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.

Alison

 

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:

Lisa EUDEN
Bob HARDMAN
Emily EUDEN
James MIDDLETON
James BATES
Caren HUNT
Gurdip HANSRA
Nidhi VAIDYANATH
Lisa DOIDGE
Ja HANSRA

 

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.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/uptoncourt/futureroster/

 

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.

Michael

 

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:

Bob HARDMAN • Stuart WILLIAMS • Laura WILLIAMS • Ja HANSRA • Lee DUMONT • Matt SMITH • Neel PATIL • Joe MAYLOR • Linda HOPE • Jo DIXON • Lisa DOIDGE • Kam ATWAL • 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 7,227 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.

 

Limited facilities again this week (26th Oct)

Whilst it is great that England have got through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, the next match is unfortunately at parkrun o'clock on Saturday.  This means that we will once again only have limited facilities at the rugby club this weekend.  We will not be able to use the main clubhouse room or the kitchen, and there will be limited parking in the rugby club car park.

We will have access to the toilets, and Joanne and Caren will be serving drinks from the verandah.

 

Sunny Autumn Parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 354
19th October 2019

We had a great turn out at Upton Court Parkrun today! We were blessed with the sun, as we were outside today as the clubhouse was in use for the rugby world cup. This will be the same next week as England will be playing in the semi final.

Congratulations to our winner today: Charlotte Dewar. A fantastic run in 18:49, and Charlotte is still only 14! Fantastic to see such talent at Upton Court - well done!

Congratulations to Stuart Williams on his 250th park run. Stuart is one of our Run Directors and he has also managed to volunteer over 85 times since he started doing parkrun in 2010.

Well done David Raynor for achieving your 100th parkrun!

It was wonderful to welcome so many tourists today! We hope you enjoyed the run and that we see you again.

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Yvonne OLNEY • Simon LONG • Ja HANSRA • Dennis BONNIE • Robert Steven NUTTER • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • Simon DINSDALE • James FLISHER • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Emily EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • 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 7,134 participants have completed 37,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 188,580 km, including 5,720 new Personal Bests. A total of 476 individuals have volunteered 3,888 times.

See you next week

Alison

 

Limited facilities at the Rugby Club this Saturday (19th Oct)

Please note that we will not have use of the main clubhouse room or kitchen this Saturday.  Joanne is having a week off and so there will be no food or drinks available.

Only the toilets will be available.

Barcode scanning will be done outside on the verandah.

 

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.

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