Hogmoor Inclosure Run Report 07/03/2020

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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

 

Penny’s Family Takeover

My family and I have enjoyed many runs at Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun during 2019 and several members started their parkrun adventure here in the summer of 2019 so we thought it would be a nice idea to say thank you to the regular volunteers by doing a family volunteer takeover for the week. We filled the entire roster with the exception of Run Director (as we felt we needed at least one person to be properly in charge). There was also an additional volunteer photographer.

Family cast as follows:

Myself - Pre run set up, funnel manager, run report writer

Brother 2 - Pre run set up, New runners briefing

Sister 1 - Timekeeper

Daughter 1 - Timekeeper

Sister 2 - Marshal

Niece 1 - Marshal

Niece 2 - Marshal

Nephew’s girlfriend - Marshal

Brother in law - Marshal

Daughter 3 - Marshal

Daughter’s boyfriend - Marshal

Sister in Law - Finish tokens

Nephew 2 - Finish tokens

Niece 3 - Barcode scanning

Nephew 1 - Barcode scanning

Brother 1 - Tailwalker

Daughter 2 - Tailwalker

Friend of the family - Photographer

For some of the newer runners in the family this was their first time volunteering and they all agreed that it had been great fun and that it was really interesting to see parkrun from ‘the other side’. As it was so close to Christmas we all wore team elf hats and it was great to see that a large number of runners had also made a great festive effort, with sparkles, fishnets, Santa hats, Christmas trees and other looser interpretations of Christmas all visible. 

The first runner back David Jarrett, in a time of 19.01 was dressed in a furry reindeer costume!

The first female finisher was Harriet Bond in 23.45.

A big well done to all the runners for actually tuning up on such an unpromising, rainy morning and for going through the HUGE puddle at the far end of the course, everyone got wet ! To be fair the rain did ease off for the run itself and we were blessed by a spectacular rainbow over the finish line at the end.

A huge thank you to ALL the volunteers at Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun during 2019 and if you fancy having a go yourself do get in touch via hogmmorinclosurehelpers@parkrun.com. If you can’t bear the thought of giving up your run to volunteer there are several roles where you can do both. Go on, volunteer…you know you want to….

A very happy Christmas everybody.

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Event #80 – Imogen’s Run Report

Saturday morning I took part in my 3rd parkrun at Hogmoor, which was my 36th overall. I was running with my mum who was trying to get a PB, whilst my elder and younger sisters played at the park with dad on the zip wire! 

Whilst Hogmoor is set in beautiful surroundings, I find the course quite difficult, the sandy bits are hard to run on, however at the corner of one you get met by a music playing marshall who I like to hi-five so that gives me something to look forward to.

Hogmoor is *not* flat despite mum trying to convince me otherwise, but it’s not hilly, there’s just a few lumps and bumps in between the start and finish, which hopefully will feel ‘flatter’ each time I run them. 

I finished the run faster than mum (she’s never been able to beat me!!!), but I missed out on my own PB. Mum got hers but was so pleased with herself that she forgot to ring the PB bell!  Oh well, we will just have to come back soon and try again. Thank you to all the volunteers for helping to make Hogmoor happen. 

 

A VIP Run Report – 30th March 2019 – and please could we have our missing token (no 260) back?

We have a fantastic run report this week from Elaine Trim who will tell you below why she is a VIP.  Before you reads on, if you accidentally went home with barcode token number 260, please could you return it as we will need it for another runner! Now, on with the run report...

Today’s parkrun was a beautiful morning; bright, sunny and very well attended with over 300 runners. I am writing this run report today from a VIP’s perspective. No, I am not famous or important (well, I don’t think I am anyway). I am a Visually Impaired Person.

