Havant parkrun #316 – Carry on NHS and parkrun…

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Welcome to Havant parkrun #316. Along with parkrun UK today's event at Havant is celebrating 70 years of the NHS. We have all used the services of the NHS so today was a chance to say thank you to all the people who work within the service.

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The park was bathed in early morning sunshine as today's event director Simon WILLIAMS got today’s event started with the first timers brief given by Anita CRAWLEY. Following the brief, we all gathered under the tree as Simon welcomed everyone to parkrun.

First timers were applauded, as well as parkrun tourists from Norfolk, Wimbledon and South Africa, we hope you all enjoyed the parkrun experience at Havant and look forward to seeing you soon.

Congratulations and applause went to Lauren FOGDEN, Dan PALMER, Jamie STEVENS and Catherine LE ROUX who all completed their 50th parkrun this morning. Well done, we all hope to see you proudly wearing your milestone t-shirts soon.

Following Simon’s introduction around 270 parkrunners all gathered along the Green waiting for the off, we were soon all away for our clockwise jaunt around the park. The route was mainly dry apart from Robin's Corner where the puddles were putting on a brave battle against the warm sunshine

Congratulations to James BAKER who was the lead man to complete the run and to Jane HARROP who was the lead lady. I know some of you like a a bit of number symmetry, so a big well done to 70th placed parkrunner Sam GREEN who achieved a personal best of 25.49 at his fifth parkrun at Havant.

Don’t forget next week is our 6th anniversary event and we will be celebrating by holding a fancy dress event with the theme 'Now We Are Six' which is based around A.A Milne’s book of poems, so there is plenty of scope for ideas for those who want to dress up.

 

Report by: Gary MCCAWLEY gary

Photos of parkrun #316 can be viewed here, many thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to junior Rhiannon THOMSON on joining the 10 Club today, and to Catherine LE ROUX, Dan PALMER, Jamie STEVENS and Lauren FOGDEN on joining the 50 Club.


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This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Hilary WALKER • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Gary MCCAWLEY • Anita CRAWLEY • Simon WILLIAMS • Simon HAZELL • Jo GILHOLM • Lesley ALLEN • Lisa EMSON • Kerrie ROCKETT • Roland BARNARD • Hilary SCHWAGER • Julia REVILL • Nicola FOWLIE • Gary EDMONDS • Paula CLAPP • Ben STRUTT • Libby PYMONT • Harry BARNARD • 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 90.69% (20:14) on 12th May 2018 (event number 312).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 7,426 participants have completed 62,099 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,495 km, including 10,561 new Personal Bests.

 

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.

 

Havant parkrun #315 – Sunny June

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Welcome to sunny June parkrunners! And also, my first run report, so please bear with me! To begin, I just want to briefly intro you on who I am. I'm Becky, I'm 27 and I'm a parkrun addict :-)

Last summer I registered thanks to my friend and newfound running buddy, Emma, in the midst of her Great South Run training, and I haven't looked back since. parkrun can turn around a bad week, kick-off a good weekend, allow for some extra weekend calorie consumption ;-) and help build friendships. Just taking part week after week has effortlessly built up a wonderful group of parkrun friends; some of whom I hadn't spent time with in years and some of whom it's just a joy to see more of and be proud of as we tour the local parkruns and all strive to scrape seconds off our PBs! A shout out and thank you to Emma & Neil, Jane & Keith, Sue, Dan, Kim and Sarah. This gang are the reason I get up and run.

So back to Saturday, how beautiful was the weather?! It's increasingly hot at 9am now, so well done to all involved and remember to stay hydrated! A wonderful briefing by Lisa, an encouraging start from the cheering volunteers and off we went! Of course, it's not a Havant parkrun if you're not avoiding/sliding through/falling into puddles but the clear skies really did make the course that bit more stunning, particularly the picturesque downhill, the lake and the uphill that always loosely reminds me of The Rockies (if you squint and use your imagination!)

What I find most refreshing about parkrun is the range of abilities, that everyone sets their own challenge from the first finishers to the first timers. Huge congratulations and respect to the top 3 gentlemen, Lewis BANNER, Colin TRIGG and Thomas HOSKINSON, and the top 3 ladies, Kate WHORTON, Hannah LOWRY and Jo GILHOLM. It never ceases to blow my mind when I'm lapped, and I love catching the dramatic, close sprint finishes as I brace myself for the second lap!

