UCp 13th October

Thanks to Cinthia Parkes a visitor from Bracknell who wrote this week's report.

It was a great turnout actually for a quite miserable morning! The weather was drizzly, a bit chilly, definitely a temptation to stay in bed under the covers for another hour, but no, 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We had 32 first timers, some from as far as Newcastle and Congleton, some coming for the 'U' in the parkrun alphabet (we are one of 2 'U's) but there were also a few for whom this was their very first  - local - parkrun! In this weather! They definitely deserved their round of applause this morning!

And weren't we lucky? The heavy rain held off and it appeared to get warmer, which must've favoured the 19 runners who achieved new Personal Bests. Well done all you lot!

As always, let's recognise all those wonderful people who got up early and gave their time today to make parkrun happen - thank you thank you thank you to our amazing volunteers, all 17 of you - Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Yvonne OLNEY • Ja HANSRA • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Jo GODSMARK • Jim HAYES • Caren HUNT • James FLISHER • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Sneha SREERAM • Lisa DOIDGE • Gurdip HANSRA • Bhavana PARMAR • Rishita RALLABANDI  (Personally I love it when the marshalls shout out and cheer you on and say well done and keep going and you're looking good and only 600m to go and great running, and here at Upton there were lots of those - my true appreciation to you!)

So, onto results. The first lady through the funnel today was Sian WALKINGTON, who ran a nifty 22:38, it was her first time at Upton Court (although her 54th parkrun) and she represents Horsforth Harriers (one of 23 different clubs here today) Congratulations Sian!

The fastest male was Simon LONG from Datchet Dashers in a time of 18.25. Well done Simon!

The fastest Junior 10 was Shane ATHUKORALA in a time of 25:41, with Junior 10s Ryan CHEEYAPANA and Arjun MARKANDEY making their parkrun debut today! Wow! In this weather, what brilliant determination and dedication! Hope you 2 boys enjoyed your run, may it be the beginning of a long and rewarding engagement in running. Also a great shout out to Avneet KAUR, the ONLY Junior 10 young lady - fantastic to see you carrying the flag for junior women's running, well done.
For those of you interested, today's full results and a complete event history can be found here Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

We welcome for his first time here our oldest male runner today representing the 75-79 age category, Douglas BLYTH, who ran a truly wonderful 29:49. I hope to still be able to run THAT fast at THAT age!! And the oldest lady today - it was her very first parkrun ever! Huge roar of applause for Mary TUCK, (age cat 70-74), proof that it's never too late to start parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it Mary, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Three cheers for Jake BRECH, who celebrated his 18th birthday with us- what a way to start your day! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day Jake, Happy Birthday :-)

Big celebrations for Rob GILMOUR, who ran his 50th parkrun today, and to Lisa PLUMMER and Rob FOSTER who ran their 150th today. Watch out for Lisa FOREMAN doing her 50th next time, and David RAYNOR doing his 100th.

Do you know that there were 52 runners today who have run 100 or more parkruns? Impressive. Hats off to your dedication to your self, your physical and mental health.

More stats -The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294). The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89). The Age Grade course record is held by Maxine MAXINE who recorded 88.18% (25:15) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 337). The summer appears to be the season to set records. Take solace in that if you were aiming for one today.


Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 7,082 participants have completed 37,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,600 km, including 5,703 new Personal Bests. A total of 475 individuals have volunteered 3,869 times. Did you see the survey results from parkrun HQ recently, that people got more satisfaction and feelings of wellbeing from volunteering than from running?! Luckily you can do both. There are lots of volunteer roles you can do before or after your run, just click on the volunteer tab at the top of the Upton Court homepage for more info, for future week rosters where there are spaces. But get in quick, this is a very popular parkrun and the volunteer club cameraderie must be great, I'm delighted to see so many volunteers! Good team work, well done, and thank you again for your time and dedication.

Well, I made a lovely breakfast of pear and cinnamon pancakes when I got home, just before writing this run report, now off for a long hot soak in the bath on this truly autumnally grey day. Hope your breakfast was just as enjoyable, and see you at a parkrun soon!

