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Belgian Galerin raises the bar at Parkrun

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

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THE Swindon Parkrun 5K trails saw Denis Galerin, newly transferred from Belgium, set a goal for Cirencester AC runners.

He achieved a new club Parkrun record, winning the event in 16.27 for a seventh Parkrun win and a personal best.

Andy Firth put in a strong performance with 18th place and second VM45.

Barbara Thomas was first FV55 and young Isaac Powell was only two seconds off his PB as he ran with his father Andy.

At the South West Coastal Path 100 trails Richard Hurdle took under 30 hours (29:23.57) to finish 100 miles.

Walking the coastal path is enjoyable, but running it is daunting even for Ultra runners.

Hurdle finished 17th out of 33 in an event won by Dan Lawson in 21.37.

At the White Horse 5K road race in Gloucester Matt Crew missed his previous best to finish in 18.00, although he was third Under-17.

James Widdowson (21.02) ran a fast first mile and then held on for a PB, and the ubiquitous Thomas finished 94th.

The Bristol Harbourside Sprint Triathlon saw Laurence Giffin finish 105th overall and 11th in his category in a time of 1:09.28.

The very competitive World Championship qualifier also saw Leo Crawford clock 1:22.35 for 362nd place out of 494.

In the Harbourside Standard Tri a delighted Bob Ferris won his age group in 2:38.43.

Ferris had a knee operation a few months ago and it has really paid off, and he finished 18 minutes ahead of his age group competition.

John Evans, just returned from the World Championships in Alanya, Turkey, suffered from tiredness and a sore hip and was disappointed with his 3:05.45.

At the Bourton Sprint Triathlon Colin Tapley finished 47th out of 153 finishers, and his time of 1:25.36 gave him fifth spot in his age group.

There was a clear message from his 16th placed run – as opposed to a 73rd place swim.

Tapley said: "Losing half a stone would help."

SWINDON PARKRUN: 1 Denis Galerin 16.27, 18 Andy Firth 20.22, 121 Barbara Thomas 25.09, 175 Isaac Powell 27.23, 176 Andy Powell 27.24.

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