John Beattie and Annabel Gummow are your quickest parkrunners this weekend (June 1).
Newham and Essex Beagle John Beattie ran 14:56 at Rother Valley parkrun this weekend to top the mens’ rankings. It was juts one second away from a parkrun best for the 13:42.03 5000m man who has already raced over 5k this year at the Armagh International (14:17) and Ipswich Twilight (14:02).
Annabel Gummow ran 17:20 at Castle Park parkrun to record the fastest female time for the first weekend of June. The Winchester & District AC runner also has a faster 5000m best with 15:53.27 and ran an excellent 34:33 at the Vitality London 10,000 on Monday last week (after parkrun on the Saturday).
Ever present (ish) Paul Martelletti was second fastest male with a 15:08 run at Mile End parkrun, although we couldn’t tell if it was part of a bigger session as there’s nothing on Strava this week. Paul, we hope your watch isn’t broken!
Steph McCall of South London Harriers ran 17:24 at the speedy Dulwich parkrun this weekend. With over 50 parkruns to her name, 17:08 remains the quickest for the 2:51 marathoner who PB’d at London this year… well it was McCall’s first marathon but that’s still a cracking PB.
Kris Lecher, Jonathan Tobin and Andrius Jaksevicius did their best to confuse everyone at Fast Running this weekend by featuring as fourth to sixth for the second week running. Kris jumped up three seconds to 15:13, to equal Jonathan, who also ran 15:13 for the second week in a row. We had to double check the results had been updated just to make sure we weren’t looking at last week’s times.
Then, just to add more confusion Andrius was sixth again. At least the Belgrave Harrier had the decency to run a more varied time with a 15:28, which was actually equal sixth with Welsh marathon star Dewi Griffiths. I needed a nap after doing the results this week and they’re probably all wrong.
It was actually similar for the ladies as Philippa Wiliiams and Annabel Gummow swapped from first to ninth and seventh to first. After beating everyone in the UK last weekend, Williams was second female finisher at Tooting Common with Lucie Custance coming in first in 17:48. The Clapham Chaser was just ten seconds ahead of the Elswick Harrier in 17:58.
JLRcng’s newest signing Aaron Scott was third fastest chap this week. We spoke to the man behind the team supporting top domestic talent a few week ago.
Just shows that it depends on the week you’re having, the training around Saturday and the event you’re running. It’s only parkrun and often the 5k time trial is just a tiny snapshot of a runner’s training for the week, even for the day if you’re Paul Martelletti.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Rother Valley
John Beattie, 14:56, Newham and Essex Beagles AC
2) parkrun: Mile End
Paul Martelletti, 15:08, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
3) parkrun: Rutland Water
Aaron Scott, 15:10, Lincoln Wellington
4=) parkrun: Dalby Forest
Kris Lecher, 15:13, City of Hull AC
4=) parkrun: Rother Valley
Jonathan Tobin, 15:13, Swansea Harriers AC
6=) parkrun: Bushy
Andrius Jaksevicius, 15:28, Belgrave Harriers
6=) parkrun: Llyn Llech Owain
Dewi Griffiths, 15:28, Swansea Harriers AC
8) parkrun: Dishley, Loughborough
Joseph Newman-Billington, 15:34, City of Sheffield and Dearne AC
9) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Ed Banks, 15: 37, Birchfield Harriers
10) parkrun: Hastings
Marshall Smith, 15:39, Ashford AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Castle Park
Annabel Gummow, 17:20, Winchester and District AC
2) parkrun: Dulwich
Steph McCall, 17:24, South London Harriers
3) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Bryony Haines, 17:31, Birchfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Longrun Meadow
Hannah Taunton, 17:32, Taunton AC
5) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Rachel Gibson, 17:41, North Down AC
6) parkrun: Exeter Riverside
Kate Drew, 17:47, Taunton AC
7) parkrun: Tooting Common
Lucie Custance, 17:48, Clapham Chasers
8) parkrun: Princes Park, Liverpool
Lorna Young, 17:54
9) parkrun: Tooting Common
Philippa Williams, 17:58, Elswick Harriers
10) parkrun: Burgess
Lucy Ashe, 18:06, Harrow AC
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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