St Anne’s parkrun # 292 – 27/07/2019 Run Report

Well the first thing that went our way was the weather.

This was the 3rd time that we had a Raheny Shamrock "takeover" day and after the deluge that hit us last year, it was great to see the sunshine this year. The main purpose of the takeover is that all the volunteers are provided by our local athletics club, Raheny Shamrock AC and the regular volunteers get to take the day off and maybe get a run in themselves.  parkrun is very much a volunteer event and can be a little harder to resource during the holiday period.

As such it was great to be able to turn up on Saturday morning knowing that there were over 50 volunteers to arrive before 9:15 in the morning.

While it was the 3rd day in conjunction with the Shamrocks, there was a slightly sombre tone. It was the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Johnny Fennel, a runner who would be well known to most of the Shamrocks and someone who was regularly involved in parkrun. With this as a backdrop there were a number of things that magically happened on the day. 476 people participated in the run, an incredible 93 earned PBs on the day, including fellow RD Colm O'Toole, everyone was silent of the briefing (which was a first) but more amazingly no-one headed to the start line before the briefing was finished. Hopefully the briefing left everyone with a couple of thoughts - enjoy life and your running and remember those that have passed on for the things that they enjoyed. Remember them when they were happy.

We had a number of people celebrating their 50th parkrun - Fran O'Reilly, Raimunda Vasconcelos Siqueira, Eve Horgan and Tom O'Regan. Congratulations to you all.

We had visitors from across the globe, Ray  from Cairns, Peter, Julie, Chloe and Sophie Hartley Green who visited from Swansea, Steven Swan from Bristol, Brian Moore from Hampshire plus a sprinkling from other parkruns in Ireland. We hope you all enjoyed your run in St. Annes and look forward to your return.

Micheael Lindon grabbed the coveted #98 token and the prize that went with it.

Speaking of prizes, we had a large number of spot prizes donated to us for the day and our great thanks go to those who donated. Thank you to Pat Hooper, Christy Reilly, Val Hand, Brian Kelly and Nora Byrne from the Shamrocks, Sean Reid from Ignite Gym, Connor Jennings from Zurich Insurance and Helen Carr from The O'Brien Press. Congratulations to all those who went home with these prizes, a nice treat for a Saturday morning. As if parkrun wasn't treat enough.

AND it was pacer Saturday too, which probably helped the PBs that were hard earned.

As always, it was a pleasure to be your Run Director for the day. I really enjoyed myself and I hope you did too. I couldn't have done it without the team of volunteers I had helping me so a massive thank you to them.

See you all, same time, same place on 3rd August.

Keep running

Richie

This week 476 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 95 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:
Liz KEARY • Denise KELLEHER • Helen CARR • Desmond LYONS • Connor JENNINGS • Brian KELLY • Jenny COLBERT • Sinead LYONS • Bernadette MANLEY • Anna PRINGLE • Orla LAMBE • Sarah QUIGLEY • Deirdre O'DWYER • Nora BYRNE • Christy REILLY • Gabriel BYRNE • Siobhan KINSELLA • John CLOHISEY • Damien MARTIN • Elaine MCNULTY • Anne MC COMISH • Rachel ORMROD • Dermot COFFEY • Dan WALLACE • Laura CLARKE • Fiona COYLE • Shay NEARY • Richie O'CONNOR • Keith FLEMING • Orla MANLEY • Emer COLL • Maire O'MAHONY • Nicola MOONEY • Ruth COLBERT • Adrienne ATKINS • Brendan ATKINS • Sue O'TOOLE • Caitriona COSTELLO • Keith COMISKEY • Helena CORCORAN • Jean DUNNE • Valerie HAND • James D'ARCY • Karen BATES • Fiona STACK • Ciaran MCGOWAN • Lisa MCCARTHY • Simon DEVENNEY • De O'CONNOR • Andrew MURPHY • Edel FARRELL • David BOYLE • Darren MEIKLE • Conor PURSUN • Pearse KIERAN

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 Garry CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 14:44 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 277). 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 12,192 participants have completed 92,794 parkruns covering a total distance of 463,970 km, including 15,569 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,029 individuals have volunteered 6,055 times.

