Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-22 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hogmoor Inclosure 2nd Birthday Run – Route Reversal – 14th March 2020

We're really looking forward to welcoming you for our second birthday fancy dress parkrun tomorrow.  To celebrate we are going to run the route in reverse - huge thanks to the extra volunteers who have stepped forward to allow this to happen.

In order to run the course without bottlenecks there will be a few changes. The run briefing and start will be near the bat cave so please allow plenty of time to park and get there so we can explain the changes.  The course will be almost 2 full reverse laps - but with a twist at the end to get you back to the normal finish area.  Please do pay attention to the signs and marshals - we don't want anyone to get lost or take the wrong route on autopilot.

Stonehenge is still flooded - you will get your feet wet!  Please keep to the middle in this area to avoid the drainage pipe!

See you bright and early tomorrow morning - and don't forget those barcodes!

hogmoor reverse ROUTE


Hogmoor Inclosure Run Report 07/03/2020

I decided to write my first ever run report by starting with a pre-run poll. I pounced on 50 random parkrunners as they walked to the start and posed the following question – are you looking forward to the big puddle at Stonehenge corner? Turns out the big puddle is a real marmite feature with a near even split of 26 saying 'absolutely not' and 24 saying 'yeah, bring it on!'. I also had a few horrified newcomers and tourists asking 'what puddle?'. They were definitely in for a shock!

As Sunday 8th March 2020 is International Women’s Day, we were treated to a pre-race briefing from the inspirational Susie Chan. Susie has taken part in some of the world's toughest ultra and endurance events. She has completed the 6 marathon majors, taken part in an ironman triathlon and finished the Marathon Des Stables 4 times. This punishing 156 mile ultra event in the Sahara Desert takes place over 6 days in temperatures of 50+ Celsius. Susie also holds the world record for furthest distance run on a treadmill in 12 continuous hours completing 68.5 miles. This girl really can!

Today, a field of 243 runners embraced the lake and hopefully the 44 first timers enjoyed getting their toes wet! There were 28 PBs, 28 clubs represented and all made possible by 22 volunteers. Many thanks to all the cheery and encouraging marshalls who kept us safe today on the course.Lucinda Smith of Vegan Runners finished in 46th place today making her the 20,000th finisher at Hogmoor parkrun. Hogmoor parkrunners have together run a total distance of 100,000km which is 2.5 times round the Earth!

1st man home today was Max Powell representing Vegan Runners. Max finished in a speedy time of 18.03. All the more impressive is that he runs in the 15-17 age category.

1st female home was Louise Griffin, also representing Vegan Runners with a time of 22.27.

There were 3 official milestones to celebrate today:

Zachary Smalley in the JM10 age cat joined the 10 club and can now claim his white t-shirt. Zachary finished in 164th place with a time of 34.02.

Jonathan Bradbury finished in 110th position with a time of 28.44. He now joins the 50 club and can claim his red t-shirt.

Tom Bray represented Romsey Road Runners today for his 100th run. He finished in an impressive 2nd place with a time of 18.45 and will soon be seen in his new black t-shirt. 100 parkruns is like walking from Hogmoor to Gretna Green. That would take you 4 days and 9 hours!

Today you may have noticed a sea of green and black as over 50 Vegan Runners turned out in force to celebrate Mike Harper's 400th run. 46 VRs scanned in while other club members attended to volunteer.  Although not an official milestone, vegan runners need no excuse to break out the cake and there was lots on offer today. Mike has run at 118 different locations and tells me he hasn't missed a single parkrun since April 2017. The break in his streak was only because he was running Brighton marathon the next day and even then he was still at parkrun volunteering. That's dedication! As the crow flies, 400 parkruns is the distance of Hogmoor to The Westfjords - a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. 'Til hamingju!'

“Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” –Unknown.
On International women's day, let's look at some of the world's most inspiring female athletes.
The current female world record holder for 5K is Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba with a speedy time of 14:11 – something to work towards maybe?!Back to parkrun and the first female finisher EVER was Rachel Rowan. She finished 1st of the 5 women at the Bushy Park Time Trial on 2nd October 2004 running a time of 21.01. Over 15 years later, a new female parkrun world record was set by Charlotte Arter with a time of 15.49 at Cardiff parkrun on the 1st February 2020.

Other female parkrun world records holders are Elaine Sherwin who holds the run assisted record. She ran with a canicross dog on 11th February 2017 at Kingsbury Water parkrun setting a time of 15:12 and Lizzie Williams who holds the wheelchair record set at Dulwich parkrun with a time of 15:27

How do these records compare to Hogmoor? The current female record holder is Rebecca Margaret Lord setting a time of 19:03 on 2nd March 2019

In 2017, 83-year-old Margaret Smith from Brueton parkrun became the oldest woman in parkrun history to complete 250 parkruns – hopefully we will all still be running in our 80s too!

