Juniors lead the way in Gladstone parkrun
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2013
Brent’s junior runners continued to swell the ranks of Gladstone parkrun on Saturday, with four youngsters finishing in the top 10.
Thames Valley Harrier Joseph Cooper completed the 5km Dollis Hill course in a personal best of 18 minutes 56 seconds to finish second, with fellow junior Aurel Sinko-Uribe next across the line in 19:33.
Toby Hargreaves was the third junior home in 20:21, ahead of Harshil Joshi who was ninth overall in 20:34.
Amy Watson posted a best time to lead the junior girls in 34:17. Volunteer run director, Ciprian Diaconita, said it was encouraging to see so many junior runners taking part.
“Gladstone parkrun is perfect for junior runners, particularly in the summer when the 9am start does not clash with many other sports like it can do at other times of the year,” he said.
“Because the event is relaxed and informal, it is an ideal environment for youngsters to come along to and have fun and keep active. Runners who are over 11 years of age can take part by themselves, but younger runners must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible adult.”
Ryan Yoruk led the field of 74 runners in 18:27, with James Winter the next senior male to stop the clock in 20:07. John Quirke was next in 20:23, ahead of Adam Turnbull (20:38), Nick Stallman (20:47) and debutant Darren Murphy (21:05).
Fiona Patterson was the first female finisher in 23:57. Amanda Kearns was next in 26:23, with Shona Kellerman rounding out the top three in 26:30. Hilary Steadman was fourth in 26:51, followed by Florence Solmaz (28:06) and Samina Haq (28:16).
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