Event # 211 25 January 2020

A nice mild January morning greeted 322 runners, joggers and walkers to this week's edition of parkrun. Week 2 of Parkwalk saw a noticeable increase in the numbers walking the event.

37 first timers joined us and hopefully we will see you all back with us next week.  We had visitors from Cornwall, London,Waterford,Kilcock,Fairview and St Annes Park.

Brian Kiernan ran his 100th parkrun . Brian, wife Mary and their two girls Katelyn and Roisin have over 400 runs between them and are regular volunteers at Castletown. They are also regular volunteers at Castletown.

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Castletown and Royal canal parkrun regular Donal Gilman received his 25 volunteering certificate from event director Phillip.

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First finisher in the mens section was unknown, second home with a new pb was Marcus Bishop and third ,also with a pb was Barney Kelly.

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Sandra McLoughlin led home the women, second was Shauna Dunne and third was Claire Millar. Sandra and Claire both had Pb's each knocking 30 seconds off their previous best.

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Big thank you to the 27 volunteers without whom today would not have gone ahead,  Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Caroline DEVANE • Sheila HYNES • Derek CULLEN • Marian FAGAN • Caitriona FLYNN • Eleanor KENNEDY • Sophie ROSS • Kevin LAWLOR • Stephen DEVANE • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Vinny BROWNE • Theresa CORBETT • Dorothy DUFFY • Carol LEEMAN • Karl MITCHELL • Dervala LEAHY • Cian DEVANE • Conor FITZPATRICK • Miriam CAGIGAL • Hazel KINSELLA • Maxwell KINSELLA • Martina O SULLIVAN • Sam MURPHY • Aoife OCONNOR.

Special thanks to Marian and Eleanor for dealing with the car park so well. Once again we appeal to people to car pool ,walk or cycle were possible due to the large numbers attending and give yourself plenty of time to make it to the start area for the run safety briefing at 9.20.

Regards,

John O'Lone.

Run director, Event 211.

 

 

Event #210 18 January 2020

Saturday, was a cold and frosty one at Castletown. It was my first time to do Run Director, and I hope that you were all happy with my Brief and introducing new bees. 295 people ran, jogged or walked at their own pace.

Its a rare things to manage to capture the first 3 man and women but we managed to do this this week. For an added bonus we have also got a photo of the first 4 legged finishers
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54 of you recorded PBs and that was without the help of our pacers. 45 people came out on the cold morning to run their first Castletown parkrun, around 30 of these ran their first parkrun full stop.

It was the start of the parkwalk schedule which runs for the next five weeks.

We also had visitors from Oxford, Bristol and Brisbane. We also had visitors from Lucan but as most of the older parkrunners started here it is more like family coming to visit than tourists.

I hope that you enjoyed your welcome and Castletown parkrun

Remember that parkrun is a run not a race, Go at your own pace. But incase you didn’t know a study was carried out recently regarding parkrun across the countries that it operates in. It showed that more and more people are participating to improve their health and mental wellbeing. It is something that does work why not give it a try!

I enjoyed my first time as RD and I am looking forward to seeing you all again next time I am RD. parkrun cannot happen without volunteers. If you have not volunteered for a while, well then you should consider volunteering again.

We also had the oldest runner to complete Castletown parkrun. Derry Devine ran with us, Derry is in the 80-84 age group. Next time you are thinking you are too old for parkrun think about Derry.
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This event was made possible by the following volunteers:  Sharon ASHMORE, Marc AUGUSTIN, Michael COMER, Derek CULLEN, Emma Louise CULLEN, Marian FAGAN, Maxwell KINSELLA, Hazel KINSELLA, Simon LANG, Rebecca LANG, Anne LANG, Kevin LAWLOR, Sandra MCLAUGHLIN, Jason MCLOUGHLIN, Karl MITCHELL, Brendan MOONEY, Wally MOORE, Sam MURPHY, Sara NOLAN, Kim O'LONE, John O'LONE, Philip REILLY, Philip SLATTERY

Full results of this weeks event are on the Castletown Parkrun website, or by clicking here.

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).

