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