Tom Evans and Hayley Carruthers are the fastest male and female runners at UK parkruns this weekend.
Tom Evans, of Lewes AC, ran a 14:45 course record at the Worthing event on the south coast to record the fastest men’s parkrun time across the UK on Saturday (February 16).
The former army officer has been making leaps and bounds in his running in recent years, with this another excellent performance.
The ultra runner is coming back from a disappointing race at the Hong Kong 100k earlier in 2019, but seems in great form with a sub 30 showing at Chichester 10k and an upcoming England vest for the Granollers Half marathon in Spain.
A large part of Evan’s training group, AB Training, made the trip to Armagh international road races where 113 men broke 15 minutes and the best n the ABT group was Paul Navesey with a 14:07 15th place.
Hayley Carruthers publicised an attempt at the global parkrun record today and gave it a strong effort. Working with her coach Dan Robinson just ahead, the Birchfield Harrier steamed around Walsall Arboretum parkrun in 16:14. A valiant effort just after racing in Northern Ireland on Thursday in the Armagh international 3k.
Lincoln Wellington’s Thomas Trimble also broke 15 minutes this weekend for parkrun. The run is a big parkrun personal best for Trimble improving from 15:28 to 14:54. The run is actually better than his 5000m mark of 14:56 so looks like a good year already in 2019.
Another Birchfield Harrier took the second fastest female spot with Chloe Richardson running 17:05. Usually, Chloe is joined by her brother in the top 10 rankings but no sign this week. Unless he forgot his barcode and was the unknown runner finishing first at Cannon Hill?
Third fastest female was Olympian Aly Dixon with a 17:11 at Riverside parkrun. The Sunderland Stroller asked Twitter whether tights or shorts were a good idea before the run and whatever the choice, the marathoner ran well.
Third quickest make was regular Jonathan Cornish at Bushy parkrun. 15:00 minutes flat is a good time for the Hercules Wimbledon man with a 14:36 best for 5k. This comes off the back of a 30:44 at the Chichester Priory 10k where Evans ran sub 30 minutes.
Home of parkrun Bushy park features four times in the ranking and is the most represented event in the top 10.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Worthing
Tom Evans, 14:45, Lewes AC
2) parkrun: Belton House
Thomas Trimble, 14:54, Lincoln Wellington AC
3) parkrun: Bushy
Jonathan Cornish, 15:00, Wimbledon Hercules AC
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Bradley Goater, 15:03, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow
5) parkrun: Bushy
Elliot Dorey, 15:03
6) parkrun: Clapham Common
Alex Milne, 15:16, Enfield & Haringey AC
7) parkrun: Hazlehead, Aberdeen
Cameron Strachan, 15:21, Metro Aberdeen RRC
8) parkrun: Burnley
Chris Holdsworth, 15:21, Ribble Valley Harriers
9) parkrun: Northampton
Dominic Jones, 15:27, Rugby & Northampton AC
10) parkrun: Long Eaton
Joseph Kilgour, 15:30, Derby AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Walsall Arboretum
Hayley Carruthers, 16:14, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Chloe Richardson, 17:05, Birchfield Harriers
3) parkrun: Riverside
Aly Dixon, 17:11, Sunderland Strollers
4) parkrun: Bushy
Anna Hedley, 17:26, Fife AC
5) parkrun: Castlewellan
Laura Graham, 17:28, Mourne Runners
6) parkrun: Penrith
Kirsty Longley, 17:32, Liverpool Pembroke &Sefton Harriers & AC
7) parkrun: Southampton
Louise Damen, 17:33, Winchester & District AC
8) parkrun: Dulwich
Katie Rowland, 17:39, Kent AC
9) parkrun: Eastville
Charlotte Emily Taylor-Green, 17:52, Bristol and West AC
10) parkrun: Heaton
Laura Hesketh, 17:55, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
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