New Years Day at Hogmoor parkrun – Event #97

It was a special day in parkrun-land for on New Years Day two parkruns can be run! People travel far and wide for the New Years Day Double (NYDD). We had visitors this morning at Hogmoor from Manchester, Canada and large number of very friendly parkrunners from Salisbury. Oh and a special little crochet bear all the way from Lancaster.

The car park was packed, there were people coming from everywhere, there were 134 tourists/visitors with us this morning. 8 people choose New Years Day to join the parkrun family, thank you for choosing Hogmoor. Well done and we hope to see you all back on Saturday.
Sore heads were soon forgotten (for most!) as parkrunners’ set off for two sandy undulating laps of the Hogmoor Inclosure. There was a whopping 45 new PBs! Amazing effort everyone! But today’s event, just kept getting better. The Christmas Day record number of attendees was broken, 432 ran, walked, skipped and dragged themselves round the course. AND THEN James BAKER, flew round setting a new course record of 16mins 22seconds! Well done James!!
Andrew LOWTON & Linda ROBSON reached 100 runs, Katie LUCAS a whopping 200 and Elaine DAKIN joined the 250 club! And ‘the most runniest runner’ was Steve TILL of Alice Holt who has completed 472 parkruns. Well done all.
One of our juniors joined the 25 Volunteer club – Thank you Lola. Christine TOMS was on fine form as always volunteering for the first time in 2020. In 2019 Christine marshalled the course 50 times! Hogmoor would not be the same without her!
235 of the NYD Hoggies finished their first parkrun and hot footed over to Alice Holt for their second run. 36 of these people ran the same time as someone else at either Hogmoor or Alice Holt, I was planning to list them here, but there were so many, people many nod off whilst reading this. Worth highlighting though Liss RC Runner Steve ARMSTRONG managed to run the exact same time at both events! Now that’s what you call a NYDD!

The course was dominated this morning by Andrew’s and John’s/Jonathon’s (of various spellings) with 13 of each of them taking to the course! This was closely followed by 10 Catherine’s/Katherine’s, Dave’s/David’s& James’.

A huge thank you to our volunteers this morning the event wouldn’t have been possible (and nearly wasn’t!) without you and an even bigger THANK YOU, to those that also went on to volunteer for a second time at another venue.: Colin BALDWIN, Toni BALDWIN, Trish BIRCH, Catherine BLAKE, Sheena BOOKER, Patricia BROWN, Andrew BULL, Kerrieanne CARTWRIGHT FORBES, Helen CHAPMAN, Helen FOULDS, Jenny FRENCH, Miles HUTCHINGS, Simon LANGLEY, Joanna LANGLEY, Fran LIGHT, Fiona LUNSKEY, Helen MANSEY, Cliff PAY, Richard SCRASE, Nick SIRS, Christine TOMS.

Now as we move into 2020 we have 53 parkruns upon us, including a special treat, a rare parkrun on 29th Feb and a ‘two-days in a row parkrun’ as Christmas day this year falls on a Friday!

Thank you to everyone for joining us in the last 12 months and we look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday for Hogmoor parkrun event 98!

And remember without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to hold our FREE weekly, timed event. Why not make it a New Years Resolution to join the team and volunteer every now and again. I promise it is as much fun as running and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from giving back gives you a warm glow lasting the whole weekend!