Saturday, 10th of December saw the 160th staging of St. Anne’s parkrun. My day started with a bang when I arrived down to the park to set up the finish funnel only to notice that I had a rear tyre puncture. Thoughts of spending my post-parkrun time attempting to remedy same were thankfully banished by two able volunteers – Dylan Evenden and Simon Diab, who stepped up to save the day for me and allow me to get on with what I do best… run direct.
As usual, big thanks to all the volunteers, without whom we would not be able to stage such a magnificent event.
Adrienne ATKINS • Ann Marie GRAHAM • Connor JENNINGS • Conor BEGGS • Dylan EVENDEN • Eamonn BYRD • Eva O'BEIRNE • Gillian KENNY • Jamie KILLEEN • Jamie PLUMMER • Jean DUNNE • John O'CONNOR • Lucy BARRETT • Paul DUFFY • Petra WOODS • Simon DIAB
Results as follows (39 PBs!), full comprehensive list available here:
Graham O'DWYER (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:21 - second time in 11 appearances. Karl NOLAN (SM30-34) of Clonliffe Harriers A.C., was second over the line in 17:38 - was first to finish once before. Peter O'TOOLE (VM35-39) of Crusaders Athletic Club, was third over the line in 18:00 - was first to finish once before.
Lucy BARRETT (JW15-17) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 19:07 - 7th time in 10 appearances. Elaine MCNULTY (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:17. Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third (31st overall) over the line in 21:30 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
We had 202 participants on the day, with Niamh Donnellan running her 50th event - well done Niamh!
As we start to bring 2016 to a close, we look forward to a bumper parkrun program over the festive period:
- Christmas Eve parkrun, 9:30 am, Saturday 24th December
- New Year’s Eve parkrun, 9:30 am, Saturday 31st December
- New Year’s Day parkrun (St. Anne’s), 9:30 am, Sunday 1st January
- New Year’s Day parkrun #2 (Fr. Collins – c.5km away from St. Anne’s), 11am, Sunday 1st January
New Year’s Day is the only day where (a) you can run and get credit for two parkruns and (b) we have a degree of control over what time we stage the runs at – thereby facilitating two runs. Why not do the double? Or the triple, including NY Eve?
All events will go ahead subject to safe conditions and sufficient volunteers – please help out if you can – keep an eye on our facebook page for further details and announcements. Note we have no vehicular access to the park on those days so direction arrows and other infrastructure etc. are likely to be kept to a minimum.
Finally, it gives me great pleasure to pass on the news that St. Anne’s junior parkrun (2km, 4-14 year olds) will be starting on Sunday, 5th February, 2017 at 9:30am. Follow St. Anne’s junior parkrun on facebook for further information.
Jamie Killeen, Run Director