spirnyak 24:42, Jane Colbeck-McKinnon 25:52, Debbie Batchelor 32:23, Rajagopalan Venkataraman 40:04. But my winner is Mark Smith, who with his 33:33 achieved a nice time that was also palindromic.

See you next time.

Michael

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 7,906 participants have completed 41,404 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,020 km, including 5,946 new Personal Bests. A total of 499 individuals have volunteered 4,220 times.