Morag Millar and Shane Robinson ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (5th March).
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Scotland’s Morag Millar is back in flying form with another sub 17 minute parkrun today. The Central AC athlete ran 16:47 a St. Andrews parkrun, just a week after finishing an excellent third at the Lindsay’s Scottish National Championships.
Shane Robinson was the fastest chap, with four runners under 15 minutes this week. At Doddington Hall Robinson had the company of Matthew Bowser in the fast lane, with both under the enviable 5k standard. The Lincoln Wellington man ran 14:48, just five seconds ahead of his club mate Bowser, in 14:53. Bowser is actually the quicker of the two when it comes to PBs, with a 14:08 time for 5k on the road, and even quicker 14:03.94 on the track for 5000m, whilst Robinson 14:20 and 14:22.86 respectively.
South Wales extravaganza
Olivia Tsim, another of our top ten regulars, also broke 17 minutes this weekend at Cardiff parkrun. The south Wales event sees it’s fair share of quick times and Tsim, a Pontypridd Roadent, nearly matched her own parkrun best this weekend with 16:53. 2022 has seen a flying start though, with 5k and 10k Pbs of 16:43 and 33:48 at Friday Night Under Lights Meets Podium 5K and Speedway 10K.
Never a city to be outdone, Swansea also produced a fast result this weekend with Ed Bovingdon running 14:54 at Swansea Bay. The Istead and Ilfield Harrier clocked nearly a minute off his previous parkrun best of 15:47, but that was in 2018 and he had made a huge leap in 2021 with 14:38 at the PB 5k. 2022 started with a strong 24th a the ECCA Saucony English National Championships at Parliament Hill, so it’s looking like another potential break-out year.
In Telford Zoe Gilbody was the leading lady with 17:17, good enough for third in this weeks rankings. The U17 has been on hot form, with wins in the Shropshire, Shropshire Schools and Midland Countries cross country Champs, followed up by a fantastic 5th at English Nationals in London. Now a parkrun PB to add as well for the 2021 London Mini Marathon winner.
With a first, second and seventh at Doddington Hall parkrun we have a clear winner this week, with all three athletes from Lincoln Wellington AC as well.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Doddington Hall
Shane Robinson, 14:48, Lincoln Wellington AC
2) parkrun: Doddington Hall
Matthew Bowser, 14:53
3) parkrun: Swansea Bay
Ed Bovingdon, 14:54, Istead and Ilfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Henry Hart, 14:59
5) parkrun: Darlington South Park
William Cork, 15:07, City of Norwich AC
6) parkrun: St Andrews
Alastair Hay, 15:19, Central AC
7) parkrun: Edinburgh
Peter Avent, 15:10, Shettleston Harriers
8=) parkrun: Poole
Niall Caley, 15:13, Team Bath
8=) parkrun: Richmond
Andrew Douglas, 15:13, Inverclyde AC
10) parkrun: Bradford
Joe Sagar, 15:14, Spenborough & District AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: St Andrews
Morag Miller, 16:47, Central AC
2) parkrun: Cardiff
Olivia Tsim, 16:53, Pontypridd Roadents AC
3) parkrun: Telford
Zoe Gilbody, 17:17, Chiltern Harriers AC
4) parkrun: Albert, Middlesborough
Hollie Elliot, 17:23.
5) parkrun: Bromley
Hannah Roberts, 17:30, Petts Wood Runners
6) parkrun: Darlington South
Sophie Wood, 17:30, Sale Harriers Manchester
7) parkrun: Doddington Hall
India Barwell, 17:32, Lincoln Wellington AC
8) parkrun: Bexley
Holly Dixon, 17:41, Cambridge Harriers
9) parkrun: Southampton
Annie Mann, 17:46, Halterworth Harriers
10) parkrun: Skipton
Emily Gibbins, 17:49, Ilkley Harriers AC
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