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):

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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

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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.

 

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 332; 29th February 2020

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Hurricane Jorge - is that all you’ve got?!

I guess, like most parkrunners, I peeped through the bedroom curtains on Saturday morning apprehensive about what I might find. Well it was no surprise to find it raining again. Storm Jorge was with us. Was I going to be put off attending parkrun? As an ardent Bruce Springsteen fan I like to think ‘Born to Run’ is my mantra. ‘Born to Run, unless it’s raining’ is not quite so Rock and Roll. So without further ado I was on my way. Actually, if I wasn’t writing this report I may have well stayed in bed!

On arrival at Osterley Park I was greeted by a soggy Hutchinson family (including their dog, Isla) who had picked the short straw of car park duty. Gathering around the big house the crowd seemed sparse. Jorge was getting his way. As it turned out, 199 brave runners took to the start line - some 200 less than normal.

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However, the breeze was mild and the rain light by the time 9.00am arrived. So the happy band of volunteers took to their stations and we were soon on our way. After the mad dash to the first corner it was a case of avoiding the puddles as we made our way down towards the bridle path. As luck would have it I was in the mid-field, the perfect position to look for things to write about. Past the lake and soon we were heading back towards the stately house and facing up to the newly installed water jump. This feature is fast becoming very popular with one and all. You now need a strategy to get past it. Do I go around it, over it, or through it? Well as it’s a leap year obviously I leapt over it and looked forward to confronting it again next time around.

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As you head down toward the woods it’s time to grit your teeth and dig in as you hit the wind. Jorge huffed and puffed but we stood strong. Winding your way through the woods you soon approach what I think of as ‘Derek’s gate’. Derek is almost always there with a smile and cheery words of encouragement like ‘hurry up they’re catching you!’ I’m not sure if Derek is there all week or just for parkrun, but either way he is an outstanding Marshal.

Soon the runners are streaming past the house to end lap one and keen to hear their time as they are roared on by the volunteers. Now, it’s just a case of doing it all again, but a bit slower. As you go around again you are hoping that Jozsef gets a nice picture of you in action looking like my other heros Steve Ovett or Paula Radcliffe. In my experience, the further you go the worse the picture and the older and more dishevelled you look.

There is no finer sight second time around than another look at Derek, which means you have nearly finished! All that’s in front of you now is to skip round the lake, a wave to the smug swans and bound through the finish line. Then collapse in an undignified heap.
One benefit of a reduced field is it’s a darn sight quicker to get a coffee and a scrumptious slice of cake as you dwell on the glory of your morning run and compare notes with your fellow runners in the Stables café.

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Despite the grim weather conditions there were some notable performances today. None more so than 1st woman home Bethan Everson who recorded the 3rd fastest time ever by a women at Osterley of 18.44, and a new SW25-29 Osterley course record to boot. An outstanding effort.

And who knew we were in the company of parkrun royalty? Kirsty Bangham was running her 623rd parkrun. That’s over 3,000 kilometres! Kirsty is 6th in the all-time UK parkrun attendance list. Only one woman has run more parkruns than she has. I’m proposing to the Osterley parkrun committee that we give her Osterley House as a reward - please Tweet #kirstyshouse if you agree! I’m also keen to have a statue of today’s first place finisher Simon Shaw – for the 28th time at Osterley - erected alongside the steps, with Kirsty’s approval obviously. Finally I would like to tip my hat to the 14 runners who recorded a PB today but it’s blown away.

So that’s it from me. Next week I’m off to take on one of the countries hardest parkruns, the sand dunes of Woolacombe Bay. See you there, Kirsty!?

- Ray Carter

As some of you are probably aware, it’s just under eight weeks until the London Marathon, and two of our RDs are running the marathon for charity this year. Jess is running for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice and John is running for WaterAid. Several of you have asked about sponsoring John and Jess, and certainly any support would be gratefully received!

Their sponsorship pages are here:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jessamy-carlson-lm2020
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marathonbee

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Liz MANN • Simon HARRISON • Robert HUTCHINSON • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Clare EVERARD • Owen SEAMAN • Austin MCHALE • Charmaine MCHALE • Alison DANIELS • Finlay MCBRIDE • Jessamy CARLSON • Ben CRYAN • Nigel BOSTOCK • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • Rachel MAURICE • Gabriella EVANS • Seamus MCEVOY • Jozsef MAK • Emese JUHASZ • Derek WINDEATT • Ray CARTER • Robert CAIN • Shatha KHALIL • Debra BOOKER • 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 8,796 participants have completed 52,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 260,795 km, including 8,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 596 individuals have volunteered 4,644 times.

