Ieuan Thomas and Ellen Gormley ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (27th November).
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We often see a difference in the parkrun times when big cross country meets, like the one in Sefton Park, Liverpool, today. It’s a good thing (although this week the weather isn’t conducive to quick times either).
The top 10 is great to see each week, but seeing the regular names from this list up in the cross country results is what we want.
For those less aware about cross country, it’s not too different to some of the parkruns I’ve raced in the past, especially when it gets muddy, and if you’re a member of a local club it’s a real buzz to be running for the club with others.
Now, the time is here to get on with the rankings you’re here for.
Gormley and Thomas top the lists
The performance of the weekend is surely Ellen Gormley’s 16:42 at Omaha parkrun in Northern Ireland. The Omagh youngster doesn’t have a huge amount of results on Power of 10, but this looks like a massive PB, which is certainly possible when developing. Let us know if you have any more info.
Unfortunately we have heard that there was a barcode mix-up and Sophie Wallis was actually our faster parkrun athlete this week.
Wallis ran 17:21 at Lincoln parkrun this weekend. Given that 16:47 at the same event in October is a good marker, it might give an insight into the weather has had this time round. Or, as many do, parkrun isn’t an all-out effort too often and will be part of bigger training weeks, or even sessions.
Ieuan Thomas of Cardiff AAC is someone we’re seen in the rankings before and 15:07 at Pontypridd parkrun this weekend was enough for the number one spot. The 14:07 5k runner, who is coached y James Thie, has broken 14 minutes on the track for 5000, so has some serious speed.
The second spot for male and female athletes today feature familiar names Alison Lavender and Seyfu Jamaal, both of whom are parkrun, and our top 10, regulars.
Oswestry Olympian Lavender ran 17:42 at Stretford parkrun, on the back of a brilliant marathon PB of 2:38:34 in Berlin this September. Add to this that last month there was a win at the North Wales Senior League cross country and it’s quite the 2021.
Seyfu Jamaal was at Highbury Fields and ran 15:18, a bit off his parkrun PB too, but a strong effort in the conditions we imagine. The London Heathside runner has been at that event five times already this year, with only one faster, a 15:17 in July.
Three events saw two runners feature this week, with both Dulwich and Bushy park with two in the mens rankings racing close together. parkrun isn’t a race, but you can race it and get a better time for yourself. The third event was Highbury Fields, with Jamaal second fastest male and Katie Brown fifth fastest female.
So who takes the prize for this weekend? Highbury Fields with the second and fifth for sure.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Pontypridd
Ieuan Thomas, 15:07, Cardiff AAC
2) parkrun: Highbury Fields
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:18, London Heathside
3) parkrun: Fulham Palace
Alex Milne, 15:35, Hercules Wimbledon
4) parkrun: Bushy
Ben Short, 15:48, Crawley AC
5) parkrun: Dulwich
Matthew B Sharp, 15:52, Hercules Wimbledon AC
6) parkrun: Bushy
Charlie Wyllie, 15:55, Dorking & Mole Valley AC
7) parkrun: Dulwich
Ben Shearer, 15:56, Cambridge Harriers
8) parkrun: Coventry
Bryan Ting, 15:57
9) parkrun: Keswick
Sam Stead, 15:58, Keswick AC
10) parkrun: Roundshaw Downs
James Cameron Hancock, 16:01, Sutton & District AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Lincoln
Sophie Wallis, 17:21
2) parkrun: Stretford
Alison Lavender, 17:42, Oswestry Olympians
3) parkrun: Long Eaton
Indira Patel, 17:55, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
4) parkrun: Highbury Fields
Katie Brown, 18:13, Trent Park Running Club
5) parkrun: Waterworks, Belfast
Rachel Gibson, 18:16, North Down AC
6) parkrun: Bromley
Hannah Roberts, 18:17, Petts Wood Runners
7) parkrun: Woodbank
Eleanor Whyman-Davis, 18:25, Preston Harriers
8=) parkrun: Hereford
Olivia Tsim, 18:27, Cardiff AAC
8=) parkrun: Eastbourne
Lizzie Keep, 18:27, Lewes AC
10) parkrun: Norwich
Cat Cummings, 18:29, City of Norwich AC
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