Event 129 – 16th June 2018 Clane AC Takeover!

After weeks of amazing hot, sunny weather, we woke up on Saturday 16th June to a duller, cooler day….and the unspeakable happened…it started to rain, and not just a light shower, it was bucketing down. OH NO!!!!

 But, today was parkrun day, and a bit of rain was not going to put off any die-hard parkrun regulars! This was also the third Saturday of the month, and at Castletown parkrun Celbridge, that means its pacer day.

In addition to this, Clane Athletic Club were going to be attempting their first ‘take over day’. (The ‘take over day’ means all the volunteer roles are filled by a local club or interested group and it gives the regular, dedicated parkrun volunteers and some of the core team the opportunity to take a well-deserved day off! It’s a great idea!)

Thankfully, by 8:30am though, that speck of blue in the sky in the far distance was gradually getting bigger, and by the time the 197 walkers & runners lined up at the start line at 9:30am, the sky was back to its usual dry, hot and sunny demeanour that we had grown used to… All was well again!


Clane AC had provided pacers from 20 mins all the way through to 40 mins, so there was plenty of choice for all the park runners this week and we are delighted to report that there were 42 new personal bests (PB’s) achieved at this event.

We also had two very special parkrun milestones to celebrate:
Congratulations to Sheila Hynes who completed her 100th parkrun!!!! Amazing!
We also had one of our junior runners complete her 50th parkrun also – Wow! 50!!! Congratulations!!

We welcomed two parkrun tourists, Fiona & Dermot Symes, all the way from Australia!!! Thanks for coming out to Castletown parkrun Celbridge. It was lovely to chat to you and perhaps we will see you again someday? Thanks for buying some of the Clane AC merchandise too…may you wear it well! Perhaps you will pop up some photos of you wearing your Clane AC T-shirts and neck scarfs?

 There was a sea of Clane AC Orange & Black this week at parkrun as an astonishing 37 volunteers turned up to make the event happen. Thank you so much to each and every one of you.

Although, on this occasion, the volunteers mostly comprised of members from Clane AC adult running club and Clane AC juvenile club, we must give a special thanks to Sheila Hynes, John O’Lone, Philp Slattery and Melanie Tuffen from the Castletown core team, who were also there as usual,working like beavers in the background, making sure the Clane AC volunteers knew exactly what they should be doing and where! Thank you so much for your unwavering patience and guidance!


Some extra special thanks must go to Michael Kilbride from Clane AC, who supplied the event with 250 bottles of water which was welcomed by all our runners and walkers at the finish line, as it turned out to be quite a sunny, hot & humid morning in the end. Thank you, Michael, who is pictured below with Claire Twohig from Clane AC.

All that is left to say is a massive thank you to Castletown Parkrun Celbridge for allowing Clane Athletic Club to take over the event…it was an extremely positive and beneficial experience for all our members, and we do hope we will be invited back again soon,

All the best, until next time!

Caroline Mullally

Clane Athletic Club

Full results for this event and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun results page at: http://www.parkrun.ie/castletown/results/latestresults/

We are very grateful to the 37 volunteers who made this event happen:

George ALTON, Michael ANDREWS, Tracey BURKE, Evanne BURKE O'BRIAIN, Katelyn BURKE O'BRIAIN, Meghan CONNOLLY, John COOMEY, Michelle CULLINAN, Mark DENNENY, Patricia DESMOND, Jack FADDEN, Laura FERGUSON, John FINN, Veronica FLYNN, Colette HAWKINS, Paul HAWKINS, Sheila HYNES, James LAWLESS, James LEEMING, Melissa LYONS, Christy MALONEY, Caroline MULLALLY, Gordon MULLALLY, Lauren MULLALLY, Heather MULLALLY, Catriona O'HARA, Kim O'LONE, Oisin OBRIAIN, Kevin REGAN, Philip SLATTERY, Melanie TUFFEN, Claire TWOHIG, Michael KILBRIDE, Anna HAWKINS, Julia HAWKINS, Anna CARBURY, Agnes O’BRIEN


Event 128, 9th June 2018.

Event 128, 9th June 2018.


Castletown parkrun No. 128 is one I will remember for a very long time as it was my first time to volunteer as Run Director, but any worries I had about 'breaking parkrun' were groundless as our amazing volunteers had everything under control from the word go. Special thanks also goes to the OPW for having our start/finish area looking really well.

