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 parkrunner of the Month – November

Name: Paul Duffy

Club: N/A

Age: 43

Home parkrun: St Anne's, Dublin,

Occupation: Civil Servant

Number of Runs: 90

Favourite Volunteer Role: Pacing (usually 29 or 30 minutes). Getting fellow parkrunners over the line for a pb or a milestone is a fantastic reward. I enjoy the personal challenge of setting and holding a steady pace to get home in the scheduled time.

What do you do at parkruns?: I like to head down a bit early for a 'pre-parkrun-run' with one of my parkrun buddy's. We then head round to the start line for a quick catch up and meet 'the gang'. I'm not a fast runner and regard myself as a parkrun jogger, but some weeks I will try a faster pace.

How has parkrun changed your running?: I was never a runner previously and started parkrun in January 2014. My running improved and distance increased and in October 2015, I completed the Dublin Marathon. Without a doubt St Anne's parkrun got me there. I met new friends, got brilliant advice and even picked up a few fantastic run buddies along the way (you know who you are!).

What do you like about parkrun?: It has something for everyone, from competitive runners, to the fun runners and joggers. I love the ethos of parkrun. What Paul Sinton-Hewitt started in the UK in 2004 has been more valuable than any govt. health policy (Paul Sinton-Hewitt was recognised with a CBE in 2014 for 'services to grass roots sports participation'- C'mon Queenie- Give that man a knighthood!) On a personal level I love starting the weekend with some exercise, the chats with my pals along the way, a coffee and then home with some cakes to keep the wife and kid happy!. All done and dusted by 11am.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Most memorable moment would be in March 2015, when parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt came to visit our little event and I got a high 5 from him as I ran down the avenue on the 'old course'. I love the photo opportunities every week and can usually be spotted adopting a pose with one or two other messers!

 

St. Annes’s parkrunner of the month April 2016

 

parkrun pic
Name: Conor Cassidy
Club: None
Age: 17
Home parkrun: St. Anne's
Occupation: 5th year student
Number of runs: 57
Favourite volunteer role: I enjoy barcode scanning as you get to see all of the runners come in and it's (relatively) stress free!
What do you do at parkrun: I usually get to the park at around 9:20. I run around for a bit and pretend that I know how to warm up properly! I listen to the briefing and then I get ready for the 2 laps of pain!
How has parkrun changed your running?: I never ran before I started parkrun. In Transition Year one of my teachers suggested that I do parkrun for the physical challenge part of my Gaisce award. I managed to do the 26 weeks required and I have kept it up since. I now run a few times a week and have even done a few 10ks.
What do you like about parkrun?: I love the community that exists around the whole event. It's also great to see your progress each week and to compare yourself against other regulars. But the best part is that it's all free!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: I busted my gut one Saturday morning and came in just ahead of a certain female parkrunner who had beaten me every previous week. I thought I was great until seconds after crossing the line I heard her say that she 'found that one tough' because she was 5 months pregnant. That put me back in my box!

 

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Run Report – Event #126 – 9th April 2016

Event Number 126 was the first on the new course at St. Anne's. Due to building works which will be ongoing for c. 6 months, we have had to change our course. Happily, due to having such a large resource on our doorstep, we were able to find an alternative route without resorting to out-and-backs etc., and still maintaining a fair, interesting route through the park. The feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive, runners enjoying the views over Dublin Bay, before enduring the push back up towards the playground on each lap. 

Firstly a big thanks to our volunteers this week, who handled the change of circumstances professionally and without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, two volunteers who were on the roster just didnt bother to show up on Saturday - no notice or anything. It left us short on marshals and scanners. 

Anna PRINGLE  •  Aoife QUINN  •  Carol GLEESON  •  Connor JENNINGS  •  Conor CASSIDY  •  Damien MARTIN  •  Denise KELLEHER  •  Dermot GORMAN  •  Emma FINN  •  Jamie KILLEEN  •  Karen SLYE  •  Keith MOYNES  •  Mark DEVINE  •  Niamh DONNELLAN  •  Patrick O'SHEA  •  Paul DUFFY  •  Richard O'CONNOR  •  Valerie HAND

Congrats to Caitriona Costello on being St. Anne's parkrunner of the month for March. 

Full results as follows:

Male placings:
Paul GAIMSTER (VM40-44) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first over the line in 16:31 - first appearance. Alan O' FLYNN (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was second over the line in 18:28. Colin MCDONNELL (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:53.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan O' FLYNN (Raheny Shamrocks AC) 2046 pts.
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 1995 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 1716 pts.

