The January 2019 handicap saw an attendance record. Despite the cold wind, 39 runners took part. This beating the previous record of 38 from January 2018. Numbers were of course buoyed by 25 RED Runners, all resplendent in their t-shirts (which must by now surely need a wash!) There were lots more RED’ers who were out doing a shorter run or walk and joined us at the finish line. Here’s hoping they have all seen an improvement in their mental and physical health during the month and continue this throughout the year.
We are almost at the finish line, with a week to go till Christmas Eve, and the last official work day before Christmas shut down (if you haven’t gotten away early), the OS Runners braved one last handicap in 2018.
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