265 parkrunners enjoyed the fantastic sunshine but many found it a little too warm judging by the beeline they made for their water bottles at the finish before queuing to be scanned. We were joined on the morning by local boys school, Scoil na Mainistreach, their teachers and parents. Also here today were members of weight watchers running their first 5k and St Cocas AC Fit4Life crew, Fiona and Dermot form Victoria, Lorna from London, Caroline for Marley park and Tom and Steff from Portland Oregon.

Our special guest from across the water was 'Wonky bear junior' who is doing a tour of Irish parkruns. Check out Wonky bear on facebook and follow his exploits as he travels around various events.



Conor McGlynn celebrated his 100th parkrun in style by being the first man home with Conor Devaney and Shane McCarthy hot on his heels.



Stephanie James was first lady across the line with an amazing PB of 21.17 followed by Linda Phelan and Eimear Holton.


I also noticed Edmond Behan ran his 50th parkrun. Well done and don't forget to claim your milestone T shirt.

Finally thanks again to our amazing volunteers who week after week make parkrun what it is, Special, and if you haven't volunteered in a while have a look at the future roster and pick yourself a job! You will enjoy it!

Till next week,
Your Run Director
John O Lone


Event #127, 2nd June 2018.

Event #127, 2nd June 2018.


The heavens opened to a torrential downpour at 8.50am, but thankfully it only lasted long enough for me to get a soaking while I was setting up and not anybody else, so that was great!!  There were several other big events on this weekend, but we still managed to see 196 people run, jog or walk the course. 15 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers, several of whom were double jobbing:


Sharon ASHMORE • Paddy MCDONNELL • Paul HAWKINS • Michelle GOODBURN • Ro CHARLTON • Edel MCCORMACK • Allison LOONEY • Eleanor KENNEDY • Mary KIERNAN • Orla WALSH • Sean HENEGHAN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Nicola O'LONE • Brian KIERNAN • Katherine CARROLL • Olga SLOWEY • Brian O'GORMAN • Gay HOARE. Many thanks to this amazing crew.

Some of the volunteers pictured here were volunteering for the very first time and they said they loved it!!  I've been told that it's good to see parkrun from the other side and not just participate as a parkrunner.

A huge thank you to all the parkrunners who popped their names on the list for this coming week. It’s all looking rosy indeed!  Just a few more volunteers and we're ready to go.  Email castletownhelpers@parkrun.com or message us on FB.


IMPORTANT REMINDER:-  Under 11's are very welcome at parkrun, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire event. parkrun states a parent or guardian must be over the age of 18.  We do welcome our furry friends too (just like 'Legend' photographed above), but they must stay on a short lead for the entire event.  


We also had a very special visitor to parkrun this week.  We had Martin from Little Stoke.  Martin is brother to regular parkrunner, Carmel.  Martin has ran with us before, but I was shocked when he said it was two years ago.  It didn't feel that long.  Time flies when you're having fun at parkrun. I do hope he'll be back much sooner for his next run... he's always got some great parkrun stories to tell.
Speaking of 'Great stories'.... here's a quick summary of an amazing story... Pictured above are Wally and Finola. Would you believe 6 months ago Wally was undergoing a hip replacement? He joined us this week on his first parkrun since the procedure. He said he was going to walk, but what do ya know... he jogged a bit, walked a bit and finished in a very respectable time of just over 45 mins!!! Way to go!!!! So, if you're struggling to get back to parkrun, let this be your inspiration.

And finally, congratulations to our parkrunners who braved their first 10k this week at the VHI Women's Mini Marathon. A huge congrats to my partner in crime, Co-Event Director Philip Slattery who ran Cork Marathon in under 4 hours. I dragged myself around the 10k in Dublinin roasting conditions, but don't really think a marathon in that heat would have been nice. Congratulations Philip!!!

Your Run Director for Event #127, Sharon Ashmore.



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 4,064 participants have completed 23,176 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,880 km, including 4,712 new Personal Bests.



Event #126, May 26th 2018

Every week someone dons the blue hi-viz and tries to get the parkrun event underway, and this was my third time doing it...and it does get easier every time, but that's thanks to the great crew who were on duty this morning who made thing just happen seemlessly.

