St Albans park runner completes 100th race despite triple heart by-pass op

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 June 2016

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey

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Pensioner Peter Bailey has put many younger runners to shame by completing his 100th St Albans parkrun - less than three years after a triple heart by-pass operation.

Peter Bailey, his friend Dave and grandson George after his 100th parkrunPeter Bailey, his friend Dave and grandson George after his 100th parkrun

Peter, 72, was one of the inaugural participants in the weekly 5km run around Verulamium Park when it started four and a half years ago.

But just before his 50th St Albans parkrun in August 2013 he suffered a heart attack and had to have a triple heart by-pass.

While he was recovering, he watched parkrun and, as an avid fan of athletics and running, he was keen to get running again

After a year, he got back into his running shoes to embark on his 50th parkrun.

And earlier this month Peter, who lives on the outskirts of St Albans, reached his milestone 100th parkrun in a field of 442 parkrunners, competing the route in 33 minutes, 32 seconds, just a little outside his personal best time of 27 minutes and 1 second.

His daughter Maria Bailey said: “I’m very proud of my dad and he is a role model for older people to keep fit. Parkrun is a real family event for us with my dad, my brother Richard and myself running most weeks.”

St Albans parkrun is a free event which takes place at 9am every Saturday. For more information click here.

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