Havant parkrun

The one run on world octopus day. Today is world octopus day, if you have a cephalopod as a friend or relative please make sure you treat them better than normal today, they are so often overlooked, it is one of life’s great travesties. I was disappointed not to see any at Havant parkrun today, but there’s always next year.

What I did see though was a field of 218 parkrunners running at event number 227 at Staunton Country Park. There must have been something in the air as there were a staggering 57 PB’s set today, fantastic. There were 17 first timers to Havant this morning with 9 of them being completely new to parkrun, hold on a minute, 17-9=8, so we had a cephalopod of tourists, presumably planned and in honour of World Octopus Day, spot on folks, I’ll take that! We had Tourists today from Winchester, Poole, Chichester and some all the way from Queen Elizabeth parkrun. I hope you enjoyed the course here today, Havant is a beautiful place to run, even if there were no puddles to splash through on this occasion.

Today was a first for me, I gave my first ever new runners brief. I had it all planned out in my head, it was going to be like “totes amazeballs”, it was going to set the standard, raise the bar and all that, well that was the plan, right up until the point where I opened my mouth. Oh well, maybe next time! Hopefully no one got lost, seriously maimed or kidnapped by this guy…

Howard Clark certainly didn’t get lost, he flew round the course to finish first in 18.24, with Damon Howard, running his 50th milestone run today, hot on his heels to finish second. There was another 50 milestone today too, Colin Williams, hats off to you both, congratulations guys, enjoy the new red shirts heading your way.

Don’t forget, next week, 15th October it’s a pacing event, the 25th one at Havant. This time round pacing will be even numbers from 20 onwards, so perhaps even more PB’s next week? If you fancy offering your services as a pacer you will get a volunteer point as well as getting to run, it is a recognised volunteer position, if you’re interested then please get in contact with havantoffice@parkrun.com.

Another date for the diary is the awesome Halloween run on the 29th October, fancy dress is positively encouraged, so you’ve got a few weeks to get yourself organised. Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better mention that this particular run also has a twist, you will be running the course in reverse! Everyone loves running up the Black Slope right?

If you fancy getting involved in parkrun but were afraid to ask then take it from me, it’s easy,its rewarding, it’s fun, it’s friendly, it gives you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes each and every week. There are plenty of things you can do and there are even some where you can still run if you really have to, don’t be shy, get your names down on the future roster. You know it makes sense.

Until the next time, me and my running buddy from today, Louie, are going to relax, kick back and enjoy a nice cool #parkruncornetto at the cafe (it’s totally a thing!)

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