Female placings:
Helen CARR (VW40-44) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:23 - 4th time in 15 appearances. Caitriona COSTELLO (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 20:34 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions. Fionnuala KEANE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:20 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caitriona COSTELLO (Unattached) 2262 pts.
Mary LYNCH (Unattached) 1919 pts.
Jean DUNNE (Unattached) 1721 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mary LYNCH (VW60-64) was graded 85.75% for the time 23:38 (49th overall).
Paul GAIMSTER (VM40-44) was graded 83.85% for the time 16:31 (first overall).
Patrick COOKE (VM60-64) was graded 77.02% for the time 20:49 (22nd overall).

This week there were 268 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the St Annes parkrun Results Page.

 

 

St. Anne’s parkrunner of the month – February 2016

Home parkrun: St.Annes

Occupation: School

Number of Runs: 56

Favourite Volunteer Role: Token sorting,you still get to run and its in the warm cafe

What do you do at parkruns?: When I arrive I'll usually do a quick warm up to get ready for the run. Then after the run briefing I'll go to the front of the start line and get ready to go. After the run I might go to the market for a cake or two before heading off to train again.

How has parkrun changed your running?: Before parkrun I did no running but after my first parkrun I started to train more and more as the weeks went by and slowly got better and better.

What do you like about parkrun?: It gives you a platform to improve your running as you can see weekly if your improving or if you had a bad week of training. You also meet other runners of your ability who you can chat to and run with.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Beating my 'running partner' and friend in a fiercely competitive run. He led for the first 3k but then I caught up and we were neck and neck until the last 200m when I decided to make an early sprint and luckily I just about held on for the win!

 

St. Anne’s parkrunner of the month – October 2015

Congratulations to Declan Robinson, parkrunner of the month for October.

Name:  Declan Robinson

Club: Raheny Shamrocks

Age:  28

Home parkrun:  St. Annes

Occupation:  Insurance

Number of Runs:  56

Favourite Volunteer Role: Tough one; I love photographer, but when you're pacer, you get to run as well as volunteer. Plus I love seeing the thrilled faces (and the odd hand shake) when they will have gotten a PB.

What do you do at parkruns?: I am usually in turmoil most Saturday mornings. I make it out of the bed 90% of the time. Usually being a volunteer or agreeing to meet a friend guilts me into exiting the warm bed. I parkrun as an opportunity to meet up with friends. Post-run we always go to the market for some well earned almond pastries, coffees and catch up. Conversation usually overflows to whoever is sitting beside us and it goes from there. As a result of these events, I have ended up doing "MC" for a quiz night in aid of another parkrunners charity, who was effectively a stranger at the time!

How has parkrun changed your running?: parkrun has given me the confidence to join a club. I was struggling to run on my own and the social part of sport is the bit i love most. I am with my club 5 weeks now and I cant believe why I didn't make this decision sooner.  They cater for all levels, shapes and sizes and is a great laugh.

What do you like about parkrun?: The community. You arrive at parkrun having never met anyone before. You may have brought a friend. You quickly realise there are no strangers. Everybody is together sharing the same feel good ethos. These people have never met you, they may never meet you, yet they are shouting encouragement at you,
willing you on, taking your photo and congratulating you on your achievement.  What a wonderful experience.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Even though I have run many parkruns since. My most memorable moment will always be running the very first St. Annes parkrun on the morning of my wedding; 28th September 2013. Here's hoping I can do the same for the Ruby!

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – Run Report – Event #99

Saturday 26th September was Event #99 and our second birthday at the wonderful St. Anne's parkrun. And what a day it was. We had 278 runners out on Saturday, ably supported by a wonderful volunteer team. For a change, we reversed the course - while everyone liked it, there was a mixed reaction as to whether they would prefer it vs. the regular course.

Let's kick things off with some thanks to the following parties: Shauna McIntyre and all at Dublin City Council Sport and Recreation Section; Councillor Ciaran O'Moore; Olive's Room for putting on the wonderful post-run spread at the Red Stables and Sean Kavanagh and Eoin Fegan for taking a superb batch of photos - you can find them on our facebook page.

