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.
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