Laura Graham takes the women’s honours as Colin Griffin tops the Irish men’s parkrun rankings this week.
Laura Graham ran 17:28 at the Castlewellan event to record the quickest women’s parkrun time across Ireland on Saturday (February 16).
The former Irish marathon champion and 2017 winner of the Belfast Marathon was running at parkrun for the first time. Mourne Runners’ Graham is set to race at the London Marathon in two months time.
Colin Griffin posted the fastest men’s time after running 16:19 at the St Anne’s parkrun in Dublin.
The Olympic race walker and 2:28 marathoner was taking part at the Saturday morning event for the 20th time. Griffin, who has his eyes on the Rotterdam Marathon in April, recently won the Trim 10 mile road race in 53:00.
Taking the second quickest female honours this week was Barbara Cleary after a 17:32 run at the Marlay parkrun.
The Donore Harriers’ athlete, who previously topped the weekly rankings, was running at parkrun for the sixth time.
Paul Magee ran 16:37 at the Cootehill event to record the second fastest men’s time across Ireland.
It was a new best for the Shercock AC runner on his eighth visit to the county Cavan parkrun.
With two runners each, the Cootehill, Malahide, Marlay, Musa Cookstown and Belfast Victoria events were the most represented parkruns in the top 10 this week.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: St Anne’s
Colin Griffin, 16:19
2) parkrun: Cootehill
Paul Magee, 16:37, Shercock AC
3) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
David Conliffe, 16:39, Pace Running Club
4) parkrun: Marlay
Jafer Abdulshekur, 16:43, Blackrock AC
5) parkrun: Ormeau Belfast
Tommy Hughes, 16:52, Termoneeny Running Club
6) parkrun: Cootehill
John Whelan, 16:56
7) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Diarmuid Logan, 16:57, Acorns AC
8) parkrun: Poolbeg
Stephen Hurley, 16:59, Crusaders AC
9=) parkrun: River Valley
Ciaran McCarthy, 17:04
9=) parkrun: Malahide
William Walsh, 17:04, Raheny Shamrock
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Castlewellan
Laura Graham, 17:28, Mourne Runners
2) parkrun: Marlay
Barbara Cleary, 17:32, Donore Harriers
3) parkrun: Derry City
Sarah Grant, 18:16, North Down AC
4) parkrun: Malahide
Annette Kealy, 18:29, Raheny Shamrock
5) parkrun: Ballincollig
Sorcha Kearney, 18:53, St Finbarrs AC
6=) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Rebecca Wallace, 19:10, North Belfast Harriers
6=) parkrun: Stormont
Emer Mckee, 19:10, Willowfield Harriers
6=) parkrun: Bushy Dublin
Sarah Fitzpatrick, 19:10
9) parkrun: Strokestown
Emma Donlon, 19:11
10) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Niamh Hughes, 19:12
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