Keeping us going and helping us finish, the volunteers this week gave their all, as usual. Thank you to:

Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Simon HAZELL • Lisa EMSON • Alexander COLE • Mark CARPENTER • Roland BARNARD • Karen COLE • Louie MURDY • Nicola FOWLIE • Paula CLAPP • Peter BEACHILL • Ben STRUTT • Libby PYMONT • Harry BARNARD • Jacqueline JONES • Peter BROWN • Becky GARNETT • Michelle JONES

I'm so proud to call Havant my home parkrun. No matter where I travel, I always feel happiest coming back to the gorgeous Staunton Country Park.

 

Report by: Becky GARNETT BeckyG

 
Photos of parkrun #315 can be viewed here, many thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to junior Thomas WHORTON on joining the 10 Club today, and to Stephen BUTLIN on joining the 50 Club.
 


 
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This week 253 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers.

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 90.69% (20:14) on 12th May 2018 (event number 312).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 7,398 participants have completed 61,827 parkruns covering a total distance of 309,135 km, including 10,524 new Personal Bests.

 

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 #314 – Cloudy with a chance of runners

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Cloudy with a chance of runners

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever two or three hundred Britons are gathered for a nice run in the park that they shall grumble about the weather. And lo, it came to pass on a glorious late Spring day in the temperate clime of Hampshire that the multitude did complain mightily that it was too hot for the running of five thousand metres. And yet of late the fog, rain and mud were the source of much wrath. Attempts to becalm the runners with cries of "You've never had it so good!" and "It's perfect for running, just keep hydrated!" were to no avail.

Yes, Havant parkrun 314 took place on a fabulous, dry, warm, partly cloudy day and 274 people and a few dogs and children in buggies completed the course. [Dangling modifier alert - the children were in the buggies, not the dogs. They were on leads. The dogs, not the buggies. Gosh, English is hard...] And it was quite warm, which became the only talking point of the morning. Still, the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts next week... that should give us all something more dramatic to talk about. Early Atlantic storm forecasts suggest that it will be a relatively quiet season. So, hurricanes in the Atlantic and a weather forecast saying there's nothing to worry about... What could possibly go wrong?
 

We counted them all out and we counted them all back in

You put your right hand out;
I put the token in;
You take it to the scanner;
And you turn around...

Today was my first attempt at handing out finish tokens. I think I got away with it. Robin and I counted out 274 tokens and Lisa and friends counted them all back in again at the end. Yay! I have to say that it felt ever so slightly easier than running 5km in the sunshine. And so 274 slightly sweaty, clammy hands got their tokens in the right order and by the magic of parkrun and the wizardry of the internet they should all have received their times. Especially some chap called ‘unknown’ who managed to get a dozen results all to himself this week; that’s just greedy.

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It can’t go unmentioned that parkrun 314 is roughly equal to 100π. But that’s not all; π has a friend: e. And it is remarkable that today we had (very nearly - I’m claiming artistic license here) 100e finishers. It’s easy to work out the value of e with a spreadsheet, or a calculator and 100e comes to about 272 [so close! - well if I discount ‘Mr Unknown’ a couple of times then it works - what the hell...]. But spare a thought for Jacob Bernoulli in 1683 who had to work it out by hand: pick a number; divide it into one; add one to the result and raise that to the power of the number you first thought of. Then pick a larger number and repeat for infinity... keep going to 200,000 and you’ll be right to five decimal places.

So you could say that this parkrun was a particularly auspicious mathematical event. Or that the universe wants us to Eat more Pies. I prefer the Pies option myself.

Speaking of numbers, our number one this week was Simon GILL with a time of 17:31, an impressive 28 seconds clear of visitor Paddy HAYNES in 17:59 who was over a minute ahead of another visitor, third-placed Paul KEATING at 19:00. Jackie LLOYD was our first female finisher in 14th position with a time of 21:14. All very impressive, but I have to wonder if James BAKER’s course record of 15:56 at the 8th Havant parkrun way back in 2012 will ever be beaten? Did he have a rocket pack on his back or something?

Amongst the 274 finishers were 28 newcomers to Havant; I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Of those 13 were running their very first parkrun here with us in Havant. Well done, and please come back next week! Five of those people running their very first parkrun today are in the under-10 category, which is seriously impressive by itself but Evie BRAMALL set her initial PB at 25:16 (faster than mine, sob, wail) finishing as the 16th female in 25:16 which is amazing.

Thanks to all our volunteers this week: Maisie ACTON, Amber ANKINSON, Harry BARNARD, Roland BARNARD, Paula CLAPP, Jeremy DRUMMOND, Nicola FOWLIE, Robin HALL, Jason HORTON, Gissele Martine LEISHMAN, Maria LEONARD, Bridget MAIN, Paul MILLINGTON, Jackie MURRAY, Francesca PARRIS, Libby PYMONT, Paul SMART, Ben STRUTT, Hilary WALKER, Phil WESTERN, Dave WILLIAMS. Without you parkrun simply wouldn’t happen.

