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.
Blessed with the weather this lunch time, 6 runners arrived, two with buggies (a first at our handicap) and joined the 19 OS Runners at the start line. With the first runner starting a good 21 minutes before the last we were due a good race. A few OS Runners ran with some of our visitors to make sure no-one got lost on the way round.
We also welcomed first timer Dan King to the handicap (alongside the Netley guys).
We had 4 new PB’s, congratulations to Carsten, Joss, Matt M and Shaun B, with Neil missing out by just 5 seconds. Shaun also became just the second person ever to go sub 20:00 on the course.
Joint performance of the day though goes to Gemma and Claire – pushing a buggy up Upton Lane has got to be hard work.
Baz has reminded me that he hasn’t missed a handicap since August 2015. Frankly this is getting a bit ridiculous now, I might speak to Tony (his manager) and see if a unavoidable meeting can be arranged for next month!
With both James B and Simon B missing the month, second place in the consecutive attendances record now resides with Tim Manners who hasn’t missed one since last September.
Egbe took about 100 pictures, I have put a small selection below, if you’d like to see the full set, they are on dropbox
Finally, thank you to Baz, Eddie and Egbe, for timing, starting and photographing the event.