Event 199 2 November

As people arrived near 9.30 on Saturday they have thought they had arrived at Gdansk parkrun or Zary parkrun due to the Polish feel to the morning but no it was Castletown parkrun you arrived at all right. Due to one of our regulars Rafal Wirkus running his 250th parkrun we had a few extra visitors.

Polish group

We also had the large group of people who had just about recovered from running the Dublin marathon. Well done to them all and proudly showing the finisher t-shirts.


Some had even signed up for the 2020 marathon all ready.

Shortly after 9.30, 213 parkrunners set off for event 199.
We had 25 first timers 20 PB's 18 volunteers and 14 club were represented and 3 new club members.

Jacek Latala was first across the line in 18:47 with Castletown regulars Michael Comer and James Keane following closely. I was only able to catch 2 of the first 3 male finishers and none of the lady finishers for a photo.


Tara Campbell was first lady across the line aided by one of her many canine helpers. Anne Dooley and Marta Rzepka completed the top 3 ladies.

Post run we were treated to a lovely spread of polish cakes. I hope the first timers don't expect this every week.

Polish Food

As mentioned above we had 3 people enter parkrun clubs

Well done to

Rafal Wirkus joining the 250 club. First person who do it at Castletown. only 85 people worldwide joined the 250 club this week


Ray Dunne who joined the 50 club
Erin Smith who joined the 10 club

Ray and Erin find Marian our run director this week and she will give you your certs.

Thats all for this week

Philip Slattery
RD Event 199


Event#198 Castletown’s 4th Birthday

Event #198 dawned a chilly bright morning for Castletown's fourth anniversary celebration which saw 165 ghouls, witches and other creepy creatures toe the line and dodge the many puddles around the course. Four years since Sharon, Marian, Declan, Sheila, Laura, Eavan, Alan and John set the ball rolling to bring Paul Sinton-Hewitt's simple yet brilliant idea to the local community, and how it has touched and changed so many lives. Thanks to that original core team and also the O.P.W. and the Courtyard cafe for making us feel welcome each week.

Well done to Brendan Mooney on 100 parkruns, our only individual  milestone this week, don't forget to claim that black tee shirt Brendan.

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We welcomed visitors from Porterstown, Shanganna and the UK and special thanks to Rafal Wirkus and the Polish runners club for the fabulous apple cake, between that and the cream birthday cake we all went home happy.


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21 people joined us for their first parkrun, 27 people achieved new pbs and the first 3 men home where 1st Michael Comer, 2nd place unknown and 3rd Richard Nunan while Lisa Ryan was first lady, second was Anne Dooley and Olive Sweetman was third.IMG_0543 2

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Well done to all the representatives of Castletown who took part in the Dublin City Marathon, runners and volunteers, it was a fantastic event.

Our lost property collection is growing each week so please check out the photo and if you recognise  something that might be yours please claim it next week otherwise all will be donated to a clothes bank. A runners belt was also  found on the course on Saturday containing a small amount of money
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Finally, thanks as always to the 18 volunteers for making this event happen, it cant be done without you!
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John O'Lone

run director.


Event #193, 21st Sept 2019

Last Friday on Facebook we promised you 3 of the follow
good weather, milestones, cake, or bling.
At Castletown parkrun we never let you down-

We had the good weather:

We had milestones, well done to Gerry Duffy and John O'Lone.

We had cake

and some of our regulars went to the Phoenix Park for the Dublin half in search of the bling

We had 189 people run, walk and jog the course 23 first timers and 28 of ye recorded personal bests. You were aided along by 17 volunteers.

Eoin Negle, Dave McCarrick and Ryan Van Haeften made up the top 3 men.

First timer Anna Simkovics was the first lady across the line. At one point she had us thinking the ladies course record might be about to fall after 3 and a half years but it lives to fight another day. Suzanne Quinn and Zoe Melling made the top 3 ladies.

This week was also week 3 of Park Walk where we encourage people who might not completed the 5k in under 30 to still come along as we allow all paces to take part. We had 41 people take longer then 40 minutes and year on year the average time is getting slower and we love that fact.

Some of our core team are off to Bushy parkrun in London this weekend to see where parkrun began as we celebrate parkrun's 15th birthday on October 5th. I am going to ensure they can back safely as one of them is meant to be RD on the 5th October.

Thanks as always
RD for Event 193


Event #173, May 04th 2019

Cue #StarWars theme.

Da, da, da, da DA,
da, da da DA
da, da da da, DA
da, dun da duh da!


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 #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!!!!




Celbridge AC – C25K graduation at Castletown parkrun – 30th March 2019.

