Pinch! Punch! First of the month.

A wonderfully sunny, still morning, greeted the Upton Court parkrun today, and although the going in horseracing terms was soft to heavy for most of the course, it did not stop the 198 runners, joggers, plodders, walkers, buggy pushers, and four legged friends enjoying their morning workout; of which 15 participants achieved PB’s in the testing conditions.

And how well the UCp course has held up throughout this very wet winter. Where other parkruns locally have had to close their doors - or start using an alternative course – UCp has managed to offer the same route with few problems due to frost or water cover. 

  

UCp also welcomed 28 First-Timers to join the regulars. One such person was . . .

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. . . Rebecca Mullen; It was also her very first parkrun anywhere. Other participants to took their first parkrun venture were:   Martin Winch, Albert Meena, Brendon Lally, Noeleen Bryne, Sarah West, Reahana Howa, and Aziz Howa. See you all next week, rain or shine . . . okay!

Plus, we had some Alphabet runners (A-Z parkruns) attaining the elusive U . . .

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 . . . Picture above is Melanie and Peter; whose local parkrun is Brierly Forest near Nottingham.

The first male runner home was first-timer Edward Reesin 18: 20.

First female runner was Claire Puseyin 20:52 (9th overall) and completing her 99th parkrun. (looking forward to the cake next week?)

Official milestones this week were:50 Avneet Kaur  (JW10)

100Manjit Sohal

There were also some notable unofficial additions: Gurmail Mahal: 150, and Neil Bausor: 350.

(Looking at the results tells me that there is going to be numerous milestones in the next few weeks.)

I would also like to pay tribute to one of my fellow 70-74 age group runners.  Brendon LALLY ran a PB today and also broke through the 30-minute barrier on only his 8th parkrun in a time of 29:56. All his runs have been at Upton Court, and the previous three attempts were tantalisingly close. Today he did it!

Also, a big, big  thank you to all the volunteers today:Adrian CLEMENT •  Caren HUNT • Christopher HUNT  • Claire BOYLES • Harry JACKSON-LOWE  • Ja HANSRA • James FLISHER • James GREAVES  • Jim HAYES • Lisa DOIDGE • Lisa EUDEN • Louise FLISHER  • Pam BANGA • Rishita RALLABANDI • Whitfield BRYAN • Zichen MA.

Ja HANSRA giving the First-Timers briefing.

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Jim HAYES giving the pre-event pep talk. 

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And let us not forget those four-legged friends that make the event just as memorable and allows for those to participate that might otherwise miss out. I introduce, MILO. 

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Note: A full listing of Upton Court parkrun event statistics and results can be found on the website’s Results page:

Great running everyone!

DFYB . . . Don't Forget Your Barcode!

Adrian Clement

 

 

New Years Day 2020!

Ja Hansra has kindly written a great run report covering the Black Park and Upton Court Parkruns which is below.

A big thank you thank the to the fantastic team of 25 volunteers for all your help yesterday. You really were a great support. At Upton Court we are not used to the larger numbers and it was your great team work that enabled the event to run smoothly. Please do let me know if anyone is missing.

Alison BROWNHILL • David PRIDDY • Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Charles ALLEN • Ja HANSRA • Anne CHEESEMAN • Michelle JENKINS • Terry JENKINS • Christopher FOX • Jim HAYES • Tom ATHERDEN • Sue HAYES • Paul HAWKINS • Dawn FUNNELL • David RAYNOR • Sarah GARDNER • Lisa DOIDGE • Dawn ESTABROOK • Kam ATWAL • Nikolay KOVALYOV • Gurdip HANSRA • Molly YOUNG • Mairwen PRICE  • Adrian CLEMENT

A special mention to our local runners for  to the following milestones achieved:

  • Rachhpal Bath - 200th milestone
  • Adrian Clement - 200th milestone, after helping with the car parking! thank you
  • Bella Shah - 100th milestone

 

 

01 January 2020 - NYD Double Event

HAPPY NEW YEAR PARKRUNNERS! What a smashing morning it turned out to be today. The weather was on it’s best behaviour too, 4’c and cloudy, very favourable conditions for a run around a park (or two!) on the first morning of 2020.

