Jenny Nesbitt and Piers Copeland ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (14th March).
You get the feeling this weekend could be the last results we’re going to write about for a while and maybe that’s why people headed down to their local parkrun for a burn-up this weekend.
Fastest female was Cardiff AC’s Jenny Nesbitt, putting into practice the words of her own Fast10 blog from this week. The Welsh international clocked 16:39 at the home of the women’s parkrun world record, Cardiff. So what happens when your plans don’t come to fruition? You head to parkrun and smash it out of the park.
Cardiff was obviously the place to be this morning with young Piers Copeland notching up a sub 15 minutes outing at the same event. The Wimborne AC starlet ran 14:54 and we’ll use it as an opportunity to throwback to this fine interview of Piers and Grace Copeland from last year.
It seems Cardiff wasn’t the only place for a race today as a strong group of women turned up at Burgess parkrun for a session it seems. With four runners making the top ten at the same event it’s the most featured today. Hannah Viner, a Highgate Harrier, was first home in a lightening 16:43 with club mate Yasmin Goater only 15 seconds back in 16:58 to grab third spot.
At Oka Hill parkrun Alex Leprêtre also ran brilliantly to go under 15 minutes with a 14:57. Leprêtre, who is difficult to find on Power of 10 if you forget the wee hat on the e, ran a massive 5k PB on the road in Armagh earlier this year with a 14:08. Good to have some PBs banked for all your winter hard work already before the cancelation of a lot of races.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cardiff
Piers Copeland, 14:54, Wimborne AC
2) parkrun: Oak Hill
Alexander Leprêtre, 14:57, Barnet & District AC
3) parkrun: Alexandra, Moss Side
Michael Cayton, 15:12, Ribble Valley Harriers
4) parkrun: Finsbury
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:26, London Heathside
5) parkrun: Greenock
Stephen Trainer, 15:28, Greenock Glenpark Harriers
6) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Eskander Osman, 15:30, Annadale Striders
7) parkrun: Warwick Racecourse
Ian Allen, 15:31, Spa Striders RC
8) parkrun: Peacehaven
Simon Heath, 15:35, Brighton Phoenix
9) parkrun: Coventry
Alex Jolly, 15:36, Birchfield Harriers
10) parkrun: Southampton
James Beeks, 15:37
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cardiff
Jenny Nesbitt, 16:39, Cardiff AC
2) parkrun: Burgess
Hannah Viner, 16:43, Highgate Harriers
3) parkrun: Burgess
Yasmin Goater, 16:58, Highgate Harriers
4) parkrun: York
Jessica Fullagar, 17:28
5) parkrun: Portobello, Edinburgh
Cera Gemmell, 17:34, Team East Lothian
6) parkrun: Burnley
Laura Hesketh, 17:35, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
7) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Kirsti Forster, 17:41, Willowfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Raphael
Emma Prideaux, 17:43, Billericay Striders RC
9) parkrun: Burgess
Emma Howsham, 17:49, Belgrave Harriers
10) parkrun: Burgess
Sarah Hanley, 17:51, Kent AC
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