Despite dismal conditions, parkrunners head out on the course for the Nov. 27 event. (Claire Curtis photo)

Despite dismal conditions, parkrunners head out on the course for the Nov. 27 event. (Claire Curtis photo)

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Nov. 27

Five first-timers including ‘parkrun tourist’ from the UK

Twenty-one runners, one stroller (with toddler) and one dog braved the adverse weather conditions last Saturday in Shawnigan Hills parkrun’s 32nd event. Island newcomer Ed Love celebrated his birthday in style by crossing the finish line in first place with a time of 20:52, the sixth fastest time at this location. He was one of five first-timers, which included East Vancouver Run Crew members Michael and Karen McCullough, and parkrun tourist Stuart Gair: over from the UK, he also ran Clover Point parkrun the previous weekend.

Linda Mavin, Carene Quigley and Michelle Laabs all finished with personal-best times, with Michelle knocking over two minutes off her previous fastest time — awesome performance! Daryl Baswick did a similarly awesome job with the stroller: despite being his slowest run by many minutes, he still finished in seventh place. Never underestimate how difficult it is to run with a stroller, especially uphill!

Within the international organization there are parkrun milestones. Athletes running 25, 50, 100, 250 and even 500 events qualify for these milestones. There are a number of regulars close to the first milestone: Jeff Wright (19), David Pope (20) and Claire Curtis (19). We hope to celebrate 25 parkruns with these and many more athletes in the near future.

A reminder that, as we enter into the festive season, there will be two special parkruns: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Further details to follow soon.

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. Also, please ‘like’ us on the Shawnigan Hills parkrun Facebook page

Next run: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m.

– Mark Swannell, organizer