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Havant parkrun #408 – #EachforEqual

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by Anita Crawley

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Havant parkrun volunteers #EachforEqual

On the eve of International Women’s Day, todays Havant parkrun saw girls and women come together to run, walk or volunteer in celebration of women world-wide.

#IWD sets out to accomplish a number of missions in the coming year to help forge a gender equal world. With regards to sport, the mission is ‘to celebrate women athletes and applaud when equality is achieved in pay, sponsorship and visibility’.

Historically for women, the freedom to participate in athletic and sporting events has evolved through pioneering souls who have challenged concepts in inequality. A brief look back over the last 100 yrs, shows that with regards to women’s participation in running events, the ‘playing field’ has been far from equal.

Let’s start with the modern Olympics. The very first Games in 1896 consisted of 43 events with 241 athletes representing 14 nations. All the athletes were male. Four years later in Paris, 997 took part, of which only 22 were women, equating to just 2.2% of all competitors. Events were limited to sailing, tennis, golf and croquet. It wasn’t until 1928 in Amsterdam that running events for women were first introduced. However after controversial reports of women collapsing at the finish of the 800m, the International Olympic Committee decided to ban distance races for women due to health concerns for the ‘fairer sex’. Indeed it was widely believed that running was too demanding on a woman’s body, altering her physique and reproductive capacity. Some even believed that wombs would prolapse and ‘fall out’. It would be another 32 years before the women’s 800m would be reintroduced.

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The 1896 Olympics opening ceremony

Fast forward to America 1961, the Amateur Athletic Union banned women from all road races. However that didn’t stop some plucky women from unofficially participating in events. There are tales of women hiding in bushes close to start lines and joining in the race pack after the bang of the gun. However the honour of the most famous challenger to AAU rules must go to Katherine Switzer, who at the age of 20 entered the Boston Marathon in 1967 under name of K.V. Switzer. During the race, an angry race official stepped in to grab her bib number and eject her from the race. Switzer was able to continue and finish the marathon due to the intervention of her boyfriend who body blocked the official sending him flying onto the pavement. Photographs of the incident were seen worldwide and made it into the Times-Life ‘100 Photos That Changed the World’. Switzer’s marathon career didn’t end there. She went on to complete 40 marathons and win the New York City Marathon in 1974. Switzer also developed a program of international women-only races, inspiring women all over the world. In 2017, at the age of 70, and 50 years after her first historic run, Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon once more, proudly wearing the bib number 261 – the same number she wore back in 1967.

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Katherine Switzer at the 1967 Boston Marathon (AP Photo)

Despite years of lobbying and proof that they could indeed run 26.2 miles without detriment, the marathon distance for women did not debut in the modern Olympics Games until 1984 almost a century after the first men’s race. However, a major leap forward in gender equality came in 1991, 105 years after the inaugural modern Olympic Games, when the IOC made it mandatory for all new sports to include the participation of women.

This year’s IWD campaign theme #EachforEqual, is drawn from the notion that as individuals ‘we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias and broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.’ #EachforEqual encourages women to pose in collaboration and as a collective, create a gender equal world.

So come on parkrun ladies, if you want equality – strike that pose and make change happen!

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Anita #EACHforEQUAL
 


Havant parkrun #408 - The muddy bits were more noticeable

by Sue Palmer

Milder conditions this morning brought 239 park runners to the 408th parkrun at Staunton Country Park, Havant.

A cheerful group of runners started with a very noticeable number and array of purple tops amongst to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Team Rowlands Castle had team leader Mark to encourage and lead us, with Matt, Dave, Tom, Brian, Nicola, Alex and Sue making up the numbers.

The trail puddles seemed to have receded a little as the muddy bits were more noticeable and runners either navigated around the edge, straight through the middle, or jumped over top!

As always a very supportive group of volunteers helped runners on their way and were there to help if needed. Thank you very much to organisers and all the volunteers today.

 

Photos of parkrun #408 can be viewed here, many thanks to photographer Martyn GARVEY.

