Havant parkrun #99 – Run like a child


I’ve only been a parkrun member for a couple of years, and unfortunately have only been run fit off and on for about half of that time. I am, however, very fortunate to have so many special memories that I associate with my parkrun experiences. The rich loamy smell of the damp trail and conversely the petrichor (scent of rain on dry earth), the feel of soft spring raindrops refreshing me as I crest the back hill for the last time, the cheer of the marshals, the sunlight dappling through the trees, that first well earned bite of cake during Cake Club after each parkrun. The parkrun experience is a truly sensational one, and for me it is only lacking in one respect.


There is one goal I aim for each parkrun and never quite achieve, not a new PB believe it or not, but the ability to run like a child. There is something remarkable in the way a child runs. Children run with such joy; they aren’t often out for a PB, they are there simply to make the most of every second of the freedom of running.

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I feel very proud to participate in a run which encourages younger runners, and think it is essential that we all do this wholeheartedly. Children are our future, and the future of parkrun. We should all be empowering them to run happily, and for this to become embedded as part of their lives’ healthy balance.

Running with the instinctive pure joy of our younger runners? Now, that’s what I consider a true personal best, and it’s one I will continue to try to achieve.

Report by: Denyse KING Denyse






Men's placings:
James BAKER (VM35-39) of Chichester Runners & AC, was first over the line in 16:32 - 22nd time in 22 appearances.
Peter CONCANNON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:50 - was first to finish once before.
Toby BRIMECOME (SM20-24) of City of Portsmouth AC, was third over the line in 17:49 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul MITCHINSON (Victory AC) 3596 pts.
Gareth HOWARD (Unattached) 3496 pts.
Richard TURNER (Unattached) 3210 pts.

Women's placings:
Anita CRAWLEY (VW45-49) of Denmead Striders, was first (34th overall) over the line in 23:00 - 6th time in 46 appearances.
Rachel JENKINS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (41st overall) over the line in 23:26.
Michelle KING (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (44th overall) over the line in 23:42.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Anita CRAWLEY (Denmead Striders) 3837 pts.
Jane WEST (Unattached) 3536 pts.
Karen COLE (Cake Club) 3010 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James BAKER (VM35-39) was graded 80.75% for the time 16:32 (first overall).
Reggie BALL (VM60-64) was graded 79.11% for the time 20:16 (11th overall).
Henry PIPER (JM10) was graded 76.72% for the time 23:12 (36th overall).

This week there were 197 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Havant parkrun started on 16th June 2012, and since then 2,364 different runners, including participants from 177 athletics clubs, have completed 13,241 runs covering a total distance of 66,205 km, and there have been 3,158 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Jessica CHEN who ran in a time of 18:56 on 29th June 2013 (event number 55).
The Men's course record is held by James BAKER who ran in a time of 15:56 on 11th August 2012 (event number 8).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane HARROP who recorded a 83.15% run (20:40) on 26th January 2013 (event number 33).

Today's full results can be found on the Havant parkrun Results Page.


Volunteers needed:

We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.

In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). You will earn 100 points for each of the first 3 times you volunteer each year (the same number of points as the winner!) If you’d like to volunteer, please email havanthelpers@parkrun.com or sign the volunteer sheet on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.



Dog owners:

We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness. And only one dog per runner please, thank you.

Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.


Post-run meet up for food and beverages:

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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