Exmouth parkrun event #127 Run Report by Thomas Thorley

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 ARGYLEChris BATEMANDerek BLACKBURNDarren BRADLEYMichelle CLARKEOli CLARKEHolly CLEMENTSJoanne COOKEPhil DAVEYAmanda DAYEvie EDWARDSHayley EDWARDSKaren JONESJimmy JOYRuth KENNEDYStan MASONSue MILLARDDarren NOTMANNick RICHARTKaren STEWARTRosemary TATEThomas THORLEYJulia WENSLEYLisa WHITEAlison WILKINSONDavid WRIGHT

Why not get involved and volunteer?

Thankyou and see you all again next Saturday.

Exmouth parkrun event statistics

The male record is held by Jake SMITH who recorded a time of 14:21 on 25th August 2018 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Jo PAVEY who recorded a time of 16:57 on 7th March 2020 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claudine BENSTEAD who recorded 98.50% (19:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 120).

Exmouth parkrun started on 23rd December 2017. Since then 8,883 participants have completed 45,448 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,240 km, including 8,580 new Personal Bests. A total of 654 individuals have volunteered 3,620 times.

 

* 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.

 

Exmouth parkrun event #126 Run Report by Thomas Thorley

The first October run of the year brought with it a reminder that we're now well into Autumn – steady rain and a strong wind off the sea. Fortunately the wind was more or less across the course, and the rain encouraged the sand to stay on the beach where it belongs, rather than sand-blasting the runners.

 

151 runners (somewhat fewer than usual, probably due to Christmas shopping!) set off after a mercifully brief briefing, across the grass and down to the U turn at the Octagon. A small army of our amazing (and probably quite damp) volunteers lining the edge of the footpath to try and keep us all off the road. By time we greet Stan at the Harbour View cafe, the field is already thinning out and the wider footpath allows us to find our own pace.

 

An uneventful run as we splashed past the Splash, with only a few die-hard pedestrians about, dogs preferring to take their owners to the beach now that the dog free period has ended for this year. Past the lifeboat station towards the turn at the flagpoles and before long the first runner is passing us in the opposite direction  (that's OK, he's half my age!).

 

As we headed back towards town, a large number of kite surfers were taking advantage of the rough weather and onshore wind, so we weren't the only ones enjoying the weather – It must be almost as much fun as running.

 

Back past the Octagon, first timers probably thinking they were near the finish – no, another 1km to go down to the Cavendish and back to the finish funnel – with strict instructions not to 'funnel duck', although ducks would have been much more at home in the wet conditions.

 

Several milestones were achieved this week – Neil Matthews, Peter Harris and Terry Stevens completed their 50th parkrun,  Finn Kelly completed his 10th run as a Junior parkrunner.

 

First runner home was Peter Fletcher, and the first lady home was Jenny Reay. Well done to both.

 

Well done also to the fifteen runners who achieved personal bests today, pretty good given the weather, and a big welcome to the ten runners completing their first parkrun at Exmouth. A further thirteen completed their first Exmouth parkrun. We hope you'll come back – the weather isn't always like this.

 

Of particular note, today is the 17th anniversary of parkrun. Little did we know at that time that our Saturday mornings would, some time later, become a highlight of the week, with almost 2.5 million parkrun finishers since then, and almost 350,000 volunteers who made it all possible.  See https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/category/news/  to find out how it all started.

 

Thanks to the Volunteers

 

This week 25 Volunteers got up early to make the run possible:

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Chris BATEMANDarren BRADLEYOli CLARKEPhil DAVEYAmanda DAYKay DOUGLASNigel DUPAINJamie GULLIFORDSteph HILLSKaren JONESJimmy JOYStan MASONAmanda MCCANNTerry MINTINGTimothy PRATTRebecca RAMSDENNick RICHARTNathan SHEEHYKaren STEWARTRosemary TATEAmy TEWThomas THORLEYJackie TORDINILisa WHITEDavid WRIGHT

Why not get involved and volunteer?

The male record is held by Jake SMITH who recorded a time of 14:21 on 25th August 2018 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Jo PAVEY who recorded a time of 16:57 on 7th March 2020 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claudine BENSTEAD who recorded 98.50% (19:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 120).

Exmouth parkrun started on 23rd December 2017. Since then 8,833 participants have completed 45,088 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,440 km, including 8,534 new Personal Bests. A total of 652 individuals have volunteered 3,594 times.

