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New Forest Running Events

The New Forest Running Events is a long established series now held at Brockenhurst show ground (it used to in Lymington) with events ranging from the Woodland Walk up to the marathon and including childrens run, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon.

OS Runners was well turned out for these races, with lots of us running various distances;

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Kat’s New Forest Pub Run

Enjoy the idea of trail running with a rewarding pint or two at the end?

Great! Because Kat is proposing a run in The New Forest as an excuse for a social drink at 5:30pm Friday 28th September. Come meet in the car park at The New Forest Fullers’ pub in Ashurst, next to the Ashurst train station. We’ll set off on a relaxed off-road route around Deerleap Inclosure, over the railway bridge from the car park. The exact distance can be anything between 5 – 10K decided on the night and we’d stick to a group pace. See the Strava route map for the full choice of paths.

Afterwards celebrate Friday with a few drinks back at the pub! Just watch out to arrive at the right pub… Ashurst has two pubs with a similar name, just to prove our navigational skills as OSRs. The New Forest is the Fullers’ pub by the train station. Here’s the website: https://www.newforestashurst.co.uk/

Hope to run and raise a glass with you there! Even if you wisely time it to just arrive for the drinks. 😉

If you want to attend, meet us there, or reply to the FB post so we know roughly how many to expect.

 

Thunder, Thunder, THUNDERRUN!

OS Runners often talk about doing different events for a change, but words don’t always lead to actions, this was the 5th successive year OSR’s have been at Thunderrrun, the 24 hour running event at Catton Park in Derbyshire.  Over that time, James has done all 5 events, Matt P – 4, while Baz, Vicki and Karen were on their 3rd event (Vicki 5th time attending as she has supported for 2).  This time we took an amazing 27 runners to the event, in 9 different teams, all with the wish of running as many laps of the 10km cross country, hilly circuit as possible in 24 hours.  Here’s Ian Robinson to tell you how it went … Continue reading

Handicap July 2018

Today’s handicap was a double/triple challenge. With temperatures peaking at a toasty 31’, 25 runners were faced with the first challenge of the scorching heat and little respite from the breeze. Runners were also challenged to navigating the brand new shiny handicap route. And some runners were additionally challenged as this handicap fell in the aftermath of the 24 hour endurance race, ThunderRun, and the DOMS, blisters and missing toenails that came with that.

To help with navigation, helpfully, Shaun had been out this morning to mark some chalk arrows guiding us around the correct route and not the numerous wrong routes that some of us had attempted earlier.

In preparation for the new route, Jon Sharkey had “jogged” the route both clockwise and anti-clockwise in order to establish those all important course Strava segments.

As this was the first run of this new 5km route, course records were established on this run. The times to beat now are:

  • Men’s: 17:00 set by Shaun Brown
  • Women’s: 23:34 set by Karen Connell

As this is a new course everyone’s result from today becomes their course PB so hearty congratulations to everyone! Thank you to Jena Leach, Martha James and Jon Sharkey for volunteering as timers today.

Here are the full results:

Just the ThunderRunners, feeling fresh from the weekend

OS Runners Sports Day 2018

Sports Day 2018

Friday 31st August 2018

16:30 – 19:30 with Picnic afterwards

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Southampton Sports Centre

Thornhill Road, Southampton, SO16 7AY

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Everyone is welcome to our 4th ‘Sports Day’ down at Southampton Sports Centre. OS Runners have booked the track from 4:30-7:30 on the evening of Friday 31st August.

It would be great to see lots of familiar and not so familiar faces down there, even better if you are not a regular runner as this event is not all about speed, or distance, but having a bit of a laugh.  There will be a mixture of ‘proper’ races such as 100m relay, 400m and mile plus fun races like egg and spoon, long jump, skipping race etc so please feel free to bring friends and relatives. We chose this date as we children will still be on summer holidays so hopefully they will come and enjoy the afternoon too.

After all that exercise, we will have worked up quite an appetite, so we are planning a picnic in the park – which OS Runners will put in £100. So hopefully a chance to catch the evening sun and award some prizes. We would love it if people can stay for the social too.

If you are interested, please follow the link to the sign-up sheets so we can get a rough idea of numbers to finalise the programme and catering too. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UhyfDJg0GPA5hCPz3PWj_fAEnL5z8qUtsDxFxPQb2jA/edit?usp=sharing

If people can also volunteer to help with timing on the day that would be fantastic.

Hope to see lots of you there! If you would like any further information please speak to Naomi Stanley, James Clarke or Egbe Manners.