I started running with a Rookie Runners course in November and graduated at Hogmoor on 22nd December 2018. Being a slightly undulating course (I have been reassured that they are not hills!) with different terrains, I was able to do a walk-round the course before Graduation Day with Fran, my coach and Colin, one of the fantastic Hogmoor Volunteers. They both pointed out different ‘undulations’ and where there are brambles, tree roots, low branches and puddles alongside the path. This ensured I had a very enjoyable Graduation Run with no real concerns about tripping over or not seeing things.

My Vision impairment is basically the same as you looking through a toilet roll, I have reasonably good central vision but absolutely no peripheral vision so cannot see up, down, left or right so will not see buggies, dogs, children and anyone at my side. So if I tread on your little darlings, it’s not because I don’t like children or dogs, it’s because I didn’t see them! I apologise in advance, if I should ever do this.

Since my Graduation parkrun, I have now been to 3 different parkruns and always had a Guide Runner with me; some have done Guide Running courses, others haven’t but they have all done a great job at helping me navigate the very busy start where Runners dart in and out of my field of vision. If I were to do this on my own, I would be tripping over dogs, buggies, feet and bumping into everyone and would most certainly be very anxious. Once the field thins out a little, I can relax and get into my stride. I wear a Visually Impaired vest and I also have a Guide vest for my Guide runner to wear, we run tethered so my Guide can pull me if needed and it also ensures no-one runs between us and separates us. My Guide Runner will tell me when we are about to turn a tight bend, go up or down any steps or bumps, if there are dogs nearby, bushes or any other obstacles. It can be difficult occasionally to overtake others on narrow sections as we have to overtake as a pair but we will usually shout out ‘overtaking on your left/right’, I think this is good running etiquette for everyone to remember whether someone has a visual impairment or not.

Of the three parkruns I have been to, Hogmoor is certainly the most challenging as a VIP with the different levels of sand, a few narrow sections, undulations, large puddles (after wet weather) and spiky bushes to watch out for alongside the track - but so far, it is my favourite as it is beautiful with interesting views and an amazing group of Volunteers who encourage us with pom-poms, loud cheering, clapping and lots of jumping and dancing; so a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who turn up week after week, regardless of the weather. I must also include all Guide Runners in the BIG THANK YOU as well as they are also Volunteers and without them, I would not be able to run as part of the parkrun community.

parkrun has been great for me as I feel included and am able to do an activity which keeps me fit and I have made some great friends too. Everyone is always so encouraging and supportive, whatever your ability and I am never made to feel different.

Elaine Trim

 

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun #56 – A Newcomer’s View

A run report by John Craig.

I had a whole raft of excuses as to why I put off doing a parkrun until I was 47½ (too busy  with work, needed the Saturday morning lie-in, didn’t like running in a crowd, etc.) - all of which turned out to be wrong – but, having finally joined the parkrun community at the end of January, I am already a convert after just six runs. Noting that I am a relatively newcomer to parkruns, I thought that it might be helpful to pitch this run report at others who are either setting out on their parkrun journey or who are debating whether to make the trip to Bordon to have a go at the Hogmoor Inclosure course. With that in mind, I thought that it might be helpful to break my report into sections, to pre-empt some of the questions that those thinking of visiting the course might have.

Firstly, the course location is easily accessible. The Inclosure is not only well-positioned for locals, sitting between Bordon and Whitehill, but is also straightforward for drivers to reach from the A3 (using the well-written directions on the course webpage) and - while the entrance to the car park is not particularly easy to identify on GoogleEarth - the entrance to the car park is easy to spot as you drive along Hogmoor Road… even if it might look as though you are turning into a cement factory at first glance!

Secondly, the facilities are more than adequate and will only get better when the new café opens. The car park is spacious (and free), with more than enough room for the 194 runners and accompanying supporters who attended today, and – while the café is not yet open – the park authorities have thoughtfully positioned several Portaloos at the edge of the car park… or, from a runner’s perspective, near the start! The Inclosure itself is stunning, with well-maintained paths in a beautiful forest setting, artistic sculptures dotted along the paths and some impressive play-park facilities to keep any accompanying children entertained.

