Lockdown2 Challenge: M.A.D Mile A Day

Who fancies a challenge to help them stay active and get through Lockdown 2?
How about running, jogging or walking a Mile A Day (MAD)
To help you we've put together a suggested timetable with a challenge a day. Do adapt it to your location/area.

We'd love to hear about your triumphs, a photo of how you get on; help inspire others and let's all encourage each other.

Here's a timetable:

Date Run (or jog or walk) a Mile A Day (MAD)
Thursday 5th November …. from your front door and back as a warm up for what’s to come. If you live at the top of a hill perhaps walk down it first

Friday 6th November …. with a member of your household or your dog perhaps?

parkrun day 7th November …. parkrun day so run to the seafront and back. If that’s not a mile add a bit!

Sunday 8th November …. past 6 postboxes

Monday 9th November …. to/through the woods

Tuesday 10th November …. including a hill. Doesn’t have to be a big hill.

Wednesday 11th November …. wearing red for Remembrance

Thursday 12th November …. including passing the football club, the cricket club and if you’re up for it the entrance to the golf club

Friday 13th November …. sofa shuffle. Time to rest and reflect on how well you’ve done!

parkrun day 14th November …. parkrun day so include a section of beach. Doesn’t have to be a long section!

Sunday 15th November …. in the evening to make the most of the full moon. Be sure to wear some high vis!

Monday 16th November …. through the wetlands and back

Tuesday 17th November …. include some speed work on the seafront. Run as fast as you can to the first lamppost and then walk/jog to the next. Repeat to the end of the seafront

Wednesday 18th November …. through the Roman ruins field. Don’t forget to read the interpretation board and pretend you’re a Roman.

Thursday 19th November …. to Seaton Tramway, do a circuit of Thierry Harcourt place, and around Seaton Jurassic’s amphitheatre circle

Friday 20th November …. re-do the first mile you did and compare. Are you improving?

parkrun day 21st November …. parkrun day so run to the seafront and around the Spot On kiosk twice! Maybe wear your Contra or Apricot

Sunday 22nd November …. to St Gregory’s, the Methodist church, the Crossroad Centre, the URC and St Augustine’s

Monday 23rd November …. to Cliff Field Gardens, run around it twice

Tuesday 24th November …. have a day off and rest! Think about how well you’re doing.

Wednesday 25th November …. double up! Tackle 2 miles today

Thursday 26th November …. tourism! To Colyford

Friday 27th November …. more tourism. To Axmouth.

parkrun day 28th November …. parkrun day so include two sections of beach at least and wear Apricot or a milestone Tee

Sunday 29th November …. take your route up the New Beer Road, turn around when you’ve had enough of up

Monday 30th November …. wearing blue and white for St Andrews Day

Tuesday 1st December …. wearing red for World Aids Day. Back to normal tomorrow? Why not keep up your daily mile forever?



A parkrunner Overcomes the Lockdown Blues…

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I started doing parkrun back in June 2007 when I lived in Teddington. I’d heard about this timed, non-competitive run every Saturday morning in our local park, Bushy Park, and thought I’d give it a whirl.

I’ve never looked back. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, despite the then Bushy Park Time Trial already attracting over 300 runners. I caught the bug and set out on a quest for ever faster personal bests.

When we moved to Devon I found yet more friendly groups of runners and the exact same ethos first at Killerton and then at Seaton.

This year’s major push was to get into the 250 Club which I finally managed on 29 February – injuries and a spell working in Portugal had delayed this milestone. I’m so glad I made it just before the lockdown, because it would have driven me nuts to be stuck on 249 (like hundreds of people are!).

I am a very target-driven person so what was I going to do to make up for missing my beloved parkrun? Well, obviously I have kept on running – every other day because my poor old knees couldn’t take a daily pounding. Then came the inspiration. I’m a trained luthier (a stringed instrument maker) and I have accumulated a lot of materials left over from other instruments. So I decided to make use of them to put together a mandolin. It’s a small instrument and one I’d never made before, and I could make use of all these lovely pieces of expensive tonewood. I worked on it every day for exactly 7 weeks, my fastest instrument ever!

