Event#175, 18th May 2019.

Perfect conditions greeted  parkrunners to Castletown  for Event #175, but not after a slight panic attack for the core team who arrived at 08.45am to discover the storage container holding all the signage had mysteriously disappeared, but not to worry the OPW staff had only shifted the containers to the storage yard to make more space in the carpark!

245 ran, jogged or walked, 26 for the first time and 44 achieved new personnel bests (most likely thanks to our fab Pacers ). Pacer week is usually the third Saturday of the month with about 9 pacers ranging from 20 minutes. to 40 minutes.

It was a pleasure to welcome our visitors from London and Stuttgart, Germany, hope you enjoyed what Castletown has to offer and hopefully see ye back in the future.

It was double 100 celebrations for Mark Lynch and John Paul Carney, well done guys and don't forget to claim those Tee shirts!







Darragh McCarthy, Mauricio Neto (new pb) and Padraigh Bennett (first time at Castletown) where the first men home while Laura Kelly (first timer to Castletown) Aisling Byrne and Tracy O'Reilly led home the women.





Great to see so many friends and family members in and around the start/finish area supporting everyone.



Many thanks to the 25 amazing volunteers (front of house and behind the scenes ) who made this weeks event both safe and fun.With the holiday season now upon us it is hard to fill the roster for the coming weeks so if you haven't volunteered in a while we'd love to hear from you!!!

Until next time, safe running.

John O'Lone.

Run director Event#175.



Event #174, May 11th 2019

Its hard to believe we are at Event number 174, its feels like yesterday that I rocked up to event #2.
A few of the runners and volunteers looked sleepy last Saturday. We think darkness into light may have been the reason. People joined us following doing darkness into light Celbridge, Maynooth and Enfield.  As a few volunteers were unable to help last Saturday we needed to rejig the jobs around so luckily all the volunteers arrived at 9am to enable this.

Shortly after 9.30am the runners all set off. I always aim to set off at 9.30am on the dot so arrive early and ensure you do not get caught out.

Castletown regular Michael Comer was first runner home closely by regulars John Regan and Eoin Kelly.

parkrun super tourist Lisa Shine from Cabinteeley was first lady home. Castletown was the 37th different parkrun venue Lisa has run at.  Castletown regulars Jacqueline Kearns and Sophia O'Hara completed the top 3 ladies.

We also had one tourist set out for Kilcock parkrun and end up at Castletown. We are not sure if that was faith or google maps acting up.

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We had 17 people run Castletown for this first time and 30 others getting personal bests. We were helped along by 18 volunteers.

Catherine REILLY • John O'LONE • Karl MITCHELL • Katelyn KIERNAN • Kevin WALSH • Kim O'LONE • Laetitia HEALY • Marc AUGUSTIN • Marian FAGAN • Mary KIERNAN • Melanie TUFFEN • Philip SLATTERY • Sharon ASHMORE • Thomas MCKEON • Vinny BROWNE

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We still have a few spots for volunteer pacers this weekend. If you can volunteer this please contact us by email, Facebook, twitter, smoke signals or stopping us in the middle of Tesco.

Till next week if we could look as happy as Ed and Mel do we would be doing well.



Philip Slattery
RD Event #174



Event #173, May 04th 2019

Cue #StarWars theme.

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parkrun #173        - "There is always hope"

            A long
           time ago
          in Castletown
      where the parkrun that was
     held on May 04th, seem so far, far away.
   267 of you lined up behind the start line to walk,
  run or jog the 5 km on the cold but sunny morning.


[ May 04th was 'Star Wars Day' - so imagine a John Williams score playing in the background, and the text above scrolling off-screen ]



We enjoyed celebrating a couple of milestones with both Arlene and Kevin celebrating their 50th parkrun - Congratulations to you both! I hope everyone enjoyed the selection of cakes back in the café afterwards.




We had birthday celebrations for another parkrunner as well today. We hope you enjoyed your parkrun and enjoyed the rest of your day. Happy Birthday and May the 4th be with you (had to sneak that in somewhere)!


Thanks to our volunteers who stepped up in the last few days and for all those who have signed up to volunteer over the coming couple of weeks. We really appreciate your efforts to give back so that we can continue to keep parkrun going. There are roles for everyone so please don’t be shy and give back - simply e-mail castletown@parkrun.com
Look at the happy bunch below! 


Sheila Hynes
Run Director, Event #173
Castletown parkrun


Castletown parkrun
Event number 173
4th May 2019

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Eavan CONNOLLY • Sheila HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Alan KAVANAGH • Marc AUGUSTIN • John CONROY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Jenny SMYTH • Catherine VALLELY • Dorothy DUFFY • Sue SMITH • Conor FITZPATRICK • Monique STAPLETON • Simon LANG • Anne LANG • Shona MAGUIRE • Ciarán GALLAGHER • Marie LYONS

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 Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,231 participants have completed 33,651 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,255 km, including 6,395 new Personal Bests. A total of 674 individuals have volunteered 3,668 times.


