If you've not seen the information about the parkrunner collapse at Bushy Dublin last Saturday, then please have a read of this.
Needless to say, it's a huge relief to the entire parkrun community that the participant is making a recovery. It does highlight the importance of a number of issues...
1. The importance of the role of marshal - eyes and ears of the participants and first port of call should an emergency occur.
2. The importance of having an AED at our event and know how to get it moving if required ASAP. Thankfully we have one, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our amazing parkrunners, yes, that's you!!! Lets hope we never need to use it.
3. It is vital that YOU record your ICE information on your barcode if you haven't already done it. This is why your barcode is not accepted on your phone (screen locks us out of your information, besides the equipment not being able scan from phones).
Safety is always our prime concern at parkrun, the safety of parkrun and junior parkrun participants and the safety of our Volunteers. Given this, we would like to remind all participants to fill in – and keep updated – their ‘ICE’ (‘In Case of Emergency’) information on their parkrun profile. So if an accident or an incident occurs, then the emergency services and the event team have a point of contact to let them know what is happening and potentially obtain important information about that individual.
Filling in your ICE details is a bit like buying insurance – it’s not something that you maybe want to think about too much and hopefully, it will never be used, but it’s so important and valuable for that one time when it’s needed. Since 2014 this data has been captured at the point of registration, but it’s obviously important to ensure that it’s also kept up to date. You can log in to your parkrun profile to fill in or update your ICE at any time. https://www.parkrun.com/signin/
Or you can access your profile from your last result email from parkrun. Don't forget to print out a new sheet of parkrun barcodes with your new/updated ICE details.
Also, should you wish you can buy a parkrun wristband which has your ICE information already printed on it, making it even easier to access. And you can keep this wristband on whenever you’re out for a run, meaning that these contact details will always be instantly available if ever they’re needed. https://parkrun-barcode.com/en-IE/GetBarcode
IS IT SPRING?
The groundhog has long since been retired, but we were still stuck in winter.
It's looking brighter, but honestly felt like the January that just keeps giving! With a cutting breeze going through the park, you guys still turned out with beaming smiles and fun to warm up the atmosphere.
215 of you ran, (including playful puppies - on short leads) walked and jogged the course. 22 of you were first timers and 63 achieved new PB's! FANTASTIC!!!!!
With a lot of the core team on work duties and some with the flu, we thought we'd struggle to put the event together, but you all answered a call for help immediately. We had helpers head straight back from Royal Canal, Kilcock inaugural parkrun to assist with close down and gear packing and other volunteers jumped in without hesitation to take gear home and sort it for the coming week. Other volunteers jumped in and took multiple volunteer roles on the day to keep the show on the road.
YOU ARE ALL TRULY AMAZING!!!!!
Take a bow all of you!!!
Adelchi ORIFICI • Brendan MOONEY • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Conor FITZPATRICK • Dee KEARNS • Jacqueline KEARNS • Jim KEARNS • Joann BOWES • John O'LONE • Karl MITCHELL • Kim O'LONE • Laura MURRAY • Lesley THOMSON • Liam COSTELLO • Marian FAGAN • Olive SWEETMAN • Paul FOY • Philip SLATTERY • Sean BOWES • Sharon ASHMORE • Teresa MCCARTHY
We are looking to expand our core team right now, there's a huge variety of roles available, but with some of our team heading off to other ventures now, it would be really nice if we could add to the team. If you are a regular at Castletown, we'd love to have you on board, so do talk to a member of the team. Being a core team member does not entail giving up your weekly run or even being called on every week but with summer holidays approaching, we really could use some extra help. By the way, volunteering at your weekly event looks fabulous on your CV.
Easter Saturday is looking to be fantastic! There will be chocolate.... yum!
We've a full roster and we've pacers too. Can't wait to see you all. Don't forget to put that selfie frame to good use. Oh, and don't forget to slow down when you're coming into the park... ducks are nesting.
Your report writer for this week, Sharon Ashmore.
On behalf of the multitasking Run Director, Marian Fagan and her band of merry volunteers!!!!