Naomi Mitchell and Ned Potter ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (8th July).
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It’s another weekend with more than one fast woman breaking 17 minutes and a GB marathoner taking the top spot. Naomi Mitchell, who has run 2:30:54 over 26.2 miles, ran an excellent 16:23 at Poole parkrun today. June saw the Reading AC race over 5000m twice and a mile with a 15:57.91 PB on the track at the University of Birmingham Series a highlight.
We had an issue with our fastest men’s times this weekend and we’ve only just updated the list here but the extra written descriptions will be this afternoon. Congratulations to Ned Potter who ran 14:44 at Chichester parkrun to take the top spot this week.
Ned broke 14 minutes for the first time this year with a 13:53.48, well under, at the BMC Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenger. It’s been a year full of PBs with new marks at 1500, mile, 3000, 10000 and now parkrun.
The best of the rest
This week it really was the women’s rankings that were stronger with Nancy Scott clocking 16:52 at Bushy parkrun. The AFD athlete ran a 16:46 5k road PB back in April of this year and has also hit PBs at other distances too with a 5:04 mile at the Iffley Festival of Miles at the start of June.
Third placed female athletes was Alice Crane (17:09) at Riverside. Crane, who loves a parkrun it seems, ran a big parkrun PB and that adds nicely to the 10,000m and 10k PB already banked for this year.
Popular parkrun regular Seyfu Jamaal was second fastest male this week and the London Heathside youth ran 14:45, just one second slower than Potter, to finish joint second quickest. Also the same time was Scott Stirling, with 14:45 at Falkirk parkrun up in Scotland. Very far apart geographically, but a photo finish virtually.
The fastest course
We’ve had to redo the fastest course as there was a mix up with times in the men’s but the three quick times at Bushy parkrun for the ladies means it grabs the title this week.