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

 

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....

 

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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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.

 

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

 

 

 

UCP #339 – A Passionateer and a Newbie

Today's wonderful run report comes courtesy of Jaspal Hansra

The parkrun fairies were very kind to us today for our first Saturday parkrun in July. A bright morning with a comfortable temperature of 21’c provided much respite after last week’s scorching temperatures. We had a total of 196 parkrunners out on the course today, an amazing turnout and hopefully it left you in high spirits for the start of your weekend.

Firstly, please join me in a big cheer for our volunteers today. Woop Woop! These were James BENNETT, Avtar Singh BHOGAL, Sacha BRECH, Max BRECH, Lisa EUDEN, Emily EUDEN, Rebecca EVANS, Marcus FLETCHER, Gurdip HANSRA, Jaspal HANSRA, Bob HARDMAN, Stephen HARTIGAN, Caren HUNT, Prabh MANNI, James MIDDLETON, Erin OLIVER, Bronwen PULLIN, Matt SMITH and Stuart WILLIAMS Thank you for your encouragement and smiles in whichever role you had. Giving up your Saturday morning to ensure the rest of us can parkrun makes you very special and it is much appreciated.

Special thank you to today’s Run Director, Stuart Williams for a well organised parkrun and giving me the opportunity to write today’s run report. I wasn’t qualified enough was my first thought, but I was quickly made to feel at ease and here I am 5 weeks into Parkrun and it’s a pleasure to do today’s run report.

Now for the numbers…

23 of you achieved a PB result today, that’s amazing! Wherever you are on your parkrun journey, a massive well done to you on your new PB time. But watch out, you’ve set yourself a new record to beat now!

Most notable PB on the table was from Ian J Lawson who has 238 parkruns under his belt and the PBs keep on coming! This is very inspiring.

We also welcomed 12 people for their first ever parkrun, we hope you enjoyed your experience of a parkrun and that you may join us again soon. Watch out for the “parkrun bug” - if it gets you, your Saturday mornings may never be the same again!

The APTOW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week) recognition goes to *drum roll* … Paul Cooksey who completed the parkrun in 29:59! How much difference a second makes! High 5 to you buddy for your sub 30 result.

A Passionateer celebrates…

We had a very special milestone celebration today too. Chris Hunt who is a regular at UCP was celebrating his 250th parkrun. He dashed around the park claiming 14th position in 20:52. I went looking for Chris and spoke to him about his parkrun journey, he calls himself a ‘Passionateer’, someone who does the same parkrun every week, regarding UCP with high esteem for it’s friendliness and great atmosphere, why would you go anywhere else?? Agree with you on that one Chris! A huge congratulations to you on your achievement today Chris. It was lovely to meet you and thank you to Mrs Hunt for the delicious spread of cakes! Yum! 

A few words from a newbie…

A bit about me then, I’m a Parkrun newbie, I have completed 5 Parkruns here at UCP and it’s been a wonderful 5 weeks absorbing the friendliness of it all.

Thank you to everyone who welcomed me and made each parkrun special in your own way. Whether you’re the volunteers who cheer me on, the finishers who give me a thumbs up on their way home, the excitable dog that ran into my face when I was tying my shoelaces, the little boy who gave me a feather for good luck, the other little boy who sprinted me to the finish, the person who used me as a pacer or the person I used as a pacer… these little things make parkrun so enjoyable, fill me with a warm and fuzzy feeling and why I come back every week for more.

Finally, whatever you are up to this weekend, have a good one and see you next week!

Jaspal

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 6,484 participants have completed 34,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 173,135 km, including 5,269 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 3,637 times.

 

 

A bit about last week, and a bit about next week.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 327
6th April 2019

Congratulations to Haddi Browne and Kally Chana who both joined the 50 Club this week. They are now eligible for the red 50 parkrun T-shirt.

The week's APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) goes to first time visitor Marius Daniel HUTCHESON who ran a palindromic 20:02.

Can I remind everyone that there is a parkrun rule that children under the age of 11 must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parent's choice at all times.

