September parkrunner of the month-Conor Devaney

Every month we pick a parkrunner of the month. This is someone who shows the parkrun spirit, Whether this is by volunteering quite regularly, encouraging people as they go around or waiting at the finish clapping till the last runner comes home. For September we picked Conor Devaney. Here he is pictured with his new Baby and his wife. We hear rumours a runner buggy has been ordered so Conor and bring the baby to get their parkrun fix.


Name: Conor Devaney

Club: St. Coca's AC

Age: 32

Home parkrun: Castletown

Occupation: Dreamweaver. Visionary. Plus teacher

Number of runs: 47

Favourite volunteer role: I love when I get the chance to be a pacer. It is a nice feeling assisting people in achieving the goal that they set themselves for the day.

How has parkrun changed your running: It stopped me getting too focused on beating my own records and chasing PBs. There is always a nice friendly atmosphere at parkrun which reminded me you can just run for the fun of running.

First parkrun: 21/11/2015

What do you like about parkrun: The sense of community you get from it. It is great when you recognise a fellow Parkrunner and get a hello at other running events around the country.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun: Last winter when I turned up at Castletown on a freezing cold morning to find that the parkrun event was rightly cancelled due to bad ice. Lots of people still went for runs on alternative routes around the grounds anyway. You could see little plumes of breathe at different stages along the tracks. I got a sense of how much parkrun had encouraged a love of running in everyone there. They were going to get in that run no matter what the conditions.


Event 93- A new beginning

While I have been run director as Castletown more then once Saturday was going to be different for two reasons.

The first was as of last Saturday Castletown parkrun now has its own defibrillator. Now we pray that we never have to use it.

UntitledMe showing the New Defib to the runners The second difference I will get to later.

We has 207 runners last weekend including 42 first timers and 36 PB's The first 3 men were:
Graham GILLARD was first
An unknown runner was second. (This is why you should not forget your barcode
Richard NUNAN was third.

On the female side:

Naoise WALDRON was first
Alicia ASHMORE was second
Megan FLEMING was third

We had a few tourist who made there was to Castletown including one couple who were over from England and visiting their 42nd different parkrun

Hope both Ali Dolphin and Frank Atherton enjoyed their trip to Ireland and Castletown parkrun.

We now move from a husband and wife tourist to husband and wife milestoners

Lesley THOMSON and Paul BENNETT celebrating their 50th.

As a point to note their dog ran his 25th parkrun as well, and if you look closely at the photo, there is a "25" banner on their back!

I was also had the pleasure of presenting Claire Guest with her junior 10 Cert and I believe her sister will be joining her in the 10 Club next week - so well done to you guys!

To finish off this week we also had a change in the backroom of Castletown parkrun as Sharon Ashmore stepped aside as Event Director. I have stepped up as the new run director.

So as far as everyone is concerned, its the same crazy folks running Castletown parkrun just a new yoke keeping it all together.

Till next week
Philip Slattery
RD for Event 93 and ED for Castletown



Event #92 Sept 09th 2017

So another Castletown parkrun (Event 92) has come and gone, and it falls to me to write up a quick Run Report. It is actually my favourite part of the job as there's always so much to share, and I get a chance to capture a small flavour of the day.

Firstly the thanks - to the volunteers and the crew of Event #92.

Special word of thanks to Brian in particular who had planned to run, didn't feel up to it, so came along and offered to volunteer instead - which is the parkrun spirit! We had a couple of first timers with volunteering as well - which is always nice to see, and we hope you enjoyed it!
There were reports of sore hands from clapping the parkrunners, which is about the best thing that can happen and the worst thing at the same time!

48-100_1375One of our Volunteers (Sarah) posted up some of the photos taken on the day, as did another Castletown regular (Philomena) and they are to be found on the Flickr page. IMAG8519
Congratulations to Conor Devaney who was named Parkrunner of the month. He's a regular volunteer, occasional parkrun tourist and well deserving of the award.

IMAG8504We had the first three men home Tommy, Oran and Thomas. IMAG8511
The first three women home were Fiona, Caragh and Eileen.

It's been pointed out to me that Fiona, Caragh and Oran are the one family, so well done to you guys!

Some notable milestones this week: Gearoid and Paul reached 50 parkruns.
IMAG8506Paul Foy with his 50 parkrun certificate. IMAG8514
Gearoid receiving his 50 parkrun certificate before he headed out for a 150km cycle on the Sunday......which is inspirational stuff!

IMAG8509Rafal with his 25 volunteer certificate - which he earned a few weeks back and we managed to catch up with him today.

We also noticed that Sean Heneghan became eligible for the 25 Volunteer t-shirt after volunteering on Saturday, but we only became aware of it after the results were processed, so we did not know about it on the day. We'll get a photo some Saturday morning though...and we see that you are doing pre-event this coming Saturday so remind our Run Director on the day!

Anyway, my thanks to everyone and a quick random fact if you've decided to read this far. We've done 78,000 km at Castletown parkrun. Google tells me that the Earth's circumference is 40,075 km, so we are 2,150km from doing enough parkruns at Castletown to circle the globe twice. That means the next 430th person who completes the Castletown parkrun is marking a milestone. If you think of a name for this special honour, then message the page with the idea.


We also tried something with the briefing this week - feedback seems good, but if you have your own twist that you'd like to contribute, then come along and give it a go!

Anyway, that's the report from last Saturday. Give volunteering a go over the next few weeks - you'll really enjoy it!

Happy Running!

Declan Hynes
Event #92 Run Director
Castletown parkrun

The numbers from this weeks report are below.