Cinthia Parkes

 

 

Happy 15th Birthday

Have you, like me, being enjoying the athletics from Doha?  It was great to see KJT and Dina Asher-Smith picking up gold medals and, more widely, all the other the other competitors showing off their athletic prowess.  Also featuring in the media this week has been our very own parkrun. Fifteen years ago this weekend,  a group of thirteen people got together for a timed run in a park in south-west London. And so parkrun was born. Last weekend in the UK alone, there were 140,873 and 14,120 volunteers. Across the whole word those figures rise to 263,194 and 24,326 respectively. And that doesn’t even include Junior parkruns.  That’s some rate of growth!

What’s the appeal? Is it the exercise, is it the welcome for all, is it because it’s free, is it because it's not a race, is it the community or is it just the tea and cake after the event?   Whatever the answer, it is working; so thanks to Paul Sinton-Hewitt for his brilliantly simple idea and determination to spread it as widely as possible.  While we can all marvel at the skills and dedication of top class athletes, the impact parkrun has made on the sporting endeavours of individuals and communities all over the world is equally inspiring.

And now for the UCp news.

We had 186 finishers this week very ably supported by our team of volunteers. Congratulations to sisters Caroline and Susie Lowe who both completed their 200th parkrun, and to Kim Upton who reached her 50th (48 of which have been here in Upton Court ).

Joining the parkrun clan for the very first time were Baljinder and Simran Kaur, Rajagopalan Venkataraman, Ian Anderton, Autherine Harris-Bosncic, Emilie Fox and Sean Maguire.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves and come back again next week.  There were 28 PB’s - most notably Mohammed Taj who ran 25:41 on his 100th UCp run (102 in total) and young Shane Athukorala with 25:40 on his 38th run.

And finally: the APTOTW (google it if you don’t recognise the acronym) this week goes to UCp regular Sreeram Thiaagarajan for his time of 29:28. We had 29 people who ran Upton Court for the first time and 28 who ran PB’s.

Happy 15th Birthday parkrun and a big thank you from me for all the fun and friends it has brought me.

See you next week

Jim

Upton Court parkrun: Event number 352, 5th October 2019

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jackie WREN • Ja HANSRA • Martin WREN • James BATES • Himmat TOOR • Jim HAYES • Louise FLISHER • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Sue ALLEN • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA • 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 7,050 participants have completed 37,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,725 km, including 5,684 new Personal Bests. A total of 473 individuals have volunteered 3,852 times.

 

Limited facilities at the Rugby Club for the next 2 Saturdays (5th and 12th October)

Our hosts, Slough Rugby Club, will be using the clubhouse to show the England World Cup rugby games the next 2 Saturday mornings - 5th and 12th October.  The games start at or around 9am, and so we will not be able to use the main rooms in the clubhouse, the kitchen or the car park for parkrun.

The toilets will be available to use, and Joanne will try to provide a drinks/food service outside on the verandah.  Barcode scanning will also take place outside.

Do not use the Rugby Club car park if you are coming to parkrun.  Use the large free car park on Upton Court Road, at the top of Upton Court Park (satnav: SL3 7LX).  You can also park along Upton Court Road.  It is only a short walk/jog across the park to the parkrun start.  There will be a marshal at the top of the lane (near the roundabout on Upton Court Road) that leads to the Rugby Club who will prevent anyone related to parkrun from going down the lane and who will direct you to the main car park.

PS; If England progress further in the tournament it is possible that there may also be future events at the Rugby Club

 

A little bit of sunshine to brighten up a rainy Sunday

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 350
21st September 2019

The sun shone and there were smiles all around.  Loads of you stayed behind afterwards in the sunshine to chat and enjoy a coffee.  Joanne had asked me to announce before the run that she was trialling portobello mushroom burgers as there seemed to be a lot of vegetarians attending UCp nowadays.  As I mentioned it during the pre-run briefing I noticed a definite 'ooohhh' coming from the starting pack.  And apparently they sold well.  Joanne would like any feedback on what you like (or don't) about the snack bar offerings on a Saturday.  She wants everyone to be catered for.  Please speak with her next time you buy a snack/drink.

One visitor commented to me after the run how it was nice to have so much space in the park, especially at the start.  She told me that she normally takes about 40 seconds or so to just be able to cross the start line at her local event.  Well. below is proof of how much space we have.

