Birthday girl manages to Faull in love with Gladstone parkrun
PUBLISHED: 11:02 12 September 2012
Dollis Hill’s Sarah Faull celebrated her birthday in style by finishing first in the women’s division at Saturday’s Gladstone parkrun event.
Faull clocked a personal best of 25 minutes 40 seconds over the 5km circuit, ahead of second-placed S Harriet in 26:22. Debra Livingstone recorded a new best of 26:41 on her way to third place, with Isabel Gonzalez (26:49) in fourth.
Faull, who only began running two years ago, says the informal atmosphere of the weekly event – and the reward of a brunch in the park café with other participants – inspired her to join in.
“I have lived near the park for three years but have met more people from the area in a few weeks of parkrun than in all of that time,” she said.
“It is great to know there is a set time each week where you can run a measured course with lots of other people, track your time and see how you are improving.
“I was worried it would be competitive and I’d be left behind, but there is a really wide range of people taking part. I am not a morning person, but I look forward to getting up and putting on my running shoes each Saturday.”
Mark Palser of Les Croupiers Running Club marked an impressive debut at Gladstone parkrun as he led the field of 58 home in 17:39, ahead of David Craddock (17:50).
Glen Turner finished one second further back in 17:51, while fourth-placed Danny Skeffington, who clocked 18:04, recorded the highest overall ranking using parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system.
Results are sent out by text and email, with runners receiving an individual page on the parkrun website that tracks their progress. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk
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