St Anne’s parkrun # 268 – 19/01/2019

The week started as they all do, a run director wondering if they are going to have enough volunteers, will the event go off without a hitch, what happens if no-one turns up. By the time the first crew got to the park at 8.45 the volunteer question was totally sorted.  33 super volunteers in the can and knowledge that some of the St. Anne's parkrunners always volunteer on the day. The volunteers are the heart and soul of the parkrun so they always deserve special recognition. By the end of the run we were pretty sure people had turned up.

Having had a new record attendance on January 12th the first task was the funnel. We did the only thing we could and that was "go long". It is the longest funnel we have ever had, manned by 8 people and it was just about long enough. A couple of near full experiences but we survived.

After the funnel everything was really smooth, people ran, walked, finished, some joined in the scanning, others jumped on the manning of the funnel. This is the point where the run director gets to mingle and chat with visitors and regulars. There was some great feedback from the parkrun tourists about our lovely location and the spirit of our run. We should all be proud of this.

As for the run itself, Shane McGlynn scooped our #98 token at his first attempt, Jenny Colbert and Eugene Meegan both completed their 150th parkrun. Jim O'Neil hit his milestone run with the support of his son. The contender of the year for most inappropriate parkrun gesture was then revealed. Maeve McCutcheon started her hen weekend by joining us for the run with her entourage in tow. Inappropriately not only did her husband to be, Brian Reynolds, take in the run as part of his stag weekend, he then proceeded to steal all the thunder as it was also his milestone 50th run. Just remember there os a day coming up where you shall have no thunder Brian.

Congratulations to you both on your upcoming wedding and we wish you all the best for the day and for married life. Congratulations to all our milestone runners.

Tomorrow is pacer Saturday so give it one last shot for January, join in with the spirt, fun and most of all enjoy parkrun. That is the whole point of it.

See you in the morning

Richie

Run Director

On 19th January, 605 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests - that is nearly 1 in 8. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Ann Marie GRAHAM • Una CHERRY • Joseph CHERRY • Connor JENNINGS • Aileen HOOPER • Christy REILLY • Eleanor SAMMON • Anne MC COMISH • Mark MCCOMISH • Richie O'CONNOR • Maeve RYAN • Ronald STAEPS • Laura O'CONNOR • Daniel MCKONE • Keith COMISKEY • Jonathan CLARIDGE • Michael FARRELL • Maeve DEVLIN • Susan LAWLESS • Dylan EVENDEN • Mary BARRETT • Lucy BARRETT • Deirdre MC GLINCHEY • Kevin MC DAID • Mary HENRY • Olivia MOONEY • Andrew MURPHY • Patricia OCLEIRIGH • David MCDONNELL • Paul COLBERT • Conor PURSUN • Barry TWOHIG • Neil DOWLING

Last weeks full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Anne’s parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who recorded a time of 16:51 on 28th September 2013 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mick CLOHISEY who recorded a time of 14:46 on 6th May 2017 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary LYNCH who recorded 94.58% (22:26) on 29th September 2018 (event number 251).

St Anne’s parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 11,108 participants have completed 81,268 parkruns covering a total distance of 406,340 km, including 13,980 new Personal Bests. A total of 939 individuals have volunteered 5,289 times.