Paul Martelletti takes the men’s honours as Emma Waudby tops the women’s parkrun rankings.

Paul Martelletti ran 14:50 at the Dulwich parkrun to record the fastest men’s time across the UK on Saturday (December 15).

The Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets athlete, who has a parkrun best of 14:32, was taking part in his 113th event. Just last week, Martelletti was among the 16 athletes to break 30 minutes at the Telford 10k with a 29:47 performance.

Emma Waudby claimed the women’s number one spot after running 17:28 at the Heslington event. The Pocklington Runners youngster is a parkrun regular and just last month ran a best of 16:51.

Joshua Cowperthwaite ran a parkrun best equalling time of 14:59 at the Albert parkrun in Middlesbrough to clock the second quickest men’s time.

The Middlesbrough AC athlete, who finished 10th in the under-20 race at the recent Liverpool Cross Challenge, was taking part in his 38th Saturday morning event.

Nicola Sykes recorded the second quickest women’s time after running 17:29 at the Kingsbury Water parkrun. It was a parkrun best for the Bournville Harriers’ athlete who was running in her 51st event.

There was a time of 17:10 recorded this weekend which would have taken the women’s number one spot, but after reviewing past runs at parkrun it was deemed unlikely to have been an unassisted run.

Five unknown male runners missed out the top 10 after runs at the Albert parkrun, Cardiff parkrun, Mile End parkrun, Rother Valley parkrun and the Rickmansworth parkrun.

Meanwhile, with three runners each, the Dulwich and Panshanger events share the honours of the most represented parkruns in the top 10.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Dulwich
Paul Martelletti, 14:50, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
2) parkrun: Albert, Middlesbrough
Joshua Cowperthwaite, 14:59, Middlesbrough AC
3) parkrun: Swansea Bay
Josh Griffiths, 15:04, Swansea Harriers
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Benjamin Toomer, 15:07, Hercules Wimbledon
5) parkrun: Cardiff
Paul Graham, 15:28, Pontypridd Roadents
6) parkrun: Panshanger
Paul Pollock, 15:29, Kent AC
7) parkrun: Panshanger
Afewerk Rossom, 15:33, Herts Phoenix
8) parkrun: Dulwich
Charlie Eastaugh, 15:45, Hercules Wimbledon
9) parkrun: Huddersfield
Kevin Quinn, 15:53, Real Runners
10) parkrun: Wyre Forest
William Richardson, 15:53, Birchfield Harriers

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Heslington
Emma Waudby, 17:28, Pocklington Runners
2) parkrun: Kingsbury Water
Nicola Sykes, 17:29, Bournville Harriers
3) parkrun: Woking
Lauren Hall, 17:40, Aldershot, Farnham & District
4) parkrun: Panshanger
Victoria Pritchard, 17:42, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
5) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Emma Burgess, 17:44, Highgate Harriers
6) parkrun: Livingston
Jo Williams, 17:46, Lothian RC
7) parkrun: Bedford
Tia Wilson, 17:54, Bedford & County AC
8) parkrun: Lytham Hall
Liz Abbott, 17:56, Lytham St. Anne’s
9) parkrun: Frimley Lodge
Charlotte Dannatt, 18:01, Camberley & District AC
10) parkrun: Cardiff
Lucy Marland, 18:07, Cardiff AAC

If you enjoy running at parkrun but want to develop and get a bit faster then find a running club near you. Clubs have all the social aspects of parkrun and cater for all levels to help you progress. More information can be found here.

Also if you would like to run faster at parkrun, top tips to help runners of all abilities can be found here.

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