Parkrunners have a blast during the Nov. 13 run. (Claire Curtis photo)

Parkrunners have a blast during the Nov. 13 run. (Claire Curtis photo)

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Nov. 13

All 20 runners finish before the skies open

Event No. 30 saw first-timer Eric Gowland finish almost six minutes ahead of the next finisher in a time of 23:34. Despite the forecast of rainstorms, all 20 parkrunners crossed the finish line before the heavens opened. We also welcomed first timers Dan Vaillancourt and Beth Gillatt and saw the return of the VM75-79 record holder, Jeffrey Patterson.

A total of six personal best times were recorded, most notably regulars David Pope and Kate Wright, who put in impressive performances with times of 30:24 and 31:19 respectively, the former improving his own VM70-74 record by 14 seconds.

It has taken over two years to reach this point and we are grateful that events such as parkrun are allowed to take place again. Last Saturday also marked the final run of the current course. Weather permitting, we will have a new route through Shawnigan Lake School this weekend, taking in more of the borderline trails and less pavement, making it easier on the joints but more susceptible to the elements.

Walk, jog, run, volunteer or simply come and watch — it is up to you. Be a part of the community, make new friends and socialize — we meet at Shawnigan Coffee House post-run after each event. It is a great way to start the weekend.

To register for parkrun, please go to Simply fill in your details and print off your unique barcode and you are good to go.

Next run: Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.

– Mark Swannell, organizer