The weather forecast for next Saturday (and we all know how reliable they are) is for cloud and sunny intervals, 19C at 9am. Perfect for running; I’ll see you there.

 

Report by: Paul MILLINGTON paulM

 
Photos of parkrun #314 can be viewed here, many thanks to Maisie ACTON.

Congratulations to Alan WILES, Daniel HOSKINSON and Wendy LOW on joining the 100 Club today, and to David MCCLEAN on joining the 250 Club.
 


 
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This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers.

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 90.69% (20:14) on 12th May 2018 (event number 312).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 7,375 participants have completed 61,574 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,870 km, including 10,482 new Personal Bests.

 

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 #313 – the stats-fest!

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Welcome to the run report for Havant parkrun #313, if you like statistics, you may find it interesting, if you do not, read on anyway, you might have your feelings confirmed or even changed a little!

313 as you all know is both a prime number and a palindromic number, it is the 65th prime numbered parkrun at Havant, (a prime number has only 2 factors, itself and 1), the last parkrun to be a prime numbered one was only a fortnight ago, run number 311.

313 is the 41st palindromic number but this is only the 40th parkrun to be a palindromic numbered one, as run number 0 never happened! (A palindromic number is a number that reads the same forwards and backwards if the digits are reversed). The last palindromic run number was 303.

Today in the glorious early morning sunshine in the very scenic surrounds of the country park there were 259 runners, of which 128 were male (49.4%), 123 were female (47.5%) and the missing 3.1% were “Unknowns”! (Please remember your athlete barcode in future; it mucks up the stats if you do not bring it). We had guests from Portsmouth, Fareham, Liss, Bracknell, Rochester, Letchworth and Stockton-On-Tees. You brought great weather and I hope you enjoyed the parkrun and will be back soon.

There were 26 female first timers (21.1%) and 16 male first timers (12.5%).

Of these 42 first timers to Havant parkrun, 25 of them were making their parkrun debut anywhere! Of these a special mention to Jo HOPE who finished first among the female parkrunning debutants in 153rd position and to Matt LEE who finished first among the male parkrunning debutants in 24th place. We look forward to all 25 of the parkrun newcomers continuing to join in with the parkrun experience. Even my colleague from work who was making her debut at my request, who reportedly told my son at the end that she no longer wanted to speak to me and she had changed her opinion of me, we shall see if that still holds true on Monday morning!

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To the run itself, first finisher was Neil KEVERN from Bracknell Forest Runners. He set a new PB of 16:38 beating his previous best by 14 seconds, and finishing 3 minutes ahead of the rest of the field! This was the 3rd time that Neil has finished first at Havant in only 4 appearances and his time is the 4th fastest male PB set at Havant. Congratulations to you Neil.

The first lady home was Andrea KERAGE, who came 18th in a time of 22:29, congratulations to you Andrea.

14 female runners/walkers set new PBs (11.4% of all female participants) and 22 male runners/walkers set new PBs (17.2% of all male participants). This is particularly impressive as it was already warm when the run began and to have roughly 1 in 7 of all participants setting a new PB shows commitment to the cause this morning, whatever that cause is!

Special mention to all the younger runners who turned out today. 8 runners were in the Junior 10 section (3.1% of entrants), I hope you enjoyed the experience Rhiannon THOMSON, Anna WILSON, Olivia RICHARDSON, Charlie KEET, Harry PINES, George JAGGER, Rhys READ and a Havant regular already, Edward CROUCHER. Well done to all those who made their debuts today and we hope to see you back here soon. Keep on running!

The age profile of the participants this morning showed more male runners/walkers in the below 20 age categories(12.5% v 10.5%), in the 20-29 age groups, more male runners/walkers (11.7% v 8.1%), in the 30-39 age groups. They were equal at 14% each (when rounded!), in the 40-49 age groups, there were more females (30.1% v 25.8%), in the 50-59 age groups, more females again (26% v 22.7%) and again more females in the 60-69 age groups (11.4% v 10.9%). There were 3 male runners/walkers in the 70 and over age groups. So a slightly younger male cross profile than female based solely on today’s field.

A special mention to Reginald BAILEY, he is an example to us all, and I personally would love to have his drive and determination still when and if I reach his age. Congratulations to you sir, you have my respect.

The average time (mean) by the known 251 runners/walkers was 31:27. The first half of the field had an average time (mean) of 25:34 and the second half of the field had an average (mean) of 37:23. If I ever do this again, I will use this as my baseline data!

