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Craddock triumphs in Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 13:25 25 July 2012

David Craddock

David Craddock

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David Craddock was one of 16 runners to record their fastest time as he crossed the line first in Saturday’s fourth weekly Gladstone parkrun.

Craddock completed the 5km Dollis Hill circuit in 17 minutes 56 seconds, with Kemuel Solomon withstanding a strong challenge from Adam Turnbull to take second place in 21:09.

Third-placed Turnbull was seven seconds further back, while Monika Gondekova maintained her good form to win the women’s event for the second time in 22:48.

Laura Fougman was second in 25:15, with Alison Haan (26:33) rounding out the top three as a total of 27 runners took advantage of the excellent weather conditions.

Brent resident Joe Keating, 63, who finished sixth overall in a time of 22:09, achieved the highest grading using parkrun’s unique age and gender ranking system.

Keating, who has taken part in each Gladstone event so far, said: “This [system] gives people an incentive to improve each week, rather than just plodding along.

“The ideal of a free event, run by volunteers, with no fuss and no expensive entry fees, is very important to me. Just turn up with your registration barcode and you will find a great welcome among like-minded people.”

Gladstone parkrun is held each Saturday at 9am and is open to runners of all abilities.

Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk. For more details, email gladstoneoffice@parkrun.com


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