Osterley parkrun, Event number 331; 22nd February 2020

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Despite the gusty and grey weather on Saturday morning, the buzz of activity at Osterley parkrun at 8:45 was just as lively as usual as everyone flooded in from the car park and tube station. We welcomed a whopping 69 people who were new to Osterley, of which 8 were parkrun first timers. After the new runner briefing, it was time for the main briefing delivered by our esteemed run director Chris... or was it? The microphone speaker decided it had other plans, and after picking up a bluetooth connection to someone's phone played a bit of mystery impromptu warm-up music. Once we figured out the source of the music, attention was turned back to the briefing. We celebrated a number of milestones - congratulations to Jim TWIST on his 250th run, and to Sarah HYATT, Wanda DAWSON, and Jagdip GILL on completing 50 runs. We hope you enjoy wearing your shiny new milestone tees.

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359 people completed our lovely two lap course (and several did impressive jumps over/splashes through the chicane gate puddle which seems to grow week on week). The male and female first finishers were Osterley regulars Simon SHAW in 18:22 and Rachael TURNER in 19:45. Louise HUTCHINSON recorded the highest age grade with 82.65% in the VW60-64 category, with Mike DENNISON hot on her heels with 81.86% in the VM60-64 category.

A number of parkrunners recorded arbitrary yet somewhat satisfying times - Hadi KHATAMIZADEH finished in 22:00, Sabrina CANT in 22:22, Rishi SHARMA completed the course in 23:23, Barnaby SILVERSTONE in 24:24, Michael JAMES in 26:00, Clare MCKENZIE in 27:00, Nick CRYAN in 29:29, Claire WARNER in 33:00, Simon TAPP in 34:00, and Lesley FARROW in 35:35. Regular Osterley volunteer Samra SAID decided for a change of scene and took to the course this week, coming through the funnel in 46:41 and recording a new PB. In total 36 runners, joggers and walkers recorded PBs - very well done to all involved.

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If you would like to volunteer in the coming weeks we have lots of different roles available - please take a look at the future roster page under the volunteer section of the site and get in touch. You don't need any technical knowledge or special kit; full training will be given on the day and all the jobs are easy to pick up. Thank you to this week's wonderful host of 26 volunteers who made the event happen:

Kam HEER • Robert KIPLING • Robert HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Kenny CHAN • Ben CRYAN • John BOWLING • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Matthew ROBERTS • Jacintha BAILEY • Nicola BRADLEY • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Lorraine HILL • Connie PALLETT • Tina DONOVAN • Zee BEGUM • Gurdeep MATHARU • Rahul SONDHI

- Emily Hutchinson

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

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 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 8,772 participants have completed 51,960 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,800 km, including 8,510 new Personal Bests. A total of 593 individuals have volunteered 4,615 times.

 

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

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 326; 18th January 2020

Osterley parkruns are always wonderful, but January editions can be cold, rainy, miserable versions of wonderful. But not today.

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There was sunshine and joie de vivre in the air, and two of our favourite Osterley parkrunners – Austin and Charmaine McHale - were renewing their parkrun vows as they ran their 250th parkruns together. We had cake, we had cheering, we had lots of new faces and we had even more personal bests!

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Austin and Charmaine ran their first Osterley parkrun together back on 2nd November 2013, (the 10th ever Osterley run), and 250 runs and just over 6 years later we helped them celebrate the big green milestone. Along the way Austin has run at Osterley 230 times out of his 250 runs and Charmaine 226 times, which by our reckoning puts them behind only the legendary Deborah Leavers (currently on 268 appearances) in terms of Osterley royalty loyalty. Stat fans, let us know if we’ve forgotten anyone!

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Today’s parkrun saw 429 runners, joggers and walkers complete the 2 lap course, compared to 261 runners on the equivalent date last year, and 142 the year before. This increase in popularity fills us with immense pride, and is in great part down to the work and support of Event Director Geoff Miles, Osterley Park General Manager Neil Cole and the whole RD and volunteer team. And of course all our fabulous participants!

However, such growth doesn’t come without its growing pains. In recent weeks we’ve had a number of complaints from both parkrunners and other park users about a lack of etiquette which we’d like to nip in the bud.

This is a request principally, but not exclusively, to the fasties in the field. The runners at the front are an inspiration, not least to show how legs can move that fast without falling off. But we have to remember that parkrun’s no.1 priority is ensuring a welcoming and encouraging environment for all runners, joggers and walkers. The top priority is not ensuring fast runners get the best possible time.

So, while shouting at runners being lapped to move out of the way, or whizzing past them with an inch or so between you, may be entirely acceptable etiquette during a race, it is absolutely unacceptable at parkrun. The fast runners may have to run a bit slower or further in order to give the slower runners and other park users the space they need but that is part of the deal when you take part at parkrun. There are plenty of races out there where fasties can go hell for leather, but there’s only one parkrun. Well, there’s 1635 parkruns actually but you know what we mean.

