St. Anne’s parkrun Run Report #78 – 25/4/2015

In stark contrast to the previous week (and most days since) it was a miserable morning weather-wise for parkrun number 78. However this did not stop 245 parkrunners and 16 volunteers from making sure St. Annes parkrun continued to be a terrific community event.
Our field were led home by Finbar O'Grady (after quite a battle with Wesley O'Brien) and Helen Carr was our first lady across the line. The coveted number 98 position was claimed by first timer Sven Wasmer, although the idiot Run Director never got around to taking his picture....sorry Sven!!

St. Annes parkrun COULD NOT and WOULD NOT happen without our excellent volunteers who give up their time every Saturday morning to make the event possible. This weeks heroes were:

Anne MC COMISH • Ciara MALONE • Connor JENNINGS • Declan O RIORDAN • Emma FEEHAN • John O'CONNOR • Mark GILLERAN • Mary OONAN • Noel CULLEN • Ollie POWER • Peter KILMARTIN • Richard O'CONNOR • Stella KUIT • Susan HOLMGREN • Úna NÍ CHRIBÍN • Valerie HAND

If you enjoy parkrun, and wish to see it continue, if you were to volunteer just a few times every year then everyone would get to enjoy all aspects of parkrun, instead of a lot of the same names appearing on the volunteer list every week. All the roles are very easy and full training will be provided on the day.

All the stats for the week are below, and once CONGRATULATIONS to John Byrne who completed his 50th parkrun on Saturday :)

See you all on Saturday for another great parkrun

John O'Connor
Run Director

Male placings:
Finbar O' GRADY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:50 - second time in 9 appearances.
Wesley O BRIEN (VM35-39) of Portmarnock Athletic Club, was second over the line in 16:54.
Aidan JONES (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:09 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 1788 pts.
Andrew HYLAND (Fingal Triathlon Club) 1707 pts.
Brian CHRISTENSEN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 1694 pts.

Female placings:
Helen CARR (VW35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:33 - second time in 7 appearances.
Stella KUIT (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (59th overall) over the line in 22:30.
Maura FARRELL (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 22:32.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 2186 pts.
Jenny COLBERT (Unattached) 1955 pts.
Emer FANNING (Unattached) 1930 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Aidan BRENNAN (VM50-54) was graded 85.03% for the time 17:29 (5th overall).
Steve REENAN (VM40-44) was graded 79.75% for the time 17:22 (4th overall).
D MATTHEWS (VM45-49) was graded 79.02% for the time 17:57 (7th overall).

This week there were 245 runners, of whom 38 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 3,832 different runners, including participants from 129 athletics clubs, have completed 17,327 runs covering a total distance of 86,635 km, and there have been 4,006 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mick TRAYNOR who recorded a 91.78% run (15:49) on 28th September 2013 (event number 1).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on