Holly Archer and Jack Woods ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (27th January).

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At Bushy Park it was Holly Archer of Cambridge and Coleridge AC who ran the quickest time this weekend with a 17:08. The GB international has a parkrun PB of 16:20 from a couple years back but is likely focused on indoors at the moment, given she is a former British 1500m Champ indoors.

Jack Woods and Kurt Taylor had some actual real life racing for the top spot this week, as both were running at Worthing parkrun on the south coast. The Worthing and District Harrier edged out the the Bristol and West AC athlete 14:31 to 14:35 so there was only four seconds in it (and another runner elsewhere was only another 10 seconds back).

The best of the rest

Vicky Gill was also on the south coast of the UK at Poole parkrun and clocked 17:20 as first female finisher at the event this weekend. The Winchester athlete has been busy on the cross country at the Hampshire league and Hamphire Champs with a fifth at both and a 3rd at Stubbington 10k in 36:51.

Third male in 14:45 was Matthew Willis at University Parks parkrun. The Wrexham AAC runner has a 14:24 best over 5000m and is fresh from an excellent 11th at the British Athletics Cross Challenge (inc UKA World Cross Country Trial) last weekend.

Hannah Cameron of Edinburgh AC ran 17:27 at Aberdeen parkrun to finish the women’s podium this Saturday (a location firmly not on the south coast of the UK). Another who has been running well on the cross country, with an 8th at the British Athletics Cross Challenge (inc Scottish Inter District Championships) a couple of weeks back. Cross country strength = parkrun strength too.

The fastest course

With Woods and Taylor in a 1-2 at Worthing it put the event in an early lead, but it ended up joint second with York parkrun and Dulwich nipped the win with three spots in the top 10. If it were a top 15 then Dulwich would have made it a hefty stoppage time win with 11th-15th male all at the same event. But it’s a top 10, so they got lucky Worthing didn’t have a third counter!

Female Rankings

Men’s Rankings