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Upton Court parkrun
Event number 374
7th March 2020

This week 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were brand new to parkrun, 55 were first time visitors and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. It was nice to see numbers back to our normal expectations, especially after last week's disappointingly small crowd of only 108. Boosted numbers were partly due to a visiting contingent of about 20 pupils and staff from Gordon School near Woking, and also because quite a few localish parkruns were cancelled. Despite the ground conditions not being great, I don't think I had a single complaint about the mud and puddles, but instead a few comments from people who had enjoyed the course.

A few runners celebrated milestones this week. Young Jasmine Sinclair ran her 10th parkrun. Young Sneha Sreeram ran her 100th parkrun, all of which have been here at UCp. And a mention goes to one of our core team Run Directors, Jim Hayes, who ran his 200th parkrun. Well done all.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Dennis BONNIE • Kim UPTON • Matt SMITH • James BATES • Christopher FOX • Matthew MOORE • Lucinda LONGSTER • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG

And now for something serious. Yesterday, one of our marshals was seriously verbally abused by a runner who thought he wasn't being allowed to park near the Rugby Club. Maybe due to a misunderstanding with the directions being offered by the marshal, the runner shook his head, turned his car around and drove off. When he later walked down past the marshal, he subjected the marshal to a serious verbal tirade (including much swearing) claiming that he hadn't been allowed to park, whereas other people were being allowed. The marshal later wasn't able to specifically identify the runner, but the incident was reported by me to parkrun HQ as part of our usual results processing.

As he was not identifiable, it might be that he was a first time visitor, and that this will be his only visit here. However, we will not accept such behaviour from anyone, either at parkrun, in the Rugby Club or for that matter, in life generally. The point is is that parkrun is free, and only operates because of the generosity of people who willingly give up some time on a Saturday morning. No one should have to be subjected to such abuse. If you have anything to complain about, speak to the Run Director, who will try to sort out any issue. Such events can put people in the wrong frame of mind for the rest of the weekend, and could put them off ever volunteering again. It isn't nice, isn't acceptable, and won't be tolerated.

Let's hope such an incident doesn't happen again. If it was a regular, can we suggest that you try to arrive in good time for parkrun, not a couple of minutes before it is due to start.

Let's finish on something a bit more fun, the Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week (APTOTW) non award. We had so many runners who recorded straight minutes that it was almost like it was a planned pacer day. Tom Atherden 20:00, Claire Pusey 21:00, Philip Carter 22:00, Scott Woodhouse 25:00, Alison Allen 28:00, Paramjit Bansal 29:00, Kenny McKinnon 39:00, Lucy Gardner 41:00 and Reahana Hawa 45:00 were our unofficial 'pacers'. I do like a palindromic time, and we had an abundance of those too: Sachiko Dixon 23:32, Zsolt Spirnyak 24:42, Jane Colbeck-McKinnon 25:52, Debbie Batchelor 32:23, Rajagopalan Venkataraman 40:04. But my winner is Mark Smith, who with his 33:33 achieved a nice time that was also palindromic.

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 7,906 participants have completed 41,404 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,020 km, including 5,946 new Personal Bests. A total of 499 individuals have volunteered 4,220 times.

 

Nice weather for…….geese!

Upton Court parkrun #373
29 February 2020

Today marked a piece of parkrun history as this was the first time that parkrun had coincided with a leap day. It was also the first time that it was possible to complete 5 parkruns in February. The next time you will be able to parkrun on 29th February will be in 2048.

However, another weekend brought with it another storm. This time it was the turn of Jorge. Upton Court proved yet again to be a safe haven for a number of displaced runners following the closure of numerous parkruns including Banbury, Bracknell, Guildford, Reading and Oxford. The conditions were some of the wettest and muddiest we have witnessed at Upton Court to the point that some geese had taken up residence on the course. It's worth noting that to the best of my knowledge Upon Court parkrun has never been cancelled due to the weather. The number of runners was well down on our average but the early heavy rain that Matt Smith had endured during course set up had actually eased by start time.

We welcomed two runners to the parkrun family: Bradley Wood and Gerry Mcnamara.

