The start of my D of E Journey

This Saturday was my 34th parkrun and I have been doing them since April last year with my Mum. Today was a crisp autumn day, with a frost on the ground and for the first time we decided to walk from home to the start of parkrun. This meant we were nicely warmed up for the start and boosted my step count for the day! This time of year is especially beautiful with the striking autumnal colours on the trees. Hogmoor, with all its trees is a scenic course.

As expected, this parkrun is well managed, with a race director that is organised and friendly volunteers.  Today we had over 200 runners. Although today was dry, we have had a lot of rain this week and some areas of the course were slightly muddy and despite the low temperatures I warmed up very quickly. I am always amazed by the wide variety of participants. There are runners who finish the course in less than twenty minutes and we also have mums and dads pushing babies in buggies, young children and families with dogs. People of all ages complete the course and it’s always great to see new faces who want to get involved in parkrun.

Hogmoor Inclosure used to be an army training area with lots of tank crossings. When the Army moved out of Bordon, the area was converted into a park which can be used by the community. This means we have a figure of eight course, with wide sandy tracks and pathways through the woods.  Keep your eyes open for the many interesting hand carved waymarkers and gateway sculptures dotted throughout the inclosure.

I have decided to do parkun for my physical section of my silver Duke of Edinburgh award and I would like to thank the race director for being so friendly and helping me complete this.


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!


Christmas and New Year Dates – 2019

It's with great pleasure that the Core team can announce that we will have a parkrun on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day!

The runs taking place on both these days are subject to there being a full volunteer roster with all essential roles being filled.

The Christmas timetable is as follows:

Saturday 21st December - 9am start as usual. Christmas Fancy Dress option

Wednesday 25th December - 9am start. Subject to essential volunteer roles being filled. Christmas Fancy dress optional.

Saturday 28th December - 9am as usual.

Wednesday 1st January - 9am start to allow participants to run 2 events (the only day of the year we are allowed to do this!).  Please see the Christmas Compendium for other local parkrun events on this day.

Saturday 4th January - 9am as usual.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Event #79 – A Visitor from Ramsgate

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!


Event Number 78 – parkrun Challenges

There are plenty of parkrun challenges that you can set yourself: the most common being to run a parkrun run beginning with every letter of the alphabet. Some might think a little differently and become a pirate (by running the seven Cs and an R!) or you might like to run all of the events in Hampshire. This is the challenge that my friend and I are currently completing and this weekend we attended the lovely Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun.

This was a very friendly event. The RD was very excited to have a race report writer! There were plenty of friendly attendees; from runners, to people with buggies and those taking part in canicross. A special mention has to go to the very enthusiastic and happy marshals.

The route itself offers plenty for everyone. Hogmoor has sandy hills, forest paths and gravel. You will not be bored taking part in this event, it has so much to offer. There are parts through trees, a section across the forest and plenty of twists, turns and other undulations to keep you occupied.

There are currently 19 events in Hampshire and Hogmoor definitely offers the most variety in terms of terrain and views.

This week there were 219 finishers, with 47 people taking part in Hogmoor for the very first time. Well done to you and welcome to your new obsession.

Danielle Ward


Photos from HI parkrun #74

Thanks to Isaac and Jacob Garfoot for taking photos of Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun on 27/07/19:

If you would like to be a volunteer photographer one Saturday we would love your help.  Email us at


Hogmoor Inclosure Parkrun 1st June 2019

Alton Rookie Runners graduation parkrun (June 1 st 2019)

The Marshal’s perspective by Fran Light:
(Alton Runners coach Fran Light coached the Alton Rookie Runners through the 9-week 0-5 k programme).
After completing Alton Runners 9-week 0-5k programme, the Alton Rookie Runners were nervous and excited in equal measure when they gathered for their graduation parkrun. Having coached the team, I was really excited for them as I appreciated how very hard they had worked for this
moment. After leading the rookies in a 10 minute warm-up routine and staying with them for the first timers briefing I headed off to my marshalling post from where I had four opportunities to shout encouragement to them and other parkrunners as they ran past. The first time the rookies went
by they looked understandably pensive, but I was glad to see that they were all following the strategy we had practiced and that no-one set off too fast. As they passed me for the fourth and final time, they all looked tired, but happy … no doubt because they knew that they didn’t have much further to go! The rookies all did brilliantly and I am super proud of each and every one of them. We had done a parkrun simulation in training a couple of weeks ago to prepare for the big day, but there wasn’t much we could do to prepare for the hot weather and the sandy terrain, both of which they coped with admirably.
Afterwards, with varying degrees of coaxing, the rookies each rang the PB bell, to rounds of applause from their team mates and other runners. Alton Runners chairman then presented each rookie graduate with their personalised completion certificate and then we all settled down for a well-deserved picnic. Lots of Alton Runners came along to support the rookies and to celebrate the fact that Alton Runners member and coach Richard Taylor was completing his 50 th parkrun. Well done Richard -
and thanks for the homemade guacamole, it was delicious!

