A New Parkrun

We have been in Devon for four years now. When we lived in Essex our nearest parkrun was Cambridge (45 minutes drive) or Southend (35 minutes drive), I made it to Southend once, and never to Cambridge, just a bit too far for a 5k.

Fortunately once in Devon Killerton was a more doable 20 minutes away. Then Exeter Quay started one, again 20 minutes away, now a third has started in Seaton again 20 minutes away. It is safe to say I am in a parkrun triangle.

I heard rumours about one starting in Seaton a while ago and wondered/feared what the route would be like. Seaton is a seaside town and itself is flat, but I knew if we ventured too far from the centre there would be some horrible hills!

Last week was the first event, but I was unable to attend as marshaling at Killerton, so yesterday saw me pitch up at the seaside, minus bucket and spade but with bar code and a jumper. Three degrees, but fortunately no wind and the sun came out.


Think you will agree, you would be hard pressed to get a parkrun more beautiful location for a parkrun or one closer to the sea!


Spot the volunteer standing on the prom where we would run.

I’d need not have worried about hills though, this is the route


Up and down the sea front, two loops. But at the turning point you ran on the pebble beach, twice and then the finish was on the beach also! Ever run on a pebble beach? Its tough.


Try that with tired, cold legs, its a killer.

I think my biggest problem each will be, which parkrun to run, but safe to say it its, stormy, wet, windy Seaton is the one NOT to go to!

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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15 Responses to A New Parkrun

  1. CeeJayKay says:

    Oh wow! … putting on my ‘reasons to move South’ list!!!!! Number 5!!!

  2. Rebecca says:

    You definitely need to check out Lee on Solent’s parkrun! Beautiful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and right by the sea, and pancake flat to boot!

  3. Woohooo! Sounds like ‘my’ perfect parkrun. Pebbles and beach πŸ€—

  4. ooooo… Beach parkrun! Nice.

    Killer, as you say… But nice.

  5. mawil1 says:

    Lovely views, but I think I’d rather have the hills than the pebbles! I can hardly walk on a pebbly beach!

  6. Wowsers sand is hard enough but pebbbles? Gosh. Looks wonderful though. Have to love a new parkrun.

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