Let’s admit that it’s all too easy to stay in bed and sleep off last night’s partying, over-eating and way too much drinking, but that wasn’t the case for HUNDREDS of you deciding instead to kickstart 2020 with a parkrun attending Black Park and/or Upton Court parkrun events this morning. What better way to get the new year started.

Both parkrun event teams are all too familiar now with the crowds of parkrun enthusiasts that they attract on NYD, Black Park hosted it’s 10th NYD event attracting 669 parkrunners and Upton Court hosted it’s 7th NYD event attracting 388 parkrunners. Of course, this is only possible with the tremendous help of the volunteer teams at both events, our hi-vis heroes make it possible to hold an extra event this week and we are grateful to them for giving up their time so we can run.

The Run Director’s at both events had celebrations of their own too, as if managing the biggest event of the year was not enough… David Priddy was celebrating 500 volunteers today and Alison Brownhill was celebrating her birthday! We hope you’ve had an unforgettable day and your hard work at both events was appreciated.

Both event teams have been gearing up for many weeks for today’s events calling in extra volunteers in anticipation of the crowds. Neither event disappointed, with wide welcoming smiles, happy new year greetings in abundance, it was quite a party at both start lines! There was a very special vibe today, there must be something in the 2020 air!

A thumbs up to the event teams for enabling parkrun enthusiasts to achieve a NYD “Double” challenge again this year. The NYD Double challenge is when you can run two parkruns on one New Year’s Day and it will count as two separate events on your parkrun profile. It is the only day in the year this is possible to do. Many of you joined in on this too, Black Park had a start time of 09:00am and Upton Court started at 10.30am.

On the way to Black Park this morning along the A412/Uxbridge Road at exactly 8.27am I spotted 6 parkrunners on their way to Black Park on foot! And then after the Black Park event was done, on the way to Upton Court at exactly 10.06am I counted 23 parkrunners on their way for the double… on foot! Of course this was just one mode of transport between the two events and let’s give a massive cheer to these guys (and girls) for going hardcore, certainly inspiring and maybe a challenge for others at the next year’s NYD?! Other modes of transport involved car journeys of around 12 minutes (lifts and car sharing were mentioned) and cycling between the two events with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes.

The beauty of both…

One thing’s for sure, those doing the double at Black Park and Upton Court today certainly got an all-round workout. Both events offer variety and beauty in their unique way. Black Park offers a single lap course amongst scenic woodland, sheltered by the towering pine forest on compacted gravel paths vs Upton Court boasting a two lap course of playing fields, stunning views of Windsor Castle, lots of grass and mud! Ah yes, the mud… about that… I’m so glad Upton Court was the later parkrun this morning, with some of it’s course resembling a tough mudder challenge, this was definitely the finish on a high!

At Upton Court, we welcomed parkrunners who were doing the double but came from other events slightly further afield including Bracknell parkrun and Dinton Pastures parkrun. Thank you for choosing us for your double event today and we loved having you.

A very special thanks to members of the Black Park events team that made it over to Upton Court after the Black Park event finished to take part and support us too. David Priddy, Run Director at Black Park swapped his clipboard for a camera at Upton Court, capturing runners down the concrete path with just 1K left to go! Jenny Zaremba, today’s Run Report Writer for Black Park joined in by running at both events.

Welcome first timers…

New Year resolutions might account for the 15 first timers at Black Park and 6 first timers at Upton Court who made their first ever parkrun this morning. Hopefully you enjoyed your first experience of a parkrun and will be back again soon, how about this coming Saturday 4th January? All the best with your parkrun journey, one thing is for sure, once you start, you will not stop and your Saturday morning’s will never be the same again.

Something to think about…

During the run briefing at Black Park this morning there was a message for anyone thinking of making running part of their new year’s resolution. You’re encouraged to join a local running club, no matter your level of fitness, running clubs are inclusive, friendly and a support network for sharing your running goals. Why not give it a go? There are many local running clubs in the area, you’re really spoilt for choice. Maybe have a chat with the event teams or with runners from local clubs for more information at the next Parkrun.

