Do dogs talk when they bark?
Every parkrun has a story, and Event 130 must have had more than most.
When we work through the more than 290 participants, each and every one of you have your own story to tell….as indeed do the marshals who joined us today.
This week there was so much going on, there would have to be video replays, a commentary panel, possibly a VAR and an awful lot more in order to fully capture the spirit, adventure, joy, colour, happiness and everything else that was captured during the event in Castletown. We'll do something a little bit different and omit the photos from the Run Report this week....humour me on it.
We had 53 first timers - and I hate to break it to you - but it is not always that colourful, that noisy each week! But it is that much fun each and every week!!
This week was indeed special - and all the more so thanks to the simply fantastic atmosphere that was brought to our little corner of the country by the Polish Irish Friendship parkrun.
While we had a few folks from River Valley, and a few from Hartstown there was a spread of food, colour, folk dancing and Caring in the Community that was generated by the Celebration that is the annual Polish Irish festival. While well supported by the Embassy, it was even more important this year, with the 100th anniversary of independence, so we are gratified that the guys included Castletown as part of their celebrations.
I have to say a particular thanks to the volunteers this week - without you we would not be able to facilitate our event each and every week, and it is through the concept of giving back every 10 runs and volunteering in some capacity that makes it possible to have an event in the first instance.
Now, the apologies.
Yes - I should have spelled the word “Poland” rather than “Iceland” at the start of the event. I have an excuse in that I shuffled around the planned dates that I was to be the RD - I should have been RD on the 2nd week of the month - June 09th, and it would have been at the start of the World Cup and Iceland would have been appropriate. However with the change of dates, I did not change the few words, and only as I unfurled the notes did I realise the error. Apologies for that.
Second apology - the certificates - all 4 of the people that I called out this week were at the event, however it was only Conor that I caught at the end and managed to give a certificate to.
We had Gemma Dunne - who has done all of her 50 parkruns in Castletown, and Brian McCormick also celebrating 50 parkruns.
While we had a junior park runner (Conor) not make himself known at the start, he was there, and we managed to present him with his certificate at the end, we missed out on Brenda.
Gemma, Brian and Brenda will have to ask the RD at the next parkrun that they attend to get their certificate and a photo with the Run Director.
I’ll have to admit that this is not the first time that this has happened, and that can take weeks and weeks for me to catch up with the people who did not get their certificate - so please make yourselves knows to the RD before (or after) any event at all. You have reached the milestone, you deserve the recognition!
A big congrats to a large contingent from 6th Class in Clane who did the 5km as part of a couch to 5km effort - and it was really great to see you run in groups around the course, and particularly inspiring to see the mutual support and encouragement that you provided to each and everyone of your colleagues. It was, in the words of one observer... “truly the spirit of parkrun” - and was genuinely moving to see in action.
You should all be very proud of your achievements and how you manage to reach the goal that you set yourselves. We hope to see you all again soon at parkrun - and bring your parents along next time - and have them do the 5km with you!
Ríain Hudson did his second parkrun, in a very fine time, and though we did not manage to announce it at the start, we’re delighted to take the opportunity now to acknowledge it!
We did manage to acknowledge Kim O’Lon’e birthday milestone, and if I had not been over time in the briefing, we would have managed to sing “Happy Birthday” - and no doubt among the more than 290 participants we would have managed to find someone with a fine voice to lead us - perhaps even a future star of the X-Factor. Alas it is not me, so next time we’ll find an RD who has a singing voice to lead us all!
A final word of thanks to Teresa McCarthy, for reaching her 150th parkrun. While it is not an official milestone, the combination of that number of parkruns along with 64 volunteer efforts is something to be admired and emulated by us all.
Now, if you’ve managed to read this far you are likely to have been somewhat intrigued by the sub-heading which talked about dogs and barking.
Well, we’ll share a little story that happened just before the start of Event #130.
I had briefed all of the marshals and was about to set them away to points around the course, when the elder of two sisters (some of our youngest marshals on the day) stepped forward to announce that her sister had a question.
Her younger sibling stepped forward and as she started to speak, I wondered what the question could be?
“Do I need a token?”
“How long will this take?”
“How come you have a different Hi-viz jacket?”
All sorts of possible questions that are regularly known to many a Run Director - I had the answers at my fingertips.
I had that false confidence of adulthood.
I knelt down, fully confident that I would be able to answer the Marshal’s question.
After all, I reasoned, I had the full collective wisdom of the Castletown Run Directors manual within easy reach.
Yes, dear reader, I had my two co-Event Directors within earshot if needed.
I had you, all three hundred and more of you both participants and supporters.
We had full internet connectivity.
We had the support of both the OPW, the Kildare Sports Partnership, the VHI and parkrun Ireland.
We had the facebook page with all our our supporters and full access to google if needed.
We had a parkrun wiki that holds all of the known knowledge of parkrun.
There was nothing, nothing dear reader, that was parkrun related that I would feel unable to answer.
At the point that they had my full attention, our youngest volunteer on the day asked a question on the topic that troubled them most.
“Emm……Do dogs talk when they bark?”
So, dear reader, if I seemed somewhat distracted during the briefing, it was surely because of this, a parkrun question that may never be answered.
If you have an answer, or indeed a similar question that you want to cause some amusement to yourself, or puzzlement to any of the Run Directors or volunteers any time - then feel free to ask anyone in a Hi-Viz that question any Saturday.
Run Director Event #130
Castletown parkrun Celbridge
This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Sharon ASHMORE • Siobhan O'BRIEN • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Paul HAWKINS • Donal GILMAN • Sara NOLAN • Carla GUNNING • Mary KIERNAN • Roisin KIERNAN • Melanie TUFFEN • Zach GUNNING • Sean HENEGHAN • Aisling BYRNE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Nicola O'LONE • Marie Béatrice ARMSTRONG • Mark BYRNE • Simon CORBETT • Tomasz RACZYNSKI • Dexter GUNNING • Jean DUNNE • Niamh O'LONE • Robert ARMSTRONG
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 4,179 participants have completed 23,933 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,665 km, including 4,825 new Personal Bests.