Su­san breaks record at Hog­manay parkrun

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

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.

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