Kiernan Easton reaches personal milestone in Havant Christmas parkrun

Kiernan Easton has an additional reason for festive cheer this Christmas.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 10:33 am
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 2:20 pm
Runners get going in the Havant Christmas parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-15)

The Portsmouth Joggers Club member completed his 250th parkrun event this past weekend.

Dressed in Christmas attire to mark the occasion, Easton came home in a time of 1:01:04 and finished in 277th position.

Clearly weighed down by his costume, the Portsmouth Joggers’ runner’s time was the worst he had record in 38 appearances at the Havant Christmas parkrun.

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Runners turned out in Christmas attire in the Havant parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-08)

But that would not have mattered to Easton as he brought up an impressive personal milestone.

Paul Mitchinson continued his fine record at the Havant parkrun.

The Victory Athletics Club runner made it four first-placed finishes in his past four visits to the course, coming home in a time of 18:31.

His remarkable record at Havant has now seen Mitchinson break the tape in six of his past seven outings at the course.

Paul Mitchinson was first home in the Havant parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-06)

It was a lockout of local runners in the top three in the latest Havant parkrun.

Following of from Mitchinson of Victory AC, it was City of Portsmouth’s Damon Howard who claimed second spot in a time of 18:41.

Completing the top three was Gosport Road Runners’ Mike Newnham (19:21).

Fay Cripps finished in 12th and was first female to finish in a time of 21:30.

Plenty of volunteers turned out for the Havant Christmas parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-12)

n Harry Jenkins needed no time to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings as he broke the tape in the Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun.

The 20-24 age group category runner was first home in his maiden appearance at the course (18:58).

City of Portsmouth runner Jonathan Bennett pushed Jenkins all the way, though.

His course personal best time of 18:59 saw him finish just a second after first-placed Jenkins.

Kiernan Easton celebrates completing his 250th parkrun. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-19)

Another City of Portsmouth member, Alex Smart, recorded a course pb and came home in third (19:32).

Olivia East produced an impressive performance coming home eighth overall.

She was also the first female across the line in a time of 20:53.

n Mark Lovatt managed a pb as he came home second in the Southsea parkrun.

His time of 18:21 was the best he has produced in seven visits to this particular course.

Chris Bollom completed the top three, coming home in 18:31.

Run director Marie Mitchinson (left) and Kiernan Easton, who celebrated reaching 250 parkrun events. Picture: Chris Moorhouse (211219-18)

Southsea first timer Harry Roebuck completed his 90th parkrun with a fifth-placed finish (18:39).

City of Portsmouth’s Emma Jolley led the way in the female section (19:54).