Rather than write about how morose I feel organising handicaps for a small handful of runners and how it used to be much more fun when we had a dozen or more people all on the start line, I thought I’d look back, as April 2021 was the 100th running of the OS Handicap
The first run was on 24 April 2012, for those of you that are newer to OS this was on a 5.6k course, that started by nursery, up Redbridge Lane and Romsey Road, over the Motorway, down Upton Lane, left onto Station Road, then back up by Tesco’s and down the path. The modern equivalent of this route would be slightly different due to the rerouting of path just over the motorway on Romsey Road and the path to 4 Horseshoes
After restarting the handicap from Explorer House in August, we were then, sadly, had to pause again in January, as COVID variants became more wide spread and UK Gov’t/EA rules and guidance didn’t permit groups of more than 2 outside.
I think we all long for the day when we can congregate at the start line, moan that our handicap isn’t fair, grumble that the wind is in the wrong direction, discuss which way round is faster (anti-clockwise, all day long), but most importantly encourage other runners and have a good time TOGETHER
The nicest way to describe the final 9 months of 2020 would be ‘different’, but as we approach 2021 with hope for a better future, I’m going to focus on the positives of this year in this December 2020 handicap write up and also review of the year.