Stephanie Poulson and Stephanie Robert both achieved the 50 parkrun milestone.

Alexy Dury, whilst collecting the letter "U" as part of the alphabet challenge, also ran her 50th different parkrun (Half Cowell).

Only one person achieved a PB in the difficult conditions and so a special mention goes to Danielle Goodall for knocking over a minute off her previous record.The first man home was Lee Parker (19:29) and first lady was Kathryn Purcell (23:08), both were visitors and first time runners at Upton Court. Top age grading was achieved by Jon Kew (72% ) and Birgit Cunningham (69%). Aesthetically pleasing time of the week (APTOTW) was awarded to Robert Nutter for 29:00 dead as it matched today's date, as well as the overall average time for Upton Court parkrun after 373 runs..

Statistics

Total Participants                   108
First Timers                              2
First Timers at Upton Court    29
Average age                           42
Milestones                               2

There was one barcode handed in after the run that was found on the course. This will be available for collection from next week.

Thanks as always to this weeks volunteers: Michael BALLARD, Paramjit BANSAL, Karin DOIDGE, Lisa DOIDGE, Lisa EUDEN, Jill GILMOUR, Rob GILMOUR, Gurdip HANSRA, Ja HANSRA, Caren HUNT, Andrew OGIERMAN, Kim REES, Murray REES, John SHAW, Matt SMITH and Laura WILLIAMS.

Chris Hunt (RD)

 

Run Report #368 and Visitors collecting a “U”

Event #368  25th January 2020

It was 6°C and cloudy this morning on what was the last parkrun of January. It’s been a very busy month with lots of first timers joining us as part of their new year's resolutions, visitors arriving from other parkruns increasing their tourist quotient and even our regular parkrunners who have been going strong in what feels like a very long month. This was the 5th parkrun this month including the New Year's Day special event. A massive well done to everyone. You are awesome!

Today’s summary;

  • A total of 217 took part in parkrun this morning
  • 12 First Timers
  • 28 First Time Visitors
  • 20 achieved a Personal Best
  • 19 volunteered
  • Angela Ainsworth joined the 100 parkrun club
  • Tony Chana ran his 300th parkrun
  • David Raynor ran his 100th UCp and paid for 67 cups of tea and coffee to celebrate
  • David Pocklington wins APTOW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week) with 23:23

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Visitors collecting a “U”

If you wondered why we get so many visitors at Upton Court parkrun, most of the time the visitors come here to collect their letter “U”. They are also fondly known as parkrun Tourists. Why is collecting a letter “U” so important? This is part of the Alphabet Challenge on the Running Challenges website and many parkrun enthusiasts up and down the country use the Running Challenges to add twists, turns and variation to their Saturday morning fix. There aren’t actually that many “U” parkruns to choose from, only a handful. Other "U" parkruns include Uckfield (East Sussex), Upton House (Poole, Dorset) and Ury Riverside (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).

The getting here…

We enjoy welcoming visitors at UCp and are delighted that they have chosen us to collect their “U”. Having done a fair few first timers briefings, I get to hear first hand of their journeys. I’m very often amazed hearing of their adventures getting here, usually along the lines of multiple train journeys, overnight coaches, long car drives and then when they arrive close to Slough they might make a mad dash for a local bus or call an Uber to make it here just in time! Phew! In my mind I’m thinking “my gosh, aren’t you tired? maybe you need a lie down?” But no, they are bright eyed, bushy tailed and raring to go!

Visitors come here with incredible energy, often hanging around after the parkrun for a coffee and chit chat, and sometimes we get volunteers for token sorting which is always nice. When the Run Director calls out “Do we have any visitors today?” and they shout out Liverpool! Nottingham! Aldershot! Watford! … we get to give them another warm welcome at the start line. Also not forgetting the ones from further afield, we’ve welcomed visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore too.

