Haslemere Border on tour at Havant parkrun

Havant parkrun takes place at Staunton Country Park. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
Havant parkrun takes place at Staunton Country Park. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Oli Morgan finished in first position at Havant parkrun on Saturday with a time of 18min 23sec.

It was his first trip to the event at Staunton Country Park.

The Haslemere Border Athletics Club runners were on tour as well with more than 20 representing them.

Josh Wreford was second (18.37) with Mark Straffon third in a new personal best of 18.44.

David Jarrett did 19.11 and Luke Brocks ran 19.18 as Haslemere took four of the first seven places.

Victory’s Tom Hoskinson finished his 144th parkrun and was in fourth position.

Junior runner Freya Farrow was the first female finisher as she completed the excellent 5k course in a time of 19.51.

Second was Emma Donlon in 20.05.

Emsworth’s Marjorie Huet-Martin finished third lady and she got a new personal best time of 21.55.

In total 295 people completed the 339th Havant parkrun event.

Gerard Bourke was the first finisher at Queen Elizabeth parkrun number 292.

Jason Boswell was second in a new personal best of 21.39.

Dave Symmonds took third position in 22.03.

Junior runner Gabby Pruden was the first female finisher.

She recorded a time of 27.35.

In total 69 people completed the parkrun.

The course starts with a short uphill before a lovely steep downhill section.

Then along the bottom path it is undulating before runners turn back up the big hill which can seem like it goes on and on forever.

It’s a nice climb with some steep sections.

At the top there is more respite with a nice downhill again before a run back along the bottom path to the finish.

It always feels like the undulations along the bottom path get steeper as you go up them the second time.

QE parkrun always has a lovely, friendly atmosphere and it is a great place to take part in the 5k and volunteer as well.

The event takes place in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Horndean.