I hope you agree with me that it is a beautiful object. I can also tell you that it sounds lovely too, with a richer, more resonant tone than the rather thin sound you can get with factory-made mandolins. But apart from that, making it helped me cope with what has been a very stressful and worrying time living far away from vulnerable family members.

I’m very proud of my achievement, but I suspect I will be just as proud when we all get parkrunning again if I can beat that 22:59 PB of mine and possibly in another ten years’ time reach my 500th parkrun. Here’s hoping!

Kevin Feeney


#IWDparkrun, Grizzly and then a golden baton!

Run report #173
Bob Carter tells the story of our triple bonanza: #IWDparkrun, Grizzly and then a Golden baton!
An overcast but dry day greeted runners at Seaton’s 173rd parkrun today. The number of participants was expected to be more than normal, due to this being the weekend for the Grizzly and for International Women’s Day parkrun, and the turnout didn’t disappoint as this was the second highest attendance with 387 finishers just a few down on our bumper Easter parkrun.
Fortunately for the people running in the Grizzly, in this parkrun, “Hills are not plentiful”! In fact, there is only about a 4-metre elevation difference and on the winter course, it’s mostly downhill, and of course there were no “Trails of the Unexpected” as the marshals were there to supervise proceedings. All those listening carefully to Ernie’s magic musical wheelchair must have heard “Pearls a Stinger” but had to “Grin and Bear it” and make a “Dash to Delirium” along the pebbles to the finish. I must admit I did hear someone singing “Withering Heights” as they passed at the Hideaway, but “Every Hill has a Silver Lining” and there’s no “Grime and Punishment” for singing as you run. Everyone does remark on the “Beauty and the Beach” at Seaton, as long as you don’t get into the “Valley of the Bogs”. I think that’s probably too much Grizzly speak and not enough parkrun, so ...
For those geeks amongst you, who love stats and comparisons, here are the details:
387 participants, 193 male and 175 women (19 people did not have a barcode and therefore no times recorded)
Mark Spiller of Bishops Stortford RC was first finisher in a time of 17.15, a PB and celebrating his 100th parkrun, Jamie Marlow of Dacorum and Tring AC was second in a time of 17.31, a first timer here and local Axe Valley member Matt Hewer third in a new PB time of 18.11
First woman home was Justine Sheekey of Great Bentley RC, another first timer here, with a time of 21.41, second woman was Lyndsay Markham of Marlow Striders in a new PB of 22.39 and third was Ellie Morris also in a new PB of 22.45.
Top of the age grade was Charles Boffin of Hart Road Runners, who was 15th overall with an 80.71% grading in a time of 19.42, also a first timer here. Top female in the age grade was Antonia Goddard, who was 281st overall and achieved a 75.12% grading.
Richard Vaughan ran his 250th parkrun - congratulations on that special achievement.
There were 52 who achieved a PB time today with 133 who were First timers, 11 of which was their first ever parkrun.
80 clubs were represented today, with Axe Valley Runners being the most numerous with 30 participants, but Marlow Striders had 17 runners, Tiptree Road Runners with 12, Benford Harriers AC had 10 running, Great Bentley RC with 8 runners and Honiton RC with 7.
There were too many Parkrun Tourists to mention individually, but we had runners from amongst other places; Forrest of Dean, Reading, Marlow, Bicester, Maldon, Colchester, Wakefield, Oswestry and Bedford. Congratulations to all who took part!
We were delighted and surprised to find out that the parkrun "golden baton" had come through Seaton on our busy Grizzly weekend, arriving from Andover and passed to one of our many tourists to go to its next surprise parkrun next weekend - where will it be?
More photos on flikr at www.parkrun.org.uk/Seaton courtesy of Izzy


IWD – This girl can!

Seaton parkrun is celebrating International Women's Day and the This Girl Can campaign on Saturday 7 March.

Why not bring a female friend, colleague or family member and walk, jog, run or volunteer together for IWDparkrun.  We'd love to see you.


Seaton’s greetings!

