Run Report #91
As we wend our way towards our 100th parkrun at Seaton yesterday's 91st event really captured the spirit of parkrun. We welcomed 174 participants, a fantastic number given the unseasonably wet, misty and cold weather.
A huge 55 were first timers to Seaton parkrun and amongst these were three who can only be described as parkrun Royalty! Firstly, John Woods wearing his blue 500 T shirt (only 25 of those have been issued to date) for this, his 570th parkrun. Also here for a spot of parkrun tourism were Rosemary Egbe completing her 280th (yes 280th) parkrun in a different location and Carol Muir completing her 248th different parkrun. Rosemary and Carol hold the first and third spots in the women’s league table of parkrunners who’ve visited huge numbers of parkruns in different locations. I’m in awe at what you three have achieved. Will I ever wear a blue 500 T shirt? At my current rate I’ll be about 104 when that happens!
Amazingly this week we had some 20 parkrunners who have completed 100 or more parkruns.
Our first VI runner, Helen Davies, came back for her second visit to Seaton parkrun and this time our ED, Carol Austin volunteered to be her guide with Helen securing a PB.
Local runner, Finlay reached his 10th run milestone. Congratulations Finlay!
First man home was Nick Wicks from Stratford upon Avon in 18:06 and first woman was Rachael Moss in 22:17. The best age grade was recorded by Kevin Fahey, 78.49%, who also claimed a PB. The best age graded woman today was local runner Angela Kerr in 75.63% who was also celebrating her birthday today proving that adding a year can be a positive benefit! The day after his seventh birthday, Matthew celebrated his seventh parkrun with a PB.
Amongst the 34 PBs recorded were Paul Lloyd, Jess Tubbs, Sarah Shipley and Diane Newton who are all members of our local club Axe Valley Runners.
As ever our parkrun can only take place if we have sufficient volunteers to keep everyone safe so a big well deserved thank you to all the volunteers who were quite wet by the end but were still smiling.
Afterwards we all dried out with the traditional post parkrun coffee at Pebbles cafe who kindly provided a birthday cake surprise for Angela, Matthew and two other stalwart volunteers, Alison and Emma who also celebrated birthdays this week.
It was definitely a day for spreading the parkrun love!