Havant parkrun #347 – What a great start to 2019!!

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Ahhh Havant. Havant was my first introduction to parkrun, and so my first parkrun love. Back before we were spoilt for choice in the south, Havant was my home parkrun. But like many people, when all the new ones started up, I moved my 'home' to one closer to home. It made sense. Me and my husband have spent much of the past year visiting other parkruns, but were shocked to find we had not been to Havant since March. If you can remember, that was when the course was covered in snow, and the only one in the area that still went ahead! Probably due to the absolute troopers in the core team who were out super early to make sure it could!

Anyway, enough reminiscing, this parkrun was certainly a lot warmer, and greener than last time. Even around the lake it was not as sloppy as I remember, but that could be due to the absence of rain recently. It's certainly no QE country park, but you could definitely come away from Havant pretty mucky, especially if you were against puddle dodging, which we usually are.

Today's run was quite nice for me. Due to the fact I was still nursing a slight niggle I picked up on 29th December, I decided to take it at a sensible pace. Considering that I am usually head down and giving it all I have, I usually miss some of the lovely things around me. Staunton Country park is beautiful and a lovely place to run, jog and walk around. The views from the top of the slope, around the lake and all the carvings, are just lovely to look at. Plus, all the four legged friends who are just happy to be there.

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After the first timers briefing, there was the usual run brief from Dave. I do not know how Dave manages it, but at many parkruns, sadly, I struggle to hear the brief as many people continue to talk throughout it. But as soon as Dave stands on 'the bench', a hush falls over Staunton, with the occasional excited bark. After the brief we headed to the start, and then we were off.

The first lap always seems to take a lot longer than the second. Possibly because of the first small loop, but passing the finish for the first time, we headed off towards 'the black slope'. For many who didn't run on New Years day, this was the first run of 2019. I do not recall seeing one unhappy face. There were many smiling cheering people, people catching up with friends after the Christmas break, people making new friends, people cheering on strangers as they past or were past by them, children reluctantly making their way around and many volunteers, without whom, none of this would be possible. I always make sure I have enough breath to smile and thank every volunteer, even when I come to the top of the long upward flat section!

Past the finish line for the last time and off for the last lap we went. As previously mentioned, the second lap never seems like it takes as long and before I know it I was heading back across the crossroads for the last time and in to the last kilometre. Unfortunately, my body took over from my brain and we had an ill advised sprint around the small loop to finish.

After collecting my finish token, having it scanned and then handing it back, I jogged back around to find my friend and cheer her on. She did fantastically and was even being used as a pacer, not that she knew it! We watched and cheered the tail walkers in and then unfortunately had to head straight off. After bidding the event team farewell, we promised it be not so long before we headed back to visit our first love, hopefully not covered in snow again!

As always, thank you to the amazing hi-viz heroes. Without volunteers, parkrun would not happen.

What a great start to 2019!!

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Report by: Louise LOVESEY

 
Congratulations to juniors Ellie CASSFORD and Finlay CARROLL on joining the 10 Club today, and to Helen O'BRIEN on joining the 100 Club.


 
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Photos of parkrun #347 can be found here, many thanks to photographer Martyn GARVEY.

This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Dave WILLIAMS • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Peter Maxwell HARDING • Jason HORTON • Roland BARNARD • Nicki TURNER • Louise LOVESEY • Terry MEREDITH • Tash HORTON • Paula CLAPP • Tracy PYMONT • Harry BARNARD • Peter BROWN • Melanie BROWN • Billy O'BRIEN • Martin DRYSDALE • Russell WILLS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Havant parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 15:56 on 11th August 2012 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 18:36 on 9th August 2014 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane HARROP who recorded 90.81% (20:29) on 11th August 2018 (event number 325).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 8,178 participants have completed 69,678 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,390 km, including 11,451 new Personal Bests. A total of 801 individuals have volunteered 6,673 times.

 

Post-run meet up for coffee, chat and cake:

Please do join us in The Cabin for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience, and don't forget that you can exchange the voucher half of your car park ticket for a hot drink after your run.

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Havant parkrun #344 – [Simon: Guest Editor for the Week!]

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I thought I'd stick my head above the parapet for Event 344, otherwise known as my 100th !, and write my first parkrun run report.