 

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!

 

New Year’s Day 2020!

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744! What a turnout to welcome in 2020. It was mild for the time of the year, the 10:30 start probably suited some recovering revellers getting up a bit later than for a Saturday, but could anyone have predicted that the record Osterley turnout, previously 587 (6 July 2019), would be smashed to smithereens? A wonderful volunteer team, led by joint RDs Alison Daniels and Jessamy Carlsson, seemed to take it all in their stride, though no doubt they were like the swans on the lake, appearing to glide smoothly across the water while their legs worked like billy-o below the surface! Well done to them all, and a special mention to Louise Blackledge who managed lord knows how many cars squeezing in to the car park.

No doubt many of those cars had driven from other events that had take place at 8:30 or 9:00, to take in the annual opportunity to do the New Year’s Day Double. I myself came from Crane Park, giving a lift to three parkrunners I’d never met before. One, Robert Clark, was doing his 95th parkrun and all 95 have been at different venues. Looks like Robert will be joining the Hoffman Club (100 events at 100 localities) on 1st February – congratulations in advance, Robert! And another of my passengers was Folusho Olusanyo, who’s now on 67 events at 67 localities, and whose first 25 events were one at each of the available parkrun alphabet letters. Quite an honour to have this duo in my car.

24 of the 744 were doing their first parkrun. New Year’s resolutions perhaps? Congratulations to them and welcome to the parkrun community. Hope Saturday mornings at 09:00 will change for you in the future: don’t forget that little piece of paper can be used at any parkrun in the world.

And, unsurprisingly with that turnout, there were some milestones too. Savita Shaunak, Alexander Smotrov, Adnan Arfeen and Jim Laidlaw were all clocking up their 50th (red tee-shirts to be ordered soon no doubt); Sean Crowley, Mike Duncan and James Taylor did their 100ths (ditto with the black tee-shirts); Helen Blackmore did her 150th; and Becky Silver, Lucianne Hoskin and Richard Francis ran their 200ths. But they all have a long way to go to reach Paul Killick, who today did his 675th parkrun: that’s quite incredible!

On to the front of the field. First home in 17:09 was Ewan Fryett from the Ealing Eagles Running Club; and he was followed home by Santosh Rai, who’s one of the leading lights at Northala Fields parkrun, and James Horrex. First female was Anna Critchlow, from West 4 Harriers, who clocked 18:39 and also got a fantastic 92.14% age grading. She beat off Sarah Gerrie and Isobel Rea. Well done to them all.

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It’s only three days to the next parkrun day. Osterley has plenty of vacancies on their volunteer rota for this Saturday and the coming weeks too. Do give some thought to giving up your run one day - volunteering is great fun! - and thus enabling this wonderful institution to continue and grow.

Wishing everyone an injury-free 2020 that’s full of personal bests or whatever running goals you wish for.

Simon Grigor (A2885882; home parkrun – Harrow)

You can follow Osterley parkrun on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

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 8,288 participants have completed 48,802 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,010 km, including 8,113 new Personal Bests. A total of 572 individuals have volunteered 4,395 times.

 

Osterley parkrun #321 – 21 December 2019

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The cold chilled our bones and the wind it did howl,
Mud on the ground, the weather most foul,
We trudged to the park, feeling half-dead,
Wishing on balance to be back in bed.

Then Jessamy’s words inspired us anew,
Our Christmas caps jingled, our confidence grew,
With a glint in our eyes we sprinted off hastily,
Regardless of style, or indeed Elf and Safety.

We picked through the puddles near Fisherman’s Gate,
Through the Forest of Doom, up the Hillside of Hate.
As we reach the home straight we sense our reward,
As a delicate odour wafts o’er the sward.

Is it the memory of Christmasses past?
Is it the vain hope of breaking our fast?
As we dash to the finish and the House meets our eyes,
We can smell Tunde’s cake and Fiona’s mince pies.

Over the pastry, friendship’s renewed,
Selfies are taken, photos are viewed.
And now here’s my wish, as I open a beer,
Please have a Cool Yule and a Happy New Year!

Austin McHale

We wish all parkrunners a Merry Christmas!