Visitors' briefing

At the briefing we promise our visitors they are in for a real treat. We are a two-lap course, mind the gradual slope up the field, you’ll definitely feel it on the second lap but you get to skip the far field on the second time around. Our marshals will cheer and encourage you along at key turning points and there's no danger of getting lost on our course. We have wooden posts marking each Km for those counting up or counting down. We also have orange cones, try to keep the cones to your left, but we’ll forgive you if you forget because the regulars sometimes forget too! Once you’ve come through the finish funnel, head over to the Rugby Clubhouse for barcode scanning, hand in your finish tokens and grab a tea/coffee, sometimes there is cake too!

Oh yes! How to spot Windsor Castle? We tell our visitors they must not go home without seeing Windsor Castle… when you turn onto the concrete path at the top corner of the park (near the main car park), remember to look straight ahead and up, I can't stress this enough... look up up up! Windsor Castle looks exactly like it does on our parkrun website page. That’s the picture you want! Don't worry though, if you miss it on the first lap, you can catch it on the second lap, and if you miss it again on the second lap… you can catch on your way home to the car park…

In recent weeks, our visitors have embraced and enjoyed another great feature of our parkrun, open sky and exposure to ‘the elements’ - by this we mean our course could be good practise for a Tough Mudder challenge, there’s just been so much mud the last couple of months. At times, you could swim the top end of the far field. Our visitors don’t seem to mind our parkrun terrain at all and often comment at how civilised we are to take our shoes off before entering the clubhouse!

Running Challenges

To find out more about the Alphabet Challenge and other Running Challenges and have some fun with your parkrun results, use this link: https://running-challenges.co.uk/. You can collect running badges, volunteer badges and country flags. This Chrome browser extension adds extra information to your parkrun results page so you can see your progress. It is only accessible through Chrome or Firefox on a Desktop PC. This extension is not official or affiliated with parkrun in any way, it was created by keen parkrunners who are sharing the fun.

Ja Hansra

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 368
25th January 2020

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Matt SMITH • Kim REES • Jim HAYES • John SHAW • Caren HUNT • Louise FLISHER • James FLISHER • Christine FOX • Veronika GILL • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • 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 7,662 participants have completed 40,332 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,660 km, including 5,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 494 individuals have volunteered 4,126 times.

 

It was cold, but sunny.

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 367
18th January 2020

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the frosty but still muddy course, of whom 31 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to all those who ran a milestone this week.  Sue Matthewman, Jafrullah Mohammad and Rajwinder Kaur all earned their red 50 parkrun T-shirts.   And Sreeram Thiagarajan and Dhananjay Papde both earned their black 100 parkrun T-shrts.

And congratulations to Riffat Mian-Hashim, who I am awarding this week's APTOTW to for her double double time of 44:44.

Can I remind you that the finish token you receive when you cross the finish line is not yours to keep.  We lost 5 this week, though we do know the whereabouts of 1 of them.  We seem to be losing a few each week, despite informing everyone in both the first-timers briefing and in the pre-run briefing to return the tokens.  We can only assume that it is people brand new to parkrun who are going home with them.  Please, if you see people at or near the finish line who may look like they are not sure what to do next after finishing their run, point them in the direction of the clubhouse.  It was suggested by a visitor this week that maybe we should do our scanning outside, nearer the finish line.  We really don't want to have to resort to this.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Sunita DAWETT • Claire BOYLES • Ja HANSRA • Michael Terence BALLARD • Robert Steven NUTTER • Matt SMITH • Christopher FOX • Anne MOGRABY • Lucinda LONGSTER • Caren HUNT • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Harry JACKSON-LOWE • Liza HIDE-SMITH • Zichen MA • 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 7,622 participants have completed 40,115 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,575 km, including 5,858 new Personal Bests. A total of 494 individuals have volunteered 4,107 times.

See you next time

Michael

 

Event #365 4th January 2020

Upton Court parkrun recovered from December's lull with 210 runners participating. In fact this was the highest number of runners (New Year's Day excepted) since September. First home were Matthew Nelson (22:54) and Emily Hicks (22:54), whilst the best age graded performances came form Alan Freer (73.08 %) and Yvonne Olney (79 %).This week's firmer footing helped produced personal bests for Philip Greenhalgh, Dave Matthews, Michael Macmillan, Prithvi Ramesh, Zsolt Spirnyak, Venkat Annangi, Krishna Kumar, Mel Jones, Radley Hawes, Brendan Lally, Harjit Sappal and Samina Butt.

