Daire Bermingham and Catherina McKiernan are your quickest parkrunners in Ireland this weekend (June 1).
A legend of European distance running headed this week’s list of fastest parkrun times in Ireland. Catherina McKiernan ran 17:23 at Malahide parkrun finishing over 80 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Lucy Barrett (18:46). McKiernan, who won the London Marathon in 1998, has a 5,000m best of 14:49 from 1996 sitting just outside the top 100 all time over the distance.
The fastest male runner this week was Daire Bermingham of Raheny Shamrock AC who ran 15:40, also at Malahide. Bermingham who was running his first parkrun of 2019 has a best of 14:57 and a 5,000m PB of 14:13.
Rachel Gibson was the second fastest female this week also cracking 18 minutes with 17:41 at Belfast Victoria. Gibson recently ran a 10km PB of 36:43 at Titanic Quarter and an excellent 4:25 1500m at last week’s BMC at Sportcity. Sarah Grant (18:14) of North Down AC and Lynne Hennessey (18:42) Rathfarnham WSAF were third and fourth fastest.
Malahide was the place to be for fast times this week with Colin Griffin the second fastest male. 16:01 was a big PB for Griffin who is a regular attendee at both Malahide and St Anne’s parkrun. Sean Doyle (16:03) and Conor Curran (16:07) were this week’s third and fourth fastest.
Acorns AC men Darrell McKee, Glen Donnelly and Aidan O’Hagan claimed the first 3 places at MUSA Cookstown on a week of generally fast times for both men and women.
Men’s top 10
1) parkrun: Malahide
Daire Bermingham, 15:40, Raheny Shamrock AC
2) parkrun: Malahide
Colin Griffin, 16:01
3) parkrun: Naas
Sean Doyle, 16:03
4) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Conor Curran, 16:07, North Belfast Harriers
5) parkrun: MUSA Cookstown
Darrell McKee, 16:08, Acorns AC
6) parkrun: MUSA Cookstown
Glenn Donnelly, 16:10, Acorns AC
7) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Neill Weir, 16:16, Willowfield Harriers
8) parkrun: MUSA Cookstown
Aidan O’Hagan, 16:27, Acorns AC
=9) parkrun: Marlay
Noel Carroll, 16:29, Shercock AC
=9) parkrun: Malahide
Wesley O’Brien, 16:29, Raheny Shamrock AC
Women’s top 10
1) parkrun: Malahide
Catherina McKiernan, 17:23
2) parkrun: Belfast Victoria
Rachel Gibson, 17:41, North Down AC
3) parkrun: Derry City
Sarah Grant, 18:14, North Down AC
4) parkrun: Marlay
Lynne Hennessey, 18:42, Rathfarnham WSAF
5) parkrun: Malahide
Lucy Barrett, 18:46, Raheny Shamrock AC
6) parkrun: Marlay
Niamh Murphy, 19:08
7) parkrun: Wallace
Amy Bulman, 19:15, Willowfield Harriers
8) parkrun: Stormont
Leann Gibson, 19:31, Victoria Park and Connswater AC
9) parkrun: Poppintree
Julie Cleary, 19:39
10) parkrun: Ballincollig
Deirdre Healy, 19:55
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