Lots of things to say this week - and parkrun always throws up a few interesting stories along the way.
I'll touch on a few topics today:
- Geographic learnings
- Sharing the park
- Announcements at the briefing
- Walking at parkrun
- Event Summary/Results/Milestones
- A last note on safety
Today, for example I learned that Lake Joondalup is in Perth, Australia - as we had Steven visiting - and doing his first parkrun outside of Australia, and we'd have to say that he could not have picked a better venue. I'll share a brief tale from him later.
Sharing the park
Safety is always a priority and this week there was a Pokemon spotted by our marshals - which goes to show that we share the environs with all other park users - physical and virtual!
Announcements at the briefing
Walking at parkrun
There is a post on the facebook page about walking at parkrun - so have a look at the walking at parkrun stories that may be of interest to you. Do share with your friends.
We had 102 participants which is a great turnout for a summer event and in particular when there is a Dublin Race Series event - the Finglas 10km happening the following day.
As a result it meant that we had a mix where some regulars resting in advance and some parkrunners were minding themselves as well.
Indeed there were 19 people for whom it was their first time at Castletown or at a parkrun - so we hope you enjoyed the event.
Thanks in particular to this weeks cast and crew of volunteers, who are almost all in the photo below. Thanks to the people who stepped up to fill in the roster for the coming weeks - you can always do it by just sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a few certificates for parkrunners who reach the 50 milestone, or Junior parkrunners who hit the 10 parkrun milestone. We managed to catch up with Aidan this week.
All parkrun events welcome all visitors so I'll highlight some who were with us this week.
It was nice to hear that we are doing the right things and a little reminder for us, as to why things like the safety briefing with their messages about following guidances from the marshals, offering help to the marshals and your fellow parkrunners though you hear the message every week, is so important.
On a final note thanks again to all of the volunteers this week - you guys made it look easy!
Castletown parkrun Event #36
Michael COMER (SM20-24) of Celbridge AC, was first over the line in 18:40
Conor DEVANEY (SM30-34) of St. Cocas AC, was second over the line in 18:56
Nigel PLOWMAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:18.Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan MAHER (Unattached) 2916 pts.
Rafał WIRKUS (Unattached) 2660 pts.
Conor MCGLYNN (IRISH LIFE AND CANADA LIFE RUNNING CLUB) 2345 pts.
Jenny BURKE (SW30-34) was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:27
Catherine KELLY (SW25-29) was second (26th overall) over the line in 24:15
Tracy HORAN (VW35-39) was third (27th overall) over the line in 24:31.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deirdre O' KEEFFE (Le Cheile AC) 2788 pts.
Gráinne BUTLER (St. Cocas AC) 1803 pts.
Gay HOARE (Celbridge AC) 1687 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jenny BURKE (SW30-34) was graded 72.86% for the time 20:27 (8th overall).
Harry KEEGAN (JM11-14) was graded 70.86% for the time 20:01 (6th overall).
Nigel PLOWMAN (VM40-44) was graded 70.73% for the time 19:18 (third overall).
This week there were 102 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015, and since then 1,415 different runners, including participants from 62 athletics clubs, have completed 5,098 runs covering a total distance of 25,490 km, and there have been 1,357 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Louise REILLY who ran in a time of 00:19:19 on 28th May 2016 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Darren REILLY who ran in a time of 00:16:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 26).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cian MAY who recorded a 79.68% run (17:28) on 4th June 2016 (event number 29).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.