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This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were running their first ever parkrun and 40 were first time visitors.  36 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Neil Hargan and Mohammed Taj both reached their 100 parkrun milestones this week.  Neil started running parkrun on 4th February 2017 when his son was doing Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, and has done 99 of his 100 parkruns here at UCp.  Mohammed started a week later and has run 98 of his parkruns here.  Mohammed ran a PB this week too.  Well done!

And congratulations to visitor Chris Dye who ran his 250th parkrun this week.  I'm not sure why he chose UCp to run such a milestone, rather than his regular parkrun of Gorleston Cliffs, but, looking at his stats, the letter 'U' was his 18th letter of his Alphabeteer challenge.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • James FLISHER • Dawn FUNNELL • Lisa EUDEN • Niraj WYKES • Kam ATWAL • Zichen MA • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA

Now on to this week's hotly contested APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week).  We had quite a few round minutes: Lucy CARTER and Chris CARTER both ran 22:00, Marc PHILLIPS ran 24:00, Alan PAUL and Mo ARIF both ran 25:00 and Khalida ARIF ran 31:00.  Mitch DALE and Harj SINGH both ran doubles, with 21:21 and 35:35 respectively.  Rishita RALLABANDI ran a palindromic 40:04.  And Rajinder KAUR ran the overall 350 event UCp average time of 28:49.  However, (look away Spurs fans!) my favourite time this week was Mohammad SHAH's 30:21, as it reflected the winning margins of my 2 teams on Saturday, Slough Town FC and Leicester City.  No VAR needed here!

Please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of the park is due to be demolished next weekend and the motorway will be closed between Junction 5 to Junction 6 over the weekend.  Whilst I don't think anyone coming to parkrun will be using that stretch of the M4 anyway, it will however mean increased traffic driving through Slough on diversion.

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 6,986 participants have completed 36,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,915 km, including 5,639 new Personal Bests. A total of 469 individuals have volunteered 3,818 times.

 

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The joys of Upton Court

It’s great to get a run report written by a visitor who brings a fresh view of what us regulars either miss or simply take for granted. So thank you to Sharon for last week’s report which reminded us that Upton Court Park isn’t  just a couple of grassy fields and tarmac paths: Sharon pointed out the wild flower meadow and views of Windsor Castle.  To her list I would add all the beautiful trees. So maybe we should start by saying thank you to our hosts, Slough Borough Council, for such a pleasant park.

We had another 200-plus runners, joggers and walkers this week of whom 31 ran personal bests. Too many I’m afraid to list but very well done to you all.

We had a whole clutch of people trying parkrun for the very first time - so welcome to William Casbolt, Aneeka Shah, Harry Macklin, Humza Hussain, Luke Williams, James Hourston, Balraj Brar, Chloe and Shannah Gates  and Tina Steinbrecher. Hopefully you had a good time and will be back soon.

APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) was a hard fought competition this week with Simon Long 17:17, Jas Kant 21:21, Ewan Montgomery 30:30 and Satnam Singh 46:46 all managing repeating numbers but this week the award is shared by Adam Malik and Humza Hussain  with their respective palindromic times of 32:23 and 25:52.

As usual a big thank you to all our volunteers who kept time, scanned barcodes, marshalled, briefed new-comers, tail-walked and set up and set down the course so perfectly. It made my morning as Run Director smooth and uneventful, which is just as I like it.  So thanks to Philip Kemp, Ja and Gurdip Hansra, Sarah Gardner, Himmat Toor, Harbhajan Dhillon, Ann Chandler, Stuart Montgomery, Claire Blazquez, James Middleton, Prabh Manni & Erin Oliver.

Keep running and see you soon.

Jim

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 346
24th August 2019

This week's Run Report is written by visitor Sharon Fox, who also provided a few more photos.....

When I realised my “U” for the Alphabet Challenge was the halfway point for meeting family (I’m in Worcestershire, family in Kent and London) this looked like the perfect excuse for a family get together on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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My cousin Rachel and her friends Abi and Rob, have recently got the parkrun bug, inspired by weekend parkrun chatter from the rest of the family from across the world.

They’d managed to persuade my Aunt and Uncle to come along too to see what it’s all about, mostly with the promise of bacon baps in the Rugby Clubhouse that were recommended by many.

Brief panic ensued when we realised the Clubhouse was closed for a function but faith was restored when we were told there were BBQ style arrangements for breakfast and the team did a great job of catering outdoors and the weather was perfect for it so all was good again.

