Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Feb. 22

New record of 38 participants

Maybe it is the sign of spring arriving or perhaps the name parkrun is getting out there in the Cowichan Valley because event number 21 had our largest attendance this year, and our second largest since we started — 38 participants! In fact, these were some of the reasons why the 11 first-timers participated last Saturday. Others, such as Don, Andrea and Kaye Hare have between them completed 19 parkruns in seven different locations: Coldham Common, Margate, Pegwell Bay and Cambridge in England, and Clover Point, Richmond and now Shawnigan Hills in B.C. Great effort.

We also welcomed Leilana Vansolkema and Izaak Thomas who were visiting from Edmonton, Alberta. They will be debuting their local parkrun at River Valley on their return.

There were personal best times from Kevin van der Linden (23:00), Brian Zimmerman (31:55), Jeffrey Patterson (33:59), Linda Zimmerman (34:44), Brad Kornelson (35:20) and Janice Anderson (37:32). Well done to all involved.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, parkrun celebrates International Women’s Day on March 7. We would like to encourage women and girls to take part and for all participants, male or female, to wear purple. Please join us then.

Finally, please make sure you register with https://www.parkrun.ca/register/ before your first event. It is free and this enables you to keep track of your performances after each run.

The next run will be Saturday, Feb. 29 at 9 a.m. This is the first ever leap year parkrun. The next one will be in 2048!

– Mark Swannell, organizer

Parkrun

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: What does a traffic cop do?

I think most people see a traffic cop as someone who writes speeding tickets

Lake Flashback: Logging history, leaks, the EN and more

Do you remember these stories from back in the day?

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

‘Someone knows something’: a look into Vancouver Island missing persons with interactive map

There are more than three dozen people listed as missing throughout Vancouver Island

Mary Lowther column: Growing out your own seeds

Some crops like tomatoes don’t cross pollinate well

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Most Read