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.