The 16th January marked our biggest ever attendance at St. Anne's parkrun, but this was topped a week later on 23rd January as a whopping 486 participants completed the 5k course, the second highest in Dublin and third highest in Ireland on the day. It was a pleasure to welcome a number of newcomers to the parkrun, some spurred on by Operation Transformation, others by January motivation and others coming along to see just how awesome St. Anne's parkrun is.
Adrienne Atkins, one of our regular participants and volunteers was 98th person home on Saturday. She accepted the giant token with grace and delight. Congratulations to Richard O'Driscoll who celebrated his 70th birthday with his family - both his immediate family and his parkrun family - on Saturday morning.
We'll be back again on Saturday, where Gillian Kenny will be Run Director. Don't forget to register online here: http://www.parkrun.ie/register/ and print off and bring along your barcode on Saturday.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stepped up and volunteered with us over the past few weeks, helping us out where we have increased attendance figures. We've seen a few new people step up - I hope you have enjoyed the experience, and please spread the good word!
Thanks to this week's volunteers:
The results from 23rd January:
Male placings: Simon RYAN (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 16:08 - first appearance. An unknown runner was second. James CASSIDY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:46 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings: Jacqui DUNPHY (VW35-39) of Clonliffe Harriers A.C., was first (15th overall) over the line in 19:42 - third time in 3 appearances. Mairead DOHERTY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (44th overall) over the line in 21:01. Aileen HOOPER (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third (52nd overall) over the line in 21:19 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
This week there were 486 runners, of whom 117 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 5,318 different runners, including participants from 170 athletics clubs, have completed 27,081 runs covering a total distance of 135,405 km, and there have been 5,725 new Personal Bests.
Full results available here: http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=116