A visitor’s perspective

Run report #85

On Saturday, Seaton’s 85th parkrun, was bright and sunny but also brought a welcome gentle breeze to temper the heat.

One of our visitors, Neil Gunn has kindly provided a Run Report...

"As we were on holiday in neighbouring Dorset we checked the 'nearest parkrun' website and found that it was Seaton with its unique selling point of 'the pebbles' so that became our plan for the day for two tourists from Macclesfield Harriers (where we are used to mud and hills not pebbles and promenade). The weather was stunning as we parked up and walked along the seafront and saw the hi-viz heroes gathering. After a good chat with the Run Director the 162 runners gathered for the briefing on 'the pebbles'.

At 9.00am the familiar words “three, two, one, go” were heard and off we went. The course lived up to expectations with great views and very friendly volunteers (27 of them!) and at the end we both said how much we had enjoyed it along with the other 160 runners. We waited at the finish and cheered in all the runners and we enjoyed seeing the tail walker suitably attired with a tail. After the run it was time to head over to Pebbles for coffee and time for 'parkrun chat' ...great post run venue.

There were 35 first timers today, 19 people got PBs (well done) and 23 clubs took part. Women dominated the age graded results - Gail Audhali of Kenilworth 79.91%, Jane Hemsworth of Sidmouth 74.33% and Seaton local Janet Cullum 73.29%.

First women home were Emma Rathbone, Lucie Ahl and Gail Audhali.
Third man home was local runner Matt Hewer. Unfortunately the first two men to finish had no barcodes so we do not know their names or their home parkruns.

We enjoyed our first run at Seaton and when we return for more holidays we will be back...thank you Seaton ...great job."

Well done to all parkrun participants for coping with the heat.

Also a big well done to Paula Youens, a regular Seaton volunteer, who won a prize for her vintage get up at the fabulous Velo Vintage in Seaton today. Those of us who saw the parade of vintage bicycles and their suitably clad riders as they cruised slowly past the seafront were very impressed.


Pebbles, PBs and shiny new Tees

Run report 80 

This week's Run Report has been kindly written by one of our tourist's, Jenny from Reading.

9am on a Saturday morning, otherwise known as parkrun o'clock, thousands of people are waiting the yell/horn/siren to start running or walking 5k at one of the hundreds of parkrun events in the UK. All parkruns have a few things in common: the distance, the friendly welcome etc, but every event is unique in its own way. At the run briefing in Seaton, one of the questions asked was whether there were any tourists, and a significant number of us put our hands up. There were three celebrations of milestones and a number of first timers - welcome to the parkrun family! When RD, Tony asked if there were any more celebrations, I was tempted to say that I have a new parkrun tee! It was the first outing for my new parkrun branded tee, which only arrived on Thursday. I've found it more stretchy than my tribesports 50 tee and so closer fitting, but it's really comfy. I also spied another new 100 tee and a new V25 too. Congratulations to the proud owners of those tees and those who earnt them today, you're in for a treat!

So, Seaton parkrun? What did I think as a tourist? My home parkrun is Woodley parkrun, near Reading, which is a 3 lapper of the local park. Seaton was my 66th different parkrun and it has to be one of my favourites. The pebbles made it tough at points and it's the first parkrun I've actually run on the beach, despite having run a number of seaside parkruns, including Exmouth, Folkestone and Barry Island. I gave myself permission to walk at the end when we were on the pebbles and as the concrete and tarmac were fairly fast, still came in ahead of when I thought I would. This parkrunday was a bit overcast, but the views in both directions were stunning. If Seaton parkrun is your local parkrun, you are very lucky. When I started walking the South West Coast Path in July 2015 from Poole, Seaton parkrun wasn't in existence and today was the 80th run.

Everyone who ran Seaton parkrun this morning should be pleased with their run. All 184 of you! The first finisher was running Seaton parkrun for the first time and was an impressive 2 minutes ahead of the person behind him. Well done Adam Holland! Adam also had the highest age grade at an impressive 80.87%, Carol Austin wasn't far behind with a grading of 79.44%. Great work! Phoebe Clark was first female finisher. Almost 50 of you got a PB today, which is incredible! The running club with the largest contingent was Axe Valley Runners with Honiton RC not far behind. Mark Dalton was the parkrunner who has run the most parkruns and 4 people: Jenny Ford; Rebecca Touch; Naomi Lott and Barbara Mowatt ran their first ever parkrun. Sadly 15 people forgot their barcode.

