CLAN RUN: Riley, 12, Samuel, 7, Carmen, Olivia, 13, Cale, 2, Nic, 10, and Owen Barton.
CLAN RUN: Riley, 12, Samuel, 7, Carmen, Olivia, 13, Cale, 2, Nic, 10, and Owen Barton. Luka Kauzlaric

Runners set the pace for world record attempt

SAMUEL Barton is a seven-year-old park running gun. The Guinness World Record Run in Gladstone over the weekend was his first event.

Samuel joined his mum Carmen, dad Owen and four brothers and sisters on the outing, with 105 people who participated in the 5km run at Lions Park in Kin Kora.

He was among thousands of runners across Australia who laced up their joggers for a 7am start on Saturday, in a bid to break the record of the most participants in a 5km run across multiple sites.

The Year 2 student enjoyed "keeping the same pace".

He crossed the line with much older and more experienced runners in a time of 25:22.

"I placed 23rd and it's my first one," Samuel said. "I like it. I can enjoy running and I like getting places."

Rob Hocking notched up his 26th Parkrun, loving the fitness aspect to the scenic course around Police Creek, Blain Park and Lake Callemondah.

"I like the routine, and at 7am there are no frills. It's you against yourself and a great way to start the weekend," Mr Hocking said.

Father-son duo Glenn and Max Galea, 3, took the opportunity to bond while working up a sweat.

"It's my 15th Parkrun; we always do them together," Mr Galea said.

Max said he enjoyed the wildlife on the course.

"I like to see the horses, cows, ducks and goose," he said.

Co-event director Terri Hewerdine said Gladstone joined the Parkrun organisation last year.

"There are four or five people that have done 50 Parkruns," Ms Hewerdine said.

"It's for any ability. There's gym fit people, road runners, marathon runners, young mums, older ladies, dog walkers.

"It changes people's lives and gets them out and about," she said.

2014 Guinness World Record Run in Gladstone:

  • 105 runners
  • 65th parkrun
  • First male: Andrew Claughton (19:44)
  • First female: Pene Dewhirst (25:04)


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