A Scottish-born runner has broken the women's Parkrun 5km world record during a race in Australia.

Lauren Reid completed the slightly hilly course in 15 minutes 45 second at the Parramatta parkrun in Greater Western Sydney beating the previous record set by Charlotte Arter, who ran a time of 15:49 at the Cardiff parkrun on February 1, 2020.

Ms Reid, 35, said, ‘A huge thank you to Parramatta parkrun – what a wonderful, supportive and positive community!

"Everyone was incredibly kind and so, so supportive. Thank you all again, so much. I feel so very humbled.’ 

Parkrun is a volunteer-led event with branches across the globe. Meetings are organised locally and use parks and streets to host communal 5k runs. 

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The events are currently suspended in the UK due to coronavirus restrictions, but those in Australia are able to go ahead thanks to the country's successful efforts containing the spread of the disease. 

Ms Reid made her record-breaking run on Saturday, January 23, amid distinctly un-Scottish conditions.  The temperature in Sydney reached 31C on the day, with a low of 22C.

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One runner tweeted: "Impressive achievement, and it was damn hot out there. I'd barely made it to the halfway turn in that time.

"During the pre-run briefing we were told the record attempt was happening. Exciting after the race to hear she'd done it. A bit of parkrun history."