Other inspiring female runners:

Kathrine Switzer - Kathrine bravely paved the way for women runners by entering the 1967 Boston marathon using just her initials, five years before women were allowed to compete. During her run, a race official attempted to stop Switzer and grab her official bib however, he was shoved to the ground by Switzer's boyfriend who was running with her and she completed the race. It was not until 1972 that women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon officially. Afterward, Boston Athletic Association director Will Cloney was asked his opinion of Switzer competing in the race. Cloney said, "Women can't run in the Marathon because the rules forbid it. If that girl were my daughter, I would spank her." Kathrine remarked on her accomplishment: ‘’I knew if I quit, nobody would ever believe that women had the capability to run 26-plus miles. If I quit, it would set women's sports back, way back, instead of forward.’’ Switzer went on to run 35 marathons and win the 1974 New York City marathon.

Joyce Smith - You may be old enough to remember the first ever London marathon 1981 when Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen crossed the finish line holding hands in 2:11:48 but who was the first female? Joyce Smith was a 43 year old mother and full-time wages clerk from Watford. She was the first British woman to break the 2.30 barrier and still the oldest winner of the race. She then won again in 1982 at 44 years old and in 1984, she became the oldest female Olympic athlete by running in the first women's Olympic marathon finishing 11th at the age of 46.

Mary Keitany - Kenyan Mary set a new world marathon record in 2017, beating Paula Radcliffe’s previous record with a time of 2:17:01. That's like running parkrun in a time of 16.15 - 8.5 times in a row!

Fiona Oakes - Fiona holds 4 world records for marathon running. In 2013, she won both the Antarctic Ice Marathon and the North Pole Marathon and became the fastest female in aggregate time to complete a marathon on each continent (23h:27m:40s), the fastest female in aggregate time to complete a marathon on each continent and the North Pole (28h:20m:50s) and the fastest female in elapsed time to complete a marathon on each continent and the North Pole (225 days and 18 hours). She has a marathon PB of 2.38. She has achieved all of this despite losing a kneecap when she was 17 and having multiple knee operations. She has no coach, no physio and has never even had a sports massage! Fiona fits her training in around working full time by getting up at 3.30am every day to care for the 450 animals at her sanctuary - Tower Hill Stables. She is also an ambassador for The Vegan Society and is a founding member of Vegan Runners UK.

Hariette Thompson, a classical pianist, became the oldest woman to finish a marathon at the age of 92. Hariette ran the Rock n Roll marathon in San Diego in 7:24:36.
And if you fancy something other than running... In 2019, vegan athlete Dana Glowacka from Canada set a new female world record for the 'Longest Abdominal Plank', holding the position for a total time of 4hr 20min – go Dana!
Whether you're a record breaker or a tired working mum who still manages to lace her trainers and head outside for a jog round the block in the rain, we salute every one of you -  the women of the world!Next week is Hogmoor's 2 year anniversary and there may be surprises in store so don't forget your barcode!

Alice Baker


Calm before the Storm!

Saturday 8th February was the calm before the storm, with Ciara promising to be blowing huge winds and bringing lots of rain in over the weekend, 246 people braved the puddle in the car park at Hogmoor Inclosure to take part in the weekly 5k event.  

Helen was Run Director today and it was a delight to be able to hear all the run brief through the megaphone  (in all honesty i'm not totally convinced Helen needs it!) and she was supported by Chris, in the new volunteer role as "megaphone holder." 

There were some milestones, with Ben (who is in the 11-14 age cat!) and Philip reaching their 50th run. I am delighted to say i have now done 50 separate volunteering roles too.  If anyone reading this wants to give volunteering one week a try but feels a bit shy or worried, please don't be, its so worthwhile! 

It was great to see lots of new PBs today in particular from some of the younger runners, good luck to those parents trying to keep up.  Sadly i was not able to keep up with my daughter today, luckily she spotted her friend with her mum and sped off to run with them.  Her strava gave many people a chuckle - Lola, where have the days gone where you struggled to keep up with me and moaned if i went too fast?!  

The course today was fairly respectable, the odd muddy bit, some compacted sand and a bit windy.  The good thing about Hogmoor is that you can never predict how well you will run or walk the course until you get there and i heard a good handful of people at the end saying it was trickier today yet the amount with PBs almost defies that! 

Lets hope that storm Dennis allows us to run safely this weekend, i am sure the amount of rain we have had will bring lots of puddles and muddy challenges.  

 hogmoor parkrun


Hogmoor 101

For seven days the very spectre of Hogmoor 101 had begun instead to represent Room 101. 
My Orwellian nightmare was shaped like the murky stretch of icy water which spanned the course at Stonehenge turn for Hogmoor 100

I had ended that run a week ago with my shirt soaked, knees scraped, shorts dripping and face streaked with ditchwater having pitchpoled headfirst into the water on the first turn.

