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.
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!!
|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.
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.