About time you might say .... much like achieving my 100th after five years of parkrunning. I generally don't like to rush things !

After confirming that I could pretty much have a free rein on the content of this report, I thought I'd open up about what parkrun has done for me ..... if nothing else it might be good bedtime reading. Hopefully it won't give you nightmares.

My parkrun experience started in Havant back at event number 66 in September 2013. I'd applied for a place in the London Marathon for 2014 and thought it might be prudent to do a bit of running in preparation. As it turned out I got a place and unbeknown to me at the time parkrun had just set me on a running journey I could never have anticipated.

Whilst PB's are becoming increasingly rare as my inclination for speed declines, new events, new journeys, and new and rekindled friendships alike have transformed how I live.

parkrun has seen me through some of the most desperate times of my life, to some of the happiest.

It's seen me volunteer at least once during every year I've been a parkrunner and encouraged me to become a more active volunteer elsewhere.

It's seen me parkrun overseas in such exotic locations as the US, South Africa and The Isle Of Wight ..... it turns out I'm faster in Europe !

It's seen me improve with age, ..... well my running at least !

It's helped me train for marathons, many other stupid distances and one particularly crazy multi-stage race across a pretty hot pile of sand in Africa.

When I turned up at Staunton Country Park just over five years ago I could never have imagined how my life would be now. parkrun, you have sooooo much to answer for, and so much that I'm thankful for too. If you're reading this I'm guessing you're a parkrunner too so you've already done something amazing for yourself. If my journey has taught me one thing it's taught me that you just never know what's around the corner (except for down by the lake .... down by the lake it's always mud !), so if you're going through stuff and things are tough, just keep on keeping on ..... things will hopefully get brighter, you could even end up with a few parkrun t-shirts in your wardrobe.

Oh, and people ran with multiple Santa's, reindeers and elves. 'twas muddy, woody, stony, and a tad slippery ...... Congratulations to all of the tourists, first-timers, fellow milestone runners and as always a big up to the awesome volunteers !

Please stop by for my next run report in 150 parkruns time !

Happy Christmas all x

 

Report by: Steve HOLDER

 
Congratulations to Allison EGGELTON, Andrew MEREDITH, Hannah Jennifer CARR and Jennifer Elizabeth CARR on joining the 50 Club today, and to Clare EGLIN and Steve HOLDER on joining the 100 Club.

[Apologies to Hannah and Jennifer for not having pictures of your 50th t-shirts ready. We weren't expecting you to be running on Saturday and our Photo Editor is off risking life and limb skiing down a big mountain somewhere in Europe! SimonW, Guest Editor]


 
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This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Matthew WRIGHT • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Gill WRIGHT • Peter Maxwell HARDING • Lisa EMSON • Alexander COLE • Jason HORTON • Paul MILLINGTON • Roland BARNARD • Steve HOLDER • Lydia DOHERTY • Tina DOHERTY • Eddie BURR • Noah BURR • Tash HORTON • Peter BEACHILL • Harry BARNARD • Barry PYMONT • Ian GREGORY • Amy GAUNT • Francesca PARRIS • Louise SAUNDERS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Havant parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 15:56 on 11th August 2012 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 18:36 on 9th August 2014 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane HARROP who recorded 90.81% (20:29) on 11th August 2018 (event number 325).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 8,086 participants have completed 68,852 parkruns covering a total distance of 344,260 km, including 11,389 new Personal Bests. A total of 797 individuals have volunteered 6,622 times.

 

Post-run meet up for coffee, chat and cake:

Please do join us in The Cabin for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience, and don't forget that you can exchange the voucher half of your car park ticket for a hot drink after your run.