Black Park highlights

  •  15 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  127 visitors were welcomed
  •  65 achieved a PB result

Upton Court highlights

  •  6 ran at parkrun for the very first time
  •  131 visitors were welcomed
  •  30 achieved a PB result

Let’s start as we mean to go on… here’s wishing everyone’s new year gets off to a flying start and all the best for your resolutions and goals for the year ahead.

Ja Hansra

This week 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 137 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 54 different clubs took part.

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 7,526 participants have completed 39,513 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,565 km, including 5,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 492 individuals have volunteered 4,055 times.

Happy Running in 2020

Alison

 

 

 

Pre Christmas Parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 362
21st December 2019

We were lucky as the rain held off for most of the run - but it was very very wet and boggy, so well done to all of you for coming out to run. And of course a big thank you to our volunteers!

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Alison ALLEN • Ja HANSRA • Matt SMITH • Mo ARIF • Ashley HUGHES • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Lisa EUDEN • Linda HOPE • Lisa DOIDGE • Gurdip HANSRA • Erin OLIVER

Thank you to Ja and Gurdip Hansra for showing your appreciation to the run directors and volunteers with the hot drinks and delicious cakes. Also a big thank you to Gurdip for volunteering in 2019 alone over 25 times and to Ja for reaching her 25th!

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to our first runner, Adam Howlett from Ipswich, with a time of 18:31 which is impressive given the course conditions.

Congratulations to Veronika Gill for achieving her 100 milestone and she was our first female - well done!

A special mention to Ashley Hughes who travelled on the overnight coach from Liverpool to run his 'U'! and he helped us by token sorting.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

We are holding our usual New Year's Day Parkrun at 10:30AM. Thank you to all of you who have agreed to volunteer. If anyone else would like to volunteer, please let me know by emailing uptoncourthelpers@parkrun.com. In previous years we have had nearly 500 runners, so we need a bigger team of volunteers than usual.

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 7,371 participants have completed 38,989 parkruns covering a total distance of 194,945 km, including 5,779 new Personal Bests. A total of 482 individuals have volunteered 4,014 times.

Happy Christmas and see you next Saturday, 28th

Alison

 

Wintery parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 359
30th November 2019

When I arrived at Upton Court Park this morning the fog was down and you could not see across the park. But the fog lifted and we had a wonderful sunny run.

We hope all the visitors enjoyed our run. We often have runners coming to Upton Court for their 'U'. Today we welcomed Kirsten and Phil Bradley from Wakefield who completed their alphabet today! They have even travelled to Poland to get the 'Z', parkrun Zielona Góra.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Bob Hardman for his 100th time of volunteering at Upton Court.

This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • James BATES •  Bob HARDMAN • Adrian CLEMENT • Emily May HICKS • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Harbhajan DHILLON • Neel PATIL • James BENNETT • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Gary COOK • 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 7,305 participants have completed 38,596 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,980 km, including 5,767 new Personal Bests. A total of 481 individuals have volunteered 3,972 times.

Alison

 

Limited facilities again this week (26th Oct)

Whilst it is great that England have got through to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, the next match is unfortunately at parkrun o'clock on Saturday.  This means that we will once again only have limited facilities at the rugby club this weekend.  We will not be able to use the main clubhouse room or the kitchen, and there will be limited parking in the rugby club car park.

We will have access to the toilets, and Joanne and Caren will be serving drinks from the verandah.

 

Sunny Autumn Parkrun

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 354
19th October 2019

We had a great turn out at Upton Court Parkrun today! We were blessed with the sun, as we were outside today as the clubhouse was in use for the rugby world cup. This will be the same next week as England will be playing in the semi final.

Congratulations to our winner today: Charlotte Dewar. A fantastic run in 18:49, and Charlotte is still only 14! Fantastic to see such talent at Upton Court - well done!

Congratulations to Stuart Williams on his 250th park run. Stuart is one of our Run Directors and he has also managed to volunteer over 85 times since he started doing parkrun in 2010.

Well done David Raynor for achieving your 100th parkrun!

It was wonderful to welcome so many tourists today! We hope you enjoyed the run and that we see you again.

