Gladstone parkrun participants set a host of personal bests

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 October 2013

There were personal bests for each of the top three women at Gladstone parkrun on Saturday.

Sophie Barnard slashed six seconds off her previous mark to record her third pb in just four weeks, leading the field home in 21 minutes 15 seconds. Alexandra O’Donovan posted 21:55 to claim second, with Natalie McDougall third in 22:54.

Volunteer run director Ciprian Diaconita said the cool and dry conditions were ideal for posting fast times. “Many of the people who started taking part in parkrun during the summer have run in some very warm Saturday mornings over the past few months,” he said. “We’re now seeing the improved fitness levels and the perfect running conditions combining to help people to post some really good times.”

Siobhan Carleton-Green was fourth in 24:11, ahead of Ikram Akintomide as fastest junior woman in 24:12. Zulaihat Habib was the next junior in 26:13, followed by Liberty Sanders (28:12) and Fatema Abd-El-Kader (28:49). David Craddock was first in the men’s division in 17:54.

First-timer Timothy Ballard, who finished second in 18:05, recorded the highest ranking on the day using parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system. Ryan Yoruk rounded out the top three in 18:59, ahead of Michele Bottone in 19:01 and Tim Neal-Hopes in 20:03.

Samuel Blumberg was fastest junior male in 25:33, followed by Nathan Barnard in 26:31 and Ciaran Cottington in 27:45.

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