Superb Havant event on International parkrun Day

Volunteers at Havant parkrun on Saturday. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
Volunteers at Havant parkrun on Saturday. Picture: Duncan Shepherd
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It was International parkrun Day on Saturday 14 years on from the very first event.

There are now parkrun events each Saturday and Sunday in 20 countries all around the world. All events are organised by a group of wonderful, dedicated, local volunteers – the hi-vis heroes.

Matthew Duckett, Tom Hoskinson and Lindsay Russell at Havant parkrun on Saturday. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

Matthew Duckett, Tom Hoskinson and Lindsay Russell at Havant parkrun on Saturday. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

The celebrations were held at events all around.

Havant parkrun had a great morning with superb weather and 225 finishers for the 333rd event at Staunton Country Park.

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John Pymont completed his 100th parkrun and celebrated in style with a new personal best of 24min 02sec.

Gavin Etherington-Smith joined the 50 milestone club.

Lindsay Russell led the way with a new personal best time of 17.50.

City of Portsmouth’s England international Ellie Farrow was the first female finisher. The junior talent ran 19.46. 

She was sixth overall and just ahead of Havant youngster Alfie Moth who ran an excellent new personal best of 19.48.

Matthew Duckett set his fastest time of 18.43 in third position. He was just behind Tom Hoskinson who is in excellent form and finished in 18.35.

Meanwhile, at Bognor parkrun Ian Gregory, who represents Portsmouth Joggers, continued his rich vein of form with a strong run to get 24.05. It was a third new personal best in succession, knocking 57 seconds off his previous quickest time there.

The event takes place in Hotham Park, Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis. 

It was a big turnout for event 218 with 319 people completing the 5k. 

Tegid Jones was the first finisher with a time of 17.26 and Chichester’s Alice Cox-Rusbridge was the fastest female as she finished in 20.16.

Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun had 263 finishers with Portsmouth Joggers Club chairman Ian Jones reaching the tally of 200 parkruns.

Southsea parkrun celebrated the fifth anniversary of the event as well as International parkrun Day.

Dan Slayford led the way in first and Emma Jolley finished first lady.

Lisa Baker got a good new personal best of 22.34 at Queen Elizabeth parkrun.

She was the first female with 84 finishers. 

Hamish Roper was in first position (19.04).

At Fareham parkrun 203 people completed the course, while on the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent there were 395 finishers. Darren Langridge got a new best of 17.42 in first position at Lee.

Whiteley parkrun had 188 finishers for the 78th event.