Charlotte Arter almost breaks into the men’s top 10 with a 16:10 and Simon Nott runs 15:06 to post the quickest UK parkrun time of the weekend. 

British international Charlotte Arter posted a blistering 16:10 at Cardiff parkrun in one of the best performances of the weekend. It equals Arter’s parkrun best of 16:10 from February this year and has an age grading of 91.55%.

The athlete, who finished third at the Highgate Harriers Night of the 10,000m PBs earlier this year in 32:15.71 seemingly hasn’t raced since running 16:12 for fourth at the British Athletics Champs in July.

The fastest man with a barcode was Simon Nott, the chairman of Calne RC who has previously featured in the top ten several times. The Wiltshire athlete has broken 15 minutes for 5000m in the past, but 15:06 is a big parkrun PB. It comes not long after Nott broke 70 minutes for the half marathon with a 69:25 for second at the Salisbury Half just a month ago.

There was actually a 14:54 runner without a barcode at Harrogate parkrun, who was being chased by Ralph Street of Ranelagh Harriers. Street has run 14:44.9 for 5000m on the track in Melbourne Australian back in 2016. Street was second in the UK rankings this week with 15:21.

In seventh was Irish international, physiotherapist and Fast Running contributor Matt Bergin. Bergen has a 13:54.31 5000m PB that most on this list would do unspeakable things for and ran a 10k PB at Telford 10k at the beginning of 2018 with a 29:25.

Elizabeth Davies of Springfield Striders ran 17:20 to finish second in the women’s listings, over a minute behind Arter’s mark. The V35 athlete has run a 16:57 5k pb at the Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5K and has been busy this October too.

Her 60:33 at Tiptree 10 was good enough for second and a personal best, whilst just last week Davies was second at the Essex League cross country picture at Hockley.

Welsh international Alaw Beynon-Thomas ran 79:41 at the Cardiff Half at the beginning of October and also ran an pb of 76:48 earlier this year. This weekend Beynon-Thomas ran 17:37 at Llanelli Coast parkrun to finish fourth in the rankings.

Cardiff parkrun featured twice this week (and had a runner without a barcode run 15:24 as well) so features as this week’s fastest event. Given Charlotte Arter’s super quick time it is a fully deserved accolade for the quick event in the Welsh capital.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Bakewell
Simon Nott, 15:06, Calne RC
2) parkrun: Harrogate
Ralph Street, 15:21, Ranelagh Harriers
3) parkrun: Croxteth Hall
Jamie Webb, 15:24, Liverpool Harriers & AC
4) parkrun: Cardiff
Stephen Mitchell, 15:28, Bristol and West AC
5) parkrun: Wanstead Flats
Euan Brown, 15:37, East London Runners
6) parkrun: Raphael 
David Jordan, 15:45, London City Runners
7) parkrun: Bedford
Matt Bergin, 15:46, Bedford & County AC
8) parkrun: Rother Valley
Ed Bovingdon, 15:47, Istead and Ifield Harriers
9=) parkrun: Wolverhampton
Jonny Morris, 15:49, Wolverhampton & Bilston AC
9=) parkrun: Walsall Arboretum 
Daniel Robinson, 15:49, Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Cardiff
Charlotte Arter, 16:10, University of Wales Institute Cardiff AC
2) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Elizabeth Davies, 17:20, Springfield Striders RC
3) parkrun: Eastbourne
Louise Johnson, 17:23
4) parkrun: Llanelli Coast
Alaw Beynon-Thomas, 17:37, Swansea Harriers
5) parkrun: Preston
Jacqueline Fairchild, 17:45, Trafford AC
6) parkrun: Burgess
Charlene Jacobs-Conradie, 17:53, Luton AC
7) parkrun: Mile End
Chloe Bradley, 17:54, Doncaster AC
8) parkrun: Bushy
Michelle Dillon, 18:01
9) parkrun: South Manchester 
Anna Mackenzie, 18:12, University of Manchester Cross Country Club
10) parkrun: Darlington South
Emma Waudby, 18:13, Pocklington Runners

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