It was my intention to show that corner much more respect this time round (most likely by creeping gingerly round the edge of it, clinging to the slippery bank) but as if by magic the water had gone, only a floodplain of sand and nub of black plastic hosing evidence of its nightmarish existence…

Still, I can’t say the run was made especially easier, as Hogmoor’s challenges of sand dunes, twisty boardwalks, steeplechase troughs and steady climbs continue to taunt those of us who vigorously abused mountains of mince pies, Christmas cakes, plum duff and tins of Quality Street for the best part of six weeks… I’m almost through the last few unloved blue coconut ones now (and the remaining toffee pennies), and then it is healthy fuel all the way! That will make all the difference, right?

Anyway… it seems more hearty souls than ever are drawn to the inclosure of a Saturday morning whatever the weather, and the carpark was again chock-a-block almost out to the road. In all, some 285 runners ran, jogged and walked the course, including 10 mystery men and women who had failed to register/sign up/bring their barcode… come on – reveal yourselves!! Hopefully see you next week.

There were 15 first timers to parkrun this week (welcome!), and 21 who were making their Hogmoor debuts including Kevin Yates of the Chandler’s Ford Community Running Group. Kevin is a Parkrun MACHINE, and Saturday’s run (he was the 11thfinisher in 21 minutes dead) was his 421st parkrun.

In all, there were 60 PBs on the day – I don’t think I heard the bell ringing 60 times, but to be fair the blood was coursing through my head for quite a while after wheezing over the finish line so I may have missed that.

Congratulations to Gerd Goldsack who ran her 50thparkrun (see you in your snazzy red 50 shirt soon, Gerd) and Martin Wells (50th) and to David Mais who clocked his 100th Parkrun.

James Baker (Chichester Runners & AC) struck a blow for the forty-somethings, flying round in 16 minutes 37 seconds, to achieve an age-grade score of 84.05%. If I’m going to be entirely honest, I’ll confess right now that despite trying to figure out the age-grade scoring system for about three years now, I am still not really any the wiser, but can confidently say a mark around 84% equates to that feeling you have a split second before vomiting. Or passing out. Or vomiting and then passing out.  The governing body for such pointy-headed things, World Masters Athletics, states that 100% is World Record Level, and above 90% is World Class level, so chapeau James!  Take a look here if you want to figure it out for yourself…

Katie Read, running her seventh parkrun was the first female finisher in a time of 24:06 just three seconds off her PB.
David Jarrett, who runs with Haslemere Border AC, registered a PB to duck under 18 minutes with a 17:58second-placed male finish and Lordshill Road Runner Ben Pitman was third male finisher in 18:06.

Alton Runner Beth Swadling was the second of 134 female finishers with a new PB of 24:33 (no bad luck on her 13th parkrun) and Cassandra Shepherd was third in 25:01 on her first visit to Hogmoor.

See you all next week for a sweaty run and some sticky buns - remember to bring your purses for the newly opened café.


Hogmoor’s Century

Wow Hogmoor I can’t believe you’re 100 already, I can remember when you were just 1! Now look at you all grown up, and attracting more and more people each week.  A huge shout out to every single volunteer and participant who has made those 100 parkruns happen

An amazing 351 people ran, jogged or walked the course today, with 32 managing to record new PBs on this freezing, icy morning. But didn’t the Inclosure look beautiful in the mist ?

The recent rain had added an additional challenge with the reappearance of the massive puddle by “Stonehenge”.  As one of the brave (!) souls who went through the middle I can confirm that the  water was seriously cold, RD Helen did warn us in her briefing that they had broken the ice on it earlier!

This week we welcomed 70 people who were taking part at Hogmoor for the very first time, 16 of whom chose to make Hogmoor’s 100th their first parkrun. A warm welcome to all, I believe our furthest travelled visitor was from Cardiff.

We were also visited by a few of our local fireman running in their full kits, well done guys .

Congratulations are in order to the following people who reached their milestones this Saturday:

Paul KEOGH,  Solveig STORE and Amy JONES celebrated their 50th runs ,

With Colin HARE reaching his 100th .

 Here’s to the next 100.

This week’s event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Helen BLAKELEY • Helen CHAPMAN • Katie LUCAS • Jim ARMITAGE • John HILTON • Joanna LANGLEY • Chris SMITH • Christine TOMS • Colin BALDWIN • Toni BALDWIN • Georgina ASHTON • Joan LOWTON • Jessica BUSH • Emma PROCTOR • Bianca JUNGE • Louise THOMPSON • Lucy ANDREWS • Alex L C HALL • Geoff GOLDSACK • Helen STOKKEREIT • Florence SELF

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