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There were 2 First Timers Briefings delivered brilliantly by Ja and at least 20 people were fellow Alphabeteers which always makes me feel a little less crazy!

My cousin’s local parkrun is Bushy so this seemed like a very intimate affair to her with only 239 runners and walkers rather than 1,500.

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There were milestone celebrations for 50 for Raj Aravamuthan and 100 for Frank Fogarty today. There were 52 visitors and 7 newbies too.

On a very hot day there wasn’t much shade but the fantastic Marshal’s cheered us on and I caught the iconic views of Windsor Castle as instructed in the brief. Loved the 1k markers too.

The whole event was extremely well organised with a very relaxed atmosphere and the Brekki BBQ was perfect for a Bank Holiday weekend feel.

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We’d all previously looked at the park description and we weren’t expecting much, sounds like a few sports fields, however we were all pleasantly surprised by the lovely space it is and we enjoyed a walk around the wild flowers afterwards which were stunning. Considering we were near a flight path it was really peaceful too. A stroll around Slough and a coffee stop was enjoyed before we headed home, this included an hours delay on the M40 for me but hey-ho!

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Thank you Upton Court for a lovely parkrun experience.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers:

Caren HUNT  •  Claire BLAZQUEZ  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Emily EUDEN  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Gurdip HANSRA  •  Harbhajan DHILLON  •  Ja HANSRA  •  James FLISHER  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Paramjit BANSAL  •  Sharon FOX  •  Zichen MA

Sharon Fox

PS  As I mentioned during the run briefing yesterday, please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of Upton Court Park will be closed from 9th September.  The bridge will be demolished to allow the M4 SMART Motorway works to progress.  The works are likely to continue for 18 months.  So if you normally walk, jog or cycle from Datchet, Eton, or Windsor direction then you will have to use the Datchet Road bridge instead.

Michael

Some more stats........

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 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 6,838 participants have completed 36,135 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,675 km, including 5,478 new Personal Bests. A total of 464 individuals have volunteered 3,756 times.

 

Upton Court parkrun #345 17th August 2019

Thank you to Sam Noakes for helping with the Run Report! Sam ran at Upton Court for the first time this week and was in the leading pack, we hope to see you again!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the sunny course, of whom 31 were first timers on this course, 4 were first timers to parkrun and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part, from as far away as Singapore!

There was some impressive age graded scores with many over 70% and a few breaking 80%! One of the 80%ers was Charlotte FIELD, who led the way comfortably to finish first with a new PB and achieved the 4th fastest female finisher time on this course, ever – well done!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

 Alison BROWNHILL  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Clare REGALE-DAY  •  David RAYNOR  •  David SANDERS  •  Duncan GIBSON  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Ja HANSRA  •  Jonathan DAVIES  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Mark OLNEY  •  Sam NOAKES  •  Stuart MONTGOMERY

Note that this coming Saturday, 24th August, the rugby club is closed for an event. However Joanne will open the fire exit doors for access to the toilets. Food and drink will be served from the verandah. A sunny Saturday is forecast so you can all still stay and enjoy breakfast with your fellow running friends.

Big congratulations to everyone that took part and we hope to see you next week!

Alison and Sam

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

Female record holder: Jill COLLETT - 18:09 - Event 294 (18/08/18)

Male record holder: Glenn HUGHES - 15:28 - Event 89 (30/08/14)

Age graded record holder: Maxine MAXINE - 88.18 % - 25:15 - Event 337 (22/06/19)

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,746 participants have completed 35,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,490 km, including 5,417 new Personal Bests.

 

UCp #340 13th July 2019

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 340
13th July 2019

This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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What those around the finish funnel noticed as the runners started arriving was how young many of the fastest were. 3 out of the first 4 places (5 out of the first 7) were teenagers. Christopher BOYLE finished between the BRECH boys, only 2 seconds off his 20 minute PB. And Casper KAMAU finished in 6th place, knocking 1:52 off his previous PB!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Ben BLAZQUEZ • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • David ROSS • Harbhajan DHILLON • Kim REES • Jim HAYES • Caren HUNT • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Avtar Singh BHOGAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Prabh MANNI • Ellen BUENO

Remember that we are always looking for volunteers to help out each week. Next Saturday, local runners from GoodGym will be volunteering. I've done a few of the GoodGym group runs, and it is a fun and worthwhile way to spend a couple of hours on Monday evenings, getting fit whilst doing good deeds. If you are interested, the website is https://www.goodgym.org/areas/slough

After my news post last week about bringing along a water bottle and water to parkrun, Joanne informed me that she had only had a couple of requests for water, and that she had run out of bacon for the rolls. It seems that a lot of you had read the post and heeded the advice. Thank you for listening.

