We were blessed with tremendous conditions on Saturday morning as 276 runners descended upon St. Anne's park for the 50th running of St. Anne's parkrun, which more importantly marked the first birthday of our event. As Event Director, looking back over the last 12 months and the c. 6 months lead up to the start of our first parkrun back in September 2013, I'm proud of the event this has become, proud of the contribution of the volunteers and event team to the continuity of the event and also proud of the community event this has become. Well done everyone, let's keep this event going and continue to grow!
To mark the occasion, we presented 6 prizes to very deserving recipients who have performed to an exceptional level at both volunteer and/or running level. Dublin City Council Sports and Recreation Section, our sponsor, kindly donated the prizes that we used - a big thanks to Aideen O'Connor and all at DCC for those.
The six prizewinners were as follows:
Parkrunner of the Year - Jamie Kenny; Winners of the Male and Female Points Competition - David Shiel and Una Cherry; Most Improved Parkrunner - Brian Murtagh and Volunteers of the Year - Richie O'Connor and Stella Kuit. Congratulations to all.
We had a very special guest join us to mark the occasion - The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke presented the prizes and also addressed the runners, before officially starting the event. Near FM were also present and recorded some of the day's proceedings - listen out for some clips from them on this Saturday morning's sports show with Fergus Carroll.
Piranha Tri Club also joined us in great numbers - as runners and as volunteers, incorporating their yearly 5km race into our parkrun in honour of their former coach John Davis who sadly passed away in 2007. Thank you Piranha for providing 2 of our 3 pacers, all the bike marshals and a number of on course marshals too!
Malahide parkrun Run Director and Friend of St. Anne's, Eoin Fegan took hundreds of top quality photos on Saturday, which can be seen on our facebook site - thanks Eoin.... you are welcome back anytime and everytime.
Tir na nOg cafe at the Red Stables hosted a get-together for all parkrunners afterwards - thank you Tir na nOg - your gift of all those scones went down a treat!
Thanks to our volunteers this week:
Aine MYLER • Brian CHRISTENSEN • Catherine KILLEEN • Chloe FARRELL • Colm O'BRIEN • Connor JENNINGS • David SHIEL • David VAVASOUR • Eoin FEGAN • Gavin DUFFY • Gillian KENNY • Hugh LARKIN • Ivan PEDRAZZINI • Jamie KENNY • Jamie KILLEEN • Jamie PLUMMER • John MARTIN • John O'CONNOR • Judy MAHON • Pablo PEREZ • Paddy QUIRKE • Paul DUFFY • Peter O'TOOLE • Sean HESSION • Sinead LAMBE • Steven MOODY • Susan HOLMGREN • Una CHERRY
Brendan O'BRIEN (VM35-39) of Piranha TC, was first over the line in 16:37 - first appearance.
Rory O'SULLIVAN (VM35-39) of Piranha TC, was second over the line in 16:44.
Conall MURPHY (SM30-34) of Piranha TC, was third over the line in 17:31.
Tara WHYTE (SW30-34) of Clonliffe Harriers A.C., was first (18th overall) over the line in 19:45 - first appearance.
Helen CARR (VW35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 20:38 - was first to finish once before.
Jenny COLBERT (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
This week there were 276 runners, of whom 55 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 2,762 different runners, including participants from 92 athletics clubs, have completed 10,646 runs covering a total distance of 53,230 km, and there have been 2,685 new Personal Bests
See you on Saturday!
Jamie Killeen, Event Director