Well done to all the prizewinners - all well deserved, with each and every one of you consistently demonstrating enthusiasm, support and camaraderie through your participation and volunteering week after week. Those prizewinners were as follows:

  • Parkrunner of the Year: Connor Jennings
  • Annual Points Competition Male: Andrew Hyland
  • Annual Points Competition: Female: Una Cherry
  • Volunteer of the Year:  Anne McComish
  • Outstanding Dedication to St Anne's parkrun over the past year:  Keith Fleming
  • Outstanding Achievement of the Year: Ferdia Kelly
  • Special Recognition Awards: Una Ni Chribin; Caitriona Costello and  Rob Clarke
  • The Rusty Keogh award for Rusty Keogh of the Year: Rusty Keogh
  • Best parkrun in the World: St. Anne's parkrun

As for the results on the day: Male placings:
Colum O'LEARY (SM20-24) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 17:19 - first time in 2 appearances; Aidan JONES (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:51 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions; Eamon TRAYNOR (VM40-44) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third over the line in 18:26.

Female placings:
Orla GORMLEY (VW50-54) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:22 - second time in 4 appearances;  Caitriona COSTELLO (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:20 - was first to finish once before; Aine NI GHLOINN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 22:03.

Full results are here: http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=99

Thanks as always to our volunteers: 

Alice O NEILL  •  Allan DALINGDING  •  Anna PRINGLE  •  Aoife QUINN  •  Christopher NEWELL  •  Conor JENNINGS  •  Denis MURPHY  •  Elma KEANE  •  Gillian KENNY  •  Helen CARR  •  Jamie KENNY  •  Jamie KILLEEN  •  Jamie PLUMMER  •  Nicole ROECHERT  •  Orla BYRNE  •  Peter DANIEL  •  Richard O'CONNOR  •  Susan HOLMGREN  •  Una HERON  •  Úna NÍ CHRIBÍN

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 4,662 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 22,801 runs covering a total distance of 114,005 km, and there have been 5,103 new Personal Bests. ISN'T THAT JUST AMAZING!!!!????

Here's to many more successful events!

Jamie Killeen, Event Director @ St. Anne's parkrun

 

August parkrunner of the month

Following a unanimous decision we have voted for Una Ní Chribín as St. Anne's parkrunner of the month for August. Since her defection from Malahide to St. Anne's, Una has been a regular runner of the course, a regular volunteer for the run in a multitude of roles and she was also the first multiple winner of the now famous "#98" token.
in the events where dressing up in costumes was to the fore, Una was most likely the supplier of tutus, boas and many other items.
So we say congratulations Una on being the latest member of the club, it is wel deserved and topped off by running your 50th parkrun today.
Read more about Una's parkrun experience below.

 

Name: Úna Ní Chribín

Club: Running chick with Forget The Gym.

Age:48

Home parkrun: I have two homes, Malahide and St Annes.

Occupation: Public servant (shh)

Number of Runs: 49

Favourite Volunteer Role: Marshalling, I get to cheer and shout without anyone telling me to be quiet. Most of the runners like a cheer along the way.

What do you do at parkruns?: Steal token 98, take photos and organise skipping with the funnel rope. –  I run too.

How has parkrun changed your running? It's hard to believe now but the coaches had to coax me to park runs. Then I refused to register for the first few months.  I've changed from a self-conscious "unknown" runner to completing 49 official runs, while also enjoying being  the park run poet and the token 98 bandit . Park runs now helps every stage of my training, whether using it for "speed" work, preparation for a longer run or to simply chat with some running buddies. The coffee afterwards is always good.

 

What do you like about parkrun?:  The camaraderie. Parkruns are for everyone. The young, the not so young, the sprinter, the crawler. Everyone is encouraged to reach  individual goal in a friendly and supportive way. Park runs are usually where our coaches bring the newcomers for their first 5k. I love the excitement and emotions that is built around those events. Who doesn't remember their first 5k.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: The funniest moment has to be winning St Anne's first ever "token 98" award. The thief proof token is still the "must win" prize for a lot of regulars and causes many a bewildered look from newcomers.

 

St. Anne’s parkrun – parkrunner of the month, July 2015

St. Anne's parkrun would like to congratulate Rusty Keogh on being our latest parkrunner of the month! Shy and retiring, most of our runners may not have ever seen this guy who goes about his business quietly every Saturday morning. Rusty did feel that he deserved parkrunner of the month, and admits that he has gradually been reducing the length of his shorts each month in an effort to get noticed. Thankfully we got to him before he brought out his denim cut-offs, a throwback to his days as a Wham! superfan. Meet the hero this Saturday at 9:30am where Rusty will be volunteering.

Read more about Rusty and his parkrun story below - this is well worth a read!

