Osterley parkrun, Event number 225; 20th January 2018

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

Let Them Eat Cake! – Osterley parkrun #224 13-01-2018

Once again we were lucky with the weather at Osterley Park - no rain and surprisingly, not too chilly. But nonetheless it was still rather gloomy when Jim Twist arrived at 7:45am as the pre-event setup volunteer. We always appreciate our merry band of volunteers but a special mention to Jim for getting up that bit earlier.

It was lovely to welcome 20 first timers. We hope to see you again soon.

We also welcomed Bee of Exodus Travels, one of parkrun's partners. There seemed to be a lot of interest in what she was offering, helped no doubt by the fact that she shared a table with our cakes.

Yes, we know how to celebrate at Osterley! Stefan Antuszewicz reached his 50 milestone and provided two scrumptious, home-baked cream cakes that were very well received. Thank you Stefan!

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Thank you everyone for making Osterley parkrun so enjoyable.
John


Results details

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Christopher MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Deborah LEAVERS • Arohi PANIGRAHI • Jim TWIST • Mary PORTER • Jessamyn LUSCOMBE • John BOWLING • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Caroline SIBIA • Sophie ROUHAUD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

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 4,354 participants have completed 23,705 parkruns covering a total distance of 118,525 km, including 4,243 new Personal Bests.

 

Osterley parkrun Event number 223 6th January 2018

Osterley Park, 9am, Saturday, overcast and cold with some watery sun trying to get through but failing. And 160 shivering but determined joggers, walkers and runners line up to pit themselves against 5km of meadow woodland and gravel path.

As usual we like to make special mention of those who turned up for their first ever parkrun so congratulations go to Ranvir Bhachu, Mav Sidhu, Nav Sidhu, Silvana Shurdhi, Davinder Garcha, Sarah Stone, Ajay Arora, Joshua Cuellar, Heena Shaikh and Sonal Vora, welcome to the wonderful world of parkrun and we hope to see you for your second run with us soon.

Whilst on the subject we recorded a pretty impressive nine PBs no less which is notable given the slippery conditions - great effort everyone. And special thanks to the volunteers who eschewed their warm beds for parkrun duty and without whom parkrun just wouldn't be possible.

First spot went to Osterley regular Finlay McBride who managed to get the better of Mark Canning, running his first parkrun at Osterley, crossing the line in 20.07 and 20.15 respectively. And 3rd spot went to another Osterley regular Rachael Turner who turned in a notable 20.28 – well done.

But as we know, parkrun is not just about the fastest – it’s about everyone involved; the runners, the joggers, the walkers and of course the volunteers. So, with that in mind I thought that I’d talk a bit about the café.

Most parkrun web pages announce “We're friendly! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at….” This is no coincidence as parkrun is not just about running, jogging or walking 5km it’s also about community and having somewhere to meet afterwards is very important - and one of the criteria you need to meet (if possible) when setting up a new parkrun.

And of course, Osterley is no different, so every week a fair few of us head over to the Stables tearoom after we’ve finished and consume copious amounts of coffee and tea (and in some cases bacon and egg sandwiches or scones) and chat about… erm parkrun as you’d expect, but not exclusively! In my experience, everyone is very friendly and several times I have asked to sit down with a group of people I’ve never met before and before too long we’re on first name terms!

So, if you haven’t been for a post parkrun coffee before (other drinks are available!!), then head over to the café and see another aspect of the Osterley parkrun community

See you all next week (in the cafe maybe...)

Tim

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 221; 30th December 2017

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Many parkruns across the UK had to be cancelled today because of severe weather conditions. But that was decidedly not the case at Osterley where the rain held off and the morning was bright(ish) and mild. Nevertheless, that recent rain had an impact on runner’s legs as they struggled up “the hill” and across the meadow into a strong breeze.

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We celebrated Abigail’s 100th run with 2 delicious cakes. The recent input of cakes and mince pies at Osterley will lead to some New Year’s resolutions to get out and run more!
It was also the 50th parkrun for Gemma Ryder and the 10th for Alexander Shephard. Well done to them and to all who achieved milestones in 2017

First man across the line was Simon Egan, making one of his occasional visits from Woking. First lady was Sue Jeddi, visiting from Southwick Country Park so presumably found the Osterley course vaguely familiar.

