Run Report #36 July 23rd 2016

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
  • Visitors
  • A last note on safety

Geography lesson

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

We had two announcements at the briefing - one about the BBQ which the amazing team in the Courtyard Café are hosting a BBQ on our behalf on 30th July from 6.30pm onwards.Check out more information on our Facebook page

We also have a position in the fundraising tube in Tesco in Celbridge at the moment - which you can pop a blue token into should it take your fancy.

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.

Event Summary

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

Full training is provided and a very fetching Hi-Viz is available as well - and don't fear it at all, the tasks on the day are really well defined and easy to do. You'll have the support of everyone on the team as well, so don't feel hesitant in any way. You'll be warmly welcomed.


There was no official photographer today - though John Dixon does deserve credit for putting up a number of photos on the Flickr page

Event#36 First Finishers (Male)


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.

Event#36 Junior 10 Cert


All parkrun events welcome all visitors so I'll highlight some who were with us this week.

A quick shout-out to Keith and Killian Byrne who were visiting us - with an earlier visit in June being postponed until today. Killian is a health and fitness advocate, parkrun enthusiast and avid twitter user - and some of you may have followed him on a different media platform as part of Operation Transformation.
We had a parkrun visitor Steven McCluskey, from Lake Joondalup, who took the time at the end of the parkrun to compliment us on our course here in Castletown and to share one other thought. He specifically complimented us on the safety setup that we had. Given that we do the new runners briefing and the safety briefing every week - it was nice to hear - though he expanded on it a little.
Steven was volunteering as a timekeeper at the Lake Joondalup event and a parkrunner, Malcolm, had a heart attack. Another parkrunner went back to the scene and performed CPR and you'll be glad to know things turned out well and Malcolm came back about 5 weeks later to pay thanks to the folks who saved his life.
You can see some of the notes about it on the Lake Joondalup Parkrun Facebook page (from April 30th of this year onwards).

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!

Run Director
Castletown parkrun Event #36
Declan Hynes

Castletown parkrun      Event number 36     23rd July 2016

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.