Sara makes history as Gladstone parkrun celebrates a record turnout
PUBLISHED: 13:34 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 12 June 2013
The Gladstone parkrun celebrated its best ever turnout on Saturday as a record 105 runners took part around the 5k Dollis Hill circuit.
And debutant Sara Gustavsson became the event’s first ever 100th-place finisher after completing the course in 41 minutes 16 seconds.
“This was my first parkrun. I haven’t been running for many years but I now feel motivated and I have a goal to work towards,” said the 23-year-old Dollis Hill resident, who moved from Sweden four years ago.
“By the end of the year I would like to be able to run the whole way, and if I can do it under 30 minutes that will be a big bonus! I also like that I get my results emailed to me after. This really helps me to strive to get better and look forward to next week’s run so I can do even better.”
Records continued to fall on Saturday as Claire McMahon broke her own course record by 15 seconds to stop the clock in 19:19 in the women’s race, while Sarah Bailey recorded 20:47 to finish second, and Melanie Mead was third in 23:20.
Fiona Paterson secured fourth in 24:18, ahead of Anna Diamantopoulos (24:25), Sharon Davidson (24:53) and Siobhan Carleton-Green (24:57) and Halfi Williams was the first junior female to finish in 44:01.
Glen Turner finished first overall in 17:40, ahead of Ryan Yoruk (18:43) and Brendan Greene (18:49), with Toby Hargreaves ending the morning as fastest junior male in 20:42 and he was followed by first-timer James Horrex (20:59) and Tanasheh Abrahams (23:13).
Gladstone parkrun takes place at 9am every Saturday. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/gladstone or email email@example.com for more information.