Event #204, 7th December 2019.

Our first parkrun for December 2019 started out quite windy and a bit misty but considering it is mid winter we aren't doing too bad.  166 of you ran, walked and jogged the course.  Six were 1st timers and 20 recorded new personal bests.  Well done everyone.

We had one milestone that we were aware of.  It's not an official one but pretty awesome all the same.  Eleanor was celebrating her 150th run and it was her 100th run in Castletown. It was also Eleanor's 50th time to volunteer at parkrun.  WOW!!!

Here's Eleanor enjoying parkrun, just the way she likes it!

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Eleanor very kindly wrote us a little piece on what parkrun means to her.

Unofficial milestones and addictions.

Saturday December 7 dawned at last. It was the day of my unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns but also the day I completed 100 events at my home of Castletown. 

parkrun is an addiction that I’m proud of having.  It’s wonderful for my mental health and well being.  Going around the course whether by myself or with company gives me a great sense of achievement. That’s what parkrun is all about. It’s yourself that you’re competing against every Saturday, nobody else.

Little did I know when I showed up to my first event on 16th January 2016 in Castletown that parkrun would become such an important part of my life.  I started as a walker who had zero interest in ever even considering jogging, let alone running....but trying to better my times and so competing only against myself I started improving my times at parkrun.

parkrun has become an integral part of my weekend whether I’m running or volunteering or taking on a role which allows me to take part in the event and volunteer.  In this category I love the role of  VI guide and I’ve had the privilege of guiding 4 fantastic people around 6 different parkrun courses.

That’s the beauty of parkrun, my barcode is like a passport It has opened the world to me I’ve been lucky enough to “tourist" in Sydney, Florida, Isle of Man and Edinburgh. Because the sponsors are different in each country the scanner usually notices the difference and comments on this.

Last Saturday, there were a number of “first timers” at the briefing which I gave and I hope that they have been bitten by the parkrun bug too.  It’s great when you meet people in the village who you don’t know, but you know through parkrun and so you get to know people from your community that otherwise you’d never know to even say “hi" to in the supermarket.

Roll on my next “unofficial” milestone of 200 runs and I look forward to eventually earning my 250 t-shirt.

Yours in parkrunning, Eleanor A1936665 

Also in the crowd was Laura Murray.  She quietly kept to herself that she had completed the Clonakilty marathon the previous Saturday which brought her marathon tally to 25.  She was presented with a medal by Marathon club Ireland for this impressive achievement.  Congratulations Laura, you're just amazing!


Our first 3 men home.
No. 1 unknown. [This is why having your barcode is so important]
No. 2 Oliver Birch
No. 3 Adam Veighey [JM 11-14 age catagory]


The first 3 ladies
No. 1 Emily Birch
No. 2 Shauna Dunne
No. 3 Caroline Devane

As usual we never seem to catch the ladies for a photo. Maybe next time.

Our volunteers on Saturday were terrific and we had a few new faces in the mix. I hope you all enjoyed doing your jobs as the runners were very complimentary towards you all. Unfortunately we are finding it increasingly difficult to get volunteers recently. Our parkrun is run solely on volunteers and parkrun belongs to the community . If everyone registered to Castletown parkrun volunteered we would all only have to put our hand up less than once a year. The rule of thumb is once every 10 runs. No volunteers means no parkrun. All jobs are easy and training is on a Saturday morning at 9.00 am so nobody is put out too much.

Drop us a line at castletown@parkrun.com to put YOUR name on the roster.  You'll love it, we promise!

Your run director for this week,

Marian Fagan.


Event #203, 30 November 2019

Last Saturday saw 175 parkrunners join us for a fairly warm and dry day given the season, it showed with 24 of you setting a new PB.  We had 12 parkrunners joining us at Castletown for the first time, and 8 first timers to parkrun.

Pulse Tri Club and Rob Craig Fitness both had groups joined us too. parkrun Ireland recently surveyed those who had volunteered in the last 12 months, here's one of their findings: "90% of those that reported experiencing depression said that participating in parkrun improved their ability to manage their health condition." So why not volunteer yourself over the winter, get yourself some good karma on these dark days.

Take a look at the roster and see if anything takes your fancy. https://www.parkrun.ie/castletown/futureroster/

Full training is given each Saturday morning. Results: https://www.parkrun.ie/castletown/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=203

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: John Paul CARNEY, Mark CRONLY, Caroline DEVANE, Marian FAGAN, Aisling FEENEY, Conor FITZPATRICK, Arlene HIGGINS, Jacqueline KEARNS, Roisin KIERNAN, Brian KIERNAN, Maxwell KINSELLA, Hazel KINSELLA, Rebecca LANG, Simon LANG, Kevin LAWLOR, Suzie MILLER, Sam MURPHY, Elizabeth NICHOL, Sara NOLAN, John O'LONE, Kim O'LONE, Niamh O'SHEA, Aoife PLUINCÉID, Philip SLATTERY

Conor Fitzpatrick (RD Castletown 203)


Event #202 23 November Super Saturday

Castletown parkrun’s very own Super Saturday!!!

Even the cold, wet conditions were not enough to dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic 150 participants who braved the elements to attend Castletown’s 202nd parkrun on the 23rd of November.

The reason for the upbeat mood was because last Saturday brought with it a perfect storm (pardon the pun J) of Milestones for many of our regular gang, and with that came cake....and boy, do we like our cake!.


General Stats

We had 150 parkrunners take to the start line. A low number relative to the usual attendance, but extremely impressive seeing as the poor weather had actually resulted in a number of other parkruns having to be cancelled. We had 18 First Timers (and yes, they decided to pick one of the wettest days of the year to make their debuts. This bodes well for them, as runners to tend to be a bit strange anyway) and 10 PBs.

