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!