French homework leads parkrun tourist to Gladstone Park
PUBLISHED: 12:56 15 August 2012
Berkshire-based Kerri French was one of 13 first-time entrants in Saturday’s Gladstone parkrun, completing the 5km course in a time of 33 minutes 28 seconds.
French, who travelled from Woodley to compete at the weekly Dollis Hill event, said: “People like me are known as ‘parkrun tourists’. There are more than 100 parkruns across the UK and I have run in six of them since April.
“It was an alien world to me when I started out as a novice runner. I love that each event is different but has a common theme of a love of running in a supportive way.”
Sarah Hawken marked an impressive debut in Saturday’s free volunteer-led event to cross the line first in the women’s division in 23:26, finishing 12th overall.
She was closely followed by Siobhan Carleton-Green, who registered a personal best of 23:50. Louise Gold stopped the clock to finish third in 26:04, with Nikki Elvin completing the top four in 27:27.
In the men’s standings, David Craddock was first home with a personal best of 17:24. Chris Bailey of Highgate Harriers finished second in 18:41, with Kemuel Solomon (21:07) third and first-timer Adam Giangreco (21:23) fourth.
Bailey achieved the highest overall grading – just ahead of Joe Keating (22:07) – under the unique parkrun system that ranks runners according to age and gender.
Gladstone parkrun is held each Saturday at 9am and is open to runners of all ages and abilities. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk.
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