Consequently I didn't really want to go too far for my weekly parkrun fix! This weekend is the 15th birthday of parkrun, so one option would have been Bushy Park, a possible trip to Gravesend had also been mooted, but I didn't want to get up too early and I didn't want to spend all of my Saturday travelling to and from parkrun. Havant however was reasonably close and I had never run there before. JB picked me up at a very civilised 8am and we arrived in plenty of time to park and make our way to the start. The parkrun is in Staunton Country Park - I've run there before during an On The Whistle event but I couldn't remember much about it, although I think there may have been firemen.... I didn't do a lot of research - we only decided on Havant on Wednesday evening and the last two days of the week are hugely busy at work, but I seemed to recall that it was trail and I thought, from comments I'd read on Facebook, that it was hilly.
The first timers' briefing mentioned a hill and mud. It is the first muddy run I have done this autumn as there was a short muddy section near the start that we ran through a couple of times. The course is 1 short lap followed by 2 longer laps, it wasn't flat but the uphill sections were not at all arduous. Had I been running at full speed I might have struggled with the short, sharp downhill on gravel. As it was, JB was taking it easy because a) he has the Basingstoke Half tomorrow and b) he walked 30 miles with my sister on Thursday and has the blisters to prove it, I was happy to take it easy as I have to run 20 or 22 miles tomorrow. I do like a chatty parkrun! This parkrun is so pretty! I would gladly come back and run it again. The marshals were cheerful and friendly and I saw several familiar faces which is always lovely.
After we'd finished we grabbed a drink at the cafe. It is £1 or a tea of coffee for parkrunners or 50p if you have a reusable cup with you - what a bargain! Parking charges were steep though - £3.20 for the 2 hours we were there. Thank you to all the volunteers for a wonderful morning.