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It would also be really nice to see more runners from the pointy end of proceedings volunteering more. We have a wonderful parkrun community but it relies on volunteers and everyone should take the time to give back a little something. And, as anyone who has ever volunteered will tell you, you actually get an awful lot of satisfaction from doing it, and it gives you the chance to appreciate all the amazing achievements and stories that happen through the whole field.

99.9% of runners, fast and slow, act impeccably week in week out, and of course a good number of you volunteer regularly too. But it is the errant few who either don’t understand or choose to ignore the parkrun ethos who spoil things. So please let’s all make sure we live the parkrun philosophy to the full, and if you see behaviour that you feel falls below par, let us know and we’ll get on it.

But back to the inspiring bits of Osterley parkrun #326!

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We were delighted to see 21 runners on Saturday who were doing their first ever parkrun, with 56 of you running Osterley for the first time. Two of those Osterley debutants led the field home, with Ealing Eagle Will Adolphy running an impressive 16.57, only a second off his all-time parkrun pb, jumping into the history books as the 11th fastest ever runner at Osterley. Fellow first-timer David Ready ran 17.22 for 2nd place and the more familiar face of Will’s clubmate Ewan Fryatt finished 3rd in 17.29.

The women’s category on Saturday was one of the highest quality, and closely fought, we’ve ever seen. Rachel Berry finished 1st woman for the 6th time here in a speedy 19.54, closely followed by another Osterley first-timer (albeit a veteran of 247 parkruns elsewhere) Harriette Drew in 20.07 Hot on her heels in 3rd was Osterley regular Rachael Turner getting back to her best who finished in 20.09.

Lynn Wilson achieved the best age grade rating of the day with 84.36% for her 23.20 W60-64 performance, while star couple Rachel and Richard Berry were 2nd and 3rd best with 82.24% and 78.87%.

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It was lovely to see Carol Dickinson, who has a whopping 536 parkruns under her belt (415 at Bushy), back at Osterley where she scored her 4th pb in her 4th visit here. Congratulations should also go to all the other 66 runners who achieved a pb on Saturday. However, we would like to give an extra doff of the cap to fellow Run Director of this parish Alison Daniels who achieved her 5th pb since October last year. Her 26.47 run on Saturday was almost 2 minutes faster than her October 2019 pb. After taking 4 years to break her 2015 best, Alison is now knocking out pbs week in week out for fun. Amazing.

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Congratulations too to Martha Whittaker who ran her 150th parkrun despite still being a JW11-14, and marked the occasion with her fastest run since May last year. Martha wins the Osterley parkrun loyalty award as she has run every single one of her 150 parkruns at Osterley, and has also run 51 Osterley Junior parkruns! We think she has probably earned the right to try at least one parkrun somewhere else 

And last but not least, well done to Mike Howard who ran his 50th parkrun this week. We look forward to seeing you hit run no.100, Mike.

We’ve had a flood of offers to volunteer so far this year which is brilliant. A big thank you to this week’s magnificent 27, and an even bigger thank you to those who will be signing up for the weeks to come. We have lots of gaps in the roster so don’t be shy!

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

- Chris Maybin

This week 429 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Roy WITCOMB • Lucy WITCOMB • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Owen SEAMAN • Babatunde DAWODU • Ray CARTER • Mark TICKNER • Ryan WILKINS • Andy BOYD • Ben CRYAN • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Gillian WITCOMB • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Gabriella EVANS • Isaac BALE • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Andy HILLIER • Denise EUSTACE • Connie PALLETT • Penny CALLAND • Anne JACKSON

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

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 Anna CRITCHLOW who recorded a time of 18:39 on 1st January 2020 (event number 323).

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 8,491 participants have completed 50,073 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,365 km, including 8,265 new Personal Bests. A total of 581 individuals have volunteered 4,473 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 324; 4th Jan 2020

It was one of the most beautiful winter mornings at Osterley parkrun. Arriving early at the park as the sun is breaking through the sky, taking its glorious position to shine good vibes on us, is an underrated joy. As fresh a morning as it was, our pre-event set up Dave Bookless (with 150 parkruns in the bag) reported a cold wind blowing its way through the woods. We still predicted a great turnout and prepared our funnel accordingly.

As our timekeeper Owen Seaman announced in his commanding voice ‘laydeeeeez and gentlemen, are you ready? On your marks, set, go’, we welcomed 444 runners, joggers and walkers across the start line. Amongst them were 84 first timers, runners from 35 different clubs, many tourists and those spurred on by their New Year's resolutions. This was a 62% increase in attendance compared to the same time last year.

