Run Report #118
On a chilly and very windy February morning, 164 hardy parkrunners and 31 amazing volunteers gathered on the seafront for Seaton parkrun number 118.
When I was chatting to one of the marshals before the start, he expressed surprise that I would drive an hour to run Seaton parkrun rather than take part closer to home. I think it's more than worth the effort, as it's difficult to think of a more uplifting experience. Quite apart from the stunning backdrop, Seaton is such a friendly parkrun and the encouragement of the volunteers is second to none.
My husband, who was spectating (one day I'll get him to run) summed it up by pointing out a lady to me (dark pink top - you know who you are) who he said had been running with a big smile on her face the whole way. In my opinion, that's just how Seaton parkrun makes you feel! That said, I had to be reminded to turn the frown upside down once or twice today as I tackled that headwind - it was quite tough at times wasn't it? But it also felt great as it pushed us along from behind in the other direction. It could have been worse if the weather forecast earlier in the week had been anything to go by; at least the worst of it was out of the way by this morning.
It's wonderful to see Seaton Town Council being so supportive of parkrun. This week they donated £850 which is going to be used in a variety of ways to ensure the continuing success of the event.
Today, we had 17 people experiencing the magic of Seaton parkrun for the first time (and also the pebbles - tee hee), of whom six were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done to Max, Jonathan, Sam, Daniel, Sarah and Sue for choosing Seaton. Hope to see you back here soon.
We had tourists from Plymouth, Buckinghamshire and Frome.
There were two people celebrating their 50th parkrun today.
Simon Coffin was on his first visit to Seaton; lovely you chose us for your special milestone. Sam Eyre of Axe Valley Runners, on the other hand, has done the majority of his 50 runs at Seaton. Samuel Glenn achieved his milestone 10.
Congratulations to you all ; enjoy wearing your special milestone T shirts.
There were 14 well earned PBs. Well done to all of you in those conditions, but a special mention should go to Freddie McMahon in the JM10 category who got a PB on his 36th parkrun - and he has run all of them at Seaton. His time of 24:17 is more than 8 minutes faster than his first ever run here. Great stuff Freddie!
There was some pleasing symmetry amongst the first finishers today.
1st male and female over the pebble line were Adam Hennessey (18.33) of Honiton RC and Emilie Padmore (21:36) also of Honiton RC.
2nd male and female were Wayne Loveridge (18:39) of Chard RRC and Stevie Potter (22:25) also of Chard RRC
3rd male and female were Simon Dimmock (18:56) of Axe Valley Runners and Kerry Board (23:39), also of Axe Valley Runners.
That would have made a pleasing podium photo, with each man and lady being in the same club kit. Or maybe that thought only appeals to strange people like me! Well done to all of you for the close contest and the amazingly fast times in the wind.
Another quirky stat I liked was that Louis Dann Dumousseau was in 23rd place with a time of 23:23
Best age grades went to David Bates with 73.38% and Antonia Goddard with 72.21%. Well done both; brilliant running.
Stats aside, well done to each and every runner today and a huge thank you to the volunteers - without volunteers none of us would be able to run. Do think about giving it a go if you haven't already.
Back again next week - the beauty of parkrun; it's weekly! See you all then.
Paula Summerfield Walters