The committee are responsible for the overall framework and running of the club. We meet formally once a month, although you will often find us having ‘tea station chats’ or Skype conversations outside of formal meetings.
We are here to run the club for the benefit of all of the members, so if you have idea’s, suggestions, changes, please let us know.
Naomi Stanley – Chairperson
On my 22nd birthday my housemates and I decided enough was enough. Buoyant with the joys of our first ‘proper job’ pay cheques we quickly digressed into pizza gorging, midnight cake snaffling, exercise avoidant slobs! In a birthday induced drunken stupor we ‘hilariously’ signed up for the 10k Race for Life a mere 3 months away. The next morning, along with a ferocious hangover the reality of the challenge hit us.
A Google search later we were armed with the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ which definitely applied to our current state. With all of us unsure how far 5k actually was we blindly launched ourselves into the training regime, followed by a cider and curry to celebrate our imminent improved fitness.
The plan started off simple, with a light jog dispersed with recovery walks, this still destroyed our post university bodies, resulting in a sweaty mess. But, with time, and a LOT of perseverance, we battled through and when the day of the 10k came we were as prepared as we would ever be. I, much to the surprise of everyone, made it round in 52 minutes and had caught the much discussed ‘running bug’ and wanted to find more races. Now I have completed 100+ parkruns, 8 half marathons, and numerous other crazy challenges with OS Runners. I love organising a good social run, especially if there is food involved, so i’d like to encourage everyone out there, no matter what speed or distance, just getting a tiny bit more healthy and a little bit more sweaty!
James Clarke – Secretary
I started running back in 2009 when I realised one day that I hadn’t done any form of exercise for about 8 years. When I was younger I would swim competitively at County level and yet here I was getting out of breath going upstairs. One of the things I fell in love with immediately was the exploring, I found places that I didn’t know existed that I would drive by every day.
I never really considered running in races until I was living out in Chile. There was a local half marathon on (Valparaíso) so I went for it! It was hilly and hard, but the sense of achievement that I got from it was fantastic. Problem is, once I’d set a time, I just wanted to beat it!
Since then, I moved back to the UK and started working at the Ordnance Survey. The friendly atmosphere that I got from the running club here just encouraged me further and I now find myself doing about 25 races a year! I’m currently a member of Farnham Runners, but Hardley are my second claim club.
As Secretary I will be helping out with the various roles of the committee as well as providing support on our travels.
Last year was a phenomenally good year for OS Running, I’m looking forward to helping to keep that momentum going forward.
I am the treasurer and an EA affiliated member of OSR. This involves paying out funds for approved activities & spend, normally CSSC events and other things approved by the Committee for the benefit of the OSR community as a whole. My other main role is kit-man, ordering, maintaining and selling, so if you’d like some nice OSR kit then I am the person to see! I maintain the accounts for OSR, which are tabled at the annual AGM and summarise our annual income and expenditure.
I have a reputation as ‘go hard or go home’ – which may be well earned, but I also enjoy a social run at lunchtime.
I usually run 4-5 times a week – social run, mixed ability, Friday (unofficial run), parkrun and a longer run or race on a Sunday.
I am a regular parkrunner (& the only OSR member of the 250 club, so far …) and volunteer. My home run is Basingstoke, so if you are thinking of coming along, drop me a line and I’ll look out for you.
Egbe Manners – Website Secretary
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Lucie Woellenstein – Kit Officer/Publicity
I have always been rather sporty throughout school and university, but running was more of an afterthought to Basketball or Weight Lifting. Although I was part of the Athletics club in school and had run the off 10km or half marathon before joining OS, I didn’t really understand ‘runners bug’ until I joined OS Runners. In fact, I remember literally having nightmares about needing to wake up and go for a run when I was training for my first half marathon in 2014. All that changed when I stepped into OSHQ…
In my first month here, an email talking about a certain ‘Thunder Run’, a 24 hour running event, circulated. The thought of a challenge excited me and I tried rounding up the graduates to form a team of 5. The response wasn’t overwhelmingly keen from all but one, Harry. Before I knew it, he had convinced me to enter as a team of 2, the entry fee was paid, and the teasing began; “Haha jokes on you! You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into!” And boy were people right! We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. With little choice but to make running my first (sports) priority, an ambitious but very amateur training plan was set in place. As the months went on, I got more and more into it. With my new found love for running and my well established love for organising, I decided to join the committee in January 2018. I now oversee everything kit & merchandise related, as well as the Handicap and send out quarterly newsletters. So if you have any questions about any of these or anything else you would like me to bring to the committee, don’t hesitate to send me an email or skype message, and I will be more than happy to help out.
Oh yea, and the outcome of Thunder Run? Simultaneously the best and worst 24 hours of my life! (with no exaggeration either direction). Since then, I have completed my first marathon and am hungry and excited for the Summer season, when I have a little less basketball and a lot more sunlight to run to my hearts content and enter the next round of crazy races.
