Sara makes history as Gladstone parkrun celebrates a record turnout

PUBLISHED: 13:34 12 June 2013 | UPDATED: 13:45 12 June 2013

Sarah Gustavsson crosses the line in the Gladstone Parkrun

Sarah Gustavsson crosses the line in the Gladstone Parkrun


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 or email for more information.

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