Happy parkrun!

Michael Comer

Run Director- Castletown Parkrun #210

 

Event #209, 11th January 2020

Hey, Ho - everybody say "Hey, Ho"

[[ Editor's note: Those of you who who are Castletown regulars are used to Declan's 'unique' take on run briefings, and this is what you were witness to this Saturday morning just gone. ]]

Good morning everyone.

Welcome to the 2nd Castletown parkrun of 2020, and the 209th parkrun Event.

Welcome to this event.

Now, there are a couple of things that I want to run through before we get the event underway.

Firstly - on the last parkrun of the year, 28th December, we had 161 participants, and last week we had 352, which is more that double. Of those 352, a total of 52 were first timers.

So, fully 1 in 7 were either doing a parkrun for the very first time, or visiting this parkrun event for the first time.

If the weather were less windy, we might have more today.

If it is less windy, then there is always the chance that you could hear whomever is doing the announcements !!

This is the time of year to get inspired,

to have resolutions,

to have your own personal transformation,

to be inspired to get up early and join us here.

You are all very very welcome to Castletown.

Firstly - let’s see if anyone celebrating a parkrun milestone today ?

 

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[ We had a junior parkrunner doing their 10th parkrun  - Congrats Erin ]

Anyone visiting from another parkrun - or parkrun tourists ?

We had fellow parkrunners from Waterford and Father Collins - who was very complimentary about our venue.

Anyone doing their first parkrun ?

We have a number of first timers…. raise your hands ? There were lots of you....welcome to Castletown parkrun.

Welcome to everyone.

Now, just to address the people who are here today for the first time. You would have had a warm welcome from everyone here.

Can I have a quick raise of the hands to everyone else - how many of you did your first parkrun at Castletown?

So fo the 46 people who were doing the first parkrun at Castletown - they were not alone.

In St. Annes parkrun on New Years day, they summarised the rule of parkrun very succinctly:

  • The only thing that we ask, is that you bring your barcode to the event
  • Children under 11 should be with a guardian at all times
  • One dog on a short leash.

After that folks, it is pretty simple, -two laps, heading that way.

Ok, ok, ok:

We’ll do this very quickly.

The rap group, Naughty By Nature had a song, -

Everybody go “hey, Ho, Hey, Ho”

So - as you are going around the course today,

And you are thanking the marshals,

You can always just say “Hey”

And they are going to reply back with “Ho”

 

or vice versa.

 

We’ll try that quickly.

This side will be the ‘Hey”

And this side will be the “Ho”

So, if someone says to you the word:

“Hey” you would respond with “ho”

Or as you are going by the Marshals,

they would say: “Hey” and then you reply with “Ho”.

Thanks to all of you who did this gesture - and to the Marshals for cheerfully cheering you all

along.

We've a few picture of the marshals on Facebook -

https://www.facebook.com/CastletownparkrunCelbridge/posts/2754365774649564

 

There's a great number of photos on the Flickr page thanks to our Photographer Sam this week !!

Don't forget to volunteer for the coming weeks!

Declan Hynes
Run Director
Castletown parkrun Event #209

Castletown parkrun
Event number 209
11th January 2020

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Michael COMER • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Geoff HAMILTON • Sarah Marie HAMILTON • Kevin LAWLOR • Thomas LAWLOR • David MURPHY • Lesley THOMSON • John Paul CARNEY • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Tara CAMPBELL • Celine LARKIN • Karl MITCHELL • Catherine DOWLING • Rosaleen KELLY • Sean MURRAY • Stefania RIGILLO • Katie BOYLE • Penny LARKIN • 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 5,987 participants have completed 40,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,165 km, including 7,342 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 4,440 times.

 

Event #208, 4th January 2020

What a start to the new decade!

Gosh, it was difficult to get out of bed on Saturday morning and get myself into gear for the first parkrun of the new year.  I'd gotten too used to the nice lie in associated with the extended break over the Christmas period.  Wasn't it lovely!!

The drizzy rain didn't help, but hey ho, I dragged myself around the kitchen, quickly gathered my thoughts and made sure I'd all the essentials associated with the role of Run Director for the day.

