Steph Davis and Ronny Wilson ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (25th March).
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It was good to see Steph Davis back in strong form today with a first female finisher to Dulwich parkrun. Tokyo Olympic marathoner had a tough day out in Seville earlier this year, but clearly hasn’t let it slow her down with a 16:21 showing at Dulwich parkrun this morning for the Clapham Chaser. Maybe we’ll see another marathon soon for the London based Scot?
Ronny Wilson, of Lincoln Wellington AC, was the quickest at Doddington Hall today, leading eight runners, across various UK parkruns, under 15 minutes. It looks like 2021 was a breakthrough year for Lincolnshire’s Wilson, with his first sub 15 minute runs for 5k on the road and 5000m on the track. 2022 has started in much the same vein with an excellent 29;16 PB at Trafford 10k just a few weeks ago.
A minute quicker than last week for Sophie Wood sees her fly up into second place in today’s rankings. The Sale Harriers Manchester athlete is no stranger to parkrun and these lists, but 16:35 at Stretford parkrun is only one second off her parkrun best set last year and it’s only March in 2022.
A gaggle of chaps under 15 minutes
At the same parkrun as Steph Davis in south-east London, Ian Crowe-Wright ran a time that would usually put you in the parkrun top spot, but this week it was only good enough for second. 14:39 is a parkrun best for the New Mexico uni alum, and only 16 seconds off his road 5k pB, but the sub 4 minute miler has got some serious leg speed with PBs such as 1:51.41 for 800m and 3:41.30 for 1500m.
Lewis Gamble-Thompson was the next across the virtual line with 14:41 at Albert parkrun in Middlesborough. Just two seconds behind Crowe-Wright and followed by five more runners within 18 seconds, it was clearly a day for fast running at out favourite Saturday morning community event.
Also at Doddington Hall with Wilson was club mate Sophie Wallis, crossing the line in 17:09. Not a parkrun best for Wallis, who boasts a super 16:45, but nearly 20 seconds quicker than a parkrun in January on the same course, so all moving in the right direction for 2022.
Fast courses all over the shop
Possibly South-East London’s finest parkrun course (open to debate obviously), Dulwich parkrun was the fastest this week with four runners making the top ten, with a first, second, sixth and eighth. Honourable mention to Doddington Hall with a 1st and 3rd for Lincoln Wellington and Belfast Victoria featuring three times. The strength is in the pack for sure.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Doddington Hall
Ronny Wilson, 14:32, Lincoln Wellington AC
2) parkrun: Dulwich
Ian Crowe-Wright, 14:39, Brighton & Hove City AC
3) parkrun: Albert, Middlesborough
Lewis Gamble-Thompson, 14:41, New Markse Harriers AC
4=) parkrun: Market Rasen Racecourse
William Strangeway, 14:44, Lincoln Wellington AC
4=) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Eskander Osman, 14:44, Annadale Striders
6) parkrun: Dulwich
Seyfu Jamaal, 14:49, London Heathside
7) parkrun: Edinburgh
Peter Avent, 14:52, Shettleston Harrier
8) parkrun: Dulwich
Nicholas Torry, 14:59, Serpentine RC
9) parkrun: Ellon
Max Abernethy, 15:10, Fraserburgh RC
10) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Conor Gallagher, 15:17, St. Malachy’s AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich
Steph Davis, 16:21, Clapham Chasers RC
2) parkrun: Stretford
Sophie Wood, 16:35, Sale Harriers Manchester
3) parkrun: Doddington Hall
Sophie Wallis, 17:09
4) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Robyn McKee, 17:13
5) parkrun: Bushy
Maddie Jordan-Lee, 17:22, Stowmarket Striders AC
6) parkrun: Rother Valley
Lilia Harris, 17:33, Rotherham Harriers & AC
7=) parkrun: Sixfields Upton
Gabby Moriarty, 17:34, Northampton Athletic Club
7=) parkrun: Wolverhampton
Isobelle Jones, 17:34, Wolverhampton & Bilston AC
9) parkrun: Leazes
Amy Fuller, 17:46, Elswick Harriers
10) parkrun: Bushy
Lesley Locks, 17:48, AFD AC
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