After briefly enjoying a lead on Mo Farah at Monday’s London 10,000, John Beattie was the fastest at parkrun on Saturday. Here are the quickest times this week (June 2).
John Beattie dipped under the 15 minute mark clocking 14:57 to record the fastest time at parkruns across the UK this week. It was a parkrun best for the Newham & Essex Beagles runner who ran the top time at the Clumber Park event.
Beattie, who has a road 5k PB of 14:04, has impressed with a number of consistent performances in recent months including a 14:27 run in Armagh, 14:26 at the Mid Chesire 5k, and 14:20 in Ipswich last month.
Junior athlete Holly Page clinched the top women’s spot with a big parkrun best 16:52 at Dulwich event. The Dartford Harrier won the women’s steeplechase at the recent Loughborough International with a World U20 Championships qualifying time of 10:13.98.
Abbie Donnelly also broke 17 minutes to take the women’s number two this week. The Lincoln Wellington runner recorded 16:59 on her 14th outing at the Lincoln parkrun.
Stockport Harriers’ Patrick Martin was the second fastest man on Saturday running 15:18 at the Eastville event. Martin clocked 2:22:37 on his debut over 26.2 miles to win the Great Manchester Marathon last year.
A special shout out must go to 63 year-old Lynne Higgins, who ran a fantastic 20:00 at Cleethorpes parkrun. The veteran runner’s time is superb age grade of 99.83% and lowers her own V60 parkrun record by over two minutes.
Workington, with two runners, was the most represented parkrun this week among the top 10.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Clumber Park
John Beattie, 14:57, Newham & Essex Beagles
2) parkrun: Eastville
Patrick Martin, 15:18, Stockport Harriers
3) parkrun: Inverness
Sean Chalmers, 15:26, Inverness Harriers
4) parkrun: Raphael
Grant Twist, 15:27, Chelmsford AC
5) parkrun: Workington
Mark Walsh, 15:31, Salford Harriers
6) parkrun: Mile End
Yusuf Bizimana, 15:35, Ilford AC
7) parkrun: Long Eaton
Tom Bell, 15:36, Wreake and Soar Valley
8) parkrun: Eden Project
Neil Robert Boniface, 15:37, Horsham Joggers
9) parkrun: Gunnersbury
Jamie Taylor-Caldwell, 15:39, Ealing, Southall & Middlesex
10) parkrun: Humber Bridge
Kris Lecher, 15:40, City of Hull
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich
Holly Page, 16:52, Dartford Harriers
2) parkrun: Lincoln
Abbie Donnelly, 16:59, Lincoln Wellington
3) parkrun: Aberdeen
Susanna Ventriglia, 17:02
4) parkrun: Ellenbrook Fields
Victoria Pritchard, 17:20, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
5) parkrun: Workington
Tiffany Penfold, 17:27
6) parkrun: Birkenhead
Georgie Grgec, 17:34, Auckland City AC
7) parkrun: Cannock Chase
Jo Williams, 17:36, Lothian RC
8) parkrun: Gorleston Cliffs
Colleen Nicole Mukuya, 17:42
9) parkrun: Queen’s, Belfast
Rachel Gibson, 17:43, North Down AC
10) parkrun: Blickling
Iona Lake, 17:46, City of Norwich