Event #172, April 27th 2019

The magic number today was 750.

Why 750 - was it the number of runners?

The total number of visitors?

The number of people celebrating anniversaries combined?

The sum of an age group?

The number of seconds that separated some of the runners.

So many combinations, that you’d never know which one it might be.

The answer is - it was the number of star jumps done by our volunteer at the bridge.


750 - it was 750

Starts and Stops

So, as a run director, there are parkrun days when you just want to get started with your run, no messing around.

Today was one of those days.

No clapping, no detailed briefing - "2 laps that way and obey the marshals".

Sometimes, when the wind is up you don’t want to hear the briefing.

The one thing that I would ask though, is that if you are near the start, and a little bit off the path, and the participants are about ready to go, and the Run Director asks you to move out of the way, then please do so.

This is the image that I have in my head about what the start of parkrun at Castletown might look if you were to approach it from the house and walk down towards the start as the words “Timekeepers are you ready?” are uttered.https://youtu.be/bOX0mEx9VjY?t=16
{Someday I'll figure out how to embed appropriate videos within the parkrun news site }


A much better image is that of cake - and we had a couple of folks celebrate milestones, and we had cake, biscuits and more cake in the Cafe afterwards.
Congrats to Colm and Aoife for achieving the milestone - and for letting us celebrate with them.


Cake for 50

We had a visitor from London, who brought his mum along for her first parkrun - so we hope there'll be a 2nd parkrun this coming week.

We had some Kiwi's - who should say "Hello!" to the RD next week for photos.

We also had a marshall nearly imitate Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins when returning with the signs....though they survived and uploaded some lovely photos to our Facebook page - that can be found here.

See you all next week!

And we hope to see some new faces for volunteering this coming week - there were a bunch of the team this week volunteering for the first time...and we hope they enjoyed it!

Declan Hynes
Run Director, Event #172
Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun   Event number 172     27th April 2019

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Breda FOGARTY • Thomas QUINN • Declan HYNES • Elizabeth HAYES • Fiona KYLE • Grace PIERCE • Sean HENEGHAN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Lisa RYAN • Karl MITCHELL • Andrew CLARKE • Cassie FINNEGAN • Monique STAPLETON • Simon LANG • Eimear FALLON

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 Gary CONDON who recorded 84.06% (16:44) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,208 participants have completed 33,384 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,920 km, including 6,341 new Personal Bests. A total of 670 individuals have volunteered 3,647 times.


Event #171, 20th April 2019.

Don't you just love the crazy Irish weather, last week we were frozen waiting to start our parkrun, this week Med' like sunshine had us reaching for sunscreen and H2O, what a great way to start the long Easter weekend. Castletown is really looking beautiful at this time of year, its a credit to the OPW staff.IMG_8816

277 toed the start line of which 22 where first timers, 54 achieved new personal bests thanks no doubt to our amazing pacers (we have pacers on the third Saturday of the month), well done all .First 3 men home where Gary Farrell, Michael Comer (new pb) and James Keane. The ladies  where led home by Meghan Mooey (new pb), Jacqueline Kearns and Stephanie Dormer-Lewis.

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The Easter Bunny was exceptionally generous this year, he even arrived driving a Kabouta he had so much chocolate to give away! He barely escaped from the clutches of co-event directors Sharon and Philip.

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As always, big thank you goes out to the life blood of parkrun, the volunteers. 28 of you made my job of run director a doozy. Special thanks to our photographer Jill Barrett who captured those Kodak moments, check them out on Castletown's facebook page,

Don't forget to volunteer if you've ran 10 times or so, all jobs are easy and fun and full training is given ( you cant break parkrun ).

Until next time,

John O'Lone.



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!!!!




Event #169, 6th April 2019.

As it was Grand National weekend we added some water jumps into the course so the parkrunners could release their inner Tiger Roll. With 49 PB's on the day it appears some of you did just that.

With 233 of ye joining us on the morning including 25 first timers it was going to be a good morning it was a little colder then the week but it takes more then that to scare ye off.
We started bang on 9.30 which caught a few people off guard as they arrived a minute or two later. This is one reason we advise people to arrive early the other is to hear the run briefing in case there are any issues on the day.

Little over 17 minutes after the off Samuel Allen crossed as the first finisher, Michael Hannon finished a little under 2 minutes later. Geariod Keane made up the top 3 and he was shocked when he found out.


Hilary Daly crossed as the first lady and judging by her progress the ladies course may be under threat by the year end. Eileen Connolly was 2nd lady with Castletown regular Caitriona Flynn coming 3rd.


Sean Bowe and Bernie Scott both junior ran their 50th parkrun on Saturday well done guys.

Last weekend saw two interesting things with parkrun.

We got our first event Japan in Tokyo. Since Castletown started our parkrunners have run a total  163,655km. To put it another way we have completed 8 rounds trips to Tokyo and we are currently in Tokyo halfway to completing trip number 9.

