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Romsey 5 (January 2020)

Romsey 5 has become an annual event in the OSR calendar, it might be a bit early in the year for some of our members, but for others it presents an opportunity to have an early attempt at a PB; especially over the unusual distance of 5 miles.

Tony Mabey and Sam Martin share their experiences of the race below… Thanks to Tim Manners for the photos

Egbe looking way to relaxed and happy!

The “Runners” view from Tony Mabey

Some events just work and I think Romsey 5 is one of those. It is local, well organised and a nice route within the Broadlands estate. I crossed the starting line running with David Ball, Diane Borras and Julia Painter and quickly made a mental note to be more ambitious when queuing next year. Ian Painter was quite rightly up the front with the elite runners. No one was in the OS team colours, my own excuse is that the shirts are too short for my body shape… The route was pretty congested for the first mile but everyone was polite and the quicker runners were off in a flash. Before long the runners spread out and we had a chatty social underway. The weather was on our side, any rain on route had passed and the paths and tracks were dry. Everyone settled into a steady pace and the miles clicked away. We were lapped by the leaders and although I managed to get my left and right mixed up, the lead bike was polite enough to move me over. Lap two completed and off down the lane to the far turn. I had a bit of energy left so decided to up the tempo before crossing the line and grabbing whatever was free. Nice to see some support on the way round from the Mark and Sue Stileman and we managed to cheer in Egbe and spotted Den and Viv on route. Not a bad turn out for OS Runners. Medal in the bag…

Tony with his sprint finish

The “Plodders” view from Sam Martin

Peering out of the window on Sunday morning and first bit of the good news was that it wasn’t raining, the second was that this event in the grounds of Broadlands was one we could walk to. Walking down through the town people in running kit appeared, some running or jogging to stretch a little and some conserving their energy and just strolling to the start. By the race start time there were over a thousand runners which led to a congested start to the race, the track is quite narrow at this point. For those of us further down the field it did thin out quite quickly. The course of a number of laps on the paths and tracks of the Broadlands Estate was pretty level, the first 2 laps using the layout of the Romsey Relay Marathon course. Lap 3 headed south towards Lee before we looped around a Bentley Continental, makes a nice change from a traffic cone, and headed back towards Romsey and onto the finish. It was a good turnout from OS Runners, in addition to those that Tony has mentioned I spotted; Egbe Manners, Richard Woodling, Peter Baker, Sean OGrady, Shaun Murray-Brown (who finished in 5th) & my better half Jeannie Martin. A good event overall and another day of RED January ticked off.

Viv and Den in the Totton colours (we’ll let you off this time!)
Shaun on his way (to what we think) is a new 5 mile PB – Congrats Shaun

CSSC 10km 2018

The Golden day of Ordnance Survey runners

Guest article by Rob Finch

The Civil Service 10km Championships is a highlight of the year for many of us runners at the Ordnance Survey. The OS may have lost its official Civil Service status a couple of years as we became a Gov Co, but we are still eligible to compete against other governmental departments. These include runners from departments like the HMRC, MOD, DEFRA etc. To take part individuals must be members of the Civil Service Sports Council (see here for info:

There was excited chatter on the minibus as we departed from OSHQ. It felt like we were on a school trip out and there was expectation of the day ahead. We were off to the City, to run, to drink beer & eat burgers!

The course is a convoluted 2.5km loop around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (so 4 laps in total). It has a couple of tight turns and may be slightly long, so isn’t conducive to quick times or PBs. It was also a windy day, so all talk turned to the main goal of the day and that was team success. After a Bronze men’s team medal last year and a very close 4th place for the women’s team, we knew we could challenge for medals again. Karen fired up the girls in a team huddle before the start. The key message for everyone was to race person to person, if you could catch and overtake one more person then it could help the team.

The mass of OS runners formed at the start. Everyone took their place, eyed up the competition and whispered last minute motivational messages. How could we do? … We were off!  The leaders sped ahead, and everyone settled into their own rhythms and pace for the day. The first part of the lap is an out and back and this allowed everyone to cheer everyone on as we ran past each other. We could also follow the progress of the race and count back the positions. Shaun. Jon. James. Mark, Paul and Harry running together. Dean. Nicole leading. Karen. Rach. It was looking good!

There were some amazing individual performances, some great debuts competing at the Civil Service Champs, a few podium finishers (see below) and several PBs. Wednesday was a record turnout of 31 OS runners and our large group and the distinct club vests meant we stood out. The goal of the day was to run and race together as a team. This was clearly evident throughout the day, small OS groups running together (working together in the wind), loud shouts of support throughout the course and a large team huddle forming on the final bend to cheer everyone in. We gathered for the prize giving as a group, knowing we’d secured a few medals but with a few pleasant surprises! Notably unexpected, were the Vets individual and team medals (including a medal birthday present for club stalwart Matt P). We then retired to a local brewery for a celebratory drink and some food.

There were 4 men and 3 women to score for each team and it’s not a cliché to say that everyone helped the team’s performance. The strength and depth of our runners helped both teams to win. DWP had strong runners at the front and could have won, but we had more runners packing the top of the field.

Well done to everyone that ran!  A big thank you to Naomi for organising us all and arranging the transport and social after, not the easiest of tasks!

  • 2nd woman – Nicole Frith
  • 3rd Man – Shaun Brown
  • 1st M35 – Jon Sharkey
  • 1st F35 – Karen Connell
  • 1st M70 – Mick Anglim
  • 1st Men’s Team – Shaun Brown, Jon Sharkey, James Clarke, Harry Odell
  • 1st Women’s Team – Nicole Frith, Karen Connell, Rachael Evans
  • 1st Men’s 35-49 Team – Jon Sharkey, Paul Ashley, Matt Pillinger 

Full results here:

Hampshire Road Race League

As discussed at the AGM in January, we have now taken 2 entries (1 men, 1 women) in the Hampshire Road Race League for 2017-18.   HRRL is a 12 race series for EA clubs in Hampshire which takes place from September (starting with the Overton 5) to June (ending with Lordshill 10k) each year.  This is a great opportunity for you to compete as an individual and also for us as a club and measure ourselves against some of the best local runners  (we won’t be winning this one …)

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OS Runners at ThunderRun 2017

Thunder Run – well nearly!

For the past three year’s members of Ordnance Survey running club have entered a 24-hour relay race at Catton Park in the Midlands. The concept is basically, how many 10k laps can you manage starting at 12.00 mid-day Saturday and finishing 24 hours later. There are different categories including solo, pairs and teams of 3-5 and 6-8 going up and down dale, through woods all on grass or earth tracks.

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