Our regular visitor, Paula Summerfield Walters has written another super report:
What a particularly glorious day for a parkrun in Seaton!
Although I have been willing to parkrun in Seaton in all weathers, as I arrived today to vibrant blue skies, a bit of a breeze, and the sun sparkling on the sea, I have to say my little heart was positively singing.
Call me a big softy (or a woman of a certain age most probably) but I invariably find myself getting a bit emotional at Seaton parkrun because; well - I love Seaton and I love parkrun. Sometimes the emotion comes on the drive down, sometimes during the run - but today that moment came as 177 of us waited with anticipation on the beach and were welcomed to Seaton parkrun number 131. I was glad I had my sunglasses on to hide the tears that came to my eyes. (It has turned into full on sobbing in the past, so you got off lightly today)
I guess I can probably be called a parkrun butterfly these days as there isn't one in my home town. We're becoming spoilt for choice when it comes to parkruns in Devon, but I'm drawn back time and time again to Seaton - it's just such a wonderful setting and a great atmosphere, with brilliant volunteers. I did find the two ladies at the Spot On Kiosk particularly encouraging today - thank you; exactly what was needed JBPS (just before pebble stint) and JPPS (just post pebble stint)
Today, there were 36 people running Seaton parkrun for the first time, of whom 12 were doing their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the parkrun family - hope you enjoyed it and that your legs have stopped feeling like jelly after running on pebbles!
We had visitors all the way from Melbourne (wow), Banbury, Cheltenham (hurrah - land of my fathers) and even Cranbrook in Exeter. Great travelling all.
There were no milestones today, but 23 amazing people secured themselves a new PB. Well done all - great stuff.
I was particularly impressed that Haydn Boehm got a PB of 22:34 on his 31st run at Seaton, especially as (and I'm not one to gossip) I notice he also got a PB last week. I'm hoping he might have some tips, as I've run a similar number of times in Seaton but my own PB is positively ancient and stubbornly refusing to be beaten.
Which leads me on to the far speedier people than myself at the front. Today's first parkrunner was unknown (dfyb) with Joe Twomey of Dulwich Runners AC taking 2nd place with a PB of 18:24 - well done Joe. Adam Hennessy of Honiton RC was 3rd, in 19:18.
It was really close amongst the ladies, with Emma Elston of Cambridge University Hare & Hounds the first lady home in 22:17. Chloe Burridge was not far behind her in 22:37, with Kerry Board of Axe Valley Runners third in 22:54.
Andrew West, of Axe Valley Runners, had the top age grade of 71.93%, with a time of 22.30. Well done Andrew.
Second on age grade was Tracy Atherton, on her first visit to Seaton but on her 215th parkrun, 71.67% with a time of 23:07. Amazing stats Tracy!
However, congratulations must go to each and every finisher today - no matter what the time, we all covered the same distance