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.

 

 

St Anne’s parkrun Event number 183 20th May 2017

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 stannesoffice@parkrun.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,

Richie

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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.

Richie

 

 

St Anne’s parkrun Event # 166 – 14/01/2017

The air was freezing, parts of the course were slippy and covered in frost as a lone run director parked the car and started to unload the equipment. Our pre event set up regular Conor arrived with an update on the condition of some of the shaded areas - they were passable, parkrun was a go. Then the runners started to gather........

The crowds swelled, Operation Transformation participants arrived and there was a large crowd surrounding our new runners briefer - the delights of St. Annes parkrun being passed on to a new generation of parkrunners. the delights of the hill but only at the end of a lap, that downhill section along Watermill Road. All those joys ahead of them.

After the run directors briefing, where Paul Duffy was applauded on his Irish parkrunner of the month award, all headed to the start. There was a short delay while the time keeper was found and they were off. John Sharry started his 50th parkrun along with what seemed like thousands of runners and walkers. Jamie Plummer and Lucy Barrett took the roles as Operation Transformation ambassadors, encouraging and supporting as they made their way around the course, which was populated by 6 marshals to remind everyone about frost, park users but most importantly pointing the way. We had a number of people who achieved their goal of doing the first lap, 2.5km done and congratulations to you all for making this step.

Lap 2 complete and the participants made their way through the extended funnel, past the 2 time keepers and 5 funnel managers, through to the loving care of our token team and then into the arms of the barcode scanners. Clockwork has nothing on our team. John Sharry has now completed 50 runs and his milestone t-shirt awaits. Meanwhile Sarah Kelly became the latest member of our 98 club.

When the dust finally settled we had a new St. Annes parkrun record, suitably marked by a 5 yard sprint to be the person who broke the previous record. 492 people crossed the finish line and history was made. The day was captured by Meryl who posted her superb photos in the afternoon with the tagging and comments commencing.

28 volunteers kept everything running so smoothly that you would think we were on ice. As always we would like to thank them all for the support. For anyone who is looking to get involved please get in touch. The good news is that the rosters are filling up fast and long may it continue.

The details of the day are below. See you all again on Saturday wgere we may break the 500 mark. Keep running all.

Richie

Male placings: Aidan JONES (SM25-29) of Piranha TC, was first over the line in 17:14 - 8th time in 25 appearances. Colin GRIFFIN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:34 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Conall MURPHY (SM30-34) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third over the line in 17:43.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Brendan JOHNSON (Unattached) 1289 pts. Dean KEOGH (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1274 pts. Keith FLEMING (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1152 pts.

Female placings: Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 20:43 - first time in 73 appearances. Elaine MCNULTY (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (45th overall) over the line in 21:30. Crona BRADY (SW30-34) of Sportsworld, was third (59th overall) over the line in 21:54 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Caitriona COSTELLO (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1491 pts. Adrienne ATKINS (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1188 pts. Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 1163 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) was graded 81.90% for the time 20:43 (32nd overall). Aidan JONES (SM25-29) was graded 74.85% for the time 17:14 (first overall). Colin GRIFFIN (SM30-34) was graded 74.67% for the time 17:34 (second overall).

This week there were 492 runners, of whom 97 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 7,087 different runners, including participants from 251 athletics clubs, have completed 41,538 runs covering a total distance of 207,690 km, and there have been 8,133 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).

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

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Run Report Event #160 – 10/12/2016

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:

http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/results/latestresults/

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

 

St. Annes parkrunner of the month – Congratulations Denis Murphy

Name: Denis Murphy

Club: Crusaders A.C.

Age: 55

Home parkrun: St. Anne's.   Also involved with Albert College junior parkrun.

Occupation: Oldest student in town!

Number of Runs: 53

Favourite Volunteer Role: I enjoy them all but timekeeper is probably my favourite - it's great to have a close-up view of all the finishers.

How did you find time to write a thesis in addition to being awesome?: I couldn't have done it without a lot of support and encouragement. Being a marathon runner helped too, long runs are great for thinking about work and life in general.

Favourite flavour of Pringle: Original, BBQ or Anna? Ha ha! There's only one Anna Pringle. She can be a bit salty though.

What do you do at parkruns?: If I'm marathon training I often do the parkrun at marathon pace or slightly faster, or slower as part of a longer run. On the odd occasion that I go for a PB, there is usually someone at St. Anne's willing to help out with some pacing, especially on the last Saturday of the month. Helps to push through the pain!

How has parkrun changed your running?: It has made me much more appreciative of the people behind the scenes at every event

What do you like about parkrun?: The sociability is fantastic. Have made quite a few good friends through parkrun. It's also brilliant to see the joy on the faces of the junior parkrunners. Doing parkrun tourism is fun too - always friendly and a good way of meeting like-minded people in far-flung suburbs and towns.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Getting lost in the woods on the way to the first ever Irish parkrun in Malahide. Plus I'd forgotten my barcode. Learned my lesson that day!