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Please check out our facebook page (fb.com/havantparkrun) or follow us on twitter (@Havantparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

 

Festive parkruns

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With Christmas rapidly approaching again it's time once again to confirm our arrangements over the festive period:

  • On Saturday 22nd Dec we're holding our Santa parkrun, please come and join in the fun and bring your Santa suit or other festive fancy dress (even if it's only a piece of tinsel).
  • On Christmas Day we don't have a parkrun at Havant, but there are other parkruns taking place in the area including Queen Elizabeth, Southsea, Fareham, Lee-on-the-Solent, Hogmoor Inclosure, Whiteley and Chichester. See this web page for an up to date list of these and other parkruns taking place on Christmas Day.
  • On Saturday 29th December we'll be holding our last parkrun of 2018 at the usual time, 9.00am. Why not take the opportunity to wear your Xmas jumper one more time before it's put away for next year.
  • On New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January) we'll help you kick off the New Year in the best possible way by running in the park with friends. We're holding a New Year's Day parkrun which will be just like any other parkrun, starting at 9.00am. The car park will be open at the usual time. And for those still feeling energetic, there's a chance to do a double by running the Queen Elizabeth New Year's Day parkrun which starts at 10.30am. Both parkruns will count towards your next milestone t-shirt. Last time 152 people ran both parkruns on New Year's Day, so if you do want to run the double then you'll have plenty of company! (Other doubles can be done on New Year's Day, please see the Christmas and New Year Compendium to work out which ones are possible).

If you have any questions about these events, please ask the team on Saturday, or post them on our facebook page - facebook.com/havantparkrun

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Havant parkrun #341 – relentless wind, rain and puddles

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That was the soggiest I've known Havant parkrun in quite some time, yet this is what happens when Bridget MAIN ends up being RD (clearly an acronym for Rain Dancer). Apparently, it's happened two weeks on the trot now. A poll has since been set up to demand her name be changed to Bridget RAIN. Luckily it's someone else's turn next week, so please expect nothing other than a heatwave!

Havant's event number 341; the first of the advent month, could only mean two things... the first was the fact fellow Portsmouth Jogger, Jonny LANGLEY, would be celebrating his 100th parkrun, the second being an even larger milestone for another running mate, Steve BARKER, who was about the celebrate his 250th parkrun — it was fantastic to be invited by both and be part of the double celebrations today.

Shout outs also go to Sophie BRITT and Caroline JORDAN who were both celebrating their 50th parkruns, a huge well done to both of you.

This was my 53rd run here and, up until today, I'd never put myself down as Run Report Writer, which is crazy, considering it's easily one of my favourite roles to fill as a parkrun volunteer. With so many friendly faces taking part today, it was great to have the opportunity to write about it.

Despite the relentless wind, rain and puddles that had coerced their authority over much of the parkrun course, 154 parkrunners weren't deterred by being in the epicentre of a monsoon. More impressive still, 15 or more hi-vis heroes stood out in these conditions, just so we could enjoy ourselves, so a huge thank you to each and every one of them for giving us the opportunity to run.

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'Moist' volunteers still smiling - photo by Vernon Nash

Earlier in the week, I'd booked in some pacing with fellow Victory Athletic Club runner, Hannah LOWRY, since I had an idea she could bag me my fifth consecutive parkrun PB and knew that a sub-24 for her would be like me pacing someone to a sub-26 there. We lined up just a few rows back from the start - more about that later.

A quick 3, 2, 1 and 154 pairs of feet, along with several paws, started to splash their way around the first small loop of the course before descending down the steep slope, making our way around to the edge of The Lake and then hitting more puddles, these being the muddier breed of the ones at the top of the course. There were the usual marshals at the usual points on the course, all spurring the parkrunners on; both Hannah and I thanking them as we ran past.

For those of you who may not know, Staunton Country Park, home of Havant parkrun, has two walking routes which encompass the park, the first, Staunton Way, is a 20-mile walk which starts near Petersfield at its northern tip, dropping down to Staunton Country Park. The other is Shipwright's Way, a 50-mile long distance route which links many villages and towns in east Hampshire. The intriguing name reflects the use of oak grown at Alice Holt Forest [where the route starts] for Tudor shipbuilding. The route finishes at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, passing through Bordon, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Staunton Country Park, Havant, Hayling Island and then a ferry crossing to Eastney before continuing to the end of the route.

Staunton Country Park, home to approximately 1000 acres, is a listed Regency landscaped parkland and forest. Within it, there is an ornamental farm, ornamental lake, follies, a maze, a walled garden and glasshouses. William Garrett, who purchased the land in 1802, began the first gardens. After the sale of the park was reversed due to a non disclosure of dry rot, Regency politician and botanist, Sir George Thomas Staunton, purchased the park in 1820 as part of his country estate, Leigh Park. In between his death in 1859, the estate and gardens were inherited and sold a further two times, until the estate and gardens were purchased by the City of Portsmouth in June 1944, where the gardens were then transferred to the parks committee in 1950. In 1987, they were established as a Country Park and the only remaining part of Garrett's house is the Gothic Library.

