The coastal Exmouth parkrun can be found in Devon, in the south west of England.
Simon & Lisa Minting tell us more about their home event…
We were introduced to parkrun back in 2013 by Simon’s father and once we had completed our first parkrun, we were hooked!
In 2015, Simon was part of a core team that tried to bring parkrun to Exmouth. Unfortunately the course was found to be unsuitable so it never got off the ground.
With our love of attending parkrun regularly at our home run, Killerton, we became more adventurous and started some parkrun tourism visiting as many venues as possible. It was following one of these ‘away days’, in early 2017, that we decided we would find an alternative course to get Exmouth parkrun on the map.
We had a very successful meeting in the very early planning stages where over 100 people attended. It was from this meeting that we started forming our core team.
It is our fantastic close-knit core team that is the thing we love most about our event. The success of the event is purely down to their dedication, enthusiasm and ongoing support for which we and all our parkrunners are extremely grateful for.
Our course is a scenic out-and-backer along Exmouth seafront and probably one of the flattest and fastest parkrun courses you’ll find. The whole course is on pathways and can be run in road shoes all year round.
Our course provides a great opportunity to set your 5k personal best. We often feature in the top 10 fastest parkruns of the week and have even been the fastest overall globally for that week.
During the summer months, the Exmouth seafront skyline is dominated by a 28-metre high observation wheel and marks the spot of where our parkrun starts and finishes.
What better way to start the weekend with a glorious parkrun run by the sea?!
Our course caters for all levels of fitness and ages. We always get glowing feedback from our regular runners and visitors stating that we have a fabulous event which is extremely friendly, has a great atmosphere and is well organised.
Our parkrun has been welcomed with open arms by the local community. So much so that the whole community came out in force to support our inaugural event on the 23rd December 2017, where we clocked 710 parkrunners!
After parkrun, there is an opportunity to grab a coffee and bite to eat at Ocean Bowling which is across the road from the start and finish lines. This is also where the barcode scanning takes place.
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