Event #143 – 14th March 2020

Many thanks to Rev Claire Carlin for writing the Run Report for this week's event 

It would be difficult if not impossible to write a run report without the mention of Coronavirus, but for us, and I am sure many of you, this morning’s parkrun hopefully was a positive distraction from such matters. For some, it is about a weekly challenge of trying to beat one’s 5k PB and for others parkrun may simply be a weekly escape from the pressure of a hectic pressured everyday life. The impact in such a short period of time has been massive for the whole world - we think particularly for the tragedy of those who have lost loved ones. At times when others are being forced to self-isolate it brings a reminder to us all that parkrun is far more than a simple 5k run, it is a community and another family and often can bring people out of isolation who may find themselves experiencing daily isolation.

The spread of Coronavirus is leading to the cancellation of many big city marathons which can be difficult for many. I was at a Dorchester RIOT awards event yesterday evening with many talking of their disappointment, but understanding of Manchester and London marathons being postponed, only yesterday night with a number signing up for Taunton marathon to find that had also cancelled today. Again there were many at parkrun disappointed at the cancellation of these events, so I particularly want to say a massive well done if you were one of those who still turned up and ran parkrun today at a time I am sure your motivation has been challenged a little.

For my husband and I we have been spending hours preparing for our first half marathon next weekend in Weymouth, only possible through being introduced to running through parkrun. The uncertainty of if this race will now actually take place has caused increased anxiety amongst our training, and we like many others I am sure appreciated the escape at parkrun this morning, both running and volunteering.

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Today’s parkrun was a little muddy, however, it was great to see a reduction in the wind and rain we have had in many recent weeks our parkrun has run. Well done to the 380 people who took part in parkrun today running, jogging or walking the course. It really doesn’t matter what one’s pace is, parkrun really is for everyone. I was only discussing this during the week with a biggest loser group I am leading in my role as a personal trainer whom in a couple of weeks’ time will be completing their first parkrun, with many excited but also anxious about running, but this really doesn’t matter regardless of pace parkrun really is for everyone.

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Well done to the 31 first timers. Hopefully this will be the start of a fantastic journey as you have joined the great community of parkrun. Also a big well done to the 56 people achieving a PB. A particular well done to good friend Adam Brewer who knocked off an impressive 40 seconds off his PB. A big well done to milestone achievers today Dave Wood and Elaine Oddie both achieving the impressive achievement of club 100 Dave Wood. A big well done also to Lizanne Elliott and Jason Hawkings joining club 50 and Katie Townley joining junior Club 10.

Again another big thank you to today’s team of volunteers who made the event possible. Upton like all parkruns is always keen for more volunteers and it does add an additional spark into your weekly parkrun. This maybe one way to develop an increased sense of community at a time when isolation is sadly in society at an all-time high.

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The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Andy WELLINGTON • Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Philip WHITEHURST • Mike BARRON • Denise DAY • Sheena KEEP • Kirstin HAY • Claire HARVEY • Lucy HARVEY • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Barry MILLER • Kate HUGHES • Helen RICHARDS • Mark STREET • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Jules BOOTH • Philip BENHAM • Nicola LANAWAY • Martin ORR • Ian BANDY • Daniel SALMON • Lucy GLADDIS • Scott WINTHROP • Duncan LANE • Neil WELLINGTON • Marley HENSHAW • Les BONIFACE • Andrew NEAGLE • Claire CARLIN • Paul CARLIN

Today's 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 8,692 participants have completed 43,805 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,025 km, including 7,641 new Personal Bests. A total of 702 individuals have volunteered 4,499 times.

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