Event #162, Feb 16th 2019

Last Saturday morning saw 284 parkrunners (19 first timers) complete the course. 68 PB’s were achieved with the help of the pacers (one while trying not to be caught by the 35 minute pacer).

We had Karl Mitchell complete his 50th parkrun as well as volunteering to brief first-timers/tourists beforehand. That really is bringing out the true spirit of parkrun and we couldn't have the event without the volunteers!

Karl getting his 50 cert

Karl getting his 50 cert

Karl getting his 50 cert

Congratulations to our regular parkrunners (Paddy Mc Donnell; Paul Foy and Philip Slattery) who completed the Donadea  50 km last weekend (and the only acceptable reason to miss parkrun). They came prepared with their well earned bling from the day!

Paddy after Donadea

Paddy after Donadea

Paul after Donadea

Paul after Donadea

Philip after Donadea

Philip after Donadea

Thanks to all our volunteers as parkrun doesn’t run without you!

Event #162 HiViz Heroes

Event #162 HiViz Heroes

Hope you all enjoyed the day and look forward to seeing you all again next weekend.
Sheila Hynes,
Run Director

Run Director, Event #162
Castletown parkrun

 

Castletown parkrun - Event number 162 - 16th February 2019

This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Thomas QUINN • Paddy MCDONNELL • Michael COMER • Caroline DEVANE • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Sarah DEVANEY • Sarah GRIFFIN • Catherine REILLY • Conor DEVANEY • Lisa KEEGAN • Mary KIERNAN • Katelyn KIERNAN • Lesley THOMSON • Luke LYNAM • Harry BEATTIE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Roisin KIERNAN • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Brian KIERNAN • Eoghan CORRIGAN • David HICKEY • Karl MITCHELL • Conor FITZPATRICK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,930 participants have completed 30,962 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,810 km, including 5,905 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 3,433 times.

 

Event #161, Feb 09th 2019

So, we had Melanie Tuffen pay a return visit to her home parkrun of Castletown, and despite threats fo a Brexit tax of 1 minute on her time, she not only did the results processing, but also wrote the Run Report....thank you as always Melanie!!

The night before the wind howled and rattled the letterbox, and rain lashed against the windows, but 226 runners still braved Castletown parkrun in the morning. They were rewarded with a rather soggy course, but a rain free if blustery run! As I type this the rain is lashing again, and I am grateful it held off for the run! The puddles on the course are always a challenge, but watching a toddler jump repeatedly in them with delight I felt that perhaps we all need to embrace out inner child – and just get muddy!

There were first timers galore as well! We were joined by the football team from Salesian’s college, as well as another 13 first timers. There were also an incredible 27 personal bests.

Congratulations to Eavan Connolly, who joined us for her 100th parkrun.

Eavan getting her 100 cert

Eavan getting her 100 cert

Evan getting her 100 cert

And to Joan McTernan, who did her 50th parkrun and celebrated a birthday on the same day!

Joan getting her 50 cert

Joan with her 50th cert

It was fantastic to be back in Castletown, where I never feel like a tourist – it always just feels like coming home! Though I would really appreciate it if you could get rid of that hill before my next visit.

Remember, that Castletown parkrun can’t go ahead without the fantastic volunteers. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered this week:

Sharon ASHMORE, Harry BEATTIE, Katherine CARROLL, Conor FITZPATRICK, Sean HENEGHAN, Declan HYNES, David JACKSON, Rosaleen KELLY, Luke LYNAM, Tony MCDONAGH, Karl MITCHELL, Seamus O MIDHEACH, Niamh O'DALY, Kim O'LONE, John O'LONE, Nicola O'LONE, Philip REILLY, Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL, Lesley THOMSON, Melanie TUFFEN, Orla WALSH

Do drop an email to castletown@parkrun.com if you can help us at future events, as I’d love to fly over every week  to volunteer but it isn’t quite practical!

Thanks to Melanie for the report!

Declan Hynes
Run Director, Event #161
Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun  -   Event number 161   -  9th February 2019

This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Niamh O'DALY • Sharon ASHMORE • Seamus O MIDHEACH • Declan HYNES • Philip REILLY • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Orla WALSH • Sean HENEGHAN • Luke LYNAM • Harry BEATTIE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Nicola O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Tony MCDONAGH • Katherine CARROLL • David JACKSON • Karl MITCHELL • Rosaleen KELLY • Conor FITZPATRICK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,900 participants have completed 30,680 parkruns covering a total distance of 153,400 km, including 5,837 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 3,408 times.