See you all again next Saturday. Until then, enjoy, have fun and stay safe!


 

 

Exmouth parkrun event #125 Run Report by Phil Davey

It was a slightly overcast and misty drizzly start to the day so just about perfect for a run and hardly a breeze offshore. There were lots of people out and about enjoying their Saturday morning fix including wind surfers, rowers and many who like to take a dip in the sea. There's always something to see happening on the sea-front. Great to see so many eager runners ready to get into their run. Being one of the Timekeepers today, can't see what's going on over the rest of the course but always a pleasure to watch so many happy smiley faces when crossing the finish line, hoping of course I still get the timing correct and don't miss anyone. My fellow Timekeeper kept me in check. Those times and possible PB's are important for many to track their improvement and achievements in age category percentages. I did manage to get my own 5k (not)parkrun in down to the sea-front before set-up so the finish line and timekeeper weren't there when I arrived just before 8am. A quick guzzle of water and time to help other volunteers with set-up, collecting equipment from the Ocean Centre opposite, getting ready for everyone to arrive. There were a few last minute changes needed to the roster and those who stepped in last minute to help Saturday morning, a big Thankyou, you know who you are. We had the minimum required on hand to run safely!

This week 313 participants ran, jogged and walked around our course and crossed the finish line, of whom 46 were first timers at Exmouth including 10 running parkrun for the very first time. There were 50 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests and representatives from 30 different clubs taking part from far and wide.

Today there were several milestones achieved more than worthy of a mention, Keith Williams completed his 100th parkrun, Jenny Dobel completed her 50th parkrun, Kaden Cheung (Junior) completed his 10th parkrun, Richard Hales completed his 50th parkrun, Holly Hales (Junior) completed her 50th parkrun and wouldn't be right without highlighting our very own May Argyle (a member of our Exmouth parkrun core-events team) celebrated her 100th parkrun today.

May's 100th parkrunMay's 100th cake

A very big Well done to you all. We really hope you enjoyed celebrating your timed run achievement with us today!

This event was only made possible by our 25 wonderful hi-vis volunteers and we are so grateful to them all: Darren BRADLEYMike BYRNEPhil DAVEYSue DAVEYAmanda DAYNigel DUPAINJamie GULLIFORDPete HENDYLinda HOEKaren JONESSara MARTINStan MASONAmanda MCCANNNick MILLINGTONTerry MINTINGJan NORTHSacha PEMBERTHYTimothy PRATTNick RICHARTCaroline ROWEVictoria ROWSELLNathan SHEEHYKaren STEWARTAlison WHITELisa WHITE

Why not get involved and volunteer? There's a role for everyone, you can also help shadow another volunteer to find out how it all works. Give it a try, you'll be surprised how rewarding volunteering can be.

A full results and a complete event history can be found on the Exmouth parkrun Results Page. for any further information.

Of course, parkrun is all about bringing the community together and being inclusive, having fun and enjoying the moment completing the 5k distance. Remember it's the same distance if it takes you 15 minutes or 60 minutes. There were however a few notable performances out there worth a mention including First Finisher, Ollie Thorogood of South West Road Runners in a time of 16:36, First Lady Finisher (5th overall) was Olivia Steer (Junior 11-14) of Exeter Harriers with a new PB of 19:21 beating her previous best by 5 seconds and the First Junior Male Finisher (15-17) was Oli Clayton in a time of 20:46. Very Well Done to you all.

The male record is held by Jake SMITH who recorded a time of 14:21 on 25th August 2018 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Jo PAVEY who recorded a time of 16:57 on 7th March 2020 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claudine BENSTEAD who recorded 98.50% (19:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 120).

Exmouth parkrun started on 23rd December 2017. Since then 8,810 participants have completed 44,937 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,685 km, including 8,519 new Personal Bests. A total of 647 individuals have volunteered 3,569 times.

Thankyou and hope to see you back with us again very soon, next Saturday maybe!

Until then, enjoy, have fun and stay safe.

Phil. Davey.

 

Exmouth parkrun event #124 Run Report by Phil Davey

A big Well done to all 313 participants who ran, jogged and walked our course this week, of whom 37 were first timers at Exmouth parkrun, including 7 running parkrun for the very first time. 47 finishers recorded new Personal Bests and there were representatives of 41 different clubs taking part. Well done to you all. We hope you enjoyed your time with us.

