James Ross and Dani Nimmock ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (25th June).
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Nimmock continues fine progress
Dani Nimmock topped the women’s list this week with her fastest parkrun since her return to running post pregnancy. The England marathon runner clocked 17:10, 18 seconds faster than her previous seasons best over the undulating Gunpowder course and only 20 seconds off her course PB of 16:50.
Sophie Wood is an athlete in form and one of the most prolific parkrunners in the country. Her 17:19 clocking at ‘The Wammy’ was the 2nd fastest time at the Newcastle Under Lyme parkrun behind Kate Holt’s impressive 15:55. The Sale Harrier was a recent winner of the prestigious Brussels 20km.
Welsh National XC Champion Lauren Cooper broke the course record at Penallta, also running 17:19, taking two seconds off her previous best. Cooper has run everything from 400 hurdles up to half marathon this season. Elle Baker has a 5000m best 0f 15:44 and Tonbridge athlete was another international in this weeks rankings as the GB XC runner finished 4th with her 17:21 at Bromley. Baker was a silver medalist at the British Masters XC Champs in March.
Kirsty Longley is another international athlete having represented England over 10km and half marathon. The Liverpool athlete is ranked 2nd AT at V45 and clocked 17:24 this week at Southport, also making it three athletes coached by Tom Craggs in the top five with along with Dani Nimmock and Sophie Wood.
Huge parkrun best sees Ross top the rankings
Jamie Ross chopped 62 seconds off his previous parkrun best when clocking 14:46 at Pegwell Bay in Kent. The Highgate man ran 15:11 over 5km in June after a 71 minute half marathon clocking in Lisbon in May. He’s clearly a man ready top set some PBs over coming months!
James McCrae has had a busy season with a 3:46.79 1500m at the BMC in May and a 14:55 PB at the Mallory Park Spring 5K in April. The Hallamshire athlete, coached by James Thie, was 2nd on the men’s rankings this week with 15:07 at Alexandra parkrun which equalled the course record.
William Richardson was not able to better his own PB at Worcester Pitchcroft but did run a fine 15:09 to claim 3rd spot in the UK rankings. The 14:10 5000m man has now clocked up 12 parkrun efforts so far in 2022.
Seyfu Jamaal is a name as familiar to our men’s rankings as Sophie Wood is in the women’s. He was in action in his home parkrun of Highbury Fields covering the 5 undulating laps in 15:14 to push Jacob Allen into 5th this week. The Highgate man was in action at Tonbridge where he clocked 15:22. Allen has had a strong 2022 so far running 29:14 at Night of the 10000m PBs and setting a road 5km best of 14:06 at Friday Night Under the Lights 5km.
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Gunpowder
Danielle Nimmick, 17:10, City of Norwich
2) parkrun: The Wammy
Sophie Wood, 17:19, Sale Harriers
3) parkrun: Penallta
Lauren Cooper, 17:19, Parc Bryn Bach
4) parkrun: Bromley
Elle Baker, 17:21, Tonbridge
5) parkrun: Southport
Kirsty Longley, 17:24, Liverpool, Pembroke, Sefton
6) parkrun: Perth
Jennifer Wetton, 17:29, Central AC
7) parkrun: Poole
Lizzie Totten, 17:45
8) parkrun: Swansea Bay
Faye Birkby, 17:49, Pusey Pacers
9) parkrun: Longrun Meadow
Alice Murray-Gourlay, 17:53, Taunton AC
10) parkrun: Dacorum AC
Kate Rennie, 17:56, Rotherham Harriers,& AC
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Pegwell Bay
James Ross, 14:46, Highgate Harriers
2) parkrun: Alexandra, Moss Side
James McCrae, 15:07, Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC
3) parkrun: Worcester Pitchcroft
William Richardson, 15:09, Birchfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Highbury Fields
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:14, Heathside
5) parkrun: Tonbridge
Jacob Allen, 15:22, Highgate Harriers
6) parkrun: Gloucester City
Alex Milne, 15:25, Hercules Wimbledon AC
7) parkrun: Walthamstow
Euan Brown, 15:33, East London Runners
8) parkrun: Pontypridd
Adam Bull, 15:36, Pontypridd Roadents AC
9) parkrun: Mildenhall Hub
Benjamin Peck, 15:40
10=) parkrun: Tonbridge
Stephen Strange, 15:41, Tonbridge
10=) parkrun: Poole
James Quinlan, 15:41, AFD
10=) parkrun: Salisbury
Harry Smith, 15:41, Bournemouth
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