UCp over Christmas and New Year

We thought we'd let you know what is happening at UCp over the Christmas and New Year period. As you know, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are the only non-Saturdays when extra events can take place. And New Year's Day is the only day when you can run 2 parkruns on the same day and have both results count.

We will not have a run on Christmas Day.

On New Year's Day, we will start at 10:30am. Black Park will start at 9am. So the local double is possible, along with a run or 2 between the venues if you want.

Maidenhead is starting at 9am on Christmas Day, and at 8:30am on New Year's day. Other events can be found on the parkrun Christmas 2018 Compendium, which can be found at this web address: parkrun 2018 Christmas Compendium

We will be having our normal Saturday runs each Saturday as well.

 

 

We swear a voluntary zeal

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:

103 Kally CHANA 44:38
98 Veeraraghavan M V 37:53
96 Mia STANISLAUS 36:41
95 Nicola STANISLAUS 36:36
82 Victoria GIBSON 32:48
56 Tim SANSOM 27:25
50 Krzysztof TYNOR 26:39
49 Alan LAMB 26:35
39 Tilly MYHILL 25:42
31 Millie WELLINGTON 24:36
29 Andrew GREEN 24:14
27 Abdur REHMAN 24:00
24 Simon GOLDFINCH 23:54
18 Mark BAINES 23:23
10 James BATES 20:54
2 Matthew WELLINGTON 19:08

 

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:

http://www.slough.gov.uk/leisure-parks-and-events/slough-half-marathon.aspx

Dash in the Dark:

https://www.dashinthedark.co.uk/race-entry

Get Active Relays 4x4km:

http://www.runface.co.uk/get-active-relays

Not long to the next parkrun! See you all soon.

Andrew

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.

 

New Year’s Day parkrun (or two)

Do you fancy a New Year's Day parkrun or two to burn off the extra Christmas calories, clear the groggy New Year's Eve head, and generally start 2018 with a bang?

Well, you will glad to hear that once again you will be able to run a parkrun double locally on New Year's Day. Black Park will be setting off at 9am, and we at Upton Court will start at 10:30am, meaning you can run the double.

Since this event is always very busy, we ask you to park in the large free car park on Upton Court Road, next to Long Close School - Satnav SL3 7LU. There is very limited parking at the Rugby Club.

We also need a lot of volunteers. Please consider putting your name down to volunteer, or encourage non-running family members to volunteer.

 

We will not be holding a Christmas Day parkrun.

The parkruns on Saturdays 23rd and 30th will take place as normal.

 

No UCp on Saturday 13th May

Due to a football event being held in Upton Court Park on the weekend of 13/14 May, we have been told that the park is not available for parkrun on 13th May. So we have unfortunately had to cancel that week's parkrun.

Chance for a bit of parkrun tourism? We get a lot of visitors to Upton Court parkrun who are trying to complete the alphabet, and we are the only 'U' in the country. Maybe between us we could see how many other letters of the alphabet we can visit that day?

 

Message from Ciaran Crean at Active Slough about becoming a run leader

Active Slough

Leading a RunTogether group can be a fun and rewarding experience!

The Active Slough team are recruiting for new volunteer leaders to help create weekly running groups in our local parks. You don’t need to be a marathon runner or the next Mo Farah, we’re looking for people who are welcoming, enthusiastic, good communicators and willing to support new/beginner runners.

Free training, in the form of a one day practical course (no assessment or test) will qualify and insure you as a Run Leader. Continued support from the Active Slough team will also be available!

For more info or to have chat please email ciaran.crean@slough.gov.uk or call 01753 875784

 

dashinthedark

Saturday 11th of march a 5k run in the night around Black park.

http://www.dashinthedark.co.uk/

 

BEAT the BOAT

Very interesting concept for a competition with limited entry.

25th June 2017 at 09.30               beat the boat

 
 

The Windsor Great Park Dash 23/07/16

Datchet Dashers Dash is on and Late entries on the day accepted 09:30 start.

www.datchetdashers.com

 

NOTE!!! Alternative start point for UCp on Saturday 9th July

Due to the rugby 7s tournament taking place at Slough Rugby Club this Saturday, the rugby clubhouse and car park will not be available to use.

We will instead start near the main Upton Court Park gates, just across the road from Lascelles Road.  Park at the free main Upton Court Road car park, next to Long Close School - Satnav SL3 7LU.

There will be no toilet or refreshment facilities available.

Please let others know.

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