The parkrun with everything

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!

Lesley (A92879)

 

 

Three milestones and a wedding!

Run Report #90 

It is always a privilege to take my turn as Run Director at Seaton parkrun. Today was no exception.

A huge 232 parkrunners turned up to enjoy our beach and esplanade course ably marshalled by 26 volunteers who, as ever, cheered and encouraged everyone along.

Today we were also celebrating, a few hours ahead of time, Craig Tiley’s wedding to Marina. Craig, a regular at Seaton parkrun, was accompanied around the course by members of his family. Many congratulations to Craig and good wishes for the future.

We also welcomed Maria Ozanne from Poole parkrun to Seaton for her first parkrun here but her 100th overall! Well done Maria and thanks for celebrating here in Seaton.

And if that wasn’t enough we also had two locals running their 50th parkruns - Mark Ross and Tim Sibley. Well done to both of you. We look forward to seeing you very soon in your red parkrun 50 T shirts.

We welcomed 70 first timers to Seaton: a lot no doubt holiday makers. Two intrepid parkrun tourists had left home very early to drive here from Birmingham and Southampton. I am very impressed with your dedication.

Our furthest travelled parkrunner came from West Cork.

We recorded 36 PBs today which is no mean feat given that it was quite warm even at 9am.

1st man home was first timer here Jack Pickett in 16:32. First woman was Rachel Moss in a new PB of 22:11.

Jack also topped the age graded results with 81.65%, second was Gill Constable 80.15% from Cheddar and third John Rose 78.28%. Gill and John were also first timers here.

Lesley, RD

 

A parkrun of two halves

Run Report #89
Today was a very sunny day (at the start let's say) and then after about 32 minutes it started tipping down so a really big thanks to all of the marshals who stood out in it.
Also today we were really lucky one of scanners didn't completely give up as it got really wet- not like Perry Hall parkrun where it really got messed up.
We welcomed 213 participants including some tourists from: Cannon Hill Birmingham (us), Poole, Northampton & Stratford-upon-Avon. Also congrats to all of the Personal Best runners (23)- Well done to all of you. Plus we had 51 First Timers to Seaton! Yes it does say 51! 

At Seaton parkrun we had 27 volunteers.

Today, first male was Chet GILLESPIE with the time of 17:58.
First woman today was Serena O'CONNOR with the time of 20:04 minutes.
Well done to both of you!

Chet also led on age-grade with 76.25% followed by Anita MELLOWDEW in 75.88% and Ian OVERTHROW in 75.86%.

Today we would like to praise our milestones:
10th (Under 18s only): Eva MCMAHON
25th: Ethan HEVEY, Alessandro LAZDINS, Melanie HEARN
50th: Caroline SCARLETT
175th: Nigel SAXON
200th: Kevin FEENEY

We had a great run and then joined a lot of you at Pebbles restaurant for a delicious breakfast which filled us up for our long drive back to Birmingham – do come and say hi if anyone ever comes up here

Thanks for making us feel welcome – a great end to our holiday

By: Lauren HEVEY aged 11 (A Cannon Hill runner and a Cannon Hill Junior runner!)

 

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

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