Dean Paulley – Publicity/Communication
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All our coaches have recognised qualifications, Coach in Running Fitness for Viv and Leader in Running Fitness for Mark, Eddie, Baz, Nicole, Keith and Egbe.
I’m a UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness and lead OS Runners mixed ability training sessions which is open to runners of all abilities (after you can get round about 5k).
I have been running about 20 years, competing for a various clubs over the years. During that time I have run 5km to marathon and cross country at national and regional events. I cross train by swimming and cycling. I am also a qualified Soft Tissue Therapist (BTEC Level 5) and treat many runners (and triathletes) so if you have an injury I am the person to get in touch with (check out my website)
I organise the Desk to 5k programme which focuses on helping new and beginner runners to build up to completing the 5k distance and share the coaching duties of Mixed Ability and FUNdamentals with Viv, Eddie and Baz.
I started running at the end of 2010 and was previously a member of Hardley Runners and Lordshill Road Runners. Now I’m a member of OS Runners. I mainly compete in 5k and 10k events but have done a couple of half marathon’s and one 10 mile race. I’m an avid parkrunner and have completed over 100 Parkruns as well as visiting over 20 different Parkrun venues.
Nicole Frith – Leader in Running Fitness
I only started running about a year ago (September 2016) when I moved to Southampton to start work at OS. A former rower at university, I decided it was time to give something new a try, in the hope that it would help me get to know people and the area.
A year on, and I have definitely caught the running bug! I train regularly with OS Runners and my first claim club, Lordshill Road Runners, and became a qualified Run Leader in May 2017. A relative ‘newbie’ compared to the rest of the Run Leaders at OS, I am still finding my feet and growing in confidence session-on-session, so watch this space!
I started running in the January of 2013 after a friend of mine persuaded me to enter a Half Marathon on my birthday that year at the start of April. I was playing loads of Football, Rugby and Volleyball at the time so thought I was quite fit and thought the 3 months training should be enough. Oh was I wrong, I went on my first training run of 2 miles and thought I was never going to recover. What had I done? But through running with people in the OS Runners club during lunchtimes and doing a few runs of my own at weekends including parkrun on Southampton Common I managed to finish in 2hrs 11mins.
I definitely have the running bug now and over the last few years have entered too many races to remember. My Half PB has come down by over 18 minutes and I have finally gone sub 50mins on a 10k.
I am a qualified Run Leader (Leader in Running Fitness) and run our mixed ability groups on a regular basis along with our other run leaders/coaches. I also regularly attend the mixed ability sessions at lunchtimes when I am not in charge and I also love running parkrun and getting the kids out doing the Junior parkrun on Sundays.
Running is now my main form of exercise and I really enjoy getting other people out running and setting themselves goals that I know they can achieve, even if they don’t.
Eddie Bulpitt – Leader in Running Fitness
I have the honour and pleasure of being responsible for OS Runners Publicity. I write and send out the monthly newsletter, try and coordinate messages from the other committee members and also hassle other OS Runners for stories of derring do in the racing world or training tips
I have always been a runner. When I was younger I would always run everywhere rather than walk and this has followed me into adulthood although I am little (a lot!) slower than I used to be. But I represent OS in CSSC national 10km races and cross countries, run in as many 10km and half marathon races that I can in the year but am now thinking of upping my distances beyond half marathon; my son is badgering me to do a full marathon so I suppose I’d better get this distance under my belt!
At the beginning of April 2016 I was on 126 parkruns, most of these have been at Southampton but I do enjoy a bit of parkrun tourism from time to time.
I am a LiRF qualified run leader and take great pleasure in taking Mixed Ability and FUNdamentals groups through their paces and also helping Mark with the Desk to 5k programme.
I am also a run leader for the ABP Southampton Marathon team helping people achieve their goals at the ABP 10k, half and marathon events.
I have also helped beginners on an individual basis by devising training plans for them to reach their goals be it to complete a set distance or to run a certain pace.
Keith Spiers – Leader in Running Fitness
I’ve been working at Ordnance Survey for over 36 years. I was a regular footballer and have always cycled to work. I encouraged my children to be active and they joined a junior tri club and Southampton athletics club. After a year of standing on the side-lines drinking tea and eating chocolate, I thought that it was only fair that I too, experienced the highs and lows of competing.
I did my first Park-run at 46 and then joined Hedge End Running club. Years later, I’ve become a tri coach and more recently a run leader, competed at various distances and admit that my PB’s are already firmly behind me!
I’m passionate about people becoming active and giving running a go. Don’t be hung-up about times and other people’s achievements, just be content with where you are, Running on your own is so much harder so we are lucky that there are so many great people to run at lunchtime.