Back to the parkrun itself, I can't help but include a mini history lesson... first finisher Rich MCALEER managed a new PB of 19:05 today; superb, given the conditions. All in all, ten runners managed PBs today, one of which was 100-celebrating Jonny LANGLEY in 20:09, so a huge well done to him and every other PBer. There were 16 first timers to Havant, one of which, Anthony GIBBS, ran his first ever parkrun in a very impressive time of 22:29... welcome to the family, bring a kayak next time if Bridget is Run Director! ;-)

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Jonny LANGLEY ran a PB with Molly the dog - photo by Vernon Nash

Representatives from 22 different running clubs took part in the field of 154 participants.

Notable times today were: First female, Fay CRIPPS, in 21:22, Alabama PIRIE in 23:23, Tony HOSKINSON in 26:26, Peter ROW in 27:27, Ainsley ROOD, just a second later, in 27:28, Mark COOTER in 28:29, Nicola JONES in 33:22, Kerrie ROCKETT in 33:33 (I particularly like that finish time) and finally both Jane and Keith ROBERTSON on 34:00 dead.

Finally, I want to thank Hannah LOWRY for pushing me to a 15-second PB, my fifth consecutive one at that, and my first sub-24 at Havant since I first started parkrunning on June 27th 2015... from 39:19 to 23:46; it was a good enough reason to join in with the celebrations by delving into the plethora of milestone cakes, obviously accompanied with a hot drink bought from The Cabin near the car park.

 

Report by: Ian GREGORY

 
Congratulations to Caroline JORDAN and Sophie BRITT on joining the 50 Club today, to Jonny LANGLEY on joining the 100 Club, and to Steve BARKER on joining the 250 Club.


 
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David BRAWN's article in The News about Havant parkrun #341 can be viewed online at https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/athletics/jonny-langley-crowns-century-in-style-at-havant-parkrun-1-8729800.

This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

John JAAP • Patricia ROGERS • Bridget MAIN • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Gary MCCAWLEY • Jason HORTON • Steve CARTER • Debbie WILSON • Sally CARTER • Raman SANGHA • Terry MEREDITH • Tash HORTON • Joanna GUY • Ben STRUTT • Harry BARNARD • Ian GREGORY • Michele WEBB • Paul SMART • Claire JOYCE • Anthony QUINN • Francesca PARRIS • Gina FARMER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Havant parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 15:56 on 11th August 2012 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 18:36 on 9th August 2014 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane HARROP who recorded 90.81% (20:29) on 11th August 2018 (event number 325).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 8,069 participants have completed 68,262 parkruns covering a total distance of 341,310 km, including 11,350 new Personal Bests. A total of 793 individuals have volunteered 6,558 times.

 

Post-run meet up for coffee, chat and cake:

Please do join us in The Cabin for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience, and don't forget that you can exchange the voucher half of your car park ticket for a hot drink after your run.

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facebook/twitter:

Please check out our facebook page (fb.com/havantparkrun) or follow us on twitter (@Havantparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

 

Havant parkrun #339 – All Dave’s Fault

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Searching for inspiration for this week’s run report, I asked John COLE, our first Havant runner to complete 250 parkruns, to describe Havant parkrun in three words.

In typical John fashion he replied “all Dave's fault”.

Well I can’t really argue with that, for without our parkrun Ambassador Dave WILLIAMS bringing this ever growing phenomenon to Staunton Country Park a little over 6 years ago, 295 of us would not have stood on the start line last weekend.

I also asked our hard working Run Directors the same question. “Healthy, friendly, inclusive, social, challenging and fun” were the most popular responses. Words I think most people would agree with and reflects the fact that parkrun has become much more than just ‘a run in a park’.

As a Rehab Instructor working in the NHS, exercise and its close association with positive mental health and sense of wellbeing has always been a personal interest of mine. So I was particularly pleased to read the Nov 15th email edition of parkrun news – Every Barcode Represents a Life.

