'Well where shall I start with today's parkrun' by Phil Benham
A Big Thank You to all the volunteers and runners who came out today. It was my first time as RD (Run Director), so thanks to all who enjoyed the morning. For those of you not sure what that entails basically, "The Run Director is in charge of a particular event on a specific day ". Lets just say I've been on a high all day and grinning like a Cheshire cat.
I started my parkrun journey about 2 years ago at Moors Valley, as Upton House was still in the planning stage at the time. At this time I was a back of the field parkrunner, quite happy with a 45-min time. Now I'm down to a 32-min time and still improving gradually. I tend to help more than I run these days, having volunteered 71 times and run 52 times, but I love giving back to parkrun. I joined the Upton House parkrun Core Team about a year ago and had done all the volunteer roles except RD, which I did today.
I love being at Upton House for the trail type course, the fantastic runners and volunteers. It's like a second family to a lot of us, always supportive and eager to help, the ever changing scenery across the year. Most of you know me as a 'Lonely Goat' from the tops I wear, or as a Photographer, or for my lovely colourful leggings I tend to wear for parkrun. I started learning the basics and worked my way up to running the event today - it's been a journey and one which we can all make.
Don't forget we are here on New Years Day at 8:30am, a little earlier so you can do a double with Bournemouth parkrun at 10:00am, if you wish, or as a warm up for the Broadstone 1/4 marathon up the road.
Have a Great Christmas and enjoy!
This week's stats:
274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, Which started a bit damp but turned out so much better. Our last parkrun before Christmas of whom 29 were first timers and 13 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:
Michele WHITEHURST • Keith MANN • Denise DAY • Sheena KEEP • Kim DURDLE • Roger HERBERT • Lucy HARVEY • Kirsty WESTON • Kevin DAY • Barry MILLER • Ruth PAYNE • Helen RICHARDS • Wendy BRIMICOMBE • Jules BOOTH • Philip BENHAM • Alan BLANCHFLOWER • Daniel SALMON • Lucy GLADDIS • Scott WINTHROP • Aileen BARROW • Mark GALPIN • Neil O'SHEA • Neil WELLINGTON • Marley HENSHAW • Stephanie GALPIN • Kelly FRY • Elizabeth HUMPHREYS • Roman FRY • Paul ARNAUDY • Jayme BENHAM • Graham MCMASTER • Andrew NEAGLE • Mary MELLOR • 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 7,947 participants have completed 38,384 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,920 km, including 6,927 new Personal Bests. A total of 671 individuals have volunteered 4,092 times.