Event #209, 11th January 2020

Hey, Ho - everybody say "Hey, Ho"

[[ Editor's note: Those of you who who are Castletown regulars are used to Declan's 'unique' take on run briefings, and this is what you were witness to this Saturday morning just gone. ]]

Good morning everyone.

Welcome to the 2nd Castletown parkrun of 2020, and the 209th parkrun Event.

Welcome to this event.

Now, there are a couple of things that I want to run through before we get the event underway.

Firstly - on the last parkrun of the year, 28th December, we had 161 participants, and last week we had 352, which is more that double. Of those 352, a total of 52 were first timers.

So, fully 1 in 7 were either doing a parkrun for the very first time, or visiting this parkrun event for the first time.

If the weather were less windy, we might have more today.

If it is less windy, then there is always the chance that you could hear whomever is doing the announcements !!

This is the time of year to get inspired,

to have resolutions,

to have your own personal transformation,

to be inspired to get up early and join us here.

You are all very very welcome to Castletown.

Firstly - let’s see if anyone celebrating a parkrun milestone today ?




[ We had a junior parkrunner doing their 10th parkrun  - Congrats Erin ]

Anyone visiting from another parkrun - or parkrun tourists ?

We had fellow parkrunners from Waterford and Father Collins - who was very complimentary about our venue.

Anyone doing their first parkrun ?

We have a number of first timers…. raise your hands ? There were lots of you....welcome to Castletown parkrun.

Welcome to everyone.

Now, just to address the people who are here today for the first time. You would have had a warm welcome from everyone here.

Can I have a quick raise of the hands to everyone else - how many of you did your first parkrun at Castletown?

So fo the 46 people who were doing the first parkrun at Castletown - they were not alone.

In St. Annes parkrun on New Years day, they summarised the rule of parkrun very succinctly:

  • The only thing that we ask, is that you bring your barcode to the event
  • Children under 11 should be with a guardian at all times
  • One dog on a short leash.

After that folks, it is pretty simple, -two laps, heading that way.

Ok, ok, ok:

We’ll do this very quickly.

The rap group, Naughty By Nature had a song, -

Everybody go “hey, Ho, Hey, Ho”

So - as you are going around the course today,

And you are thanking the marshals,

You can always just say “Hey”

And they are going to reply back with “Ho”


or vice versa.


We’ll try that quickly.

This side will be the ‘Hey”

And this side will be the “Ho”

So, if someone says to you the word:

“Hey” you would respond with “ho”

Or as you are going by the Marshals,

they would say: “Hey” and then you reply with “Ho”.

Thanks to all of you who did this gesture - and to the Marshals for cheerfully cheering you all


We've a few picture of the marshals on Facebook -



There's a great number of photos on the Flickr page thanks to our Photographer Sam this week !!

Don't forget to volunteer for the coming weeks!

Declan Hynes
Run Director
Castletown parkrun Event #209

Castletown parkrun
Event number 209
11th January 2020

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Michael COMER • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Geoff HAMILTON • Sarah Marie HAMILTON • Kevin LAWLOR • Thomas LAWLOR • David MURPHY • Lesley THOMSON • John Paul CARNEY • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Tara CAMPBELL • Celine LARKIN • Karl MITCHELL • Catherine DOWLING • Rosaleen KELLY • Sean MURRAY • Stefania RIGILLO • Katie BOYLE • Penny LARKIN • Sam MURPHY

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 Lee VAN HAEFTEN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 30th March 2019 (event number 168).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,987 participants have completed 40,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,165 km, including 7,342 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 4,440 times.