Record tum­ble at com­bined race meet


The men’s and women’s course records were both smashed as the North Can­ter­bury Ath­letic Club com­bined their club cham­pi­onship rac­ing with the weekly Pe­ga­sus parkrun.

In what was a na­tional first, a com­bined event be­tween parkrun NZ and Ath­let­ics NZ clubs, the ex­ist­ing 5km course records were bet­tered by out­siders.

Christchurch’s Matt Dry­den (Christchurch Avon) and Han­nah Ol­droyd (Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury) con­quered the course in record time, set­ting the fastest 5km time for any parkrun in New Zea­land.

Dry­den clocked a swift 15.49 min­utes to smash David Atkin­son pre­vi­ous record of 16.11 mins. The women’s record also fell with Ol­droyd com­ing home in 17.37 mins to edge the old record held by Freya Pren­tice of 17.43 mins. It was Ol­droyd’s 11th Pe­ga­sus parkrun start and her 11th time be­ing fastest women.

As for the North Can­ter­bury Club Cham­pi­onship hon­ours, John Mar­shall was the fastest to the fin­ish in 17.34 mins to take the masters men’s ti­tle and third over­all be­hind Dry­den and run­ner-up Mark Reid (New Brighton) who clocked 17.11.

Dave Col­lie was sec­ond of the North Can­ter­bury men (10th over­all) in 19.03 mins with Merv Burt 27.49 in third (39th).

While Ol­droyd took the win, her Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury club mates fol­lowed her in with An­gela Whyte, in her 23rd ap­pear­ance in Pe­ga­sus, in sec­ond in her fastest time on the course of 17:42 mins, with Mag­gie Chor­ley third in 19:02 mins.

Natasha Mitchell was the fastest North Can­ter­bury wo­man in 20.01 mins, good enough for 13th over­all and fourth in the women, to take the North Can­ter­bury masters women’s ti­tle. Just be­hind Mitchell was Jo Ram­say clock­ing 21.45 mins (18th over­all) and Adri­enne Smith was third in 28.44 mins (42nd).

In the ju­nior ranks, Caitlin Baker was the first North Can­ter­bury run­ner home in a slick 22.21 mins, just three sec­onds clear of Kirsty Watts. Kaiden Turner was two min­utes fur­ther back.

In to­tal there were 67 peo­ple that walked, jogged and ran the course, with six new to parkrun, while 21 run­ners achieved Per­sonal best times on the day.

Course records were smashed when the North Can­ter­bury Ath­letic Club com­bined with Pe­ga­sus parkrun.

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