Event #151, November 17th 2018

After the wonders of last week and the spread provided by the Polish it was hard to see how this week could stack up. But as I have learned in life when you least expect it will happen.

This weekend we battled with the Clontarf Half marathon, The Irish Life BHAA Cross Country on the Saturday and few may have been resting their legs ahead of 10ks in Portarlington and Annagassan on the Sunday. I think as 265 parkrunners showed up to Castletown on Saturday morning we won that battle.

Paul Bennett was the sole milestoner this week running his 100th. The few that saw him during the pre run briefing saw he was as excited as a child as Christmas to be running his 100th. His wife Lesley will be joining him in the 100 club in a few weeks. I think their dog Chico may not be far off the club membership himself.

Liam King crossed the line as the first finisher in just under 19 minutes, with an unknown in 2nd and James Keane making up the top 3. The rumours are not true that the 2nd placed male legged it after not getting the memo about the dress code.


Orla Reidy was first Lady over the line in 21:14. Orla seems to like the castletown course having been first lady in all 3 outings. Sinead Kelly was the 2nd lady over the line Kirsten Monaghan finished off the top 3 ladies. The fact two of the top 3 were juniors gives me great hope for Irish running in the years to come. The 3 ladies were that fast I failed to get a photo of them for my report.

We also had 28 members from St Cocas Fit4life and Improvers group join us on the morning. Well done to all of them and we look forward to seeing ye all again soon. FB_IMG_1542563498012

We are always saying you will get support at Castletown parkrun when doing any job. This includes token sorting, it appears it took 4 people to sort the token yesterday there were that many of ye running.

You may have noticed some of my core team seemed to go AWOL . They had good reason, Declan and Sheila went off to the home of parkrun Bushy park in London where they met Melanie Tuffen who recently left Castletown to return to the UK. You think we are busy with 265 runners yesterday. Bushy parkrun has 1,325 runners this week along side 49 volunteers thats some event. While they were at Bushy they met the founder of parkrun Paul Sinton Hewitt. I maybe fan girling here at the idea of both meeting him and running Bushy park. IMG_20181117_135205

Marian Fagan was touring at Harrow Lodge parkrun who had a more manageable 175 parkrunners. I hope both groups enjoy there few days R&R.


Thanks to the 24 other volunteers including pacers who made the event run smoothly this week:

Andrew CLARKE • Aoife PLUINCÉID • Brendan MOONEY • Callum JACKSON • Edel MCCORMACK • Gerry DUFFY • Harry BEATTIE • James QUIGLEY • John O'LONE • Karl MITCHELL • Katherine CARROLL • Kim O'LONE • Laura MURRAY • Lesley THOMSON • Marian FAGAN • Mary KIERNAN • Nicola O'LONE • Oran HAYES • Orla WALSH • Paul BENNETT • Philip SLATTERY • Roisin KIERNAN • Sean MURRAY • Tara BEATTIE • Thomas QUINN

I will be off touring myself next week and I did not have to forget to pay my TV licence in order to do it. I will be leaving you in the more than capable hands of Marian.

RD for event #151


Event #150, November 10th 2018

So, who is Phil Esterhaus?

There was a lot happening this week  - a lot. Sometimes I find that if I had the chance to write down all of the things that came together in order to ensure that  a parkrun happened safely, that I’d be writing all week.

[ Editor’s note: It’s kinda like Declan's Run Briefings - a little editing would go a long way ! ]

So, I’ll keep the Run Report short and brief.

Firstly - we had an inkling that Rafal would do his 200th parkrun, and while it is not an official milestone, we’d like to express our appreciation once again for the Polish Running Club Ireland for the way that they bring a community together …. and for Slawomir letting us know in advance that if we did not eat all of the food that he would not be bringing as much next time!


It would not be possible to run an event any week... so the crew who came together for Event #150 were simply great - from Tomasz - who brought food and was a marshal in support of Rafal, to Wally who brought the music, our Gaisce students - who did the first timers briefing and our two timekeepers who were volunteering for the very first time. The reports from all corners by the marshals were that they enjoyed it....so if you get a chance, give us your name or your barcode and keep the show on the road. DSC_0681


We were raining in Milestones - and though we stumbled (multiple times) in getting it right as to who was celebrating their 50th, we had 5 people celebrating on the day.

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Along with Sarah, Katherine, Kim, Catherine, we had Paddy hit the 50 mark. Well done to you all, and if you let the RD know the next time that you are at the event, then we’ll sort you out with the 50 cert, if we missed you on the day.


We had a lot of visitors from Griffeen parkrun, a large group from Naas, and someone from South Africa - who got the loudest cheer on the day!
We had more first timers than we knew about - as I was only acknowledging “The lady in Pink” - however 39 of you were new to our parkrun in Castletown.
In any case, there are two things that I’ll leave you with - one is a video that will answer the question “Who is Phil Esterhaus” -
The other is a final view of the *very end* of the briefing - where we thank the volunteers, get the heart rate going and get going!


Well - I had fun - hope ye had, and with a few more volunteers, we'll try to do it all again.

Declan Hynes

Run Director Event #150 Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun      Event number 150    10th November 2018

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
John REGAN • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Haj SLATTERY • Wally MOORE • Conor DEVANEY • Marguerite BRANNELLY • Michael BRANNELLY • Harry BEATTIE • Peter HANLON • Kim O'LONE • Callum JACKSON • Tomasz RACZYNSKI • N OSHEA • Gary QUINN • 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 4,603 participants have completed 27,903 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,515 km, including 5,462 new Personal Bests.


NEW YEAR – There will be NO event at Castletown parkrun on New Years Day 2019

The last event at Castletown parkrun for 2018 will be on 29th December 2018.

For the eager beavers among you, New years Day is the ONLY day of the year where you can run two events and they both get counted.  Yippeeee!!!  A parkrun double!!!  Lets do it.

For full list of Christmas/New Year events check out the listings.  Please note that some events haven't confirmed yet, so the list may not be fully complete for a week or two.


Christmas – There will be NO parkrun at Castletown parkrun on Christmas Day

The last parkrun BEFORE Christmas at Castletown will be 22nd December 2018.

All participants and volunteers are invited to wear their best Christmas jumper to get us all in the festive mood!  We might even have some treats on hand for all to enjoy.

For a full list of Christmas/New Year events check out the parkrun listings.  Please note that some events haven't confirmed yet, so the list may not be fully complete for a week or two.


Event #149, 3rd November 2018

It was a windy start to this weeks parkrun at Castletown. Which saw 204 of ye forsake warm beds and a lie on to the brave the elements for your weekly 5km fix.

We welcomed two visitors from the US, Aaron from Colorado and Mike from Texas. We hope you both enjoyed your visit to Castletown.

Well done to the Ace Fit C25K group who chose Castletown for their graduation run. Hopefully we see many of your back again soon.


Shane McCarthy, Colm Fitzgerald and Liam King were the first 3 men home.


Suzanne Quinn, Jan Corcoran and Sarah Sutton led home the women. Suzanne and Sarah were first timers while Jan ran a PB.


While we always talk about the top 3 finishers it is important to remember that parkrun is a run and not a race. Whether you walk run or jog parkrun allows you to go at your own pace and improve week on week as part of your own personal journey. As always a big thank you to this weeks volunteers, numbering 20 in total. Ye made the RD job very stress free. Also thank to Isaac our four legged tail walker this week. Looking great in his Hi Vis.



The roster for the coming weeks is a little bare, in order to run a safe timed event we need these jobs to be filled so don't by shy and put your hand up for a job.

See you all next parkrun day
John O'Lone
RD Event #149

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