Looking through the 207 results for an APTOTW, I came across Jas KANG's descending time of 32:10. Good one Jas!

If anyone took away finish token 18 this week, could they please let us know, and arrange to return it. We still cannot work out why tokens go missing. We mention about it in the first-timers briefing, in the pre-run briefing and have signs at the finish funnel telling you to go and get your barcodes scanned in the clubhouse. If you spot anyone who looks a bit lost at the finish funnel wondering what to do next, just politely prompt them to go into the clubhouse, even if they haven't got their runner barcode.

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 6,528 participants have completed 34,834 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,170 km, including 5,307 new Personal Bests. A total of 453 individuals have volunteered 3,657 times.

 

It’s hot. Please bring some water with you.

At Upton Court, we are really lucky to be able to enjoy the facilities provided by the Rugby Club, and in the park: a nice dry (warm in winter) room to meet up and leave our kit while we parkrun, toilets, free parking, parkrun kit storage etc.  But one of the best things is that Joanne comes every week to unlock the club for us, and to provide us with bacon rolls and drinks, as well as other items of food.

Joanne loves doing this and meeting all us parkrunners and families.  But whilst she can usually make a little bit of money doing this, she is finding it hard at the moment to even cover her costs.  When it is warmer, people may not feel like a hot drink or a hot roll.  And when people bring in cake, Joanne usually sells fewer rolls.

What Joanne is finding recently is that people are asking for a cup of cold water, and not buying anything.  These cups cost Joanne money, and because she isn't selling other drinks and food, she is finding that she is actually losing money at the moment.  She feels bad refusing to give out water, but each time she does, it costs her.

We don't want to lose Joanne and our weekly post-run (or even pre-run) rolls and drinks.  Please try to spend a little money each week, even if it is only one coffee, or a chocolate bar.  We even have the barcode scanners sitting inside, near the serving hatch so that you don't have to walk far!  I usually spend £3 each week on a coffee and a bacon roll.  You won't find that value in most places.  A single coffee in one of those High Street coffee shops costs nearly that on its own.

And most importantly, please make sure you bring your own water bottle and water.  I always re-use old single-use bottles many times before recycling them.  Or maybe buy one of those new smart personalised parkrun bottles.  Then we will all be happy.

 

The 250 Milestone Club

This week we have not one but two run reports! Please see below another wonderful report, this time penned by Chris Hunt in celebration of his 250th run yesterday.

This week I joined the parkrun 250 milestone club. My first parkrun was in 2009. To begin with I used parkrun only as an occasional 5 km time trial, running mostly at Black Park. In August 2012 I made my only pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun on the day that Olympian Andrew Baddely set the male parkrun World Record of 13:48 which still stands to this day. Amazingly after the run he carried on with a training session!
I also ran the inaugural Upton Court parkrun on 24/11/2012. In the last kilometre I was overtaken and unable to catch a runner in my age category only to discover afterwards that it was Paul Sinton Hewitt the parkrun founder.  Upton no. 9 also remains in the memory as the one where 18 runners braved the snow whilst parkruns all around were cancelled.
It was at Upton that I truly caught the parkrun bug. In 2014 I started running with my daughter Ellie in a buggy, completing around 50 runs over 4 years during the warmer months. Ellie, now 6, has herself completed 39 junior parkruns.
Upton I have to say is not my favourite course to run but what keeps bringing myself and my family back is the community spirit that has steadily evolved over the years. This is due in part to the use of the clubhouse and kitchen for which we are very fortunate. I would like to thank all the volunteers who have kept this event going.
I love parkrun for it's inclusiveness and the fact that it can welcome runners and walkers of all abilities and ages. If you have a bad run there is always next week and as I always say if your not happy with your result you can always ask for your money back.
Regards
 
Chris Hunt

 

 

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