 

St Anne’s parkrun # 259 – 24/11/2018

Oh my God, Oh my God OMG.

There was more going on in St Annes on November 24th than in a full series of Fair City.

It started with the annual Piranha Memorial run where the members of Piranha Triathlon Club joined forces with us once more. They provided us with plenty of colour, noise, photographs, runners and volunteers, including pacers. As it happens, John Kearney of Piranha managed to grab the much vaunted #98 token in his debut run with us. Welcome to the legend of 98 club John.

We had some massive milestones with Eamon and Aoibhean Dunne hitting that magical 100 run mark and Eamonn Byrd celebrating his 50th run.

We welcomed the Running Chicks for their first outing since the Beaujolais weekend and we hope it was both Beau and jolais. You are always welcome to St. Annes.

Once again we were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Niall Ring to our run. Niall has become a regular at our run and we are glad to offer him the marvellous park that we have as he strives to reach his 50th run during his term in office. Only 15 to go.

Where to next, the only place we can go. Last Saturday of the month is of course Pacer Saturday. With the help of the Piranha team we had another great team looking to lead the runners out, covering 15 time slots between 20 and 35 minutes. There is always a great atmosphere for pacer Saturday where you can almost taste the determination to see the PBs fall amidst the pacer encouragement. If you would like to give it a go, please let us know. We had a number of first time pacers last Saturday and no-one ever only paces once. It is a most enjoyable volunteer slot, done by regular parkrunners.

Another example of first time volunteering was Colm O'Toole who was a VI guide for the first time. Over the past year we have held a number of VI Guide training sessions thanks to the amazing Joan Ryan from Castletown / Fairview parkrun and her husband, the long suffering Andy (LSA). Joan devotes a lot of her time to this and was as proud as anyone to see Colm put the training into practice. Colm guided John on his second visit to St. Annes and both had a really enjoyable run. Special thanks go to Niamh who volunteered to collect John from home, drive him to parkrun and after a stop in Olives for coffee (sure isn't it the only reason we run) drove John home again. The biggest hurdle to Visually Impaired participation is the act of getting to and from the run.

If being a VI guide sounds like something you would like to get involved in please let us know and we can organise further training. As an incentive Joan makes the most delicious flapjacks, sorry Olives, and she brings two containers to every training session.

We have mentioned volunteers three times so far. The parkrun would be nothing without the amazing volunteers who make it happen every week. It is a real community event, held by the community for the community. Last Saturday we had 56 people in volunteer roles which has to be a new record. These included people who volunteer and run - pre event set up, pacers, token sorting etc. We do need people who are willing to give up their run for the day and generally we have no issues with volunteers. Normally a full roster is about 22 people. On Saturday we had approximately 1 volunteer for every 10 runners and this is a ratio we would like to see maintained in number of volunteers to runs for people. If you have yet to break your volunteering duck or it has been a while, please contact any of the team and grab yourself a volunteer slot. Christmas and the new year are busy times for the run so it will be greatly appreciated. There are no difficult roles, full training is given and there are always a number of people around to help if anything happens.

Finally, as I feel I have written 5km so far, we have to celebrate the fact that 536 people crossed the start and finish line last Saturday.536 people. It is a new record attendance  for St. Anne's and on the day was the highest attendance of any parkrun in Ireland.

Thank you to all who made it a very special day.

