Kennedy keeps up the pace at Gladstone parkrun
PUBLISHED: 11:11 07 November 2012
eorgie Kennedy continued her upturn in form to take first place in the women’s division of Gladstone parkrun on Saturday.
Kennedy, who completed the 5km course in 23 minutes 40 seconds, has lowered her time by almost four minutes since she began taking part in the free weekly event.
“My first goal was to make it the whole way around without having to stop and walk, and since then I’ve been gradually trying to cut down my best time,” she said.
“If someone had told me at my first parkrun last year that I would have now tackled two half-marathons and signed up for the Edinburgh marathon, I would have said they were completely bonkers.”
Siobhan Carleton-Green was the second woman to cross the line in 24:03, ahead of Olympia Diamond (24:43). Alexi Whitehouse was fourth in 24:51, followed by Gill Morgan (25:06), Candice Beard (29:16) and Amanda Beasley (29:18).
David Craddock became the first runner to break the elusive 17-minute barrier at Gladstone parkrun, leading the field of 56 home in 16:59, while Highgate Harriers athlete Pat Davis was second (17:23).
Third-placed Ben Albon recorded a personal best of 19:09, with Joshua Camlett (20:01) fourth and Ion Holban (20:25) fifth. Alexander Khlaf set an under-14 junior record to finish seventh in 20:35.
Gladstone parkrun takes place each Saturday at 9am and is open to all ages and abilities. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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