Seaton’s 100th parkrun goes ahead despite Storm Callum

PUBLISHED: 07:01 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:15 19 October 2018

Cecelia Davies who has completed 37 Seaton parkruns. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Cecelia Davies who has completed 37 Seaton parkruns. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Course is rerouted because of the conditions but 176 still turn out to take part

Storm Callum failed to prevent Seaton’s 100th parkrun from taking place on Saturday (October 13).

An amazing 176 hardy people turned up to take part despite the weather.

Because of conditions organisers rerouted the 5k run, using only the East Walk.

Battling the wind did not deter locals and visitors from taking part and 22 newcomers joined the starters to run, jog or walk the course.

Prizes were awarded to those with the most Seaton parkruns under their belts since it began in November 2016.

These included 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 took the prize for most runs by a woman with 67 while John Mellodew and Martin Owen jointly completed 67 runs each. The boys and girls prizes for under 11s went to Oliver Hawkins, with 42 runs and Cecelia Davies, on 37.

Celebratory cake was kindly provided by Pebbles Cafe and Susi Sadler.

The most senior participant known fondly has ‘Full English’ Earnest – who watches from the comfort of a bench by the finish line - received a prize for turning out to cheer on the parkrunners whatever the weather.

Axe Valley Pedallers also joined in the celebrations with a repeat of their ‘Run like Froome’ first seen in July.

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.

“A good time was had by all despite the blustery conditions,” added Carol.

Anyone wishing to take part in parkrun is invited to go down to the seafront any Saturday by 8.55am for a 9am start. Everyone is welcome.

People 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/

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