Richie

Run Director

This week 536 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Denise KELLEHER • Una CHERRY • Keith MOYNES • Joseph CHERRY • Connor JENNINGS • Sinead LYONS • Darragh KITT • Hugh LARKIN • Christy REILLY • Martie DUIGNAN • Dara LAWLOR • Jamie PLUMMER • Gabriel BYRNE • Caroline CURRAN • Aidan JONES • Dan WALLACE • Mark MCCOMISH • Richie O'CONNOR • Keith FLEMING • Rob CLARKE • Paul DUFFY • Declan CONNOLLY • Úna NÍ CHRIBÍN • Niamh DONNELLAN • Shane GAVIN • Caroline FARRELLY • Adrienne ATKINS • Sue O'TOOLE • Keith COMISKEY • Darrell REAMSBOTTOM • Kevin GREENE • Lorraine CARRABIN • Ross DOLAN • Ellen COLBERT • Declan BOYLE • Karen BATES • Patricia EADIE • Ger FENNELLY • Margaret WALLNUTT • Vanessa FENTON • Colm O'TOOLE • Dara MAC RIOCAIRD • Anna O'DRISCOLL • Kevin MC DAID • Mark QUINN • Sharon FEERICK • Diarmuid MELDON • Aiden FEERICK • David BRADISH • Patricia OCLEIRIGH • Andreea O'BRIEN • Mathilde FAILLY • Cormac O BRIEN • Regina BOWE • David HATTON • Conor PURSUN

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 94.58% (22:26) on 29th September 2018 (event number 251).

St Anne’s parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 10,650 participants have completed 77,170 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,850 km, including 13,542 new Personal Bests. A total of 919 individuals have volunteered 5,047 times.

 

St Anne’s parkrun # 242 – 28/07/2018

All good things must come to an end and so the amazing weather ended at about 12:00am on parkrun day. The rain came down and bathed St. Annes parkrun with a gentle spray of lashing rain. Safe to say that when I got to the park at 8.30 everything was looking a little bleak.

Then the parkrun magic happened.  With the rain falling the shamrocks sprouted from the greenery. Event 242 was the 2nd Raheny Shamrock takeover day and was amazingly supported by the 55 club members who turned up to provide all the normal volunteer roles and a few that had to be made up to cater for the demand. Connor and Mark started the day at 8:45 with the event set up and it all went from there. However hard it is to motivate yourself to run in the rain, think of those who have chosen to come long and stand in one place.

As the last Saturday in July it was pacer Saturday and there were pacers for every minute from 18 to 35 minutes in the now familiar bibs. A couple of the times had doubled up pacers to provide twice the motivation. A number of the pacers were pacing for the first time so all the more credit to them.

At just after 9.30, following a moment to remember Johnny Fennell, Caitríona on lead bike took to the paths with 232 runners and walkers taking off behind her - phase 1 complete, all we had to do then was get everyone home. The finish area had all the usual volunteers with funnel managers, timekeepers, token people and some of the barcode scanners, some of the scanners ran first and then jumped in. But then came the surprise and the new volunteer roles - 3 spot prize co-ordinators, Anne, Laura and David, with a multitude of prizes to give out. As it happens, due to the number of people who took part in the run, 1 in 6 people went home with an unexpected prize.

Tony Hand celebrated his 50th parkrun with a PB and parkrun RD Laura notched up her 15oth parkrun. Well done guys.

I would like to thank the following for providing the prizes, Pat, Christy, Nora, Nikki, Marianne and Clontarf Castle, Sean Reid in Ignite Fitness, Zoe Quinn of Zoetrope Fitness and also Connor and Zurich Insurance.

I would like to thank all the runners and walkers who braved the rain to complete event 242 and the amazing volunteers who were actually 4.5% of the total volunteers last weekend in Ireland. Special thanks go to George for stepping in as tail walker at the last minute. You made another great event on St Annes, see you all again on Saturday, same time, same place

Richie

Run Director of the day.

