The one that broke the attendance record!

Run Report #112

The 112th staging of Seaton parkrun saw a new record turnout of 284 runners complete the seafront course. Nine people chose the final run of 2018 to run their first ever parkrun. Well done to them and welcome to the wonderful world of parkrun!

A massive 82 parkrunners were new to Seaton, with the holiday season swelling the numbers, with visitors from London, Essex, Oxfordshire and God's own county of Yorkshire. And 47 runners benefitted from the mild weather conditions to record new personal bests. Congratulations to them.

This was the first time I have run at Seaton, the 201st different parkrun course I have completed. It offered stunning views both westwards and eastwards and I can state that it is the first time I have run along a beach of any kind! It certainly made for an interesting few hundred
metres every now and then. Everything went like clockwork due to the enthusiastic volunteers.

The first three men across the line were Simon Dimmock in 17:59, a new PB; Colin Davies in 18:32, also a PB; and Adam Hennessy in 18:38.

The first three women to finish were Anita Mellodew in 21:00
followed by first-timer, Victoria Plummer in 21:09 with
Eleanor Wood third in 21:31 which equates to a simply magnificent 90.16 % age grade. This places her second on the all-time list for Seaton parkrun and only the second occasion on which the 90% barrier has been broken. Phenomenal running.

So 2018 ends on a high for Seaton parkrun, and we wish you all the best for a successful 2019 and beyond.

John Broom A13846
Dawn Broom A13845

Thank you John and Dawn for this lovely run report and choosing Seaton parkrun for your last parkrun of 2018.

Photos from our resident snapper, Diana. Thank you for all the pictures throughout the year.

Remember we are not holding a New Year's Day parkrun in Seaton so enjoy your lie in or parkrun tourism and we look forward to seeing you in 2019. Happy New Year!


Wild and wonderful!

Run Report #107

Greetings all my lovely fellow Seaton parkrunners!

What a week of weather we've had thrown at us - it's been wet, it's been windy, it's been...... foamy. This could have been an amazing new parkrun feature had it lasted a couple more days. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who worked so hard clearing debris from the esplanade yesterday so that we could run today. All 146 of us who ran, jogged or walked the free timed event thank and applaud you.
Thank you also to all 38 volunteers today. parkrun could not happen without volunteers, so do think about giving it a go if you haven't already.

Although I drove through rain and floods to get to Seaton today, don't laugh when I say I actually thought the weather wasn't too bad in the end. It was definitely windy, but not too cold - and the forecast rain held off.
The huge crashing waves were an absolutely fantastic sight and sound (although they did make it a challenge for barcode scanning!). I did gulp a bit at whether we were all going to get washed away in the beach finish, but the team were as laid back as ever with our RD nonchalantly saying oh; we may just have to move the finish funnel a bit. Go Seaton parkrun team! Nothing fazes you!

The first parkrun of December saw a plethora of milestones:

Celebrating his 100th parkrun was Adrian Crook. Congratulations Adrian; that's a brilliant achievement.
Celebrating their 50th parkrun were:
Charlie Moon (Hailsham Harriers) with a PB of 22.20. Well done Charlie.
Ceri Williams, Mark Day, Kerry Board and Sam Summers (Axe Valley Runners) will also soon be proudly sporting their red 50 t shirts. Congratulations to you all, and well done for holding on to your balloon right to the end!

We welcomed tourists from Petersfield, Portsmouth, Reading, Hailsham, Wolverhampton and Derby. We hope you all had a great time. There were 18 first timers to Seaton today, of whom six were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family and we hope you will be back soon for more of our lovely pebbles.

The first male finishers today were:
1. James Campbell in 18:19
2. Unknown #DFYB!!!!!!
3. Adam Hennessey 18:38

It was also very close between the top 3 ladies:

1. Sue Hayes in 22:11
2. Joanna Hawkins 22:17
3. Jennifer Marchant 22:50 (PB)

Best age grades:
Karl Hodson with 78.86% and a PB of 19.00 and
Angela Kerr (both of Axe Valley Runners) with 75.92% and a time of 25.18
Fantastic stats - congratulations.

Well done to all of you speedy runners. It's a privilege to see you flying along ahead from further back in the field. Also very well done to the 22 people who bagged new PBs today. Congratulations though to every single finisher today, no matter what your time. You all ran 5K!!!

Now we all have to wait until next Saturday for the joy that is parkrun day, but at least we know it will be worth waiting for. Wishing you all a good week.

Paula Summerfield Walters (A1227514)


No such thing as bad weather…

Run Report #106
By Katy Campbell from Honiton RC

I have to confess that the forecast made me think twice about getting out of bed this morning (oh the shame!). However, the weather gods were kind for once and, although you could barely see the sea through the murk, we experienced only a light mizzle. Some might even say the conditions were ideal for running, and I did indeed remove my coat at the halfway point! Mostly due to poor clothing choices - one marshall did say I looked far too happy, but that’s the joy of parkrun, nothing to do with my effort levels, honest.

There were lots of excellent performances of course, starting with first female finisher Polly Dixon, who smashed it in a rather speedy 21:52, coming home 10th overall. Second female home was Emilie Tones from Honiton RC (woo!) in
22:25, and in third was Joanna Hawkins from Pure Endurance
Triathletes, in 24:05. First junior girl was Eva Jeffries from the JW10 category, who set a new PB of 26:05. Very well done!