No doubt sticking to their New Year resolutions, we welcomed the following runners to the parkrun family: Saisurya Prasannakumar, Gina Thiara, Nyra John, Melanie Smith, Mel Foster-Hawes, Manpreet Kular, Katie Merriman, Kiran Kohli, Sarah Lowery, Joanna Coleman, Tanvi Gatne and Riffat Mian-Hashim. Well done to all and we hope to see you again soon.

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We had a total of 29 visitors from other parkruns including Bristol and London. This number included a couple of evacuees from Reading as a result of continued course flooding.There were again a number of magnificent milestones. Lisa Doidge, who is doing her Duke of Edinburgh's Award has volunteered an impressive 25 times. Louise and James Flisher were both running their 100th parkruns. Mathew Nelson from London celebrated not only his 100th parkrun but also completion of the parkrun alphabet (and yes that did include the letter "Z") by finishing first .

It's not usual to note milestones from other parkruns but I will make an exception for Dave Priddy, Run Director at nearby Black Park , who completed his 500th volunteering role on New Year's Day and was then to be seen afterwards taking photographs at our New Year's Day run. Well done David!

There was a tie for aesthetically pleasing time of the week with both Harbhajan Dhillon and Petra Hale recording 27:27.

The clubhouse kitchen was closed this week as Joanne took a well deserved break. We are very lucky to have Joanne's help and therefore access to the Rugby Club. I therefore urge regulars that if you keep only one resolution this year let be to support Joanne by continuing to buy teas, coffees and delicious rolls from the kitchen.

Run Statistics

Number of runners: 210
Number of First Timers to parkrun: 12
Number of Personal Bests: 12
Number of First Time Visitors to Upton: 29
Average Age of Runners: 41

Chris Hunt

 

Upton Court parkrun #361 Run Report

Chris Hunt was Run Director for the first time this week. He enjoyed it so much he has already volunteered to do it again early in the new year. Here is his Run Report......

 

A long absent friend returned for Upton Court parkrun #361, namely Upton's very own water feature the waterlogged corner of the football pitch. This didn't dampen the spirits of the 138 runners who took part or slow down the first man Ben Hull and lady Angela Pippard. It was impressive too that the four runners Aneesh Chandan, Mel Jones, Ian Anderton and Alyce Euden achieved PBs. Top age grading was scored by Andrew Fox (77.8%) and Alison Brownhill (71%).

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Given the conditions this might not have been the day I would choose to begin my parkrun adventure but it didn't put off first timers Jennifer Wood, Anna Evans, Charlotte Cook, Aoife Noctor, Hazel Kitson, and Karen Appleton. We hope to see you all again soon.

There were 23 individuals visiting Upton Court for the first time. Jane Thorogood from Aberystwyth was in the middle of a journey down the M4 and there were also folk from Leighton Buzzard, Cardiff and Ireland.

 

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There were some significant milestones today as well. Gurdip Hansra and Chris Hunt joined the 25 volunteer club, and Lisa Euden completed her 100th volunteer role. Co-ED Mike Ballard joined the 200 club with 171 of his runs being at Upton Court.

I am reinstating the aesthetically pleasing time of the week (APTOTW) for this report. Semus Hannigan was in with a shout with a time of 22:44 and the award could have gone to Martin Bowd with 25:25. However, as it is my choice, I just had to give it to Ben Jones with the palindromic 21:12. "2112" just happens to be the name of an album by my favourite rock band Rush.

Statistics
Number of Runners: 138
First Timers: 6
Personal Bests: 4
Milestones: 4
Average Age of Runner: 44

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Upton Court parkrun #361 was brought to you by the awesome team of volunteers:

Sue ALLEN, Kam ATWAL, Karin DOIDGE, Richard DOIDGE, Lisa DOIDGE, Lisa EUDEN, Emily EUDEN, Christine FOX, Ja HANSRA, Gurdip HANSRA, Jim HAYES, Caren HUNT, Christopher HUNT, Neel PATIL, Matt SMITH

Chris 

 

 

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.

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