 

St Anne’s Run Report – Event #132 – 21st May 2016

It'll be alright on the night or at least in the morning. At 8.30 on Saturday morning we had 5 volunteers but by 9.30 and the start of our run we had a full team. I would like to offer my full gratitude to those who stepped away from their run to make sure that everyone else could run.

We had 268 runners who turned out in the glorious sunshine, 2 new entrants to the 50 club (Denis Murphy and Karen Slye), congratulations guys.

See you all for pacer Saturday and don't forget your barcode.

Male placings:
David BYRNE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:02 - 6th time in 9 appearances.
Steve REENAN (VM40-44) of North East Veterans AC, was second over the line in 17:40.
John THUILLIER (SM30-34) of Crusaders Athletic Club, was third over the line in 17:56.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2520 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 2491 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 2237 pts.

Female placings:
Sandra ARMSTRONG (VW40-44) of Sportsworld, was first (27th overall) over the line in 20:52 - first appearance.
Aileen CONNOLLY (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second (34th overall) over the line in 21:15.
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (45th overall) over the line in 22:17.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 2757 pts.
Mary LYNCH (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2383 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 2263 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW65-69) was graded 88.09% for the time 23:22 (66th overall).
David BYRNE (VM40-44) was graded 82.00% for the time 17:02 (first overall).
June COMISKEY (VW65-69) was graded 79.77% for the time 27:01 (144th overall).

This week there were 268 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 5,952 different runners, including participants from 195 athletics clubs, have completed 32,325 runs covering a total distance of 161,625 km, and there have been 6,787 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (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).

 

St.Annes Run Report – Event #130

 

We had a good turnout of 229 runners, despite the rainy weather and the Darkness into Light walk earlier on Saturday morning.

Congratulations go out to Conor Cassidy again for being our parkrunner of the month. He is a very dedicated volunteer and we thank him greatly for being part of parkrun.

Male placings:

Dermot J GORMAN (SM30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 16:45 - 8th time in 12 appearances.
Ernie RAMSEY (SM30-34) of Clonliffe Harriers A.C., was second over the line in 17:23 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Declan ROBINSON (SM25-29) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third over the line in 18:19 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2330 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 2322 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 2052 pts.

Female placings:
Siobhan EVISTON (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 18:32 - first appearance.
Fiona MC GREEVY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (11th overall) over the line in 19:53.
Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 20:18 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 2658 pts.
Mary LYNCH (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2192 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 2077 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW65-69) was graded 88.85% for the time 23:10 (51st overall).
Siobhan EVISTON (SW30-34) was graded 80.04% for the time 18:32 (4th overall).
Dermot J GORMAN (SM30-34) was graded 78.31% for the time 16:45 (first overall).

This week there were 229 runners, of whom 25 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 5,888 different runners, including participants from 193 athletics clubs, have completed 31,731 runs covering a total distance of 158,655 km, and there have been 6,693 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (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).

I wanted to thank the volunteers again for helping out and mention that without them we wouldn't be able to have the event take place every week. They are our heroes who make parkrun happen!

Another thanks goes to those who came up on the morning to ask if they could help out, as we were a little stuck for volunteers. So if you want to help out but also run, there are certain roles which allow you to do that. Get in touch with us through facebook or via email stanneshelpers@parkrun.com

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

Nici Roechert | Run Director

 

 

St. Anne’s parkrun #115 – Run Report

5 days later and I think the excitement of last week has finally started to subside.

We had an amazing morning with a little bit of coldness but that was soon forgotten when we got down to business. 468 people turned up from first timers to people with over 100 parkruns, walkers to sprinters. That is the magic of parkrun is that everyone is equal, you challenge yourself and see how you fare.

It was a magnificent turnout out due to Operation Transformation, the Lord Mayor and the 5 Alive crew and our regular runners, Raheny Community First Responders and Raheny GAA. Noticed that the GAA crew were a little worried about 6 in the evening as to how long more one of their crew would be before they finished.

Then there was the volunteers, the magnificent volunteers who make it look like everything is a piece of cake, which it is as long as we have volunteers. And speaking of cake we also had Olives café afterwards.

To top it all off the post about the run reached over 7500 people so we are officially famous.

Obviously the reference in the briefing to "heroes just for one day" was a reference to David Bowie, and the "I will count to 3, there will not be a 4" was Alan Rickman as "Hans Gruber" in Die Hard, we had some movie nerds (like me) who got this.

Now here is the science bit, the stats from last week are

Male placings:
Damien MARTIN (VM50-54) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 17:26 - 4th time in 8 appearances.
James CASSIDY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:37 - was first to finish once before.
Conall MURPHY (SM30-34) of Piranha TC, was third over the line in 17:38.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 1286 pts.
Andrew HYLAND (Fingal Triathlon Club) 1215 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 1142 pts.

