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.

 

Havant parkrun #307 – a very happy morning

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A mild spring like morning saw a good number of runners gathering just before 9 am.

The run was expertly managed and a number of cheerful and very supportive volunteers encouraging us runners on. It is always so welcome to hear a cheery greeting and encouragement.

There was a very good turnout of first time runners this morning, with visitors from as diverse places as Reading, Manchester and Dulwich milling with the home parkrunners before the start.

Team Mark Rowlands Castle were out in stalwart force, including Mark, Lindsey, Matt, David, Tom and with great support from Aylssa, who had flown in from San Francisco. Aylssa had chosen a good vantage place to cheer us all as we rounded the final bend and on to the last stretch and finish funnel.

The run was the conventional course this week and runners on all sides of me seemed very comfortable with their running. The only real hazards were the very muddy puddles at the bend after the lake, which runners negotiated in various ways. Most runners seemed to pluck up courage and run straight through the middle of the puddles.

It was noticeable that when one runner tripped and fell on the slope up that all the runners around her immediately stopped to ask if they could help her. Happily she was alright and able to continue.

All in all it was a very happy morning and full of good will. Thank you to all who made it so.

 

Report by: Sue PALMER SuePalmer

 
Photos of parkrun #302 can be viewed here, many thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to Julie WOOD, and Norman STRONACH on joining the 50 Club today.
 


 
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This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Hilary WALKER • Isabel GARDNER • Colin GARDNER • Phil WESTERN • Lisa EMSON • Mark CARPENTER • Jason HORTON • Roland BARNARD • Hilary SCHWAGER • Nicola FOWLIE • Susan PALMER • Paula CLAPP • Ben STRUTT • Rebecca RALF • Christopher MARTYN • Eoin MARTYN • Pip CASSFORD • Helen O'BRIEN • Claire JOYCE • Ellie CASSFORD • Lucy CASSFORD • Joseph CASSFORD • Mandy VALENTINE • 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 7,166 participants have completed 59,729 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,645 km, including 10,229 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 #302 – We were lucky

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Hello parkrun fans, today there was snow on the ground so we ran the course backwards. We were lucky because we were one of the only parkruns in the area that went ahead.

17 people got PBs even though we did it backwards which is unusual. Today I really enjoyed going up the black slope I went really fast up it :-) happy face! Did you enjoy the parkrun today?

 

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Photos of parkrun #302 can be viewed here, many thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to Alabama PIRIE, Neil MASSON and Simon TURNER on joining the 50 Club today, and to Ed NICHOLAS on joining the 100 Club.
 


 
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This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Liz JOINER • Dave WILLIAMS • Samantha HOUSTON • Gissele Martine LEISHMAN • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Mike HOUSTON • Anita CRAWLEY • John COLE • Gill WRIGHT • Lisa EMSON • Alexander COLE • Jackie MURRAY • Maria LEONARD • Peter WEST • Jason HORTON • Peter ROW • Hilary SCHWAGER • Eddie BURR • Kim AMEY • Pippa WHITE • Paula CLAPP • Christopher MARTYN • Eoin MARTYN • Paul SMART • Lucy HOUSTON • Rebecca CHAMBERS • Edward CROUCHER • Thomas HOUSTON

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 7,065 participants have completed 58,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,185 km, including 10,130 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 #302 – It’s Snow Joke!

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March 3rd 2018 will be remembered as the week when most parkruns were cancelled as a result of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma. After a record weekend on the 25th February when, for the first time there were over 500 events in the UK, there were just 97 events and approximately one tenth of last weeks total runners at 14,623 in total. So, pat yourselves on the back for being there and commiserations to those who realised their journey in would not be safe.

However, the biggest thanks are to Dave WILLIAMS and Gill WRIGHT who checked the route out on Friday and then again at *gulp o’clock* this morning to make sure it was safe. It was a very hard call to make with other local parkruns having to make decisions to cancel earlier. In addition, just under 30 volunteers were there, in hats, gloves, thermals and smiles to make sure that all were saluted out and cheered in. A million thank yous as it was hard enough to stay warm running let alone for the hour and a half that the team were stood around for.

252 hardy souls made it around the course in reverse. As a baby tourist a couple of years ago, I remember that slow pull up the hill, but it was clear today just what a pull that is while going in reverse.

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Most people were trotting at a relaxed pace over crunchy snow and the occasional slushy puddle… enjoying the company. It felt like a party day – much like a Christmas day parkrun. There were a number of parkrunners from nearby cancelled parkruns and it was splendid to see familiar faces. Names that stand out for the weekend are Emma BREWIN and Emma POWELL who have gained notoriety from a storm and Mark JONES from EASTleigh RC. There were no ‘Beasts’ or ‘Storms’ but perhaps that was just as well!

To the results. Two people with brand new barcodes chose the snow to run for their first parkrun ever. Well done Lewis Wilson and Michael ALDRED for your first run and to Anthony who also ran for the first time and now needs to get himself a barcode. Do come back and try the course the right way around. Congratulations to the new Club members: Neil MASSON, Alabama PIRIE and Simon TURNER who completed their 50th runs today, and Ed NICHOLAS who completed 100.

While it wasn’t a day for a lot of PBs, there were still 17 folk who managed to run a little faster than last time and can now celebrate in warmth. There were some good aesthetically pleasing results this week with Peter BEACHILL on 31:13 and Kate PARKS on 32:23 and hats off to Nigel ROSENTHAL for running the event number – 30:20.

I hope next week that the café will be open again, the weather softer (March is supposed to come in like a lamb, not looking like a lamb) and time for the conversations that are such a part of parkrun can take place again. Thank you to all for your welcome.

 

Report by: Pippa WHITE pippa

 

Photos of parkrun #302 can be viewed here, many thanks to Martyn GARVEY.

Congratulations to Alabama PIRIE, Neil MASSON and Simon TURNER on joining the 50 Club today, and to Ed NICHOLAS on joining the 100 Club.
 


 
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This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Liz JOINER • Dave WILLIAMS • Samantha HOUSTON • Gissele Martine LEISHMAN • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Mike HOUSTON • Anita CRAWLEY • John COLE • Gill WRIGHT • Lisa EMSON • Alexander COLE • Jackie MURRAY • Maria LEONARD • Peter WEST • Jason HORTON • Peter ROW • Hilary SCHWAGER • Eddie BURR • Kim AMEY • Pippa WHITE • Paula CLAPP • Christopher MARTYN • Eoin MARTYN • Paul SMART • Lucy HOUSTON • Rebecca CHAMBERS • Edward CROUCHER • Thomas HOUSTON

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 7,065 participants have completed 58,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,185 km, including 10,130 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 #302 – 3rd March 2018

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Do you remember our last snowy parkrun? It was event #32, on 19th Jan 2013, and 52 people enjoyed their run thanks to the 15 volunteers, and the coffee and hot chocolate tasted better than ever!

We'll be checking the course this afternoon (Friday) and keeping an eye on the weather forecast. We want to leave the go/no-go decision as late as possible, probably early on Saturday morning, so please check our website, facebook page (fb.com/havantparkrun) or follow us on twitter (@Havantparkrun) for more news about parkrun #302.

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