As Owen cheerily reminded me on Saturday morning, “It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.” The words of legendary athlete Emil Zatopek rarely seemed more apt as the rain teemed down on a chilly, soaking wet, muddy Osterley Park. These are the days when parkrunners deserve double points, and volunteers deserve quadruple points. Thank goodness for Osterley café and its ability to break down the borders of pain and suffering with a post-run scone, hot coffee and cosy radiator.
Given the conditions, it was especially pleasing to see 142 runners and 14 volunteers turn out for Osterley parkrun no.225, and even more pleasing to see 9 pbs amidst the slippy slidey (technical geological term) conditions. So a big well done to Joshua MARTIN-BROWN, Jane WHITEHEAD, Sarah STONE, Elsa BUCI, Amarbir SANDHU, Meena RAHI, Aman AULAKH, Julie BELTON and Jessica BUGEMBE. More of the same next week, please!
All volunteers are equally wondrous, of course, but a special mention should go to those who experienced the full force of the elements today: Gemma – who did a cracking job of Timekeeping in her debut appearance; Keith – who took pristine photos on the back up timer app while trying to keep the phone vaguely dry; our two Duke of Edinburgh students on finish tokens - Arohi (still dressed for summer) and Annabelle, who also did a great job in her debut appearance; Tim and his bicycle on Fisherman’s gate; and finally Rob Wickes who very kindly (some would say foolishly) stepped in at the last minute to Marshal on the first gate. Hopefully you’ve all warmed up and dried out by now!
There was only one milestone run this week, but what a corker it was. Martha Whittaker ran her first Osterley parkrun way back in February 2015 and, amazingly, is still only a JW10. Today she clocked up her 100th run, in a time a mere 35 seconds off her pb. Parkrun news had acquired pictorial proof of Martha making celebratory cakes and biscuits the night before, and the alacrity with which they disappeared was testament to their tastiness. Well done Martha! We look forward to seeing you reach your 250th run, accompanied by another batch of your biscuits please.
Skipping through the mud at the front of the field at Osterley parkrun #225 was Alan Phillips with his 3rd first place finish in five appearances in 19.24, only 25 seconds outside his pb. He was comfortably ahead of first timer Michael Long who finished in 20.16 and third placed Jack Bredbury in 20.50.
In the women’s category JW11-14 Niamh Murphy looked strong as she crossed the line in 21.37 to finish 1st woman at Osterley for the 7th time. Based on this performance, Charlotte Buckley’s JW11-14 age category record of 20.58 is surely hers for the taking. Osterley first timer Laura Skinner was second woman in 24.16 just ahead of Martha Whittaker and her mum, Maz, in 24.20 and 24.23 respectively.
Niamh also scored the highest age grade rating of the day with 72.71% just ahead of her dad John with 70.79% in 12th position overall in 22.05, and Martha Whittaker with 70.14%.
Well done to everyone who came along to run, walk, volunteer and support today. We look forward to seeing you all next week. Hopefully it’ll be a bit drier and less squidgy.
- Chris Maybin
This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Keith MANNING • Christopher MAYBIN • Catherine MCHALE • Arohi PANIGRAHI • Mary PORTER • Jon RODGERS • Daniel COLLINS • Gemma RYDER • Robert WICKES • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Annabelle HOGAN • Claire HERRIOT • Deeqa ABDILLAHI
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/osterley/results/latestresults/
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:44 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 89).
The female record is held by Amy SOLE who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th July 2017 (event number 201).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 92.98% (19:28) on 18th July 2015 (event number 97).
Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 4,368 participants have completed 23,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,235 km, including 4,252 new Personal Bests.