Female placings:
Lucy BARRETT (JW15-17) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 19:59 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Mairead DOHERTY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:08.
Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (63rd overall) over the line in 21:53 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 1367 pts.
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 1271 pts.
Mary LYNCH (Unattached) 1177 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Damien MARTIN (VM50-54) was graded 84.61% for the time 17:26 (first overall).
Martin KELLY (VM50-54) was graded 78.73% for the time 19:12 (12th overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) was graded 77.46% for the time 23:22 (105th overall).

This week there were 468 runners, of whom 118 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 5,201 different runners, including participants from 170 athletics clubs, have completed 26,595 runs covering a total distance of 132,975 km, and there have been 5,640 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (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).

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

Congratulations to all of us who made it such a great day and roll on #116

 

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Event #106

Rain was promised for November 14th parkrun and unfortunately delivered on that promise. It was a wet morning but that did not deter the 170 runners who made it to St. Annes for their weekly fix of parkrun, or the run director who was quite happy under his umbrella.

We welcomed the Forget the Gym running chicks and the Irish Life 5k graduation runners. And the Evening Herald were there to capture the spirit and magic of parkrun. Get a copy of Monday's paper for the article. We will also post to the facebook page.

We had visitors from Hastings, Wimbledon and London who were very welcome with one of the Wimbledon runners making St. Annes his 84th different parkrun, an amazing achievement in itself. It is great to hear parkrun tourists loving the park and getting a new pb too.

A massive thank you to the volunteers who braved the rain to allow the run take place, we would be lost without them. For those of you who have not experienced the joy of volunteering please step forward as it is your run and we are all responsible for keeping it going.

Thank you all for your understanding with regard to the results. They may not have been up to our normal speed but it was an issue beyond our control.

See you all next Saturday, 9.20 at the finish area for the briefing. Good news, good weather is expected, so get out and volunteer or run, just be there.

Richie (Run Director)

The statistics are below -

Male placings:
Cillian O'LEARY (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 15:53 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Paul Cowhie was second.
David GRANGE (VM40-44) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third over the line in 17:44 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 634 pts.
Declan ROBINSON (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 578 pts.
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 548 pts.

Female placings:
Orla MANLEY (SW20-24) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:28 - first time in 2 appearances.
Aileen HOOPER (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Laura MORROGH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 22:02.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian KENNY (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 730 pts.
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 657 pts.
Adrienne ATKINS (Unattached) 642 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW60-64) was graded 87.36% for the time 23:12 (57th overall).
Cillian O'LEARY (VM35-39) was graded 83.00% for the time 15:53 (first overall).
Brian KELLY (VM45-49) was graded 79.39% for the time 18:26 (6th overall).

This week there were 170 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 4,893 different runners, including participants from 163 athletics clubs, have completed 24,558 runs covering a total distance of 122,790 km, and there have been 5,459 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (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).

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

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Event #104

Rain was promised but thankfully we were restricted to only a few drops as the freaks and ghouls of Dublin came out to set St. Anne's alight for our 104th event. In addition to those bedecked in Halloween ensembles, a number of our runners wore their marathon finisher t-shirts, basking in the afterglow of 26.2 miles of blood, sweat and tears endured last Monday in Dublin. Well done to all of you who completed the marathon, here's to many more. 

Female placings:
Geraldine CLEMENTS (VW40-44) of Crusaders Athletic Club, was first (39th overall) over the line in 21:36 - first time in 4 appearances. Ann MCDONNELL (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:39 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions. Aileen HOOPER (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third (48th overall) over the line in 21:57 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gillian KENNY (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 545 pts.
Adrienne ATKINS (Unattached) 542 pts.
Aine NI GHLOINN (Unattached) 473 pts.

Male placings:
Wesley O BRIEN (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 16:38 - second time in 6 appearances. Rory O'SULLIVAN (VM35-39) of Piranha TC, was second over the line in 17:05. Ronan O'FLYNN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:11.

A check in on the current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Aidan JONES (Unattached) 496 pts.
Declan ROBINSON (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 478 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 470 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Mary LYNCH (VW60-64) was graded 88.44% for the time 22:55 (73rd overall).
Patrick COOKE (VM55-59) was graded 84.57% for the time 18:48 (12th overall).
Dave CARROLL (VM50-54) was graded 82.52% for the time 18:01 (8th overall).

Thanks to this week's volunteers:

Aidan JONES  •  Anne MC COMISH  •  Brian HANNEY  •  Connor JENNINGS  •  Gemma KILLEEN  •  Jamie KILLEEN  •  Jamie PLUMMER  •  Karen SLYE  •  Laura BRAYDEN  •  Orla CONNOR  •  Ruth FORMAN  •  Sabrina RYAN  •  Sinead LYONS  •  Una CHERRY  •  Valerie CLINTON  •  Valerie HAND

This week there were 306 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 4,855 different runners, including participants from 159 athletics clubs, have completed 24,172 runs covering a total distance of 120,860 km, and there have been 5,383 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Aoife TALTY who ran in a time of 00:16:51 on 2013-09-28 (event number 1). The male record is held by Mark KIRWAN who ran in a time of 00:15:03 on 2014-07-26 (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).

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

See you again soon!

Jamie Killeen, Event Director

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