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


Limited facilities this Saturday 4th January

We now have a healthy contingent of volunteers for this Saturday, and look forward to seeing you all.

Please note that as Joanne is off on a very well-earned holiday, we will not have access to the main clubroom or kitchen this week. The only area of the clubhouse that will be open and available will be the toilets.

Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.


New Years Day 2020!

Ja Hansra has kindly written a great run report covering the Black Park and Upton Court Parkruns which is below.

A big thank you thank the to the fantastic team of 25 volunteers for all your help yesterday. You really were a great support. At Upton Court we are not used to the larger numbers and it was your great team work that enabled the event to run smoothly. Please do let me know if anyone is missing.

Alison BROWNHILL • David PRIDDY • Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Charles ALLEN • Ja HANSRA • Anne CHEESEMAN • Michelle JENKINS • Terry JENKINS • Christopher FOX • Jim HAYES • Tom ATHERDEN • Sue HAYES • Paul HAWKINS • Dawn FUNNELL • David RAYNOR • Sarah GARDNER • Lisa DOIDGE • Dawn ESTABROOK • Kam ATWAL • Nikolay KOVALYOV • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG • Mairwen PRICE  • Adrian CLEMENT

A special mention to our local runners for  to the following milestones achieved:

  • Rachhpal Bath - 200th milestone
  • Adrian Clement - 200th milestone, after helping with the car parking! thank you
  • Bella Shah - 100th milestone



01 January 2020 - NYD Double Event

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKRUNNERS! What a smashing morning it turned out to be today. The weather was on it’s best behaviour too, 4’c and cloudy, very favourable conditions for a run around a park (or two!) on the first morning of 2020.

Let’s admit that it’s all too easy to stay in bed and sleep off last night’s partying, over-eating and way too much drinking, but that wasn’t the case for HUNDREDS of you deciding instead to kickstart 2020 with a parkrun attending Black Park and/or Upton Court parkrun events this morning. What better way to get the new year started.

Both parkrun event teams are all too familiar now with the crowds of parkrun enthusiasts that they attract on NYD, Black Park hosted it’s 10th NYD event attracting 669 parkrunners and Upton Court hosted it’s 7th NYD event attracting 388 parkrunners. Of course, this is only possible with the tremendous help of the volunteer teams at both events, our hi-vis heroes make it possible to hold an extra event this week and we are grateful to them for giving up their time so we can run.

The Run Director’s at both events had celebrations of their own too, as if managing the biggest event of the year was not enough… David Priddy was celebrating 500 volunteers today and Alison Brownhill was celebrating her birthday! We hope you’ve had an unforgettable day and your hard work at both events was appreciated.

Both event teams have been gearing up for many weeks for today’s events calling in extra volunteers in anticipation of the crowds. Neither event disappointed, with wide welcoming smiles, happy new year greetings in abundance, it was quite a party at both start lines! There was a very special vibe today, there must be something in the 2020 air!

A thumbs up to the event teams for enabling parkrun enthusiasts to achieve a NYD “Double” challenge again this year. The NYD Double challenge is when you can run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day and it will count as two separate events on your parkrun profile. It is the only day in the year this is possible to do. Many of you joined in on this too, Black Park had a start time of 09:00am and Upton Court started at 10.30am.

On the way to Black Park this morning along the A412/Uxbridge Road at exactly 8.27am I spotted 6 parkrunners on their way to Black Park on foot! And then after the Black Park event was done, on the way to Upton Court at exactly 10.06am I counted 23 parkrunners on their way for the double… on foot! Of course this was just one mode of transport between the two events and let’s give a massive cheer to these guys (and girls) for going hardcore, certainly inspiring and maybe a challenge for others at the next year’s NYD?! Other modes of transport involved car journeys of around 12 minutes (lifts and car sharing were mentioned) and cycling between the two events with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes.

