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Amanda aims to get more girls involved at Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 14:05 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:05 03 April 2013

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

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Amanda Martin recorded a personal best at Gladstone parkrun on Saturday as she finished third in a time of 24 minutes 32 seconds.

Martin, who was taking part in the 5km Dollis Hill event for the ninth time, is keen to encourage more women to join in the free weekly run.

“Since I started doing parkrun I’ve seen an improvement in my running, and I’ve gradually got faster,” she said.

“You can choose to chat and run with friends, or push yourself and try for a personal best. The timed result gives you something to aim for and you can keep track of your progress through the website.”

The fastest woman to finish was Sarah Bailey (20:46), who achieved the highest ranking on the day under parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system.

Lucy Keating was second in 24:15, ahead of junior runner Ellie McNamara (25:34). First-timer Amelia Evans was the next junior in 27:21, with her sister Sophie just one second further back.

Glen Turner led the field of 62 runners overall in 18:02, with debutant Jonathan Gilling second (18:39). Ryan Yoruk claimed third in a personal best of 18:54, ahead of Stuart Davidson (19:47) and Adam Turnbull (19:50).

Sixth-placed Harshil Joshi was the first junior male in 20:32, followed by Toby Hargreaves (21:08) and Kieran Lyons (22:55).

Gladstone parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday and is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone or email gladstoneoffice@parkrun.com for more information.


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