Osterley parkrun, Event number 334; 16th March 2020

A guest run report from our fabulous voluntourists (this week they were car park marshals and run reporters):


We are travelling around all different parkruns doing a spot of volunteering at each one too, we do a different one each week in hoping to complete a 'Bailey' which is 100 different parkruns without repeating, tricky with the weather being so bad (lots of rain). We had been looking for parkruns on pathways and when were at Old Deer Park they said Osterley was not a muddy one, so this is why we picked this one. A late start for us as it’s just an hour and 20 mins from home Havant in Hampshire which was nice, the weather was not too nice to us with lots of rain all the way to the park, but very little traffic so we arrived about 8am ready to start our volunteering as Car park Marshals. We walked down to Osterley House where lots of volunteers were already setting up, everyone was busy doing there bit, we looked for the grey vest with Run Director on it, a lovely man greeted us 'good morning ladies and thank you so very much for offer of volunteering to be car park Marshals', gave us our hi vi vest and explained what was to happen, so off we went to guide everyone to the right car parking spaces. At around about 8.50 the first car park was full and the 2nd one was fulling up, we left and walked to the start where the RD was giving his final talk.

The parkrun started on time with all 263 people setting off, the first lap of the course was as usual everyone finding there way and getting set in their places, fast to slow and everyone at their own pace, all the marshals around to course were very encouraging to everyone, even when come up to the lovely water feature which was three quarters of the way around, there was a lovely lady Shveta Shah (* who is one of the parkrun You Tube stars from the 'This Girl Can' campaign last week - see her video below) who lost both her shoes (one fell off, and when she went to retrieve it, the other came off) but still finished the course and was able to laugh about it!

Osterley is a 2 lap course around the outside of Osterley Park starting and finishing in front of The House. We both finished our runs and we both thought it was a lovely gesture that one of the local parkrunners came back and encourages you to finish which is a lovely way to make you feel good to finish the course, which made our run a pleasurable one for that extra support is needed at the last part, which can be the hardest. We went off to the cafe for post coffee and chat with other tourists, but when everyone leaves the volunteers step in and finish closing down and packing up all the equipment and storing it away until next week. So we are sure that all of the 27 volunteers on the day without them there is NO parkrun, so thank you each and everyone for you are all super stars! ... if you are planning to get to Osterley Park it’s a super place to visit it’s easy to find and lots of parking, lovely cafe and lovely support from everyone there, we now move on to our next parkrun - until next time Osterley Park.

The Foxy Ladies Denise & Samantha carry on with their Quest


Shveta's video (with shoes on hopefully :) ) -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVs-xxrltoQ

All the run details here:

Osterley parkrun
Event number 334
14th March 2020


This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Andrew LAWRENCE • Kay LYDALL • Brian STAKELUM • Christopher MAYBIN • Nick CRYAN • Clare EVERARD • Fiona CLOSE • Sharon PRENDERGAST • Antony BROWN • Kenny CHAN • Dave BOOKLESS • Paul DUFFY • Ben CRYAN • Jessamyn LUSCOMBE • Charles SIMMONDS • Samra SAID • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Sophie ROUHAUD • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Denise FOXE-KING • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Samantha FOXE-KING • Ayaan BAIG • Rahul SONDHI


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tom FAIRBROTHER who recorded a time of 16:21 on 11th May 2019 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th January 2020 (event number 327).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).


Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 8,892 participants have completed 52,827 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,135 km, including 8,623 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 4,700 times.