5 days later and I think the excitement of last week has finally started to subside.
We had an amazing morning with a little bit of coldness but that was soon forgotten when we got down to business. 468 people turned up from first timers to people with over 100 parkruns, walkers to sprinters. That is the magic of parkrun is that everyone is equal, you challenge yourself and see how you fare.
It was a magnificent turnout out due to Operation Transformation, the Lord Mayor and the 5 Alive crew and our regular runners, Raheny Community First Responders and Raheny GAA. Noticed that the GAA crew were a little worried about 6 in the evening as to how long more one of their crew would be before they finished.
Then there was the volunteers, the magnificent volunteers who make it look like everything is a piece of cake, which it is as long as we have volunteers. And speaking of cake we also had Olives café afterwards.
To top it all off the post about the run reached over 7500 people so we are officially famous.
Obviously the reference in the briefing to "heroes just for one day" was a reference to David Bowie, and the "I will count to 3, there will not be a 4" was Alan Rickman as "Hans Gruber" in Die Hard, we had some movie nerds (like me) who got this.
Now here is the science bit, the stats from last week are
Damien MARTIN (VM50-54) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 17:26 - 4th time in 8 appearances.
James CASSIDY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:37 - was first to finish once before.
Conall MURPHY (SM30-34) of Piranha TC, was third over the line in 17:38.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 1286 pts.
Andrew HYLAND (Fingal Triathlon Club) 1215 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 1142 pts.
Lucy BARRETT (JW15-17) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 19:59 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Mairead DOHERTY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:08.
Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (63rd overall) over the line in 21:53 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 1367 pts.
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 1271 pts.
Mary LYNCH (Unattached) 1177 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Damien MARTIN (VM50-54) was graded 84.61% for the time 17:26 (first overall).
Martin KELLY (VM50-54) was graded 78.73% for the time 19:12 (12th overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) was graded 77.46% for the time 23:22 (105th overall).
This week there were 468 runners, of whom 118 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.
St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 5,201 different runners, including participants from 170 athletics clubs, have completed 26,595 runs covering a total distance of 132,975 km, and there have been 5,640 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 the St Annes parkrun Results Page.
Congratulations to all of us who made it such a great day and roll on #116