First finisher also went to a Pure Endurance Triathlete, Ritchie Durrant, who completed his first parkrun in 18:12, closely pursued by Adam Hennessy from Honiton RC (woo!) in 18:28. Third went to James Glennie, in a new PB of 19:14. First junior was Lucca Molloy, setting another PB of 23:28. Great running, guys!

Our top age-graded performer this week was Janet Cullum, recording a score of 77.55%. I note that she was also top last week, with a very similar score, good stuff!

You’re all champions in my book though, and it was great to see 157 people leaving their warm beds and joining us for some pebble-dashed fun. We had 24 first timers and 31 PBs, but special mention must go to Ginny Newman who reached her 50 milestone today! Hooray for the red t-shirt!

It was a real treat for me to come back to Seaton after an absence of over a year, made especially lovely thanks to meeting up with my friend Emilie, who I last saw at West Coast Park parkrun in Singapore in February. That’s about the only similarity between the two events, other than the wonderful parkrun atmosphere of course! Phew, that was a
hot one, I think I prefer the mizzle…..

Thanks as ever to all of our wonderful volunteers who put this event on for us, and see you again soon!



Today's report (no 105) has been compiled by Paula Summerfield Walters A1227514

Hello all my lovely fellow Seaton parkrunners!

Although a bit overcast and breezy down on the seafront (and a lot colder than some of us expected), the weather decided to behave itself after the wild conditions of last week. 177 parkrunners gathered to enjoy their free, weekly, timed run/jog/walk - with, as far as I'm concerned, the huge bonus of a beach finish (wonder who agrees?).

We welcomed 30 first timers, of whom 13 chose Seaton for their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family; we hope you had a great time and will be back for more of our lovely pebbles.

There were 38 PBs - congratulations to you all, but also well done to each and every participant.

Hello to the lady I met in the car park from Buckingham and her companions from Watford. Hope you had a great time. We also had visitors from Cornwall, Colchester, Peterborough, Croydon and Bristol.

When I heard, just over two years ago, that Seaton (my favourite place in the whole world) was getting a parkrun (my favourite thing to do) I was, as you can imagine, really excited - and I feel hugely privileged to have been at the very first one. It truly was a pearl of a day in my life and I think the main reason for that was the enthusiasm of all the volunteers that day. What's remarkable is that that enthusiasm has never dulled; you always know there is going to be an incredible atmosphere and huge encouragement at Seaton parkrun. So I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the core team and all the volunteers for turning out week after week, in all weathers, to make Seaton parkrun happen. Special thanks to the 29 volunteers today.

Just when you thought Seaton parkrun could not get any better, today's RD, David Sadler - along with his wife Susi (both stalwarts of the core team) only presented us with the Incredibell!! It's to be rung in celebration if you get a PB or (a bonus for me at least, as my PB is already nearly a year old) just if you have had a great time - well; I WILL get to ring it then! Such a lovely idea, as a way of recognising what Seaton parkrun has meant to you both, so many thanks for that. And, even better, we can now officially say that Seaton parkrun is INCREDIBELL !!

I'd like to give a special shout out to regular young runner Cecelia, whose storming beach finish brought a tear to my eye. Then I heard her Mum say she had fallen early on in the run, which made it even more brilliant. Well done Cece; you're a superstar!!

Here are the stats for those who like them:

First finisher today was Dan Alsop in 16.09, a PB. Dan also had the highest age grade of 83.9%. Amazing stats and well done Dan.
Next home was Nick Di Paolo, a first timer to Seaton, in 18:02. Congratulations Nick.
3rd runner was unknown. #DFYB!

First woman over the pebble line was Joanna Hawkins in 21:59 with Chloe Burridge hot on her heels in second, with a PB of 22:04
Rachael Moss was not far behind in third, with 22.10.
Congratulations to all three!

The highest female age grading went to Janet Cullum, with an amazing 77.6%. Well done Janet.

See you all again next week for more fun on the pebbles 


Birthday fun in the rain

Birthday fun in the rain

The waves shaped the shore for Seaton parkrun's second anniversary today but 160 determined runners from 17 clubs braved King Neptune, three heavy downpours, high winds and a thunderstorm to complete the course.

Wayne Loveridge (Chard RRC) and Rachael Moss were first male and female to finish in 18:00 and 23:13. First on age grade was Kevin Hawker with 73.68% for his 19:15 finish. Despite the inclement weather, the run included 19 first timers and 14 new PBs.

Special birthday guest, para-athlete David Hill brought a dash of Paralympic glamour, finishing 7th (21:41) and setting a new course record for "Seaton parkrunner Featuring in Most Selfies."

In a post-run birthday party at Pebbles, prizes were awarded to Marilyn Hughes, Sue Venn, Emma Richardson, Paula Youens and Diana Lloyd for topping the volunteering chart in the last year. A special family prize was also awarded to the Slade Family for exemplifying what parkrun is all about.

Big thanks go to Pebbles for the birthday cake and our usual post parkrun welcome.

Finally today could not have happened without our army of volunteers who swept, shovelled, mopped up, and then endured all the elements the weather gods throw at us, while still smiling and cheering on the runners.

See you all next week!

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