Run Report #40, 20th August 2016.

Weather, weather, all together!!

Event #40 went swimmingly!!!!

With the rain absolutely hammering down as I was getting out of bed, and not much different by the time I was unpacking in Castletown with my daughter Alicia, I knew that the expectation of lower numbers would be a reality, along with one of the biggest road races of the year taking place in Dublin.

66 of you were dripping wet well in advance of the pre-run brief, but it didn't dull our day one bit.  It never ceases to amaze me how the community spirit instantly pops up at every event.

With smiles and stories from overseas, we had Matt and Katy from Manchester. Katy was also our first lady finisher yesterday.

But what about our parkrun first timers.  I'm not sure if I'd have been so brave on my first trip out, so kudos to all of you!!!  Troopers with enthusiasm by the bucket load.

Just some of our 19 first-timers at event #40, Darren Walker, Brenda Farren, Mary Farren, Eanna McAteer and William Moore.

Just to make our event that little bit more exciting, our course record was broken.  Yes, in that weather, the record was broken.  Congratulations to Gary Condon who completed the 5k in a time of 16.44... phew!  Don't think I could have done that if I'd have been on a bike.

As Michaela our tail runner for event #40 came into view, along with returning marshals carrying signs, I can honestly say I was a bit on the happy side.  Starting to feel the cold and a bit on the soggy side, I was glad to be packing up with a trip to the coffee shop in my sights, but I didn't expect what happened next... the volunteers wouldn't leave... no, they stuck around packing away all the signs and gear into bags and even though they were just as wet and cold as I was, insisted on token sorting and loading up till we were totally cleared away.  Each and every one a volunteer hero.  I'd personally like to thank Pat Byrne, who is relatively new to volunteering, but insisted on helping out with multiple jobs yesterday.  All I had to do was stand about and look damp!

Coffee and a chat did just the trick to warm me up afterwards with Alicia telling me stories of 'happenings' and jokes shared during her volunteering role.  She said she's not laughed as much in ages.

Looking forward to new adventures for event #41 already, gosh you'd be afraid to miss an 'episode' at Castletown parkrun.

Some volunteering roles still left for next week, so do join in the fun (as you can see, there's a lot of that at Castletown)... drop us a line at

Your run director for event #40

Sharon Ashmore.


This weeks status round up

Castletown parkrun
Event number 40
20th August 2016

Male placings:
Gary CONDON (VM40-44) of Bray Runners, was first over the line in 16:44 - first appearance.
Martin HOARE (SM25-29) of Celbridge AC, was second over the line in 16:52.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Alan MAHER (Unattached) 3011 pts.
Rafał WIRKUS (Unattached) 2899 pts.

Female placings:
Katy ROTHWELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 25:10 - first appearance.
Sandra MCLAUGHLIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 27:21.
Emer HYNES (VW45-49) of Bray Runners, was third (26th overall) over the line in 27:56.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deirdre O' KEEFFE (Le Cheile AC) 2901 pts.
Gay HOARE (Celbridge AC) 1900 pts.
Gráinne BUTLER (St. Cocas AC) 1803 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gary CONDON (VM40-44) was graded 84.06% for the time 16:44 (first overall).
Martin HOARE (SM25-29) was graded 76.58% for the time 16:52 (second overall).
Matthew JACKSON (SM30-34) was graded 71.18% for the time 18:20 (4th overall).

This week there were 66 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015, and since then 1,556 different runners, including participants from 68 athletics clubs, have completed 5,653 runs covering a total distance of 28,265 km, and there have been 1,447 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 Gary CONDON who ran in a time of 00:16:44 on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary CONDON who recorded a 84.06% run (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

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

Photos can be found on the flickr page (if you have any photos from parkrun, please share them with us on the page.

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