Families get set for start of Havant School Games week with fun run

FINISH LINE Havant Games organiser Graham Smith and runner Sam Sheppard. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (122132-3530)
FINISH LINE Havant Games organiser Graham Smith and runner Sam Sheppard. Pictures: Malcolm Wells (122132-3530)

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FAMILIES pulled together and walked, jogged or ran a mile through a country park to mark the start of the Havant School Games.

Staunton Country Park played host to the one-mile fun run through Leigh Park.

STROLL From left, Evie Wishart, her mum Helen, dad Darren, brother Cai and grandfather David with family pet Hugo (122132-3564)

STROLL From left, Evie Wishart, her mum Helen, dad Darren, brother Cai and grandfather David with family pet Hugo (122132-3564)

The games, organised by Havant Rotary Club to celebrate the London Olympics, involve more than 15,000 children from 46 schools in the area and will take place this week.

And although there was a low turnout, organiser Peter Poulton, said it went well.

‘People did enjoy it,’ he said. ‘The children were particularly pleased to get a certificate.

‘It’s special because families can get involved. As the sun began to shine more people made it round later in the day.’

Rachel Sheppard, 40, from Oaks Coppice in Horndean, went along with her husband Mark, 49 and two children Sophie, 13, and Sam, 11.

She said: ‘My son was completely up for it from the moment that the school announced this was happening. He was keen. He’s incredibly competitive.

‘I hadn’t been there in about 30 years. It was a bit of a trip down memory lane.’

And Rachel added that she is supporting the games.

‘It’s fantastic,’ she said. ‘We don’t put enough emphasis on sports.’

Helen Wishart, 36, of Cardinal Drive, Waterlooville, was with her two children, husband and father-in-law. They stumbled across the walk and decided to register and take part.

Helen said: ‘I quite often walk over there with the dog. ‘We didn’t know anything about it. I thought it was brilliant. It was a good walk round.’

Everyone who took part picked a school to run for and winners had their points added to that school’s overall total.