Jess Piasecki takes the women’s honours in the UK as Callan Moody tops this week’s men’s parkrun rankings.
Both Jess Piasecki and Charlotte Arter broke 16 minutes for parkrun this weekend, with the Stockport Harrier just one second off Arter’s 15:50 parkrun record with 15:51. Callan Moody topped the men’s rankings with an excellent 14:33 at Dulwich parkrun.
Such was the speed of the top two women the Fast Running team felt it deserved an early article as both are running well ahead of the trial for the Aarhus World XC Championships, which will be held as part of the Inter-Counties cross country champs next weekend in Loughborough.
Stockport Harrier Piasecki, a 15:29 5000m and 32:41 10000m runner, ran the super quick time at the Long Eaton parkrun near Nottingham, which has seen many quick times in the past. The Robert Hawkins coached athlete finished 2018 with a 10th position at the European cross country championships in Tilburg, Holland and is seemingly flying into spring 2019.
Welsh runner Charlotte Arter also broke 16 minutes at Cardiff parkrun for the second time this year and has had some stellar performances including a Welsh record over half marathon. The Cardiff AC star ran 69:40 at the Barcelona half marathon on the 10th February.
Running at Dulwich parkrun in south-east London was New Zealand distance runner Callan Moody. The Kiwi posted 14:33, which is not far from his 14:21.49 best for 5000m, but also on the back of an excellent 29:31 at Telford 10k in December last year. It seems that form has been carried into 2019 and it will be interesting to see what the year has in store for Moody.
Newham & Essex Beagle John Beattie was the second fastest of the weekend with a 15:02 at Rother Valley parkrun. Beattie recent ran 14:17 for 5k at the Armagh International road races, but that was only good enough for 23rd on the day, such was the quality of the field in Northern Ireland.
Jake Shelley, anti-doping PhD student at Kingston university, was at Springburn parkrun in Glasgow and may well have taken a break from the Indoor Champs to run parkrun. Fortunately Jakob Ingebritsen didn’t add a 5k into his weekend activities, although he is doing every other race it seems, and Shelley’s 15:04 was a comfortable first finisher in Scotland.
Hayley Carruthers, so used to topping these rankings, had to settle for third place with a solid 16:20 at Walsall Arboretum due to the international standard of results this weekend. Fourth place was another Welsh international with Clara Evans posting 16:30 behind Arter at Cardiff parkrun.
With Becky Briggs (16:36) at Hull and Tamara Beach (16:48) also at Cardiff parkrun bringing it to six ladies under 17 minutes this weekend it was a fast top ten for the 5k time trials. 17:20 for 10th place might be our highest standard yet, but expect that to be different next weekend with Inter-Counties cross country champs in Loughborough.
Both Dulwich and Cardiff parkrun featured four times in the rankings this week, with good racing at both.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Dulwich
Callan Moody, 14:33, Serpentine RC
2) parkrun: Rother Valley
John Beattie, 15:02, Newham & Essex Beagles AC
3) parkrun: Springburn, Glasgow
Jake Shelley, 15:04, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Simon Goldsworthy, 15:10, Guildford & Godalming AC
5) parkrun: Long Eaton
Freddie Carcas, 15:15, Edinburgh AC
6) parkrun: Dulwich
Owen Hind, 15:24, Kent AC
7) parkrun: Dulwich
Edward Chuck, 15:25, Dulwich Runners AC
8) parkrun: Bushy
Luke Conway, 15:27, Newham & Essex Beagles AC
9) parkrun: Cardiff
Kurt Taylor, 15:28, Bristol and West AC
10=) parkrun: York
Joe Rainsford, 15:29, Heanor RC
10=) parkrun: Dulwich
Jonathan Tipper, 15:29, Kent AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Long Eaton
Jessica Piasecki, 15:51, Stockport Harriers & AC
2) parkrun: Cardiff
Charlotte Arter, 15:56, University of Wales Institute
3) parkrun: Walsall Arboretum
Hayley Carruthers, 16:20, Birchfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Cardiff
Clara Evans, 16:30, Pontypridd Roadents AC
5) parkrun: Hull
Becky Briggs, 16:36, City of Hull AC
6) parkrun: Cardiff
Tamara Beach, 16:48, Les Croupiers RC
7) parkrun: Bushy
Sarah Astin, 17:01, City of Norwich AC
8) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Elizabeth Davies, 17:09, Springfield Striders RC
9) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Chloe Richardson, 17:16, Birchfield Harriers
10=) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Rachel Gibson, 17:20, North Down AC
10=) parkrun: Southampton
Louise Damen, 17:20, Winchester and District AC
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