The beauty of both…

One thing’s for sure, those doing the double at Black Park and Upton Court today certainly got an all-round workout. Both events offer variety and beauty in their unique way. Black Park offers a single lap course amongst scenic woodland, sheltered by the towering pine forest on compacted gravel paths vs Upton Court boasting a two lap course of playing fields, stunning views of Windsor Castle, lots of grass and mud! Ah yes, the mud… about that… I’m so glad Upton Court was the later parkrun this morning, with some of it’s course resembling a tough mudder challenge, this was definitely the finish on a high!

At Upton Court, we welcomed parkrunners who were doing the double but came from other events slightly further afield including Bracknell parkrun and Dinton Pastures parkrun. Thank you for choosing us for your double event today and we loved having you.

A very special thanks to members of the Black Park events team that made it over to Upton Court after the Black Park event finished to take part and support us too. David Priddy, Run Director at Black Park swapped his clipboard for a camera at Upton Court, capturing runners down the concrete path with just 1K left to go! Jenny Zaremba, today’s Run Report Writer for Black Park joined in by running at both events.

Welcome first timers…

New Year resolutions might account for the 15 first timers at Black Park and 6 first timers at Upton Court who made their first ever parkrun this morning. Hopefully you enjoyed your first experience of a parkrun and will be back again soon, how about this coming Saturday 4th January? All the best with your parkrun journey, one thing is for sure, once you start, you will not stop and your Saturday morning’s will never be the same again.

Something to think about…

During the run briefing at Black Park this morning there was a message for anyone thinking of making running part of their new year’s resolution. You’re encouraged to join a local running club, no matter your level of fitness, running clubs are inclusive, friendly and a support network for sharing your running goals. Why not give it a go? There are many local running clubs in the area, you’re really spoilt for choice. Maybe have a chat with the event teams or with runners from local clubs for more information at the next Parkrun.

Black Park highlights

  •  15 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  127 visitors were welcomed
  •  65 achieved a PB result

Upton Court highlights

  •  6 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  131 visitors were welcomed
  •  30 achieved a PB result

Let’s start as we mean to go on… here’s wishing everyone’s new year gets off to a flying start and all the best for your resolutions and goals for the year ahead.

Ja Hansra

This week 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 137 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 54 different clubs took part.

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 7,526 participants have completed 39,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,565 km, including 5,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 492 individuals have volunteered 4,055 times.

Happy Running in 2020





Pre Christmas Parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 362
21st December 2019

We were lucky as the rain held off for most of the run - but it was very very wet and boggy, so well done to all of you for coming out to run. And of course a big thank you to our volunteers!

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Alison ALLEN • Ja HANSRA • Matt SMITH • Mo ARIF • Ashley HUGHES • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Lisa EUDEN • Linda HOPE • Lisa DOIDGE • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER

Thank you to Ja and Gurdip Hansra for showing your appreciation to the run directors and volunteers with the hot drinks and delicious cakes. Also a big thank you to Gurdip for volunteering in 2019 alone over 25 times and to Ja for reaching her 25th!

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to our first runner, Adam Howlett from Ipswich, with a time of 18:31 which is impressive given the course conditions.

Congratulations to Veronika Gill for achieving her 100 milestone and she was our first female - well done!

A special mention to Ashley Hughes who travelled on the overnight coach from Liverpool to run his 'U'! and he helped us by token sorting.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

We are holding our usual New Year's Day Parkrun at 10:30AM. Thank you to all of you who have agreed to volunteer. If anyone else would like to volunteer, please let me know by emailing uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com. In previous years we have had nearly 500 runners, so we need a bigger team of volunteers than usual.

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 7,371 participants have completed 38,989 parkruns covering a total distance of 194,945 km, including 5,779 new Personal Bests. A total of 482 individuals have volunteered 4,014 times.

Happy Christmas and see you next Saturday, 28th



Upton Court parkrun #361 Run Report

Chris Hunt was Run Director for the first time this week. He enjoyed it so much he has already volunteered to do it again early in the new year. Here is his Run Report......