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One thing that was most evident is how our parkrun community is growing and how, even in the depth of winter, there is such determination to run and volunteer at parkrun. One of our regular runners was stuck in traffic and missed the start, but he still turned up bearing chocolates as a gift and a smile that blessed and warmed our hearts.

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Time to salute the first male runner Mike BOUCHER who joined us for the first time back in 2018 and today finished first in 17:19, welcoming the new year with a new Osterley PB. In the women’s category Vicki TAYLOR crossed the line in 19:54 to finish 1st woman in her first visit to Osterley parkrun.

For the results processing in the cafe, we only secured a table because some of our amazing regular runners gave up their table for us. A community in action at it’s best! Our Event Director Geoff Miles pointed out that on this same date back in Janurary 2014, we had 22 runners. This made me curious to reflect on the past and review our milestones. Since we started, we have attracted more runners every year, as you can see from the chart below. Could we one day join the 1st Saturday in January 700 club as our neighbouring parkrun community in Gunnersbury did on Saturday?!

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Though the event went as smoothly as a Run Director can hope for, we’ve encountered an issue that only became apparent during processing the results that our backup timer failed. Its sole purpose is to photograph runners as they cross the finish funnel and cross check the finish time. We took the decision to publish the results as they were, but welcomed queries about any anomalies. Thanks to everyone who got in touch and for your patience. We are reviewing what new technology we can adopt to ensure this process is better in the future!

Here’s to the amazing 27 volunteers who made this free, weekly, timed, community parkrun event possible.

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Token-sorting volunteer Clare Mitchell expressed to her co-token sorting colleagues Louise Bale and Fiona Maybin how amazing it was to be able to run and then still be able to volunteer. There are so many ways you can help after you complete your 5k parkrun. We have runners who aren’t noted down as volunteers but who with a blink of an eye help us clear the course away and return the park to its natural state, as if a parkrun event had never taken place. Today it was the amazing Jim Twist, Austin and Charmaine MCHALE and Babatunde DAWODU (who wrapped up 2019 by celebrating his 300th parkrun) who performed the magic.

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Our barcode scanners Caroline Sibia, Matthew Bale, Charlotte Lannigan and Rory Lannigan did an incredible job managing not just the queues, but also the innovative ways people display their barcode, from the torn-up print out to the Christmas wristband barcode that some were lucky enough to have been gifted. I think we have comfortably transitioned to using the parkrun virtual app for scanning barcodes but it is good to know the old scanners are charged and ready, just in case.

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We are so fortunate we can relive our parkun event via the lens of our regular photographers Jozsef MAK and Emese JUHASZ. Check out the Osterley photo page to see if you have made their album and feel free to share your photos on social media. https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

Well done to everyone who came along to run, walk, volunteer and support today. We look forward to seeing you all next week and throughout 2020. Together we can make this year the best for healthy exercising and be the best version of ourselves.

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- Samra Said

This week 444 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Louise ZASS-BANGHAM • Geoff MILES • Robert HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Nick CRYAN • Owen SEAMAN • Austin MCHALE • Ekam SINGH SANDHU • Els VERMEULEN • Thea ZASS-BANGHAM • Kris VERMEULEN • Dave BOOKLESS • Ben CRYAN • John BOWLING • Samra SAID • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Charlotte LANNIGAN • Caroline SIBIA • Isaac BALE • Rory LANNIGAN • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Clare MITCHELL

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/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=324

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 Anna CRITCHLOW who recorded a time of 18:39 on 1st January 2020 (event number 323).

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 8,372 participants have completed 49,246 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,230 km, including 8,149 new Personal Bests. A total of 575 individuals have volunteered 4,422 times.

 

Event 322 Saturday 28th – a family affair

Osterley parkrun launched the Saturday morning between Christmas and New Year
(and last Saturday of the decade) with 270 participants and 21 volunteers – the
9:00am start coincided with grey clouds, and comparatively warm temperatures as
everybody congregated around the start/finish area, outside the historic house. The
atmosphere was extremely friendly, with plenty of runners discussing festive cheer,
and experiences at parkruns on Christmas Day – looking at the attire of runners,
Santa and his elves had obviously been busy delivering running orientated presents
too!

