event #190, 31st August 2019.

A beautiful fresh Autumn morning saw a decent crowd of 256 gather at Castletown for event #190, including 31 first timers and 14 for their second parkrun.   37 new personal bests where recorded. We welcomed visitors from the UK, Carlow and also the mighty gang from Waterstown Warriors.  Hope you all enjoyed what Castletown has to offer. I always fell quiet nervous as I take to the steps to give the pre-run brief but this week as I looked around and saw the camaraderie and friendly faces of everyone greeting each other I actually relaxed and saw one big parkrun family!

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Highlight of the day was celebrating Finola Moore's 50th run, Marian Fagan's 100th run and Sharon Ashmore volunteering for the 250th time. Well done girls.

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The men where led home by the serial Unknown (for the third week in a row), Michael Comer second and Ciaran O'Shaughnessy third.

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First Lady was Cliodhna Carthy, followed by Fiona McHugh and Eileen Connolly.

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This week there where 27 unknowns so DFYB ! and make sure it's in good condition and 'scanable ' if there is such a word.

As mentioned at the run brief we welcome TY students who are doing the Gaisce award program, they can do the volunteering module at parkrun over a period of weeks. Talk to event director Philip for more details.

Following on from the success of Park walk last Spring it is being repeated from next weekend nationwide and lasts for 6 weeks.

Thanks as always to the amazing volunteers who ensured you had a safe, timed and free 5k, and don't be shy if you haven't volunteered yet, give it a go you'll love it and we need you.

Until next time,

John O'Lone.