We hope to see many of you at our additional parkrun on New Year’s Day starting at 10.30

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RESULTS:
This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Christopher MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Catherine MCHALE • Arohi PANIGRAHI • Jessamy CARLSON • John BOWLING • Niamh MURPHY • Daniel COLLINS • Matthew BALE • Evie BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Derek WINDEATT • Sam WILLIAMS • Nishma DODHIA

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.
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 4,205 participants have completed 23,102 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,510 km, including 4,198 new Personal Bests.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 219; 16th December 2017

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Parkrun is all about setting and beating whatever challenge you set yourself. On Saturday, however, we had a couple of challenges thrust upon us.

First was the formation of a multitude of ice rinks on the paths around the course. Out of 129 runners, we were not aware of a single fall, helicopter hands, or inelegant swallow drive. A Christmas miracle if ever we saw one. Thank you for all being so careful and sure footed!

Our second challenge was bit of Christmas Black Magic (and not the delicious chocolates) which made one of our two barcode scanners disappear along with approximately half of the day’s results. We scoured the grounds, the storage boxes and numerous pockets and found nothing. Apart from the possibility of a small Bermuda Triangle around the set up table we are at a loss to explain where it went. If you have accidentally picked it up or miraculously find it amongst your belongings please let us know so we can reunite it with its barcode scanning family.

A big thank you to Niamh Murphy who did a great job with the photo stopwatch which enabled us to identify many lost results, and to everyone who dropped us a line with their finish details so we could add them in manually. And most of all, thanks for all your understanding and good humour!

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In a week when parkrun highlighted visually impaired runners, we were delighted to welcome Simon Webb and his guide Dan Greenslade at today’s run for their first Osterley appearance. Navigating the icy patches, the forest of doom and the famous Osterley mountain is tough at the best of times, but when you can’t see any of it you deserve an extra doff of the cap. Especially when you get round the 5km course in a swift 22.35. Inspiring stuff.

Our most loyal supporter Derek Windeatt has attended hundreds of parkruns at Osterley but has recently happily dived into the world of volunteering. We were delighted to give him a big round of applause for his 25th volunteer stint this week. Thanks too for the chocolates, Derek, which is keeping this particular Run Director going very nicely on a Sunday. A big well done to Jose Xavier de Freitas Junior too who ran his 50th parkrun this week.

It was an honour to see one of the parkrun greats with us. Kirsty Bangham ran her 507th parkrun in her resplendent blue 500 parkrun t-shirt. This tally puts her in the top 10 parkrunners of all time, making our own Event Director Geoff Miles who has clocked up 335 runs look like a wet-behind-the-ears newcomer. See you again soon, Kirsty!

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At the sharp end of the field it was good to see two-time first placer Simon Shaw get to stretch his legs again as he skipped around to a highly impressive Osterley pb of 17.36 to lead the runners home. He also scored the highest age grade rating of the day with 80.59%. Tom Daley (no, not that one) ran a very strong if rather lonely 18.33 for second place in his first appearance at Osterley. He was followed by a considerable Fulham contingent who came to Osterley in force. Hi Fulhamites – we hope you had fun!

There was a battle royale for 3rd place which saw Joe Osborne just pip fellow JM15-17 Finlay McBride with 20.01 and 20.02 respectively. In 5th position was the first woman, Rachael Turner with an incredible 43rd 1st place finish at Osterley. Parkrun stattos will raise a knowing eyebrow at the news that the runner with the 2nd most 1st place Osterley finishes, Liam Phair with 18, was just behind Rachael in 6th position. JW15-17 Abigail Hallam ran very well again to finish 2nd female in 23.28, followed by Louise Clark with a new Osterley pb in 3rd place with 24.28.

Next week is the last Osterley parkrun before Christmas so do bring your Santa hats, mince pies and reindeer – as long as they’re on a short lead of course. See you there!

- Chris Maybin

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/

This week 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Daniel GREENSLADE • Christopher MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Charmaine MCHALE • Arohi PANIGRAHI • Jessamy CARLSON • Niamh MURPHY • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Caroline SIBIA • Derek WINDEATT

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 4,174 participants have completed 22,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,100 km, including 4,183 new Personal Bests.

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