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Bridget MAIN • Phil WESTERN • Mary SHORT • Anita CRAWLEY • Lisa EMSON • Sarah HAGEDORN • Jason HORTON • Kate PARKS • Robin HALL • Lauren MITCHINSON • Marie MITCHINSON • Raman SANGHA • Nicola FOWLIE • Tina DOHERTY • Tash HORTON • Amber ANKINSON • Libby PYMONT • Rebecca RALF • Tracy LONG • Helen CRAINEY • Esme ANKINSON • Rebecca CHAMBERS • Edward CROUCHER • Julie WOOD

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 9,868 participants have completed 84,731 parkruns covering a total distance of 423,655 km, including 13,035 new Personal Bests. A total of 918 individuals have volunteered 7,974 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.

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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 #407 – The rainy skies cleared

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by Sue Palmer

This parkrun nipped in before the wrath of Storm Jorge was unleashed over Havant.

The rainy skies cleared just after 9am and the wind seemed to drop for 210 runners and a very supportive group of organisers and volunteers to complete the 402nd Havant parkrun.

Runners were slightly daunted at the gates to Staunton Park as they were greeted by a colossal puddle which made the entrance less easy to navigate. The ensuing puddles on the trail run were navigated safely, if somewhat cautiously by some of the runners. Depth was uncertain until a foot was planted, often in the middle!

Team Rowlands Castle was made up of 4: Matt, Dave, Tom and Sue. All completed the trail safely.

All thanks to the parkrun organiser who made sure that all the runners were well briefed and a very supportive volunteer band who made this park run possible.

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An excellent leap by Tony during our first ever parkrun on leap day

Congratulations to Louise NEWMAN on joining the 100 Club today, and David LOWN on joining the 250 Club.


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Photos of parkrun #407 can be viewed here.

This week 210 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Dave WILLIAMS • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Simon WILLIAMS • Beth PIRIE • Lisa EMSON • Jason HORTON • Kate PARKS • Amanda BOYD • Yvonne HAWLEY • Ilka BUTTERY • Nick PENFOLD • Fiona WILSON • Thomas WILSON • Jonelle FAULKNER • Phillip JOHNSTON

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 9,841 participants have completed 84,492 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,460 km, including 13,012 new Personal Bests. A total of 917 individuals have volunteered 7,950 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.

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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 #405 – mild and no rain!

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by Sue Palmer

The weather today was mild and no rain! It seemed that Spring was just around the corner.

The terrain was a little less hostile than of previous weeks as the enormous puddles seemed to have subsided a little and causeways were appearing in the middle of them for the runners to navigate.

It was an excellent turn out with well over 200 and runners were running, jogging and completing the course in good spirit. My little group of Mark, who was introducing a friend to first time parkrunning, David and Tom, Danny and Matt all completed the run comfortably, albeit with extremely muddy legs. This showed the speed with which they had all been running.

A big thank you to the run organiser today and to all the 21 volunteers who graciously gave their Saturday morning to help us all round and finish us with enthusiasm and efficiency.

Congratulations to Jonelle FAULKNER on joining the 50 Club today.


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This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Hilary WALKER • Bridget MAIN • Roger JONES • Phil WESTERN • Lisa EMSON • Jason HORTON • Raman SANGHA • Tash HORTON • Anne COOK • Rebecca RALF • Paul SMART • Caroline NEWMAN • Jeremy DRUMMOND • Debbie ANDERSON • Michael CROUCHER • Kevin MENAGE • Arthur MUKOMBERO • Nikki GILBERT • Phillp JOHNSTON • Matthew IHEZUE • Susan PALMER

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 9,793 participants have completed 84,014 parkruns covering a total distance of 420,070 km, including 12,979 new Personal Bests. A total of 916 individuals have volunteered 7,913 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 #397 – Santa is in the park…

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by Gary McCawley

It was Christmas in the park.
And the trees were bare and slight.
The trails were muddy and wet, for some this was a pleasant sight.
For with dirty legs and shoes
In a long and happy line, the runners and walkers stand.
For this is the time they get their barcode scanned.

