Lucie Custance and Jack Gray are your fastest athletes at UK parkruns this weekend (September 28th).
For the second week in a row a triathlete tops the women’s rankings with Lucie Custance running 17:20 at Dulwich parkrun in South East London. That’s quicker than Custances 5k, 5000m and parkrun best before today so the V40 runner is clearly in strong form.
After recently writing for Fast Running about his ambitions towards the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Jack Gray showed us what he can do at parkrun with a last minute decision to run at the York event today.
In God’s own country to watch the some people on push bikes, a quick blast around parkrun was good enough for 14:50 and top in the UK rankings.
It must have been a good weekend for the triathletes at parkrun as second and fourth male finishers were also triathletes. James Teagle of Leicester Triathlon club ran 14:57 at Long Eaton parkrun and Barclay Izzard of Loughborough Triathlon also broke 15 minutes at Alvaston parkrun.
pakrun regular William Richardson separated the two with a 14:58 at Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham. That’s four male runners under 15 minutes for a fast week in the Saturday morning parks of the UK.
South West speedster Hannah Taunton finished second in the women’s rankings with an excellent 17:30 at Taunton parkrun. Taunton has been running superbly on the track this Summer and posted PBs at 800 (2:22.11), 1500 (4:39.96) & 3000 (10:01.50).
Long Eaton and Newborough Forest both saw two runners feature in the top ten with the pair at the latter only four seconds apart with Osian Perrin running 15:44 and Matthew Edwin Roberts 15:48.
Menai T & F’s Perrin ran one of the quickest 3000m for a U17 in Welsh and British history this year when he clocked 8:23.64 at the SIAB Schools International. The youngster also won the 3000m at the English U17 and Welsh School Championships so is an endurance star to watch for the future.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: York
Jack Gray, 14:50, Birmingham Running Athletics and Tri Club
2) parkrun: Long Eaton
James Teagle, 14:57, Leicester Triathlon Club
3) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
William Richardson, 14:58, Birchfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Alvaston
Barclay Izzard, 14:59, Loughborough Triathlon
5) parkrun: Alness
Sean Chalmers, 15:19, Inverness Harriers AAC
6) parkrun: Pegwell Bay
Christopher Thomas, 15:33, Thames Valley Harriers
7) parkrun: Ashford
Gary Foster, 15:43, Hastings AC
8) parkrun: Newborough Forest
Osian Perrin, 15:44, Menai Track & Field
9) parkrun: Oldham’s Common
Norman Shreeve, 15:44
10=) parkrun: Newborough Forest
Matthew Edwin Roberts, 15:48,
10=) parkrun: Leicester Victoria
Simon Birch, 15:48, Hinckley RC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich
Lucy Custance, 17:20, Clapham Chasers RC
2) parkrun: Longrun Meadow
Hannah Taunton, 17:30, Taunton AC
3) parkrun: Oxford
Charlie Arnell, 17:36
4) parkrun: Sheffield Hallam
Rebecca Robinson, 17:38, Kendal AAC
5) parkrun: Cardiff
Alaw Benyon-Thomas, 17:47, Swansea Harriers AC
6) parkrun: Stratford-upon-Avon
Georgie Campbell, 17:48, Stratford-upon-Avon AC
7) parkrun: Frimley Lodge
Alexa King, 17:53, Hart Road Runner
8) parkrun: Long Eaton
Georgina Weston, 17:57, Notts AC
9=) parkrun: Albert Park, Middlesborough
Caroline Lambert, 18:00
9=) parkrun: Stretford
Leah Peploe, 18:00, Leigh Harriers & AC
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