Category Archives: Event

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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The OS Runners 30 minute challenge

Another sunny day, another day for a sunny run.

Like many great ideas, it started with a discussion in a pub. Some good running chat, a couple of drinks and the hypothetical question, how far can you run in a lunch break? This was then modified down to how far can you run in half an hour to form the OS Runners 30min challenge. The inaugural trial was proposed and 14 keen runners agreed to take part. The course was a simple out and back along Lee Lane. The goal to get as far away from OSHQ as possible and make it back in time! Continue reading

Great South Run 2017

“Alarm set. Forecast checked and route map studied. Bags packed and trainers ready. Cakes baked and supplies packed. A plan devised. It’s race day!

But not as we know it! On Sunday, a group of the finest OS Runners were out defying the after effects of Storm Brian by taking part in Europe’s largest 10 mile road race, the Great South Run. A few of us decided that the best way to spend our Sunday was to get out and support our running friends as they ran and raced around windy Portsmouth! And what fun we had! Continue reading

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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Desk-2-marathon in 2 and a half years – New Forest marathon 2017 from Karen Connell’s perspective

Many months ago, Matt Pillinger, Matt Maiden and I arranged to run the New Forest Marathon together. As a trail marathon we wanted to enjoy it rather than push for a spectacular time on what shouldn’t be a PB course. As I was a marathon newbie the two Matts agreed to help me get through it.

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