Category Archives: Handicap run

August 2018 Handicap

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!

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Handicap July 2018

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

June 2018 Handicap

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.

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Records are made to be broken

The men’s course record was set in March 2013 by Paul Ashley, at 19:20.  The longevity of this record illustrates how fast Paul was and the quality of that time.  It has looked under threat of late though and after 5 years and 1 month, the record has gone, Shaun Brown running a magnificent 19:00 (at a pace of 5:16 per mile). Continue reading