St Anne’s parkrun # 203 – 14th October 2017 – Shamrock parkrun

I took a little bit of time to myself before writing this as I needed a little time for reflection.  Approximately 11 weeks ago St Annes parkrun and Raheny Shamrock AC sat down to plan Shamrock parkrun and the time between that and October 14th was spent planning and arranging and fine tuning.

The intent of Shamrock parkrun was to bring together two of the many organisations that are striving to enhance the community spirit and community engagement of the lovely area of Raheny / Clontarf and environs.  There is a huge crossover in membership with many starting with involvement in one and then becoming involved in the other.

Both organisations are thriving at the level they are on the back of an army of dedicated volunteers with the added bonus that the volunteers will vary from week to week.  The plan for the day was that all volunteer roles would be provided by Raheny Shamrock AC.  I have to admit to seizing the opportunity here and looking for volunteers in every possible role that has been seen in St Annes and also a number that were made up on the spot.  I looked for 45 volunteers for the day, which appeared optimistic, until after day 1, 34 of them were filled. At this stage it was still only the 6th of October.  So I added in some more roles, which were duly filled.  This meant that the weekly call to duty did not happen on the parkrun Facebook page.  The message went out to all - no volunteers needed this week - everybody can run.

To the day itself.  Wind and rain on Friday night abated at approximately 8.00 and gave way to some lovely sunshine with a nice breeze.  Perfect running weather and literally the calm before the storm.

Set up began at approximately 8.30 and the rest of the volunteers began arriving from 8.45 onwards.  The Raheny Shamrock army really turned out in numbers, by 9.20 all 53 volunteers were present. Yes, 53 volunteers.  We had pacers covering every time from 18 to 35 minutes and have been inundated with great messages of thanks from many runners praising the positivity that the pacers brought.  For the record, not counting the pacers means that 1 in 6 people set a PB on Saturday.  That is a phenomenal number and no coincidence either.  The other 35 volunteers ensured a smooth run with nothing but good feedback noted by all.

The new additions to the roster were the spot prize co-ordinators which we hope brought a new joy to those finishing as the presence of the spot prizes was only announced as runners were finishing.  There were 32 spot prizes distribute throughout the field.  I would like to thank Cherie, Úna and Caitríona for majestically negotiating the crowds to ensure the prizes found a good home.  Special thanks go to Pat Hooper, Connor Jennings, Marianne Fanning, Nikki McMullen and Rachel Ormrod for providing the prizes.  A lot of happy runners went home with more than they left the house with.

Thank you also to Paul for providing the photography allowing us to uploads hundreds of pictures to remember the event with.  Thanks to Pat for his words during the briefing, Mick for officially starting the run, Christy, Brendan, Simon and Colm for manning the finishing funnel, Liz for taking the pressure of being in charge of the watch, Sarah and Anne for getting the tokens to the right people and all the volunteers between Jim on lead bike and Nikki and Janet as tail walkers.  The marshalls deserve special recognition for the job they in keeping people on the run route aware of the tide that is coming their way.

Congratulations go to Colm Kernan (the Crusader amongst the Shamrocks) on celebrating his 50th birthday and also to Áine Ní Ghloinn who completed her 50th parkrun on the day.

Thank you to everyone who took part in what turned out to be a great morning in St. Annes and resulted in a very happy Run Director once the results were posted.

The science bit is below. See you all on Saturday

Richie (Run Director, St Annes parkrunner and Raheny Shamrock AC member)

This week 409 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 53 volunteers:

Liz KEARY • David O HARA • Sean MCGOLDRICK • Desmond LYONS • Una CHERRY • Mary PURDUE-SMYTH • Connor JENNINGS • Valerie CLINTON • Robbie BEGGS • Aileen HOOPER • Jim KEOGH • Sinead LYONS • Deirdre O'DWYER • Louise KEOGH • Christy REILLY • Damien MARTIN • Brighid SMYTH • Elaine MCNULTY • Tommy CRAMPTON • Anne MC COMISH • Rachel ORMROD • Fiona COYLE • Gary KENNY • Gillian KENNY • Richie O'CONNOR • Mary-Rose MC MULLAN • Colm DELANEY • Nicola MOONEY • Conall MURPHY • William WALSH • Caroline FARRELLY • Lorraine BYRNE • Glenn ATKINS • Marianne FANNING • Brendan ATKINS • Nora BYRNE • Cherie HYLAND • Caitriona COSTELLO • Keith COMISKEY • Amanda LANGAN • Mary WALSH • Paul HYLAND • Valerie HAND • Jody GILHOOLY • Paul CULLEN • Fiona STACK • Mary LYNCH • Simon DEVENNEY • Sarah QUIGLEY • Mark LACEY • Mick CLOHISEY • David O CONNOR • Janet FOLAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Anne's parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
David KIRWIN (VM40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first over the line in 16:41 - third time in 6 appearances.
Graham O'DWYER (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second over the line in 17:00 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Paul COWHIE (VM50-54) of Civil Service Hrs and A.C., was third over the line in 17:21 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Ailis MURTAGH (SW18-19) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:07 - second time in 4 appearances.
Joyce O'HARE (SW30-34) of Clonliffe Harriers A.C., was second (24th overall) over the line in 19:51 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Aine NI GHLOINN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 21:05.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul COWHIE (VM50-54) – 87.13% for the time 17:21 (third overall).
Ailis MURTAGH (SW18-19) – 82.61% for the time 18:07 (7th overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) – 82.60% for the time 22:13 (76th overall).

