Chartered surveyor takes top spot in race

Peter Chandler
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CHARTERED surveyor Peter Chandler swapped his theodolite for trainers and his suit for shorts as he triumphed in a gruelling five-mile race.

Keen runner Peter took first place in his age group in the South Downs QE Gravel Hill Five trail race in Hampshire.

Peter, a director of the independent Portsmouth firm Chandler Hawkins Chartered Surveyors, received a trophy for his efforts in the over-60s category. The 60-year-old finished the course in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, in 44min 20sec.

He took part because his son Philip, 26, and pal Ben Constable had entered the rural run. Philip finished in 42:58 and Ben 39:48.

‘I’ve been cross-country running with friends for nearly 40 years and thought this looked fun. I never thought I’d win,’ he said.

Peter, an RICS registered valuer whose firm is based at Landport Terrace, Portsmouth, has a wealth of experience in survey and valuation work. He is former president of Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

Peter and Chandler Hawkins co-founder Neil Hawkins have 75 years’ experience between them in surveying and valuing land and property. Clients include major lenders, insurance companies, housing associations, solicitors, accountants and local businesses.