Eliza Hawthorn and Andrew Heyes ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (28th October).
Our weekly parkrun top ten is sponsored by the British 50k team, who are crowdfunding for the World 50k Running Championships in India, this November. It seems one last attempt to raise funds has come from two of the team appearing in our top ten this week. If you can support, or the share the link here, it would be greatly appreciated.
Another week, another Eliza topping the women’s rankings with Eliza Hawthorn following on from Eliza Nicholson last week. It was even at the same event, Dulwich parkrun in South-East London, so it’s almost a de ja vu situation. Hawthorn, a 2:53 marathoner, was fourth at Cabbage Patch 10 a couple of weeks back in a PB 58:06 and this weekend’s 17:02 was a big new best for parkrun too.
A week before the World 50k Championships in India, two of our GB&NI internationals were out at parkrun to finish their training, with Andrew Heyes the fastest of the bunch in 14:57 at Pavilion Gardens, which is a course record for the event.
The best of the rest
At Conkers parkrun it was Lauren Hall of AFD AC who was only three seconds behind our fastest finisher with a 17:05. The Army runner had a parkrun best of 17:16 from 2018 so a decent improvement this weekend and a good sign for the cross country season to come.
At Southampton parkrun Aiden Lennan ran 15:00 to run a new parkrun best in his 252nd parkrun. It might have been easier to find results if I had spelt Mr. Lennan’s name right, but we got there in the end. The 14:27 5k runner has had a strong 2023, but we think this is his first PB this calendar year. Bravo!
Sarah Barrett of City of Norwich AC was third fastest female with 17:27 at the rolling Eden Project parkrun. The U20 has been excellent this year with PBs from 200m (33.1) all the way to 5k (16:56) and, not for the first time, parkrun.
The other 50k team member in this week was parkrun regular Ollie Garrod, who ran 15:10 for third place in the rankings this weekend, after a 15:09 at the Last Friday of the Month 5k the night before. 15:10 is the fastest parkrun of the year for the man who holds the most “first finishes” in the world. He might also have the record for longest Power of 10 page too.
The fastest course?
It was almost a win for Auldcathie District parkrun in Scotland, but three results from the home of parkrun, Bushy Park, London, spoilt the party.