 

Event #160, 26th January 2019.

Event #160, 26th January 2019.

Birrrr, it was cold, but thankfully the weather forecast was very wrong which meant we stayed dry for the entire event.  Trying to read soggy paperwork after an event is very tough indeed, so we were delighted we didn't need to.

We hope you enjoyed 'hearing' from the new piece of parkrun equipment.  We now have a rechargeable megaphone .... yippeeeee!  Isn't it great that you can hear us from the carpark now?  We just need to get used to all the buttons and things that it can do, but it's definitely a welcome and valued new member to our core team.

Speaking of the car park, with our numbers a little on the high side for January we have needed a few extra marshals pre-event to ensure we get the most out of the car-park on a Saturday morning.  Along with the help of the amazing team of OPW ground staff, we have been working well to squeeze you all in.  We do need a little bit of help from all of you.  We really need you to arrive at parkrun well in advance of the brief at 9.20am.  Cars are still driving into Castletown after 9.30am which is holding up the start of the event, but also holds up the marshals from getting back to enjoy their own run.  Please, please (if you must bring a car), we do need you to car-pool and most definitely leave for parkrun much earlier than recently.  The current situation is rather unsafe for all.  Please work with us to ensure everyone gets to enjoy their parkrun.

This week we had 280 participants walk, run, jog or skip their way around Castletown parkrun.  26 were first-timers and 42 of you recorded new PB's.  Don't forget to give that PB bell a ring.  Sure why not give the bell a ring anyway!  We should all ring the bell ... it's another 5k in the bag.  Be proud of every event you clock up, you deserve to.

This weeks event was made possible by a massive 29 volunteers.  I'd like to say a special thank you to Brian Kiernan who was managing the team on the finish chute.  He was supposed to be resting as he had a race the following day, but did so much walking up and down the finish line it's a wonder he was able to walk at all the following day.  Brian also joined the v25 club on Saturday, but he kept that a bit quiet.  Congratulations Brian!!!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers for this week and every week!  We wouldn't have a parkrun without you.  If you are a little scared of volunteering and haven't volunteered before, it's so easy and a hell of a lot of fun.  We laughed so much last Saturday it was just brill!  I like to run, but I also like to volunteer... quite a lot.  Sometimes it's easier to volunteer than run... especially when the wind is sweeping around the park like it was last weekend.

We had two participants celebrate their 50th parkrun last weekend.  Martin Horan and Catherine Reilly.  Catherine wasn't as shy as Martin about her milestone, or should I say her family weren't!  She was well supported by her grandchildren, children and her husband Philip.  Catherine has ran all 50 parkruns at Castletown.  WOW!!!!!  To top off her day, it was her wedding anniversary.  Philip assured me that they might enjoy a beverage or two to celebrate.  Congrats to both of you.  Lets hope you have suitably recovered to enjoy next weeks parkrun.

Thank to all who are signed up to volunteer for the coming few weeks.  We do need everyone to take a turn, so drop us a line at castletownhelpers@parkrun.com.

Your RD for Event #160, Sharon Ashmore.

 

 

 

 

 

Event #159

Saturday morning was another fine cold winters day that saw 349 people (second largest attendance at Castletown parkrun ) toe the line for event #159. We welcomed 39 first timers and only one tourist (that made themselves known to me) Nick Di Mascio, all the way from Perth, Australia.

Well done to the 44 of you that achieved personal bests and congratulations to our 5 regulars who reached  milestones, Sean Heneghan and Paul Foy on 100 runs, and Sarah Griffin and Simon Corbett on 50 runs and Emily Roache who completed the junior 10 milestone. don't forget to claim your milestone tee shirts guys.
Paul and Sean with 100 certs

Sarah getting her 50 cert

First 3 men home where Barney Kelly, Colm Fitzgerald and Ryan Van Haeften.
first 3 male finishers

 

Alicia Ashmore, Eileen Hoare and Grace Flynn where the first 3 women over the line.
First 3 lady finishers

As always , special thanks to all the amazing volunteers (28 this week) who make this event happen, especially our own "lock hards", the car park crew .Thanks also to Oran Hayes, one of our transition year volunteers on completing his required number of weeks for his Gaisce award, all our TY volunteers have been a great help since October, thank you all.

