In the week that we announced our new two (yes two!!!) lap winter course to record numbers on Facebook (6200 of you and counting) our lovely 3 lap course decided to show itself off in all its glory. The pile of discarded tops at the lap marker was testament to the inaccurate clothing strategy of many in the unseasonably warm conditions that set the mercury rising to over 20c. Lukasz even took off his mask, which means it must have been hot!
If it wasn’t for a fiendishly strong wind there would certainly have been far more than 14 pbs out of the impressive field of 201 runners, so special congratulations to those who ran their fastest ever Osterley parkrun yesterday.
We welcomed first timer Sebastian Lawrence, who normally frequents Burgess parkrun where he ran his 17.12pb but is now living in the area so we’ll hopefully see him many more times at Osterley. After a circumspect first lap with regular Jonathan Bartholomew, getting the measure of the crafty squirrels in the forest of doom and the lofty ascension of the Col d’Osterley, he stretched out over the second and third laps to romp home well clear in 18.33. Jonathan ran strongly with 19.42 for second place, followed home by Rachael Turner in 3rd place with another sub-20 clocking – just - in 19.59. Amazingly this was the 64th time that Rachael has finished first woman at Osterley!
There was a close finish in the battle to be 2nd woman home, with Sophie Kendrick crossing the line in 22.14 in 22nd overall, missing her pb by a single second, just ahead of April Withers in 22.27 who was 24th overall.
Special congratulations go to Mary Gregory, Anita Sheehan and Helen Harris who all completed their 50th parkrun this week – with Helen notching up a new pb of 23.27 to boot as she finished 4th female on the day.
A big hats off go to all the volunteers – especially John Sheehan, Paul and Sarah McGoey and Austin McHale, who were barcode scanning and timekeeping respectively for the first time ever. There was not a single error in the results (as far as we’re aware!) and there was only 1 unknown runner in the first 100 runners, which is virtually unheard of. So a big well done to them, and to all of the runners as well for remembering to return all the finish tokens this week. This sort of thing makes the volunteer team very happy.
You only have two more chances to run the 3 lap summer course before we kick off the new 2 lapper on Saturday 3rd November so put it in your diary now! Judging by your very kind and enthusiastic response to the new two - rather than three - lap course, leaders of the major political parties (whom, we’re sure, are regular readers of Osterley parkrun news) would do well to consider adopting a mandatory two lap rule for all parkruns as one of their key policies. It would clearly be a big vote winner.
Have a great week and see you all next Saturday.
- Chris Maybin
This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Paul MCGOEY • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • John SHEEHAN • Babatunde DAWODU • Austin MCHALE • Maeve HYNES • John BOWLING • Matthew BALE • Caroline SIBIA • Isaac BALE • Sarah MCGOEY • Duncan FUTTER • Jozsef MAK • Nick BOWEN
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 5,408 participants have completed 30,565 parkruns covering a total distance of 152,825 km, including 5,275 new Personal Bests.