Christmas Day parkrun #163

Seaton’s greetings parkrunners! And I would say glad tidings, but it’s more a case of glad tide outings as it was certainly very much in earlier in the week, bringing half the beach with it and depositing it on the promenade. Massive thanks to East Devon District Council and some of the stalwart core team for parting the pebbles and ensuring our Christmas Day run could go ahead.
So, in a pre-Christmas bout of November nativity naivety, I volunteered to write today’s run report. This festive edition of parkrun news does not feature any Scrooge characters, but it does feature a Christmas Carol (Carol Austin: a stalwart member of the Seaton core team, who, along with all the other core members plus additional volunteers, have ensured that a parkrun is for life and not just for Christmas!). We hope YULE love this festive themed report; if you don’t, then frankly you have no FRANKIN-CENSE of humour. Humbug to you! (Or Werthers, as per your preference.)
The weather was kind to us with glorious sunny conditions and not a single chance of RAIN,DEAR.
Just before 9am, a cornucopia of Christmassy-clad committed candidates crowded Seaton’s sea front for the usual ELF and safety briefing. The briefing, as ever, highlighted that in the ADVENT of a runner having a problem on the course, the hi-viz hero marshalls are there to help. A big thank you to them, especially this morning as they have sacrificed lie-ins and Bucks Fizz breakfasts (or is that just in my boozy family?!) Either way, we are grateful that they had the PRESENTS of mind to postpone the unwrapping of their PRESENTS and grace us with their PRESENTS.
A whopping total of 341 runners MISTLE-toed the line and at 9am they were away (in a manger…); dashing (but not dancing, prancing and vixening) down the promenade, PUDDING one foot in front of the other in attempt to earn their turkey. It was a sight to behold and the atmosphere was terrific.
Today we welcome tourists from all over the UK and also abroad, with Singapore being the furthest travelled. If you came by the DONKEY Sanctuary, we hope you were guided safely by the star in the East to our pebble-pitted pocket of East Devon. We hope you found room at the Premier INN. If you arrived via sleigh, sled or other modus transportus, you are in luck as there is free parking for such vehicles on the sea front at this time of year. For environmental reasons, we encourage sleigh sharing.
There was an impressive number of first timers: 48 in total. Welcome to the parkrun family and congratulations on officially earning your turkey and pud! We hope you enjoyed your experience and it left you wanting MYRRH (ok, that one was a stretch)!
There was a splendid array of festive attire on display: tinsel aplenty, Christmas trees, and even a chap riding a snowman…. whatever floats your festive boat!
The first runners home were not to be TRIFFLED with, making MINCEMEAT of the 5k distance and running some very impressive times. The action at the sharp end was, as ever, fierce but FIR (Nordic or otherwise…) Congratulations to first timer, Archie Walton, on a terrific time of 15:54. He was followed by Wayne Loveridge of Chard RC, a regular Seaton runner who today ran a PB of 16:46. Also taking advantage of the still, balmy conditions to run a PB was the 3rd placed runner, Simon Davis of Exeter Harriers. In the ladies’ race, yours truly (Ellie Dominey of Axe Valley Runners) ran a post-pregnancy parkrun PB of 19:39 to finish as first lady, closely followed by Ellen Keast in a PB of 20:03 (sub-20 awaits!), and Emma Kiernan of Taunton AC in 20:12.
The PB JINGLE BELL was rung a few times too, with a whopping 70 people recording notable improvements on their Seaton course bests. The wind-free conditions and slightly altered course which eliminated the final stretch of pebbles likely contributed to these impressive performances.
There were also several milestone runs achieved, including many Axe Valley Runners. 50th runs were recorded by James Pullinger (SWRR), Andrew West (AVR), Marie-Claire Hudson, Bec Davey (AVR) AND Carolyn Nation (AVR). 100 parkruns notched up by Mark Day (AVR), Tim Sibley (AVR) and Mark Ross. And junior parkrunners Jess Leat and Jack Wraight achieved their 10 milestones. Well done to you all.
If you cannot wait a week for your next parkrun fix, you are in luck, as you don’t have to! We are back on the esplanade again this Saturday, 9am, offering you another opportunity for some Christmas parkrun fun.
In the meantime, happy HOLLY-days to you all; peace on Earth (and on pebbles!), goodwill to all parkrunners. That’s a WRAP on our festive edition. Time to go unwrap pressies, eat, drink and be merry. See you soon!
Ellie Dominey

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