Celbridge AC C25K graduation report.


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On 9th January this year Celbridge AC began another couch to 5k programme starting in Celbridge AC grounds and aiming to graduate at Castletown parkrun on March 30th.

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For Frank McDonald and Peter Donahoe having over 50 beginners was a bit daunting considering both of them had never coached a C25K before and they had to convince their students that they knew what they were doing.

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Frank says "From the outset we felt it was very important to explain what we're doing, why we're doing it and what is the desired effect. And within a short time our routine started to take shape and everyone started to improve and most importantly we started having the craic and our journey became very enjoyable.

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It's always a very difficult time of the year for people to head out in the cold and dark to start running, but we got very lucky with the weather and every time we started training the rain would disappear or on Saturdays the sun would come out, it was a bit surreal. Hence on Saturday the parkrun conditions were perfect.

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Myself and Peter have really enjoyed getting to know this latest group of runners, they were a pleasure to train and managed to laugh there way through everything we threw at them. Having watched them with pride cruise through their parkrun on Saturday we have no doubt that they will continue with their running onto the fit for life group and beyond.

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We'd like to wish them the very best of luck in their great journey ahead
And the futures so bright we'll all have to wear shades"

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Congratulation to all the new graduates and the coaches from your Castletown parkrun family!  We are looking forward to seeing you all run around Castletown on your first solo outing next Saturday.


Clane AC couch to 5k group graduate at Castletown parkrun – 2nd March 2019.

Clane AC joined Castletown parkrun for their c25k graduation on 2nd March 2019.  

Congratulations to Clane AC c25k crew on your recent graduation.  Many thanks to Caroline for her wonderful report on the journey made by the group and where they might find themselves in the future with the help of their club and parkrun too. 

Clane Athletic club started their very first Couch to 5km programme back in January 2016. Since then we have seen 9 cycles of the programme successfully completed, with some of those members going on to do 10kms, half marathons and this year we even have a few of those original members signed up for the Dublin marathon.

Our first Couch to 5km programme for 2019 (our 10th programme so far) began on 8th January.

After Christmas is always the most popular time of the year with New Year’s resolutions still fresh and enthusiasm high, so it was no surprise that we had a group of 37 that signed up on that first night!!

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We run our programme over 7 weeks, working off a specially tailored training programme made up by our leaders. Over the course of the 7 weeks we encountered all sorts of weather conditions but that didn’t put our members off, knowing consistency is key to success, we had great attendance, and our members soldiered on, and met every session with that ‘can do’ attitude of winners! We enjoyed lots of chats, getting to know everyone during our 40min or so twice weekly, leader led sessions.

One of the things we spoke about during our sessions with our new C25K group, was the benefit of our local parkruns. Clane AC encourage all our members, including our brand-new Couch to 5km members, to register with parkrun from Day 1.

Going to a local parkrun perfectly complements our Couch to 5km training plan. It is a safe and social way to get out and complete their Day 3 C25K session. Plus, new members get to feel what its like to run with a large group, but in a non-competitive running environment with no pressure to go faster than what they are able for.

When we spoke about a graduation run to mark the end of our programme, the leaders put out a few options for various events happening around that time for the group to choose from but Castletown parkrun, Celbridge won by a mile! Made perfect sense!

So, after a quick call to the Castletown parkrun team, the date was set for 2nd March.

The day arrived and our members were greeted with a very warm welcome and great support from the parkrun crew which was very much appreciated. It was wonderful sight to see our members being cheered along the route and coming through the finish line with big cheesy “I did it” grins on their faces. A great achievement!!

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Afterwards, we went for tea/coffee in the Courtyard Café. We enjoyed a most wonderful chocolate biscuit cake (Thanks to Evelyn Andrews) and our members were presented with a “Certificate of Completion”.

Thanks to Castletown parkrun, Celbridge and the Courtyard café for helping to make our Clane AC Couch to 5km graduation run such a success.

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We are looking forward to seeing the growth of attendance by our Clane AC members at parkrun and to also encourage our members to volunteer at all our local parkruns too, as without volunteers, there is no parkrun!




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.


NEW YEAR – There will be NO event at Castletown parkrun on New Years Day 2019

The last event at Castletown parkrun for 2018 will be on 29th December 2018.

For the eager beavers among you, New years Day is the ONLY day of the year where you can run two events and they both get counted.  Yippeeee!!!  A parkrun double!!!  Lets do it.

For full list of Christmas/New Year events check out the listings.  Please note that some events haven't confirmed yet, so the list may not be fully complete for a week or two.

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