Charlotte Arter and James Share ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (13th November).

There was no chaps under 15 minutes this week, but three women under 17 which is normally our equivalent marker in the rankings. Charlotte Arter led the way.

The British international ran 16:22 at the super fast Cardiff parkrun in South Wales. An expert on the cross country, it’s a sign that Arter could be about to make waves in the mud.

On the south coast of England James Share was our fastest male runner at Poole parkrun. Clocking 15:15 the Poole Runner was a new parkrun best, but still nearly 30 seconds off the fine 14:47 he ran at Friday Night 5K Under the Lights in May.

Fast ladies setting the pace

Sophie Wallis and Olivia Tsim are both no stranger to our rankings. With sub 17 min times this week they occupy second and third in this week’s rankings.

Wallis, of Lincoln Wellington, ran 16:45 at Doddington Hall, two seconds quicker than a few weeks ago and even quicker than her 16:50 5k best. A second a week off your 5k time could lead to some quick times!

Tsim, breaking 17 minutes at parkrun for the first time, ran 16:49 at Riverford parkrun. Coming off the back of a 76:16 half marathon  PB at Reading Half last weekend, November is only halfway through and it’s already a blinder for the athlete.

Seyfu back on form

parkrun regular Seyfu Jamaal is a name we often saw in the top 10 pre-COVID-19 and it’s always great to see him back on the virtual podium. The London Heathside U23 broke four minutes for the first time over 1500m this summer, so must have been working on his leg speed too.

Ben Savill is no stranger to Fast Running either, often for his style tips as well as some quick times. After a tough marathon debut at Manchester Savill showed great character to finish in 2:31 and 15:33 on Hove Promenade shows he’s back at it already.

The fastest course

No course dominated like Belfast Victoria last weekend, but Ben Savill and his AB Training Group teammate Ben Short both ran under 16 minutes on Hove Prom and that was the quickest parkrun of the weekend.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Poole
James Share, 15:15, Poole Runners
2) parkrun: Highbury Fields
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:26, London Heathside
3) parkrun: Hove Promenade
Ben Savill, 15:33, Lewes AC
4) parkrun: Roberts Park
Tom Adams, 15:34, Ilkey Harriers AC
5) parkrun: Chelmsford Central
Stephen Strange, 15:35, Tonbridge AC
6) parkrun: Rushcliffe
Alastair Watson, 15:36, Notts AC
7) parkrun: Heslington
Edward Buck, 15:41.
8) parkrun: Hove Promenade
Ben Short, 15:42, Crawley AC
9) parkrun: Darlington South Park
Benjamin Douglas, 15:43, Leeds City AC
10) parkrun: Wyre Forest
William Richardson, 15:44, Birchfield Harriers

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Cardiff
Charlotte Arter, 16:22, University of Wales Institute Cardiff AC
2) parkrun: Doddington Hall
Sophie Wallis, 16:45
3) parkrun: Riverford
Olivia Tsim, 16:49, Cardiff AAC
4) parkrun: Northampton 
Sophie Harris, 17:00, Herne Hill Harriers
5) parkrun: Long Eaton
Hannah Robinson, 17:23, Notts AC
6) parkrun: Markeaton
Steph Davis, 17:24, Clapham Chasers
7) parkrun: Stormont
Emer Mckee, 17:25, Willowfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge
Hannah Taunton, 17:26, Taunton AC
9) parkrun: Morecambe Prom
Carla Davies, 17:33, Preston Harriers
10) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Kirsti Forster, 17:38, Willowfield Harriers

If you would like to run faster at parkrun we highly recommend 1001 Running Tips by Robbie Britton, found here.