Osterley parkrun, Event number 330; 15th Feb 2020

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St Valentine sent a love letter of red warnings last weekend, with storm Dennis responsible for the cancellation of over 171 parkruns across the country. We had warned our participants and volunteers that predicted gusts above 50mph might mean a rare cancellation for us too, but happily, and against all odds, we went ahead as planned.

The weather at Osterley still wasn’t terribly loving though, with pre-event set-up volunteer Emily Hutchinson reporting a smorgasbord of puddles and tough conditions across the two lap course. We thought the elements would be the only thing to worry about but thank God for our new Walkie Talkies, which enabled our marshal Julie to report the surprising news that the 2nd gate on the back lane wouldn’t open. Despite sending Event Director Geoff to survey the scene, who enlisted the help of a local farmer, the gate stayed firmly shut. We take safety very seriously so we would like to thank all 307 of you who listened intently to the Run Director and ran, jogged and walked safely past this tricky obstacle.

We still don’t know yet if it was the closed gate or the puddle that was most challenging on Saturday? Either way we are grateful to our amazing photographer Jozef who captured some amazing puddle leaping shots.

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Our walkie talkies also came in very handy when our marshal Amanda alerted us to the impending arrival of the first runner. Euan LEES was a first timer at Osterley parkrun and finished in 18:19 mins. In the women’s category Jayne GRIFFITHS crossed the line in 22:46 to finish first lady.

Despite tough conditions 22 people recorded Personal Bests this week, including Malony KADA who seems to be beating her PB week in and week out. We also had representatives of 30 different clubs who took part including Richmond Running Club who brought quite a crowd, and paid us some warm and very kind feedback. Thank you for coming; we hope to see you again.

Special mention this week also goes to our barcode scanning volunteers who were all U-18s, with Ben doing it as park of his DoE Bronze medal.

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Congratulations were also in order for our event Director Geoff Miles who celebrated this Valentine’s Day parkrun with his 11th anniversary of participating at parkrun.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Geoff MILES • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Julie LYNN • Ben CRYAN • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Nigel BALE • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Duncan FUTTER • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Connie PALLETT • Jodie VICKERY • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Lauren WIGGINS

Many thanks for all your support, and we look forward to seeing you all next week!