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Gladstone parkrun is elementary stuff for Watson

PUBLISHED: 12:55 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:55 26 June 2013

Tony Watson

Tony Watson

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Wembley's Tony Watson celebrated his 30th Gladstone parkrun in style on Saturday, taking seventh place in a time of 21 minutes three seconds.

“Because of parkrun I’ve got a good bunch of mates to run with and now the weather’s better, I’m looking to improve on my PB every week,” said Watson.

“It’s as informal or as competitive as you want it to be. It’s a really good start to the weekend and a great habit to get into. I would encourage anyone to give it a go – you’ll find it really friendly and fun.”

Fergus Quinn led the field of 85 runners around the 5km circuit in 18:33, ahead of fellow junior Aurel Sinko-Uribe in 20:06.

Third-placed Kemuel Solomon (20:10) gained the highest ranking on the day under parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system.

Next across the line was debutant Caitlin Rice, who posted the fastest time in the women’s division with 20:21.

Karen Levene was the next woman to finish in 21:59, ahead of Sophie Barnard (22:21). Anna Sinko-Uribe was the first junior in 29:37, followed by Isobel Witt (29:56).

“Gladstone parkrun will celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday, and to mark the occasion we will be having a beginner-friendly run with pace runners and lots of supporters on the course,” said event director Glen Turner.

“And of course we need people to help us to eat all the birthday cake at the finish line!”

Gladstone parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday and is open to people of all ages and abilities. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone or email gladstoneoffice@parkrun.com for more information.

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