Eliza Nicholson and Lachlan Oates ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (4th November).
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At Elgin parkrun it was Lachlan Oates who was first home in 15:08 and it was a first parkrun for the Shettleston Harrier, so automatically a parkrun PB. With 5k and 5000m PBs of 14:34 and 14:13 there’s some faster parkruns in the future, although the latter is from the track at Loughborough in a 2017 BMC Grand Prix.
It was a third week in a row with an Eliza top of the charts and this time Eliza Nicholson went one second quicker than her parkrun PB two weeks ago, at the same event in south-east London, Dulwich. 16:56 is another excellent run and enough to sit atop of the table this November Saturday!
The best of the rest
parkrun regular Sophie Wood was second with a 17:33 at Croxteth Hall parkrun (which is where Sarah-Jayne Pugh twisted her ankle on her birthday and had to hobble back to the start). Wood is in good form, having recently ran 77:26 for second at the Riga Half Marathon Mass Race.
At Great Denham parkrun it was Stanley Morgan Willis who was the second fastest male runner this weekend. 15:12 was one second ahead of our third placed runner and the Bedford & County AC runner has bested his own parkrun PB by over 10 seconds, which is a nice addition to the 5k and 10k PBs from this year already.
Tabs Ford of Kingston upon Hull AC was three seconds slower than Wood, with 17:36, but is running well before the cross country seasons really kicks off. It’s been a year of PBs for the U20, with new marks from 800 to 3000m on the track and 5k on the road.
The speedy Belfast Victoria parkrun is often in this article and Patrick Sheridan made sure it featured today with a 15:13. The Newcastle and District runner is back in action this year after an eight year gap on Power of 10. Maybe he was just up in the Mournes running about?
The fastest event
It’s University Parks parkrun who features the most this weekend. Apparently this is in Oxford and there a J.R.R. Tolkien bench nearby. The loop, or ring, they use for the course has been described as “precious”.