January 2017 Handicap

It was a bit damp and dreary (in other words, January), but that didn’t deter 18 runners from competing in the January handicap, several of whom had run the Romsey 5 or done long training runs the previous day.  We welcomed first timer Thomas Lee, who my sources tell me could be threatening the top end of the timing charts in the not too distant future and we also had 3 PB’s – well done Tim, Tony and Simon. Continue reading

At the finish line with…Kat Earls

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Ooh, photographer…imaginary helium balloon tied to head; check…both feet off the ground; check…looking focused and determined; check….Nailed it!!! Kat in full flight.

Happy New Year and happy running to you all! Well, I’ll confess I’m an on-off runner. My habit is to enter a race to get fit, finish it by the skin of my teeth, then stop training until I pick another race and start the cycle again (I don’t advise this approach, by the way!). I started running in 2009, cajoled into The Great South Run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. As part of training I signed up to a 10K around Beaulieu. I had no concept of the distance, almost pulled a muscle during the warm-up, set off far too fast and spent a long loop waving a number I’d found on the ground because I thought the owner might be disqualified without it. Regardless, I loved the atmosphere and GSR felt even better. I’ve run GSR six times and some halves (Run To The Beat, Bath, Portsmouth, So’ton), lots of 10Ks (Eastleigh, Stockbridge, Hursley, Lordshill) and even the London Marathon in 2012 (but don’t ask my time, ha!).

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1 of 1,033

There are 1,033 members of the parkrun 250 club (runners who have completed 250 parkruns) and OS Runner, Matt P is one of those.  Last Saturday (7 January) 9 OSR’s travelled to Basingstoke to celebrate his ascension to this club.  The promise of cakes and sausage rolls afterwards may have been an additional incentive!  It was also a chance for us to debut the new OS Runners flag, which will be seen at lots of events this year.

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Christchurch 10k

Naomi Stanley writes:

On a gorgeous December Sunday morning OS runners once again came out in force to run the annual Christchurch 10k, also known as the Christmas Pud race due to the prize at the end.

Little rays of sunshine!  The team snaffle their puds and scarper before prize giving.  Notes to selves....

Little rays of sunshine! The team snaffle their puds and scarper before prize giving. Notes to selves….

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