Jonny Hay and Hayley Carruthers are your fastest athletes at UK parkruns this weekend (August 3rd).
And just like that, Hayley Carruthers is back at the top of the parkrun rankings. After giving the English 5000m Champs a good bash at the ML5000 PB Special last weekend, the Birchfield Harrier was back in your usual surroundings of a Saturday morning parkrun.
There might even have been some Nike Sub-2 Project style pacing shield going on with two B.R.A.T. club members, Dan Robinson and Mark Ince, just a second ahead of Hayley, who ran an excellent 16:20. Always good to have company when you go to see the man with the hammer.
Jonny Hay hasn’t been racing much in 2019, so it’s great to see the Aldershot man running 14:36 at Bushy Park. After some good 1500m results indoors at the beginning of the year, Hay also ran an excellent 13:56 at the Ipswich Twilight 5k in May. Hopefully we see some more great performances from the former Birmingham uni star.
Second placed male was Ian Leitch of Brighton Phoenix. The 2:18 marathoner continues his stellar 2019 with a new parkrun best by five seconds, which we guess the V40 athlete values on the same level as his seven minute marathon PB… maybe not. Still, great to see the Brighton runner going strong at his local event.
Naomi Taschimowitz was another female athlete under 17 minutes with 16:57 at the quick Hackney Marshes parkrun. Having recently ran a PB over 10,000m, well it looked like the Shaftesbury Barnet speedster’s first, to place third in the English 10,000m Champs, Taschimowitz is continuing her great form after a win at the Nottingham 5000m Track Challenge last weekend.
Times do seem to have moved up on average, after many focused on the high quality 5000m races in Nottingham and Milton Keynes last weekend, which goes to show you can have a healthy parkrun top ten one week and still see great racing on the track the week after or before.
Bushy Park once again saw multiple runners in the top ten, with three male runners getting 15:33 and under. There was also Youtube star Ben Parkes with a 15:24 at Victoria Dock. The 2:25 marathoner ran just under 2:36 at London this year with his trusty Go Pro to film the whole thing, after winning the Centurion Running South Downs Way 50 in 6:35:49 earlier in the month.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Bushy
Jonny Hay, 14:36, Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
2) parkrun: Brighton & Hove
Ian Leitch, 15:02, Brighton Phoenix
3) parkrun: Dulwich
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:06
4) parkrun: Bushy
Rowan Axe, 15:07, Cardiff AAC
Peter Avent, 15:15, Shettleston Harriers
6) parkrun: Winchester
Andy Greenleaf, 15:22, Serpentine RC
7) parkrun: Victoria Dock
Benjamin Parkes, 15:24, Serpentine RC
8) parkrun: Jersey
Eliot Dorey, 15:29
9) parkrun: Hull
Baldvin Magnusson, 15:32, Kingston upon Hull AC
10=) parkrun: Bushy
Andrius Jaksevicius, 15:33, Belgrave Harriers
10=) parkrun: Lincoln
William Strangeway, 15:33, Lincoln Wellington AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Kingsbury Water
Hayley Carruthers, 16:20, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Naomi Taschimowitz, 16:57, Shaftesbury Barnet
3) parkrun: Morecambe Prom
Rebecca Robinson, 17:03, Kendal AAC
4) parkrun: Thetford
Holly Alexandra Archer, 17:13, Cambridge & Coleridge AC
5) parkrun: Elgin
Jenny Bannerman, 17:19, Inverness Harriers AAC
6) parkrun: Panshanger
Annabel Gummow, 17:26, Winchester & District AC
7) parkrun: Mile End
Beth Hawling, 17:29, Cheltenham & County AC
8) parkrun: Exmouth
Kate Drew, 17:35, Taunton AC
9) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Rosa Prideaux, 17:48, Chelmsford AC
10=) parkrun: Albert Park, Middlesborough
Philippa Stone, 17:49, Middlesborough AC
10=) parkrun: Southwick County
Sarah Wilson, 17:49, Bath AC
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