Even with the help of George Robert SIMS and his workhouse, that is about the limit of my poetic skills. :-)

Hopefully, from that introduction you can probably guess todays event #397 at Havant is the pre-Christmas Santa Run. Once again, the regulars at Havant did not disappoint with an array of Santas, elves and snowmen all taking part. There was also an early Christmas present as the contractors had cleared the path around the green making the mud less of an obstacle than usual, although, the rain the previous night still left its mark with some big puddles around the first loop.

Today’s parkrun was volunteered by the Denmead Striders under the guidance of Run Director Marie MITCHINSON. The Striders would like to thank the Havant event team for allowing the club to take over the volunteering duties today.

Marie got today's event underway with the usual introductions and notices before moving onto the Milestone Run announcements. One of today's milestone runners was Kiernan EASTON who was celebrating 250 parkruns. A well-known figure within the running community, one of the reasons for the Denmead Striders volunteering this morning was to thank Kiernan for all the hard work he puts into the running community.

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Photo by Chris MOORHOUSE

I know Kiernan was struggling to choose a parkrun to celebrate his 250th but for me Havant seemed the logical choice as this was where Kiernan began as a Run Director before moving on to start QE parkrun with other like-minded parkrunners in the area. Also, Kiernan ran the first ever parkrun at Havant on 16th June 2012.

As well as Kiernan the following parkrunners also achieved their milestone runs today.

John BRIMECOME 250 parkruns
Ben EDMONDS 100 parkruns
Marie DRONIOU-BORDRY 100 parkruns
Steph WYANT 50 parkruns

Well done all and we look forward to seeing you in your milestone t-shirts very soon.

Applause and cheers welcomed 17 first timers this morning. We hope you all enjoyed your parkrun experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Photo by Martyn GARVEY

After two laps of the park Paul MITCHINSON and Fay CRIPPS led the runners and walkers home to the finish on the green.

Finally, have a good Christmas parkrunners and we will see you all next Saturday.

Congratulations to Steph WYANT on joining the 50 Club today, to Ben EDMONDS and Marie DRONIOU-BORDRY on joining the 100 Club, and to John BRIMECOME and Kiernan EASTON on joining the 250 Club.


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Photos of Havant parkrun #397 can be viewed here, many thanks to photographer Martyn GARVEY.

This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Michael TAYLOR • Kiernan EASTON • Graham BOWPITT • Gary MCCAWLEY • Anita CRAWLEY • Peter MURPHY • Terry AKED • Paul WELCH • Sean JAMES • Marie MITCHINSON • Julia REVILL • Mandy BOWPITT • Clare WELCH • Peter MAISEY • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Gary ARMSTRONG • Lisa-Marie PECKOVER • Anthony LAURENSON • Kirsty AKED • Dan STARKEY • Kev GALE • Bekki LEAVES • Hannah CURTIS • Cathy PRICE

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Photo by Chris MOORHOUSE

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 9,519 participants have completed 81,806 parkruns covering a total distance of 409,030 km, including 12,791 new Personal Bests. A total of 909 individuals have volunteered 7,763 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.

 

Festive parkruns

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

  • On Saturday 21st 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 this date we'll also be celebrating the 250th parkrun of a very well known local runner, parkrunner, ex-Havant parkrun Run Direct, ex-QE parkrun Event Director and all-round good guy Kiernan EASTON. To honour Kiernan members of Denmead Striders have filled up our volunteer roster, thank you very much Denmead Striders. Kiernan will be bringing along many of his friends and Portsmouth Joggers club mates, and cake no doubt, so the atmosphere will be fantastic.
  • On Christmas Day we don't have a parkrun at Havant, but there are other parkruns taking place in the area including 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 28th December we'll be holding our last parkrun of 2019 at the usual time, 9.00am.
  • On New Year's Day (Wednesday 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. (Other doubles can be done on New Year's Day, please see this handy tool 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

Dave Williams

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