Every week someone dons the blue hi-viz and tries to get the parkrun event underway, and this was my third time doing it...and it does get easier every time, but that's thanks to the great crew who were on duty this morning who made thing just happen seemlessly.
We had a lot going on - so I'll fly through it.....
Groups, groups groups......
We had a few groups of first timers and visitors this week.While Rafa is not a stranger to Castletown, and Piotr has been here three times before.... we had a number of folks from the Polish Runners Club Ireland bring some colour to the proceedings.
We hope that ye can be back again soon - and give us some more recommendations of other parkrun routes around Dublin!
The good folks from Thomas P. Fox and Company - Family and Friends brought a big dash of colour to the proceedings, and Green was the colour. It was difficult not to recognise that they were doing an event on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association, and had raised a significant sum (€8,000) with Castletown parkrun being the culmination of their efforts. They were also probably the best organised group that we've seen in parkrun....but having bags with their logos on it, and bringing such a big crew for a special occasion and adding colour and fun made for a great occasion.
We also had a couple of milestones, with regulars Donal Gilman and Mary Kiernan reaching the 50 parkrun milestone.
Well done to both of the guys - and it is great to see them reach that milestone, and in such great weather on the day as well. For anyone who wants to have a chat about parkrun and what it means - just say "congrats" to either of them any Saturday....they deserve the plaudits!
What was noticeable is that there are a couple of the "newer" parkrun t-shirts that were on show on Saturday morning. They have arrived in stock and people are getting their e-mails, so if you've been waiting for a while, check you parkrun profile...you never know what you might be able to order. Even if it is not in stock, you can still order and when it comes in, it will be delivered in sequence. We can't do this without the volunteers - and the guys on the course today were all full of cheers, encouragement and smiles for everyone on teh way around....what more could our 244 participants ask for?
A couple of quick thank you's to finish - to all of the guys who made up the team for Event #126 - it was great to see people arrive down with such good cheer and looking to have a bit of a chat and a laugh.....it's days like this that make parkrun so special to me.
Keep it up...and "stay on course with parkrun"!
Run Director Event #126
This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Sharon ASHMORE • Sheila HYNES • Sinead Maria SMITH-MURPHY • Philip REILLY • Conor DEVANEY • Katelyn KIERNAN • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Graham SPILLANE • Paul BENNETT • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Philomena DUKE • Gemma DUNNE • Nicola O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Aoife PLUINCÉID • Dorothy DUFFY • Elizabeth NESBITT
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 4,049 participants have completed 22,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,900 km, including 4,684 new Personal Bests.