 

This week 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Arlene GALLAGHER • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Nick CRYAN • Kenny CHAN • Marcia BARTHOLOMEW • Ben CRYAN • John BOWLING • James HILL • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Caroline SIBIA • Gabriella EVANS • Isaac BALE • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Lorraine HILL • 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 Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 7,995 participants have completed 47,788 parkruns covering a total distance of 238,940 km, including 8,008 new Personal Bests. A total of 560 individuals have volunteered 4,336 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 320; 14th December 2019

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As we look back at the madness of 2019 – and not just amongst the ducks of Osterley Park – it seemed fitting that the 47th Osterley parkrun of the year welcomed so many friends old and new.

Without wanting to diss our 30 first timers – whom we hope enjoyed their first Osterley experience - it was the more familiar faces that brought particularly pleasure.

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Previous Run Directors of this parish, Tim Carruthers, back from the badlands of the south west, and Fiona and Ronan Moriarty who did so much for Osterley parkrun in its early days, were back in the thick of things, which was great to see.

And goodness me, there were so many milestones (and so many bisuits and cakes) it seems hard to know where to begin.

If we were to go by, say, order of hair colour, then Isaac Bale with his platinum blonde locks would definitely be first. His nonchalant glance to the skies as he reaches up to scan your barcode betrays a razor sharp mind and meticulous attention to detail. Saturday was his 50th volunteer stint which is frankly brilliant for a gent of such a young vintage.

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Two stalwarts of Osterley parkrun both celebrated their 250th parkruns on Saturday: Rosario Merola and Nick Cryan. Both were present at the first ever Osterley parkrun back in August 2013, finishing a mere 8 seconds apart in 145th and 148th place on that momentous day. It was great to host them both on their 250th. Nick and Ross, we salute you!

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Speaking of parkrun legends, it was great to see Andrew Lawrence reach a random, but no less notable, milestone of 350 parkruns, just ahead of his partner Kay Lydall who completed her 349th run on Saturday. No competition there, we’re sure!

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Resplendent in a bright pink sash to match her hat, Laura Elliott – keeping things low profile –celebrated parkrun no.100 with her normal beaming smile. And last but by no means least, Osterley favourite Niamh Murphy - whom we forgot to salute when she did her 50th run back in October – ran her 51st parkrun, so we gave her a cheer for that instead.

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Phew! Still with us? Well, in that case, on to the pointy end of proceedings where Simon Shaw made a welcome return, leading the field home in 1st place for the 25th time at Osterley in a swift 17.56. He was followed by two first timers, Daniel Wolff from Epsom in 18.21 and Jack Lloyd in 19.35. Jack had made the way up from Horsham in order to get his ‘O’ in the parkrun Alphabet challenge.

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Niamh Murphy was queen bee in the women’s category finishing 1st for the 14th time at Osterley in 22.25. Just behind in 22.34 was first timer Yvonne Linny, with Lucy Taylor 3rd woman in 22.59.

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The women led the way in some style in the age-grading % rankings. Super Jane Davies scored an astonishing 94.17% with 24.02 to just miss both the Osterley best and her own VW70-74 age category record. Jane Rowden scored 87.88% for her 23.47 as a VW65-69, while 3rd best was VW60-64 Louise Hutchinson with 23.21 for 81.94%. Louise then celebrated by sorting out all the finish tokens. A parkrun double to be proud of.

See you all next week for our last parkrun before Christmas. Do feel free to indulge your wildest Santa and Elf fetishes and run in whatever festive-related outfit you prefer. It’s the only parkrun where where red and green are preferred to parkun orange!

- Chris Maybin

This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Liz WIRDNAM • Babatunde DAWODU • Peter MARTIN • Isabel ABRAHALL • Yan YIP • Marcia BARTHOLOMEW • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Matthew BALE • Tim BEESLEY • Isaac BALE • Mhairi MANSELL • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Tina DONOVAN • Lauren WIGGINS

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 Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 7,942 participants have completed 47,468 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,340 km, including 7,984 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 4,314 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 319; 7th December 2019

This week the park was super busy with runners, joggers, walkers, volunteers and more than the usual number of bystanders. With the Osterley Park Winter 10km race at 10.30am, some took part in both or volunteered at one or the other.

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Kudos to Osterley regulars Jessamy Carlson, Charmaine McHale and Babatunde Dawodu who were among at least 15 people who completed both runs.

Notable PBs this week were:
- Jessamyn Luscombe, who last recorded a PB in September 2017.
- Finlay McBride, who recorded his second PB in a row.
- Imelda Courtney, who stopped at half way to take off her hoodie!

