Emily Kearney and Max Parker ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this weekend (6th April).

Our weekly parkrun top ten is now sponsored by Vertebrate Publishing (my publisher) and here’s a link to buy my book on their website. They actually have a bunch of great books to choose from, especially the mountaineering ones, so don’t feel like you have to buy 1001 Running Tips.

As we expect on National Road Relay days like this times are a little slower as many are out running in the 12 and 6 stage relays for their clubs, but there were still plenty of fast parkrun times for us to admire.

The fastest female was Emily Kearney of Warriors Pentathlon and AC, who clocked 17:03 at Birkenhead parkrun this morning. The 2:34 marathon has also got a 70:47 half marathon PB and in February the Wirral runner won the country XC Champs as well.

Max Parker, who we think is a Halesowen/Sheffield Hallam Uni runner on Power of 10, ran 15:28 at Walsall Arboretum parkrun. It is a strong parkrun PB, 16 seconds quicker than his best at the same event in August last year, and six seconds quicker than his road 5k best as well, so the 2:41 marathoner has some PBs coming.

The best of the rest

Amy Clements was second fastest female by just one second from Kent AC club mate Catherine Jepchirchir Kandie running at the same event Sutcliffe parkrun. It must have been a great burn-up for the line with 17:18 for Clements and 17:19 for Kandie.

V40 Clements is in fine form, not far from her sub 17 minute 5k and parkrun PBs from 2018 and already with a 77:16 for second at the Lambert and Foster Paddock Wood Half Marathon this year, it could be an exciting season ahead for the athlete who was third at the 2016 World 50k Champs for GB. Maybe a return to ultra-marathon for the 100k Amy? The selection window is open until 21st July.

It was a big parkrun PB for Kandie, who improves from 17:38 in February of this year, who was also in action at Paddock Wood with 80:22 for third.

At Burnley parkrun, not one I see mentioned often in here, Biruk Aduna was first home in 15:38 and the Clayton-le-Moors Harrier was running his first parkrun and we cannot find any more information for the 18-19 year old athlete so please do let us know if you have any!

Third fastest was first home at Storey’s Field, an event that features regularly, and it was Robert Joseph in 15:43. Another athlete we canoe find on Power of 10, Joseph has a PB of 15:33 at the same event earlier this year but is clearly going through a purple patch of running! I don’t think it’s the Robert Joseph on the World Athletics website, as he ran 48.53 for 400m a couple weeks ago in Florida. That was also a PB though, so well done to both my fellow Roberts.

The fastest course?

It was a dead heat with Sutcliffe parkrun and Birkenhead both featuring twice in the women’s rankings, with 1st and 1oth for the Wirral and 2nd and 3rd for South London. Sutcliffe takes it on count back (and no bias from the writer’s home area was included).

Women’s Rankings

Men’s Rankings