Arriving in the park, I was absolutely convinced that everyone else would be in the same frame of mind as myself and consider a lie on, instead of a parkrun.  Oh, boy was I wrong.  You all had the new year well and truly launched with a bang as we'd the largest contingency of new participants we'd had for a long time, arrive to hear Karl deliver the first timers and newcomers welcome brief in advance of the 9.30am start.

I can tell you it didn't take me long to wake up when we'd delivered the brief and saw you all disappear into the distance.  Yikes, that's a long steady stream of very colourful lycra heading away for the first loop around the wonderful grounds of Castletown.

You are all truly awesome!

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What a wonderful sight to behold.

Our amazing volunteers sprung into action to ensure that we'd have enough tokens to hand out and that we'd all be efficient at getting you all through the funnel.  Thank you all.  Everything went like clock work and no one was in the slightest put off by the larger than expected numbers who arrived for the morning.

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Your awesome volunteers were....

Andrea FLEISCHER  •  Anne LANG  •  Breda FOGARTY  •  Brendan MOONEY  •  Cliona FAGAN  •  Enda MARTIN  •  John O'LONE  •  Karl MITCHELL  •  Kevin DALY  •  Kevin LAWLOR  •  Kim O'LONE  •  Liam FENNELLY  •  Marc AUGUSTIN  •  Marian FAGAN  •  Paul FOY  •  Philip SLATTERY  •  Rebecca LANG  •  Sharon ASHMORE  •  Siobhan O'BRIEN

Whether you joined us to share the banter with your girlie pals...

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Or you were out to share a parkrun with your family who were visiting from across the miles, like the Breakfast Club and O'Lones photographed here...

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Or running your very first full 5k with your family like Dexter in the blue (Congratulations Dexter and all the Gunning family)...

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Whatever your reasons, getting out is always the right reason.  353 of you gave the volunteers a reason to smile.  Thank you!

Do you think next week we'll be hosting a bigger number?  I'd put bets on it!!!!  Bring it on.

Your Run Director for for first event of the decade, Sharon.

PS...  Please allow yourself lots of time to arrive for your parkrun next week.  We expect parking to be very busy, so squeeze up and follow the instructions of the marshals on duty.  We may need a few extra volunteers to help with crowd control, scanning and handing out tokens after you've ran so feel free to dig in ... all help will be greatly appreciated.

 

Event #207, 28th December 2019.

parkrun day

- with apologies to U2

All is quiet for the pre run briefing
The world of parkrun gets underway
I want to run with you
But no, the RD has to look out for you
Nothing changes on parkrun day
On parkrun day

I will run with you again
I will run with you again

Under a grey and blustery sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
The RD notes are getting blown away
The milestones says, says
Its true, its true
Wally Moore will get his 50th parkrun
We will celebrate with a sweet or two

I,I will run with you again
I,I will run with you again

Ah, the first timers are told this is parkrun day
Saturday for ever known as parkrun day
I will run with you again
I will run with you again

And so we’re told to volunteer again
because volunteers make parkrun run
I know its time to put name down again,
1 in 10 is all we need for parkrun.

Nothing changes 

On parkrun day
On parkrun day
On parkrun day

Wally's 50th

Wally and our Run Director on Wally's 50th parkrun

 Congratulations Wally Moore on your 50th parkrun milestone

 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

Event 207 Volunteers

Event 207 Volunteers

Happy New Year to all our park runners and volunteers.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year

Sheila Hynes
Run Director
Castletown parkrun
Event #207

Castletown parkrun
Event number 207
28th December 2019

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Siobhan O'BRIEN • Caroline DEVANE • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Brian BEATTIE • Kevin LAWLOR • Catherine COTTER-MELIA • John Paul CARNEY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Aoibhe DUNNE • Filip DEGRIECK • Christopher SHERRY • Karl MITCHELL • Eamonn MORDAUNT • Caelan DEVANE • Hazel KINSELLA • Maxwell KINSELLA • 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 5,889 participants have completed 40,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,985 km, including 7,297 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 4,397 times.

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