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Jessamy Carlson gave an entertaining briefing, and the full team of volunteersmarshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked:

Amanda CAHILL  •  Caroline SIBIA  •  Christopher MAYBIN  •  David
DUGGAN  •  Derek WINDEATT  •  Ekam SINGH SANDHU  •  Gabriella
EVANS  •  Geoff MILES  •  Gurdeep MATHARU  •  Isaac BALE  •  Jack
WRIGHT  •  James HILL  •  Jessamy CARLSON  •  Jessamyn
LUSCOMBE  •  Jozsef MAK  •  Kenny CHAN  •  Louise BALE  •  Matthew
BALE  •  Neil BASS  •  Rana MAINEE  •  Samra SAID

We all know Christmas is a time for family, and parkrun likes to welcome new people
in the family of over 6 million who possess a barcode. At Saturday’s run, 7 people
christened their barcodes – congratulations to Lorna Bruce, Diago Dsouza and five
members of the Bute family – Amanda, Paul, Alisa, Clara and Kirsten – hopefully
you’ll be back to use your barcodes again soon!

Whilst mentioning families, a few jumped out whilst looking at the details of the
parkrun. The Ward family of four ran at Osterley for the first time – Oliver (JM 11-
14) completed the 5km in 24:14, his faster parkrun time, and Mum Nicky also
achieved her fastest parkrun after 15 runs (26:47). Dad Paul ran with Bethany
(JW10) and both completed the course in 32:14! The Pitt family ran at various
parkruns on Christmas Day due to work commitments with the NHS (we thank you
for that!), and had a celebratory run together at Osterley – daughters Steph, Sophie
and father Jeremy, all crossing the line within a second of 29:14! (I’ll add my
personal thanks to them for encouraging me in the last kilometre!). Parents
Jacqueline and Joseph Chang along with sons Jacob and Thomas have run over
750 parkruns between them, and added to their tally with completing two laps around
the scenic estate. The Bale family also ran and volunteered – with Nigel running,
Louise performing a volunteer role which also allowed her to get run, and Isaac and
Matthew volunteering!

It appears 9 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!

With 270 runners, there had to be some milestones, and there were! Official
celebrations go to Thomas Chang (JM10, and mentioned above) for his 10 th run,
Jack Wright for his 50 th parkrun (thanks for doing the first timers briefing too!!) as
well as Robert Cain and Philippa Brown, and Seamus McEvoy on his 100 th (94
have been at Osterley!). You can all expect an email soon to order a T shirt to
recognise your achievements! Not an official milestone, John Scaife completed his
200 th parkrun – I reckon that’s worth a mention too!

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.
You may have seen Osterley is hosting a parkrun on New Years Day, the only day in
the year when parkrunners can record two parkruns. Osterley parkrun will start at
10.30am and an above average number of runners are expected – if you are only
running at Osterley, please arrive early – if you are doing a double, please get here
as soon as you can whilst obeying speed limits if driving! Car park marshals will
direct you to appropriate places – please recognise they are volunteers and will be
guiding to the best areas!

As mentioned at the start, it’s the end of the year – a fantastic year! 50 parkruns with
15,048 runs have taken place…that’s 75,240 km of well-trodden steps around our
course! It averages 301 people for each run – outstanding!!! Whilst looking at the
statistics, it’s also noticed that the total number of runs has reached just over 48,000
– this means that the 50,000 th finisher should happen in within the next two months –
could it be you?

David Duggan

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 318; 30th November 2019

This week's run report was kindly penned by Shona Barker who normally resides at Burgess parkrun in Camberwell. Hopefully we'll see her back at Osterley again soon!

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Never mind Six Degrees of Kevin BACON, I think our Ugandan Crew at Burgess might make a better subject of a connection game. After all my parkrun tourism, I’ve come to realise every parkrunner is only six or fewer links away from the Ugandans… Today’s fantastic Osterley RD Samra SAID immediately recognised the Burgess event name on my parkrun apricot shirt and enthusiastically revealed she had met Josephine OCAKA of Jessica’s parkrun heroes fame at the Bushy parkrun 15th birthday celebrations. That’s an impressive OCAKA Number of one for Samra. Everyone who Samra has spoken to has an OCAKA Number of no more than two - and with Samra being a regular at Osterley, that’s a lot of people…

But I digress.

After moving out to West London, far away from our beloved home event of Burgess, Robert CROWSTON invited Hannah MUMBY and me to join him for a spot of parkrun tourism at Osterley. Robert is currently touristing hard, trying to tick of all the parkruns in inner London. Although it’s not a running challenge I share, the word-of-mouth feedback on Osterley had been glowing, so we decided to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about.

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For all the would-be tourists reading this, as you might expect from a parkrun held on National Trust property, the grounds are beautifully maintained and there are excellent facilities available. There are toilets open before the start of the event and not one but two parkrun cafés (the Stables Café and Brewhouse Café) to tempt you for a spot of breakfast afterwards. We might have stopped for not just breakfast but also cake… #SorryNotSorry

There is a wide range of different birds to be seen in and around the two lakes you pass on the flattish course, with some of the more easily identifiable ones being mallards, Canada geese and black-headed gulls. I also noted some cows mooing loudly at me on my second lap - I’m not sure if they were heckling or cheering, but they were certainly loud!

