By Naomi Stanley
After a hot summer, the weather behaved itself for our annual OS Runners Sports Day. In normal tradition, after work, on a Friday in the school holidays we headed down to Southampton Sports Centre and the running track.
1 mile results:
|1 (Gold)||Shaun Murray-Brown||5:23|
|2 (Silver)||Dean Paulley||5:25|
|3 (Bronze)||Matt Pillinger||6:18|
|1 (Gold)||Shaun Murray-Brown||1:07|
|2 (Silver)||Mark Aston||1:10|
|3 (Bronze)||Dean Paulley||1:14|
The short distance races were interspersed in the longer races to give runners a bit of a break! The 50m race saw a battle of the Tim’s with Tim Newman coming first, closely followed by Tim Manners and then Shaun. 100m saw Mark Aston snatch 1st from Tim M who got another Silver medals and representing the younger runners, Darcey Butt wowed everyone by coming third. After Tim N’s gold in the 50m, he recreated this form in the 200m, to be followed in to a photo finish from Mark and Shaun.
Skipping (200m) results:
|1 (Gold)||Rob Finch||34.6|
|2 (Silver)||Tim Newman||36.8|
|3 (Bronze)||Mark Aston||37.2|
To keep things different, we introduced a new event for this year only, to celebrate 50 years since man first walked on the moon. ‘One Giant Leap for OS Runners’ saw all competitors leap as far forward as they could from a standing start. Tim Newman saw off competition from Calum Henderson and Shaun Murray-Brown by jumping an incredible 2.5m and Darcey was crowned junior champion jumping 1.7m!
The penultimate event was our fun relay, with a combination of egg and spoon, backwards running, skipping, hopping and under 10 year old involved. The winning team was made up of more family duo’s of a Henderson/Manners combination!
To end the day in traditional Olympics style, we finished with the 4 x 100m relay. After some initial reluctance by competitors, who now were all feeling rather tired and very hungry…a last minute team, created on the sidelines of Shaun, Adela, Tim N and Keith went on to win the event!
In true OS Runners tradition, we then tucked into a picnic in the sunshine. Another great Sports Day!