Brenda Niziol crosses the Shawnigan Lake School campus during last Saturday’s Shawnigan Hills parkrun. (Celine Xi photo)

Brenda Niziol crosses the Shawnigan Lake School campus during last Saturday’s Shawnigan Hills parkrun. (Celine Xi photo)

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Nov. 2

Six personal bests

The sixth edition of the Shawnigan Hills parkrun saw five first-timers and six personal-best times as Peter DeVries came through as first finisher, with Melanie Philipp finishing first female. We also had seven new volunteers, making this very much a community event.

parkrun is a non-competitive 5km run. However, all performances are recorded and you can analyze them on the website (www.parkrun.ca/shawniganhills) to track progress each week; in fact, many people incorporate parkrun into their training schedule. You can also see your age-grade percentage after each run. Age-grade percentage is a way of identifying the quality of a performance, adjusting for distance, age and gender. Last Saturday, with a time of 27:52 Brenda Niziol (VW 65-69) recorded 73.86 per cent, a new course record and one that will take some beating, especially considering the previous course record time of 18:06 by Dusty Spiller (SM 30-34) in event number two, recorded a mere 71.64 per cent.

So, join the parkrun movement. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or simply come and watch — it’s up to you. Be a part of the community, make new friends and socialize — we meet at Shawnigan Coffee House after each event. Everyone is welcome!

Next run: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m.

– Mark Swannell, organizer