Author Archives: Eddie Bulpitt

At The Finish Line With….Liz Cole

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was at school and competed in 200m and 400m, when I was asked to change my event to 800m I decided this was way too far to run and I had fallen out of love with running by the time I left school.  I didn’t do any running again until I was pushing 30 years old and just on a whim thought I’d go for a run, it was horrendous, but I kept at it.  I never actually competed in any events until I joined the OS Running club a few years later and took part in the CSSC 10k, back when you were given the day off work to go for a run!

Liz muscling her way through the competition at a Lordshill 10k Road Race!


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At The Finish Line With…Dean Paulley

Tell us a bit about your running history

I really enjoyed running when I was younger, running at school and in some local races. I enjoyed cross country and would always be the one who signed up for longer races at sports day rather than the short sprints which I was no good at; some things never change! But by the time I got to secondary school I had lost my passion for running and focused on other sports.

I only started running again when I went to University but even then it was more of a warm-up activity before doing something else, I definitely would not have described myself as a ‘runner’. It was only when joining OS three years ago that I really started to run a lot more, enjoying the social side of OS Runners.

In those three years I have had many firsts; 10K, Half Marathon, 24 hour race, Adventure race, and have even gone on running holidays; two words which I never thought belonged together. I have now definitely got the running bug and my challenges just seem to get more extreme every year!

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OS Runners Halloween Run 2017….

Friday November 3rd marked the second OS Runners Halloween run.  This year we followed a route around Tanners Brook, head torches and reflective jackets donned for 3 reasons; head torches so that we could see where we were going as darkness and the creeping tendrils of a spectral mist enveloped us in the woods, and reflective jackets to hopefully make any spirits or ghouls flee from their unnatural glow…and of course to protect us from more tangible dangers, i.e. cars when we had to cross roads!

Before we left. We’re smiling now…but how many would return unscathed?

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Nicky Southam tells us about her Desk to 5 k experience!

Desk To 5k – 2017

‘I don’t do running’ has been a mantra I’ve lived my life by rather successfully for many years until 6 months ago, when I felt a very alien urge to go out running. Naturally I ignored it for a while, besides I didn’t own any trainers, yet the urge kept coming back. When the OS Runners club were on the balcony one lunchtime, the lovely smiling face of Egbe enticed me in and I signed up for the 11 week Desk To 5k challenge. I was keen, I bought some trainers, an OS Runners top and filled out the membership form. Goal set: to run 5km without stopping.

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Sports Day 2017

Sports Day – 2017

OS Runner and recent Desk to 5k graduate Nicky Southam writes…

Being a new member of the OS Runners I wanted to show my support for the Sports Day event and I knew my daughter would love it too. I wasn’t brave enough to sign up for any serious races, just the fun ones like Egg & Spoon, 3 Legged and Kids relay. I was a bit apprehensive about wearing my OS Runners top as didn’t wish to look too keen so eventually decided against it, only to discover nearly everyone sporting their club top when we arrived! Still it was a fantastic event and could really feel the sense of community and friendship, everyone was welcome and included. The children had a wonderful time and entertained themselves in the sand pit and everyone gorged themselves in between races on the yummy strawberries brought by Julie.

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At The Finish Line With…Claire Savage

Tell us a bit about your running history

I was hopeless at running in school and dreaded every athletics season. The 1500m used to take me 15 minutes and that was with great effort.

After leaving school, I used to occasionally run on a treadmill and I certainly never dreamt I’d run outside or do any distance.

Then things changed. I have always played field hockey and after having my second child, I realised that to get back on the hockey pitch I was going to have to be able to run for at least 40 minutes and outside. So, I started to give it a go.  After a few months, a friend suggested I should go out running with her cross country and aim for a 10km. At the time, I was horrified – the thought of running 10km was just completely unachievable coupled with it not being on the treadmill just seemed totally out of reach. But somehow, I ended up signing up for the ‘run up to Xmas’ at Moors Valley and completed it.

The Great South (10 miles) then followed and then I thought I’d give a half marathon a go. I picked one which sounded nice and scenic – the South Downs half heading out from Seaford, Sussex.  Many events followed including Clarendon marathon relay, Pewsey half, Brighton half … and probably the hardest event ever was the Combe Gibbet 16 miler – you catch a coach up to the top of the hill and have to run back to Overton.

My running then came to abrupt halt in 2014 when I had to have ACL surgery on my knee. It took a long time to recover, I put on a lot of weight, lost my running mojo and only did running as part of sport. It’s only since joining OS in March, I’ve started back up.

*Hurry up and take the picture…I don’t think I can stand up for much longer*

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