For anyone who would be interested in being a  visually impaired guide at parkrun there will be a training session after parkrun on the 2nd of Feb'.

Thats it for this report, see you all on Saturday,

John O'Lone.

Run director ,Event 159

 

Event #158, Jan 12th 2019

Too much to say, too much to tell.

So, we had a blow-out 2nd parkrun of 2019 with the most number of parkrunners attending ever, and all of the results are here.
It is amazing to think that we had 54 new participants, and that there were parkrun events in Castletown when we had much fewer participants than that in total.
I’ve a couple of key things to mention that were missed in the briefing:

I had planned to say that everyone at the event could have one item from the VHI goodies, however there was an exception I had planned to announce Marian Fagan was the only person who would be allowed a choice of two goodies.

As you know each week we thank the volunteers, and it is for very good reason, we simply cannot do it without them. Some are wearing hi-viz and doing jobs on the day, and some are giving of their precious time during the week to keep the show on the road, manage the volunteer roster, answer queries and in general make the event happen. This is all so that someone doesn’t have to worry when it comes to Saturday and they have to stand up here and shout loudly at a crowd in a field on a Saturday morning.The person who we’d like to acknowledge in some small way, has volunteered on 100 separate occasions in the overall 158 events at Castletown - and who is a key reason why we are able to be here today in such numbers, is Marian Fagan.

Marian

Thank you for all that you do for parkrun, it wouldn't be here without you, wouldn't be as much fun without you, and wouldn't be the same without you!

Gaisce:

You may have noticed that we’ve not had to put out too many calls for volunteers over the past number of weeks - primarily because we have had 4 outstanding young men who have come along as part of their Gaisce participation and volunteered at parkrun. They are coming close to the end of their award efforts, and we hope that they’ll continue to participate in parkrun in the future - so please make sure to say thanks to them!

If you’ve someone who does parkrun already, so that they have a sense of what is involved, and want to do their Gaisce community, then let the team know. (Contact details at the bottom of the parkrun course page).

Returning tokens:
  • When you are at the end of the event - you’ll get scanned - had back the token - last week numbers 140 and 180 were not there and a volunteer has to spend time creating new ones. We also had a number 27 token returned very quietly by someone.
  • That’s okay - I’ve taken a token home by accident - and when I returned it to the Run Director at Griffeen they theatrically turned to the entire assembled crowd and thanked me for doing it - though I did wish that the ground would swallow me up...even though he was kidding! [And making a point for everyone else!!! ]
  • I will not do that to you - don’t worry - return it to a team member quietly, return it to the token box, give it to the scanner, but please return them.

There's a fantastic set of photos on the Castletown parkrun Facebook Page, taken by the young marshal at position 2 (the one where you turn left from the avenue down to the lake. There's several other contributors as well, and each of them get a volunteer credit - and we can't do this at all without  the volunteers.

Now, the Run Report might be a concept that is new to people, and while we used to go and use Flickr for the photographs, today will be the first time that I try to use Facebook in order to embed the pictures, so please be patient with the editing and the layout!

Thanks to all of the volunteers this week - those who jumped in after running to help with scanning, assisting with the huge crowd, and to the marshals who stood around at the start of the event, probably wondering what the delay was!

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
We almost didn't get to start our event on Saturday as you all know.  Please carpool or park safely at various locations near to Castletown and walk or jog to the start.  Or even cycle.  It's the perfect way to warm up for your parkrun.  Access for emergency services (which we hope we might never need) has to be considered at all times.  We would be grateful if you could park in the car park or only on one side of the Avenue.  Parking on grass verges is not allowed.  Thank you all for your consideration.

Hope to run among you on Saturday @Event 159

Declan Hynes
Run Director, Event #158
Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun
Event number 158
12th January 2019

This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Alicia ASHMORE • Edward MCGRANE • Gay HOARE • Philip SLATTERY • Eavan CONNOLLY • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Sarah DEVANEY • Alan MAHER • Roisin RYAN • Conor DEVANEY • Oran HAYES • Lesley THOMSON • Orla WALSH • Harry BEATTIE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Callum JACKSON • Sue SMITH • Lucas SMITH • Erin SMITH • Derek KEARNEY • Conor FITZPATRICK • James QUIGLEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Louise REILLY who recorded a time of 19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,812 participants have completed 29,826 parkruns covering a total distance of 149,130 km, including 5,718 new Personal Bests. A total of 625 individuals have volunteered 3,329 times.

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