I had no idea about the Hook 10k fun run road race was on until this week. It was a nice surprise to find that such a local race was on near where I live in Church Crookham.
It was a beautiful start to the day. One might say too warm but it was bound to bring a few more spectators out onto the course. A 10 oclock start gave me plenty of time to get ready. I followed the trail of other runners and parked in the station car park which was free on a Sunday.
There were no entries on the day but it had been open until 9 o’clock the previous night. I saw plenty of Hart road runners, Basingstoke and Hook runners at the starting line. All in all about 400 of us were there.
10 o clock came and we all set off. It started with several loops round the field then swung off into Hook town centre and out onto the country roads. It was a gently undulating course going through Rotherwick first and then on into Newnham to small villages. Local support was lovely. Unlike some other races cars were less of an issue and on the whole roads were pretty quiet. There were four water stations including an unofficial one. I managed to pick off a few runners on my way round and there were plenty of marshals and cyclists cheering us on. The finish ended back at the start and a medal and water was the reward for finishing. All in all very enjoyable and I would recommend it to any of you willing to travel farther afield.