Can I also remind you that barcodes will only be accepted for scanning if they are printed, either on paper or the silicone bands/plastic cards that are available to purchase. We will not accept barcodes on mobile phones or other electronic devices. If you need to print out your barcode, you will find the link included in your results email or on the weekly newletter email. This may also be a good time to ensure that your new barcode has your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact details on them too.

Please note that due to an event taking place in the Rugby Club this coming Saturday, we will not have access to the main interior rooms in the clubhouse. We will have access to the toilets only, and Joanne will set up her tea/coffee-making facilities outside on the covered verandah. Scanning will also take place outside.

If you follow parkrun UK on Facebook or Twitter, you will know that each week they feature a parkrun and profile it. Keep an eye out over the next week or so, as you may recognise the parkrun as being a familiar one!

Here are the full stats for last Saturday;

This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Tav BANSAL • Stuart WILLIAMS • Richard ATKINSON • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Harbhajan DHILLON • Sam HELSBY • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • Elizabeth HUNT • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

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 Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,003 participants have completed 32,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,600 km, including 4,937 new Personal Bests. A total of 427 individuals have volunteered 3,437 times.

See you next time.

Michael

 

parkrun # 325

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. 14 runners took place in their very first parkrun, we hope to see you back soon,

Congratulations to Christopher Parker who earned his red 50 parkrun T-shirt.and to Tom Atherden who earned his black 100 parkrun T-shirt. Both ran PB's

Also huge  congratulations to Jane Hounsome who took time out on her Wedding Day to join us for parkrun!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Stuart WILLIAMS • Laura WILLIAMS • Lee DUMONT • Michelle JENKINS • Matt SMITH • Sam HELSBY • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Steve FRASER • Hannah VOSE • Manjit SOHAL • Nidhi VAIDYANATH • Aman JOHAL

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 Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,937 participants have completed 31,939 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,695 km, including 4,874 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 3,401 times.

See you all next Saturday

Stuart

 

Run Report #323 – March 9th 2019

Please see this week’s Run Report written by Mark Pinney from the Stevenage parkrun.

Apart from Mark, this week we also had 2 other volunteer-tourists:

Sandra Rhodes (Photographs – Kings Lynn)

Karen Chadwell (Tail Walker – Cardiff).

Thank you to all 3 of you for coming along. We really appreciate it.

David

Co-ED UCp

 

Windy? Just a bit!

Over recent days I haven't seen the weather report so turned up at the very lovely Upton Court parkrun not knowing quite what to expect. On exiting the large car park, it was clear it was going to be a very windy morning, with just a little chill in there too.

As a parkrun tourist I travel to a different parkrun each week. With Upton Court parkrun being only 30 minutes from home (Kings Langley near Watford) I had the luxury of a lie-in. We met up with some of our friends in the car park who had been to Upton Court once before so they explained the course, pointed out Windsor Castle in the distance and chatted about all things parkrun.

There were plenty of tourists this morning, a lot of whom were collecting their 'U' for the Alphabet Challenge, so it was lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces at the start. For those of you who don't know, the strange yellow bobble hats and neck tubes that have a picture of a cow on them, signify that the person is a parkrun tourist. We're a friendly bunch so please do come over to us and say hi, you're likely to get a very friendly response.

After the run brief from the Run Director, which very kindly included a shout out to the tourist volunteers, we were on our way. The course was surprisingly leg-sapping on the grassy bits, especially when that wind was blowing directly into our faces, but you don't hear parkrun complaining. We're a hardy bunch and everyone enjoyed the event immensely. There was even a fireman running in full gear, including oxygen mask!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

Michael Terence BALLARD, James BATES, Karen CHADWELL, Harbhajan DHILLON, Lisa DOIDGE, Bob HARDMAN, Sam HELSBY, Christopher HUNT, Caren HUNT, Michelle JENKINS, Aman JOHAL, Christina LOWE, Avtar MOOKAR, Mark PINNEY, Sandra RHODES, David ROSS, Matt SMITH, Nidhi VAIDYANATH

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers and runners can be seen at the end of the fast version of the video.

