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



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 if you can help.

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


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.

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