St Annes parkrun Event # 24 – 8th March 2014

Winds of hurricane proportions hit the runners at our 24th event as Colm Kernan took the reins as Run Director for the first time. The cool, calm and collected Mr. Kernan did not let the conditions affect him as he directed 206 runners on the day, of whom 47 were first timers.

Mark MURPHY (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 17:40 - first time in 3 appearances. D MATTHEWS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:12. Ciaran BANNAN (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:18.

For the ladies, Deirdre BYRNE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:03 - second time in 2 appearances. Áine KENNY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 19:41. Catherine LYNCH (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 20:09 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The all important 98th place finisher this week was Una Ni Chribin. We are delighted to say that Token 98 remains in our possession after Saturday's run. This may well have had something to do with the theft-proof token that Una was given upon finishing the run.

Next Saturday (15th March) sees the graduation of runners who were following the Irish Times 'GetRunning' program. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/get-running . The runners following this program have been working up to running a 5k, with the target of a parkrun on 15th March. We'll have a 30 minute pacer at St. Anne's this Saturday, and we're also planning a group warm-up before the run kicks off, so get there early! Welcome to all GetRunning participants - looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

Thanks to Mark McComish for taking photos last Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.205265983016566.1073741842.133183410224824&type=1

A big thank you to all volunteers last week:

Aine MYLER  •  Catherine KILLEEN  •  Colm KERNAN  •  Gillian KENNY  •  Jamie KENNY  •  Jamie KILLEEN  •  Jamie PLUMMER  •  Jenny COLBERT  •  Kathryn KILLEEN  •  Keith COADY  •  Mark MCCOMISH  •  Mary PURDUE-SMYTH  •  Scott MCMULLEN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Annes parkrun Results Page.

Event Director,

Jamie Killeen