Thunder, Thunder, THUNDERRUN!

OS Runners often talk about doing different events for a change, but words don’t always lead to actions, this was the 5th successive year OSR’s have been at Thunderrrun, the 24 hour running event at Catton Park in Derbyshire.  Over that time, James has done all 5 events, Matt P – 4, while Baz, Vicki and Karen were on their 3rd event (Vicki 5th time attending as she has supported for 2).  This time we took an amazing 27 runners to the event, in 9 different teams, all with the wish of running as many laps of the 10km cross country, hilly circuit as possible in 24 hours.  Here’s Ian Robinson to tell you how it went … Continue reading

Handicap July 2018

Today’s handicap was a double/triple challenge. With temperatures peaking at a toasty 31’, 25 runners were faced with the first challenge of the scorching heat and little respite from the breeze. Runners were also challenged to navigating the brand new shiny handicap route. And some runners were additionally challenged as this handicap fell in the aftermath of the 24 hour endurance race, ThunderRun, and the DOMS, blisters and missing toenails that came with that.

To help with navigation, helpfully, Shaun had been out this morning to mark some chalk arrows guiding us around the correct route and not the numerous wrong routes that some of us had attempted earlier.

In preparation for the new route, Jon Sharkey had “jogged” the route both clockwise and anti-clockwise in order to establish those all important course Strava segments.

As this was the first run of this new 5km route, course records were established on this run. The times to beat now are:

  • Men’s: 17:00 set by Shaun Brown
  • Women’s: 23:34 set by Karen Connell

As this is a new course everyone’s result from today becomes their course PB so hearty congratulations to everyone! Thank you to Jena Leach, Martha James and Jon Sharkey for volunteering as timers today.

Here are the full results:

Just the ThunderRunners, feeling fresh from the weekend

OS Runners Sports Day 2018

Sports Day 2018

Friday 31st August 2018

16:30 – 19:30 with Picnic afterwards

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Southampton Sports Centre

Thornhill Road, Southampton, SO16 7AY

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Everyone is welcome to our 4th ‘Sports Day’ down at Southampton Sports Centre. OS Runners have booked the track from 4:30-7:30 on the evening of Friday 31st August.

It would be great to see lots of familiar and not so familiar faces down there, even better if you are not a regular runner as this event is not all about speed, or distance, but having a bit of a laugh.  There will be a mixture of ‘proper’ races such as 100m relay, 400m and mile plus fun races like egg and spoon, long jump, skipping race etc so please feel free to bring friends and relatives. We chose this date as we children will still be on summer holidays so hopefully they will come and enjoy the afternoon too.

After all that exercise, we will have worked up quite an appetite, so we are planning a picnic in the park – which OS Runners will put in £100. So hopefully a chance to catch the evening sun and award some prizes. We would love it if people can stay for the social too.

If you are interested, please follow the link to the sign-up sheets so we can get a rough idea of numbers to finalise the programme and catering too. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UhyfDJg0GPA5hCPz3PWj_fAEnL5z8qUtsDxFxPQb2jA/edit?usp=sharing

If people can also volunteer to help with timing on the day that would be fantastic.

Hope to see lots of you there! If you would like any further information please speak to Naomi Stanley, James Clarke or Egbe Manners.

The ‘Blind’ 30 minute challenge

The 5th 30 minute challenge saw 2 changes;

1 – a new route, heading out towards the Lakes, along Mill Lane.

2 – This was a ‘blind’ challenge, runners covered their watches up at the start and therefore had to gauge their pace, distance covered and when to turn around to ensure they got back within the 30:00 limit – there was a prize for the person who finished closest too, but under 30:00.   Continue reading

June 2018 Handicap

 

28 June 2018 – Runners of the June Handicap accidentally colour coding in blue?

The June handicap took place on the second hottest day of 2018 so far…Temperatures soared to a high of 27°C, and I personally managed to get a sunburn in the 45 minutes I spent outside timing all the brave runners, oops.

A total of 13 runners took place, which I think we can all agree had entirely to do with the heat and not a falling popularity in the event :P. It was Michael Dun’s first ever handicap. Way to go! And although there were no overall PB’s, Paul Ashley, James Norris and Tim Manners managed a PB for 2018! A commendable effort in this heat!

Karen, Kat, and Keith also get a special mention for continuing their attendance streak, and not missing a single handicap in 2018. Halfway there, keep it up!

Finally, a special thanks to Peat Allan and James Blythe who helped me time, and Diane Lillie who took all the lovely pictures.

Now for the results…

and the pictures…

   

 

Lordshill 10km

Guest Post by Ian Robinson

The Lordshill 10km is the final race in the HRRL series, which started with Overton 5 mile last September – that certainly feels like a long time ago and for Vicki and James in particular, a lot of miles ago, as they have completed all 12 of the HRRL this series.  Naomi, Karen and Matt have completed 7 races and are hoping to be on the ‘Top 100’ mug.  Frankly it is getting a little concerning how worried I (Matt) am about getting on this mug.

Anyway, now onto Ian’s write up Continue reading