Conditions were ripe for personal bests at the March 12 Shawnigan Hills parkrun. (Claire Curtis photo)

Conditions were ripe for personal bests at the March 12 Shawnigan Hills parkrun. (Claire Curtis photo)

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for March 12

7 runners set personal bests

Last weekend’s parkrun was a day of personal best times as seven athletes recorded their fastest performance to date. Paula Blake’s was the standout effort as she knocked almost 90 seconds off her previous best time, whilst Carene Quigley, Julia Pollock, Claire Corbett and Lisa Scott also showed fine form.

On a day where Claire Curtis became our second regular runner to complete the milestone of 25 parkruns, we welcomed British parkrunner John Mountney. A veteran of 381 parkruns, this was his second attempt to run Shawnigan Hills as his previous visit occurred when parkrun was cancelled due to COVID. He commented, “An interesting course, undulating with a few ups and downs, I didn’t expect all the housing [school campus], however there was little traffic and hardly any people about. I was pleasantly surprised at my position and time.”

Daryl Baswick was first over the line in 22:43, closely followed by Nancy Baxendale in 23:03, as she improved on her VW60-64 course record. At the other end of the field, walker and parkrun first-timer Rosemary Richie just dipped under the hour mark, finishing in a time of 59:54.

Walk, jog, run, volunteer or watch — it is up to you. Be a part of the community, make new friends and socialize.

Visit https://www.parkrun.ca/register/ to register for the next run which is Saturday, March 19 at 9 a.m.

– Mark Swannell, organizer

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