Puddles and PB’s

Can I really call myself a Tourist at Hogmoor when I frequent Hogmoor as often as Alice Holt these days! Apologies for cheating on you Alice Holt! I forgot it was your Birthday and I’ll come and see you next week!

How lucky am I to have two fantastic parkruns on my doorstep! Anyway let’s get on with what I am here for...

On a beautiful November’s morning 214 people ran, walked, jogged & skipped Hogmoor parkrun. After swimming to the start line across the flooded car park!

After a First Timers Briefing delivered by Helen STOKKEREIT we welcomed 12 First Timers, and 20 visitors from Bushy, Basingstoke and from Wiltshire. Helen CHAPMAN then took to the floor and delivered the main briefing before leading us to the start line!

Hogmoor is a fabulous two lap Sandy parkrun, which featured lots of puddles this morning. Out of the starting area and along to the ‘Bat Cave’ ‘Thank you Marshall’ and up the newly named (by me!) Shakespeare Hill ‘Though she be but little, she is fierce’ before enduring over a kilometre of undulating sand, puddles but beautiful forest, blue sky’s and the sound of 214 happy parkruners! And there she is, the marshal of all marshals, the marshal with bells on (literally), all singing, all dancing, giver of joy Christine TOMS, HUGE THANK YOU MARSHALL - Christine takes to the course most weekends and gives so much support and encouragement to all runners.

We then pick up a ‘gravel’ path back towards the start line, thanking a couple more Marshall’s along the way before heading out again for a second lap!

This morning on the course I met the lovely William in his speedy red buggy, who was absolutely loving the puddles and even had the time to give me a high 5 as he passed!

Penny the champagne long haired Chihuahua was also out on the course on top form this morning. Penny is nearly two years old and has been running parkrun since her 1st Birthday! Big shout out to Penny!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Eban BROWN at the end of the run, he was out running with his mum and he ran his little legs off, securing an impressive PB!

Today’s parkrun was made possible by our amazing volunteers Lucy ANDREWSColin BALDWINDiane BEMBRIDGETrish BIRCHCatherine BLAKEHelen CHAPMANEleanor EASONCliff PAYEmma PROCTORLewis ROACHFlorence SELFHelen STOKKEREITChristine TOMS. We were also blessed with local running influencer and Farnham Runner Susie CHAN!

To round off this weeks report, I am delighted to announce that a whopping 31 PB’s were achieved.

See you all next week. DFYB!