5k Parkrun to be staged along Exmouth seafront

PUBLISHED: 18:30 16 December 2017

Galina Barskaya

A new weekly 5k run along Exmouth's seafront - which it's hoped could attract as many as 300 local runners and visitors - starts just before Christmas.

Jo Pavey MBE will be at the inaugural parkrun.Jo Pavey MBE will be at the inaugural parkrun.

Five-time Olympian and Exeter Harrier long-distance runner Jo Pavey will be attending the inaugural Exmouth Parkrun, which starts at 9am on Saturday, December 23.

The Exmouth event has been organised by LED, which has covered the £3,000 launch costs.

Lottie Edwards, LED’s community engagement manager, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of the local community to get the Parkrun up and running.

“There will be social, health and wellbeing benefits from the event, which could attract some 300 local runners and visitors a week.”

Exmouth Harrier Simon Minting is one of the volunteers driving the project. He said: “We are delighted to have a start date confirmed, having done all the work behind the scenes. It could become a great community event.

The timed run – which starts and finishes opposite the Ocean bowling venue – is 5km in length. It runs along Exmouth’s esplanade to Orcombe Point, then back along the seafront to the Cavendish Hotel at Moreton Crescent, before returning to Ocean.

The run will take place every Saturday morning, with entrants competing against the clock. The event is free to enter, but you will need to register before your first run.

“You only ever register with parkrun once,” say the organisers. “Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

“We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! Exmouth parkrun needs you!

“It is entirely organised by volunteers – email exmouthhelpers@parkrun.com to help.

“Every week we grab a post Parkrun coffee in the LED Leisure Ocean Café – please come and join us!”

For more details about the Parkrun visit: www.parkrun.org.uk/exmouth

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