Chrissie WELLINGTON – Global Head of Health and Wellbeing - discusses the charity’s mission to deliver positive health outcomes and the role parkrun plays in promoting health, wellbeing and reducing health inequalities.

Bold statements one might think, but it reminded me of a course I attended a few months ago where I was introduced to the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ framework, developed by New Economics Foundation in 2008 and adapted for use by NHS Health Education England. By adopting these five actions, it has been proven that people can improve their mental health and wellbeing. So how does parkrun fit into all this?

Well the first of these actions is to Connect. Connect with people around you, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Be social and meet new people. Well for me parkrun ticks that box. On Saturday I had the pleasure to meet Mike my fellow tail walker. Together we swapped stories of injuries, illness, work and races. In addition, there were a total of 50 new faces mingling with the Havant regulars this week. Twenty four participants took their first ever tentative parkrun footsteps and a further 26 tourists joined us from other locations. One of those tourists was Maria from Baffins Fit Club. Maria and I have been work colleagues for over 21 years and yet it was only recently I discovered that her father, Fred SHIRES was a former park keeper at Staunton Country Park in the 1970s. She decided to run at Havant because she wanted to relive the happy memories she’d spent accompanying her father on his patrols of the then named 'Leigh Park Gardens'.

The second action is to Be Active. Speaks for itself really. Research tells us that any physical activity especially one that takes place outdoors can lower stress levels and blood pressure in a matter of minutes. Just add trees, grass and open water to the scenery (commonly known as the ‘green gym’) and the benefits are enhanced. A big tick for Havant parkrun!

The third action is to Take Notice. Be curious and aware of your surroundings, awaken your senses and savour the moment. Being a tail walker today enabled me to appreciate things I don’t normally get to notice as a runner as I tend to focus on the uneven terrain and curse the inclines of the course. Saturday whilst walking, I was able to appreciate the warmth of the sun on my face and the chill of the air as I breathed in. I heard the birds singing and glimpsed the fleeting movement of a deer amongst the trees. And let’s not forget the wonderful Autumn colours of the trees with the leaves falling like confetti. (Oooh! another box ticked!)

The fourth action is to Keep Learning. To try something new, sign up for a course, learn a new skill, increase your confidence by setting yourself a challenge. Well that’s exactly what the Liphook Couch to 5k graduates did today on completing their course and what about the 27 who achieved new PBs. Well done everyone. (Quick, tick that box!)

And lastly the final action to achieving that feeling of wellbeing is to Give. To do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone or smile, join a community group or volunteer your time. As we all know parkrun cannot operate without the help of the volunteers and I have often felt that I get more satisfaction out of marshalling, barcode scanning, funnel managing or report writing than I do running these days.

In fact being a volunteer enables you to tick ALL the boxes – Connecting with others, Being active, Taking notice, Learning new skills and Giving back to the parkrun community. So if you were one of the 24 volunteers this week and you feel your wellbeing has been enhanced, remember... it’s all Dave’s fault!

 

Report by: Anita CRAWLEY

 
Congratulations to Simon HAGAN on joining the 250 Club today.


 
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This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Ian JONES • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Gary MCCAWLEY • Paul MITCHINSON • Anita CRAWLEY • Peter Maxwell HARDING • Jane WEST • Jason HORTON • Christine RIDDINGTON • Steve CARTER • Sally CARTER • Michael BRUCE • Tash HORTON • Ben STRUTT • Zoe GILL • George GILL • Isaac GILL • Oscar RIDDINGTON • Michael CROUCHER • Edward CROUCHER • Francesca PARRIS • Mark THORPE • Gina FARMER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Havant parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James BAKER who recorded a time of 15:56 on 11th August 2012 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 18:36 on 9th August 2014 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane HARROP who recorded 90.81% (20:29) on 11th August 2018 (event number 325).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 8,042 participants have completed 67,909 parkruns covering a total distance of 339,545 km, including 11,329 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 6,515 times.

 

Post-run meet up for coffee, chat and cake:

Please do join us in the Cabin for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience, and don't forget that you can exchange the voucher half of your car park ticket for a hot drink after your run.

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facebook/twitter:

Please check out our facebook page (fb.com/havantparkrun) or follow us on twitter (@Havantparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

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