Neasden runner reveals how Gladstone parkrun has changed his life

PUBLISHED: 18:00 28 August 2013

David Stevens

David Stevens


Brent’s David Stevens proved that exercise is about more than just keeping fit as he revealed that Gladstone parkrun has helped to transform his life.

David was one of 11 runners at the free weekly event to set a personal best, crossing the line in 26 minutes and 39 seconds – a full three minutes off his previous best time.

The Neasden runner joined Parkrun in April, and said it has helped change his outlook on life. He said: “When I joined parkrun I was going through severe work-related mental stress and anger management issues.

“My wife recognised that I needed an outlet and I firmly believe that the regular release of endorphins has been a massive help and I’m in a much better place now.

“The fact that I’m prepared to be open about my condition is a huge step forward and parkrun has had a major part to play in that.

“When I run with the sun on my face, I leave all my problems and troubles in the dust behind me!

“Gladstone Park is such a beautiful place to be able to run ‘free for free’, so it is much better value than a gym membership. If you’ve never run before then you couldn’t find a better place to start.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Pask had a debut to remember, leading the field of 66 runners home in 17:50. Ben Albon posted a new best time to claim second in 18:28, ahead of Fergus Quinn who was the fastest junior in 18:47.

Sophie Barnard led the women’s field in 22:01, with Siobhan Carleton-Green second in a personal best of 22:58 and Sapna Swaly third in 25:13. First-timer Eliza Paling was the first junior lady in 41:04.

Gladstone parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday and is open to people of all ages and abilities. Registration is free at or email for more information.

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