Wet, wet, wet

Run Report #63

Unusually it was a grey morning with constant mizzle for the 148 runners and walkers and the wonderful 25 volunteers who cheered, supported and helped as they got wetter and wetter.

Run director, Bec welcomed tourists from Marlow, Barking, Bushy, Loughton and Reading as well as visitors from Yeovil as Montucute parkrun fell victim to the weather again. The high tide and pebble filled funnel meant another slight change to the route but light winds led to very good conditions.

The first two finishers enjoyed a close fought run with Luke Reed just pipping Adam Hennessey on the line. Eleanor Wood was first female ahead of Naomi Shaw. She was also top on age grade with another impressive 86%.

Congratulations to the 43 of you who achieved personal bests and a special well done to the 18 who did their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family and come back soon.

Many runners and volunteers joined us to dry off afterwards with coffee in Pebbles where the wet tokens also had to be dried before they could be sorted.

See you next Saturday.


A Seaton parkrun birthday poem by David S. aged 36 and a quarter

Welcome to our first birthday parkrun

We hope by the end you’ll have had a whole load of fun
52 weeks, some with strife, some with ease
37000 km total and 1400 PBs

Mother nature was at times kind but has also shown her wrath
As Storm Doris deposited the beach on the path
Brian was kinder and that run went ahead
But it was cold and rainy, windy and wet

Grizzly weekend, we predicted 1000s would come down
We changed the route, got more tokens, had plans all figured out
We were worried about how many we could bear
In the end, there was only 147 people there

There was the week when the stopwatches were at fault
We tried our hardest but we lost the results
Then Tim spent hours collating data from Strava
Got out some results, and for that, we say Bravo!

Don’t forget your barcode is the cardinal rule
So, one week, didn’t our event director look like a fool
When she forgot hers, and we had to mention
As the saying goes: no barcode, no result, no exceptions.

We’ve had 2500 runners from age 4 to 78
Completing the course of Seaton parkrun to date
Shaun Dixon and Alexandra Cutts have the fastest times yet
Will they beaten this year, who’s gonna bet?

Halloween buckets for the tokens we keep
We’ve had Mr Men, run like Froome and now hats this week
Meet near the waves, start, run, pebbles and you’re done
This is the nature of our dear Seaton parkrun.

Honiton RC have twice taken over the task
of fielding volunteers and for that we give thanks!
It gives the core team an opportunity for fun
Or, perhaps, more importantly a chance to parkrun

One pre-wedding run, from a man who is tall
Who once took the wrong route and had to jump over the wall
Two bouts of sickness in the finishing funnel
Meant moving the cones to avoid all the puddles

And now at last my poem is done
Please join us in Pebbles after the run
Thanks to the volunteers as you well know
Timers, are you ready? 5,4,3,2,1 Go!


Hats off to us!

Hats off to us!

As we celebrate our first birthday this Saturday (11th Nov) we want all runners and volunteers to come in their favourite HAT. Be it a bobble hat, top hat, party hat or flat cap pop it on and join the fun. There is sure to be cake and maybe the odd surprise prize as with any birthday. And, of course, a free, timed 5k run courtesy of our fabulous high vis team of volunteers.

See you Saturday for the birthday party.


Run Report #50 – PBs galore as Honiton take over!

First and foremost, thanks to Howard and the team from Honiton RC for their hard work in putting on Seaton parkrun on Saturday. They took over the hi-vis duties with great enthusiasm and the core team are very grateful!

It was a beautiful morning on Saturday, as 181 parkrunners took part down at Seaton esplanade. We had a massive 50 first-timers, of whom 17 were brand new to parkrun. Our newcomers were in all age categories from 10 up to 60-69 years. Great to see you all and we hope to see you all again really soon! We had visitors from South Wales, Newbury, Chelmsford, Whistable, Horsham, Tamar Lakes and Woodley among other places!

Jake Smith was first male finisher with a phenomenal 15:46, knocking 27 seconds off his previous PB and only 7 seconds behind the course record. Alexandra Cutts, first female finisher, knocked 6 seconds off the women’s course record to finish in 19:33 in her first showing at Seaton. Fantastic run both!

PBs were had by many (40 in total!), including Phoebe, who regularly is first female finisher, knocking 6 seconds off her previous best to finish in 19:41. Among the other PBs, we saw Oliver, one of our junior runners, get 25:10, Julie Haines (31:56), Bec Davey (28:22), Amie Sibley (29:10), Kirsty Farrington (28:35), Hadleigh Davies (21:53), Adam Hennessey (18:46) and Alison Hayward (36:03). Cracking running you lot and all others who scored a new PB!

In other news, Charlie Kendal completed his 50th parkrun at Seaton on Saturday! Well done Charlie!

A couple of announcements.

With the beach huts going into hibernation for the winter, we shall be returning to the winter route from this Saturday onwards! The course is essentially the summer route in reverse: starting on the esplanade near the toilet block and starting out towards the Hideaway, completing two lengths of the esplanade and finishing on the pebbles.

Additionally, we shall be having a parkrun on Christmas Day at the normal time of 09:00 h! This comes just two days after the regular Saturday parkrun on the 23rd, so we are looking for volunteers for both. Please get in touch either via facebook or email at seatonhelpers@parkrun.com.

Finally, tokens 103 and 104 have gone walkabout, please check your pockets and return them otherwise the other tokens get very sad.

Once again, thanks to the amazing volunteers that make parkrun happen each week and see you all at the waves this Saturday!


Christmas Day 2017

We will be holding an extra parkrun on Christmas Day this year.

So why not come and join us as part of your festivities and don't forget your Christmas hats and tinsel!

9 AM as usual at Fisherman's Gap.

We will need volunteers of course so email seatonhelpers@parkrun.com if you can help.

Seaton will NOT be holding a New Year's Day parkrun so a good opportunity for some parkrun tourism!



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