Jonothan Kay and Nicole Taylor ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (15th February).
Tonbridge AC star Nicole Taylor was the fastest female at parkrun this weekend with a 17:17 at Malling parkrun. Taylor has already won the Sussex county XC champs and a wonderful second at the southern champs at Parliament Hill, so 2020 is flying.
Jonothan Kay, who’s full name on the parkrun website is “Jonothan Kay Six times a week”, was the fastest male with a 14:58 at Stretford parkrun. We’re not sure if this is simply how many times a week Jonothan is running or it covers another aspect of his life, but whatever it is, it’s working. The 3:48 1500m has kicked off his middle distance track season this year with a 3:51 win at the Northern indoor 1500m champs.
Kiera Brady-Jones of Wirral AC was the second quickest female with a 17:24 at Birkenhead parkrun in Merseyside. The U17 youngster started the year with a win at the indoor 800m Northern championships in 2:12.29, a win at the Merseyside XC Champs and a sixth at the northern champs.
parkrun regular Seyfu Jamaal is no stranger to the top ten and ran 15:18 at Finsbury Park this Saturday morning to put the London Heathside athlete in second place. At Linwood parkrun Guy Evans-Haggerty was 11 seconds behind with a 15:29 for the triathlete.
Reading AC’s Jessica Gibbon was the third fastest lady, who ran 17:29 at Maidenhead parkrun. Much like the rest of the top ranked athletes Gibbon has been busy on the cross country and a win at the Southern XC Champs at Parliament Hill is something an athlete will remember for the rest of their lives.
With a huge amount of endurance athletes at Armagh international 3k and 5k races this week we expected a few athletes to run a bit slower this weekend, but such is the strength in depth in British endurance running we still have a huge bunch of string runners hitting parkrun on Saturday morning too.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Stretford
Jonothan Kay, 14:58, Bolton United Harriers & AC
2) parkrun: Finsbury
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:18, London Heathside
3) parkrun: Linwood
Guy Evans-Haggerty, 15:29, Fusion Triathlon Club
4) parkrun: Telford
Patrick Townsend, 15:35
5) parkrun: Edinburgh
Peter Avent, 15:42, Shettleston Harriers
6) parkrun: Newcastle
James Scott-Farrington, 15:44, Horwich RMI Harriers
7) parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge
Kurtis Gibson, 15:48
8) parkrun: Hull
Mike Tanner, 15:48, Rochdale Harriers & AC
9) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
James Cameron Hancock, 15:49, Sutton & District AC
10) parkrun: St Andrews
Harvey Rankin, 15:54, TeamElite
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Malling
Nicole Taylor, 17:17, Tonbridge AC
2) parkrun: Birkenhead
Kiera Brady-Jones, 17:24, Wirral AC
3) parkrun: Maidenhead
Jessica Gibbon, 17:29, Reading AC
4) parkrun: Bushy
Muriel Coneo, 17:31
5) parkrun: Newcastle
Phillipa Williams, 17:35, Sheffield Running Club
6) parkrun: East Park
Amelia Samuels, 17:37, Wolverhampton & Bilston AC
7) parkrun: Stretford
Laura Lombard, 17:41, Bolton United Harriers & AC
8) parkrun: Wollaton Hall
Lauren McNeil, 17:48, Buxton AC
=9) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Georgia Malir, 17:52, Ilkley Harriers
=9) parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge
Hannah Taunton, 17:52, Taunton AC
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