Author Archives: Matt Pillinger

Club Championships 2021

After the inevitable postponement and ultimately cancellation of the OSR Club Championships for 2020, it was great to be back, after a 2 1/2 year hiatus.

As usual, the rules are pretty simple, turn up at any parkrun, run as fast as you can and see how you get on. Prizes for fastest man, fastest woman, WAVA man, WAVA woman and most improved from the last club championships.

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OSR has (at least) 8 Superstars

On Sunday 3rd October, 8 OS Runners ran 26.22 miles around London, all were taken part in the 40th London marathon (41 really, but 2020 was virtual unless you were an ‘elite’ – world class – athlete)

All have been training incredibly hard throughout the summer – running super long distances, eating healthily, drinking less (maybe?) so they have earned the right to brag a little about their achievements.

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If there’s no ice cream, then I’m not playing …

July 2021 Handicap results and write up

After repeated promises, but no delivery of ice cream by the Bournemouth crew, James Norris had had enough. He’s taken his ball running trainers and come to HQ to run the handicap, where he managed to get a fantastic photo

It remains to be seen if the Bournemouth crew try and entice him back, but if they are to be successful they might need to deliver something like this;

James and Naomi also maintained their 100% handicap attendance in 2021, with Jo and Neil both missing just 1 event each. Jo is also 1 of 5 people who have run all their 2021 handicaps at Explorer House, the others being Me – 5 events, David Ball – 2 events, Helen Newman & Mark Stileman – 1 event.

Onto the results for this month, congratulations Caroline and Egbe who both ran personal bests. Egbe is already thinking about a sub 30:00, while Caroline’s speed is a bi-product of training for the London Marathon on 3 October.

As you’ll see from the results, I aren’t able to run yet, ankle is getting better and I could run the handicap, but am taking a steady as she goes approach to rehabilitation – hoping to join in again in September.

August handicap will be organised by Jo, as I’m on leave, so she’ll be sending out invite, processing results and authoring the write up.