Osterley parkrun #309 was packed full of milestones, pbs and new friends. We saw an astonishing 73 pbs from the 315 runners – surely a record - 58 Osterley first timers and 17 runners doing their first ever parkrun!
And just when we thought summer was over, Osterley treated us to a glorious morning of warm sunshine to celebrate the occasion.
Billy Regan reached his big 100 milestone while fellow RD of this parish John Bowling (come on the Bees!) ran his 150th parkrun and 137th at Osterley. Kevin and Ann Kearey from Ranelagh Harriers achieved a pleasingly coordinated double milestone of 300th and 250th parkrun respectively. Loving your work, guys.
Special mention amongst the 73 amazing pbs must go to Seamus McEvoy who ran a pb of 24.19 in his 83rd run at Osterley after arriving bright and early to help set up the course. Yet more proof that volunteering helps you parkrun faster. Please form an orderly queue to sign up for future weeks – or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We saw arguably our highest quality women’s result ever. Osterley first timer Gintare Juknyte finished 1st woman, and 3rd overall, with a scorching 19.11. Not only did she become the 6th fastest female Osterley runner of all time, she also set a new SW20-24 Age category record. 2nd woman home, and the previous holder of the SW20-24 record, went to Rachael Turner in 20.07. While 3rd place saw another Osterley 1st timer Kathryn Lovegrove cross the line in 20.48.
Amongst the chaps, four out of the first five ran personal bests. The only one who didn’t was first place Simon Shaw, although he did run his fastest time since February. Rediscovering a nice bit of speed after his recent 100 mile race, he sprung round to 17.10 for his 23rd 1st place at Osterley. This also gave him the best age rating of the day with 83.88%.
2nd place was Brett Carter in a pb of 19.08 with Liam Murphy 3rd man, but 4th overall, in a big pb of 19.19. Liam gets extra kudos for setting a Murphy family record for Osterley, breaking the 20.00 mark of his brother Connor.
For those who didn’t make it to Osterley this week, we just wanted to remind everyone to respect and be aware of other parkrunners while you’re on the course. Last week one of our runners was sent sprawling into the bushes after being accidentally run off the road by another runner pushing a buggy. Fortunately she escaped with a few cuts and bruises, but clearly it could have been much worse. Parkrunners come in all shapes, sizes, speeds and machines these days so we all need to be alert, especially in the earlier more congested areas of the course. Thank you!
We’ll be back for more fun, frolics and 5ks on Saturday 21st September, so we hope to see you all there. However, Osterley parkrun will be cancelled on 28th September due to filming at Osterley House. So you have an official blessing to try out one of our wonderful parkrun neighbours that day!
- Chris Maybin
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Gareth BOX • Christopher MAYBIN • Jack WRIGHT • Charmaine MCHALE • Conor MCHALE • Julie LYNN • Kadidja BAYERKOEHLER • Katherine DOHERTY • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • John MURPHY • Louise BALE • Aria BARMI • Caroline SIBIA • Isaac BALE • Suzannah HALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Jane FRENCH • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page: https://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 7,556 participants have completed 44,495 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,475 km, including 7,573 new Personal Bests. A total of 533 individuals have volunteered 4,073 times.