The men’s course record was set in March 2013 by Paul Ashley, at 19:20. The longevity of this record illustrates how fast Paul was and the quality of that time. It has looked under threat of late though and after 5 years and 1 month, the record has gone, Shaun Brown running a magnificent 19:00 (at a pace of 5:16 per mile).
March’s handicap saw another bumper crowd of 33 OS Runners head out on the streets of Nursling. This was a particularly special run as it marked the graduation of the Desk to 5K runners, setting off in pairs with a volunteer that had helped throughout the course. This meant we had 8 graduates completing the handicap, congratulations to Diane, Tracy, Martha, Jena, Helen, Kim, Zoe and Siobhain. It was fantastic to see everybody achieve what they did smiling, even at the end! Its also well worth thanking Mark and Egbe for running the desk to 5k programme, along with all the other OSR’s who have helped out during the last 3 months.
Also, well done to John Kedar, who completed his first handicap.
We saw PB’s for David H, James Barwell, Kat Earls and of course, Shaun Brown.
In the ‘current consecutive attendances’ competition, the previous top 2, Matt P and Dean both missed this event, meaning the crown passes to Ian R, who has attended every event since July 2017.
On the subject of Ian, our thanks to James C, James N, Egbe and Ian for timing and photographing today and hence ensuring the event can go ahead.
Sometimes, a large number of runners finishing at the same time can be chaotic, so we trialled a parkrun-like system of tokens and a stopwatch. This seemed to go well though there may be some improvements we can make in the future, any feedback is welcome.
The next handicap will take place on Friday 27th April, by then, spring will be in full swing and hopefully there will be no more beasts from the easts. We hope to see you all there!