Quite a few ESM members completed a parkrun this weekend, writes Fiona Kennedy, but none faster than 14-year-old Mohamed Ali. In fact, his 15:14 clocking was the fastest parkrun across the whole of the UK yesterday! His target had actually been the Under 15 record of 15:31 set by Southampton AC runner Zakariya Mahamed at Poole parkrun almost exactly two years ago. Mission accomplished. It was also the highest ever age grading at Northala Fields (93.11%), knocking yours truly off her perch.
Other notable achievements were George Kerry’s third-placed run of 16:35, which is his personal best for a parkrun, beating his long-held Gunnersbury time by two seconds. He ranked second after Mohamed on the age-graded results.
Mukhtar Farah and Chauncey Edwards were also very highly placed – and Chauncey was only a few seconds outside his best – but they didn’t have their barcodes scanned and are therefore listed as Unknown.
Despite her recent 1500m PB, Nicola Ravenhill was some way off her parkrun best but can be consoled somewhat by being first female finisher, as well as setting a new JW18-19 age category record for Northala Fields.
Phil York also managed a personal best for the course, placing him fifth on the age-graded results.
Elsewhere, Breege Leane ran her best time yet at Canons Park, finishing first female and also setting a new W55-59 age category record for that venue.
Ten-year-old Finlay Vadon chipped another second from his parkrun PB at Gunnersbury.
Some members were a long way from home: Simon Turrell popped up in the results for Skatås parkrun just outside Gothenburg. Andy Leung was up in Edinburgh, Santosh Rai was down at Lanhydrock in Cornwall, while Louise & Philip Prince tackled Chester parkrun. Danielle Mercey was at Glossop in the Peak District.
If you ever want to check what parkruns other club members have run in a given week, click here for a consolidated club result.
Bruce Li was the volunteer photographer at Northala Fields parkrun this week. Click here to see the full photo album.