Sapna enters Gladstone parkrun record books with personal best

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 August 2013

Sapna Swaly

Sapna Swaly


Sapna Swaly booked her place in the record books at Gladstone parkrun on Saturday, becoming the 1000th runner to set a personal best.

The 31-year-old, who takes part in the free weekly run with her parents, completed the 5km Dollis Hill course in 25 minutes 11 seconds to slash 15 seconds off her previous best time.

Sapna said: “Gladstone parkrun has been incredible. My dad retired last year after running a newsagents for 25 years. He had never jogged before parkrun but he has more time now, and seeing him and my mum running through the finish line is great.

“Running is such a great way to keep fit and stay in shape. Seeing the progress you make every week is so much more encouraging than looking at scales. Last year I was pushing myself to get a pb every week, then I stopped running over winter and lost all I had gained. This year, I’ve only just brought myself back and I won’t be stopping again!

“What makes parkrun fun is not only the 5k run, but the people and the friendships that come along with it.”

Siobhan Carleton-Green was the first woman home in 23:44, ahead of Katy Leahy in 24:28 and Swaly in third. Amy Watson was the first junior lady in 36:21.

Ryan Yoruk was the first finisher overall in 19:30, with debutant Alejandro Hammeken second in 19:34.

Teenager Joseph Cooper, who crossed the line third in 20:19, was the fastest junior and recorded the highest ranking using parkrun’s age and gender grading system.

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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