Last Saturday (13 October) saw the 100th Seaton parkrun. This free, weekly, timed 5k has been taking place on the seafront every Saturday since November 2016 and the occasional storm has provided the organisers with a few challenges over the months. None as difficult as Storm Callum last weekend which deposited a lot of the beach on West Walk on Friday and threatened to add to it during the gale force winds and high tide on Saturday morning. Undaunted the Seaton parkrun core team decided to reroute the run using just East Walk.
An amazing 176 hardy parkrunners turned up to run, jog or walk the new route and to celebrate the 100th Seaton parkrun. Battling the wind did not deter locals and visitors alike and we even welcomed 22 newcomers who hadn’t previously taken part here. Prizes were awarded to those with the most Seaton parkruns under their belts – The Churchill family, Rachel, Evelyn, Lila and Dean, who between them have chalked up 245 runs an average of more than 61 each; Julie Haines who took the prize for most runs by a woman with 67; John Mellodew and Martin Owen jointly completing 67 runs each; and under 11s Oliver Hawkins, 42 runs, and Cecelia Davies, 37, receiving the boy’s and girl’s prizes. Our most senior participant (from the comfort of a bench by the finish line) known fondly has “full English” Earnest received a prize for turning out to cheer whatever the weather.
Celebratory cake was kindly provided by Pebbles Cafe and Susi Sadler. Axe Valley Pedallers joined us to celebrate and to repeat their “Run like Froome”. A good time was had by all despite the blustery conditions.
Co-event directors Tony Smith and Carol Austin declared themselves to be as proud as punch at the fabulous turnout and the wonderful team of volunteers who make this event possible every Saturday.
If you would like to take part in parkrun please come down to the seafront any Saturday by 8:55am for a 9am start. Everyone is welcome. You can walk, jog or run and no one is last as there is always a tail walker in an orange tabard and clip-on tail! Under 11s are welcome but must take part with their parent or other responsible adult and may not run alone. More information can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton/