Well, Saturday was a fine day for the ducks. On a day that saw a month's worth of rain come down upon us, 119 hardy bucks and belles descended upon the park for the 42nd edition of St. Anne's parkrun. The course boasted a super water feature this week, just to add a little spice to proceedings. Thankfully we had an enthusiastic band of volunteers who made sure that the event went ahead safely. They are the real heroes this week, and I would like to recognise them up front:
Anne MC COMISH • Brendan TANNAM • David WALLEY • Dearbhla WOODS • Eddie MCGOVERN • Emma FAGAN • Jamie KILLEEN • Judith MCMAHON • Kate LENNON • Kathryn KILLEEN • Lynn HOWARD • Nicole FITZPATRICK • Nicole ROECHERT • Susan HOLMGREN
Eoin DURKAN (SM30-34) of Aberdeen AAC, was first over the line in 17:08 - first appearance.
David JACKSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:32.
Neil BOWDEN (VM35-39) of Dell Trotters, was third over the line in 19:12.
Aileen HOOPER (SW30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (22nd overall) over the line in 21:38 - third time in 7 appearances.
Sharon WOODS (VW45-49) of Crusaders Athletic Club, was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:32 - was first to finish once before.
Aoife STACK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (36th overall) over the line in 22:34.
Annual Points Competition:
We are fast approaching the finish line in the first annual points competition at St. Anne's. David Shiel is the runaway leader in the Men's competition, but the Women's competition is a more closely-fought affair, and we may yet need to organise some sort of head-to-head duel to separate them at the end of the current cycle.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David SHIEL (Unattached) 2622 pts.
Brian CHRISTENSEN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2298 pts.
Gregory O'BEIRNE (Unattached) 2189 pts.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 2861 pts.
Jenny COLBERT (Unattached) 2725 pts.
Emer FANNING (Unattached) 2443 pts.
Some important notes:
- We are losing 3-5 tokens on average per week. We have lost well over 100 tokens since the event started 42 weeks ago due to people not returning them. Tokens cost money. We don't get paid for parkrun, so the cost to replace these comes out of our pockets!
- We will be enforcing the 'No barcode, no result' policy from this weekend. Previously we have accommodated runners as much as possible but adding the names manually is adding considerable workload for the volunteers.
- We always need volunteers, please dont assume someone else will do it! Check out the roster for gaps, and sign yourself up!
- Our first anniversary run will take place on 27th September. Put the date in your diary!
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Annes parkrun Results Page.
Event Director, Jamie Killeen