Gavin Hill and Jacqueline Fairchild ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (2nd November).

Preston Harriers’ Jacqueline Fairchild was the fastest female parkrunner this weekend, when you discount those pulled around by a dog, with an excellent 17:31 at Heaton parkrun. The middle distance runner has just run a new personal best over 10km at the Leeds Abbey Dash last weekend, to finish 14th in 34:03.

Gavin Hill, of Sale Harriers, ran 15:18 at South Manchester parkrun to top the men’s rankings this weekend. Only earlier this autumn, on the 13th October, Hill ran a big half marathon PB of 66:29 at the Manchester Half and then followed that up with a second place at the Mill Town to Moors Oldham Half Marathon in 72:33 last Sunday.

Peter Avent is a regular in this lists and jumped from joint 10th last week to second in 15:23 this time around. The Shettleston Harrier has now run 32 parkruns in 2019, so hopefully we see him using some of that racing experience on the cross country this winter as last year Avent won the Lanarkshire Championships in late November.

A Lauren McNeil ran 17:36 at Beeston parkrun and we believe this to be Buxton’s U23 athlete. If so then it’s a great result for the youngster who has beaten her own parkrun best by nearly two minutes and actually gone faster than her 5k best of 17:57, but not by an unbelievable mark. If this is not the case then please do let us know, but otherwise great running Lauren.

Elizabeth Davies, like Peter Avent, is no stranger to our parkrun rankings and her 17:42 at Chelmsford parkrun is good enough for third this week. The V40 athlete continues an excellent 2019 which has seen PBs over 5000m, parkrun, five miles and 10k.

It seems there was a bit of a burn up at Waterworks parkrun in Belfast with Tony McCambridge and Adam Ferris only one second apart. McCambridge was the first finisher in 15:50, with St, Malachy’s AC’s Ferris a stride behind in 15:51.

Hull, Edinburgh and Belfast Waterworks all saw two runners in the top ten so they are the three fastest events on this stormy parkrun weekend.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: South Manchester
Gavin Hill, 15:18, Sale Harriers Manchester
2) parkrun: Edinburgh 
Peter Avent, 15:23, Shettleston Harriers
3) parkrun: Bryn Bach
Simon Nott, 15:30, Calne RC
4) parkrun: Highbury Fields
Seyfu Jamaal, 15:42, London Heathside
5) parkrun: Lincoln
William Strangeway, 15:45, Lincoln Wellington AC
6) parkrun: Hull
Mike Tanner, 15:45, Rochdale Harriers & AC
7) parkrun: Waterworks, Belfast
Tony McCambridge, 15:50
8) parkrun: Waterworks, Belfast
Adam Ferris, 15:51, St. Malachy’s AC
9) parkrun: Swansea Bay
James Quinlan, 15:51, Aldershot, Farnham & District AC
10=) parkrun: Gunnersbury
Charles Sandison, 16:01, Fulham RC
10=) parkrun: Heslington
Jordan Howe, 16:01

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Heaton
Jacqueline Fairchild, 17:31, Preston Harriers
2) parkrun: Beeston
Lauren McNeil, 17:36
3) parkrun: Chelmsford
Elizabeth Davies, 17:42, Springfield Striders RC
4) parkrun: Riverside 
Rachel Gibson, 17:49, North Down AC
5) parkrun: Edinburgh
Rebecca Burns, 17:53
6) parkrun: Newcastle
Philippa Williams, 17:55, Elswick Harriers
7) parkrun: Hull
Georgina Weston, 17:59, Notts AC
8) parkrun: Llanelli Coast
Bethan Everson, 18:06, Ely Runners
9) parkrun: Bushy
Alexa Joel, 18:08, Billericay Striders
10) parkrun: Wolverhampton
Lucie Tait-Harris, 18:23.

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