Time to face the Music as Australian and Polish runners top the parkrun rankings. Here are the top 10 times on Saturday (October 13).
With a 90.84% age grading, Polish distance runner Monika Andrzejczak had a fantastic 16:22 run this weekend. First overall at Szczecin parkrun in her home country by nearly two minutes, the time was good enough to beat the world to the top spot.
It’s not far off Andrzejczak’s PB of 16:19 that was run at the Lodz Marathon festival 5k race in April earlier this year.
Stefan Music, of Randwick-Botany Harriers AC, was the quickest male runner with a 15:04 at Rooty Hill parkrun in Australia.
The U20 law student has posted 1:54..69 for 800m in March this year and also already featured in our global top ten when he ran 15:26. The 22 second improvement was good enough to move music from sixth to first in the rankings just a month later.
18 year old Daniel Mikielski of Poland ran 15:37 to finish second in the global ranks, but even more impressively he also ran 72:44 to finish 12th at the Krakow half marathon the next day. A busy weekend for the youngster!
James Westlake, the former footballer who trains with the ABT group, was still quick enough for third, but it will almost certainly be a training run in preparation for upcoming Toronto Waterfront marathon. The Crawley athlete will be representing England Athletics for the first time.
Over 3000km apart two runners ran identical times at Woodbridge Riverside parkrun, Perth and Maribyrnong parkrun, Melbourne. Jai Edmonds and Matt Burton both ran 15:39 to finish joint fourth.
Tasmanian Melanie Daniels, who has a 10km PB of 34:00, was the second female globally with a 16:48 at Montrose Foreshore parkrun in Australia. The Northern Suburbs runner was third to Sinead Divers over 10 milers at the Launceston Ten this June, who then went on to run 2:25 to win Melbourne marathon this weekend.
Global parkrun tourist Hannah Oldroyd features again this week, but this time back in New Zealand. The Airedale Dodger ran 17:38 to finish third in the rankings.
Australia was the most featured country this week, with seven athletes, the UK had six, Poland notched three times, South Africa twice and Russia and New Zealand featured once.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Rooty Hill, Australia
Stefan Music, 15:04, Randwick-Botany Harriers AC
2) parkrun: Krakow, Poland
Daniel Mikielski, 15:37
3) parkrun: Horsham, UK
James Westlake, 15:38, Crawley AC
4=) parkrun: Maribyrnong, Australia
Jai Edmonds, 15:39, Collingwood Harriers
4=) parkrun: Woodbridge Riverside, Australia
Matt Burton, 15:39
6) parkrun: Long Eaton, UK
Daniel Haworth, 15:40, Keswick AC
7) parkrun: Burley Griffin, Australia
Erwin McRae, 15:46, Weetangera School Running Club
8) parkrun: Bellerive, Australia
Grant Page, 15:47
9) parkrun: Potchefstroom, South Africa
Robert de Villiers, 15:48
10) parkrun: Ormeau, Belfast, UK
Vincent McKenna, 15:56, Acorns AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Szczecin, Poland
Monika Andrzejczak, 16:22
2) parkrun: Montrose Foreshore, Australia
Melanie Daniels, 16:48, Northern Suburbs AC
3) parkrun: Hagley, New Zealand
Hannah Oldroyd, 17:38, Airedale Dodgers
4) parkrun: Ufa Botanichesky Sad, Russia
Iuliia Andreeva, 17:52
5) parkrun: Livingston, UK
Jo Williams, 17:54, Lothian RC
6) parkrun: Rondebult, South Africa
Lyn Parker-Hoare, 17:58, #ParkWalk
7) parkrun: Bakewell, UK
Alison Lundy, 18:07, Blackburn Harriers
8) parkrun: Warszawa-Praga, Poland
Eliza Galinska, 18:08
9) parkrun: Varisty Lakes, Australia
Joanne Crackett, 18:16, SWEAT Sydney
10) parkrun: Sherwood Pines, UK
Daisy Glover, 18:18, Framlingham Flyers
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