News - 5th November 2020

Sam and his Ooman


Earlier this year Hamilton Lake parkrun lost their doggie icon – Sam. It was sad for a large number of the Hamilton Lake parkrun family.


Run Director Helen Moore paid tribute to their four-legged friend and his ‘ooman’, Jason.


I have been a Run Director since parkrun started in October 2013. It was only a few months after that on 21st December that you and Sam did your first parkrun together. Little did we know then what a large part the two of you were going to play in our Hamilton Lake parkrun story. You were our first runner to reach the 250 milestone and Sam deservedly also got his own unofficial 250 jacket.




Together you completed 304 parkruns, the last few months in his yellow cart, still keen to get round together even when he was unable to run by your side.


More importantly, you’ve embraced the spirit of parkrun. You’ve both volunteered together 117 times and there are many people here who would say that you were the first people they met on their own parkrun journey.


You’ve always encouraged your fellow runners and walkers to keep going and do their best, and who can forget Sam’s ooman training updates.


So, on behalf of Hamilton Lake parkrun, I’d like to say how much we will miss seeing ‘Jason + Sam’ together on our volunteer board and running around our course and to thank you and Sam for all the wonderful memories.


Hamilton Lake parkrunners paid tribute on social media showing how much an impact our parkdogs can have.

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