Sophie Wallis and Finn Brodie ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (18th March).
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Another speedy weekend of parkrun and a group burn-up at Blyth Links might well steal the headlines this week.
At Yarborough Leisure Centre it was Sophie Wallis who was the quickest this Saturday with an excellent 15:59. Just two weeks after a 32:35 10k PB at Trafford 10k, the Lincoln Wellington star is back in action and running under 16 minutes at parkrun. It’s not a parkrun PB though, as a 15:51 last year is quite a tough mark to beat.
Finn Brodie was the leader of the pack at Blyth Links and led home three other runners who feature in the top 10 this week. The former Tyne Bridge Harrier (time to update that parkrun account Morpeth man) had an absolutely blinding 2022 with new personal bests all over the shop, with significant barriers such as a sub 30 minute 10,000m on the track and a 14:17 5K to show for it.
The best of the rest
Another athlete running well again was Daisy Glover who broke 17 minutes with 16:48 at Norwich parkrun in Norfolk. Having already run a 17:20 parkrun PB this year on the first of January (what a way to start the year) it’s another big leap forward for the Framlingham Flyer. It will be interesting to see what Glover is racing next and if there’s a big PB on the horizon.
Third fastest lady of the weekend was young Emer McKee at Belfast Victoria. With 17:01 McKee was just under 20 seconds off her parkrun PB but the U15 already has a new 4:33.60i 1500m best at the Northern Ireland & Ulster Indoor Age Group Championships last weekend.
Behind Brodie for the chaps was Felix McGrath at Cardiff parkrun with 15:12. It’s McGrath’s third fastest parkrun but 15 seconds away from the excellent 14:57 last April at the same event. So far in 2023 it’s been most cross-country, but the road (or park at least) speed is still there.
At Victoria Dock parkrun it was Thys Moreua who broke the invisible tape first with 15:18. A UWCSEA East Dragon, Moreau breathed fire into the results with a what looks like a new parkrun PB. Given UWCSEA is a top international school in Singapore, it’s no surprise Moreau isn’t on the Power of 10 website.
The fastest event?
Finn Brodie and his gang of merry men led the way at Blyth Links and no other course came close this week. Four runners in the men’s top 10 rankings for the win.