Hayley Carruthers and Omer Ahmed are your fastest athletes at UK parkruns this weekend (July 20th).
Well, this is just getting a bit repetitive now… Oh, we’re not complaining, it was a whole lot easier to just copy and paste from a couple of weeks ago when the same two Birchfield Harriers topped our tables.
Hayley Carruthers maintains her positon atop the rankings week to week with another excellent showing. This time the England marathoner ran 16:01 at Kingsbury Water parkrun, first overall on a joint time, but just ahead of, her coach Dan Robinson. One does wonder what Carruthers might achieve if she wasn’t carrying Robinson around each week. Ha!
Omer Ahmed returns to the top of the rankings to make it a Birchfield Harrier double (they even got second male as well). Ahmed ran another cracking time of 14:42 at Canon Hill parkrun in Birmingham. He might even have had a race for the first few kilometres with club mate Richardson.
William Richardson went from joint ninth last week to second this week. Nearly 30 seconds quicker with 15:06, it seems chasing his club mate Ahmed brought the best out of the young athlete at Canon Hill in Birmingham.
There was a second sub 17 run in the women’s rankings this weekend at Belfast Victoria parkrun in Northern Ireland. Jessica Anne Craig North Down AC ran 16:51 at the quick event in the capital city and ti was good enough for second place behind Carruthers for the week.
We think five times NCAA All-American Mara Olsen was in London for parkrun this weekend. The Strava Track Club athlete ran 17:01 at Fulham Palace parkrun in west London. Olsen ran 2:43:40 just a few weeks ago at Grandma’s Marathon in the US.
Canon Hill in Birmingham was the quickest parkrun this weekend with one and two in the men’s rankings, with Birchfield Harriers really making it a Brummie celebration this Saturday.
The top named event this week, not an award we have given before, goes to “The Wammy” in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. Felix McGrath actually ran a new course for the event with a 15:24 outdoing Jamie Arnold’s 15:43 from last year. Hopefully he celebrated with a decent oatcake.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Canon Hill, Birmingham
Omer Ahmed, 14:42, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Canon Hill, Birmingham
William Richardson, 15:06, Birchfield Harriers
3) parkrun: Victoria Dock
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:09
4) parkrun: The Wammy
Felix McGrath, 15:24, Newcastle (Staffs) AC
5) parkrun: Edinburgh
Peter Avent, 15:28, Shettleston Harriers
6) parkrun: Tooting Common
Jack Millar, 15:29, Bristol & West AC
7) parkrun: Northampton
Luke Greer, 15:32
8=) parkrun: Bushy
Dylan Evans, 15:48
8=) parkrun: St. Andrews
Matthew O’Connor, 15:48, Wakefield District Harriers & AC
8=) parkrun: Woodley
Isaac Farnworth, 15:48, Reading AC
8=) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Roger Maidment, 15:48, London Heathside
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Kingsbury Water
Hayley Carruthers, 16:01, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Jessica Anne Craig, 16:51, North Down AC
3) parkrun: Fulham Palace
Mara Olsen, 17:01
2) parkrun: York
Elizabeth Davies, 17:19, Springfield Striders RC
5) parkrun: Livingston
Morag Millar, 17:22, Central AC
6) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Beth Hawling, 17:28, Cheltenham & County Harriers
7) parkrun: Swansea Bay
Olivia Gwynn, 17:33, Swansea Harriers AC
8) parkrun: Sheffield Hallam
Philippa Williams, 17:17, Elswick Harriers
9) parkrun: Bushy
Lucy Marland, 17:59, Cardiff AC
10=) parkrun: Trelissick
Annabel Gummow, 18:05, Winchester and District AC
10=) parkrun: Penrhyn
Alison Lavender, 18:05, Oswestry Olympians
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