Exmouth Parkrun event #127 Run Report
By Thomas Thorley
In a complete change from last week, we gathered for the start of this week's run in warm, dry weather with only a very light breeze from the south east (headwind outbound). A very large number of seagulls had gathered offshore near the start, to watch us run (or maybe the tide was right for a bit of fishing). Darren (Daz), the Run Director, got the run off to a prompt start after a short briefing, the Covid framework still not permitting milestones, visitors and other events to be highlighted. 360 runners, joggers and walkers (not to mention a few dogs and buggies) completed the course in what was almost ideal weather, the only problem being the low autumn sun which can make it difficult to see what's ahead on the outbound stretch. However, there were no loud clangs as we passed the parking ticket machines, suggesting most runners had at least spotted these obstacles, cunningly painted in low-vis black.
A lone piper was playing, not at the gates of dawn* but at the gates of the lifeboat station, much appreciated at least by myself, having lived in Scotland for many years. He has become a bit of a regular feature recently. Potential there for a bit of charity fundraising, completing a parkrun while playing the bagpipes (don't mention kilts).
Turning at the flagpoles, the headwind became a very light tail wind, not really enough to make any difference. Few pedestrians or cyclists about this morning, and with the sun now behind us, we could see any that were in plenty of time to avoid them. The barkrunner in front of me provided a pacemaker for the rest of the run, the dog clearly happy to be trotting along with its owner, tail in the air and probably very surprised to see humans running with no bus in sight.
All that remained was to take in the views as we headed for the turn at the Cavendish and the short run back to the finish, past the two timekeepers without whom we wouldn't get a time.
It's difficult to think of anything better to do at 9am on a balmy Saturday, although volunteering would be one - this event couldn't take place without the volunteers, and while there are several regulars who turn up pretty much every week at Exmouth, there's plenty of opportunity to have a go yourself. It's very well organised and full instructions are given for each role, so you won't be left guessing what you're supposed to be doing. Give it a go.
12 people completed their first ever parkrun today at Exmouth, and a further 38 completed their first Exmouth parkrun, some having travelled from as far afield as Hastings, London and Wales - congratulations and we hope to see you again. Remember, the weather's always like this in Exmouth (ho ho!).
Congratulations also to Kirsty Bickell, who completed her 50th Parkrun, and to Kate Medlicott and Monica Bristow who completed their 100th Parkrun. The first runner home today was Gareth Davies, and the first lady home Katherine Harris – well done to both of you.
Thanks to the Volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: May ARGYLE, Chris BATEMAN, Derek BLACKBURN, Darren BRADLEY, Michelle CLARKE, Oli CLARKE, Holly CLEMENTS, Joanne COOKE, Phil DAVEY, Amanda DAY, Evie EDWARDS, Hayley EDWARDS, Karen JONES, Jimmy JOY, Ruth KENNEDY, Stan MASON, Sue MILLARD, Darren NOTMAN, Nick RICHART, Karen STEWART, Rosemary TATE, Thomas THORLEY, Julia WENSLEY, Lisa WHITE, Alison WILKINSON, David WRIGHT
Why not get involved and volunteer?
Thankyou and see you all again next Saturday.
* Those more youthful than I may not remember “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” – the seminal album by Pink Floyd, released in 1967. Pink Floyd were one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, and not without reason.