Osterley parkrun, Event number 328; 1st February 2020

Run Report for Event #328 Saturday 1st February 2020

It was a blustery morning which greeted everyone at Osterley parkrun, with glimmers of sporadic sunshine seeping through the clouds. With the work continuing for the next few weeks of installing a water source heat pump to produce greater energy efficiency for the National Trust property, the start area is currently slightly restricted.

Narrower than usual

This didn’t deter 405 people attending and completing the 5km course – some overnight rain had also produced a couple of puddles and tacky, muddy areas which were carefully negotiated by everyone on each lap!

Arlene Gallagher made a thoroughly professional debut as Run Director, and all the volunteers ensured the event progressed with seamless maturity! Congratulations to Derek Windeatt for his 100th volunteering at Osterley parkrun - Derek is also a regular volunteer on Sunday’s at the junior version too! In all, 35 volunteers helped to put the event on, and thanks go to:

Geoff MILES • Arlene GALLAGHER • Kam HEER • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Simon SHAW • David DUGGAN • Sally RAHEJA • Michael LIMPERT • Ekam SINGH SANDHU • Alexander SHEPHARD • Julie LYNN • Chris GOWER • Alison DANIELS • Finlay MCBRIDE • Joanna GINGER • Anne OWENS • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Charlotte LANNIGAN • Nigel BALE • Isaac BALE • Rory LANNIGAN • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Harriet OWENS • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Lauren WIGGINS

With a couple of photographers busily taking snaps around the course, there are plenty of photos which can be seen by clicking on this link:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email osterleyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.
With 405 runners, there had to be plenty of visitors, some milestones and a huge number of personal bests!

Celebrations go to Samuel Watson (JM10) for his 10th run, Fiona Close and Juliet Pickering for their 50th parkruns, as well as Sharon Gibson and Michael Potter who both notched up 100 parkruns. You can all expect an email soon to order a T shirt to recognise your achievements!

48 people completed the Osterley course for the first time, and visitors were heard to come from Milton Keynes, various parts of Greater London, as well as Reading! Within those 48 newbies were ten debutants to parkrun – hopefully you’ll be back again on a Saturday morning in the near future!

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53 people managed to go faster around the two laps than they had before which is a whopping 16% of participants who had previously registered a time. Obviously, some people enjoy breezy conditions
It appears 28 people didn’t have times registered (‘unknowns’)– the abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!

David Duggan