Jonathan Poole and Amy Clements post the fastest runs at UK parkrun. Here are the quickest times on Saturday (September 8).
Amy Clements ran 16:57 at the Dulwich parkrun to top the female rankings this week. The Kent AC athlete is certainly a versatile runner and has had victories from 400m up to 30km over the summer.
Clements is a regular at the Southern Athletics League and has run PBs over 400m, 800m and 3000m this year. The 30k win came at the North Downs Run 30k, which is one of the challenging trails in the south of England.
Jonathan Poole ran 14:52 at Gunnersbury event to break his own course record and tops the men’s rankings this weekend. The V35 runner had already set PBs for 5000m, 10,000m, 5k and 10k in 2018, so could possibly see him lowering of his 2:20:38 marathon PB this autumn.
A regular in the parkrun top 10 is Paul Martelletti and, due to a Southampton parkrunner not bringing their barcode, sits at second place this week with 14:57.
As per usual, parkrun alone on a Saturday morning wasn’t enough for the New Zealand born athlete, who takes warm downs more seriously than most and he enjoyed a 10.11 mile jog straight after the event.
Paul Pollock, one of Ireland’s top distance runners, ran 15:09 at Bushy parkrun and posted the third fastest time among the men. The Northern Irish man was recently named in the team for the Commonwealth half marathon championships later this month.
The 62 minute half and 2:15 full marathoner was in action for Ireland this summer at the European Championships and it is good to see him getting amongst the action at parkrun.
Fresh from a 10,000m track PB of 34:34.65 at the Kent AC Club and Open Championships last weekend, Isobel Clark ran the second quickest female time of the weekend. 17:09 isn’t a parkrun PB, but isn’t far off her 16:52 parkrun best.
Another name that popped up in the top 10 was that of Derek Hawkins, brother of Callum Hawkins. Both brothers represented Great Britain over the marathon and it is good to see the older sibling back in action running 15:20 at Strathclyde parkrun.
Josephine Moultrie posted a 17:40 at the same event to make matching sixth places for the Scottish parkrun.
Just outside of the top 10 in joint 12th place was Anna Boniface, who ran an excellent 18:07 at the Bushy parkrun. Boniface has been sharing journey back from injury as part of the Fast 10: class of 2018, and it’s great to see her back running so well.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Gunnersbury
Jonathan Poole, 14:52, Serpentine RC
2) parkrun: Mile End
Paul Martelletti, 14:57, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
3) parkrun: Bushy
Paul Pollock, 15:09, Abbey AC
4) parkrun: Exmouth
Tom Merson, 15:11, Exmouth Harriers AAC
5) parkrun: Albert, Middlesborough
Gregory Jayasuriya, 15:16, Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers
6) parkrun: Strathclyde
Derek Hawkins, 15:20, Kilbarchan AAC
7) parkrun: Hove Promenade
Ian Leitch, 15:21, Brighton Phoenix
8) parkrun: Southampton
Zakariya Mahamed, 15:23, Southampton AC
9) parkrun: Stretford
Luke Pollard, 15:25
10) parkrun: Riverfront
Abed Teweldebrhan, 15:28, Newport Harriers
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich
Amy Clements, 16:57, Kent AC
2) parkrun: Bushy
Isabel Clark, 17:09, Serpentine RC
3) parkrun: Heslington
Emma Waudby, 17:29, Pocklington Runners
4) parkrun: Hull
Becky Briggs, 17:37, City of Hull AC
5) parkrun: Gunpowder
Lucy Charles, 17:37, Hoddesdon Tri Club
6) parkrun: Strathclyde
Josephine Moultrie, 17:40, Victoria Park City Of Glasgow AC
5) parkrun: Telford
Kim Fawke, 17:50, Lawley Running Club
8) parkrun: Bushy
Sophie Crumly, 17:54, Newbury AC
9) parkrun: Workington
Tiffany Penfold, 18:00, Copeland AC
10) parkrun: Victoria, Glasgow
Lesley Chisholm, 18:00, Garscube Harriers
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