Seaton parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

#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 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


Christmas 2019

The core team has decided to organise a Christmas Day parkrun again - usual start time of 0900 hours.

What better way to start your Christmas Day than with your parkrun family.  We will need volunteers to make it happen so please let us know if you can help:

We will NOT be holding a parkrun on New Year's Day.  Opportunity for tourism or a lie-in!



On behalf of Seaton parkrun Core Team


The soggy one!

Run Report #153 

On a wet October Saturday morning, 180 parkrunners chose not to stay in their nice warm beds. Then they chose not to stay at home and have their minds boggled as Eliud Kipchoge ran the first ever sub 2 hour marathon (1:59:40)

Instead they assembled on Seaton seafront, feeling glad that at least the high winds of yesterday had abated. Then they ran, jogged or walked a free, timed 5K and felt great! 
One even came from as far afield as Western Australia. Twenty clubs were represented.
At the last minute, they could have chosen not to. But the 34 volunteers who were on the roster had no such choice, as they knew parkrun couldn't happen without them. Thank you all you amazing people for getting up earlier still, standing around in the rain, and being as encouraging as always.  

As we sheltered in the glamorous setting of the toilet block before kick off, some of us had a discussion about which is best - beach start or beach finish.

Whether start or finish straight - 33 intrepid people experienced the Seaton pebbles for the first time today. Nine of those were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family, and thank you for choosing Seaton for your debut.

We also had two people choosing Seaton on the occasion of their 100th parkrun. Great choice, and many congratulations to Jon Holmes (who also ran a PB) and Matt Moore. I've heard it said that black really suits you both, which is just as well.

Darwin ran his 10th parkrun in the JM10 category.
Well done young man for also getting a PB, in a very impressive time of 25:42. The white t shirt is going to look especially good with your lovely smile.

In all there were 26 PBs - well done everyone; I've sadly forgotten what that feels like.

Vienna may have hosted Eliud Kipchoge, but Seaton saw Wayne Loveridge of Chard RRC finish first today in 17:56 - pretty impressive stuff too.
Simon Dimmock of Axe Valley Runners was not far behind in 18:27.
Third was Matthew Orsman with a new PB of 19:12. Well done.

1st lady, and 5th overall, was Ellen Keast in an impressive time of 20:37.
Next in, in 23:13, was Rachael Moss - followed by Helen Webb of Desford Striders. Helen ran 24:49 on her first visit to Seaton.
Well done all, and I think you all agreed you prefer the beach finish? Oops, another fib!

Highest age grade today went to Diana Burn with 74.09%
Antonia Goddard was only a shade behind with 74.00%
Very well done, but well done to every single person who crossed the line today - we all covered the same distance.

Special congratulations to group from Axe Valley Runners Couch to 5K group. They haven't even completed the programme yet and they're already tackling Seaton parkrun

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