Alex Ediker and Lucy Reid ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (18th January).

For the second week in a row the runners at Dulwich parkrun have knocked it out of the park. Six of the top 10 men and an additional runner in the top ten ladies means it’s seven overall for the fast and flat parkrun in SE London.

The fastest female though wasn’t at Dulwich, as Lucy Reid, a name we always see representing Tonbridge AC brilliantly in the road relays , ran 16:59 at The Leas parkrun in Minster.

Fastest male was at Dulwich though with Alex Ediker running 14:59, ahead of a slew of other sub-16 minute runners behind him. It marks a new parkrun best for the U20 and comes on the back of a strong performance at the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire County Championships for cross country.

Just behind the Chesterfield & District AC athlete was Oliver Prior of Ashford AC. Prior is another U20 running a new parkrun best, by over a minute with a 15:13 time. Prior ran a 4:01.75 PB for 1500m in 2019 and looks to have started 2020 with an eye on another fast summer.

Second fastest lady this weekend was Stephie Pennycook of Fife AC. The Edinburgh Uni student ran close to her parkrun best of 17:16 (set back in 2016) but has quicker PBs over 5k on the road with a 16:22 at one of the popular Podium 5k events in Barrowford in 2018.

Completing a Dulwich podium for the men was Andrew Warburton, clocking 15:36. It’s a new parkrun best for the Notts AC/Herne Hill runner and also quicker than his 5k road and 5000m track best as well. 2020 might well be the year that the popular bread-maker updates both of those marks.

At Burgess parkrun there was a fine performance from Charlene Jacobs-Conradie, with a 17:39 for third fastest parkrun of the weekend. The Luton AC Masters runner had a phenomenal 2019 with a 2:46:48 marathon PB certainly one of several highlights. There was also a win at the Southern Athletics League Division 3N over 100m (in 14 seconds) so a great range of distances!

No prizes for guessing the quickest parkrun this week, with only a race between Daniel Hamilton and James Cameron Hancock, 15:37 and 15:39 respectively, stopping Dulwich filling all six top spots.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Dulwich
Alex Ediker, 14:59, Chesterfield & District AC
2) parkrun: Dulwich
Oliver Prior, 15:13, Ashford AC
3) parkrun: Dulwich
Andrew Warburton, 15:36, Notts AC/Herne Hill
4) parkrun: Cardiff
Daniel Hamilton, 15:37, Abingdon AC
5) parkrun: Cardiff
James Cameron Hancock, 15:39, Sutton & District AC
6) parkrun: Mile End
Joahnnes Teigland, 15:40, King’s College London Cross Country RC
7) parkrun: Dulwich
Jack Foster, 15:43
8) parkrun: Dulwich 
Andrew Inglis, 15:47, Cambridge Harriers
9) parkrun: Dulwich
Nick Bester, 15:48, Herne Hill Harriers
10) parkrun: Rother Valley
Matthew Craig, 15:49, Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: The Leas, Minster
Lucy Reid, 16:59, Tonbridge AC
2) parkrun: Southwark
Stephie Pennycook, 17:21, Fife AC
3) parkrun: Burgess
Charlene Jacobs-Conradie, 17:39, Luton AC
4) parkrun: Burnley
Annabel Ralph, 17:53, Accrington Road Runners
5) parkrun: Heslington
Georgina Weston, 17:54, Notts AC
6) parkrun: Heslington 
Emily Baines, 18:00, York Knavesmire Harriers
7) parkrun: Blyth Links
Rachelle Falloon, 18:03, Morpeth Harriers & AC
8) parkrun: Dulwich
Rose Penfold, 18:10
9) parkrun: Southwark 
Emily Cai, 18:13
10) parkrun: Whitstable 
Rebecca Bunting, 18:13, London Heathside

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