Today wouldn't have been possible without Lesley Adams, Keith Agland, Carol Austin, Jane Bennett, Howard Bidmead, Katie Burt, Kate Carr, Kevin Carr, Paula Cooke, Dianne Cull, Janet Cullum, Chris Garrett, Pam Goddard, Ruby Grigg, Marilyn Hughes, Diana Lloyd, Diane Newton, Derek Payne, Susi Sadler, David Sadler, Sarah Shepley, Tony Smith, Sam Summers, Heather Teasdale, Sue Venn, Mandy Ward and Eleanor Wood. Thank you all! If you fancy giving volunteering a go, why don't you email in to seatonhelpers@parkrun.com? Some say that it's way more satisfying than running!

Lovely to meet you all,
Jenny A1753162


Older, wiser, faster!

This week the sun shone for us and 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 27 recorded Personal Bests. Our beach sets us a new challenge every week. This week it provided a steep bank of pebbles to negotiate before runners reached the esplanade. Next week it could be as flat as a pancake.

We welcomed parkrunner Simon from Sydney as well as parkrun tourists from Reading, Coventry, London, Yorkshire, Reading, Southampton and Poole. We hope to see you all again soon!

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers, a huge thank you to every one of them.
We welcomed Wendy and Christine who undertook parkrun for the very first time to draw attention to the RNLI annual Mayday appeal. Well done to them.

This week was a triumph for our older runners. Both the first man and the first woman home were aged 55-59. Very well done to Richard Drage of Tavistock AC and Carol Austin of Axe Valley Runners.

Second man and woman were Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC and Sally Dodge.
Third finishers were John Blackledge of Axe Valley Runners and Julia Cole who also recorded a new PB.

Richard Drage also recorded the best age grade of 85.87%, second was John Blackledge 81.72% and third Carol Austin with 76.86%.


Summer’s here in Seaton


With the clocks springing forward and the beach huts arriving, we changed to our summer route. The beach had been very active during the previous week so the parkrunners had two tiers of pebbles to negotiate before going onto The Esplanade via a mostly pebbled ramp. Who knows how the beach will be by this Saturday – it is the joy of a beachside parkrun.

The temperatures were hardly spring-like but felt positively balmy compared with the Beast of the East II of the previous weekend.

Of the 152 who ran, walked or jogged we welcomed 27 new to Seaton parkrun, including visitors from Ealing, Wimbledon, Richmond, Huntingdon and Fareham. Despite the chilly wind and extra pebbles, 13 of you celebrated new personal bests so very well done to you all.

First finisher was Adam Hennessy in 18:27 with Phoebe Clark the first female in 20:59 while John Blackledge topped the age grade with 77.54%.

A fantastic 22 high vizzers made it all possible so many thanks to you all.

The new season also saw both The Hideaway and Spot-On kiosk back open and huge thanks to them for providing the marshals nearby with very welcome hot drinks. I suspect these marshal posts will be snapped up every week now!

As this weekend is Easter please come with your Easter bonnets, bunny ears or chick costumes! Our volunteer roster is already full for this Saturday but we have many vacancies throughout April especially as some of the core team are away.

And if we have any budding journalists it would be great to have a different voice on the Run Report. Get in touch via seatonhelpers@parkrun.com



Ellie storms to new record

It was a dull, damp and dreary February day but 133 of you made the effort to join us on Seaton seafront and run, jog or walk 5k along the Esplanade complete with the tough pebbles finish.

Despite the drizzle it was actually perfect conditions for running with very little wind. And it was a great day for Ellie Dominey of South West Road Runners who set a new female course record of 19.20. Well done Ellie! And to the incredible 47 of you who set personal bests.

It was a Honiton RC 1:2 with Kevin Hawker first home in 17:56 followed by Adam Hennessy in a PB of 18:06. Matt Hewer was third finisher in 18:40.

Kevin and Ellie also led the age-grade rankings with Janet Cullum third on age grade with an impressive 76.28% for her PB of 26:59.

We welcomed 14 first timers and parkrun tourists from Bournemouth, Reading and Wales. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you back in Seaton soon.

Congratulations to Ethan who completed his tenth run.

Thank you to the hardy 25 of you who volunteered and kept smiling and encouraging the runners despite the drizzle.

We are already full on the volunteer roster for this Saturday but there's plenty of space for the rest of February so please email seatonhelpers@parkrun.com if you can help.

See you same time, same place on Saturday - let's hope for some of today's gorgeous sunshine.

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