British athlete Melissa Courtney-Bryant broke the women’s global parkrun 5K record of 15 minutes and 31 seconds in Dorset, Wales on December 24 — Merry Christmas to her.

The 29-year-old Poole Athletic Club/Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers member improved upon the previous record that was run by Samantha Harrison at 15:37 earlier this month.

Courtney-Bryant is a World Indoor Championships and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. She won a bronze medal over 1500m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and was third in the 2019 European Indoors 3,000m race. Her personal best in the 5000m event is 14:53.82 from 2019. Courtenay-Bryant was a member of the gold-winning World Cross Country mixed relay team in the 2017 Šamorín, Slovakia-hosted championships

Harrison, who held the previous record finished sixth in the 10,000m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Harrison also placed sixth in the 10,000m event at the 2022 European Championships held in Munich.

The men’s winner was Daniel Mulryan who clocked a formidable 14:53. He was representing the Poole Runners. Mark Ruby was also under 15 minutes with his 14:56 performance. William Rabjohns took third in 15:06. Ruby and Rabjohns both compete for the Poole AC.

Emily Shaw took second in 17:48, while Erin Wells took third in 18:02.

Courtney-Bryant finished behind only four men.

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