This event was made possible by our fantastic 26 hi-vis heroes and we are very grateful to the volunteers who made it happen: Derek BLACKBURNDarren BRADLEYCraig BUTLEREddie CAMPBELL-ADAMSJoanne COOKEPhil DAVEYAmanda DAYNigel DUPAINSharon GROVESJimmy JOYIan LACEYElizabeth LLOYD-POWELLSara MARTINStan MASONDarren NOTMANDonna PIERCEHolly PRATTTimothy PRATTNick RICHARTKeith SAMPFORDNathan SHEEHYDonna SMITHGeoff SMITHKaren STEWARTMike WESTERNLisa WHITE

Why not get involved and volunteer?

There were a few notable performances including First Finisher Jonathan Parr of Fairlands Valley Spartans Running Club in a new PB of 16:46, First Junior Male was Oli Clayton (15-17) in 20:45, First Lady Finisher was Karen Eyre of Axe Valley Runners in 22:20 and First Junior Lady was Cassia Bridgewater (11-14) in 22:30.

There were several milestones achieved again this week, Abby Cox (Junior10) ran her 10th parkrun, Theo Hutchings (Junior10) ran his 10th parkrun, Joshua McDonald (Junior10) ran his 10th parkrun, Olivia Broad (Junior10) ran her 10th parkrun, Michael Zippy-Wright ran his 50th parkrun and Ruth Taylor ran her 50th parkrun. A very big well done to you all and we hope you enjoyed achieving your milestone run with us including anyone who may have been celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion.

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Exmouth parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jake SMITH who recorded a time of 14:21 on 25th August 2018 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Jo PAVEY who recorded a time of 16:57 on 7th March 2020 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claudine BENSTEAD who recorded 98.50% (19:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 120).

Exmouth parkrun started on 23rd December 2017. Since then 8,764 participants have completed 44,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,120 km, including 8,469 new Personal Bests. A total of 642 individuals have volunteered 3,544 times.

Thankyou and see you all again very soon. Enjoy, have fun and stay safe.

Phil Davey.

 

Exmouth parkrun event #123 run report by Phil Davey

This week 367 people ran, jogged and walked our course, of whom 60 were first timers, including visitors, and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part. Well done to you all. We hope you enjoyed your time with us.

First Finisher was Thomas Humphrey of South West Road Runners in a new PB of 16:37, First Lady Finisher was Hannah Morris (visitor) of Dorking & Mole Valley AC in 20:15, First Junior Male was Dylan Travers of Exeter Tri Club in a new PB of 20:23 and First Junior Lady was Cassia Bridgewater in 23:00. Well done to you all.

As we are not able to run a full pre-run brief at the moment due to operating a parkrun covid framework, there may well have been parkrunners who were celebrating a milestone, birthday, anniversary or a special event. If you were one on Saturday then we hope you all had a great time with us in celebration, in particular we know a regular volunteer, Tim Pratt who celebrated his 25th Volunteer occasion (although not at the event) still carried out the Results Processing role from a distance on Saturday. Thankyou Tim and well done, wear your new purple V25 with pride.

A Big Thankyou also goes to all our wonderful 25 hi-vis volunteers who made this event possible:

Sarah BALDWIN • Amanda MCCANN • Rosemary TATE • Jill DUPAIN • Phil DAVEY • Nigel DUPAIN • Amanda DAY • Joan MASON • Stan MASON • Richard MORRIS • Jane STARK • Darren BRADLEY • Amanda KING • Nathan SHEEHY • Donna PIERCE • Lisa WHITE • Chris BATEMAN • Karen STEWART • Karen JONES • Jason BERRIDGE • Lisa BERRIDGE • Mary JAGO • Timothy PRATT • Lois HARRISON and Pete HENDY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Exmouth parkrun Results Page.

From the results listing a few milestones were achieved. Paul Raven completed his 50th parkrun, Tom Denton completed his 100th parkrun, Tracy Symes completed her 50th parkrun and Stephan Anderson (Junior) who completed his 10th parkrun. There were also many parkrunners completing their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all.

The male record is held by Jake SMITH who recorded a time of 14:21 on 25th August 2018 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Jo PAVEY who recorded a time of 16:57 on 7th March 2020 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claudine BENSTEAD who recorded 98.50% (19:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 120).

Exmouth parkrun started on 23rd December 2017. Since then 8,727 participants have completed 44,311 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,555 km, including 8,422 new Personal Bests. A total of 641 individuals have volunteered 3,517 times.

Until next Saturday, enjoy, have fun and stay safe.

Phil.

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