Beating your personal best at Gladstone Park beats shopping

PUBLISHED: 15:10 05 September 2012

John Walerych

John Walerych


Queen’s Park Harriers’ John Walerych is the only runner to have completed all 10 Gladstone parkruns – and he celebrated on Saturday with a personal best.

Walerych, who has finished every run around the 5km Dollis Hill course since the free weekly event began in June, clocked a time of 28 minutes 49 seconds to mark his 10th parkrun.

“My time is two minutes faster than when I started and my new target is to get below 30 minutes consistently,” said Walerych. “Running through the park in a free local event that requires no commitment is a better alternative to going grocery shopping on a Saturday morning.”

Brent youngsters Amar Aichoun and Ellie McNamara both set junior course records on Saturday, with Aichoun finishing in 23:05 – the best time by anyone in the under-15 boys’ category – to take 13th place overall.

And McNamara, who runs for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, clocked 25:18 to set a record in the junior girls’ division, finishing 24th overall in a field of 60 runners.

Ryan Aichoun was the second junior boy home in 24:50, with Thames Valley Harriers’ Kieran Lyons posting a personal best of 25:11 to take third spot in their section.

Glen Turner of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers was the fastest senior runner in 17:40, ahead of Danny Skeffington (18:04), with Joao Diogo (19:57) and Rob King (20:11) taking third and fourth respectively.

Monika Gondekova was the first senior woman in 23:21, followed by Gill Morgan (24:14), while Sarah Faull (26:41) took third place, one second ahead of Nikki Elvin (26:42).

Runners are ranked according to age and gender, and receive an individual results webpage that tracks their progress.

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