Speaking of vocal, the community at Osterley is very friendly and I was grateful for all the words of encouragement given to me on my last lap by those who had already completed their run. When you’re struggling to find the energy for that last push, an earnest “you can do it” or “well done” is a real gift. Thank you, Osterley for the support!

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First-timers and tourists

- 29 people visited Osterley for the first time today, coming from 19 different events. Whilst some were from nearby Gunnersbury and Bushy, there were plenty of further away events also represented including Arrow Valley, Medina I.O.W. and Hartlepool.
- Six people joined the parkrun family. A massive welcome to Guy BARTON, Malony KADA, Patrick GOUGH, Andrea FERNANDES, Leon D'MELLO and F FAMBO! Since Osterley first started in 2013, 7,848 other people have also participated, so they are in good company. Hope you come back soon - same time, same place next week?

Milestones

- Tourist Rebecca JASPER from Dulwich joined the parkrun 50 club, with Osterley being her 24th different event. That’s a tourist quotient of 48% - here’s to your next tourism adventure, Rebecca, may it be as pretty and welcoming as Osterley!
- Sally RAHEJA also completed her 50th parkrun, with all of them at Osterley. She knocked 12 seconds off her previous fastest time, bagging another PB to coincide with her milestone. Very well done!
- The third new member of the 50 club was Chris GERS who crossed off a new number for Stopwatch Bingo with a super speedy time of 29:23. Congratulations, Chris!
- Also out on the course today, Rana MAINEE joined the V25 club by tail walking, a terrific way to rack up both running and volunteering credits. Just as that orange hi-viz suits you Rana, that purple parkrun shirt will look great when it arrives!
- Already a member of the 50 club and V25 club, Nigel BALE joined the 100 club on what was a truly BALE-tastic day, with 3 other BALES volunteering at the event.

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Special mention to under-18 Isaac BALE for his reminder at the start that parkrun is a run, not a race! That’s a boy who knows his stuff.

Volunteers

- A total of 24 volunteers made Event #318 possible, including Lamber DOSANJH, Caroline BUSBY and Clare CANNON who volunteered for the first time. What keeps parkrun going is not just experienced volunteers but lots of new people stepping up and putting their name on the roster - every role is easy, lots of fun and can explained in only a few minutes. If you’d like to be a hi-viz hero like Lamber, Caroline and Clare, just email osterley@parkrun.com with your athlete number, when you would like to volunteer and if you have any preference as to what you do. (Spoiler alert: it’s all fun.)

Other achievements

- 275 people completed the course. The gap between the first finisher and tail walker was 43:10, with some running, some jogging, some walking and some doing all of those things. The bigger the gap between those at the front and the back, the more inclusive an event is, so well done Osterley for creating an environment in which people of all speeds feel comfortable.

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- There was also a wheelchair athlete on the course - well done to ANNE Anderson and ALAN Anderson. Alan is five decades older than me and was still hot on my heels pushing Anne! Mind you, Alan is a member of the 500 club, so he’s definitely got experience (and training!) on his side.

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- The incredible Jane DAVIES from Epsom & Ewell Harriers set an Age Grade course record of 94.90% with a time of 23:51. She's been parkrunning for 14 years, which again goes to show that practice really does pay off.
- 41 people in total took home new PBs. Whilst they might not have been able to see much of the course with the mist, they clearly sprinted their way through the funnel to victory. Well done to everyone who set a new record for themselves today!

It was an absolute pleasure to visit Osterley. Thanks so much to everyone past, present and future for volunteering to make it such an awesome place to parkrun!

Happy parkrunning,
Shona C BARKER

#loveparkrun #parkruntourism #parkrunfamily #JosephineISfamous #FromBurgessWithLove

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 317; 23rd November 2019

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For the second time in the last month, the hopes, dreams and finishing positions of Osterley’s parkrunners were almost lost forever as one of our barcode scanning machines failed magnificently.

Once again we were saved by the photo stopwatch back-up timer – perfectly operated by Samra. I don’t know how many other parkruns use this little piece of technology, but ever since the Osterley parkrun Valentine’s day massacre on 14th February 2015 we have deployed it every week.

On this little known but historic day in Osterley parkrun history, we hosted the Hounslow trials for the London mini-marathon team for the first time ever. A crack line up of volunteers made up almost entirely of Run Directors, proceeded to make an utter hash of the results and were savaged by a rioting mass of competitive parents. We knew that never again could we mistake Basil for Zachary or Cecily for Millie. And so the use of the photo stopwatch back up timer was born.

In those days of course, we rarely saw more than 70 runners each week let alone the 300 or so who join us these days. So when things go wrong – which they always do when technology and humans meet – the stakes are high.