A long absent friend returned for Upton Court parkrun #361, namely Upton's very own water feature the waterlogged corner of the football pitch. This didn't dampen the spirits of the 138 runners who took part or slow down the first man Ben Hull and lady Angela Pippard. It was impressive too that the four runners Aneesh Chandan, Mel Jones, Ian Anderton and Alyce Euden achieved PBs. Top age grading was scored by Andrew Fox (77.8%) and Alison Brownhill (71%).

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Given the conditions this might not have been the day I would choose to begin my parkrun adventure but it didn't put off first timers Jennifer Wood, Anna Evans, Charlotte Cook, Aoife Noctor, Hazel Kitson, and Karen Appleton. We hope to see you all again soon.

There were 23 individuals visiting Upton Court for the first time. Jane Thorogood from Aberystwyth was in the middle of a journey down the M4 and there were also folk from Leighton Buzzard, Cardiff and Ireland.


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There were some significant milestones today as well. Gurdip Hansra and Chris Hunt joined the 25 volunteer club, and Lisa Euden completed her 100th volunteer role. Co-ED Mike Ballard joined the 200 club with 171 of his runs being at Upton Court.

I am reinstating the aesthetically pleasing time of the week (APTOTW) for this report. Semus Hannigan was in with a shout with a time of 22:44 and the award could have gone to Martin Bowd with 25:25. However, as it is my choice, I just had to give it to Ben Jones with the palindromic 21:12. "2112" just happens to be the name of an album by my favourite rock band Rush.

Number of Runners: 138
First Timers: 6
Personal Bests: 4
Milestones: 4
Average Age of Runner: 44

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Upton Court parkrun #361 was brought to you by the awesome team of volunteers:

Sue ALLEN, Kam ATWAL, Karin DOIDGE, Richard DOIDGE, Lisa DOIDGE, Lisa EUDEN, Emily EUDEN, Christine FOX, Ja HANSRA, Gurdip HANSRA, Jim HAYES, Caren HUNT, Christopher HUNT, Neel PATIL, Matt SMITH




Wintery parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 359
30th November 2019

When I arrived at Upton Court Park this morning the fog was down and you could not see across the park. But the fog lifted and we had a wonderful sunny run.

We hope all the visitors enjoyed our run. We often have runners coming to Upton Court for their 'U'. Today we welcomed Kirsten and Phil Bradley from Wakefield who completed their alphabet today! They have even travelled to Poland to get the 'Z', parkrun Zielona Góra.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Bob Hardman for his 100th time of volunteering at Upton Court.

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • James BATES •  Bob HARDMAN • Adrian CLEMENT • Emily May HICKS • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Harbhajan DHILLON • Neel PATIL • James BENNETT • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Gary COOK • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER • 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 7,305 participants have completed 38,596 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,980 km, including 5,767 new Personal Bests. A total of 481 individuals have volunteered 3,972 times.



Happy 7th Anniversary

Event #358

23rd November 2019

Anniversaries mean statistics, certificates for the volunteers, a celebratory cake or two and running the course in the opposite direction. You can see various stats at the bottom of our UCp website pages. However, here are some more.

Average numbers of runners each year of UCp (ignoring New Years Day):

2013 42
2014 66
2015 80
2016 88
2017 125
2018 145
2019 188


We are not a large parkrun in terms of attendance, but it is nice to see numbers grow each year. Maybe we will average over 200 a week during our 8th year. Until last week, we had welcomed 7,227 participants who had run 38,240 runs over our 357 events. We had also had 480 different volunteers make sure that the weekly parkrun happened.

