John Sanderson delighted his club mates at Guildford and Godalming by claiming his second consecutive Hogs Back Road Race victory at Loseley Park Estate near Guildford on Sunday (10th December) in the 57th edition of this historic race.
Conditions were described as 'testing', with wind and rain to contend with. The off-road section through the beautiful grounds of the Tudor manor house was rather greasy (see photo) but that did not stop the winner from operating at 5-minute-mile pace for the entire 11.7kms for a time of 36:42.
Runners-up were Alex Money (Orpington RR, 39:17) and Conor Kissane-Wood (Thames Valley Harriers, 39:40) as Stephen Blake (Woking, 39:55) also ducked under 40-minutes. The leading masters were M40 Philip Young (Windle Valley, 42:15), M50 Bob Wagner (Waverley Harriers, 45:53) and M60 David Truepenny (Runnymede Runners, 52:38).
The women's winner was unattached runner Holly McGuigan (47:58) from Caitlin Lloyd (Lewes, 48:33) and Cecilia Siruffo (Guildford and Godalming, 48:54). Leading age-group runners included W50 Susanna Harrison (Guildford and Godalming, 51:45).
Despite the inclement weather the Hogs Back race retained its popularity with a record entry and 763 finishers inside two hours, all of whom were cheered across the line by marshals and spectators and awarded a cheeky pig medal and refreshments. Delicious sausage baps by The Giggly Pig Co. and coffees from Cafe2U were in exceptionally high demand!
The race is delivered by award-winning organisers aat-events on behalf of Guildford and Godalming Athletics Club (GGAC). It is GGAC’s largest annual fundraiser but this year also raised over £1000 for new charity partner, Lucy Air Ambulance for Children. Pacers were on hand to help runners with the odd distance and event partners Hogs Back Brewery provided gift packs for the winners as well as runners in the best fancy dress. Among the many compliments on social media was this from Simon: “The marshals were brilliant cheering everyone on even in the pouring rain. I will be returning to this event again”.
If you cannot wait 12 months to experience the Hogs Back atmosphere you are in luck because aat-events have announced the Breakfast Run at Loseley
on Sunday, June 17 that will offer the opportunity to run the same great 11.7km route on a summer’s morning followed by a slap-up breakfast and the first 50 entrants will automatically receive £5 off.