Osterley parkrun, Event number 275; 12th January 2019

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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!

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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 osterleyhelpers@parkrun.com to let us know what you’d like to do and when.

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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 osterleyoffice@parkrun.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.

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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.

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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/

The donation is made to parkrun Limited through Paypal and all income and expenditure is recorded and can be viewed on this page for the purposes of total transparency.

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.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 274; 5 January 2019

It was a fresh morning at Osterley Park on Saturday, but that wasn't enough to put off 294 people who turned up and ran, jogged and walked the course. This was our 3rd highest turnout, following on from the New Year’s Day bonanza. We welcomed 15 people to their first ever parkrun and hope to see them back next week. 50 powerhouses went out there and recorded new Personal Bests.

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A special mention to Jin Jhooti who recorded a PB on his 400th run! Also to junior runners Connie Pallett (new PB) and Matilda McGovern who both achieved their 10th parkrun. Well done to Yuit Vong who hit 50 and Kenneth Nel’s 100th - brilliant!

Our first finisher today was Simon Shaw, followed by Shane Bloomer and Alan Phillips.

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First female finisher was Rachael Turner. Sophie Kendrik was second over the line closely followed by Mandy Ruks.

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We struggle every week to get volunteers, make it your aim to volunteer. We simply cannot hold the event on the new course without 3 marshals and we really need 5. This is in addition to 2 timekeepers, 2 people on finish tokens, barcode scanners, a tail walker, finish funnel manager and someone willing to arrive at 7.45 to setup the course. So in the coming weeks put yourself forward and give it a try.

This week we had 21 volunteers making hi-vis look great.

Malcolm JAMES • Geoff MILES • Nick FULFORD • Christopher MAYBIN • Colette DORAN • Clare EVERARD • Joseph QUINN • Babatunde DAWODU • Bill BLACKLEDGE • Julie LYNN • Finlay MCBRIDE • Aidan QUINN • Ryan WILKINS • John BOWLING • Chris GERS • Louise BALE • Daniel COLLINS • Matthew BALE • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Lorraine HILL

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 6,014 participants have completed 33,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,090 km, including 5,842 new Personal Bests. A total of 436 individuals have volunteered 3,289 times.

 

Last parkrun of 2018!

There was an impressive number of people at Osterley parkrun this morning for our 272nd parkrun, no doubt keen to run off some turkey and chocolate after Christmas festivities. And it was great to be able to celebrate one of our regular runner's 250th run - congratulations to Tunde, and thank you for all the help and support you give us at Osterley parkrun.
247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests.Well done to all of you. We hope you'll join us again soon. And it was great to see so many visitors. We hope you'll visit us again - thank you to those of you who were so complimentary about our course and volunteers. We're very modest, but our parkrun is pretty awesome...

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Parkrun regular Finlay on track for his PB after 174 runs

Thank you again to our hi viz heroes. We couldn't do it without you! We are looking a bit short for January so please do sign up for a slot if you can. There are a variety of jobs to be done, some of which can be done before or after the run. Do get in touch if there's something you fancy doing. We provide training and guidance for all the roles, and can happily talk you through what a role entails if you're unsure. And if you can't volunteer on a Saturday, there's always Osterley Juniors on a Sunday morning, same time, same place. Please drop us a line if you can assist!

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Steve TREND • Christopher MAYBIN • Sally RAHEJA • Charmaine MCHALE • Patrick MCHALE • Els VERMEULEN • Jane MARLAND • Alison DANIELS • Maeve HYNES • Jessamy CARLSON • Lucas KAD • Kim BOBSIN • Stephen MCBRIDE • Sophie ROUHAUD • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Sacha SYED • Sarah BROUGH

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).

Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 5,798 participants have completed 33,010 parkruns covering a total distance of 165,050 km, including 5,718 new Personal Bests. A total of 429 individuals have volunteered 3,244 times.

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

We are pleased to confirm Osterley parkrun on New Year's Day starting at 10.30

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 271; 22nd December 2018

Caroline Harvey of Ashton Court parkrun, Bristol, offered to write our report and what a brilliant one it is. Thank you Caroline!

So I was in London for the Christmas weekend - which parkrun should I do? South West Trains were on strike so I needed one I could drive to and park easily. The local ones to where I am staying were very wet and muddy, and I wanted one with paths. And preferably flat as my home parkrun is Ashton Court in Bristol with a very steep hill! And an O towards my alphabet would be good! So looking at the parkrun map, Osterley seemed an obvious choice especially as I had heard lots of good things about it.

Did it live up to my expectations? No – it exceeded them! What a stunning location for a parkrun – and it was flat and dry paths, and lovely views all the way round. Apart from quite a lot of traffic noise at the far end of the course, we could have been in the country – extraordinary to think that we were in London. And to make it even better, the sun shone from a blue sky – no wind and rain like the last few weekends.

There were 216 runners in total – impressive that that number of runners were sufficiently organised for Christmas to be able to come out running! 23 different running clubs were represented and there were 36 new PBs – well done to them all. 30 runners were visiting Osterley for the first time (from Bracknell, Woking and Bristol among other places), of whom four were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun community and I hope you enjoyed it and will return. And I enjoyed all the festive hats and costumes worn by both runners and volunteers – very Christmassy.

Neil Greig was the first male home in 18:28 on his first visit to Osterley. Austin Soane, second in 18:29, was also on his first visit and achieved the highest age grade of the day of 89.90%, so congratulations to both of them. The first female back was Leanne Smith in 22.28 followed by Lucy Taylor on 23.07. Well done to them both.

Shelley Keefe had a double celebration – her 50 parkruns milestone and her 20th different event, so congratulations on your achievement.

I also enjoyed meeting Jay (sorry, didn’t get your surname) who was visiting Osterley for the first time in his quest to achieve all the parkruns within the M25 before they start any more! Good luck to him.

Thank you very much to all the volunteers for their welcome and encouragement all the way round the course. I highly recommend Osterley to all runners – it was a great morning and I really enjoyed it. Oh yes, and the café served an excellent breakfast. Happy Christmas to you all and I hope I get the chance to return next year on another visit to London.


 

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Carol and Peter from Ilford AC said they really enjoyed Osterley parkrun.


 

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Geoff MILES • Tim CARRUTHERS • Steve TREND • Christopher MAYBIN • Stuart MARTIN • Els VERMEULEN • Kenny CHAN • Dave BOOKLESS • Giles WHITTAKER • Jessamy CARLSON • John BOWLING • Caroline HARVEY • Louise BALE • Edward EAGLE • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Andrew DAVIDSON • Noeline MANKOO

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 5,761 participants have completed 32,763 parkruns covering a total distance of 163,815 km, including 5,687 new Personal Bests. A total of 427 individuals have volunteered 3,225 times.

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