Neill Weir takes the men’s honours as Katie Moore tops the women’s parkrun rankings on Saturday.
Neill Weir ran 16:31 at the Belfast Victoria parkrun to record the fastest men’s time across the island of Ireland on Saturday (January 5).
The Willowfield Harriers runner was taking part in his 93rd Saturday morning event and finished just one second ahead of David Conliffe.
The Pace Running Club athlete ran a parkrun best of 16:32 and shares the men’s number two spot this week with Martin Cox, who clocked the same time at the Omagh parkrun.
For Conliffe, it was his 226th visit to parkrun, while Cox of Carmen Runners was taking part for the 28th time.
Katie Moore claimed the women’s top spot after running 18:20 at the Belfast Victoria parkrun. It was a new best for the North Down athlete on her 15th outing to parkrun.
After running track personal bests over 1500m and 10,000m as well as road bests over 5k and 10k in 2018, Moore ended the year with victory at the Mighty Oaks cross country in December.
Karen Alexander ran 18:54 at the MUSA Cookstown event to record the second quickest women’s time. Alexander, who posted a marathon best of 2:53:28 in Belfast last year, was running in her 44th parkrun.
With five runners featuring in the top 10, Belfast Victoria parkrun was the most represented event this week ahead of MUSA Cookstown with four.
Meanwhile, midweek at New Year’s Day parkrun events across Ireland, Noel Carroll and David O’Connor jointly ran the quickest men’s time of 16:37 at the Tymon and Johnstown parkruns, while Siobhan Eviston was the fastest woman with 17:16 at the St Anne’s event.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Neill Weir, 16:31, Willowfield Harriers
2=) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
David Conliffe, 16:32, Pace Running Club
2=) parkrun: Omagh
Martin Cox, 16:32, Carmen Runners
4) parkrun: Oldbridge
Stephen Kelly, 16:40
5) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Brian Taggart, 16:42, Sperrin Harriers
6) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Enda McKaigue, 16:49, Acorns AC
7) parkrun: Citypark Craigavon
Gary Henderson, 16:53, Armagh AC
8) parkrun: St Anne’s
Graham O’Dwyer, 16:55, Raheny Shamrock AC
9) parkrun: MUSA Cookstown
Tommy Hughes, 17:01, Termoneeny Running Club
10) parkrun: Oldbridge
Paul Smith, 17:04, Drogheda and District AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Katie Moore, 18:20, North Down AC
2) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Karen Alexander, 18:54
3=) parkrun: Ecos Ballymena
Gemma McDonald, 18:59, Ballycastle Runners
3=) parkrun: Tramore Waterford
Orla O’Connor, 18:59, Waterford AC
5) parkrun: St Anne’s
Emma Donlon, 19:03
6=) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Kirsti Foster, 19:18, East Down AC
6=) parkrun: Shanganagh
Sarah Baryga, 19:18,
6=) parkrun: Wallace Lisburn
Karen Wilton, 19:18, Jog Lisburn
9) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Lucy Foster, 19:26, East Down AC
10) parkrun: Cootehill
Lisa Clerkin, 19:27
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