Reeder triumphs in second chapter of Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 16:25 11 July 2012

Roy Reeder

Roy Reeder


Stragglers runner Roy Reeder set the pace to win the second event of the Gladstone ‘parkrun’ series in Dollis Hill on Saturday.

Reeder led the field around the picturesque 5km course with a time of 18 minutes 19 seconds, while parkrun debutant David Craddock crossed the line in second place in 18:39.

James Adams from Serpentine Running Club rounded off the top three with a time of 20:03, while Monika Gondekova took 35 seconds off her previous personal best to lead the women home in 22:57.

Hot on her heels was Gemma Greenwood, who clocked 23:08, with Lise Flanegan (29:49) taking third place in the Gladstone Park race, which will be held every Saturday, starting at 9am.

Each event is free of charge and offers runners of all abilities the opportunity to come together to improve their fitness in a social atmosphere.

Despite several runners taking advantage of the cool conditions to record personal best times, event director Glen Turner said it was the back of the field that provided much of the inspiration.

“We had a regular parkrunner from Milton Keynes named Stephen Richardson, who was running in his 50th parkrun event,” said Turner.

“He pushed his daughter around the entire course in a stroller, and running alongside him was his young son Brandon and his pet dog. They definitely received the loudest cheer at the finish line.”

Gladstone parkrun is one of 149 similar events throughout the world, using a unique age grading system that allows runners to track their progress according to age and gender.

Roy Reeder recorded the highest age grading this week, followed closely by Joe Keating and Rob King.

The event is organised by local volunteers and registration is free on the parkrun website at, with results posted after each race and including an individual results page for each runner.

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