• Peter competes in South Downs QE Gravel Hill Five trail race in Hampshire

    Chartered surveyor Peter Chandler swapped his theodolite for trainers and his suit for shorts as he triumphed in a gruelling five-mile race.

    Keen runner Peter took first place in his age group in the South Downs QE Gravel Hill Five trail race in Hampshire.

    Peter, a Director of the independent Portsmouth firm Chandler Hawkins Chartered Surveyors, received a trophy for his efforts in the over-60s category.

    The 60-year-old veteran finished the course in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, in a credible 44 mins, 20 secs.

    He said he was taking part only because his son Philip, 26, and pal Ben Constable had entered the rural run. Philip finished in 42:58and Ben 39:48.

    “I’ve been cross country running with friends for nearly 40 years and thought this looked a fun run,” he added.

    Modest Peter said: “I never thought I would win, but I should point out I have only recently qualified as an over-60 and some others were a bit older.

    “The run was a bit gruelling at the start, with a steep climb for a mile, but then it was mostly undulating downhill running – and it was a beautiful course in woodland.”

    He added: “You can often find me with a hard hat on examining buildings or in the office poring over documents so it is great to get out in the fresh air for a run.”

    The course, near South Downs high point Butser Hill, featured 190m of ascent and descent on good quality trails.

    Peter, who runs around seven miles a week, mostly on the South Downs, was among 240 runners in the race’s various categories.

    Peter, an RICS registered valuer whose firm is based at Landport Terrace, Portsmouth, has a wealth of experience in survey and valuation work. He is former president of Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

    He and Chandler Hawkins co-founder Neil Hawkins have 75 years’ experience between them in surveying and valuing land and property in South Hampshire and are able to draw on a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Neil is secretary of Portsmouth Property Association.

    Clients include major lenders, insurance companies, housing associations, solicitors, accountants and local businesses.