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Gladstone parkrun volunteer sets a personal best

PUBLISHED: 16:37 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:43 09 October 2013

Peter Reupke

Peter Reupke

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Brent runner Peter Reupke set a personal best at Gladstone parkrun on Saturday, clocking 21 minutes 15 seconds on the 5km course.

The Dollis Hill athlete, who has been a regular volunteer and run director at the free weekly event since it started last year, said the friendly atmosphere creates a great welcome for new runners.

“My most memorable parkrun was my first, where I was impressed by the welcome given to newcomers and the sense of occasion without the pressure of a formal race,” he said. “I was hooked from that day on and I hope others get that same feeling when they join us at Gladstone Park.

“My favourite part is crossing the finishing line faster than I did the week before, being cheered on by those who have already finished. If you find yourself getting competitive, there will also be the chance for some good-humoured rivalry, but you can make it want you it to be.

“I volunteer because so many people look forward to their Saturday morning sociable run and it wouldn’t happen without the volunteers. As a volunteer you get to share in other people’s little successes as you cheer them around the course and across the finishing line.”

David Craddock led the field of 85 runners in 17:47, ahead of Ryan Yoruk in 18:31 and James Winter in 20:11. Matt Kitching was next in 20:21, closely followed by Ion Holban in 20:24. Nilrem Stewart was the fastest junior in 20:33, followed by fellow juniors Toby Hargreaves in 20:57 and Abdiaziz Isa in 20:57.

Sophie Barnard was the first woman in a best time of 21:04, ahead of Harriet Knight in 24:21 and Sapna Swaly in 25:30.

The junior girls event was a close fought contest between three debutants, with Sherique Ruddock (27:11) edging out Connie Mottram (27:52) and Marissa John (28:04).

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


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