Of course it’s only a run, and it’s not the Olympics – you only have to wait 7 days rather than 4 years to return to the start line. But reading all your emails in response to our request for times, positions and outfits, tells so many different and vivid stories. Everyone has a different reason for running, and it really matters to you all. You are so understanding when things go wrong and so grateful when we fix them. And that’s why there is an awful lot of satisfaction in spending a couple of hours making things right.

And so to the run itself which started in gloomy but clement conditions, and finished in the kind of terminable drizzle that penetrates to the centre of the earth. Our favourite Yorkshireman and ex-RD of this parish, Tim Carruthers, would have had about 100 different words to describe it. How we miss his rainy run reports.

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Will Cullen finished well clear in a new pb of 17.45 for his second 1st place in his second appearance at Osterley. Mike Adam came in next in 18.06 ahead of Alan Phillips in 3rd in 18.36.

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Sophie Kendrick also finished 1st lady for the second time, albeit in her 8th appearance at Osterley, in a sprightly 21.10. Kathryn Lovegrove celebrated her 150th parkrun – not an official milestone but a nice round number nevertheless – with 2nd place in 21.36. The officials turned a blind eye to a suspiciously false start from the fast-improving Alice Considine and cheered her home in 3rd place in 22.07 just outside her pb.

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Osterley has seen some fierce family battles over the years – Osterley aficionados await the next battle of all the Murphies with some relish – but a new rivalry has revealed itself with the three McHale offspring battling it out for family honour this week. Patrick, Conor and Catherine (now Collins) were locked together at the end of the first lap before finishing in 24.21, 24.44 and 24.53 respectively.

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Slightly further down the field Clare O’Sullivan finally broke her pb and the 26 minute barrier with 25.58. All pbs are amazing achievements but Clare has been peppering her previous best for most of the last year – helpfully encouraged by her son to ‘just run faster’ in order to beat it – so it was quite a moment when she crossed the line in a new pb by 12 seconds.

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Another non-milestone but very nice parkrun number belonged to Angela Howarth who ran her 300th parkrun in her first outing at Osterley. While the only official milestone of the day went to Stephanie Smith from Woodley who - resplendent in purple - completed her parkrun Alphabet with a triumphant O to complete the set.

We look forward to seeing you all back for more mud, drizzle and results peccadillos (hopefully not, actually) next Saturday at 9am!

- Chris Maybin

This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Christopher MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Austin MCHALE • Charmaine MCHALE • Patrick MCHALE • Nigel BOSTOCK • Samra SAID • Daniel COLLINS • Gillian WITCOMB • Evie BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Kieran HUGHES • Isaac BALE • Duncan FUTTER • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Philipp NIKLOWITZ • Satvinder KHANGOORA • Gurdeep MATHARU • Anne JACKSON

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

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 7,818 participants have completed 46,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 233,260 km, including 7,893 new Personal Bests. A total of 548 individuals have volunteered 4,244 times.

 

Osterley parkrun #304; 3 August 2019

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There was a feeling of good cheer at Osterley for parkrun nr. 304. A new personalised popup thingy looked good by the finish funnel, which itself had new tape fluttering in the breeze. The hi-vis jackets for the volunteers sparkled after being washed following last week’s downpour. But most of all, there was talk about the start of a new season for the football Championship. I hadn’t realised the last one had finished or indeed that these things ever finish because football seems to go on and on and on….

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Nevertheless, regular Run Director John Bowling was off to see Brentford play Birmingham, in turn supported by Andrew Monk who had travelled from the midlands. Andrew helped sort the finish tokens with the Hutchinson family before seeing his team win 1-0

Marshal Jess Luscombe left promptly to watch Reading play Sheffield Wednesday. Reading also lost so not a great start to the season for the Osterley regulars.

The parkrun went very smoothly thanks to our enthusiastic team of volunteers. All the finish tokens returned home except for 223 so please return it if you have borrowed it.

There was a notable PB for Osterley regular Jose Xavier de Freitas Junior on his 108th run.

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Top age graded score went to Louise Hutchinson with 81.97% Another Osterley regular Maz Whittaker attempted to roll back the years by using her daughter’s barcode but eagle eyed Chris Maybin spotted that one.

We continue to get lots of visitors keen to run this beautiful course. About 20 people this week from near and far traveled to Osterley for the first time. And there were at least a dozen people welcomed to their first ever parkrun.

