A dominant weekend for the United Kingdom as Martelletti and Waudby come out on top at parkrun.
It was a New Zealander, who has represented Great Britain as an ultra runner, who ran the fastest parkrun of 14:50 on Saturday (December 15).
High mileage marathoner Paul Martelletti posted the sub 15 minute showing at Dulwich parkrun, followed closely by Benjamin Toomer in 15:07 at the same event.
Joshua Cowperthwaite, of the north east of England, also ran under 15 minutes and equalled his parkrun best of 14:59 at Albert parkrun in Middlesborough. The time was good enough for second in the world listings and might have been good enough for the top spot in most weeks.
Emma Waudby recently went under 17 minutes for the first time and the parkrun regular ran 17:28 at her useful Heslington event this weekend. The Pocklington runner is only in the 16-17 age category but has seen great improvements since she started the weekly times trials and joining her local club. A great example of both working together to produce a promising youngster.
The fastest overseas parkrun of the weekend was 15:10 by Andy Good at Hagley, New Zealand and there were actually two performances from the Christchurch event as Roxane Shahtahmasebi was the first female finisher in 17:56.
The quickest overseas female run was in Canada, where Laura Bernard ran 17:46, which is a very good result from a Canadian parkrun in Kitchener, Ontario.
As well as having the two fastest parkrun times, the UK had 14 runners in the top ten lists in total. Recent weeks have seen much faster runs in Australia as the whole country gets ready for the summer season. What will next weekend bring?
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich, UK
Paul Martelletti, 14:50, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
2) parkrun: Albert, Middlesbrough, UK
Joshua Cowperthwaite, 14:59, Middlesbrough AC
3) parkrun: Swansea Bay, UK
Josh Griffiths, 15:04, Swansea Harriers
4) parkrun: Dulwich, UK
Benjamin Toomer, 15:07, Hercules Wimbledon
5) parkrun: Hagley, New Zealand
Andy Good, 15:10, University Canterbury AC Inc
6) parkrun: Goulburn, Australia
Joshua Torley, 15:11, Distance Running Academy
7) parkrun: Pakapakanthi, Australia
Jacob Cocks, 15:12, Team Tempo
8) parkrun: Cardiff, UK
Paul Graham, 15:28, Pontypridd Roadents
9) parkrun: Panshanger, UK
Paul Pollock, 15:29, Kent AC
10) parkrun: Maribyrnong, Australia
Chris Rancie, 15:31, Melbourne Midday Milers
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Heslington, UK
Emma Waudby, 17:28, Pocklington Runners
2) parkrun: Kingsbury Water, UK
Nicola Sykes, 17:29, Bournville Harriers
3) parkrun: Woking, UK
Lauren Hall, 17:40, Aldershot, Farnham & District
4) parkrun: Panshanger, UK
Victoria Pritchard, 17:42, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
5) parkrun: Hackney Marshes, UK
Emma Burgess, 17:44, Highgate Harriers
6=) parkrun: Victoria, Kitchener, Canada
Laura Bernard, 17:46
6=) parkrun: Livingston, UK
Jo Williams, 17:46, Lothian RC
8) parkrun: Bedford, UK
Tia Wilson, 17:54, Bedford & County AC
9=) parkrun: Lytham Hall, UK
Liz Abbott, 17:56, Lytham St. Anne’s
9=) parkrun: Hagley, New Zealand
Roxane Shahtahmasebi, 17:56
9=) parkrun: Varsity Lakes, Australia
Reagan Ellis, 17:56
If you enjoy running at parkrun but want to develop and get a bit faster then find a running club near you. Clubs have all the social aspects of parkrun and cater for all levels to help you progress. More information can be found here.
Also if you would like to run faster at parkrun, top tips to help runners of all abilities can be found here.
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