Eliza Nicholson and Ross Braden ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (21st October).
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It was a hotly contested women’s first finish at Dulwich parkrun this weekend with both our top two ladies just 10 seconds apart at the same event. Eliza Nicholson, who we believe is a U20 athlete who runs for Blackheath and Bromley, has a 5k best of 16:27 just less than a month ago at RunThrough Battersea Park Chase the Sun 5K in London.
Harriet Freeman, just ten seconds back in 17:07, has run PBs over both 10k (36:17) and half marathon (75:33) this year, so a new parkrun best is no surprise either. It is over a minute from the previous mark, but that was set in 2019.
Ross Braden, a 2:14 marathoner, ran a new parkrun best of 15:10 this weekend, also at Dulwich parkrun in south east London. Despite excellent runs of 65:50 over half marathon and 2:15:47 for the marathon this is the first PB of 2023, but given the 65 half was last weekend in Amsterdam there could be another marathon on the horizon soon.
The best of the rest
Third fastest female was Sarah Winstone at Southampton parkrun on the south coast of England. 17:26 wasn’t a PB for parkrun, but it’s about the only distance the athlete hasn’t PB’d at this year with impressive new track marks for 800 to 10,000m.
Just one second separated the rest of the men’s podium with Mark Ruby running 15:13 at Exmouth parkrun and Rob Samuel 15:14 at Penrhyn parkrun. Ruby has a new 5000m PB from this August with 14:42.99 and Samuel has ran well over 10k twice this year with a 30:57 win at Newtown 10k a highlight.
The fastest course?
Four runners, with both fastest times and a second place, means Dulwich is very much the fastest event this week. The park is a popular one for quick London parkrun times if you are after a PB.