This week’s Osterley parkrun saw new year’s resolutions holding firm as 334 runners, joggers and walkers – our 3rd highest ever - completed the 2 lap course, supported brilliantly by 22 volunteers.
A big welcome to the 68 (!) first timers at Osterley this week including an amazing 29 runners doing their first ever parkrun anywhere. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you back next Saturday. Congratulations too to the pleasingly round number of 50 people who ran personal bests – a great way to start the year!
Even more pleasing was the number of new volunteers on Saturday. Another new year’s resolution being exercised with gusto – long may it continue! As we’ve often said, if everyone can volunteer just 3 times a year, then our volunteer roster will always be full.
Volunteering for the first time in a new role can be pretty daunting, but as you’ll see from the near-perfect set of results, and the fact that no one is still out wandering around the course (as far as we know!) is testament to how brilliantly everyone did. And, of course, thanks to our faithful regular volunteers without whom Osterley parkrun could not go ahead.
So three cheers for this week’s 22 volunteers:
Alison DANIELS • Isaac BALE • Michael OSBORNE • Liz MANN • Simon HARRISON • Christopher MAYBIN • Kathryn BERRY • Charmaine MCHALE • Jessamy CARLSON • Nigel BOSTOCK • James HILL • Jonathan OWENS • Charlotte GREGORY • Louise BALE • Daniel COLLINS • Matthew BALE • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Harriet OWENS • Ray CARTER • Denise EUSTACE • Lorraine HILL
If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet in 2019 then just check out the volunteer roster for the next few weeks http://www.parkrun.org.uk/osterley/futureroster/and drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you’d like to do and when.
Amidst all the hubbub and excitement of Osterley parkrun #275, there was a familiar sight at the front as Simon Shaw finished well clear of the field in 1st place for the 13th time with an impressive 16.55. This was just 1 second off his pb, and the highest age rating of the day: 84.43%. He looked as fresh as a daisy.
Neil Greig finished in second place in 18.32, only 4 seconds off his pb, with David Castle in 3rd (David – if you’re reading this, you didn’t leave us your barcode number in the book so we couldn’t add you in to the results manually. Just drop us a line on email@example.com and we’ll get that sorted!).
In the women’s category, Rachael Turner continued her return to fitness finishing 1st woman for the 68th time in 86 appearances at Osterley, with a speedy 20.49. Osterley stats fans will of course have noticed this already, but Rachael and men’s first placer Simon Shaw have now both run 96th parkruns, raising the mouthwatering possibility of a double 1st place / 100th parkrun double sometime in the next month or so.
Close behind Rachael was Osterley first timer – although with a total of 260 parkruns under her belt - Michelle Beaumont in 21.09. Sophie Kendrick completed a very high quality top 3 with a new pb of 21.21.
Rajinder Parmar, Matt Frost and Sally Bamford all completed their 50th parkruns today so well done to them all. Raj was determined to celebrate his milestone with a pb but fell just short by 4 seconds – there seems to be a theme running through this run report…Matt is halfway through a mission to run all the London parkruns, and we were delighted that he choose his first run at Osterley for his 50th. Sally scored a great new pb by over 30 seconds with 25.30 for her 50th, so she gets an extra special doff of the cap. Sorry for not mentioning you at the start, Sally, but at least the barcode scanning worked!
For those of you who saw one of our runners faint at the finish, please be reassured that she is absolutely fine. It is something that does happen to her from time to time, but she doesn’t let it get in the way of her coming to parkrun. We’re delighted that she has chosen to run at Osterley for the last few weeks and we hope to see her many times more in the future.
And finally, we need to ask a little favour. Due to the (happily) ever-increasing numbers coming along to run at Osterley every week, we need to invest in a bit of equipment to ensure we can continue to deliver parkrun at the level we all want.
We need to buy more stakes to extend the finish funnel and lots of new finish tokens so that we don’t have to give out pieces of paper again! We also need to stock up on sundry items like batteries for our electrical equipment.
The only source of income for Osterley parkrun is donations from the parkrun community and our current reserves are coming to an end which is the reason for this appeal. Any amount from you, if you would like to donate something, would be much appreciated.
If you would like to make a donation, just visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/osterley/aboutus/
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Thanks for another great Osterley parkrun and hopefully see you all next week!
- 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/
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 6,082 participants have completed 34,152 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,760 km, including 5,892 new Personal Bests. A total of 440 individuals have volunteered 3,309 times.