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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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At the Finish Line With…Matt Pillinger

Tell us a bit about your running history

When I was knee high to a grasshopper I used to run for Frome Athletics Club in local cross countries, I wasn’t any good and generally used to be able to count my position from the last runner on the fingers of one hand.  I stopped running about the age of 14 or so as I wasn’t enjoying it.  Around 2007-08 I started wondering if I could take it up again, I entered the Reading Half Marathon for 2008 on a whim, which was my first race for a long long time, then the Great South Run, ended up not doing much in 2009 before Reading half in 2010, just before I joined OS.

Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right!  Matt with the 4th placed Thunder Run team 2016

Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right! Matt with the 4th placed Thunder Run team 2016

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Christmas Turkeys on the run – OSR Christmas Treasure Hunt

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Overall Winners – The naughty list, we don’t know where we’re going

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the inaugural OS Runners Christmas treasure run. Nine teams with 30 runners set off to hunt down Christmas goodies and trophies hidden on a 7k route, take selfies and film a team singalong. Fun was in the air and even residents and dog walkers joined in. Fancy dress was encouraged and yes a map was involved, each team had to find the answers to ten festive clues and on a few occasions, take photographic evidence.

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