With a wedding in Hampshire this weekend, it was the perfect opportunity for me to get away to somewhere new. I chose the quirkily named Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun. I woke up on parkrunday, fresh and ready for a bit of parkrun tourism. After the usual tourist breakfast of porridge and a banana (and a LOT of coffee – the A3 was not kind on the drive down last night!), I headed out the door to find my parkrun.
The conditions were ideal. Cool and a little cloudy; it wasn’t going to be a sweltering summer sizzler today. One of my friends might have called it ‘PB conditions’, but I don’t think he has seen the course at Hogmoor Inclosure!
When I got there, I was amazed at the scenery. Gigantic conifer trees line the entrance to the inclosure, creating a grand sense of scale. What surprised me most was the sand! Harking from Ramsgate, I’m used to sand being next to the sea! Yet here I was, well out of sight of any seagulls, standing on what felt like a beach. It was certainly going to be an interesting run!
I was welcomed by the lovely team of volunteers, expertly led by Jo. The first timers briefing increased that feeling of being part of something bigger. There were a great number of first timers, including tourists from as far away as Portsmouth and Northampton.
Then came time to start the run. Being of the quicker persuasion, I like to start near the front. I was swiftly overtaken by at least three dogs with their owners being pulled along behind! I always enjoy the mad rush at the start of a parkrun. We all know its not a race, and that going off too quick will leave you huffing and puffing before the end, but when the Event Director says “Three, two, one, go!” the adrenaline always takes over! Very quickly, I learnt that a steady start is essential at this parkrun!
I had sprinted through tall conifers in the cool breeze, I’d dragged my feet through the sandy dunes, and I’d climbed multiple ‘undulations’. I looked at my garmin. Only 800 metres in! This course is truly exceptional and rewarding. There is so much to see and experience from running here. As I came round the course, I was greeted by the most exuberant marshals! It was a real lift to hear them cheering us on.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning at Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun. I would recommend it to anyone who fancies a rewarding, technical run. I would love to come back and see how the course changes in the winter!