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Alison BROWNHILL • Bob HARDMAN • Yvonne OLNEY • Simon LONG • Ja HANSRA • Dennis BONNIE • Robert Steven NUTTER • Matt SMITH • Himmat TOOR • Simon DINSDALE • James FLISHER • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Emily EUDEN • Alyce EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA • 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 7,134 participants have completed 37,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 188,580 km, including 5,720 new Personal Bests. A total of 476 individuals have volunteered 3,888 times.

See you next week

Alison

 

UCp 13th October

Thanks to Cinthia Parkes a visitor from Bracknell who wrote this week's report.

It was a great turnout actually for a quite miserable morning! The weather was drizzly, a bit chilly, definitely a temptation to stay in bed under the covers for another hour, but no, 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We had 32 first timers, some from as far as Newcastle and Congleton, some coming for the 'U' in the parkrun alphabet (we are one of 2 'U's) but there were also a few for whom this was their very first  - local - parkrun! In this weather! They definitely deserved their round of applause this morning!

And weren't we lucky? The heavy rain held off and it appeared to get warmer, which must've favoured the 19 runners who achieved new Personal Bests. Well done all you lot!

As always, let's recognise all those wonderful people who got up early and gave their time today to make parkrun happen - thank you thank you thank you to our amazing volunteers, all 17 of you - Bob HARDMAN • Christopher HUNT • Yvonne OLNEY • Ja HANSRA • Dennis BONNIE • Matt SMITH • Jo GODSMARK • Jim HAYES • Caren HUNT • James FLISHER • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Sneha SREERAM • Lisa DOIDGE • Gurdip HANSRA • Bhavana PARMAR • Rishita RALLABANDI  (Personally I love it when the marshalls shout out and cheer you on and say well done and keep going and you're looking good and only 600m to go and great running, and here at Upton there were lots of those - my true appreciation to you!)

So, onto results. The first lady through the funnel today was Sian WALKINGTON, who ran a nifty 22:38, it was her first time at Upton Court (although her 54th parkrun) and she represents Horsforth Harriers (one of 23 different clubs here today) Congratulations Sian!

The fastest male was Simon LONG from Datchet Dashers in a time of 18.25. Well done Simon!

The fastest Junior 10 was Shane ATHUKORALA in a time of 25:41, with Junior 10s Ryan CHEEYAPANA and Arjun MARKANDEY making their parkrun debut today! Wow! In this weather, what brilliant determination and dedication! Hope you 2 boys enjoyed your run, may it be the beginning of a long and rewarding engagement in running. Also a great shout out to Avneet KAUR, the ONLY Junior 10 young lady - fantastic to see you carrying the flag for junior women's running, well done.
For those of you interested, today's full results and a complete event history can be found here Upton Court parkrun Results Page.

We welcome for his first time here our oldest male runner today representing the 75-79 age category, Douglas BLYTH, who ran a truly wonderful 29:49. I hope to still be able to run THAT fast at THAT age!! And the oldest lady today - it was her very first parkrun ever! Huge roar of applause for Mary TUCK, (age cat 70-74), proof that it's never too late to start parkrun. Hope you enjoyed it Mary, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Three cheers for Jake BRECH, who celebrated his 18th birthday with us- what a way to start your day! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day Jake, Happy Birthday :-)

Big celebrations for Rob GILMOUR, who ran his 50th parkrun today, and to Lisa PLUMMER and Rob FOSTER who ran their 150th today. Watch out for Lisa FOREMAN doing her 50th next time, and David RAYNOR doing his 100th.

Do you know that there were 52 runners today who have run 100 or more parkruns? Impressive. Hats off to your dedication to your self, your physical and mental health.

More stats -The female record is held by Jill COLLETT who recorded a time of 18:09 on 18th August 2018 (event number 294). The male record is held by Glenn HUGHES who recorded a time of 15:28 on 30th August 2014 (event number 89). The Age Grade course record is held by Maxine MAXINE who recorded 88.18% (25:15) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 337). The summer appears to be the season to set records. Take solace in that if you were aiming for one today.


Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 7,082 participants have completed 37,520 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,600 km, including 5,703 new Personal Bests. A total of 475 individuals have volunteered 3,869 times. Did you see the survey results from parkrun HQ recently, that people got more satisfaction and feelings of wellbeing from volunteering than from running?! Luckily you can do both. There are lots of volunteer roles you can do before or after your run, just click on the volunteer tab at the top of the Upton Court homepage for more info, for future week rosters where there are spaces. But get in quick, this is a very popular parkrun and the volunteer club cameraderie must be great, I'm delighted to see so many volunteers! Good team work, well done, and thank you again for your time and dedication.

Well, I made a lovely breakfast of pear and cinnamon pancakes when I got home, just before writing this run report, now off for a long hot soak in the bath on this truly autumnally grey day. Hope your breakfast was just as enjoyable, and see you at a parkrun soon!

Cinthia Parkes

 

 

Happy 15th Birthday

Have you, like me, being enjoying the athletics from Doha?  It was great to see KJT and Dina Asher-Smith picking up gold medals and, more widely, all the other the other competitors showing off their athletic prowess.  Also featuring in the media this week has been our very own parkrun. Fifteen years ago this weekend,  a group of thirteen people got together for a timed run in a park in south-west London. And so parkrun was born. Last weekend in the UK alone, there were 140,873 and 14,120 volunteers. Across the whole word those figures rise to 263,194 and 24,326 respectively. And that doesn’t even include Junior parkruns.  That’s some rate of growth!

What’s the appeal? Is it the exercise, is it the welcome for all, is it because it’s free, is it because it's not a race, is it the community or is it just the tea and cake after the event?   Whatever the answer, it is working; so thanks to Paul Sinton-Hewitt for his brilliantly simple idea and determination to spread it as widely as possible.  While we can all marvel at the skills and dedication of top class athletes, the impact parkrun has made on the sporting endeavours of individuals and communities all over the world is equally inspiring.

And now for the UCp news.

We had 186 finishers this week very ably supported by our team of volunteers. Congratulations to sisters Caroline and Susie Lowe who both completed their 200th parkrun, and to Kim Upton who reached her 50th (48 of which have been here in Upton Court ).

Joining the parkrun clan for the very first time were Baljinder and Simran Kaur, Rajagopalan Venkataraman, Ian Anderton, Autherine Harris-Bosncic, Emilie Fox and Sean Maguire.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves and come back again next week.  There were 28 PB’s - most notably Mohammed Taj who ran 25:41 on his 100th UCp run (102 in total) and young Shane Athukorala with 25:40 on his 38th run.

And finally: the APTOTW (google it if you don’t recognise the acronym) this week goes to UCp regular Sreeram Thiaagarajan for his time of 29:28. We had 29 people who ran Upton Court for the first time and 28 who ran PB’s.

Happy 15th Birthday parkrun and a big thank you from me for all the fun and friends it has brought me.

See you next week

Jim

Upton Court parkrun: Event number 352, 5th October 2019

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jackie WREN • Ja HANSRA • Martin WREN • James BATES • Himmat TOOR • Jim HAYES • Louise FLISHER • Stuart MONTGOMERY • Sue ALLEN • Emily EUDEN • Lisa EUDEN • Lisa DOIDGE • Zichen MA • Prabh MANNI • Gurdip HANSRA • 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 7,050 participants have completed 37,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,725 km, including 5,684 new Personal Bests. A total of 473 individuals have volunteered 3,852 times.

 

The joys of Upton Court

It’s great to get a run report written by a visitor who brings a fresh view of what us regulars either miss or simply take for granted. So thank you to Sharon for last week’s report which reminded us that Upton Court Park isn’t  just a couple of grassy fields and tarmac paths: Sharon pointed out the wild flower meadow and views of Windsor Castle.  To her list I would add all the beautiful trees. So maybe we should start by saying thank you to our hosts, Slough Borough Council, for such a pleasant park.

We had another 200-plus runners, joggers and walkers this week of whom 31 ran personal bests. Too many I’m afraid to list but very well done to you all.

