This month we invited runners from Netley Abbey Runners to join us on our monthly handicap to return the invite they gave us last year to join them on one of their handicap races.
Last weekend (22-23 April), there were 2 big events on for OS Runners. Lots of OSR’s ran in the 10k, half and marathon’s in Southampton and 2 ran in the London marathon. Here they tell us about their experiences …
Tell us a bit about your running history
I took part in cross country and track races at school occasionally representing my school in events against other schools. I remember doing 400m on a track in a PE lesson and thinking it was the longest distance ever and being completely exhausted afterwards. After school I didn’t do any running until I was in my 20’s when I tried to pick it up again by running in the Common, I had no idea what I was doing or what I was capable of doing. To motivate myself around the route I used to say to myself “every time you come to a bench, you can sit down and rest”. It wasn’t until 2010 that I started running properly thanks to the help and advice of Mick Anglim, Matt White and Peat Allan.
Is Guernsey abroad? Legally not, but you need a ferry or plane to get there and there are a lot of French influences, so we’ll say it is.
What better time to get away than the Easter weekend? Taking advantage of the Bank holiday weekend, 7 keen OS Runners headed off to Guernsey for a weekend of running, cycling, eating and exploring. Guernsey Athletics Club has hosted an Easter running festival for the last 36 years and each year they host 4 great races in 4 days.
On Wednesday 22 OS Runners took a days leave to travel to Stratford and compete in the Civil Service 10k. This is one of 4 Civil Service running events each year and over the years we have had some great performances and lots of attendees. This year was no different.
One of the benefits of being an EA Affiliated Club is that we receive club places for the London Marathon, based on the number of first claim EA athletes we have.