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Luton athlete is first female winner of Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 16:28 29 August 2012

Claire McMahon

Claire McMahon

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Claire McMahon became the Gladstone parkrun's first overall female winner on Saturday as she led a field of 48 around the 5km Dollis Hill course.

The Luton AC runner slashed more than one minute off the previous women’s course record to stop the clock in 19:34.

Siobhan Carleton-Green was the second woman home in 23:54, ahead of first-time entrants Amelie Scharffetter (26:18) and Tammy Stillwell (26:24).

The first man to finish was Serpentine runner Ion Holban, who clocked a personal best of 20:54. Adam Turnbull was second in 21:03, followed by Kemuel Solomon (21:14) and first-timer Ben Thornton (21:23).

The weekly event, which is free and open to runners of all ages and abilities, included 19 entrants who were taking part for the first time – among them Julie Turner and her husband Gordon from Sydney.

“Parkruns are exactly the same because the concept can work in any town in any country,” said Mrs Turner.

“It is accessible to everyone and encourages families to come and run together and support each other. Everyone in the local community should come down and see what the fuss – and fun – is all about.”

Runners are ranked according to their age and gender, and results are sent by text and email. They also receive an individual results page on the parkrun website to help them track their progress.

Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk. For further information, email gladstoneoffice@parkrun.com

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