Gallagher comes close to dream debut at Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 15:10 24 April 2013

Cathal Gallagher

Cathal Gallagher


Cathal Gallagher came within one second of victory in his first attempt at Gladstone parkrun, pushing Ryan Yoruk all the way in Saturday’s event.

Yoruk was one of 25 runners to record their best time at the picturesque 5km Dollis Hill circuit, finishing fractionally ahead of debutant Gallagher in 18 minutes five seconds.

Overall 73 runners took advantage of the warmer conditions, including 11 first-time participants, with James Winter rounding out the top three in a time of 18:47.

Next home was Chris Bailey, who posted 19:02 to record the highest ranking on the day using parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system.

The fastest junior runner was Johnny O’Flynn, who placed fifth overall in 20:16, followed by Kemuel Solomon (20:16), Lee Anderson (20:18) and Dimitri Gunawardena (20:24).

Alison Brown led the women home in a personal best of 20:40, ahead of Sophie Barnard (21:52) and Gill Morgan (24:12).

Georgie Kennedy was fourth in 24:15, with Katie Levy (24:27) fifth and Kate Leahy (26:00) sixth.

Event director Glen Turner said: “Our hardiest runners have braved some challenging conditions through the winter, but now spring has arrived I am hoping to see our numbers starting to grow each week.

“It is great to meet people who come down to parkrun for the first time, because they always seem to leave with a smile on their face and a resolve to come back and beat their time the following week.”

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

Registration is free at or email for more information.

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