Event #168, 30th March 2019.

Wowzers!

327 eager participants waited for the off on Saturday morning.  That's a lot of you walking, jogging or running your way to a healthier way of living.  53 of you were first-timers.  Welcome aboard!  A large percentage of our first-timers were the crew who graduated from couch to 5k from Celbridge AC and didn't they all do well.  If you've not read their coaches report, feel free to check it out here.

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The couch to 5k group received massive support and encouragement from the Fit4Life crew of Celbridge AC who took on a lot of the volunteer roles on Saturday.  True comradeship was very evident and provided a fab buzz on the day.

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Just like every week, our hiviz heroes played a blinder.  They really deserve their name in lights...

Arlene HIGGINS  •  Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL  •  Carol SKELLY  •  Caroline DEVANE  •  Declan HYNES  •  Dermot QUINN  •  Ethan DEVANE  •  Fiona BARR  •  Jim KEARNS  •  John DIXON  •  John O'LONE  •  Karl MITCHELL  •  Kim O'LONE  •  Luke LYNAM  •  Maire RYAN  •  Marc AUGUSTIN  •  Marian FAGAN  •  Michelle GOODBURN  •  Philip SLATTERY  •  Sara NOLAN  •  Sharon ASHMORE  •  Simon LANG  •  Suzanne DIXON

Yet again, we had quite a few first time volunteers who had great fun when they realised just how easy the jobs actually are.  It's just brilliant to be Run Director and witness the atmosphere as everyone works together to create a spectacular event.  Thank you everyone, you're just brilliant.

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If you're getting the urge to take your turn at volunteering then check out the volunteer page and pop us an email or give your name to the person with the clipboard next Saturday.  (There's still one marshal job left for this week, so get in quick!!).

To add to the fun on Saturday our course record was literally blown out of the water!  With a previous attempt at our birthday event in October, Lee VAN HAEFTEN was one second away from the record, however on this occasion he firmly blew it away taking it to a new time of 15.59 mins.  Incredible running Lee!

There were actually 70 new PBs on Saturday.  Well done to each one of you!  You are all amazing.

Fiona SPILLANE tried to sneak in unnoticed on Saturday morning to celebrate her 100th parkrun, but the Fiona fan club had other ideas so she was pinned up and sent on her way giggling around the two laps to enjoy her parkrun properly.  Nice one guys!

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This week was the forth week of the Park Walk initiative and we welcomed more new walkers to this weeks event.  We will always keep you safe and welcome you back followed by our tail walker.  Its great to see our average times getting slower.  True to say parkrun welcomes everyone, no matter what ability.  I managed to have a chat with a young man who started walking with us some weeks ago.  He was absolutely delighted to share his love of the Park Walk programme and how welcoming it is, no matter which parkrun you attend.  He was also very happy to share the news that he's lost an incredible 2 stone since he started.  Wow!!!!  The programme will finish next week, but we will continue to welcome walkers as we have done in the past, so if you know someone a little to shy to take the first step, you not encourage them.

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As this weekend we celebrate World Day for Physical Activity, there's no reason to wait!

If you have any stories or celebrations to share, drop us a line.  We'd love to hear from you at Castletown@parkrun.com.  Make sure to stay in touch on our FB and Twitter pages, you'll find lots of useful information and photo albums too.

One little reminder:-  Please be mindful when parking in Castletown.  Please don't park on grass verges or block the doors of the containers in the carpark.  These units do get used during the day.  If you have to drive, try picking up your mates along the way, sure it's more fun with your friends and please please move up a few extra inches closer to the car beside you.  We're trying to fit everyone in.

Thank you everyone!

Your Run Director for #Event 168, Sharon Ashmore.