RK Unicorn

Real name: Bruce Wayne
Club: Gotham athletics
Age: Nearly 5 in dog years
Home parkrun: St. Annes!!
Occupation: Office monkey (future olympian)
Number of Runs: I think its 42 next week?
Favourite Volunteer Role: Pacer, it feels like a sneaky way to get a run in and still say 'ah aren't I a great fella for helping?'
What do you do at parkruns?: I irritate EVERYONE. Runwise sometimes I take it easy and enjoy one of the most beautiful parks in Dublin and other times I push harder than normal and hate my life for 21 minutes or so
How do you deal with all of the attention that comes your way at parkrun?: I don't get enough, I've started wearing headbands to try increase my presence and I recently purchased a flaming unicorn t-shirt but *its not too important if people don't notice me*

*this is a lie

How has parkrun changed your running?: Parkrun started me running, I did a parkrun nearly two years ago and embarrassed myself so badly I trained all week to not be so bad, the next week I did slightly better...and the 12 weeks after I just kept progressing and long story short I'm currently training for my 3rd marathon in a year and that is all thanks to parkrun.
What words of inspiration do you have for those who would like to follow in your footsteps?: Get a good audiobok and some headphones, you get lost in the chapters and also can't hear yourself screaming for breath...best long run trick ever.
Which of the O'Connor brothers do you prefer?: For love John, for good times Richie and for walks in the sunset Paddy
What do you like about parkrun?: There is no standard needed and a constant great energy. It feels more like a team than a race I find, not many occasions can gather over 200 people in sideways Irish rain at 9.30am and maintain a great vibe.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: MY most memorable is when I ran my p.b and was absolutely convinced I was about to drop dead for 10 minutes after I finished, I was so tired I was looking around for emergency exits (from a park)
Any messages for your legions of fans?: 'Sippin on coke and rum I'm like 'so what I'm drunk' its the freakin weekend baby I'm about to have me some fun' - ABRAHAM LINCOLN (2014)

 

St. Anne’s parkrun Run Report #85 – 13th June 2015

Hi Everyone,

A glorious morning greeted our 250 parkrun warriors and 20 volunteer heroes for our 85th event. Was great to see so many of you answering the call to deck yourselves out in the green and tri-colours in support of Ireland...shame about the result though grrrr.

Special mention also (even though he wasn't there) to Rob Clarke who was St. Annes parkrunner of the month for March but was recently upgraded to be parkrunner of the month for Ireland. Congratulations Rob.

Anyway the pack was lead home by Dermot Gorman of Raheny Shamrocks, but he had Brian Purcell hot on his heels!!

our first lady of the day was Aine Crimin also of Raheny Shamrocks...I'm starting to spot a trend here :-)

Our coveted and much sought after 98th place was claimed by first timer Eavan Connolly. Congratulations to you all.

Like every other event, this one could NOT....NOT happen without our hard working and dedicated volunteers who made everything run perfectly. This weeks hereos were:
Allan O'Brien, Anne Mc Comish, Caitriona Rooney, Ciara Malone, Connor Jennings, Deirdre O'Dwyer, Gillian Kenny, Helen O'Shaughnessy, John O'Connor, Nicola Mooney, Peter Daniel, Robbie Beggs, Scott Love, Stella Kuit, Susan Moloney, Tara Sweetman, Tommy Crampton, Una Cherry, Úna Ní Chribín and Valerie Hand.
Thanks very much to all of you *bualadh bos*

The rest of the stats are below. See you all again next week for another great St. Annes parkrun event

John O'Connor
Run Director

 

Male placings:
Dermot GORMAN (SM30-34) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first over the line in 16:44 - third time in 6 appearances.
Brian PURCELL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:47.
Alan FOLEY (VM35-39) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was third over the line in 18:03.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Keith FLEMING (Unattached) 2179 pts.
Andrew HYLAND (Fingal Triathlon Club) 2096 pts.
Ollie POWER (Unattached) 1935 pts.

Female placings:
Aine CRIMIN (SW25-29) of Raheny Shamrocks AC, was first (26th overall) over the line in 20:35 - first time in 5 appearances.
Ann MCDONNELL (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Geraldine CLEMENTS (VW40-44) of Crusaders Athletic Club, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:21.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Una CHERRY (Garda Athletic Club) 2448 pts.
Jenny COLBERT (Unattached) 2343 pts.
Emer FANNING (Unattached) 2190 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Attracta HAYDEN (VW65-69) was graded 85.83% for the time 24:21 (91st overall).
Brian PURCELL (VM35-39) was graded 79.05% for the time 16:47 (second overall).
Dermot GORMAN (SM30-34) was graded 77.99% for the time 16:44 (first overall).

This week there were 250 runners, of whom 29 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

St Annes parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 4,070 different runners, including participants from 137 athletics clubs, have completed 19,069 runs covering a total distance of 95,345 km, and there have been 4,363 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 at http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/results/latestresults/

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