St Anne’s parkrun Event #215 – 01/01/2018

2 for 1, get it here, 2 for 1, one off chance, today only, last time this year.

In the middle of storms Dylan and Eleanor we got to experience our own perfect storm. The traditional New Years Day double header, 9.30 in St Anne's park and 11.00 in Father Collins park blew into 2018 with 292 people in St Annes and then 244 people in Father Collins.

Eager as people were to get the year off to a great running start, the first people arrived before 9.00 while the set up was taking place. The new year atmosphere continued to build as participants flooded towards the briefing point. There were parkruns from all over the country represented. In no particular order Tralee, Ardgillan, Donabate, River Valley, Ardgillan and Malahide were represented. We also had a number of first timers - both to St Annes and to parkrun - so we want to extend a massive welcome to all those who are now parkrunners.

Congratulations to Ailish Cassidy who recorded her 50th parkrun. Thank you also to the fabulous volunteers who have brought parkrun into another year. As we always recognise, the success of parkrun is dependent on the ongoing contributions of their own time that volunteers give, week after week. It will always be appreciated and never taken for granted.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for the warm congratulations given to me while volunteering for the 100th time. And thank you to all the members of the core team who help keep the run going. It is not every day that I would be comfortable standing in the middle of a public park wearing a pink boa, but for some reason it felt right on New Years Day.

Our 215th run took off at 9.30 and a number of people headed off on a journey that would end up being a 5k run, a 10k run with a 5k drive and for some a 15k run by running to Father Collins park for 11.00. I know there were a number of people who got through the first 5k and were drawn by the lure of Olives Cafe, fresh coffee and the smell of baked scones. The rest of us headed to Father Collins park for round 2.

Did I mention that Ardgillan parkrun were here.

So ended the St Annes leg of the double and I leave you with the only rule of parkrun. DON'T FORGET YOUR BARCODE. No barcode means no time on that day.

The stats for the day are below, so congratulations to the 54 first timers and 22 PBs.Not a bad start to the year.

See you next Saturday


This week 292 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Jamie KILLEEN • Connor JENNINGS • Robbie BEGGS • Catherine GILLANDERS • Jenny COLBERT • Christy REILLY • Declan ROBINSON • John O'CONNOR • Meryl DIAB • Gary KENNY • Gillian KENNY • Richie O'CONNOR • Molly KENNY • Carmel CASSIDY • Kevin MC DAID • Eamonn BYRD • Alannah BRAYDEN • Linda NI GHORMAIN • David O CONNOR

Today's 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 92.68% (22:33) on 13th May 2017 (event number 182).

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 8,981 participants have completed 59,335 parkruns covering a total distance of 296,675 km, including 11,094 new Personal Bests.


St. Anne’s parkrun – Run Report Event #164 – 01/01/2017

Hey all

We kicked off the new year of 2017 in the best way possible. the only thing better than 1 parkrun is to have 2. St Annes kicked of the double at 9.30 before all moved to Father Collins for 11.00.

We had a great turn out of 183 people who managed to drag themselves out of bed after the festivities the night before or some who managed to drag themselves into the run on their way home from the festivities the night before. The run was undertaken with a huge element of fun throughout where we welcomed en masse tourists from Ardgillan, Cabinteely, Castletown, Malahide and Marley parkruns along with the crew from Father Collins Park who came searching for tips for later and to borrow our megaphone. We loved seeing so many groups in one place doing what we do best. We hope all enjoyed the run and would love to see you return.

We ended up with a bit of a race at the end where we had the first 4 runners crossed the line within 2 seconds of each other. We then had Darryl Thomas of Ardgillan parkrun become the latest member of the #98 club by pure coincidence in his 98th run, a true sign of the stars aligning on New Years Day.

This brings us to the real heroes of the day, the people we can not do without. However hard it was to get there for a run, we can only applaud the volunteers who made the run happen. Joseph Taylor, visiting from Glasgow, who also turned up early to do pre event setup, marshals, scanners, time keepers etc including those who volunteered to go in to the quiet, warm coffee shop afterwards and token sort while the run director hit the tarmac in Father Collins Park. Also our volunteers provided us with photographs from all around the course which provided everyone with sufficient ammo to comment on throughout the rest of the day.

Best New Years Day ever!!!!!!

Here comes the science bit, so concentrate.

Male placings:
Stephen NOLAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:08 - first time in 3 appearances.
Conor MCGLYNN (SM30-34) of IRISH LIFE AND CANADA LIFE RUNNING CLUB, was second over the line in 18:08 - was first to finish once before.
Owen FLETCHER (SM30-34) of Dunboyne AC, was third over the line in 18:10.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Brendan JOHNSON (Unattached) 1202 pts.
Dean KEOGH (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1188 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1077 pts.

Female placings:
Ciara O'NEILL (SW30-34) of Dunboyne AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 21:00 - first appearance.
Helen CARR (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (24th overall) over the line in 21:15 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Elaine MCNULTY (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 21:19.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1391 pts.
Adrienne ATKINS (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1088 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 1064 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW65-69) was graded 86.79% for the time 23:43 (71st overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) was graded 80.19% for the time 22:53 (53rd overall).
Stephen NOLAN (VM40-44) was graded 75.28% for the time 18:08 (first overall).

This week there were 183 runners, of whom 44 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 6,919 different runners, including participants from 243 athletics clubs, have completed 40,596 runs covering a total distance of 202,980 km, and there have been 8,052 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).

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