We had a lot going on - so I'll fly through it.....

Groups, groups groups......

We had a few groups of first timers and visitors this week.VolunteersWhile Rafa is not a stranger to Castletown, and Piotr has been here three times before.... we had a number of folks from the Polish Runners Club Ireland bring some colour to the proceedings.
We hope that ye can be back again soon - and give us some more recommendations of other parkrun routes around Dublin!

The good folks from Thomas P. Fox and Company - Family and Friends brought a big dash of colour to the proceedings, and Green was the colour. It was difficult not to recognise that they were doing an event on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association, and had raised a significant sum (€8,000) with Castletown parkrun being the culmination of their efforts. They were also probably the best organised group that we've seen in parkrun....but having bags with their logos on it, and bringing such a big crew for a special occasion and adding colour and fun made for a great occasion.
UntitledWe also had a couple of milestones, with regulars Donal Gilman and Mary Kiernan reaching the 50 parkrun milestone.

 Mary with her 50 cert...and a volunteer scanner
 Donal and the Run Director.

Well done to both of the guys - and it is great to see them reach that milestone, and in such great weather on the day as well. For anyone who wants to have a chat about parkrun and what it means - just say "congrats" to either of them any Saturday....they deserve the plaudits!

What was noticeable is that there are a couple of the "newer" parkrun t-shirts that were on show on Saturday morning. They have arrived in stock and people are getting their e-mails, so if you've been waiting for a while, check you parkrun profile...you never know what you might be able to order. Even if it is not in stock, you can still order and when it comes in, it will be delivered in sequence. We can't do this without the volunteers - and the guys on the course today were all full of cheers, encouragement and smiles for everyone on teh way around....what more could our 244 participants ask for? Untitled


A couple of quick thank you's to finish - to all of the guys who made up the team for Event #126 - it was great to see people arrive down with such good cheer and looking to have a bit of a chat and a laugh.....it's days like this that make parkrun so special to me.
Keep it up...and "stay on course with parkrun"!

Sheila Hynes
Run Director Event #126
Castletown parkrun

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Sheila HYNES • Sinead Maria SMITH-MURPHY • Philip REILLY • Conor DEVANEY • Katelyn KIERNAN • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Graham SPILLANE • Paul BENNETT • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Philomena DUKE • Gemma DUNNE • Nicola O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Aoife PLUINCÉID • Dorothy DUFFY • Elizabeth NESBITT

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 4,049 participants have completed 22,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,900 km, including 4,684 new Personal Bests.


Event #125 – May 19th 2018 – Celbridge AC Take Over Day!

We had the great pleasure of hosting a takeover day from local athletics club Celbridge AC at event 125! For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a takeover day is when a club “takes over” all of the volunteer roles – as well as turning out in force to enjoy the run as well! A huge thank you to Celbridge AC, many volunteers had never even done a parkrun before but still turned up at 9 am to help out.

We had a bit of a hectic start due to issues with equipment delivery, and as RD I felt a bit like the mother of the bride desperately trying to ensure things didn’t start too late. Derek Cullen and Paul Foy did a fantastic job heading out to do the pre-event set up as quickly as possible.

As usual, the third Saturday of the month is pacer day: and this week’s volunteer pacers were also all supplied by Celbridge AC. We had pacers from 20 minutes up to 40, and a whopping 60 of you got a new PB, I’ve no doubt partly in thanks to the hard work of our pacers.


We had 34 volunteers at this event – a new record! A big thanks to Peter Donaghue (who you won’t find on the volunteer list as he isn’t registered) who stepped into marshal when one of our other volunteers was running late. With 305 people at event 125, we have now had over 4000 different people run, jog or walk at parkrun. That’s fantastic! We have also had 490 different people volunteer – about 12% of those who have taken part. Please do remember we are an entirely volunteer-led event, and we always love to sign up new people! Just email castletownhelpers@parkrun.com – and feel free also to drop us a line if you have a question about any of the roles. We still need a few roles filled for next week.


A big congratulations to Finn, who did his junior 10 parkrun! We also had a group join us from St Cocas AC, many of them doing their first ever 5k. They had a great day for it, and we hope you all enjoyed the experience. Congratulations to all 28 people who did their first parkrun with us.
Have a great week everyone.


RD Event 125.

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