Paul Pollock takes the men’s Easter honours as Grace Carson tops the women’s parkrun rankings.
Paul Pollock ran a course record 14:51 at the Belfast Victoria parkrun to record the fastest men’s time across the island of Ireland on Saturday (April 20).
Olympian marathoner Pollock, who last weekend posted a new 10k personal best in Brighton, was running at parkrun for the 21st time.
Teenager Grace Carson was the quickest woman at parkrun over the Easter weekend after running a superb 16:46 at Musa Cookstown event.
It was a big parkrun best and a new course record for the Loughborough student athlete.
Catherina McKiernan also ran a course record of 17:48 at the Vicarstown parkrun to record the second quickest women’s time on Saturday.
The Irish women’s marathon record holder was running at the Portlaoise event for the first time and it was her 27th parkrun in total.
Peter Avent was the second quickest man after running 15:28 at the Ecos parkrun in Ballymena.
Avent, who is a member of Scottish club Shettleston Harriers, was two seconds off his parkrun best on his 176th outing.
With three runners among the top 10, Dublin’s Marlay parkrun was the most represented event this weekend.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Paul Pollock, 14:51, Annadale Striders
2) parkrun: Ecos, Ballymena
Peter Avent, 15:28, Shettleston Harriers
3) parkrun: Ormeau, Belfast
Vincent McKenna, 15:51, Acorns AC
4) parkrun: Naas
Sean Doyle, 15:53
5) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Glenn Donnelly, 16:03, Acorns AC
6) parkrun: Antrim
Brett Rushman, 16:05, Herts Phoenix AC
7) parkrun: Father Collins
Declan Power, 16:20
8) parkrun: Marlay
Timothy Bowen, 16:25, Dulwich Runners
9) parkrun: Oldbridge
Stephen Kelly, 16:26
10) parkrun: Royal Canal, Kilcock
Alexander Wallace, 16:38, St. Cocas AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: MUSA Cookstown
Grace Carson, 16:46
2) parkrun: Vicarstown
Catherina McKiernan, 17:48
3) parkrun: Ballincollig
Laura Lombard, 17:58
4) parkrun: Antrim
Gemma McDonald, 18:10, Ballycastle Runners
5) parkrun: Clonmel
Orla Byrne, 18:24
6) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Kirsti Foster, 18:36, East Down AC
7) parkrun: Claremorris
Orla Tuohy, 18:47
8) parkrun: Marlay
Harriette Ann-Marie Robinson, 18:49, Dundrum South Dublin
9) parkrun: Dundalk
Aoife McGreevy, 18:51
10) parkrun: Marlay
Amy Moran, 18:53, Dundrum South Dublin
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