Event #170, 13th April 2019.


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



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.


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!!!!




Introducing Castletown parkruns, Park Walk Leaders

2nd March 2019 brings a fine addition to our parkrun family with the introduction of Park Walk.

We have always welcomed walkers at parkrun and very especially at Castletown, but from this week, and for the next 6 weeks, walkers will get an extra special VIP introduction to the Castletown parkrun family.

We have three Park Walk leaders ready to greet first-timers to parkrun and to keep everyone company on the 5k journey too.

When walkers arrive at Castletown, all you have to do is keep an eye out for the Park Walk banner. You can be sure your leaders won't be far away.


Meeting point Park Walk



Let us tell you a little about your volunteer leaders...

First up is Brigitte SPRINGFIELD-MITCHELL (pictured below with her usual friendly smile and sporting the Tail Walker Hi-Viz here).


Brigitte tells us her parkrun story...
My parkrun experience started after a few drinks on New Years Eve 2017, when friends of mine (Mary and Tom Lawlor) suggested I join them on the weekly parkrun in Castletown. Having never ran in my life, I tried my best to run, but found that running was not my calling. HOWEVER... as I moved from running to walking , I realised that parkrun is not about running, but about being active as part of a community where I get to have a laugh and a chat in the beautiful surroundings of Castletown. I now walk every week and have made many new friends. For me, achieving a good time is not important, but the achievement of walking 5k is.


Next up, we have John and Kim O'LONE.


John and Kim are devoted to their families. Kim often says she's got two families of which she's very protective. Her first is her biological family. Second is her parkrun family. Suffice to say that's enthusiastic enough to ensure anyone new to parkrun and Park Walk will be very well looked after.

John says "Two and a half years, 134 runs and approximately 140 times volunteering between us both, we can honestly say we love parkrun and all it encompasses. We have met so many wonderful people and reconnected with old friends. It’s not always easy getting out of bed on Saturday morning but crossing that finishing line and heading off for a well earned coffee is a great feeling, the body has been exercised and the mind refreshed. As my (John) arthritis progresses I know I’ll never be a runner but each week I get out there and set my own pace and know I’ll never be last home there’s a ‘tail walker’ for that! 3 years ago I was overweight and wouldn’t walk 500 m to the local shop, now that’s all changed thanks to parkrun.


What do YOU need to do?




Pop your printed barcode in a zip-lock bag to water proof it, or better still, laminate it.  Soggy barcodes won't scan after parkrun and you'll need your barcode to get 10% off in the cafe afterwards.... yum!!!

Follow the instructions above and you can't go wrong!  But do give yourself plenty of travel time to arrive safely in time for the introduction and safety brief which takes place at 9.20am.  We do expect higher no's this week, so car-pool if you can.  It will be much appreciated.  (Note - parking on grass is not permitted).

Bring your best smile and you won't go wrong!  We are really looking forward to meeting new faces on Saturday.  See you all then.


Le Cheile 5k Road Race – Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 8pm.


The annual Le Cheile AC 5k Road Race takes place

on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 8pm.



Le Cheile 5k 2018

This is always a fun local event in Leixlip which finishes on their track.  Refreshments post race are provided in the Club Grounds.

To enter, follow this link.

Let see how many parkrunners we can find at this not to be missed event. 


Jog for a dog 2018 – 2nd April 2018.

Jog for a dog 2018 - 2nd April 2018.

jog for a dog 5k

Jog for a Dog 5k are excited to announce that the 4th annual event will be held Easter Monday, the 2nd of April.

As with other years it will be in the beautiful surroundings of Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

This years event will be dedicated to their dear friend Chantal McQuirk. Chantal was involved with Jog for a Dog since its early days but sadly passed away this year.

Registration is now open, don't miss out on this great event, entries are limited to 500 people.  This event has sold out early every year.

https://www.popupraces.ie/events/jog-for-a-dog-2017-2 (Family and Juvenile rates are available).

Stay tuned to their facebook page for information on their medals (to be launched soon) and lots of other news too.


Leixlip Tennis Club – Open day 11th June 2017

Leixlip Tennis Club

Open Day 11th June 2017


Lots of fun to be had at Leixlip Tennis Club open day on 11th June 2017.  

Bring the kids along, they'll love it.


Celbridge AC 5k – 2017

Celbridge AC 5k - 2017


Announcing the annual Celbridge Athletics Club 5k


16th July 2017 at 11am


Let show our support.


Celbridge AC 5k 2017


Don't miss out, get your entry now at www.popupraces.ie or www.celbridgeac.com


Le Cheile AC 5k Road Race – 10th May 2017

Le Cheile AC 5k Road Race

Wednesday 10th May 2017


If you're looking for something different to challenge you, why not check out the Le Cheile AC 5k Road Race on 10th May 2017.

Castletown parkrun are very proud to promote Le Cheile AC as they launch their new event which will be held on Wednesday evening at 8pm, so you won't even have to miss a parkrun.

Le Cheile AC have been fantastic support to Castletown parkrun from the very beginning and continue to give their support, so why not return the good deed and join lots of other parkrun regulars to make this event their biggest yet!

The route will follow their regular 5k route around Leixlip and finish back on the fantastic Le Cheile AC track.

Get your entry in now to avoid disappointment.

Check out full details on FB events.

LeCheileAC 2017



Jog for a dog 5k – 2nd April 2017

Jog for a dog 5k - 2nd April 2017





Are you looking for a fantastic 5k event with a nice pice of bling at the end?  Even better, it's the day after parkrun, so you can either save your legs and volunteer at parkrun or get two 5k's in on the same weekend.  Love it!!!!

Find out all you need to know and how get your entries in at the jog for a dog page now.  This event was sold out early last year.




Celbridge AC launches fit4youth….

Are you loving getting your family involved with parkrun?  Well, get this... Celbridge AC are very proud to launch fit4youth.


Here's a great way to ensure your teenagers are getting fit in a non-competitive, social environment that is very similar to the atmosphere of your favourite parkrun.  Get them involved, set them up for life.



Local events coming soon

Local events coming soon....


Le Cheile AC to host annual International Meeting on 30th July starting at 1.30pm


This Saturday (July 30th), our amazing supporters Le Cheile AC are hosting their annual International meeting starting at 1.30pm.


Irelands top athletes will be competing against International stars such as Jamaicas Kevin Thompson, Nigerias Stephanie Kalu and Great Britains Tom Lancashire. For those who fancy competing online entry closes this Wed http://www.athleticsireland.ie/…/entries-closing-for-le-che…

There is no charge for spectators and it promises to be a great day for athletics fans.
Full details can be found below


Why not refuel afterwards at the parkrun BBQ in the courtyard.  All are welcome!!!



Celbridge AC to host their annual 5k Road Race on 14th August 2016.

The following weekend - the day after parkrun - Celbridge AC are hosting their annual 5k Road Race from the club at 11am.

Registration is now open at https://www.facebook.com/celbridgeac5k/ 


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