182 runners joined us for the 62nd edition of St. Anne's parkrun on 20th December. Conditions were ideal for the run, with 29 personal bests recorded despite the proliferation of sore heads as a result of pre-Christmas over-indulgence. A number of our elves and runners alike were decked out in festive garb, adding to the seasonal atmosphere around the event. Brian Christensen and Una Cherry (in a fabulous Mrs. Claus outfit) fulfilled pacing duties at 25 mins and 30 mins respectively.
This was my first time back directing at St. Anne's since the birth of my twins 11 weeks ago and it was great to be back to oversee proceedings once again. It is thanks to the strong team of run directors and volunteers that I was able to step away from the onsite direction over the past few weeks, knowing that the event is in safe hands! So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Christensen, Mark McComish, Nici Roechert, Jamie Plummer, Susan Holmgren, Gillian Kenny, and John O'Connor for your hard work and special contribution to St. Anne's parkrun over the past 62 events.
We had a number of runners making their debut at St. Anne's (28 first timers), including a group from the Runners Support Page. We hope you all enjoyed the event and will see you back here soon.
Congratulations also to Dearbhla Woods, another parkrunner from St. Anne's who has gone on to become Irish parkrunner of the month.... I think this is our 7th winner, a super return and a great reflection on our runners here. Well done Dearbhla.
- Men's placings:
David JACKSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:14 - second time in 5 appearances. Rory O'SULLIVAN (VM35-39) of Piranha TC, was second over the line in 17:19. Eamon TRAYNOR (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 17:39.
- Women's placings:
Deirdre BYRNE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (third overall) over the line in 17:37 - a remarkable 13th time as first finisher in her 13 appearances at St. Anne's parkrun - a 100% record. Jenny COLBERT (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 22:04 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Sonia CAREY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:29.
- This week's event was brought to you by our volunteers:
Ann Marie GRAHAM • Anne MC COMISH • Catherine KILLEEN • Ciaran O CONLUAIN • Connor JENNINGS • Craig MCMULLEN • Eleanor SAMMON • Emer FANNING • Jamie KILLEEN • Jamie PLUMMER • Kathryn KILLEEN • Keith MOYNES • Sean POWER • Una CHERRY
We'll be back for our last run of the year on 27th December.
Wishing all parkrunners and your families a Happy Christmas and many PB's for 2015.