Clara Evans and Luke Vine ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (26th November).
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Clara Evans was the star of the show this weekend with an outstanding 15:49 at Cardiff parkrun to equal the course record and UK parkrun best time of fellow Welsh international Charlotte Arter. A birthday celebration for Evans (what better start to a birthday than parkrun) and first time under 16 minutes over parkrun, 5000m on track or 5k on road.
Luke Vine was the quickest male with a bit of a burn up at Walsall Arboretum. Vine ran 14:45, just three seconds ahead of Adam Peacock in 14:48. A big jump forward for the Tipton Harrier, who has a PB of 15:08 for 5000m and this is his first time under 15 minutes and nearly a minute quicker than his parkrun best of 15:29.
Second to the line
Peacock, just a handful of seconds behind, has excelled at middle distance on the track this season. His new PBs at 800m, 1500m, the mile and the 5000m on the track were 1:50, 3:44, 4:08 and 14:24. Now a parkrun PB by 13 seconds means that 2022 has been going alright.
Georgie Grgec would usually have nabbed top spot with 16:38 at Dulwich parkrun, but this week it was only good enough for second. The Auckland City AC and Herne Hill athlete did take the win at the Surrey Women’s League Division 1 XC a couple weeks ago though, which would have been just as pleasing we imagine.
Three under 17 and four under 15
Alice Belcher was the third female under 17 minutes (and all ahead of last week’s fastest park runner triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay) and at the same event as Vine and Peacock. It was 16:53 at Walsall Arboretum and a big improvement for Belcher, who took 29 seconds from her parkrun best and was a lot quicker than her 5k road PB of 17:12.
At Burgess parkrun it was Freddie Hessian who was our third quickest in 14:54, but Daniel Mulryan also ran 14:54 at Dulwich parkrun to tie for the virtual bronze in a photo finish that we will never know the result of.
The fastest parkrun
It was a high scoring battle for the top event this week, hopefully like some of the World Cup games to come with four at Dulwich not enough to surpass five runners at Walsall Arboretum.