We had a whole clutch of people trying parkrun for the very first time - so welcome to William Casbolt, Aneeka Shah, Harry Macklin, Humza Hussain, Luke Williams, James Hourston, Balraj Brar, Chloe and Shannah Gates  and Tina Steinbrecher. Hopefully you had a good time and will be back soon.

APTOTW (Aesthetically Pleasing Time Of The Week) was a hard fought competition this week with Simon Long 17:17, Jas Kant 21:21, Ewan Montgomery 30:30 and Satnam Singh 46:46 all managing repeating numbers but this week the award is shared by Adam Malik and Humza Hussain  with their respective palindromic times of 32:23 and 25:52.

As usual a big thank you to all our volunteers who kept time, scanned barcodes, marshalled, briefed new-comers, tail-walked and set up and set down the course so perfectly. It made my morning as Run Director smooth and uneventful, which is just as I like it.  So thanks to Philip Kemp, Ja and Gurdip Hansra, Sarah Gardner, Himmat Toor, Harbhajan Dhillon, Ann Chandler, Stuart Montgomery, Claire Blazquez, James Middleton, Prabh Manni & Erin Oliver.

Keep running and see you soon.

Jim

 

Upton Court parkrun
Event number 346
24th August 2019

This week's Run Report is written by visitor Sharon Fox, who also provided a few more photos.....

When I realised my “U” for the Alphabet Challenge was the halfway point for meeting family (I’m in Worcestershire, family in Kent and London) this looked like the perfect excuse for a family get together on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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My cousin Rachel and her friends Abi and Rob, have recently got the parkrun bug, inspired by weekend parkrun chatter from the rest of the family from across the world.

They’d managed to persuade my Aunt and Uncle to come along too to see what it’s all about, mostly with the promise of bacon baps in the Rugby Clubhouse that were recommended by many.

Brief panic ensued when we realised the Clubhouse was closed for a function but faith was restored when we were told there were BBQ style arrangements for breakfast and the team did a great job of catering outdoors and the weather was perfect for it so all was good again.

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There were 2 First Timers Briefings delivered brilliantly by Ja and at least 20 people were fellow Alphabeteers which always makes me feel a little less crazy!

My cousin’s local parkrun is Bushy so this seemed like a very intimate affair to her with only 239 runners and walkers rather than 1,500.

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There were milestone celebrations for 50 for Raj Aravamuthan and 100 for Frank Fogarty today. There were 52 visitors and 7 newbies too.

On a very hot day there wasn’t much shade but the fantastic Marshal’s cheered us on and I caught the iconic views of Windsor Castle as instructed in the brief. Loved the 1k markers too.

The whole event was extremely well organised with a very relaxed atmosphere and the Brekki BBQ was perfect for a Bank Holiday weekend feel.

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We’d all previously looked at the park description and we weren’t expecting much, sounds like a few sports fields, however we were all pleasantly surprised by the lovely space it is and we enjoyed a walk around the wild flowers afterwards which were stunning. Considering we were near a flight path it was really peaceful too. A stroll around Slough and a coffee stop was enjoyed before we headed home, this included an hours delay on the M40 for me but hey-ho!

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Thank you Upton Court for a lovely parkrun experience.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers:

Caren HUNT  •  Claire BLAZQUEZ  •  Dennis BONNIE  •  Emily EUDEN  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Gurdip HANSRA  •  Harbhajan DHILLON  •  Ja HANSRA  •  James FLISHER  •  James MIDDLETON  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Matt SMITH  •  Michael Terence BALLARD  •  Paramjit BANSAL  •  Sharon FOX  •  Zichen MA

Sharon Fox

PS  As I mentioned during the run briefing yesterday, please note that the footbridge over the M4 to the south of Upton Court Park will be closed from 9th September.  The bridge will be demolished to allow the M4 SMART Motorway works to progress.  The works are likely to continue for 18 months.  So if you normally walk, jog or cycle from Datchet, Eton, or Windsor direction then you will have to use the Datchet Road bridge instead.

Michael

Some more stats........

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

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 6,838 participants have completed 36,135 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,675 km, including 5,478 new Personal Bests. A total of 464 individuals have volunteered 3,756 times.

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