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.

 

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 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.

 

Limited facilities at the Rugby Club for the next 2 Saturdays (5th and 12th October)

Our hosts, Slough Rugby Club, will be using the clubhouse to show the England World Cup rugby games the next 2 Saturday mornings - 5th and 12th October.  The games start at or around 9am, and so we will not be able to use the main rooms in the clubhouse, the kitchen or the car park for parkrun.

The toilets will be available to use, and Joanne will try to provide a drinks/food service outside on the verandah.  Barcode scanning will also take place outside.

Do not use the Rugby Club car park if you are coming to parkrun.  Use the large free car park on Upton Court Road, at the top of Upton Court Park (satnav: SL3 7LX).  You can also park along Upton Court Road.  It is only a short walk/jog across the park to the parkrun start.  There will be a marshal at the top of the lane (near the roundabout on Upton Court Road) that leads to the Rugby Club who will prevent anyone related to parkrun from going down the lane and who will direct you to the main car park.

PS; If England progress further in the tournament it is possible that there may also be future events at the Rugby Club

 

It’s hot. Please bring some water with you.

At Upton Court, we are really lucky to be able to enjoy the facilities provided by the Rugby Club, and in the park: a nice dry (warm in winter) room to meet up and leave our kit while we parkrun, toilets, free parking, parkrun kit storage etc.  But one of the best things is that Joanne comes every week to unlock the club for us, and to provide us with bacon rolls and drinks, as well as other items of food.

Joanne loves doing this and meeting all us parkrunners and families.  But whilst she can usually make a little bit of money doing this, she is finding it hard at the moment to even cover her costs.  When it is warmer, people may not feel like a hot drink or a hot roll.  And when people bring in cake, Joanne usually sells fewer rolls.

What Joanne is finding recently is that people are asking for a cup of cold water, and not buying anything.  These cups cost Joanne money, and because she isn't selling other drinks and food, she is finding that she is actually losing money at the moment.  She feels bad refusing to give out water, but each time she does, it costs her.

We don't want to lose Joanne and our weekly post-run (or even pre-run) rolls and drinks.  Please try to spend a little money each week, even if it is only one coffee, or a chocolate bar.  We even have the barcode scanners sitting inside, near the serving hatch so that you don't have to walk far!  I usually spend £3 each week on a coffee and a bacon roll.  You won't find that value in most places.  A single coffee in one of those High Street coffee shops costs nearly that on its own.

And most importantly, please make sure you bring your own water bottle and water.  I always re-use old single-use bottles many times before recycling them.  Or maybe buy one of those new smart personalised parkrun bottles.  Then we will all be happy.

 

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

 

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:

Vitality Alzheimer's Research UK Leeds Building Society Exodus Travels the happy egg co. Persil
 

URGENT – News about tomorrow’s parkrun

Hi Everyone

As usual on a Friday, we will all be looking forward to our weekly parkrun dose tomorrow morning. Despite the recent bad weather, and after inspecting the park and course today, we are intending to go ahead with our parkrun tomorrow (Feb 2nd). That is unless we get a lot of snow and/or we get a massive drop in temperature overnight. However, neither of those are in the forecast. Please look out for any Facebook and Twitter posts re cancellations tomorrow morning.

If you do come to run tomorrow:

- Please take extreme care whilst running/walking

- Please use the grass to the sides of paths rather than the paths wherever possible. It is likely to be very muddy, and the paths may be slippery

- DO NOT RUN FAST!!! Anyone who gets a PB will have their result removed (Only joking, but please don't run fast!)

- Listen carefully to the pre-run briefing, and to the marshals

- Take your shoes off BEFORE entering the main clubhouse room

We know that so far Black Park and Bedfont Lakes parkruns are both cancelled. As we expect a lot of extra runners to come here instead, we ask that you please use the large FREE car park next to Long Close School (Sat Nav SL3 7LU) or you can park along most of Upton Court Road. Please do not use the Rugby Club car park, due to the high numbers of runners expected, the finish funnel having to be extended and having to use the tarmac rather than the grass. There will be very limited space at the Rugby Club, and we will not be letting cars park on the grass. You will be turned away.

Set off in good time, and drive and park carefully.

 

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 will be 6 on Saturday – yadrutaS no 6 eb lliw eW

This Saturday (24th November) will mark our 6th anniversary, and we will once again be running the course in the reverse direction. Remember to keep the cones to your right hand side, and that the second lap will be the longer one.

As the run will be starting in the Rugby Club car park, we ask that you use the large free car park on Upton Court Road (Sat Nav SL3 7LU), next to Long Close School. There will be very little parking at the Rugby Club, and once this is full you will be turned away.

Set your alarms for a little earlier than usual on a Saturday to give yourself time to walk/jog across the park and to be in the clubhouse for the thank yous and presentations. Try to be in the clubhouse by 8:50am. There will be cake after the run.

Hope to see loads of you there. Remember about the parking!!!

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