Event #165, 9th March 2019

With another cold start to this weeks event, we were delighted to see 259 of you ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

This weeks event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Alicia ASHMORE • Gay HOARE • Philip SLATTERY • Deirdre GERAGHTY • Marian FAGAN • Sarah DEVANEY • Sarah GRIFFIN • Dwyer EAMONN • Jesse FARRELL • Kerrie O'CONNOR • Sara NOLAN • Laura MURRAY • Jill BARRETT • Conor DEVANEY • Orla WALSH • Grace UÍ CHORRAGÁIN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Leanne REILLY • Eoghan CORRIGAN • Karl MITCHELL

Kudos to Gay who volunteered with us for the second week in a row and now brings her volunteering total to 26 times.  Thanks so much, Gay for all you do to keep our event on the go.  You are amazing.


RD Marian presenting Gay with her v25 certificate.

We welcomed one or two first time volunteers to Castletown this week.  We think they enjoyed themselves even though it was just a tad on the windy and cool side.   If you've not volunteered before, don't be shy!  We can't have a parkrun without our amazing volunteers, so if you've participated in 10 or more, now is your time to give it a go and get your name in lights on the roster after the event.  Why not volunteer on a week that you're resting for a race?   Click volunteer roster page to find out all about it.

There were plenty of visitors at Castletown this week too including this lovely bunch of ladies from Fit Hit in Lucan.

Fit Hit Lucan

Fit Hit Lucan

They were quite a lot of fun and rather enthusiastic on the morning.  It's always great fun to share a morning with a bunch like these, regardless of the weather.  Well done all!  Hope we see you again soon.

Week 2 of Park Walk continued with a noticeable amount of participants and some of you back for the second week.  Our Park Walk Leaders are always willing to have a chat as you make your way around the 5k of Castletown parkrun, so don't be shy, say hi!  You'll be glad you did.  A laugh and a bit of chat is great on a Saturday morning to brighten your day.

The Park Walk Leaders are already looking forward to week 3!  Did you spot them in the parkrun Ireland Newsletter?  Aren't they just fab!!!

Oh, and it's St Patricks Weekend, so lets see how many of you are kitted out in your best green. Check these dudes out.  Hmmm, wonder if anyone might challenge them to a dress off!

The 253rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Next week is also a very special week as we recently welcomed a new member to our core team, Conor Fitzpatrick.  Conor asked if he might have the chance to try his hand at Run Director.  Sure why not!  It's not as difficult as it seems.  (We keep telling him that). And he will get full support from the existing team on the day too. (We keep telling him that as well - when really we're all going on holiday and leaving him to it!!!  Just kidding Conor, really we are (or are we!!!)).  It's also going to be Conor's birthday!  Make sure you say Happy Birthday and wish him luck when you see him.

Here's hoping for better weather for next week.

Your Run Director for this week, Marian Fagan.