Visitors for the first time were:
- Dermot Lynch, who usually runs at Hazelwood
- Carl and Julie Urquhart from Newport parkrun
- Rade Inic, who usually runs at Bromley parkrun
- Stuart, Kirsty, Rowan and Alastair Mcteer from Dartford parkrun
- Philip Mwansa, an uber tourist
- Liz Harding, who usually runs at Houghton Hall parkrun
- Cat Wallman from Guildford parkrun

Well done to Emma Murphy-O'Connor, Miriam Killer, Xoán Vázquez del Pozo, Eric Labial, Hannah Read, Emma Halliday and Sobia Chaudhry who finished their first ever parkrun 5km.

As always, we are grateful to all of those who volunteered, including the photographers. You can check out all the photos and videos here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

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If you can volunteer in the coming weeks, we would be most grateful. There will be an additional run on Wednesday 1st January 2020 and we are still looking for helpers - start time 10.30am.

Results:
This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Geoff MILES • Arlene GALLAGHER • Nick FULFORD • Louise HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Colette DORAN • Clare EVERARD • Jack WRIGHT • Sharon PRENDERGAST • Harvey GALLAGHER • Marcia BARTHOLOMEW • Tim SANSOM • Dineke AUSTIN • Chris GERS • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • Louise BALE • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Isaac BALE • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Paula KIRBY

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 Jane DAVIES who recorded 94.90% (23:51) on 30th November 2019 (event number 318).

Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 7,912 participants have completed 47,212 parkruns covering a total distance of 236,060 km, including 7,964 new Personal Bests. A total of 556 individuals have volunteered 4,293 times.

 

Osterley parkrun number 315, 9th November 2019

Osterley stunned us all again this Saturday morning as the House emerged from the fog while 305 walkers, runners and anywhere-in-betweeners gathered at the start line. Run Director Andrew kept us waiting while the mystery of the padlocked Osterley Lane gate was solved by Event Director Geoff. Such drama!! And off we went... as always, huge thanks to all the volunteers who wrapped up warm to give us encouragement and ensure the parkrun magic happened. Further drama in the cafe ensued when we had a little trouble matching times to barcodes, but all was well in the end. The coveted award of most runniest runner went to Kirsty Bangham, who completed her 605th parkrun on her  15th visit to Osterley - awesome work, Kirsty! First into the funnel was Alan Phillips, and First Lady was Katie Sloane, well done to both. Cake was on offer to celebrate the red T-shirt achievement of 50 parkruns from the Morrison family, well done Eloise and also to Simon Gladman and Val Snewin who clocked up their 50th parkruns too. After coffee and cake in the cafe, the sun had broken through the fog and Osterley looked even more glorious as we headed out of the park, leaving no trace.

See you next Saturday to do it all over again!!

Kay

 

Osterley parkrun
Event number 315
9th November 2019

This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Andrew LAWRENCE • Kay LYDALL • Neil BASS • Robert HUTCHINSON • Christopher MAYBIN • Emily HUTCHINSON • Deborah LEAVERS • Andy PARKER • Austin MCHALE • Keryn HALL • Amanda CAHILL • Samra SAID • Jon RODGERS • Gillian WITCOMB • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Jozsef MAK • Derek WINDEATT • Nick BOWEN • Connie PALLETT • 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 7,759 participants have completed 46,104 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,520 km, including 7,822 new Personal Bests. A total of 543 individuals have volunteered 4,201 times.

 

Osterley parkrun number 313, 19 October 2019

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Sorry folks, there is no way I can match Samar's wonderful report for last Saturday. However, we did have a bright and sunny morning at Osterley to welcome walkers, joggers and runners from far and wide (including the lovely people from Surbiton).

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Well done Simon Egan of Woking AC who matched his PB with an incredible 17:02. Special mentions for Mike Dennison with his age-graded 81.26% and Jennifer McBain with 77.44%. The PB highlight was Claudia Burroughs of 26.2RR club with 21:52.

It was really nice to welcome 40 first timers to Osterley. We hope to see you again soon.

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Finally, as run director, I would like to thank all the volunteers and other Osterley stalwarts for supporting me on the day.

