Lucy Charles and Finn McNally are your fastest athletes at UK parkruns this weekend (September 21st).

It was professional triathlete Lucy Charles who ran the quickest female time this weekend with a 16:25 at Gunpowder parkrun.

The Orion Harrier comes from a swimming background but has been rocking the Ironman world and won the super competitive Challenge Roth this July in 8:31 and will likely be working towards Ironman in Kona in October.

Finn McNally of Brighton Phoenix was the fast male in a time of 14:56. It has been a relatively quiet 2019 for McNally, with a 5000m pb of 14:43.57 on the track in Nottingham this July a highlight. Running under 15 minutes for fastest finisher at Hove Promenade might be sign of a strong Autumn to come.

Ben Branagh clocked his first powerof10 entry for the year with a 15:14 first finisher at Belfast Waterworks parkrun. The St. Malachy’s athlete has an excellent 5000m PB of 14:16.79, which he ran at the BMC Grand Prix in Solihull back in 2017.

A PB filled year for Donnelly

Abbie Donnelly was another female runner to break 17 minutes in a week when times overall were a bit slower than usual. A Lincoln Wellington runner, Donnelly ran 16:54 at Lincoln parkrun.

It has been a great year for the Loughborough student who has clocked new bests at 3000m (9:18.12), 5000m (16:21.44), 10,000m (33:56.13), 5k (16:11) and 10k (34:30). Today’s parkrun actually takes five seconds from my best time as well so it’s another PB.

We did hear that another triathlete, Georgina Taylor-Brown, ran 16:47 at Salisbury parkrun but doesn’t own a barcode. Got to get signed up to make it into the rankings Georgina! The British international was recently 3rd at the World Series grand final in Lausanne, Switzerland, but made a bigger splash for getting DQ at the race before, for crossing the line with her teammate for joint first. 

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Hove Prom
Finn McNally, 14:56, Brighton Phoenix
2) parkrun: Waterworks, Belfast
Ben Branagh, 15:14
3) parkrun: Bushy
Eoin Pierce, 15:22, Newham & Essex Beagles AC
4) parkrun: Dulwich
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:26, London Heathside
5) parkrun: St Helens
Matthew Crehan, 15:32, St Helens Sutton AC
6) parkrun: Cardiff
Richard Jackson-Hookins, 15:33, Les Croupiers RC
7) parkrun: Huntingdon
David Hudson, 15:38, BRJ Run and Tri
8) parkrun: Long Eaton
Nick Samuels, 15:38, Sale Harriers Manchester
9) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Tony McCambridge, 15:45
10=) parkrun: Worthing
Maxwell Dumbrell, 15:47
10=) parkrun: Brighouse
Luc Burnip, 15:47, Stadium Runners
10=) parkrun: Haigh Woodland
James Westlake, 15:47, Crawley AC

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Gunpowder 
Lucy Charles-Barclay, 16:25, Orion Harriers
2) parkrun: Lincoln 
Abbie Donnelly, 16:54, Lincoln Wellington AC
3) parkrun: Elgin
Jenny Bannerman, 17:12, Inverness Harriers AAC
4) parkrun: Morecambe Prom
Emily Japp, 17:27, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC
5) parkrun: South Manchester
Hannah Stroud, 17:48, University of Manchester Cross Country Club
6=) parkrun: Heslington
Georgina Weston, 18:02, Notts AC
6=) parkrun: Bicester 
Charlie Arnell, 18:02, Torbay AAC
8) parkrun: Penrose
Katey White, 18:04, Garscube Harriers
9) parkrun: Penrose
Ruby Lily Orchard, 18:05, Vegan Runners
10) parkrun: Woodhouse Moor
Susan Lewis, 18:05, Roundhay Runners

If you would like to run faster at parkrun, top tips to help runners of all abilities can be found here.

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