The one with the not-home home run. Havant is my home parkrun, distance wise it is the closest parkrun to my house. It is where my love for parkrun first blossomed and will always be my home run whether I run there regularly or not. Out of my 97 runs, spread over 49 different places, 33 have been at Havant. Lately, when not touring far and wide, I’ve been been running at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun, it is currently my overall parkrun PB course.
Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun has a lot to offer, easy access and an abundance of free parking available. There are toilet facilities and a Starbucks for a post run coffee and cake, if you’re in need of more sustenance then there is also a Subway. It’s a fast flattish loop out around the lake and back. The route is predominantly on tarmac path but the section that takes you out round the lake is hardpack trail. There are a few puddles to watch out for in winter months but it’s not a big deal. There is a small wooden bridge to cross that can get a bit icy but on the whole it’s a very good course all year round and very unlikely to have a cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.
There’s a couple of great videos on YouTube showcasing Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun.
- Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun – Aerial highlights by Mike Gilmour
- Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun – University of Portsmouth
They both help you get a feel for the place and the atmosphere. Its certainly become a firm favourite in my repeat runs list. It is a home away from home.
They do like a bit of fun at Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun, next weekend, 16th Dec 2027, is their “Festive Themed Fancy Dress Celebration of the start of the Christmas Season!” Everyone is invited to “get in the festive spirit by decking those hamstrings with tinsel, jingling some bells and walk/jog/running until you’re Christmas crackered!” It’ll be a right bit of Fun!
Sadly I won’t be attending that one as I’ve got to be somewhere else next weekend but I’m sure it will be fantastic fun.
Next weeks parkrun adventure will consist of repeat visit to a different Hampshire parkrun, all being well with the weather of course. It’s a parkrun I’ve only visited once before so I’m quite looking forward to a return visit. See you next week!