Annie Mann and Felix McGrath ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (14th May).
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The fastest female park-runner (should that be hyphenated or not?) of the day is U17 Annie Mann of Halterworth Harriers. The Hampshire athlete has already ran a PB of 4:19.63 for 1500m and a 5:01.52 mile indoors, so a parkrun PB is no surprise. 42 seconds quicker than last year’s new best, Mann crossed the line in 17:11 at Southampton parkrun.
The fastest male runner was Felix McGrath at Cardiff parkrun. The only runner under 15 minutes this week, running for Newcastle (Staffs), his time of 14:57 is a new PB for parkrun and a wee bit closer to his 5k best of 14:43 set last year at South West PB Series 5K.
Apologies for being a little short with the results this week, but I’m actually at a wedding of runners, the karaoke has started and we all know distance runners don’t last long after dark on the ales.
Second and third females were Charlotte Ward and top 10 regular Sophie Wood, with 17:17 and 17:24 respectively, so all pretty quick and pretty close. City of Hull’s Ward ran 17:09 for 5k earlier the year at Podium 5k and that’s an outright PB for the senior athlete.
Second and third male was actually decided at the same parkrun with John Sanderson and Edward Buck tearing it up at Heslington parkrun with 15:01 and 15:04 as they crossed the line in quick succession. A good bit of Saturday morning training racing for the man from Guildford and Godalming and the youngster from Newark AC.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cardiff
Felix McGrath, 14:57, Newcastle (Staffs)
2) parkrun: Heslington
John Sanderson, 15:01, Guildford & Godalming AC
3) parkrun: Heslington
Edward Buck, 15:04
4) parkrun: Ashford
Wegahta Zerom, 15:13
5) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Craig McMeechan, 15:14, North Down AC
6) parkrun: Bognor Regis
Ned Potter, 15:16, Chichester Runners & AC
7) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Conor Gallagher, 15:24, St. Malachys AC
8) parkrun: Heslington
Jordan Howe, 15:25, York Postal Harriers
9) parkrun: Camperdown, Dundee
James Angus Donald, 15:25, Dundee Hawkhill Harriers
10) parkrun: Citypark, Craigavon
Gareth King, 15:33, Team Runwell
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Southampton
Annie Mann, 17:11, Halterworth Harriers
2) parkrun: Horsham
Charlotte Ward, 17:17, City of Hull AC
3) parkrun: Woodgate Valley Country Park
Sophie Wood, 17:24, Sale Harriers Manchester
4) parkrun: Dishley, Loughborough
Mia Atkinson, 17:26, Charnwood AC
5) parkrun: Strathclyde
Millie Nicholl, 17:34, Cambuslang Harriers
6) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Bryony Haines, 17:35, Birchfield Harriers
7) parkrun: Littlehampton Prom
Kate Drew, 17:35, Taunton AC
8) parkrun: Scunthorpe
Nicola Curtis, 17:40
9) parkrun: Durham
Alice Crane, 17:42
10) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Rosa Prideaux, 17:44, Chelmsford AC
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