Parkrun at Piggly Wiggly hike, 25 Feb 2018

Report and photos: Penny Purchase

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Sunday 25 February 2018 dawned a wet, drizzly, mizzly day. We were due to hike on the Hulley s farm close to the Fort Nottingham Rd. I was up early to find out from Iain and Kate Hulley about the condition of their lands for hiking.  Just too wet said Farmer Iain. So, this hike was postponed to a drier time of the year. I had an alternative idea to put to the disappointed hikers: those who wanted a bit of a hike, to meet at Piggly Wiggly to do the 5km parkrun course. The weather prediction was slightly less wet than on the farm! There were 8 intrepid hikers who wanted some exercise, despite the weather & .. or perhaps were free and had nothing better to do & & or was it the promise of a hot cappuccino and fellowship at the warm Piggly Wiggly restaurant that enticed us? We all have our reasons for wanting to hike in inclement weather! Those who braved the damp, cloudy weather were: Rob and Nellie Melis, Sue Rowley, Heather Anderson, Jill Plummer, Vladimir Dobreff, Sean and myself.

Some of us do this parkrun course every Saturday at 8 a.m. Rob Melis, a regular park runner, suggested that we do the parkrun course in reverse and this we did. We trotted through the vineyards and down the steep muddy hill that challenges us when we do it the correct way. It was muddy most of the way but the rain held off. The landscape across the Dargle Valley was attractive - all soft green and misty grey.

It was a pleasant slow walk that took us just over an hour. We were all ready for refreshment and a sociable time in the restaurant. Piggly Wiggly did not disappoint. 6 of us stayed and enjoyed each other s company.

I recommend doing the parkrun course every Saturday, to all hikers. It s free, it keeps you fit and the subsidised Piggly Wiggly breakfast, for just R45, is always delicious! A group of us from MHC do it regularly & .. come and join us!