Nathan Harrison and Annette Kealy are your fastest athletes at Irish parkruns this weekend (October 5th).
Irish international runner Annette Kealy topped the charts this week running 17:48 at Malahide parkrun, just three seconds outside her parkrun PB and achieving an incredible age grading of 95.32%! This was Kealy’s best parkrun time since 2017 and the 34:37 10km athlete looks to be set for an excellent winter!
Nathan Harrison of Sale Harriers was this week’s fastest man with 15:50 at Belfast Victoria. Harrison has had a good 2019 with PBs at the Alderley Edge Bypass 10K (31:59), Vale of York Half Marathon where 69:40 saw him grab 2nd place and running 2:32:23 at Manchester Marathon.
9:51 3000m athlete Niamh Kearney was second fastest this week with 18:03. Kearney who has a mile PB of 4:54.47 won the Leinster senior 1500m title this year. St Anne’s also saw the second fastest male athlete this week with Rory O’Connor taking over a minute off his previous parkrun best in clocking 15:51. The winner of the 2019 Adare 10k has had an excellent year which also saw him finishing 2nd at the Mallow 10 mile race in 51:28.
Sarah Baryga is a frequent visitor to the top 10 and this week grabbed 3rd spot when running 18:52 at Marlay. The Sli Cualann A.C. athlete was a recent third place finisher at the Dublin Half Marathon where she ran 83:58. Waterford Man Noel Murphy ran 16:04 to finish third man this week. Murphy was 6th at the recent Waterford Greenway Half-Marathon in September and his time was enough to set a new course record on the recently established Waterford Nature course.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Nathan Harrison, 15:50, Sale Harriers Manchester
2) parkrun: St Anne’s
Rory O’Connor, 15:51
3) parkrun: Waterford Nature
Noel Murphy, 16:04
4) parkrun: Tralee
Conor O’Mahony, 16:07, An Ríocht A.C
5) parkrun: Waterstown
Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan, 16:29, Donore Harriers
6) parkrun: Waterford Nature
Brian Murphy, 16:31, Carrick-on-Suir AC
7) parkrun: Templemore
John Fitzgibbon, 16:40
8) parkrun: Porterstown
Thomas Sherlock, 16:45, Clonliffe Harriers A.C.
9) parkrun: Oldbridge
Ruarcan O’Gibne, 16:59, Boyne A.C.
10) parkrun: Marlay
Damian Bourke, 17:19
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Malahide
Annette Kealy, 17:48, Raheny Shamrock AC
2) parkrun: St Anne’s
Niamh Kearney, 18:03, Greystones AC
3) parkrun: Marlay
Sarah Baryga, 18:52
4) parkrun: Father Collins
Niamh Murphy, 19:06
5) parkrun: Naas
Kana Akimoto, 19:07
6) parkrun: Royal Canal
Anna Simkovics, 19:08
7) parkrun: Queens
Amy Bulman, 19:19, Willowfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Stormont
Emer McKee, 19:30, Willowfield Harriers
9) parkrun: Cootehill
Lisa Clerkin, 19:54
10) parkrun: Portersstown
Emilia Dan, 20:04, Dunboyne AC
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