News, Press - 24th July 2019

New Australian Female parkrun record


Last Saturday at Maribyrnong parkrun, Australian Olympian Lisa Weightman, ran the fastest time ever by a female at parkrun in Australia., coming across the line in 15.54 minutes. Sinead Diver, another talented Australian distance runner, previously held the course record at Maribyrnong.


“I came out for a run and thought the record was in the 15.40s so I was surprised to learn I broke the record,” Lisa said.


Lisa was joined on the course by fellow Olympian Madeline Hills, on the come back after a hamstring surgery. “I didn’t think about running the record, was just wanting to run a flat course as a solid run before Sydney Harbour 10km next weekend,” Lisa said.


Having only started her parkrunning journey at the undulating Coburg course earlier this year, Lisa said she wanted to try and run a fast 5km on a flat course. “I ran 16.18 at a Coburg but wanted to see where I was on the flat. Will have another run after a month of training through August,” she said. “I have only ran three parkruns. My husband ran Bushy parkrun when I ran my PB at the London Marathon which was great fun! Our son Pete and I watched him,” Lisa said.


With so many talented Australian female runners out there, Lisa said she was sure her record wouldn’t stand for too long.


“With parkrun all the courses are different, the weather is variable and sometimes you run solo, other times you have someone to chase. I’m sure our Australian women will keep improving on my time today which will be great to see,” she said.


Lisa said her running idol was namesake, Lisa Ondieki. She said she was still blown away by the fact she was now running times comparable to her “I run times my idol Lisa Ondieki ran and I think, wow I did that too. It’s rewarding,” she said.


While the Maribyrnong parkrun time was not her overall 5km PB, it was pretty close. “I ran 15.51 on the track in 2009 and haven’t raced track since so pretty close. Good to know I’m as fast now at 40 as I was at 30! A good message to keep chasing your goals,” she said.


Even though she’s new to parkrun, Lisa said she already loved it. “I love meeting new people. Today a volunteer said to me, are you a real runner? I said we are all real runners but I’m lucky to be able to run a bit faster. Everyone is so kind and friendly and excited to be there,” she said.


Sally Heppleston

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