This run report comes a bit late in the week because I’ve been a bit lazy after taking part in the Bramley 20 at the weekend. I achieved a personal worst but I was really proud as I’ve not run much in the last four months so sometimes it's worth remembering that just getting round can be an achievement. It’s also worth mentioning for the way that Michelle Jenkins serenely glided past me at 14 miles! Michelle was one of our marshals on Saturday and has now volunteered a staggering 45 times, roughly once for every three parkruns! It’s a really good indication that parkrun is not the only run in the week and volunteering won’t affect your fitness!
Other Upton Court regulars at Bramley were Claire Boyles and Ben Blazquez who both finished with times that suggest they’re going to run strong marathons this year. It's interesting to note that Claire has volunteered 11 times, once for every 9.5 runs. Ben has volunteered 21 times, that’s once for every 7 runs.
Each week we need between 10 and 14 volunteers with a variety of roles that are straightforward and, even if something goes wrong, it can be easily fixed! So, please remember the new motto, say thank you to the volunteers by volunteering yourself. You do not need to volunteer as often as Ben, Michelle or Claire (or Michael, Matt, Jim etc) but a few times a year would mean fewer run reports like this!
This week we had a mixture of new and experienced volunteers. I bet you didn’t even notice! We are grateful to them all.
This week 104 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Alison ALLEN • Andrew SCOWCROFT • Michelle JENKINS • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • John SHAW • Belinda ROUNCE • Manjinder DEVGON • Lisa EUDEN • Ibraar HUSSAIN • James MIDDLETON • Donna KEANE • Kevin KEANE
We had 104 runners which, in the cold, was pretty decent. By all accounts the course was in good condition and fortunately, people weren’t phased by the instruction that it’s “one dog per runner” in the briefing.
Here’s you list of personal bests:
Congratulations to Ian Johnstone who wins this week’s Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week Award for his double, 24:24.
If you’re interested in upcoming local races, don’t forget that the Slough Half Marathon early bird entry offer is open until 1 May. The race takes place on Sunday 14 October so there’s plenty of time to get training. If you’d like to get started early on your training, you can take part in another couple of local races. On 3 March, our neighbour to the north hosts the Dash in the Dark, an evening 10k race through Black Park in the dark. On Sunday 27May, you can take part in a relay in Upton Court park. Get a team of four together and be prepared to run a 4km loop each!
Remember, if you enter any of those, it might be wise to volunteer at parkrun that weekend, rather than run!
Slough Half Marathon:
Dash in the Dark:
Get Active Relays 4x4km:
Not long to the next parkrun! See you all soon.
SOME IMPORTANT NOTICES
Position Tokens. Please make sure that you always hand in your finish token after the run, even if you don’t want a time, or indeed have forgotten your personal barcode.
Children under 11. Children under the age of 11 MUST be accompanied by an adult the WHOLE way around the course.
Social Media. Please interact with Upton Court parkrun on social media. If you use Facebook and Twitter, please ‘Like’ us on Facebook (Upton Court parkrun) and ‘Follow’ us on Twitter (@uptoncrtparkrun).
Car Parking. It’s good that many of you walk, run and cycle to the event. There is very limited car parking space at Slough Rugby Club sometimes some double parking. Please can you instead park at the main Upton Court Park car park on Upton Court Road – Satnav SL3 7LU. There are loads of spaces there and it is only a short walk/jog from the start line.
Dogs. Dogs (maximum 1 dog per runner) are welcome, but should be kept under firm control, on a short lead or a harness with a short lead, and extreme care taken to avoid tripping other runners.
Barcodes. Only printed barcodes, either on paper or on the plastic tokens/silicone wristbands will be accepted for scanning. Digital barcodes (eg on a smartphone) will not be recorded.