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.