Susan breaks record at Hogmanay parkrun
THE 20th Ganavan Sands parkrun took place on Hogmanay in challenging weather conditions.
In spite of strong winds and heavy rain, there were 71 participants including local celebrity Susan Partridge, Scottish cross country champion, who has represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the marathon at the European Athletics Championships and World Championships. She is a former winner of the Great North Run 10k and has a London Marathon time of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Susan completed the course setting a new female record time of 19 minutes 21 seconds. The male record of 17 minutes 41 seconds is held by Tom Smith, a regular local participant and hill runner.
Runners were given great encouragement from six pipers from Oban High School Pipe Band stationed along the 5k route.
Parkrun, a free, timed 5k run, starts every Saturday at 9.30am from Ganavan Sands car park. It is an event for runners of all ages and stages and for jog walkers too.
Top Scottish international athlete Susan Partridge, front row second left, back on home soil for New Year, joins local athletes in horrendous weather for the parkrun held on Hogmanay at Ganavan.