This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:

Liz KEARY • Denise KELLEHER • Helen CARR • Alan FOLEY • Desmond LYONS • Maura LYNSKEY • Connor JENNINGS • Steven John ROWE • Aileen HOOPER • Sinead LYONS • Zara ROGERS • Bernadette MANLEY • Orla LAMBE • Sarah QUIGLEY • Nora BYRNE • Louise KEOGH • Christy REILLY • Gabriel BYRNE • Eimear O'KEEFFE • Anne MC COMISH • Rachel ORMROD • Dan WALLACE • Laura CLARKE • Shay NEARY • Mark MCCOMISH • Richie O'CONNOR • Keith FLEMING • Colm NUGENT • Niamh DONNELLAN • Nicola MOONEY • William WALSH • Bláithín SHEIL • Adrienne ATKINS • Marianne FANNING • Brendan ATKINS • Wesley GRANT • Ollie POWER • Caitriona COSTELLO • Helena CORCORAN • Philip KEOGH • Amanda LANGAN • Rose MOORE • Valerie HAND • Maeve DEVLIN • Kate MARTIN • Karen BATES • Catherine GROVES • Kevin MC DAID • Simon DEVENNEY • Bob QUINN • Tara KENNEDY • Mark LACEY • David BOYLE • George MCSHEFFREY • Darren MEIKLE

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 93.74% (22:38) on 12th May 2018 (event number 232).

St Anne’s parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 10,046 participants have completed 70,387 parkruns covering a total distance of 351,935 km, including 12,545 new Personal Bests.

 

 

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

Richie

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

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 # 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 #180 – 29th April 2017

 

Run Report  #180 -   29th  April  2017

 

This morning we hosted parkrun Event #180 at St. Anne’s park.   Thankfully the weather stayed nice and dry for this morning’s parkrun.

 

 

It was a hub of activity as it was our famous Pacer Saturday plus we had a good few  St. Anne’s parkrunner milestones being celebrated in St. Anne’s Style – balloons, feather boa’s & the “Car Far” lap of honour started off our milestone celebrations for Jenny Colbert celebrating 100 runsSinead Lyons & our junior parkrunner, Juliette Dowd celebrating both their 50th runs.     Juliette we didn’t spot you in the crowd when we announced your milestone achievement, we did have feather boa & balloon for you too but if you would like your picture snapped next week let us know, we love our parkrunners celebrating their milestones.   Congrats to all on their superb achievements.

 

 

All of our parkrun first timers got their lovely St. Anne’s welcome this morning along with our parkrun tourists from Castlebar/ Westport, Co. Mayo parkruns – Freddie & Ger Collins.  We hope you enjoyed your visit.

 

 

Our  newest member to the Token 98 Hall of Fame is Ben Kokjohn.

 

Congrats to Colm Kernan, Dan Wallace & Fia Moore on completing London Marathon recently.

 

 

Shout out to our Event Director Jamie Killeen and parkrunners Ciaran O’Conluain & Gary Kenny who are participating in Limerick Marathon & Half Marathon this weekend.  St. Anne’s parkrun send each one of you the Best of Luck.

 

 

Think you will all agree that our legendary pacers did a superb job today, we hope that they helped you reach your Happy Pace.

 

 

Our finish funnel was extremely busy this morning but this was well looked after by #keepyourplace crew – Orla Byrne, Christy Reilly & Eva O’Beirne.  Thanks for keeping everyone in the correct order coming through the funnel.

 

 

Our parkrun only functions with the help of you guys, so we love hearing from you on our email- stannesoffice@parkrun.com or on facebook.

 

So don’t forget,  if you do want to lend a hand but don’t want to give up your run, Token Sorting is one of the volunteer roles that allows you to run & volunteer.

 

A double thanks to Anne Mc Comish who filled 2 volunteer roles.

Our Super Heroes this weekend where Adrienne ATKINS  •  Aine NI GHLOINN  •  Ann Marie GRAHAM  •  Anne MC COMISH  •  Brendan ATKINS  •  Carol GLEESON  • Caroline  FARRELLY   Christy REILLY  •  Ciaran O CONLUAIN  •  Colm KERNAN  •  Connor JENNINGS  •  Damien MARTIN  •  David BYRNE  •  Deirdre O'DWYER  •  Denis MURPHY  •  Dylan EVENDEN  •  Eva O'BEIRNE  •  Gillian KENNY  •  Gregory Paul O'BEIRNE  •  Helen LEAHY  •  Jean FOGARTY  •  Juliette O'BEIRNE  •  Keith FLEMING  •  Marianne FANNING  •  Mark MCCOMISH  •  Nicholas WOOD  •  Nora BYRNE  •  Orla BYRNE  •  Robbie BEGGS  •  Theresa TAYLOR  •  Una CHERRY

 

This week 399 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers.

