St Anne’s parkrun Event number 152 15th October 2016

On what can only be described as a horrendous morning in the pi**ing of rain in St Annes we still had a very commendable 187 runners who turned to take on our course. Of course it was a lovely day by the time coffee was over.

It was a very cosmopolitan group with a number of first time parkrunners as well as a number of people running in St. Annes for the first time and the Evening Herald were there to capture the event on camera as part of their ongoing parkrun tour.

We offered a warm (in the cold) welcome to Andrea and Theresa who visited us from Leigh on Sea Striders in Southend and also to visitors from Maitland, Australia.

We could not forget our own Gillian Kenny's birthday and also Eva O'Beirne who was one of our many volunteers, to whom our full appreciation goes out every week.

All was going so well until we realised that there were no tokens, (holding up hand as guilty) so we went with plan B which involved the forming of lines with everyone prompting the scanners with their position number. I want to thank all those who jumped into action to help out here. It was the first time ever that we had a 42 way tie for 1st finisher. I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding and as some parkrunners have commented, it kept everyone in the same place chatting so I hope that everyone met someone new and it can be claimed as a mini success. Hopefully everyone who ran has got their result at this stage, if not let me know.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, we have asked if the water can be turned off for the morning with the heat turned up a little.


Here are the results

Male placings:
Anthony DOYLE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:31 - first time in 4 appearances.
Mark LALLY (SM30-34) of Beckenham RC, was second over the line in 17:52 - was first to finish once before.
Graham O'DWYER (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:02.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gareth SHAW (Unattached) 389 pts.
Gary KENNY (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 375 pts.
Dean KEOGH (Unattached) 361 pts.

Female placings:
Mairead O'SHAUGHNESSY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:18 - first appearance.
Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second (15th overall) over the line in 21:12 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Jo PRATT (SW25-29) of Casey Cardinia Athletics, was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:17.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Adrienne ATKINS (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 398 pts.
Caitriona COSTELLO (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 397 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 388 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW65-69) was graded 91.14% for the time 22:35 (35th overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) was graded 80.80% for the time 22:24 (31st overall).
Paul CONROY (VM45-49) was graded 75.28% for the time 19:17 (6th overall).

This week there were 187 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 6,590 different runners, including participants from 220 athletics clubs, have completed 37,545 runs covering a total distance of 187,725 km, and there have been 7,613 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 28th September 2013 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 26th July 2014 (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).