Athlete Charlotte Arter has shaved a further second off her own parkrun world record
British athlete Charlotte Arter has broken the female parkrun world record with a time of 15 minutes and 49 seconds. The previous record of 15:50 was also held by Arter, who is a member of Cardiff Athletics Club.
Arter finished 8th overall at the Cardiff parkrun on Saturday 1 February, knocking a precious second off her previous world record that she set in January 2019. She is also the current Welsh half marathon record holder, clocking 69:40 in Barcelona last February, and was British 10,000m champion in 2018.
She has recently become a full-time athlete, taking a break from her job at Cardiff University to focus on her busy training schedule.
“I do a track session once a week which comprises quicker drills like 400m or 1k reps,” she tells us. “I also do a weekly long tempo session on the road, usually broken into blocks such as 3 x 10mins. Then I’ll do a longer run on a Sunday, between 12 and 14 miles. The rest of the week it’s easy runs, and a couple of strength and conditioning sessions.”
Though these efforts will certainly have helped her to beat her parkrun PB and set a new world record, she has her eye on a specific goal.
“My ultimate aim is to try to reach an Olympic Games in 2020 or 2024,” she says. Though fun and fulfilment are still key to her career: “I just want to keep enjoying what I’m doing, move forward and make as many major championship teams as I can.”
Read our full interview with Charlotte Arter here.