This week 268 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Andrew MONK • Jack WRIGHT • Kenny CHAN • Jessamy CARLSON • Jessamyn LUSCOMBE • Matthew BALE • Caroline SIBIA • Isaac BALE • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Ray CARTER • Denise EUSTACE • Amrit-Pali KAUR • Connie PALLETT • Hannah MCCALLUM-BENSON • Tina DONOVAN • Alan SHERIDAN • Gurdeep MATHARU
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.
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 7,303 participants have completed 42,874 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,370 km, including 7,310 new Personal Bests. A total of 523 individuals have volunteered 3,958 times.
Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 6,014 participants have completed 33,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,090 km, including 5,842 new Personal Bests. A total of 436 individuals have volunteered 3,289 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 300; 6th July 2019

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Well, that was quite a morning.

587 runners came from far and wide to help us celebrate our 300th Osterley parkrun; double our usual number, and an all-time attendance record. It was 73 more than the 514 we received on January 1st.

On that day, the stopwatch ran out of memory and we had to write finish places on scraps of paper as we ran out of finish tokens. This time we were as ready as we were going to be. Our new fancy stopwatch could record up to 2000 runners, and we had 670 finish tokens. We all suspected a good turnout but this was something else. We were truly touched by so much Osterley parkrun love from you all.

We had decided to celebrate the big 300 with a special one-lap course that combined the current course with the private gardens behind Osterley House, along with a dash of the Osterley 10k course thrown in. We had such great feedback for our one-lapper that - with the permission of GM Neil Cole and Head Gardener Andy - we very much hope to use this course on special occasions in the future as well.

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A big thank you must go to the efforts of Event Director Geoff, who masterminded the whole thing, and the whole of the RD team who clubbed together to ensure everything went like (slightly chaotic) clockwork.

We had 7 marshals – none of whom knew the course until the morning they arrived - 5 barcode scanners, including three Bales – Isaac, Matthew and Evie – surely a parkrun first, and 29 volunteers in total. We had to open 5 gates (and close 4 of them afterwards) to enable the run to go ahead.

A special doff of the cap should go to car park marshal Bill Blackledge, ably supported by John Bowling, who had to wrangle literally hundreds of cars before the start. And also my Aunt Jeanette for stepping into the breach at the last minute as Funnel Manager. She was a PE teacher in Inverness for over 30 years – so was exactly what we needed to keep 587 runners in check. Apparently everyone was very well behaved – the ‘look’ was clearly enough to deter anyone from the path of good parkrun etiquette. Tina Donovan did an amazing job guiding runners in two different directions during the run and resisting the urge to run away as 600 of them sprinted towards her at the first marshal point!

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It normally takes runners about 2 minutes to take the start. Today it took 20 minutes. We finally kicked things off at 9.15am after a tribute from Geoff for our very own bobby dazzler RD Tim Carruthers. Tim will be moving to Somerset with his wife Kate so will only be seen on rare occasions in future. We all owe Tim a mighty thank you for all his help, hard work and dry Yorkshire wit.

16 runners chose today to do their first ever parkrun anywhere. So to Karim, Jaz, Adam, Karen, Manpreet, Samuel, Tajinder, Stephen, Christina, Catherina, Russell, Mia, Caoilinn, Adrian, Trish, Oorooj and Stephen, we say a big well done. It’s not always quite like this, but we look forward to seeing again you very soon!

Congratulations to Rhiannon Williams and Graeme Wilkinson (from Stirling, no less) who reached theit big 100 today, and to Sam Smart, Hamed Rahim and Shane O’Halloran who all celebrated their 50th parkrun.

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We had a smattering of parkrun celebrities as well. One of the 13 Bushy Originals, James Russell – look out for his gold barcode! - ran with us today (his 546th parkrun) along with his remarkable sons Evan and Jaden whom, despite both being only JM11-14, are at 483 and 469 parkruns respectively! Plus, we welcomed the legendary octogenarian Alan Anderson for whom Saturday was run no. 558.

Sebastian Lawrence led the field home with 17.24, an impressive 57 second pb in his 3rd appearance at Osterley. He was comfortably ahead of Simon Shaw who finished second in 17.52. Simon confided to parkrun news that he was pretty surprised with his performance as he hadn’t run fast for weeks. Well he did today! Mark Herbert was just behind in 3rd narrowly missing his Osterley pb by 3 seconds with 17.54.

In the women’s category, Melissah Gibson ran a new pb with a very speedy 19.27 for 1st woman and 11th overall. Serial first placer Rachael Turner took a rare second place with 20.10, just ahead of Anna Critchlow who missed her pb by a second with 20.14.

Osterley stats fans – you know who you are – will be intrigued to hear that Jon Rodgers finished 300th at the 300th event on Saturday in a time of 30:00, to follow his 200th finish at the 200th event. Although that was sadly not in 20.00!

We’ll be back to our regular two lap course next week with probably a few less runners than this week – as I’m sure the Swans will be delighted to see. We very much hope that some of the 102 first time visitors to Osterley this week will be back for more though!

