Sarah secures second success at Gladstone parkrun

PUBLISHED: 11:58 18 July 2012

Sarah Hironaka

Sarah Hironaka


Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of Sarah Hironaka, who registered her second win at the Gladstone parkrun event on Saturday.

Hironaka, of Mornington Chasers, led the women home in a time of 20 minutes 46 seconds, while Monika Gondekova finished second in 23:00, ahead of Serpentine’s Siobhan Carleton-Green (24:44).

Despite one section of the Gladstone Park course being submerged in water, David Craddock recorded his fastest time on the scenic 5km route to cross the line first overall in 18:19.

A total of 25 runners completed the course and Highgate Harriers runner Chris Bailey (19:11) was second in the men’s division, with Adam Turnbull third in 21:38.

Bailey also recorded the highest grading, followed by Joe Keating and Hironaka, under the unique parkrun system that rates participants according to age and gender.

Gladstone parkrun, which is held every Saturday from 9am, is open to runners of all abilities, and registration is free at, with results posted after each event.

Event director Glen Turner said: “In the first three weeks we have had 83 different people take part, and this week we welcomed 13 new runners – despite one part of the course looking like a winter cross-country run.

“We have also had 15 local residents come along to volunteer, which is vital. I would encourage anyone to come along one Saturday and join us, whether it’s to run, volunteer or support the people taking part.”

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