#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