In terms of Age Graded Results there were 2 females (1.6%) and 3 men (3.2%) over 70%, this goes to show how statistics without knowing the context can be misleading, we are talking about 1 more person!

Between 60%-69% there were 13 females (10.6%) and 33 males (25.8%), between 50%-59% there were 40 females (32.5%) and 50 males (39%) and between 40%-49% there were 46 females (37.3%) and 33 males (25.8%). What does this show us? Based solely on today’s results, the male runners/walkers were performing at a higher level relative to their age.

If you are still reading this, thank you. That makes at least 2 people, as I am told Dave WILLIAMS likes his statistics (Ed's note: true!) and I wrote it! A special thank you to the Run Director Gill and all the other volunteers who allowed the event to take place this morning.

Hope that you enjoyed the report if you got this far with it, but more importantly, I hope that you enjoyed the parkrun at Havant his morning and that, we will see you back here soon.

 

Report by: Roland BARNARD roland

 

Belated congratulations to Jane HARROP for setting a new Havant parkrun Age Grade record last week, at parkrun #312, of 90.69%. Fabulous run Jane and sorry for not spotting your brand new record until now.
 

This week 259 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Liz JOINER • Phil WESTERN • Gill WRIGHT • Glen WILLIE • Peter WEST • Kerrie ROCKETT • Jason HORTON • Roland BARNARD • Hilary SCHWAGER • Steve HARRIS • Geri TODD • Paula CLAPP • Libby PYMONT • Harry BARNARD • Conrad BUTTERY • Gabi Tutu Girl LUSH • Claire JOYCE • Lenny WILLIE

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 90.69% (20:14) on 12th May 2018 (event number 312).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 7,347 participants have completed 61,300 parkruns covering a total distance of 306,500 km, including 10,451 new Personal Bests.

 

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 #308 – friendships, camaraderie, banter and pure enjoyment

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A short journey to Staunton Country Park in the fog didn’t deter the crowds attending this morning with over 270 people finishing today’s parkrun, including many newcomers and tourists.

Following the first timer’s brief, Bridget got proceedings underway by introducing the marshals and pacers who had all volunteered to help out as Victory Athletic Club took over at Havant.

The run started with mud and water flying everywhere, with runners wanting to keep their eyes on the pacers. Through the top loop and down the steep slope we were greeted by Jo LEA, Sue, and then Kevin as we looked to wade through the puddles and mud just past the lake. Loads of enthusiasm from Lesley and Dobie Dog at the crossroads, followed by applause from Paul as we turned to face the back slope.

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Past the finish line we went, with plenty of noise from the marshals patiently waiting for us to finish the second lap.

Halfway through the sun started to burn off the fog, warming the park up nicely in time for that last push up the back slope. Tried a little sprint finish at the end with Jo – needless to say, she beat me! (Ed: finished ahead of you Dave, there are no winners or losers at parkrun!)

I used to wonder why people would get out of bed early on Saturday to run 5k. Surely this wasn’t worth it? Having completed over 150 parkruns, I now know why – the friendships, the camaraderie, banter and pure enjoyment makes this parkrun special. I’ve run about 10 other parkruns so far and Havant is by far the best!

Thanks to all those who volunteer at Havant, not just the Victory crowd today, but all those who have and who will do.

Victory AC, Havant AC, Denmead Striders and Clanfield Joggers are all local clubs to Havant parkrun – we’re all a friendly bunch who train once or twice a week with members of all abilities.

 

Report by: David LOWN DaveL

 
Photos of parkrun #308 can be viewed here, many thanks to Ian STOTT, and here, thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to Peter HARDING on joining the 50 Club today, and to James MUSSELWHITE on joining the 100 Club.
 


 
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This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Bridget MAIN • Mary SHORT • Paul MITCHINSON • Nicola STOTT • Ian STOTT • Lesley ALLEN • Beth PIRIE • Lisa EMSON • Janet Mary MACDONALD • Joanne Kirsty LEA • Jason HORTON • David LOWN • Nicki TURNER • Richard TURNER • Marilyn Joy CROCKER • Kevin MCTAGGART • Rachel JARVIS • Jim CLOW • Hilary SCHWAGER • Yvonne HAWLEY • Gary HEATHER • Peter BEACHILL • Christine TURNER • Matt GILL • Zoe GILL • Anne COOK • Debbie CLARKE • Amanda RUDKIN • Paul SMART • Susan GOVER • Alan MULRY • Stephen EYRE • Francesca PARRIS

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 89.68% (20:11) on 8th April 2017 (event number 254).

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012. Since then 7,189 participants have completed 60,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 300,005 km, including 10,269 new Personal Bests.

 

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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