Thirdly – but most importantly, as the run could not take place without them – the volunteers were as excellent as ever. The pre-start briefs were well coordinated, with the attention of the runners being captured by some enthusiastic ringing of the “PB bell,” and the briefs were clear and succinct. Unlike many courses, where you simply follow a looping path from the start to the finish, Hogmoor Inclosure is criss-crossed with dozens of other paths that, to the uninitiated, look remarkably like the route that you are supposed to be on. The volunteers prevent runners from becoming “lost in the woods” by turning up well ahead of time and placing clear directional arrows at regular intervals so that there is never any doubt about where you should be going. Marshals were well positioned around the course to offer reassurance and encouragement to runners, with a particularly shout-out to the lady in purple at the bottom of the sand-dune section whose motivational shouts made everyone run a bit a faster… which will hopefully make us all look a bit quicker in the pictures taken by the photographer standing next to her! The finish section was well managed and, thanks to a clear briefing at the start, the runners who had finished kept well out of the way of those still going.

My fellow runners (all 193 of them) represented a wide range of running types, from the obviously athletic, who disappeared rapidly over the horizon in search of a new PB, to the clearly prepared (with “Liss Runners” standing out today in their bright red shirts), to small groups of friends enjoying a leisurely chat while building their fitness in the pleasant forest setting. The Inclosure is perfect for runners with dogs, with paths that are wide enough to avoid tripping over leads (and plenty of sticks for frisky dogs to fetch while waiting at the start), and the running surface is ideal for youngsters, with a pre-schooler having no difficulty “helping” her Granddad around the course, although the sandy terrain is a bit more challenging for buggy-users, even though a couple of runners with off-road variants were making good time today.

Saving the most unique element of the parkrun for last, the course itself is outstanding. Like many first-timers visiting a new course, one of things I look forward to as I leave work on a Friday evening is searching for information about the course that I will be running the next day. My reviews of the course webpage, the Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun Facebook page, the images and videos obtained from a Google search, and the run reports written by my predecessors all highlighted one aspect that stands out above all others: the sand. Some runners will love the idea of powering across compacted dunes, as it reduces the shock of impact during foot-strike, while those in search of a 5k PB might be less thrilled at being unable to push off hard in areas of softer sand, but the compacted nature of the sand means that the majority of the course is more akin to running on a forest path than slogging through sand dunes in the Sahara. That said, there are two parts of the course where the sandy surface does stand out. The first is a brief uphill section as you start the southern loop, where a bit more effort than usual is required to climb to the top of the path, although this should not worry anyone unduly, as it is more like climbing a dune at the back of a beach than training for the French Foreign Legion. [This may well be the part of the course alluded to on the course Facebook page in a quote that says “That’s not a hill… it’s an upwards flat section!”] The second part of the course where the sand stands out is a gently rolling section that passes over some rounded dunes, at which point my imagination called to mind the beach scene from the classic running movie “Chariots of Fire,” so – if I appeared slower on this section than on others – my excuse is that I was mimicking the slow-motion sequence from the film… rather than just being slower than a tortoise wading through treacle. The paths themselves are wide and, even when there are runners coming in the opposite direction, there is plenty of room to pass (or, as I often find as I near the home straight, to allow other runners to pass!)

In summary, while this was my first visit to the Hogmoor Inclosure and only my sixth parkrun in total, it was also the sixth course I have run on in the last couple of months (the others being Havant, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Fareham, Portsmouth Lakeside, and Fareham) but was by far the most enjoyable location I have visited and I will definitely be coming back. Even the weather behaved, being dry, not too hot and a lot less windy than recent weeks. All in all, a great run at a great venue.

Hogmoor Inclosure RD: Thanks John for a great run report.  Rob Hannam took some great photos today (thanks to Rob too) - you can see them here.

