At The Finish Line With…Dean Paulley

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was younger, running at school and in some local races. I enjoyed cross country and would always be the one who signed up for longer races at sports day rather than the short sprints which I was no good at; some things never change! But by the time I got to secondary school I had lost my passion for running and focused on other sports.

I only started running again when I went to University but even then it was more of a warm-up activity before doing something else, I definitely would not have described myself as a ‘runner’. It was only when joining OS three years ago that I really started to run a lot more, enjoying the social side of OS Runners.

In those three years I have had many firsts; 10K, Half Marathon, 24 hour race, Adventure race, and have even gone on running holidays; two words which I never thought belonged together. I have now definitely got the running bug and my challenges just seem to get more extreme every year!

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OS Runners Halloween Run 2017….

Friday November 3rd marked the second OS Runners Halloween run.  This year we followed a route around Tanners Brook, head torches and reflective jackets donned for 3 reasons; head torches so that we could see where we were going as darkness and the creeping tendrils of a spectral mist enveloped us in the woods, and reflective jackets to hopefully make any spirits or ghouls flee from their unnatural glow…and of course to protect us from more tangible dangers, i.e. cars when we had to cross roads!

Before we left. We’re smiling now…but how many would return unscathed?

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The OS Runners 30 minute challenge

Another sunny day, another day for a sunny run.

Like many great ideas, it started with a discussion in a pub. Some good running chat, a couple of drinks and the hypothetical question, how far can you run in a lunch break? This was then modified down to how far can you run in half an hour to form the OS Runners 30min challenge. The inaugural trial was proposed and 14 keen runners agreed to take part. The course was a simple out and back along Lee Lane. The goal to get as far away from OSHQ as possible and make it back in time! Continue reading

Future stars make their debut?

As we all know, course familiarity makes a lot of difference on the handicap, so for Lucie and Harry to run 27:00 and 22:41 respectively on their first appearances suggests that they might both be threatening the very top of the leaderboard in the not too distant future.  From a personal perspective, seeing Harry stride past me after less than 400 yards was slightly sobering too.

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Great South Run 2017

“Alarm set. Forecast checked and route map studied. Bags packed and trainers ready. Cakes baked and supplies packed. A plan devised. It’s race day!

But not as we know it! On Sunday, a group of the finest OS Runners were out defying the after effects of Storm Brian by taking part in Europe’s largest 10 mile road race, the Great South Run. A few of us decided that the best way to spend our Sunday was to get out and support our running friends as they ran and raced around windy Portsmouth! And what fun we had! Continue reading

Civil Service Cross Country

For several years now the Civil Service Cross Country has been ensconsed at the ‘spiritual home of British Cross Country running’ – Parliament Hill in North London.

For those who don’t know Parliament Hill, the clue is in the name, which men run up 3 times, and women twice.  Its got a reputation for being a bit muddy underfoot too.

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