Last weekend also saw a jumping competition between parkrun Sweden and  parkrun Norway and below is the winning jump from Orebro parkrun.


We expect a few familiar faces to be missing this Saturday as Kilcock parkrun launches. Good luck to John and his team from the Castletown Core Team.

Until the Saturday I leave you with this advice I saw at the Maynooth 10k.


Philip Slattery
RD for event 169


Event #168, 30th March 2019.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.




Event #167, 23rd March 2019.

We have so much to be thankful for


We were greeted with a beautiful sunny morning with little or no wind, which made for a wonderful change to our normal damp and blowy Saturdays.  When you're Run Director, the last thing you want is chasing bits of paper and clipboards up and down Castletown before you've even got the event started.  Although it's actually quite funny to see everyone jump into action trying to catch the items as they take flight, but I certainly can't argue that's its much more pleasant to be organised in plenty of time to say go.

While last weeks volunteers still managed to cheer and clap everyone around the course, I think the participants found it rather challenging.  Sometimes it is actually better to volunteer on the wet days.  This week everyone seemed to be in fine spirits.  I noticed something that I'd not noticed before, but there was a wonderful sense of community spirit from lots of runners and walkers as they past by base on their first lap.  Maybe we've all been too damp in recent weeks to notice, but the appreciation that volunteers were shown as they cheered participants around was very uplifting.  Some people shouted a friendly 'thank you' and continued their journey and others clapped as they went past.

We had a few very nervous first-time volunteers arrive for training, but by the end of the run they were all buzzing.  I heard a little comment from one saying they'd no idea what they were so nervous about coming down to parkrun that morning, it was such great fun.  As Run Director on the day, it's just the best feeling to be able to witness so many special moments, so thank you everyone for that. #feelinggrateful

Special congratulations go to Brian Beattie on his 100th parkrun and Jim Kearns on his 50th parkrun.

Brian and Jim

And Mary Kiernan on her v25 occassion.  Thank you Mary, for all you  and your family do at parkrun.

Mark Kiernan V25

We had fun with double trouble in a buggy.  (The kiddies were pretending to have a nap).

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And two very charming young ladies posed for us at the finish line in the selfie frame.

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This weeks hi-viz heroes were:-

Carol LEEMAN  •  Catherine COTTER-MELIA  •  Deirdre CLAYTON  •  Fiona MURPHY  •  Gerry EGAN  •  Grace UÍ CHORRAGÁIN  •  Jesse FARRELL  •  John O'LONE  •  Kim O'LONE  •  Lara KEEGAN  •  Laura MURRAY  •  Lisa KEEGAN  •  Luke LYNAM  •  Miriam CAGIGAL  •  Neal CORRIGAN  •  Nicola O'LONE  •  Patrick DUNNE  •  Paul FOY  •  Philip SLATTERY  •  Sharon ASHMORE  •  Stuart VAN DER BLIAKE  •  Theresa CORBETT

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As we look forward to next week, its great to see the roster for next week full already.  You are the best!  Lets keep the momentum going, so why not pop us a line and book your volunteer spot for the coming weeks.

Thank you, everyone, for a wonderful day!

Your Run Director for #Event 167

Sharon Ashmore.











Event #166, St Patrick’s Weekend – 16th March 2019.

We started St Patrick's weekend at Castletown with another wet and windy parkrun, but despite the weather 145 of you still came out to run, jog, or walk at parkrun. We had 13 first timers brave the conditions who I hope, will all be back with better weather for this weekend. A nasty headwind was against all of you on the home stretch, but we still had an amazing 16 PBs.

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This week’s event was made possible by 18 wet and windswept volunteers:


We welcomed one or two first time volunteers to Castletown this week. We think they enjoyed themselves even though it was just a tad on the windy and wet side. If you've not volunteered before, don't be shy! We can't have a parkrun without our amazing volunteers, so if you've participated in 10 or more, now is your time to give it a go and get your name in lights on the roster after the event. Why not volunteer on a week that you're resting for a race? Click the volunteer roster page to find out all about it.

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It was week 3 of Park Walk at Castletown this week and we're very happy to see people keeping it up and starting Paddy's weekend with a nice 5km walk.

Our first 3 men to finish their Saturday morning 5k were

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Stephen Lawlor, Marc Augustin, and 'Unknown' as he forgot his barcode, oops!  And our first 3 ladies to finish their Saturday morning 5k were Sheila O'Byrne, Jacqueline Kearns, and Elana Reilly.  I’m sorry that I missed the ladies for a photo.

David Jackson was our only new milestone club member this week, completing his 50th parkrun

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And it was my own birthday as well as my first time being a Run Director. The job was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be all thanks to my amazing volunteers and the support and training provided by the Core Team. I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for making this a great day for me personally.

Until next week, don’t forget your barcode!

Conor Fitzpatrick

Run Director

Castletown parkrun #166

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