 

 

 

Last Hogmoor parkrun before Christmas…

... and first ever parkrun for Alton Runners' latest graduates

For the past seven Saturdays, the latest group of Alton Rookie Runners have met up for their weekly training session, but this week was different. This week was graduation day, and that meant a team road trip to Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun.

Organised by Alton Runners, ‘Rookie Runners’ is the club’s 0 to 5k programme. Bright and early this morning, all fourteen members of Team Rookie and myself (the team’s coach) gathered in the car park. Festive hats were pulled on and ‘before’ photos taken. Everything ‘Team Rookie’ had done and learnt over the past couple of months had been leading up to this moment, and everyone was understandably excited, and a little nervous!

As we headed to the start area, the team were visibly relieved to see lots of other people dressed festively whilst I was delighted to see Alton Runners out in force, and in some rather fabulous Christmas attire too. Special costume shout outs go to Ian and Diane Urquhart for their coordinated, and very convincing elf outfits and to Jim Armitage for tail running in full Santa mode, complete with fake rotund belly!

As the bell was rung to announce the first timers' briefing I left the team in the safe and supportive hands of my fellow Alton Runners to head for my marshalling spot. I usually run alongside the rookies when they graduate, but due to injury I had to sit this one out. Luckily Run DIrector Colin - an Alton Rookie Runners graduate from my first rookie course back in January 2017 - found me the perfect marshalling position, a spot where I could see the rookies pass by four times and still get to the finish in time to cheer them all across the finish line.

Fortunately for Team Rookie, the weather was perfect for a first 5k. It didn't rain and it wasn't too cold. In fact, the weather was so mild that most of the rookies had to take their festive hats off mid-route so they didn't over-heat. I know this because they threw them at me for safekeeping as they ran past! Terrain wise, thanks to the heavy rain we’ve had recently the sand was firm and compacted. The rain was also responsible for the super-sized puddles that featured prominently on the route, but everyone loves splashing through puddles right?

As they came through the finish the rookies became graduates and, as it was their first parkrun, every single one of them got Personal Bests and earned the right to ring the PB bell, though a couple of the more reserved team members did decline this opportunity!

Being so close to Christmas most of ‘Team Graduate’ had places to be, and things to do, so we held a quick certificate presentation and posed for a few final photos before heading off to our warm cars.

Thank you to all the runners present who gave the team the resounding round of applause that they most definitely deserved and to all this week’s parkrun volunteers who made a special and memorable event even more so.

Finally I just want to say a few words on marshalling. Marshalling is great fun. You get to see everyone as they go past, you play an important part in (quite literally) keeping everyone on track and, best of all, you get to shout encouragement to anyone who looks like they’re flagging slightly. Plus, lots of people say thank you (which is always nice) and afterwards your name appears on that week’s parkrun ‘credits’. I highly recommend volunteering at parkrun once in a while, and if you’re trying to find a New Year’s resolution that you might actually stick to for more than a few weeks then maybe ‘regularly volunteer for parkrun’ could be it …

Fran Light
Alton Runners Coach

 

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun # 39 – The Chimes of the PB Bell!

Despite the rain, the cold, and gusty winds it’s heart warming to see people on a very wet and bracing morning gathered together for a run around the beautiful track at Hogmoor. There doesn’t seem to be any logic to it, we would all be far cosier in bed! But it is fun and I mean that whole heartedly, it is a wonderful course to run. With twists and turns, wooded paths and giant-sized puddles, this is the best way I can think of to kick start the weekend, blow away the excesses of a Friday night, or simply push oneself onto their next event run.

