January 2018 handicap, by Matt Pillinger
Lots of your OS colleagues ran every day during January to raise for money for Solent Mind. The handicap being on 31st January gave them all a chance to complete their final run as one big group, although lots of them had run together, and with other members of OSR, throughout the month. They started the month with a £500 fundraising target and ended up over quintupling that, with the current total being £2,621.
Decembers’ handicap was a ‘no devices/run naked’ event, with runners asked to guess their time before the event and then a prize for the closest guess.
November saw 21 runners out on the handicap course, with the title of first finisher being taken by Ellie, storming down the path to a 2:48 PB! We had an average run time of 29:03, so on the subject of averages; Continue reading
As we all know, course familiarity makes a lot of difference on the handicap, so for Lucie and Harry to run 27:00 and 22:41 respectively on their first appearances suggests that they might both be threatening the very top of the leaderboard in the not too distant future. From a personal perspective, seeing Harry stride past me after less than 400 yards was slightly sobering too.
I didn’t notice at the time, but in September’s handicap we had 14 women, making up 50% of the total attendees, the first time this has happened. In an organisation for which the gender split is 72/28 (as per last annual report), the inclusivity and welcoming nature of OSR is definitely something to be proud of and for us all to strive to maintain. Continue reading
It’s finally happened, after 23 consecutive handicaps, Baz did not attend in August 2017. This means the baton for current consecutive attendances passes to Tim Manners, who has not missed an event since September 2016. Continue reading