Paul Martelletti and Lauren Cooper are your speediest park runners this weekend (May 11).
After a short hiatus to run an excellent 2:17:29 at the London Marathon Paul Martelletti returns to his seat atop the parkrun weekly rankings. Running 14:43 at Victoria Dock parkrun, the marathoner is back in action and wowing parkrun attendees across London once again.
Lauren Cooper is hitting 2019 in style. After a 36:28 PB over 10k at the Speedway 10k in January, the Welsh athlete has knocked her parkrun best out of the park. With a 16:58 at Bryn Bach parkrun Cooper has even gone under her 5k and 5000m marks so hopefully we will see a parkrun best tune into a 5k PB in the near future.
George King is another athlete who has been taking 2019 by storm and posting Pbs for fun. His 15:01 at Hackney Marhes is a new parkrun best for King and comes on the back of a 31:00 at the Great Bristol 10k on the 5th May. It was only in March that the Tom Craggs coached runner ran 67:39 for a breakthrough half marathon performance at Bath Half and was apparently “a little tired” after this morning’s solid effort.
Normally if two runners post the same time we give them equal positions, as you can’t race at different events and we don’t do photo finishes across the UK. But at Worthing parkrun it seems Maisie Trafford and Leah Harris had a bit of a tear up and both ran 17:10 at the flat south coast event.
It was a parkrun best for both athletes, although Harris only had a 20:20 from 2011 and recently ran an excellent 34:54 at Chichester Priory 10k. Trafford also ran a 35:40 at Chichester and this may well have been a rematch for the U23s.
Only Worthing and Worcester Pitchcroft (the Richardson siblings always ensure their parkrun features twice) were in the rankings more than once.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Victoria Dock
Paul Martelletti, 14:43, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
2) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
George King, 15:01, Winchester & District AC
3) parkrun: Norwich
Sam Proctor, 15:12, Dartford Road Runners
4) parkrun: Market Rasen Racecourse
Tom Straw, 15:13
5) parkrun: Worcester Pitchcroft
William Richardson, 15:21, Birchfield harriers
6) parkrun: Severn Bridge
Maciej Bialogonski, 15:24, Bristol & West AC
7) parkrun: Aberbeeg
James Bellward, 15;31, RAF AC
8) parkrun: Southampton
David Awde, 15;35, Bristol & West AC
9) parkrun: Guildford
Phil Wicks, 15:38, Belgrave Harriers
10) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Peter Harry Brookes, 15:45, Tipton Harriers
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Bryn Bach
Lauren Cooper, 16:58, Parc Bryn Bach Running Club
2) parkrun: Worthing
Maisie Trafford, 17:10, Arena 80 AC
3) parkrun: Worthing
Leah Harris, 17:10, Worthing & District Harriers
4) parkrun: Hanley
Kate Holt, 17:12, City of Stoke AC
5) parkrun: Woodley
Naomi Mitchell, 17:22, Reading AC
6) parkrun: Burnley
Laura Hesketh, 17:29, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
7) parkrun: Worcester Pitchcroft
Chloe Richardson, 17:28, Birchfield Harriers
8) parkrun: St Albans
Stacey Lee Naomi Ward, 17:30, Herne Hill harriers
9) parkrun: Loch Leven
Moran MacLarty, 17:34, Central AC
10) parkrun: Aberdeen
Fiona Rudkin, 17:43 Metro Aberdeen RRC
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