Historic parkland receives big donation from Portsmouth joggers

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HARDY runners slogged it out on a gruelling course to raise hundreds of pounds for beautiful parkland.

More than 160 members of the Portsmouth Joggers took part in the annual Stansted Slog, in Stansted Park, near Rowlands Castle, last month.

Despite the damp conditions race director Paul Bould said entrants were grateful for the rain as it meant they kept cool. The half marathon started and finished outside the imposing main house with the first man home in less than one and a half hours and the first female in less than two.

Mr Bould said: ‘The course is particularly favoured by runners for its beauty and the varied terrain covered.

‘Participants enjoyed an excellent run.’

Organisers were able to donate £500 to the Stansted Park Foundation.

Park director James Cooper said: ‘The Joggers’ fantastic donation to the Stansted Park Foundation will go directly towards maintaining the grounds and parkland at Stansted for visitors to enjoy. We are very grateful.’