 

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

 

Male placings:
Joseph O' DONOGHUE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:51 - first time in 2 appearances.
Terry KEOGH (VM40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second over the line in 17:53.
Alastair HIGGINS - 17:58

 

Female placings:
Sarah KELLY
(SW25-29) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:46 - second time in 9 appearances.
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was second (20th overall) over the line in 20:04 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Elaine MCNULTY (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 20:19 - was first to finish once before.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) – 84.27% for the time 20:04 (20th overall).
Jean DUNNE (VW55-59) – 82.04% for the time 22:22 (67th overall).
June COMISKEY (VW65-69) – 80.61% for the time 27:10 (211th 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 Mark KIRWAN who recorded a time of 00:15:03 on 26th July 2014 (event number 41).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherina MCKIERNAN who recorded 92.05% (17:36) on 25th February 2017 (event number 172).

 

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 7,769 participants have completed 46,995 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,975 km, including 9,089 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Thank’s everyone, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun & we will see you all same time, same place, next week.

 

 

Cheers

Gillian Kenny – Run Director

 

 

 

 

St Anne’s parkrun Event # 172 – 25/02/2017

Friday is here bringing the end of the parkrun week. As we are ready to start another parkrun week it is the perfect time to look back on last weeks run.

Pacer week for February brought what seemed like an eternal string of yellow / green bibs into the arena with pacers for 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 28, 29, 30 and 32 minute pacers. I want to applaud and thank  all of those people who volunteered to fill these roles. It was a pleasure to be able to introduce them to the crowd of runners who had gathered. Especially those who were pacing for the first time, results don't lie and all of our pacers did an amazing job. There were a number of compliments paid afterwards for their motivation skills and the help they gave to get people up that final hill. And indeed to all the volunteers. Including the pacers, there were 29 volunteers last week, that is 1 for every 14 people who ran last week. The volunteers are the heart of parkrun and it was certainly beating hard last week. Again we thank you all.

After all of that we had an amazingly quick run and would like to thank Feidhlim Kelly, Catherina McKiernan and the rest of their group for running with us, and for the photographs afterwards. Thank you to everyone who walked, ran, got out of bed, visited us for the first time and especially those who were at parkrun for the first time. Never forget your barcode and always hand back your position  token.

See you all in the morning.

The stats are below.

Richie (Run Director)

Male placings:
Eoin STRUTT (SM20-24) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was first over the line in 15:40 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Feidhlim KELLY (SM30-34) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third over the line in 16:30 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Dean KEOGH (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1732 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 1561 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1495 pts.

Female placings:
Catherina MCKIERNAN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 17:36 - first appearance.
Deirdre NIC CANNA (SW20-24) of monaghan phoenix ac, was second (18th overall) over the line in 19:47.
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) of Raheny Shamrock AC, was third (27th overall) over the line in 20:39 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Raheny Shamrock AC) 1980 pts.
Fionuala LENNON (Unattached) 1529 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 1442 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Catherina MCKIERNAN (VW45-49) was graded 92.05% for the time 17:36 (6th overall).
Eoin STRUTT (SM20-24) was graded 83.19% for the time 15:40 (first overall).
Adrienne ATKINS (VW50-54) was graded 82.16% for the time 20:39 (27th overall).

This week there were 401 runners, of whom 37 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

St Anne's parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 7,428 different runners, including participants from 265 athletics clubs, have completed 44,131 runs covering a total distance of 220,655 km, and there have been 8,640 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 Catherina MCKIERNAN who recorded a 92.05% run (17:36) on 25th February 2017 (event number 172).

 

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 #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).

 

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

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