Jake Wightman and Philippa Williams are your quickest parkrunners this weekend (May 25).
Olympian Jake Wightman was the stand out performer at parkrun this weekend, running a new course record of 14:43 at the quick Worthing event. A great example of all the levels of parkrun participants with a middle distance star like the Edinburgh AC man rocking up for a Saturday morning session.
Philippa Williams was the quickest female with a 17:24 at Sheffield Hallam parkrun. The Elswick Harrier ran a parkrun best at her seventh parkrun of 2019, but has already shone over the half marathon distance this year. Not happy with a 77:25 for first place at the Sheffield Half Marathon (which, having visited the city, might not be a flat course), Williams ran an excellent 76:40 to win the Sunderland City Half Marathon.
Tim Norton, the only runner to list his eating habits in his club name, led home four runners in the top ten at Bushy Park. The Vegan Runners Australia athlete ran 15:12 ahead of Andrius Jaksevicius (15:16), Alex Milne (15:28) and Elliot Dorey (15:38). We bet that was a quick first kilometre with a good pack racing at the home of parkrun.
Coventry Godiva’s Mohamed Daud Mohamed comes out of a strong cross country season and has already ran a 8:48.43 3000m this May. The Somalian who ran in the 5000m at the Rio Olympics has a PB of 14:34 for the 5000m, which he ran at the 2017 World Championships in London.
Charnwood AC’s Hannah Doran was the second fastest female runner with a 17:25 at Leicester Victoria parkrun. The V35 former GB Cross Country runner ran her first marathon this year after a 74:55 half marathon PB at Reading Half. With a 2:42:38 debut at the Virgin London Marathon the future over the longer distance looks good.
The fastest parkrun this week was Bushy park, due to the four lads racing it out at the front and all making the top ten. It’s the first time we’ve seen Scunthorpe in these rankings so hats off for Scunny for featuring twice.
Of note is Nick Earl’s 14:56 at Parkville parkrun in Australia. The City of Norwich speedster must have been celebrating his recent England selection to run the Toronto Marathon.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Worthing
Jake Wightman, 14:43, Edinburgh AC
2=) parkrun: Bushy
Tim Norton, 15:12, Vegan Runners Australia
2=) parkrun: Coventry
Mohamed Daud Mohamed, 15:12, Coventry Godiva Harriers
4) parkrun: Rother Valley
Jonathan Tobin, 15:13, Swansea Harriers AC
5) parkrun: Scunthorpe
Kris Lecher, 15:16, City of Hull AC
6) parkrun: Bushy
Andrius Jaksevicius, 15:16, Belgrave Harriers
7) parkrun: Bushy
Alex Milne, 15:28, Enfield & Haringey AC
8) parkrun: Stevenage
Ian Kimpton, 15:37, Team Kimpton
9) parkrun: Bushy
Elliot Dorey, 15:38
10=) parkrun: Kingsway, Gloucester
Lee Stopford, 15:42, Stroud & District AC
10=) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Paul Martelletti, 15:42, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Sheffield Hallam
Philippa Williams, 17:24, Elswick Harriers
2) parkrun: Leicester Victoria
Hannah Doran, 17:25, Charnwood AC
3) parkrun: Bath Skyline
Jessica Gibbon, 17:31, Reading AC
4) parkrun: Rother Valley
Emily Simpson, 17:35, City of Sheffield and Dearne AC
5) parkrun: Albert Park, Middlesborough
Philippa Stone, 17:37, Middlesborough AC
6) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Bryony Haines, 17:40, Birchfield Harriers
7) parkrun: Harlow
Annabel Gummow, 17:52, Winchester and District AC
8) parkrun: Kingsbury Water
Hannah Brooks, 17:55, Crawley AC
9) parkrun: Sloughbottom
Joanna Andrews, 17:58, Bungay Black Dog RC
10) parkrun: Scunthorpe
Jenny Blizard, 17:59
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