The runner’s perspective by Lou Morrish:
(Alton Runners member Lou Morrish has supported the Alton Rookie Runners throughout the 0 – 5k programme and ran alongside them on their graduation run) A warm sun shone down from a flawless blue sky as the Alton Rookie Runners arrived at Hogmoor Inclosure. Fran led a low-key warm-up session in a corner of the park and as nine o’clock neared, more runners arrived, and the atmosphere of excitement grew. There were nervous faces amongst the Rookies, and some last-minute concerns (would sand get in their shoes?) but on the whole everyone was feeling positive, in large part thanks to Fran’s unceasing mantra of ‘Smile! It will all be okay!’ The run began, and very soon the Rookies found their individual paces, just as Fran had advised
them to do. Hermione and Lou, along with Dominique, were soon off ahead, and I ran with Jenny, Esther, Sarah and Janine. But after about 2 k, Jenny’s pace (and her slightly longer legs) took her ahead as well.
The Rookies all ran steadily around the first lap, and Esther in particular was incredibly chuffed to have completed a lap without stopping. Sarah kept a good steady pace, watering her head at intervals, and Janine used her speed walking to best effect, as the three began their second lap.
Morale was still very high, helped along by the wonderful volunteer marshals. We all laughed and danced at the ‘music spot’, smiled widely as we passed Fran for the third time, and were buoyed up by the many encouraging remarks from other runners on the course. Everyone was tiring by the final kilometre. The sand was dragging, and the sun was now really
rather hot. But the determination amongst the Rookies was palpable, and if anything the pace picked up. The final hill was conquered, and the finisher’s funnel was in sight. As the Rookies crossed the line, the crowd cheered and clapped. They had done it! Thanks to Fran’s comprehensive training over nine weeks, the group had succeeded in achieving their goal – to complete a parkrun. Having shared their journey, I have learned so much, and hope to continue helping Fran and new runners to achieve their dreams.

The supporter’s perspective by Nicolle Carver:
(Nicolle took part in the latest rookie programme. Unfortunately, due to injury, couldn’t take part in today’s graduation run but she came along to cheer her team mates in as they came across the finish line) Having to take a break from running myself didn't stop me from taking part in the graduation run
for my fellow rookies in a different way.
Catching people's eyes, I could sense that they were quite nervous, but these nerves soon turned to excitement as the infectious buzz from the other runners spread, and then they were off! The change I saw when they came round the first lap was great. Although they were all a little more tired than when they set off, you could tell they had settled into their rhythm. By the next
time I saw them next, as they were coming to the end of their graduation run, the elation on their faces was wonderful. The encouragement from others gave them an extra spring in their step and added an extra inch to their smiles as the finish line came into sight.

When we all met up afterwards and everyone shared their experiences around the course there was a very strong team spirit and the talk soon turned to future running plans.


Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun #64 -18th May 2019

Over the past year I’ve heard lots about Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun but it’s taken until Saturday for me to actually manage a visit. Apart from QECP, this is the local one to my home and where a lot of my running group come to, so I persuaded my kids to have a change from the incredibly flat course we’ve been going to for the last 18 months and see what Hogmoor has to offer. I managed to convince a few friends to come along too, so we all met in the car park and followed the well signed path to the start area. One thing that I immediately noticed was the use of a bell to get the runners’ attention, initially to announce the new runners briefing details, then to gather up everyone for the pre-race briefing and a few 50 milestone announcements. A very short stroll around the corner to the start line and soon all the runners and walkers were on their way to complete the 5k distance. The course was a mixture of trail and sandy paths and apart from the passing straights to the loops it was also a wide course so you were able to run alongside friends or overtake someone easily.  Encouraging words were coming from marshals and other runners and soon we were on to lap 2. This lap seemed so much shorter, probably because I now had a few landmarks to use as points to get to. Before I knew it, the finish line was in sight, and we were cheered on by a handful of volunteers and faster runners. I crossed it wanting to do it all again. The absence of a coffee shop was made up by people wandering around offering cake and water. This meant that everyone was still at the finish area when the tail-walkers came through. Close to the start/finish area is also a large adventure playground that keeps young supporters occupied whilst still being close enough to keep popping back to see everyone coming by. My only regret about Hogmoor is not having visited sooner! I’ll definitely be back and will be recommending it to others. See you soon!

Clare Blecher

Editor's note: The long awaited café and toilet block are now due to open late summer (barring further setbacks) so, if you are so inclined, do keep bringing cakes etc. to share, they are always appreciated!

Thank you to Isaac Garfoot for this week's photos:


Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun #63: Run report from Millie Martin (and photos from Max Powell)

I finally took part in my first parkrun – whoop! whoop! It was great! Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun was the place to be at 9am last Saturday morning.

My preparation started months ago when I joined a ‘Couch to 5K’ running group in Liphook. I was 52 at the time and on the first run I thought I was doing rather well. The course leader then started running next to me and said “I believe there’s a 69 year-old in the group – is it you?”. My heart sank ever so slightly but I carried on regardless. As it turned out, the real 69 year-old is rather a whizz and has now completed 21 parkruns, to my feeble 1! Go Gerd!

My main reason for writing this is to encourage others to give parkrun a go, whatever your level of fitness. I had a few hiccups on my journey to the 5K goal, hence the months of prep, but I was determined to make it one day!

Whether you walk, jog, run or sprint you’ll have a sense of achievement and you’ll also meet some friendly and enthusiastic people along the way. The jolly introductory chat takes place a few minutes before 9am and then you’re off! There are marshals all around the course giving words of encouragement at various decibels. If you are tiring, then they give you the boost that you need to carry on. The course is not the flattest, but nor is it too tough – a good balance. When you cross the finish line there’s a great feeling of achievement (and slight relief) and then you can go home and carry on with your day knowing that you’ve done something good! Within a few hours of finishing, an email pings into your inbox giving you lots of personalised information about your run – you can’t help but feel proud when you read it (‘You were the 9th female finisher in your age category’ – hey, perhaps there were only 9 females in total in my age category, but I’ll never know and I felt good!).

I took a long time to pluck up the courage to take part in a parkrun. In the end I decided that I just had to bite the bullet and give it a go. I’m so pleased that I did and I’d encourage anyone else thinking of going along to just do it! You know you can!

Finally a huge thank you to the organisers and marshals – you’re all fantastic!

See you on Saturday!

Millie Martin


Thanks to Max Powell for his photos:

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