With the third time running the new handicap route, we are well into a new season. More runners are trying the new route, more PBs are being set as well as more course records. Weather, whilst absolutely freezing first thing in the morning, is a perfectly comfortable 15 degrees around lunch time.
This month we had 20 participants and the average time was a commendable 23:41. 8 personal bests were set, and a new course records was set for the girls, again by Karen Connell with an incredible 21:16!! Paul Ashley also set out to beat Jon Sharkey’s course record of 16:55, but unfortunately missed out by 24 seconds. Nonetheless, it was a personal best for him as well! Who is going to try and smash it next month?
August marked the second month that OS Runners ran the new 5km handicap run. Without Shaun’s chalk marks to guide the way and many still getting used to the route, minds were tested as well as legs. That said temperatures had dropped by some 11′ since last month, which I believe bode well for everyone and we had a whooping 11 PBs!
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
28 June 2018 – Runners of the June Handicap accidentally colour coding in blue?
The June handicap took place on the second hottest day of 2018 so far…Temperatures soared to a high of 27°C, and I personally managed to get a sunburn in the 45 minutes I spent outside timing all the brave runners, oops.
A total of 13 runners took place, which I think we can all agree had entirely to do with the heat and not a falling popularity in the event :P. It was Michael Dun’s first ever handicap. Way to go! And although there were no overall PB’s, Paul Ashley, James Norris and Tim Manners managed a PB for 2018! A commendable effort in this heat!
Karen, Kat, and Keith also get a special mention for continuing their attendance streak, and not missing a single handicap in 2018. Halfway there, keep it up!
Finally, a special thanks to Peat Allan and James Blythe who helped me time, and Diane Lillie who took all the lovely pictures.
Now for the results…
and the pictures…
Its great if your name starts with H or R
23 runners took part in the May handicap, with 4 PB’s for Harry, Helen, Rachael and Ram – hence the title of the post. Ram also provided his thoughts on the handicap and OSR in general which are below. Continue reading
April saw another bumper turnout, with 24 runners taking the start line, in an April shower! Included in the starting list for the first time were Chloe Riggs and Ram Sayana – hope to see you back next month. Continue reading