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 8,639 participants have completed 55,250 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,250 km, including 10,522 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Run Report 199 – 16th September 2017

St Anne's parkrun
Event number 199    -    16th September 2017

Firstly, thanks for your patience guys, had a slight tech glitch but results are up on the system now.

 

The weather stayed nice and fine for this morning’s 199th run at St. Anne’s.   Lovely atmosphere, hope you all smiled big for photographer Tomás Greally.

 

 

We welcomed our 1st time parkrunners, we also had a visit from Frank Greally & Tomás Greally from Irish Runner magazine, thanks for giving them a nice warm welcome.   Delighted to have met our visitor Roger Stamcliffe all the way from Cooks River parkrun in Sydney, Australia.   We hope you enjoyed your visit and the route.  

 

 

Congratulations to Robert Lynch & Ronald Staeps who celebrated their 100th parkrun milestone, also celebrations for Jamie Tarpey completing his 50th milestone, superb achievements, well done.

 

 

Our newest member to the 98 Hall of Fame was Kevin Greene. 

 

 

 

BIG Shout Out to our parkrunner of the month – Sue O’Toole, congratulations on being parkrunner of the month and also for volunteering todayJ

 

 

This week 378 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

 

We have an amazing dedicated Core Team at St. Anne’s & we would like to thank all our weekly volunteers, you all play an important part of our event & we value and appreciate your time & help.  We only happen because you help make it happen.

 

 

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Denis MURPHY • Una CHERRY • Connor JENNINGS • Shane MCDONNELL • Brian KELLY • Anna PRINGLE • Maia MOORE • Sean HESSION • Anne MC COMISH • Gary KENNY • Gillian KENNY • Mark MCCOMISH • Colm KERNAN • Orla BYRNE • Brendan ATKINS • Sue O'TOOLE • Michael FARRELL • Billy MOORE • Ronan MOORE • Dylan EVENDEN • Carol GLEESON • Kevin MC DAID • Dolores O'HAGAN SKELLY • David BOYLE  • Richie O'CONNOR • Keith FLEMING

 

 

If you haven’t volunteered before, we would love to hear from you on email stanneshelpers@parkrun.com or on our facebook page.  Promise you will enjoy it.

 

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Anne's parkrun Results Page.

 

 

Male placings:
Graham O'DWYER (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first over the line in 16:37 - 7th time in 31 appearances.
Simon DEVENNEY (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second over the line in 16:55 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Paul COWHIE (VM50-54) of Civil Service Hrs and A.C., was third over the line in 17:15 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Caitriona COSTELLO
(VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:03 - 20th time in 104 appearances.
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 21:08 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Aine NI GHLOINN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 21:16.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Mary LYNCH
(VW65-69) – 90.15% for the time 23:11 (85th overall).
Paul COWHIE (VM50-54) – 87.63% for the time 17:15 (third overall).
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) – 81.31% for the time 21:08 (43rd overall).

 

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 8,497 participants have completed 53,770 parkruns covering a total distance of 268,850 km, including 10,248 new Personal Bests.

 

Passing you over to Declan who will be your Run Director next week, so see you all same time, same place

 

Kind regards

Gillian Kenny – Run Director

 

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Run Report – Event #92

Following some mixed weather over the past week or so, the sun was shining on beautiful St. Anne's Park on Saturday morning. On what was a warm day, we welcomed 321 runners, of whom 58 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. We had visitors from South Africa, North American and UK, and some people in town for the Ironman 70.3 the following day - visitor Matt Mollen hit the 50 parkrun milestone, ahead of the triathlon the next day.

Bernard DUGGAN (SM30-34) of Civil Service Hrs and A.C., was first over the line in 16:25 - first appearance. Deirdre BYRNE (SW30-34) (Unattached) second over the line in 17:01 (Deirdre was first female - her 26th time in 26 appearances). Jody GILHOOLY (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second male (third overall) over the line in 17:26. Brian KELLY (VM50-54) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third male (4th overall) over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Claire EGAN (VW35-39) of Civil Service Hrs and A.C., was second female (20th overall) over the line in 19:55 - was first to finish once before. Fionnuala KEANE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third female (38th overall) over the line in 20:47 - was first to finish once before.

This week's parkrun was brought to you by: Adrienne ATKINS  •  Alan FOLEY  •  Alicia MCGIVERN  •  Aoife QUINN  •  Brendan ATKINS  •  Caroline FARRELLY  •  Connor JENNINGS  •  Damien MARTIN  •  Dermot COFFEY  •  Eleanor SAMMON  •  Emer NOLAN  •  Gillian KENNY  •  Jamie KILLEEN  •  Jamie PLUMMER  •  Niamh O'MALLEY  •  Philip BOYLAN  •  Úna NÍ CHRIBÍN

As we approach the end of our second year at St. Anne's, the annual points competition is hotting up:

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrew HYLAND (Fingal Triathlon Club) 2594 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 2588 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 2513 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 2714 pts.
Jenny COLBERT (Unattached) 2535 pts.
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 2458 pts.

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found here

 

 

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