Amidst the now normal perma sunshine that inhabits St Annes parkrun we had 398 athletes take to the tarmac to complete the 183rd parkrun in St Annes Park.
They came from far and wide to see what all the fuss was about - in fact Joacim Jansson and Per Stenmark travelled from Sweden for their first parkrun ever, so they have started with the best one. Plymouth Triathlon Club, Garda Athletic Club, Norfolk Gazelles and clubs from as far away as Sportsworld, Drumcondra, Crusaders and Clonliffe Harriers made the trip.
Special mention goes to Peter Smyth who completed his 50th parkrun and marked the occasion with a new PB. Special special mention goes to Orla McLarnon who having completed 31 runs in St. Annes, moved to London but came back to celebrate her 50th parkrun back in her home course. Many congratulations to you both.
While we are giving special mentions, Meghan Traynor famously declared that it is all about the base but for us it is all about the volunteers. Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers. Having slept soundly on Friday night with a full roster in my back pocket, there were 3 people who showed up on Saturday morning looking to help and a role was quickly found for them. Your parkrun can not function without the volunteers behind it. They are highly visible on the day and deserve great credit and thanks. Everyone can be that person in the hi-vis vest. All of the roles are straight forward and are easily explained. There is nothing complicated involved and the reward is a great sense of fulfilment and community involvement. Contact the run on email@example.com or the Facebook page to get involved. There is a special reserved table for volunteers in Olives after the run.
Don't forget it is pacer Saturday tomorrow so you can volunteer and still run.
All the stats from the 20th of May are below.
See you tomorrow,
This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Anne's parkrun Results Page.
An unknown runner was first.
Joseph O' DONOGHUE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:42 - was first to finish once before.
Bobby BEDFORD (VM55-59) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:28.
Sarah KELLY (SW25-29) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 20:15 - third time in 10 appearances.
Helen CARR (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (34th overall) over the line in 20:26 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Ciara SULLIVAN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (48th overall) over the line in 21:34.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Bobby BEDFORD (VM55-59) – 88.74% for the time 17:28 (third overall).
June COMISKEY (VW65-69) – 81.77% for the time 26:47 (180th overall).
Dave WOODS (VM50-54) – 80.92% for the time 18:31 (8th overall).
The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who recorded a time of 00:16:51 on 28th September 2013 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mick CLOHISEY who recorded a time of 00:14:46 on 6th May 2017 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary LYNCH who recorded 92.68% (22:33) on 13th May 2017 (event number 182).
St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 7,891 participants have completed 48,100 parkruns covering a total distance of 240,500 km, including 9,274 new Personal Bests.