It was fantastic to hear the new ‘PB Bell’ wanging away all morning with many Hogmoor regulars setting themselves ever faster times. Su Brown setting herself a new time of some five and a half minutes faster than her previous run. Simon Bane also managed to edge himself to a fastest time with seconds taken off his PB set in September. A young Jessica Bush appears to be pushing herself on with almost two minutes taken off her previous record, well done! Also, George Longland smashed her previous PB with an incredible twenty-five second advance on her record set in June, brilliant work! Michelle Clark also set herself a new record time this morning, taking her fastest time down to a minute off her previous PB in November. Victoria Dick had a great run too, with a thirteen second faster performance than her previous best. David Jarrett also set the track on fire with his second run at Hogmoor, taking twelve seconds off his previous time, well done all of you stars!

I think it’s commendable that the younger ones manage to get themselves to parkrun in the morning too! Seriously, after a week of getting up for school the temptation to postpone any early morning exercise must be very appealing! So brilliant work for getting out in the morning Ben Kilner-Smith, Max and Lola Powell, and Emily Killing!

Fantastic work from the five First Timers at Hogmoor, with noteworthy visits from Louise Hutchinson making her 118th run this morning and Robert Hutchinson now having run 135 parkruns, brilliant work! Well done to Victoria Dick again for finishing her 330th parkrun too!

Congratulations to Simon Dimmock for getting his first ever first place at Hogmoor, no easy task in conditions like this morning, especially with David Jarrett closely following and Marlon Driver taking third. Similarly, congratulations to Lucy Mitchell for taking the women’s first place with a triumphant sub 23 minute run.

Thanks to all the parkrun volunteers who continuously brave the weather and wet feet to offer essential encouragement for those taking part. Without a doubt all the whoops, cheers, smiles and claps add so much more to the experience. In particular, top work Helen Chapman whose enthusiasm is always infectious and helps push everyone to the finish line!

Well done all and see you next time!

 

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun # 38 – Digby’s 10th Birthday Run Report

Why do you like doing parkruns, Digby?
“If you get a pb, everyone says “well done!” and even if you don’t, everyone is really nice to you. I have lots of friends there of all ages. I enjoy it because it’s a good way to get exercise without feeling like you’re exercising – I think it wakes me up in the morning too!”

What is special about Hogmoor parkrun?
“I love Hogmoor because it’s quite a challenging parkrun as it has hills and sand, but it is more in nature – so you can always hear the birds and see lots of trees. Also, it’s not as jam-packed as others so you can run better and don’t feel squashed. There’s a really wide variety of people there and I’ve met other vegans at Hogmoor too, which is brilliant as I don’t know many. Even those who aren’t vegan love eating vegan cakes – and sometimes they even make them! (hint hint!) – so it’s a nice way to show people about being vegan. Everyone is so friendly at Hogmoor.”

What was particularly special about this weekend at Hogmoor?
“It was my 10th birthday parkrun!! Everyone was cheering everyone on and people brought vegan cakes and biscuits to share with everyone. Lots of people said nice things about these. There was also a NEW pb bell that you can ring when you get a pb – lots of people were ringing it on Saturday! I will be ringing it again very soon…!”

What are you most looking forward to?
“Being 11 so I can run by myself! And my next pb…”

 

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun #36 – Sunny skies – but wet underfoot

Thanks to Ossian Shine for this brilliant run report!

SOMEBODY, somewhere must be smiling on Hampshire's newest parkrun or so it seemed on Saturday when, just hours before a downpour of biblical proportions, the sun shone brightly on Hogsmoor Inclosure's 36th run.

Despite the bright, clear weather, this was no walk in the park as more than 120 gritty souls had to brave heavy, energy-sapping sand, and a series of foot-deep puddles which meant a choice between sodden shoes (and socks) or a careful, ginger navigation skirting the water on slivers of slippery mud routes.

The first finisher was a mystery athlete, gender unknown, who must have skimmed over the water to finish in a time faster than Chris Shipley's second-placed 19'43. Please do remember your barcodes, folks, because it is a shame not to be able to celebrate the achievement of a first finisher!

Perhaps the first finisher was a Christopher or Christine, because the Chrises were clearly on form today, with another finishing third (Chris Birch); and Chris Carter coming seventh.

