Seyfu Jamaal and Dani Chattenton ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (30th November).

Track and cross country runner Dani Chattenton updated her parkrun PB to 16:39 at Bushy Park after a summer that saw the Imperial College student set new marks at 800, 1500, 3000 & 5000m on the track.

Add to that an excellent 12th position at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Sefton Park last weekend and you can see that it’s going to be an exciting cross country season fo the member of the MK Distance Project.

Seyfu Jamaal is no stranger to the parkrun top ten and it’s great to see the London Heathside runner break 15 minutes this weekend to finish first in Dulwich Park. It’s a first sub 15 parkrun for the U20, to go alongside the 14:59.84 run in September this year for 5000m on the track.

Last weekend Jamaal also won the London XC Championships at Parliament Hill so it’s been a great seven days for the youngster.

Naomi Taschimowitz is another runner having an excellent 2019 including a bronze medal in the England Athletics 10,000m championships. This weekend the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier was running at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun in Somerset, which looks like it has a lovely bit along the coast as well. Fast and picturesque parkrun to go visit.

So fast they named a shoe after him.

Jonathan Escalante-Phillips, after whom Altra presumably named their Escalante shoe, was in a rush at Coldham’s Common this Saturday. Running 15:18 to finish first and second in the weekly rankings. The speedy chap has a 14:13 road 5k from the Ipswich Building Society Twilight 5k, which really is a fine event if you want to update your road best if your parkrun has overtaken it.

Lucy Charles-Barclay was third on this week’s rankings and is one of Britain best Ironman triathletes. The Orion Harrier led off the bike at the recent Ironman World Champs in Kona, so hopefully a winter of high quality parkrun outings on a Saturday morning means the star can go back in 2020 and take the crown.

Maybe Charles-Barclay will inspire Orion Harriers club mate Rick Ashton to actually do some training this winter to help with all his bold goals for 2020. The ultra-running world awaits Ashton’s return with bated breath.

Jayrd Clifford, of Diamond Valley AC, Australia, was first across the line at Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh and completes the top three for this week. Clifford, an Australian T12 Paralympian, is a sub 4 minute 1500m runner.

At the World Champs in Doha Clifford won a 1500 and 5000m double, closing the second in 14:40 after a closely fought battle with Spaniard Ouhdadi El Ataby.

For a bit more information on the double gold medallist from the recent World Championships, check out his club website here.

Both Bushy Park and Cannon Hill, Birmingham both featured three times in the rankings this week, but there are events in the top ten from all over the UK. No excuses about not finding a quick event near you if you want a new PB.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Dulwich
Seyfu Jamaal, 14:50, London Heathside
2) parkrun: Coldham’s Common
Jonathan Escalante-Phillips, 15:18, Cambridge & Coldridge
3) parkrun: Portobello, Edinburgh 
Jayrd Clifford, 15:23, Diamond Valley AC
4) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Peter Harry Brookes, 15:29, Tipton Harriers
5) parkrun: Torbay Velopark
Ross Braden, 15:31, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
6=) parkrun: Wolverhampton
Jack Pickett, 15:35, Wolverhampton & Bilston AC
6=) parkrun: Hove Promenade 
Ben Savill, 15:35, Lewes AC
8) parkrun: St. Andrews
Charles Sandison, 15:37, Fulham RC
9) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Lewis Laylee, 15:40, Dulwich Runners AC
10) parkrun: Telford
Oliver Blake, 15:42, Oswestry Olympians

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Bushy
Dani Chattenton, 16:39, Medway & Maidstone AC
2) parkrun: Burnham & Highbridge
Naomi Taschimowitz, 16:59, Taunton AC
3) parkrun: Eden Project
Lucy Charles, 17:11, Orion Harriers
4) parkrun: Bushy
Ciara Everard, 17:26
5) parkrun: Walsall Arboretum
Claire Martin, 17:38, Telford AC
6) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Bryony Haines, 17:44, Birchfield Harriers
7) parkrun: Bushy
Tessa McCormick, 17:52, Vale Royal AC
8) parkrun: Stratford-upon-Avon
Georgie Campbell, 18:07, Stratford-upon-Avon AC
9) parkrun: Minehead
Hannah Taunton, 18:09, Taunton AC
10) parkrun: Felixstowe
Hannah Pettersson, 18:11, Ipswich Harriers

If you would like to run faster at parkrun, top tips to help runners of all abilities can be found here.

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