Hot temperatures didn’t slow down the times at parkrun, it may have even spurred some to PBs. Here are the fastest times on Saturday (June 30).
It’s not a race, but that didn’t stop the men with the top 10 performances coming from just six parkruns across the UK.
Jack Gray, who previously discussed his low mileage training with Fast Running, was the quickest man across the UK this week with a nippy 15:03 run at the Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham.
The Cambridge & Coleridge runner has been in top form over the 5k distance this year with a road PB of 14:17 in Armagh and a track PB of 14:11.15 at the recent BMC Loughborough Grand Prix.
Three of the first five results were at Bushy event where AFD’s Ben Bradley pipped Luton AC’s John McDonnell to the line by just three seconds in 15:04 to record the second fastest time UK wide.
Bradley has started the season well with a 14:13.90 for 5000m last weekend (June 23) and already has a handful of 1500m and 3000m races under his belt for 2018. Both Bradey and McDonnell are listed as St. Mary’s University so Bushy Park is just around the corner.
Mark Dunham ran a solo 15:11 at Crosby parkrun for a big PB over the 5k distance. The 2:28 marathoner runs for South Waterloo AC and this brings his best over the shorter distance in line with his excellent marathon run at London in 2017.
Charlotte Taylor-Green topped the women’s list just three days after running a 4:43.91 mile at the Cardiff Met Miles Open. The Bristol and West athlete is running well over both track and road this season and hopefully has an exciting summer ahead.
Julia Cooke of Cheltenham and County Harriers ran 17:20 at Oxford parkrun to occupy the second spot ahead of Cambridge and Coleridge AC’s Katy Hedgethorne who ran 17:42. Hedgethorne is fresh from a 5000m PB of 16:28.72 at the BMC Loughborough Grand Prix last week.
Tiffany Penfold jumped up one place in the rankings by running 18 seconds quicker this week. The U20 parkrun regular is an 800m and 1500m track athlete and clocked 2:15.15 over two laps at the BUCS Championships this year. Sixth place next week for Tiffany maybe?
Last week’s top male runner Paul Martelletti ‘only’ ran 15:47 this week but that was part of a 14 mile long run and the night after a 30:32 victory at the SEAA 10000m Champs. The 2:16 marathoner actually split 15:11 and 15:21 on the track so we expect to see him back in the top ten next week.
Bushy, Dulwich and Cardiff were the most represented parkruns in the top 10 with three runners each.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Jack Gray, 15:03, Cambridge & Coleridge
2) parkrun: Bushy
Ben Bradley, 15:04, Aldershot, Farnham & District
3) parkrun: Bushy
John McDonnell, 15:07, Luton AC
4) parkrun: Crosby
Mark Dunham, 15:11, South Waterloo AC
5) parkrun: Bushy
Allan James Stewart, 15:24, Chiltern Harriers AC
6) parkrun: Dulwich
Ben Shearer, 15:31, Cambridge Harriers
7) parkrun: Perth
Morgan Mitchell, 15:35, Fife AC
8) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Peter Harry Brookes, 15:38, Tipton Harriers
9) parkrun: Cardiff
James Thomas Vincent, 15:39, Cardiff AAC
10) parkrun: Cardiff
Stephen Morris, 15:42, Wrexham AAC
10) parkrun: Dulwich
Edward Chuck, 15:42, Dulwich Runners AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cardiff
Charlotte Taylor-Green, 16:59, Bristol & West AC
2) parkrun: Oxford
Julia Cooke, 17:20, Cheltenham & County Harriers
3) parkrun: Preston Park, Brighton
Katy Hedgethorne, 17:42, Cambridge & Coleridge AC
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Steph McCall, 17:24, South London Harriers
5) parkrun: Whitley Bay
Charlotte Penfold, 17:37, North Shields Polytechnic AC
6) parkrun: Worthing
Rebecca Bunting, 17:44, London Heathside
7) parkrun: Whitehaven
Tiffany Penfold, 17:46, Copeland
8) parkrun: Telford
Claire Martin, 17:51, Telford AC
9) parkrun: Cheltenham
Beth Hawling, 17:58, Cheltenham & County Harriers
10) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Claire Wall, 17:59