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.

 

Upton Court parkrun #345 17th August 2019

Thank you to Sam Noakes for helping with the Run Report! Sam ran at Upton Court for the first time this week and was in the leading pack, we hope to see you again!

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the sunny course, of whom 31 were first timers on this course, 4 were first timers to parkrun and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part, from as far away as Singapore!

There was some impressive age graded scores with many over 70% and a few breaking 80%! One of the 80%ers was Charlotte FIELD, who led the way comfortably to finish first with a new PB and achieved the 4th fastest female finisher time on this course, ever – well done!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

 Alison BROWNHILL  •  Bob HARDMAN  •  Clare REGALE-DAY  •  David RAYNOR  •  David SANDERS  •  Duncan GIBSON  •  Erin OLIVER  •  Ja HANSRA  •  Jonathan DAVIES  •  Lisa EUDEN  •  Louise FLISHER  •  Mark OLNEY  •  Sam NOAKES  •  Stuart MONTGOMERY

Note that this coming Saturday, 24th August, the rugby club is closed for an event. However Joanne will open the fire exit doors for access to the toilets. Food and drink will be served from the verandah. A sunny Saturday is forecast so you can all still stay and enjoy breakfast with your fellow running friends.

Big congratulations to everyone that took part and we hope to see you next week!

Alison and Sam

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

Female record holder: Jill COLLETT - 18:09 - Event 294 (18/08/18)

Male record holder: Glenn HUGHES - 15:28 - Event 89 (30/08/14)

Age graded record holder: Maxine MAXINE - 88.18 % - 25:15 - Event 337 (22/06/19)

Upton Court parkrun started on 24th November 2012. Since then 6,746 participants have completed 35,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,490 km, including 5,417 new Personal Bests.

 

The times they are a-changing

Last weekend was my 5th parkrun birthday as I first came to parkrun here at Upton Court on 21st June 2104.  I knew as I walked back over the park at the end of the run that I was hooked and 173 runs later I still love it.  In the meantime I have run at about 40 other parkruns as far apart as West Cork, Scotland and France and am nearing completion of my parkrun alphabet.  Clearly this malarkey is something of an obsession for me, as my family frequently remind me, but there are worse things to obsess about.

Excuse my self-indulgent reminiscing about my parkrun history but it got me thinking about the changes I have observed since June 2014.   The most obvious is the number of people who come along to Upton Court each Saturday morning. On 21/06/14 there were 75 runners which was a fairly typical number at the time. At least half of the people running that day are still UCp regulars so if repeat-visits is anything to go by I’m not the only one who is hooked.  Five years on our numbers are more like 175. As our numbers steadily rise it is harder to know everyone by name but I hope the friendliness is unchanged for first-timers, visitors and regulars alike.

Looking more broadly, a big change parkrun has seen over the time is its growth nationally and internationally.  If you want to see how the number of events and participants has grown over the years see https://www.parkrun.org.uk/results/historicalchart/ .  In order to support this growth parkrun has undoubtedly become commercial but, in my opinion, this has not impacted the free, local, volunteer vibe which I experience wherever I go for my weekly parkrun.

And finally back to a local change.  In recent months, the Run Directors (RD) have written run reports less frequently than 5 years ago – a point of pride for UCp in its earlier days. Most parkruns don’t bother! The problem for us as RD’s is that it is difficult to say something fresh when you have written many reports before.  So if you fancy writing a report one week about anything parkrun related we would love to hear from you.

And so to this week’s news:  188 runners, lured by the sunny morning, the free run and for one week only free food from parkrun’s commercial partner Co-op.  Thanks to Jack and his colleagues for coming along and distributing the goodies.

As usual a big thanks to all our volunteers. I have a feeling I forgot to give you the opportunity to give them a round of applause on the start line, so feel free to do it yourself now.   There were 15 PB’s with the most notable being Sreeram Thiagarajan who clocked 29:33 on his 80th Upton Court run.   We had nine people completely new to parkrun so welcome to Ewelina, Nikki, Emma, Natasya, Matthew, Anl, Rajesh, Venkat and Laksmi.  I hope in five years time you might look back with fondness on what parkrun has brought to your lives.   At the other end of the spectrum Bob Hardman ran his 369th run.  Bob is a real UCp stalwart almost always being around early for setting up and  setting down after the event.  Just looking at Bob’s stats I reckon he must have run over 75 different events – who’s the obsessive now!

APTOTW goes to Duncan Gibson who ran 28:45 which was bang on the average run time.

I am away in Glasgow next weekend.  You never know I might find myself a parkrun there too!

Here’s to the next five years. Some things may be a-changing but the best of parkun remains the same.

See you again soon.

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT – Different Start/Finish position this Saturday 8th June

Please note that due to a rugby tournament taking place at Slough Rugby Club the start and finish position of our parkrun will move up to the opposite corner of the park to normal.  This Saturday it will be near the main park entrance, next to the large car park on Upton Court Road (Sat nav SL3 7LU).

Do not drive down the lane to the Rugby Club.  If you do, you will be charged an entrance fee by the Rugby Club.  And as the lane is narrow, it will be very difficult to turn around once you are on it.

This means that the usual indoor facilities and refreshments will not be available.  The toilets at the Rugby Club may be available to use, but they are a 5 minute jog across the park.

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