Seaton parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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 


Sun and wind

Run Report #129

Deciding on an appropriate outfit for running Seaton parkrun #129 was difficult. The sun was shining and the forecast good, but with Storm Hannah looming and parkruns across the south being cancelled left right and centre due to the forecast high winds how would Seaton fair?

As 172 of us gathered on the esplanade many were regretting our vests and short sleeves. What a contrast to last week!

This was my third Seaton parkrun as I’m a visitor from Ashton Court, Bristol. Ashton Court has 100m of elevation so I was looking forward to a nice flat run. I’d deliberately avoided telling the Bristol friends who accompanied me about running on pebbles, I left it as a surprise!

We congregated on the beach for the briefing. A big welcome to the 29 runners tackling Seaton parkrun for the first time including visitors from Stafford, Leamington and Scotland. Huge congratulations to Cc, a junior running her 50th parkrun, complete with special t shirt and giraffe puppet. What an awesome achievement!

The strong wind didn’t deter the nine parkrunners achieving a pb. I was really pleased to be amongst them.

Scott Civil was first finisher in 19:41, closely followed by first junior Finlay Downes in 19:53. First woman was Marie Droniou-Bordry, a first timer completing the course in a very impressive 22:15.

As visitors from another parkrun we were really impressed by the huge span of ages of those taking part, the friendliness of the runners and the delicious breakfast in Pebbles afterwards. We will be back!

Amanda Halford


The windy one with some super stats!

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