The top six finishers reached home in under 21 minutes, with sixth-placed Rufus Flack, of the Vegan Runners, registering 20'57" for a PB.

Max Powell motored in 22'39" to lead the boys' 15-17 age group, while Henry Driver was the first 11-14 year old boy home in 24'02" and 17th place. Another Max – this time Foster – was the quickest JM10 runner in 34’ 34”.

Lindsay Bamford scored a fantastic 70.66% age grade score and was the first woman to finish in 19th place with a PB time of 24'39".

Isobel Callaghan was the first (and last) JW10 runner in 27’24; with Lucy Carter leading the 11-14 girls in 26’51”.

Despite the deep puddles, 27 runners registered PBs with some superb efforts. Joining Rufus Flack and Lindsay Bamford were Benjamin Shine; Heike Brueck; Kirsty Lunn; Lisa Caine; Robert Clarke; Katrina Caswell; Phillippa Fisher; Rachael Painter; John Jacob; Michaela Bromley; Melanie Burns; Carly Eeles; Chris Haxby; Hayley Andrews; Jane Crinnion; Julie Foster; Max Foster; Karen Marsh; Jacob Garfoot; Rebecca Garfoot; Kevin McTaggart (in his 92nd Parkrun!); Emily Durrant; Zoe Young; Deirdre McPhillips and Richard Andrews.

And finally, a huge thanks to the fantastic volunteers who stopped us getting lost; cheered us on; logged our times; and made the whole thing happen. Thank you Rob APPLE, Jessica BUSH, Iain CALLAGHAN, Isobel CALLAGHAN, Michelle CLARK, Dan CLARKE, Katie CLARKE, Beth DAVIES, Hannah JOLLY, Joan LOWTON, Sue ROSE, John ROSE, Chris SMITH, Christine TOMS, and Lee WHITE.

See you all next week :)

 

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun # 32 – 13/10/2018

The one from the back of the pack. This morning I had the pleasure of volunteering at Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun as tail walker. I've never tail walked at a Saturday parkrun before and I found it to be a great way to help out at parkrun whilst still getting a run credit and a volunteer credit. Volunteering isn't limited to your home parkrun either, this was only my third visit to the lovely Hogmoor Inclosure and as I saw the roster had gaps I stuck my name in to volunteer.

So what does being a tail walker entail (no pun intended).

The Tail Walker stays right at the back of the field and should be the last person to cross the finish line ensuring that everyone is accounted for.
They are encouraged to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. Hogmoor provide you with a walkie-talkie and a lanyard with contact numbers too.
They let any marshal out on the course know that they can collect nearby signs and leave their post.
So it's a simple but important role to fulfil, making sure that everyone gets round the course safely and that no marshals are left to perish overnight out in the woods. That would be bad form. If you've never volunteered then you should give it a try, it's simple and it's fun to get involved.

This mornings run saw 120 runners, 20 volunteers and a couple of four legged friends get drenched right before the start, what a downpour! Luckily for everyone out in the course it pretty much held off for the duration of the run. There were 24 first timers at Hogmoor, 8 of whom did their very first parkrun, welcome to the parkrun family. There were 28 PB's achieved today too so the downpour can't of done too much harm. A big congratulations to young Daisy ANDERTON who completed her 10th run and qualifies for her junior 10 top.

The folk at Hogmoor Inclosure are blessed with a lovely and varied course through a lumpy forest Inclosure. Each time I've visited I've spotted new things as it continues to be developed. The adventure playground there is looking amazing, the cafe is coming on nicely and there are many strange statues popping up around the course. I really do enjoy visiting Hogmoor, it's a great course with a great atmosphere.

A big thank you to everyone that attended and helped this morning, what an amazing way to start the day. Happy parkrunning.

Link to my tourist blog with full size images
http://paul-jeffrey.com/2018/10/13/hogmoor-inclosure-parkrun-3/

Paul Jeffrey

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