Kris Jones and Hayley Carruthers are your fastest parkrun athletes in the UK this weekend (June 22).
In a week which saw three men break 15 minutes it was a pair of familiar faces on top of the rankings.
Kris Jones, part of the 2019 Fast10 group, is a GB orienteer who has some serious wheels over 5k and on the cross country. The Swansea Harrier ran 14:41 at Perth parkrun up in Scotland. A little slower than his 13:45.25 5000m PB great running as ever from the Welshman.
Hayley Carruthers might have taken a week off from parkrun last weekend, but was quickly back to the top with a 16:09 at the quick Walsall Arboretum event. Not that the marathoner was slacking off last weekend, with a 1500/3000m double (4:38.4/9:46.0) on the Sunday and a 5000m track PB of 16:05.46 on Tuesday. The Birchfield Harrier has already raced six times this month. Wowzers!
The other two men under 15 minutes were Mohamed Mohamed of Hillingdon AC and Daniel Jarvis of Bedford & County AC. Mohamed was just one second slower than Jones, with a 14:42 at Northala Fields parkrun in north London. Just last week the Somalian Olympian ran 14:06.07 at the Loughborough BMC Grand Prix and has PB’d at 3000m (8:17.3) and 10k (29:35) already in 2019.
Bedford’s Jarvis ran 14:46 at the competitive Bushy Park parkrun, with three other runners at the event making the top ten rankings. The 3:48.82 1500m man had the wheels on Saturday to hold off strong competition from the likes of Eliot Dorey and Jake Shelley to be first finisher.
The second lady, just over 17 minutes with a 17:06, was Annabel Gummow, a regular at parkrun and former GB cross country international. The Winchester and District AC runner was at Gunpowder parkrun and has been in excellent form in 2019 with a 34:16 PB over 10km at the Great Bristol 10k.
Third female, and 23 seconds quicker than last week, was Hannah Taunton of Taunton AC. The south-west star has been running lots of PBs in 2019, including a 78:24 half marathon, a 36:22 10k and 4:44.66 for 1500m, showing a great range of speed and endurance.
The four men 15:23 and under at Bushy parkrun make it the quickest event this week and we did have a 16:32 run by a female cani-cross athlete that has not been included in the rankings.
Well done to everyone who got out and ran or volunteered at parkrun this weekend.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Perth
Kris Jones, 14:41, Swansea Harriers AC
2) parkrun: Northala Fields
Mohamed Mohamed, 14:42, Hillingdon AC
3) parkrun: Bushy
Daniel Jarvis, 14:46, Bedford & County AC
4) parkrun: Kingsbury Water
Thomas Beasley, 15:12, Birchfield Harriers
5) parkrun: Bushy
Elliot Dorey, 15:18
6) parkrun: Bushy
Jake Shelley, 15:19, Shaftesbury and Barnet Harriers
7) parkrun: Market Rasen Racecourse
Tom Straw, 15:21
8=) parkrun: Mile End
Paul Martelletti, 15:23, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
8=) parkrun: Bushy
Andrius Jaksevicius, 15:23, Belgrave Harriers
8=) parkrun: Linwood
Simon Nott, 15:23, Calne RC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Walsall Arboretum
Hayley Carruthers, 16:09, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Gunpowder
Annabel Gummow, 17:06, Winchester & District AC
3) parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge
Hannah Taunton, 17:23, Taunton AC
4) parkrun: Whitley Bay
Charlotte Penfold, 17:28, North Shields Polytechnic AC
5) parkrun: Dishley, Loughborough
Mia Atkinson, 17:29, Charnwood AC
6=) parkrun: Cheltenham
Beth Hawlings, 17:38, Cheltenham and County Harriers
6=) parkrun: Edinburgh
Charlotte Morgan, 17:38, Carnethy Hill RC
8) parkrun: Frimley Lodge
Lauren Hall, 17:39, Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
9) parkrun: Rushmoor
Helen Hall, 17:47, Winchester & District AC
10) parkrun: Ellenbrook Fields
Victoria Pritchard, 17:48, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
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