Tom Roche takes the men’s honours as Annette Kealy tops the Irish women’s parkrun rankings this week.

Scottish runner Tom Roche ran 16:53 to at the Naas parkrun to record the fastest men’s time across Ireland on Saturday (February 9).

The parkrun tourist, who clocked a marathon best of 2:33:38 last year, was running at his 18th Saturday morning event and has previously posted his best time of 16:34 in Aberdeen.

Annette Kealy claimed the women’s top spot once again after a 18:35 run at the Malahide parkrun. The Raheny Shamrock and Irish masters athlete was running at parkrun number 78.

The second quickest man on Saturday was Giovanni Marongiu who ran 16:57 at the Athlone event. The AIT AC runner was taking part in parkrun for the first time.

Niamh Clifford ran 18:40 at the Hartstown parkrun to record the second fastest women’s time. It was a new parkrun best for the Star of the Laune runner.

Two men without barcodes missed out the top 10 after 16:56 and 17:09 runs at the Cabinteely and Letterkenny events.

The Marlay and Malahide events were the most represented parkruns in the top 10 with two runners each.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Naas
Tom Roche, 16:53
2) parkrun: Athlone
Giovanni Marongiu, 16:57, AIT AC
3) parkrun: Citypark, Craigavon
Owen Carleton, 17:02, Annadale Striders
4) parkrun: Ormeau, Belfast
Paul Rowan, 17:18, Willowfield Harriers
5) parkrun: Marlay
Jack Byrne, 17:22
6) parkrun: Musa Cookstown
Diarmuid Logan, 17:27, Acorns AC
7) parkrun: Marlay
Valter Valente, 17:28
8) parkrun: Antrim
Isaac McCollum, 17:31, Ballymena & Antrim
9) parkrun: Malahide
Paul Cowhie, 17:35, Civil Service Hrs
10) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Jamie Smyth, 17:38, North Down AC

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun: Malahide
Annette Kealy, 18:35, Raheny Shamrock
2) parkrun: Hartstown
Niamh Clifford, 18:40, Star of the Laune
3) parkrun: Sligo
Eimear O’Brien, 19:01
4) parkrun: Ballincollig
Sorcha Kearney, 19:03, St Finbarrs AC
5) parkrun: Lees Road
Barbara Cleary, 19:17
6) parkrun: Limerick
Ailbhe McDaid, 19:25
7) parkrun: Cootehill
Lisa Clerkin, 19:30
8) parkrun: Bushy, Dublin
Sarah Fitzpatrick, 19:31
9) parkrun: Stormont, Belfast
Leann Gibson, 19:33, Victoria Park & Connswater
10) parkrun: Claremorris
Mary Gleeson, 19:34

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