Nicole Taylor and Michael Kallenberg were the fastest two athletes at UK parkruns this weekend (4th May).

Nicole Taylor of Tonbridge AC travelled to the fast course of Bromley parkrun and took 35 seconds from her ranking topping time from last week. The time 16:33 was a parkrun best for the south east athlete and not far from her 16:17.57 5000m best. Taylor isn the start list for the Ipswich Twilight 5k next weekend and could certainly be on target for a ew PB in Suffolk.

Michael Kallenberg is a sub three hour 50k runner with a fantastic range of personal bests. At Cardiff parkrun this weekend the RAF man ran 15:11 and is still about 30 seconds away from his personal best for the distance. It does mark a new parkrun best for the distance runner, which has previously been 15:24 ran two weeks ago at Lincoln parkrun.

Simon Nott of Calne RC could well be the fastest club chairman in the UK. Can anyone else lay claim to that title? Having already ran a 68:49 PB at Reading Half this year it looks like 2019 will be a good year for Nott. This weekend saw a 15:29 run at Chippenham parkrun.

Taunton AC’s Naomi Taschimowitz is a regular feature in the parkrun rankings and the sub 16 minute 5000m runner was two seconds quicker than a month ago at the same Hackney Marshes events with a 16:42 parkrun this week. Saskia Millard of Herne Hill Harriers was the third fastest female and also under 17 minutes with a 16:57 at the parkrun event at Canon Hill, Birmingham.

A big thanks to Connor Milnes, who ran 13 seconds quicker this week, but held his ninth position in the rankings. An easy job for us with just a quick change of numbers to keep the Hallamshire Harrier in place. Sam goes for Nicole Taylor who was first for the second week in a row, makes life easier at Fast Running.

Apparently there was a cone placement/movement issue at Minehead parkrun in Somerset so the times were  little quicker for everybody on the short course. With this  in mind we have not featured the runners from the event in out rankings but an unknown runner posted 15:19 and Sam Tull ran a 15:26. Best to give him a mention just in case we’re wrong.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Cardiff 
Michael Kallenberg, 15:11, Carmarthen & District Harriers AC
2) parkrun: Chippenham
Simon Nott, 15:19, Calne RC
3) parkrun: Cambridge
Joseph Smith, 15:26, Cambridge and Coleridge AC
4) parkrun: Bushy
Conor Kissane-wood, 15:36, Thames Valley harriers
5) parkrun: Hastings
Rhys William Boorman, 15:41, Hastings AC
6) parkrun: Pymmes
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:42
7) parkrun:Wyre Forest
William Richardson, 15:44, Birchfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Bushy
Ross Murray, 15:44, Hercules Wimbledon
9) parkrun: Sheffield Hallam
Connor Milnes, 15:46, Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC
10) parkrun: Telford
Philip Nicholls, 15:48, Birchfield Harriers

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Bromley
Nicole Taylor, 16:33, Tonbridge AC
2) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Naomi Taschimowitz, 16:42, Taunton AC
3) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Saskia Millard, 16:57, Herne Hill Harriers
4) parkrun: Burnley
Laura Hesketh, 17:29, Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
5) parkrun: Cardiff
Sian Edwards, 17:41, Corby AC
6) parkrun: Exmouth 
Kate Drew, 17:42, Taunton AC
7) parkrun: Wyre Forest
Chloe Richardson, 17:52, Birchfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Hackney Marshes
Rebecca Barber, 17:56
9) parkrun: Rushmoor
All Collett, 18:01, Datchet Dashers
10) parkrun: Tooting Common
Helena Corbin, 18:03, Herne Hill 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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