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


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: seaton@parkrun.com

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


Seaton parkrun family to the fore

We feel this Run Report #150 from Paula is absolutely spot on. We hope you agree.

Today, I was on the roster to write the run report for Seaton's 150th milestone parkrun. I expected to be analysing stats such as finish positions and age grades.

Instead, I am reflecting on how very upsetting it was to see one of our parkrun family taken so ill. I've had a similar experience within my own family and it is so shocking and distressing. Family is everything, and I fervently hope our parkrunner makes a full and speedy recovery.

Susi spoke very movingly at the start about what Seaton parkrun has meant to her. It's probably hard for non parkrunners or non spectators to understand, but it IS a family and that was certainly made very clear today. I hope that brings some comfort.

I met some lovely members of the parkrun family on the beach - hello to the couple from the Forest of Dean and the lady from Bromsgrove. I know there were also visitors from Manchester, Buckingham, Bournemouth, Southsea, Taunton and Weymouth. Hope I remembered everyone. Thank you for visiting Seaton today and hope you will return.
I don't know if the parkrunning Doctor who was alongside me during the run was one of those visitors, but I am so glad you were there today and that you were in the right place at the right time. I know there were other parkrunning medical professionals quickly on the scene too.

I hope no one finds it inappropriate if I congratulate Sarah Herfet, Howard Bidmead and Benjamin Barrell on their 50th parkrun milestones. Milestones pale into insignificance today really, but it is nevertheless a significant moment in a parkrunner's life and a great achievement.

Above all, I want to say that I think the Seaton core team and all the volunteers deserve high praise for the calm and collected way in which they responded to a situation today which everyone hopes they will never have to face. I think we can all agree that it's a slick operation at the best of times, but so reassuring to see it move up yet another gear at the worst of times.

It was wonderful to see how quickly the air ambulance arrived. I don't think I'm the only one to be amazed that it could land on pebbles. There was certainly no doubt in my mind where my charity token was going in Tesco today. To everyone else involved today, what you all did was truly humbling.

To my fellow parkrunner: I'm rooting for you, and sending love and best wishes to you and your family. Sincerely wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

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Vitamin Sea at Seaton parkrun

Run Report #138

My Saturday mornings are usually parkrun orientated, but this morning was a little different. Having travelled from the midlands, where I am Event Director at the Isabel Trail parkrun, I had the absolute pleasure of running at Seaton parkrun today.

My parkrun running opportunities are few and far between as I’m usually on hand volunteering, so when we arranged a family weekend away, naturally I searched the local area to find the nearest parkrun! I guess being the ED that I am, I couldn’t help but check the roster to find out if there was a role I could help with that would fit in with my run. Of course volunteering tourism is welcomed just as much as tourists are to run.

There is something about running by the sea that feels so wonderful that I find it difficult to describe, it’s more than just the beautiful views, the pebble beach, the white cliffs and the sound of the waves crashing on the pebbles. It’s the dose of Vitamin Sea that is so refreshing for your body and the mind.

As well as the noise of waves crashing on the pebbles this morning, there were 229 participants coming to run jog and walk the beach and Esplanade at Seaton. I was utterly blown away by the sound created by all those pairs of feet as the RD announced the start of Event #138! It can only be described as a combination of some kind of huge thunderous noise vs a monsoon style rainfall on a greenhouse roof!

The RD announced a few pacers would be on the course, so huge thanks to Matt, Keith and Rob for your efforts to motivate us parkrunners. On the finish stretch, I spotted the 26 bib on Keith and it gave me the little burst I needed to try a sprint through to the finish.

A number of well wishes and milestones were celebrated this week. Ruth Moore and Janette Mack had their 50th parkruns and Martin Owen his 100th Seaton parkrun, and a Happy Birthday to Oscar who was celebrating his 11th birthday.

A huge thanks to all the volunteers that made this week’s event possible and to everyone who made me feel welcome at Seaton. I can’t wait to come back and run with you again in the future.

Gemma Phillips, Event Director at Isabel Trail parkrun in Stafford


Run Report #131 – the sunny one!

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 

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