Eastbourne parkrun record broken by Bloor

Talented 19-year-old Lewes AC athlete Harriet Bloor smashed Eastbourne’s long-standing 5k female parkrun record in an incredible time of 16mins 51secs.

Friday, 14th January 2022, 11:45 am
Harriet Bloor at the Eastbourne parkrun

The previous female record holder was seasoned athlete Julie Briggs of Arena 80). Bloor began her running journey as a youngster training with Hailsham Harriers before transitioning to Lewes AC.

Not only did she break the record, she also ran the fastest time recorded by a female at any UK parkrun on New Year’s Day.

Delighted Bloor said: ‘I have a tradition of running Eastbourne parkrun on New Year’s Day. I came very close to breaking the record two years ago and then we went into lockdown so I haven’t had the chance to go for it since.”

Bloor is at Loughborough University and recently ran a personal best over the 5k distance in 16.38.

She said: “I felt ready to reattempt the record. Eastbourne is my local parkrun so am very pleased to have broken the course record by over a minute. I am looking forward to coming back again soon and seeing how fast I can go on the course.”

For the next few months Bloor will be focusing on cross country races including the national inter-counties championships in March.

On Saturday, January 29, Eastbourne parkrun will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Event director Mike Thompson said: ‘We are hoping regulars and first timers will come along to walk, jog or run the 5k course & to help mark the occasion’. To participate, simply bring along your unique barcode which you can get by visiting www.parkrun.org.uk/eastbourne/

Since the event began, there have been 460 events, averaging 210 participants per week, with 11,582 finishers.

by SUE FRY