I ventured along to Victoria Park this morning, Saturday 11th June 2016, to watch Jenny Bannerman make her debut at the local parkrun. The Inverness Harrier has been a bit low since a viral infection affected her performance at the Lillebælt Halvmarathon in Denmark. So a low key, no pressure race was what the Doctor ordered.
Her father, Charlie, drove the 350 mile round trip and Jenny managed to get the confidence booster that she was looking for, completing the 5k event in a time of 17:21, matching Lesley Chisholm’s record, set in April 2015.
Jenny placed fourth out of 298 participants, with Peter Avent storming to victory with a time of 15:22. The Penicuik Harrier, who has recently moved through to the west of the country, has his eyes set on Robert Gilroy’s record of 15:09. There was little competition for the tall runner today though and he finished some 86 seconds ahead of runner-up David Lindsay, who ran a PB of 16:48. Michael Healey smashed his previous PB by twenty seconds to place third in 17:04.
Runner-up spot in the Women’s race went to Garscube’s Mary Senior who ran her fastest parkrun of the year, recording a time of 20:21. Seventeen seconds behind was Jennifer Grewar, who continued her amazing progress by taken another 26 seconds off of her time to earn a new PB of 20:38.
Donald Petrie, who placed ninth, with his time of 18:14 had the best age related score. The Kilbarchan Super Vet’s 86.47% edging out Jenny Bannerman’s 85.30%.and Peter Avent’s 84.38%.
Many thanks to the team of volunteers who made the event run so smoothly. If you haven’t volunteered yet, now would be a great time to help out.