The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lTHt3mpv6k

The FULL version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o05Xr2VqTK0

On to the stats....

This week we had 187 runners, joggers and walkers. 13 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 69 Females and 105 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Paul O'NEIL in 19:11, Robert ALBERY in 19:35 and Joseph Alexander ACLAND in a new PB of 19:50. First 3 Female finishers were Anne-Marie CLIFFORD in 22:03, Cat FOSTER in 23:44 and Helena DENNIS in 24:18.

There were an astonishing 33 parkrunners who were new to Upton Court of whom 5 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 16 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Bob HARDMAN on 359 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 36 members of the 100 Club, 40 members of the 50 Club and 7 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Jill GILMOUR, Sandra RHODES and Stehpen RHODES who all joined the 50 Club and Munsukh SINGH who joined the 10 Club. Well done everyone!!!

The person who has run at Upton Court more often than anyone else is Satnam SINGH who has run an amazing 288 times here out of a possible 323. Well done Satnam, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

 

Event #322 – Important news on parking

Upton Court parkrun
Event #322
2nd March 2019

Sorry for missing the shout out for any milestones in the pre-run briefing this week. After the event I looked down the results and saw that Shivanand PATIL ran his red T-shirt-earning 100th parkrun this week. So congratulations to Shivanand who has run 98 of those here at UCp.

The APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) goes to Jake Brech for his simple palindromic 20:02.

Quite a few people did not get a result this week because they forgot to bring along their barcode. Remember one of the golden rules of parkrun is No barcode - No Result - No Exceptions. And those barcodes must be printed, either on paper, on plastic (small tokens and credit card sizes are available) or on the wristbands. We cannot and will not add results where the barcode is on a mobile phone or other electronic device..

 

Now onto PARKING. Please read this, as it is important.

When UCp started, we used to have about 30-50 runners each week. The small car park at the Rugby Club was sufficient to hold all the cars that arrived each week without any problems. As numbers started increasing, we asked you to use the large car park on Upton Court Road, next to Long Close School. There is usually plenty of space there, and it is only a 5 minute jog across the park from our parkrun start. However, most weeks, people seem to ignore our request, and still insist on coming down to the Rugby Club car park, often a few minutes before 9am, and then parking on the muddy grass, or double parking. And because they are late, they are in a rush to park, meaning they are a danger to the runners making their way to the start line. It also means the volunteers have to step in and act as car park marshals (and even then they are sometimes ignored. "Oh, we always double park each week" was a comment received a few weeks ago from someone who then just drove on and double parked!). We (the Core Team and other regular volunteers) find it amazing that all these runners come along to run 5km, but can't be bothered to walk more than 20 metres to get to the start line.

Then, soon after they have finished their run, they try to leave, meaning that those around the finish line or approaching the finish line are in danger of being run over. A few weeks ago, a fixed signpost was knocked over by a reversing car. This had to be reported to the council. Last week, a marshal who was standing near the finish funnel cones was nearly run over by a reversing car. The car was electric and did not make much noise, and so the marshal did not hear it coming up behind him. There have been other occasions when cars have reversed off the grass onto the tarmac path as runners are sprinting their way to the finish line.

So, we have decided that anyone turning up after 8:45am for parkrun will not be allowed to carry on down the last part of the lane to the Rugby Club and will have to turn around and go back up to Upton Court Road. You are allowed to park on Upton Court Road. There are no restrictions along most of that road. Either park in the large car park next to Long Close School, or park along Upton Court Road. Just make sure you set your alarm a few minutes earlier on a Saturday.

 

This weeks full stats:

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Mark OLNEY • Stuart WILLIAMS • Gillian RICHARDS • Bronwen PULLIN • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Sam HELSBY • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Emily EUDEN • James MIDDLETON • Richard DOIDGE • Lisa DOIDGE • Kam ATWAL • Aman JOHAL

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 Maureen DOWLING who recorded 87.58% (20:24) on 25th August 2018 (event number 295).

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 5,830 participants have completed 31,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,880 km, including 4,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 3,351 times.

See you next time.

Michael

is free event is brought to you by our volunteers and our sponsors:

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