Many thanks to Katy Astle for writing the run report for this week's event.
Well done for making parkrun history today - If you ran today, you completed the first ever parkrun on 29th February. Your next chance to do a parkrun on 29th February will be 2028... Will this be the next time we run the reverse route?
Luckily storm Jorge did not put a stop to the very exciting first reverse run of Upton House parkrun. Despite a very heavy downfall just before the briefing, the sun came out to guide the 564 runners in the opposite direction with the support of the 33 amazing volunteers!!
I'm sure everyone will have mixed feelings about how they found this new route - lots of positive feedback on the Facebook page and plenty of PBs. What I really liked about it was the start. Being able to see the faster runners sprint off ahead was great and we must have all had a quicker start than normal, but the tree marshalls were sadly missed!!!
The reverse route didn't make it any less muddy. In fact, thanks to the wettest February, I think it was one of the muddiest for a while. The different route didn't avoid hills - I don't think that's possible at Upton House but it made a change running the opposite way up and down certain hills.
For us runners who like to hang out at the back of the pack, it was the first time we got to see those front runners sprinting for the finish while we headed off for our second loop. Despite their sprint, they often shout an encouraging comment as they fly past.
All in all, another great run at Upton House parkrun and a massive thank you to all the volunteers. Also happy 15th birthday to John Morris - dressed very appropriately for the occasion! And a big well done to all the milestone runners.
I'll leave you to ponder when we'll next be running in reverse...will it be in 28 years or sooner?
This week 564 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • Kirstin HAY • Rachel ELFORD • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Barry MILLER • Helen RICHARDS • Mark STREET • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Rachel GLADDIS • Lisa SHAKESPEARE • Philip BENHAM • Lynnette PAYNE • Debra COHEN • Danika WESTWOOD • Alex BARRETT • Daniel SALMON • Lucy GLADDIS • Katy ASTLE • Aileen BARROW • James TAYLOR • Marley HENSHAW • Stephanie GALPIN • Les BONIFACE • Jo GAMSTON • Jayme BENHAM • Andrew NEAGLE • Claire CARLIN • Paul CARLIN • Dominic WOOD