This week 173 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Teresa MCCARTHY • Michael COMER • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Sarah GRIFFIN • Brian BEATTIE • Sandra MCLAUGHLIN • Mary KIERNAN • Marc AUGUSTIN • Melanie TUFFEN • Sean HENEGHAN • Kim O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Deirdre SHEEHY • Catherine VALLELY • Maria CONWAY • Brian KIERNAN

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

Male placings:
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:28 - 6th time in 14 appearances.
Oran HAYES (JM15-17) of Le Cheile AC, was second over the line in 19:46.
Thomas GEOGHEGAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:25.

Female placings:
Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (18th overall) over the line in 22:17 - 4th time in 18 appearances.
Caragh HAYES (JW15-17) of Le Cheile AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:56 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.
Eileen MAGUIRE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 24:39.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Brian MCGRATH (VM60-64) – 78.01% for the time 21:18 (13th overall).
Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) – 77.11% for the time 22:17 (18th overall).
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) – 75.17% for the time 19:28 (first overall).

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
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 3,115 participants have completed 15,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,000 km, including 3,509 new Personal Bests.


Event 91, 2nd September 2017.

Castletown parkrun
Event number 91
2nd September 2017

The sun greeted us again this week and 246 of you ran, jogged and walked the course.  28 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests.  People have lots of reasons to run at parkrun, here's just a few...
(parkrun first timers who had a real giggle on their run).

(fabulous families with a pram too... wow!!).

(birthday boy Tom chatting with the boys - Declan and Ed).

(The fabulous ladies from Lucan Harriers who took in parkrun along the way on a 15 mile marathon plan).


Male placings:


Conor MCGLYNN (SM30-34) of IRISH LIFE AND CANADA LIFE RUNNING CLUB, was first over the line in 18:30 - 19th time in 59 appearances. Graham GILLARD (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:31 - was first to finish once before. Colm FITZGERALD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:05.


Female placings:


Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:07 - third time in 17 appearances.
Alicia ASHMORE (JW15-17) of Celbridge AC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 23:28.
Sandra MCLAUGHLIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (42nd overall) over the line in 24:31.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) – 77.69% for the time 22:07 (17th overall).
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) – 74.98% for the time 19:31 (4th overall).
Graham GILLARD (VM40-44) – 74.26% for the time 18:31 (second overall).

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).


The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:


Sharon ASHMORE • Alicia ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Michael COMER • Marian FAGAN • Laurena QUINN • Eleanor KENNEDY • Mary VAN LONKHUYZEN • Mary KIERNAN • Katelyn KIERNAN • Roisin KIERNAN • Marc AUGUSTIN • Paul BENNETT • Nuala CARNEY • Sean HENEGHAN • Tom O'SULLIVAN • Sean VALLELY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Maria CONWAY • Brian KIERNAN • Paul LYNCH


Your parkrun needs a little extra help:

We still have several gaps in the roster for September, if you've ran 10 parkruns and not volunteered, we'd be very grateful if you could help us out.  Just 3 times volunteering (on average for everybody), ensures that parkrun is well looked after... just drop us a line at  We've had several new volunteers over the last few weeks, and they've loved it, it's a great way to experience your parkrun from a different angle.  Full training is given and all the jobs are easy and fun.  Go on!  You know you want to.


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

Help us to help you:

Check your results email from last week and ensure your home parkrun is marked as 'Castletown parkrun'. OPT-IN to receive emails from your team. We never bombard you with emails, but in the event of a cancellation or similar emergency, we will be able to contact you directly.


And lastly for this week:


(Philip Slattery sporting his recently earned 50 milestone t-shirt) 

Again, on your results email, if you've qualified a few months ago for a milestone t-shirt, check out 'Club-progress' and your link may have been activated.  A recent batch was received by the supplier... hopefully you may be in luck.

For further information on parkrun Clubs/t-shirts, feel free to check out the information from parkrun HQ, or ask a member of your team who may be able to help you out.

My favourite is still the volunteer 25 t-shirt.  Volunteer 25 times and it's yours.  It's so much easier than you think!  You don't have to sacrifice your run to earn it either, but it is fun to watch the event too... take it from me...

Your run director for event #92

Sharon Ashmore.


Event #90 26th August 2017

Saturday dawned sunny and deceptively hot! It was going to be a glorious day for all 195 of you that turned up to the start line. Of these we had 26 first timers and 36 personal bests. Congratulations to everyone on the day and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we always do!

It was a day to say a big well done to the young people particapating today. We had a few junior 10 milestones and the third lady home was only 16. Congratulations to Sean Bowes, Joeseph Quinn and Bernie Scott who all celebrated their junior 10 and Alicia Ashmore, 3rd lady home! We also had some young faces in our volunteer slots. On scanning we had Liam Goodburn and Katelyn Kiernan taking it all in their stride. And on token sorting we had Peter Goodburn. The future of parkrun shines bright in your hands!
Our first three men home on the day were Liam King 19.32, Joe McCracken 19.34 and Thomas Geoghegan 20.20

The first three ladies were Cliodhna Carthy 21.58 Hazel Mcloughlin 23.03 (JW 15-17) and Alicia Ashmore 23.46 (JW 15-17)

Congratulations to one of our regulars, Laura Murray who took on the extreme North in Donegal last weekend in which she completed 4 marathons in 4 days! Here she is sporting her giant medal!


I would also like to thank our volunteers. We were very short staffed up until the last minute so we had people taking on lots of new jobs and they took them all in their stride which proves that all jobs at parkrun are easy so never feel nervous about taking on one or taking on your first volunteer stint. You will love every minute of it.

Some of our tokens went walkabout on Saturday so if you come across tokens, 6, 107, 138 and 141, drop them back this Saturday to any of the volunteers or into the net at the gate, their buddies on the token stack are missing them!

Thank you all for another great Saturday!
Your run director
Marian Fagan

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