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.
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.
|Report by: David LOWN|
Congratulations to Peter HARDING on joining the 50 Club today, and to James MUSSELWHITE on joining the 100 Club.
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.