Event#135 – 18th January 2020

Many thanks to Gary White for writing the run report for this week's event. 

On a day when 112 park runs were cancelled owing to ice or floods , all 489 of us should be very grateful that our parkrun went ahead. We had heavy rain every evening this week and on Wednesday Morning there was a flood right across Blandford Road not 300 yards from our course.  I was amazed that when I ran a freedom run on Thursday, there was hardly any water or mud at all and I even remarked that my running socks were relatively clean. I was quite happy that the run would go ahead but was concerned when the temperature dropped suddenly on parkrun day, about the threat of ice. All the cars around had a thick deposit of ice on the windscreens and the road surface was white with frost.  Good work by the parkrun organisers and Upton House Rangers, who salted the icy patches, meant that the run was deemed safe and could go ahead.

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In the event there was a little mud on the first downhill section and a few puddles and some mud near the railway line but I didn’t slip at all wearing road shoes. We are lucky that our course is so well drained as some events are regularly cancelled due to excess muds and flooding.

The attendance of 489 was the third largest ever and as Poole had 1050 runners you can appreciate the popularity of parkrun. To my knowledge we had visitors from Pontypridd, Manchester, Swindon, Yorkshire, Plymouth and St Albans.

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Milestones. Jim Keir completed his 300th parkrun and there were seven runners who completed their 50th on the day. Colin Hawkins, Graham Fisher, Abigail Price, Penny Ettling, Paul Green, Lisa Francis and Shelley Harford. Congratulations to them all. 18 runners had their first taste of parkrun and we trust they enjoyed it and hope to see them return.

Upton House parkrun is not going ahead on the 15th February as there is another event in the park. This is your chance to try a spot of tourism. Please don’t all head to Poole when we have Blandford, Moors Valley and Bournemouth on our doorstep. Why not get a group together and try Southampton, Eastleigh, Weymouth, St Marys etc. All courses are very different and we are sure that you will be welcomed and enjoy them.

This week 489 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Gary WHITE • Colin SMITH • Jeff HINSLEY • Kirsty WESTON • Jenny CAMPBELL TRAYFORD • Paul WHITTY • Kevin DAY • Barry MILLER • Christopher MILLER • Hazel MCCABE • Kate HUGHES • Andrew LEACH • Dawn ANDREWS • Michael WESTON • Mark STREET • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Rosanne BUCKLEY • Timothy FRY • Jules BOOTH • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • James PARNALL • Sally KETCHLEY • Daniel SALMON • Lucy GLADDIS • Scott WINTHROP • Emily KETCHLEY • Aric KETCHLEY • Aileen BARROW • Tracy CRICKMORE • Sam FUTCHER • Duncan LANE • Marley HENSHAW • Brooke BENNETTON • Andrew NEAGLE • Mary MELLOR • Amy KING-HALE • Arthur FRY • Dominic WOOD

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Upton House parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Daniel MULRYAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 29th December 2018 (event number 81).
The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 17:53 on 17th August 2019 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 92.14% (22:41) on 13th January 2018 (event number 32).

Upton House parkrun started on 3rd June 2017. Since then 8,356 participants have completed 40,824 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,120 km, including 7,182 new Personal Bests. A total of 687 individuals have volunteered 4,279 times.