Event #121, 21st April 2018.

Castletown parkrun
Event number 121
21st April 2018

With the sun beaming we set-up for parkrun and had the unusual task of including a 'warm weather warning' into the pre-event brief.  We really could do with a few more weeks like these.

With a fine mix of visitors from Cabinteely, Griffeen Valley and Capetown we welcomed Tom Coppinger to the 100 milestone club.  It was a spectacular day for all.


This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 26 were first timers and 38 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Orlaith NASON • Laura CROOKE • Paul HAWKINS • Alan MAHER • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Sean HENEGHAN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Nicola O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Roisin BISLAND • Joann BOWES • Sean BOWES • Brian O'GORMAN • Jennifer GEOGHEGAN

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

For me, there's always lots of special moments to soak in whilst I'm enjoying the Run Director role.  I enjoyed a chat with a new mum ran her first parkrun since her baby son was born nine weeks ago.  I was even allowed a little snuggle from the new arrival.  Mom ran parkrun yesterday in a blinding 25 mins!!!  What a return to running!!!

There was an amazing finish by this duo, dad and son.  When the little fella in the buggy saw the finish chute his expression was priceless... he sat up in the buggy and started cheering and clapping.  It made me smile to see them enjoying the day together like that.


If you blink at Castletown parkrun you miss something special!

If you have a story to share drop us a line to castletownhelpers@parkrun.com.  Feed-back of any kind is very welcome.

Here are some other stats from Castletown parkrun.

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 3,885 participants have completed 21,699 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,495 km, including 4,466 new Personal Bests.

Check out the web page at www.parkrun.ie/castletown for tons of other information!  Keep up to date on FB and Twitter pages too.

Thanks for taking the time to read my report.

Your Run Director for #Event 121, Sharon Ashmore.


Event #120, 14th April 2018

When I woke up on Saturday morning and saw the sun in the sky I knew it was going to be a good day! Unfortunately, the sun didn’t last too long but it stayed dry for the majority of Saturday’s parkrun which made a nice change!

This week we had 235 people taking part, of which 19 were first timers, and 35 managed to record new personal bests!

Well done to Senan Mortiarty and James Gaynor who completed their first parkruns today!



One of our stalwart volunteers, Marian Fagan, will be missing in action over the next few weeks. We want to wish her all the best in the coming weeks. She will be sorely missed! Looking forward to seeing you back at parkrun soon!


Our event would not be possible without our volunteers. Today we had 21 volunteers, some of whom were volunteering for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you fancy giving it a go send us an email at castletownoffice@parkrun.com. Full training is given beforehand and all of the roles are very easy!


We were very lucky to have Owen as our photographer this week, head on over to our flickr page to see if you can spot yourself!

See you all next week!

Your run director for Event 120,

Eavan Connolly


Event #119, 8th April 2018.

Event #119, 8th April 2018.


It was another morning when the weather was not quite sure what it wanted to do. But once it was dry we where happy. To the people who reminded us that the 2nd lap sign was facing the wrong way, that was a plant to see if ye were all awake and congratulations ye all passed.

Overall 227 people ran the course. As soon as the runners set off I spotted Lee Van Haeften in the crowd and knew a fast pace was coming. Lee completed the course in 16:51. John Regan and Philip Doyle made up the first 3 men.

Breda Smyth, Sinead Graham and Sandra Mc Laughlin were the first 3 ladies home.

We took the opportunity to announce the parkrunner of the month for April. We had a  hard decision this month so we decided for the 2nd time it went to a fantastic family. Well Done to the Kiernan family. To find out more about them here is a link to the Q&A (April parkrunner of the month)

We also had 3 people enter the 50 Club Well done to Catherine Tuite, Liam Fennelly and Paul Hawkins. Paul was the only person I could catch to award his 50 cert.
We had William Moore on camera for us, to see his amazing photos check out out flickr page here

We have a few interest parkruns coming up in the next two months so keep your eyes.

RD for Event 119


Le Cheile 5k Road Race – Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 8pm.


The annual Le Cheile AC 5k Road Race takes place

on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 8pm.



Le Cheile 5k 2018

This is always a fun local event in Leixlip which finishes on their track.  Refreshments post race are provided in the Club Grounds.

To enter, follow this link.

Let see how many parkrunners we can find at this not to be missed event. 


parkrunner(s) of the month – April 2018.

parkrunner(s) of the month
April 2018


The Kiernan Family

Mary and Brian (Mum and Dad) Roisin and Katelyn.


The Kiernan family rarely miss a parkrun.  Whether it's a good day or a bad day you'll see some or all of them in Castletown.  It's very inspiring to see how their family bring all the different personalities and abilities to parkrun whilst making it a really fun day for themselves and for others around them.  They are never shy from helping out at parkrun in all sorts of jobs.  It's families like the Kiernans that make parkrun what it is... an amazing and fun filled community.  They are very worthy of their place on the parkrunner of the month wall of fame.

Have a read of their story here....

Name: Brian (Service Engineer) 44, Mary (Primary School Teacher) 39, Katelyn 11 & Roisin 9

Club: Celbridge AC ( Recently as a result of parkrun)

Home parkrun: Castletown

Number of runs: Brian 38 Mary 45 Katelyn 42 Roisin 42

Favourite volunteer role:

Brian: Timekeeper-

Mary: Token Sorting - I find it very therapeutic

Katelyn: Scanning- I get to use technology !

Roisin: Tail Walker-I can still stay warm and talk with my Mammy or Daddy

How has parkrun changed your running:  We all have different things that have changed with running as a result of getting involved in parkrun, it gives us an activity which we can share as a family. It has put us on the road to running and fitness and given us the confidence to enter running events. It has given Katelyn the belief in herself and the confidence in her ability to run and it gets Roisin out of the bed to enjoy the buzz parkrun gives her. (Her words not ours)

First parkrun:  Mary started parkrun in December 2016 and brought Katelyn and Roisin with her and I decided later to help Mary by minding the girls while she started her running journey and soon after I was bitten by the parkrun bug which is very hard to shake

What do you like about parkrun:  While parkrun has many enjoyable things about it, the social aspect and camaraderie along with the breakfast in Castletown café are our favourites. It is the highlight of our weekend. We also love seeing that finish line at the end, and the cheers of encouragement are great too.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun:  It is hard to pick one but we all seem to remember when Roisin gave her impromptu interview after falling and cutting her knee which she wanted to show everyone. Katelyn was also delighted when one of their friends decided to join the parkrun experience.

We have made many wonderful friends through parkrun and the support given to us by the group has been invaluable to us as a family and we hope there will be many more parkruns to come.



If you have someone you'd like to nominate, please get in touch with the parkrun team at castletownoffice@parkrun.com 

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