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Hargreaves maintains improved form at Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 17 April 2013

Will Hargreaves

Will Hargreaves

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Brent runner Will Hargreaves celebrated his outstanding achievement award by recording a personal best time of 24 minutes 56 seconds at Saturday’s Gladstone parkrun.

Hargreaves received the award at the start of the run, having slashed over nine minutes off his best time since the beginning of the year and missed just one of the 15 Gladstone parkrun events held in that period.

“I joined Gladstone parkrun after reading an article about it and realising that I wasn’t exercising,” said Hargreaves.

“I didn’t think I could run 5km and have only been able to do it because everyone at parkrun gives me the encouragement to keep going.

“I encourage my son Toby to start running more and he now comes along too.”

Ryan Yoruk (18:10) outsprinted Ewan Fryatt to claim overall honours by the narrowest of margins, with Russ Squires third in 18:23.

Chris Bailey, who finished fourth in 19:33, recorded the highest ranking on the day using parkrun’s unique age and gender grading system. He was followed by junior runners Kerr Millar (20:13) and Harshil Joshi (20:24).

Sophie Barnard stopped the clock at 21:59 to lead the women home, ahead of Alexandra O’Donovan (22:45), Georgie Kennedy (23:54) and debutant Melanie Mead (23:57).

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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