- Chris Maybin

This week 587 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 102 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Christopher MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Jack WRIGHT • Alice MURPHY-PYLE • Ekam SINGH SANDHU • Bill BLACKLEDGE • Louise BLACKLEDGE • Salim NAGI • Nasim NAGI • Keryn HALL • Jim TWIST • Jessamy CARLSON • John BOWLING • Scarlett HALL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Evie BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Isaac BALE • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Sacha SYED • Lorraine HILL • Connie PALLETT • Joshua COLE-BROWN • Tina DONOVAN • Alan SHERIDAN

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 7,135 participants have completed 41,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,945 km, including 7,144 new Personal Bests. A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,867 times

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 293; 18th May 2019

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Osterley parkrun #293 saw a sea of dark green 250 t-shirts and a smorgasbord of delicious cakes (thank you Fiona Maybin, Margaret Mardall and Louise Bale!) as Event Director Geoff Miles celebrated his 400th parkrun. There to chaperone him around the 2 lap course were brother Philip and long-time collaborator Richard Sealy who boasted a mere 623 parkruns between them.

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It was quite a sight to see the three of them rounding the final bend together, like Spitfires coming out of the sun (to borrow Ian Wooldridge’s description of the 1986 European Championships 800m) with just a hint of Reservoir Dogs swagger about them. The rapturous applause from fellow parkrunners at both the start and finish was enthusiastic and loud, just as it should be for someone who has given so much to Osterley parkrun.

Geoff did his first parkrun at Bushy Park on Valentine’s Day 2009, and his love affair has continued through rain and shine ever since. Geoff may have been slightly off his Osterley pb of 23.54, or his best ever position of 9th (on a miserable day in February 2014), but today’s run was all about soaking up the glory on a well-earned victory lap. Nice one, Geoff.

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There were lots of other milestones today – Louise Walton from Bracknell chose Osterley for her 100th run, while Carol Skates, Dominic Stewart, Barnaby Silverston and Russ Hoad all notched up their 50th parkruns.

It was another day packed full of pbs with a massive 69 Osterley bests from the 319 runners who finished. And we were delighted to see 12 runners doing their first ever parkrun with us. So well done to Daniel, Satvinder, Simon, Josh, Jose, Sukh, Antonio, Lauren, Tracie, Rajdeep, Marylyn and Lamber. We hope to see you back for more very soon.

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There was a closely fought contest at the front of the field, with Mike Adam eventually prevailing for the 5th time in 10 appearances at Osterley, in a new pb of 17.40. Second place was Osterley regular Alan Phillips in 17.57, closely followed by Titus Thomson in 3rd place in a pb of 18.00.

Back in the day, Osterley used to see some epic JM11-14 battles, but times have moved on and the battleground is now the JM15-17 category. One of the original protagonists Finlay McBride triumphed today with a sizzling finish in 5th place in 19.44, just ahead of Joseph Whittaker in 6th in a new pb of 19.47 and Jack Shiels in 7th, also in a new pb of 19.51.

In the women’s category, Jennifer Watt led the way with 21.22 beating the Osterley pb that she had set way back in 2013! 2nd woman home was Louise Clark, also with a new pb of 22.33, with JW11-14 Natasha Bennett in 3rd place with an impressive 22.56 on her Osterley debut.

Top age rating of the day went to the marvellous Margaret Mardall who scored 80.95% with her time of 28.26, which was only 22 seconds off the SW70-74 Osterley age category record.

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It was also nice to see one of our early Osterley parkrunners Tom Murray return for the first time since 2013, joining his friend and veteran of 168 runs at Osterley, Rosario Merola, to try out the new course for the first time. Hopefully see you again soon, Tom!

Finally, we have a little request from our friends at National Trust. For every National Trust member who attends our weekly parkrun they receive a credit income of around £1.50 which enables them to continue with all aspects of conservation in the house, estate and gardens. So if you are a National Trust member, please could you scan your NT membership card in the machines in the car park every time you visit. You can scan your NT membership card when you arrive or when you leave. If you’re not a National Trust member, fear not, parking for all parkrunners will still be free.

Osterley General Manager Neil Cole and his team have always been enormously supportive of parkrun, so this is the least we can do to return the favour. And after the result for Neil’s beloved Watford FC on Saturday, he could do with some cheering up!

Many thanks, and see you all next Saturday.

- Chris Maybin

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kam HEER • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Louise BLACKLEDGE • Julie LYNN • Rachael TURNER • Jessamy CARLSON • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • Charlotte GREGORY • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Hyun LEE • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Sacha SYED • Rachel EDISS • Lorraine HILL • Connie PALLETT • Alan SHERIDAN

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 6,775 participants have completed 39,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 196,880 km, including 6,853 new Personal Bests. A total of 483 individuals have volunteered 3,700 times.

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