Omer Ahmed and Danielle Hodgkinson are your quickest parkrunners this weekend (June 15).
A blistering 14:38 at the fast Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham sees Omer Ahmed at the top of this week’s parkrun rankings. Just one week after a victory over 3000m in 8:32.22 and not long after a new 5k PB of 14:24 for fourth at the Mid Cheshire 5k, the Birchfield Harrier is in flying form.
The women’s rankings are topped by Danielle Hodgkinson, who ran 17:20 at the Rising Sun parkrun. The Wallsend Harrier has a 500m best of 16:14.15 and ran a road best of 16:24 at the Ipswich Twilight 5k recently. The army athlete was also second at the Army XC Champs and the Inter Service Championships too.
Up in Edinburgh Peter Avent ran 15:17 to take second place. Shettleston’s Avent has run 17 parkruns already this year with a best of 15:11 also at Edinburgh in May. Event’s best ever performance over five kilometres was also at a parkrun, back in 2016 when he ran 15:03 for the distance. Maybe this will be the year the 68:44 half marathoner break 15 minutes?
Popular marathoner (and soon to be ultra runner) Aly Dixon ran a 17:21 at Sunderland parkrun to finish second in the rankings. Just one second separated the two at the top and Dixon is hopefully down at parkrun to keep the speed ticking over before she represents Great Britain at the World 50km Championships later this year.
Bushy Park had a bit of a showdown with three women finishing within ten seconds and all three making the top ten this week. Yasmin Marghini ran 17:49, just ahead of Isabel Clark in 17:55 and one of Britain’s best ever marathoners Mara Yamuachi in 17:59.
In the men’s rankings V35 Andy Greenleaf won a sprint finish in 15:52 at Wimbledon Common parkrun to take the tenth spot with Alex Milne just two seconds behind, but outside our rankings. Although I guess Milne did enough to get a mention anyway.
Both were behind Andrew Penney who ran 15:47 and another runner who posted 15:43 but forgot his barcode. It’s likely that the other runner only went quicker because he didn’t have to carry his barcode.
The facets parkrun the weekend was… Bushy Park. If that runner had brought his barcode then it still would have been Bushy Park as Andy Greenleaf would have been eleventh anyway.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Cannon Hill, Birmingham
Omer Ahmed, 14:38, Birchfield Harriers
2) parkrun: Edinburgh
Peter Avent, 15:17, Shettleston Harriers
3) parkrun: Telford
William Richardson, 15:31, Birchfield Harriers
4) parkrun: Exmouth
Simon Heath, 15:39, Brighton Phoenix
5) parkrun: Salisbury
Ben Brewster, 15:44, City of Salisbury A & RC
6) parkrun: Southend
Gus Withers, 15:45, Basildon AC
7) parkrun: Wanstead Flats
John Eves, 15:46, Bedford & County AC
8=) parkrun: Wimbledon Common
Andrew Penney, 15:47, Hecules Wimbledon AC
8=) parkrun: Redcar
Gregory Jayasuriya, 15:47, Middlesbrough & Cleveland Harriers
10) parkrun: Wimbledon Common
Andy Greenleaf, 15:52, Serpentine RC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Rising Sun
Danielle Hodgkinson, 17:20, Wallsend Harriers & AC
2) parkrun: Sunderland
Aly Dixon, 17:21, Sunderland Strollers
3) parkrun: Holkham
Victoria Knight, 17:27, Cambridge and Coleridge AC
4) parkrun: Southwark
Beth Hawlings, 17:35, Cheltenham and County Harriers
5) parkrun: Blyth Links
Charlotte Penfold, 17:40, North Shields Polytechnic AC
6) parkrun: Penrose
Heidi Tregenza, 17:42, Cornwall AC
7) parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge
Hannah Taunton, 17:47, Taunton AC
8) parkrun: Bushy
Yasmin Marghini, 17:49, Herne Hill Harriers
9) parkrun: Bushy
Isabel Clark, 17:55, Serpentine RC
10=) parkrun: Bushy
Mara Yamauchi, 17:59, Thames Hare & Hounds
10=) parkrun: Royal Tunbridge Wells
Ashley Gibson, 17:59, Morpeth Harriers & AC
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