And once again it was volunteers we thanked this week. The following comprised our top 10 of volunteers who have completed the most volunteering stints during the last year, and were rewarded with a certificate to celebrate being an outstanding volunteer:

Caren HUNT


Members of the core volunteer team are not included in the list. But we did thank those who manage the parkruns each week as Run Director. Most had volunteered on more than 10 occasions during the year, and their names can be seen in the top line of the volunteer roster for each week. A special mention must go to Matt SMITH, who is out in the park by 7:30am each week setting up the course and making sure it is clear and fit for our parkrun. He has also been known to be out in the park during the year with amongst other tools, a leaf blower, a chainsaw or a snow shovel and salt to ensure that parkrun can take place without any obstacles or dangers.

We thanked Caren HUNT who made us our 7th Anniversary cake. I can’t say it was delicious, as unfortunately I didn’t manage to have any of it! But I am sure it was lovely, as I have tasted other cakes that Caren has made in the past.

And last, but certainly not least, we thanked Joanne, who comes each week to open up the Rugby Club for us, who provides our lovely bacon rolls and hot and cold drinks, and then clears up after us when we leave. If you have ever been to other parkruns, you will realise just what a bonus it is to have the facilities and refreshments that we are able to enjoy here.


201 runners completed the course this week, including just 1 (that we know of) who was running their first ever parkrun. The course was run in reverse, meaning runners had to keep the cones to their right hand side, and the second lap was the longer lap. Usually when the course is run in this direction, you can get a great view of Windsor Castle as you come down the ‘hill’ at the end of each lap. However, the view of the castle was dimmed a bit in the grey, damp mistiness/drizzle that was increasing during the whole morning.

There were a couple of milestones run this week. Both Iby HUSSAIN and Frederike GRASSELLI  ran their 50th parkruns, earning their red T-shirts. Congratulations to you both.

I’m awarding this week’s Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) to Hamish GALLOWAY who ran a nice consecutive 23:45.


Unfortunately 3 of our finish tokens went missing this week. It is very important that these are returned as we need them every week. If you notice anyone at the end of parkrun who is maybe looking a bit lost or might not know what to do, please don’t hesitate to point them in the direction of the barcode scanners. We usually try to hold a first-timers’ briefing before the run, but we often find that not everyone who is new attends this.


This week’s marvellous volunteers were:

Michael Terence BALLARD, Lisa DOIDGE, Alyce EUDEN, Emily EUDEN, Lisa EUDEN, James FLISHER, Louise FLISHER, Christine FOX, Gurdip HANSRA, Bob HARDMAN, Caren HUNT, Avtar MOOKAR, Erin OLIVER, Rishita RALLABANDI, Matt SMITH

If you fancy being on the roster for future events, email us at uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com or sign up on the paper rosters in the Rugby clubhouse as you get your barcodes scanned.  None of the roles are difficult, and full training will be given on the day.

Here is a link to the online volunteer roster so you can see what is available.



Finally, could we encourage you to check that your printed barcode, whether on paper, wristband or card, contains your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact details. If not, please log on to your parkrun profile and add them, and then print out new barcodes. It is very important that these are easily found if an emergency occurs.


See you next time.



We are 7 on Saturday, and we will run the course in the reverse direction

We have our 7th anniversary event this Saturday the 23rd November. As in the past few years, we will be running the course in the reverse direction. The permanent km markers in the park will be counting down from 5km, instead of up. Remember to keep all the cones to your right!

Since we will be starting in the Rugby Club car park, it is imperative that you park in the large car park on Upton Court Road, next to Long Close School. Satnav SL3 7LX. [This is actually the car park we would like you to use each week anyway, as the Rugby Club car park is very limited,]

Please arrive early: 1) so that you have time to walk/jog across the park from the car park and 2) because we will be presenting a few awards before the run.

Hope to see you there.


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:


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....


New Year’s Day parkrun at 10:30am

We can confirm that UCp will once again be running at 10:30am on New Year's Day - 1st January 2020.

This will enable you to do a NYD double if you wish.  As usual, our closest neighbouring parkrun, Black Park parkrun will start at 9am.

Please note that we will not have a run on Christmas Day.

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