For the 5th year running, OSR Club Championships have taken place at parkrun (any parkrun) on a Saturday in May. Most people tend to run at Southampton, but in all we had 17 different events with an OS Runner in their results.
There are several prizes up for grabs – Fastest Male, Fastest Female, WAVA Male, WAVA Female and Most Improved, all of which are keenly fought over and tend to result in a bit more effort being expended than on a usual Saturday, even for those who are unlikely to be winning a trophy – as its a nice benchmark of your improvement (or not!) over the last 12 months. The Club Champs also mark the culmination of the Participation Award year.
The Combe Gibbet is one of those races that’s been around since we were all but a twinkle in our parents eyes. It’s a 16 mile cross country which starts from the hangman’s cross at Combe Gibbet on the North Wessex Downs and finishes in Overton. Most of the run is on mud, trail, unmade farm tracks, with around 2km on tarmac
Stubbington 10k is a well attended event for OS Runners with 23 OS Runners taking to the start line. It was a bit of a cold day, which is perfect ‘vest’ running conditions for some runners, while others were wearing base layers, long sleeve tops, gloves and all other available accoutrements.
Since starting my running journey on the 2015 desk-5k course, I’ve realised that I’m far more of an endurance beast than a sprinter, and this weekend’s crazy adventure has further fuelled my growing addiction to extreme challenges (there’s worse things to be addicted to, right?).