Osterley parkrun, Event number 365; 5th March 2022

This week's run report comes to us courtesy of Osterley first timer and tourist Emily Garner. We did have some other runners apart from Emily despite what her photos suggest. Many thanks Emily, and hopefully see you again soon!

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My daughter and I had travelled from Leeds (and our home parkrun of Chevin Forest) down to London for a long weekend to visit friends. I used to live in Shepherds Bush so know West London quite well; I’d heard of Osterley NT house and gardens but had never visited. Living a short drive from Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire I was interested to join in with Osterley parkrun - and I wasn’t disappointed!

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A short tube journey and simple walk from our hotel in Hammersmith we arrived at Osterley as the volunteers were setting up - it was quite a cool breezy morning and my 20month old little girl was not happy in the pushchair (I’d forgotten the blanket!) so I decided we would walk it with her in the carrier (parkrun rules but I’m happy with that!).

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I enjoyed my brisk walk, stopping for a few photos and pointing out features to my daughter - it’s such a varied course; views of fields, cows, a main road, a lake, Osterley house, a woodland and if you look up a flight path. Thanks to the tail walkers who I chatted to from time to time and the other volunteers who braved the cold.

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On Saturday parkrun were celebrating International Women’s Day and This Girl Can - I spotted women of all ages and abilities on the parkrun course this week - in pushchairs, carriers, running, walking and in a wheelchair as well as the volunteers.

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If you’re reading this and are a regular at Osterley I do hope you had a good morning and thank you for your hospitality, if you’ve never been to Osterley before I highly recommend it - good transport links, a nice flat firm 2 lap course, friendly crowd and a nice cafe (I do love a NT scone!).

Happy parkrunning!

Emily.