Event number 113
17th February 2018
This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. The weather was perfect to give that added 'spring' in our step. Lets hope that the spring season may finally be making an appearance.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Sharon ASHMORE • Alicia ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Breda FOGARTY • Thomas QUINN • Eavan CONNOLLY • Claire MILLAR • Marian FAGAN • Sarah DEVANEY • Tom COPPINGER • Haj SLATTERY • Conor DEVANEY • Sandra MCLAUGHLIN • Ronan SHANAHAN • Marella CAHILL • Melanie TUFFEN • Catherine COTTER-MELIA • Kim O'LONE • Finn SLATTERY • Zara SLATTERY • Gerry DUFFY • Bozena KELLEHER • Aoife PLUINCÉID • Brian O'GORMAN • David HEPPLE
There's was lots of help for all of you this week to those PB's as it was pacer week. It did get a tad busy on the finish chute for a while but a hero jumped straight into action after his run and assisted runners through. It's the little things that make it all so much easier for the team to manage weekly. We'd encourage lots more to try this out, even if it's only for a few minutes, we'd be delighted with the help. You will get your volunteer credit and it does take the pressure off the core team too.
We had a lot to do this week as we now have to marshal the carpark due to the amount of late comers to parkrun. We really need your help with this. The brief takes place around 9.20am. The event starts at 9.30am. There was a constant stream of traffic heading into the carpark at 9.25am. Unfortunately it's been left up to us to ensure nobody parks on the grass verges and that consideration is given to other park users. Please, please, please set your alarm clocks a little earlier so you have time to park properly. You could also carpool, walk, jog or cycle up to the event.
The volunteers at parkrun are simply amazing and are on the ground preparing for parkrun before 9am every Saturday. Not to mention the amount of background work that goes into preparing for each week, but we do need more help from you, the parkrunner. We had a bit of a fright on Saturday when we got a call to say a member of the team had hit black ice on the way to parkrun and their car ended up in a ditch. Thankfully they are fine and well, which is more than can be said for their car, but get this, their family still managed to get parkrun equipment to us in advance of the event.
Over the next few parkrun events we will welcome a number of graduating c25k groups. This will be an amazing time for all concerned and we are very lucky to be able to share the day with the groups too. We would welcome volunteers to step up now... there's still a fair few gaps on the roster for the coming weeks. Remember how far you have all come and where you started. Why not show them how welcome they are. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. You know the drill, full training is given and all the jobs are really easy.
If you know of someone thinking about joining you at parkrun, but they're just not sure yet, why not encourage them to come. You know it's free, non-competitive, fun and you can participate at your own speed and in your own way. parkrun is not about the first finisher... it's about every one of you! We will stay at the finish chute for as long as it takes anybody to complete the 5k. Nobody ever comes last. We have a tail walker to ensure that everybody get's home safely. Just do it!!!! Help them to make the first steps. Find out how to get involved here.
All parkrunners must follow this parkrun code, this ensures you are all looked after and stay safe and that your volunteers can run the event smoothly. It couldn't be easier, so tag someone and bring them along. We have a separate welcome and introduction to parkrun which takes place at around 9.20am. We show you how to use your barcode and what to do when you complete your parkrun.
Congratulations goes to Thomas Lawlor who completed his 50th parkrun this week at Castletown parkrun.
If you are celebrating something, be sure to let us know. Whether it be an engagement, birthday, milestone or divorce... we'd love to announce it for you. Drop us a line or let us know in advance of parkrun.
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 3,660 participants have completed 19,866 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,330 km, including 4,191 new Personal Bests.
Thank you for taking the time to join us at Castletown this week, we're looking forward to next week already.
Your Run Director for this week, Dr Melanie Tuffen and Your Run Report Writer, Sharon Ashmore.