Amanda Lacey above on her Debut as a first timer at Castletown (on the right) with this weeks RD

Amanda Lacey above on her Debut as a first timer at Castletown (on the right) with this weeks RD


Katelyn Kiernan                - 100 parkruns (Jr)

Roisin Kiernan                   - 100 parkruns (Jr)

Caoimhin MacCionnaith - 100 parkruns

Dorothy Duffy                   - 50 parkruns

Olive Sweetman               - 50 parkruns

Gearoid Barron                 - 10 parkruns (Jr)

Below are some photos of our Milestone runners. We did not get everyone but if you give us a shout next week, we will get your photo to include in next week’s run report.

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NOTE : Not sure who these runners belong to, but I can be fairly sure it is their first outing in Castletown. They may not be so shiny and white next week.

First Across the line

1. Gary Eoin McDonald (Far Right above). First across the line in a PB. Well done!
2. Sheila O’Byrne (2nd from the Right). Almost made the top spot, with her fastest run in Castletown since August 2017. Go Girl!!!
3. Sean Vallely (2nd from Left). Strong run after a 4 week break from Castletown. He must have been tapering for this one!!!
4. Sean Heneghan (Far Left). This run brought Sean’s average time for 2019 below the 22 minute mark.

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We had 23 Volunteer Heros this week. Thanks a million for giving of your time on such a wet morning. (In particular, Tara Campbell’s partner in crime pictured below)

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Anne LANG  •  Caroline DEVANE  •  Cliona FAGAN  •  Finola MOORE  •  Francis MC CARRON  •  Grace PIERCE  •  Hazel KINSELLA  •  John O'LONE  •  Karl MITCHELL  •  Katherine CARROLL  •  Kevin LAWLOR  •  Kim O'LONE  •  Laura MURRAY  •  Marian FAGAN  •  Maxwell KINSELLA  •  Michael COMER  •  Patricia QUINN  •  Philip SLATTERY  •  Rebecca LANG  •  Sam MURPHY  •  Sharon ASHMORE  •  Simon LANG  •  Tara CAMPBELL

We always need volunteers to help us run a safe event. Please consider putting your name down if you have completed 10 parkruns or have not volunteered for a while. All roles are taught on the day and we always get the feedback when we are wrapping up after the parkruns that the volunteers really enjoyed it!!

Until next week,

Karl Mitchell (Castletown Event#202 RD).


Event #201, November 16th 2019

Castletown parkrun 201

Winter is coming, so if you are running or volunteering ensure you bring appropriate gloves and footwear!

This most recent parkrun started bright and frosty we had 234 parkrunners with tourists from as far away as South Africa and as close as Malahide join us. In total we had had 12 first-timers and 9 tourists. We hope to see you all again!

This week saw a few milestones:


Jenny Smyth (who vounteered on the day to do pre-event set up)


Dee Kearns - I am not sure everyone made it into the picture



Castletown regular Thomas Lawlor marked event 201 with his 100th parkrun.


Congratulations to you all!

This week was pacer week and it has been noted that there was 44 PB’s so well done to the pacers who may have assisted in parkrunners achieving their PBs.

Once again thanks to all the volunteers who give up their time to ensure we can carry out a safe events every week!

We hope you enjoyed our parkrun and hope to see you all again.

Run Director
Sheila Hynes

Castletown parkrun
Event number 201
16th November 2019

This week 234 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Deirdre COUNIHAN • Philip SLATTERY • Michael COMER • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Derek CULLEN • Sinead Maria SMITH-MURPHY • Faith VALENA • Eleanor KENNEDY • Donal GILMAN • Sara NOLAN • Alan SCOTT • Laura MURRAY • Catherine REILLY • Brendan MOONEY • Paul FOY • Kevin LAWLOR • Fearghal FITZMAURICE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Jenny SMYTH • Aoife LYNCH • Karl MITCHELL • Rosaleen KELLY • Olive SWEETMAN • Conor FITZPATRICK • Daryl PURCELL • Sam MURPHY

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 Lee VAN HAEFTEN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 30th March 2019 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,804 participants have completed 39,205 parkruns covering a total distance of 196,025 km, including 7,185 new Personal Bests. A total of 770 individuals have volunteered 4,261 times.


Event #200 09/11/19

Saturday morning gave us a cold, dry morning. This was a bonus as we were expecting a wet one. Friday night was particularly wet so although soggy underfoot we would stay dry at least.
We had 213 participants helped along by 23 volunteers. Well done to all of you. Of the runners, 19 were first timers and 23 recorded new personal bests. We had representatives from 13 different clubs.
Our 23 volunteers played a blinder as ever. Always encouraging and helpful to all concerned. Thank you for making everything go smoothly.
The weather has definitely turned into winter so we recommend if you are volunteering to wrap up as Castletown can be pretty cold and windy even if the sun is shining.
We thought our female record, held for over three years by Louise Reilly was about to be broken by our second person home, Ilona McElroy but it still stands. Not by much though, Ilona only missed it by 33 seconds.


The first three finishers were, Freddy Lampret 19.13
Ilona McElroy 19.52
Colm Fitzgerald 19.56

We had visitors from far and wide including a participant from Vienna on his first parkrun.


We also had Katelyn celebrating her 25th volunteer today. She was scanning your barcodes. She is one of our junior parkrunners and is always helping out. In fact in a couple of weeks she will be celebrating her 100th parkrun along with her sister who is also a junior. The first juniors to reach the 100 milestone at Castletown. Well done Katelyn.


We will see you all next week whether you are running, walking or volunteering. Don't forget we always need volunteers. All jobs are easy and training is given on Saturday morning at 9.00am. If you have done 10 runs or have never volunteered please try and put your name down for a job over the next few weeks. It also gives you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.

Until next Saturday

Marian Fagan

Run director

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