The only people who know of my "guilty secret" are those now-retired WGs & fellow-punters I've met through punting and who, over the years, have become friends. None of my non-punting friends or my relatives knows about my punting.
Because I live in a urban area which is well-provided with WGs, it's possible for me to make sure that I don't punt too locally or in towns where family and/or friends live, thereby reducing the risk of bumping into people I know in any other context. Also being retired, I'm "time-rich" so can go punting when most of my friends will be at work.
I'm fortunate that I took up this addictive pastime some time ago after the late Mrs Rochdull lad had died. As I said on another thread some weeks ago, if I ever got into another relationship, that'd have to be the end of my punting career because: 1] I hope it'd be a full
relationship; and 2] I'm such a bad liar, that I'm sure I'd be found out which would spell the end of the relationship.