Sean Antell and Hayley Carruthers were moving fast this weekend and top the rankings. Here are the fastest UK parkrun times on Saturday (December 1).
Hayley Carruthers ran a course record of 16:32 at the Wolverhampton parkrun this weekend. Although a little bit slower than the England marathoner ran a couple weeks ago at the Walsall Arboretum parkrun, it’s a slower course and possibly a stronger performance by the ever improving athlete.
Sean Antell, of Bideford AAC, improved on his own parkrun PB by three seconds to run 15:11 at Bideford parkrun. The 2:28 marathoner ran 14:51 for 5k this Summer in Exeter and faced competition from Dan Mapp at the event today. Mapp, of the same club, ran 15:37 and has a PB of 15:21 so is running well after posting 31:54 at Gloucester 10k recently.
There must have been a siren calling Britain’s bets mountain runners to parkrun this weekend as both Robbie Simpson and Charlotte Morgan have medalled at world mountain running championships in the past.
Morgan, of Carnethy Hill RCC, ran 17:57 and the mountain runner had the race of her life this June to win the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. The Scottish National Masters XC Champ will maybe looking to defend her title in 2019.
Robbie Simpson was intending to be in Valencia for the marathon this weekend but unfortunately training injuries delayed progress a little and the mountain and marathon man is preparing for the XC national champs next year. The 2:15 marathoner ran 15:42 at Aberdeen parkrun today, closely chased by Myles Edwards of Aberdeen in 15:45.
Two athletes from the AB Training group demonstrated the power of training and racing together at Brighton and Hove parkrun on the south coast. Thomas Nine posted 15:41, just ahead of Ben Savill in 15:44.
An unnamed source in the ABT group declared that “Ben always plans his outfits well so will have undoubtedly aimed to be the best dressed parkrunner in the UK today. It’s obviously paying off as the Danish dynamo has a new girlfriend who will have been impressed by his ninth placing today.
Several parkruns featured twice this week with the Bideford event making a claim for fastest of the week with first and fifth placed runners. Hazlehead-Aberdeen, Brighton & Hove, Cannon Hill-Birmingham and Norwich all feature twice as well.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Bideford
Shaun Antell, 15:11, Bideford AAC
2) parkrun: Norwich
Ben Spratling, 15:23, City of Norwich AC
1=) parkrun: Market Rasen Racecourse
William Strangeway, 15:29,Lincoln Wellington AC
4) parkrun: Elgin
James Bellward, 15:37, RAF AC
5) parkrun: Bideford
Dan Mapp, 15:37, Bideford AAC
6) parkrun: Brighton & Hove
Thomas Niner, 15:41, Brighton & Hove City AC
7) parkrun: Aberdeen
Cameron Strachan, 15:41, Metro Aberdeen RRC
8) parkrun: Hazlehead, Aberdeen
Robbie Simpson, 15:42, Deeside Runners
9) parkrun: Brighton & Hove
Ben Savill , 15:44, Croydon Harriers
10) parkrun: Hazlehead, Aberdeen
Myles Edwards, 15:45, Aberdeen AAC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Wolverhampton
Hayley Carruthers, 16:32, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Mari Smith, 17:17
3) parkrun: Bath Skyline
Jessica Gibbon, 17:29, Reading AC
4) parkrun: Newbury
Georgia Hayes, 17:41, Reading AC
5) parkrun: Bushy
Lauren Hall, 17:48, Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
6) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Katrina Rye, 17:56
7) parkrun: Newtown
Charlotte Morgan, 17:57, Carnethy Hill RC
8) parkrun: Dulwich
Steph McCall, 18:04, South London Harriers
9) parkrun: Norwich
Mabel Beckett, 18:09, City of Norwich AC
10) parkrun: Lytham Hall
Liz Abbott, 18:09, Lytham St. Annes RRC
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