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

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey - Credit: Archant

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 parkrun

Peter Bailey, his friend Dave and grandson George after his 100th parkrun - Credit: Archant

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.

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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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