John


 

This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Louise HUTCHINSON • Emily HUTCHINSON • Deborah LEAVERS • Babatunde DAWODU • Jim TWIST • Jessamyn LUSCOMBE • John BOWLING • Samra SAID • Louise BALE • Geoff KIMBER • Daniel COLLINS • Matthew BALE • Gabriella EVANS • Nigel BALE • Suzannah HALE • Robert BEDBOROUGH • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Connie PALLETT • 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 7,696 participants have completed 45,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,860 km, including 7,758 new Personal Bests. A total of 539 individuals have volunteered 4,160 times.

 

Osterley parkrun, Event number 312; 12th October 2019

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This Saturday was my 3rd time as Run Director at Osterley and the first time I took all the parkrun kit home, was allowed access to the storage area, and set up the event from A to Z. It felt a nice transition of responsibility and I was ready for it as the RD team had invested lots of time providing excellent training and shared lots of secret parkrun tips and endless advice on how best to navigate the parkrun laptop when processing the weekly results.

I arrived at Osterley Park before everyone else at 7.35am, and took in all the goodness the park always gives me, refreshed my mind, chatted with the ducks and wished good morning to the fallen leaves.

It is always a relief when the volunteers all arrive promptly, with their contagious energy and an ability to make everything work like clockwork. The support from volunteers this week was incredible (thanks to the Cabbage Patch 10 which many were doing the following day) and we were blessed with a full roster without even having to do a recruitment campaign during the week!

The rain meant we set up camp under the Osterley House, both for shelter and to ensure our barcode scanners could do their job smoothly. We also like to think that climbing the stairs to get scanned is an effective post-run warm down for all the runners!

While carrying the speakers up the stairs, I paused for a moment and turned in excitement to Event Director Geoff Miles as I realised that I'd reached a milestone with my knee injury. Finally I was able to go up and down the steps pain-free; something I haven’t been able to do for months!

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The vibe this Saturday was also very different to other weeks. As our timekeeper Clare announced ‘go’ the unthinkable was happening in Vienna: a human being was aiming to run 26.2 miles (42.2km) in less than 2 hours. That incredible human being was Eliud Kipchoge, a 34-year-old Kenyan who holds the world record and whose name is now scribed in immortality.

The 1:59 Challenge in Vienna dominated conversations between our volunteers, huddled round phones watching live commentary. By 9:15 am, history was made as Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line in 1:59:40. The excitement could be felt by those running our 2 lap course. Hugs were exchanged, high fives were thrown and endless statistics started to pour across parkrun social media platforms.

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We were equally proud of the 241 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers with 44 amazing runners recording personal bests. Among the new PBs was our very own run director Alison Daniels who took 20 seconds off her previous best time set back in 2015 with a new PB of 28:38. Another of our regular volunteers Amanda Cahill also had a great run. After a year out with injury, Amanda celebrated her 50th parkrun with a new PB of 32:36.

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We’d like to congratulate Tom Livesey who was the first to cross the line at 19:13, also recording a new PB. During his first lap which was well under 10 minutes, he joked, ‘where are all the fast runners?’ to which one volunteer replied back ‘here, volunteering!’ Sometimes I feel humbled by such warm exchanges.

Congratulations too to our first female finisher Jayne Griffiths who also celebrated with a new PB of 23:02.

Despite the throng of runners energised with Kipchoge’s epic achievement and desperate to find out if they too had set a new PB, processing the results went smoothly with no surprises and no unwelcome pink rows.

Don’t take our word for it, watch our first timer visitor Neil Harper who put together an incredible video of his visit which enables you to get a real feel for our two lap course, the gardens and the enthusiastic marshals. He completed his run in 27:48 in a very tidy 100th position.

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Thank you to all the volunteers for making this event possible. If you’d like to volunteer, our roster has many upcoming spaces for you to choose from so simply email osterleyhelpers@parkrun.com and let us know what you’d like to do.

- Samra Said

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Michael OSBORNE • Geoff MILES • Christopher MAYBIN • Fiona MAYBIN • Clare EVERARD • Deborah LEAVERS • Austin MCHALE • Bill BLACKLEDGE • Els VERMEULEN • Jane MARLAND • Kris VERMEULEN • Genevieve MORRISON • Jessamy CARLSON • Joanna GINGER • Samra SAID • Isaac BALE • Jozsef MAK • Rana MAINEE • Derek WINDEATT • Jacqueline PLACE • Connie PALLETT

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/

You can find all the photos from this week’s parkrun at https://www.flickr.com/groups/osterley-parkrun/pool/

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 7,656 participants have completed 45,303 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,515 km, including 7,720 new Personal Bests. A total of 538 individuals have volunteered 4,139 times.

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