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!!!!




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!!

2019 Clane AC c25k 1


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!!

2019 Clane AC c25k 2

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.

2019 Clane AC c25k 3

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!




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.


Christmas – There will be NO parkrun at Castletown parkrun on Christmas Day

The last parkrun BEFORE Christmas at Castletown will be 22nd December 2018.

All participants and volunteers are invited to wear their best Christmas jumper to get us all in the festive mood!  We might even have some treats on hand for all to enjoy.

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


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. 


EVENT CANCELLATION – 3rd March 2018.

Please share with fellow parkrunners....


Due to adverse weather conditions, this weeks parkrun (3rd March 2018), at Castletown House and Parklands has been cancelled.



Stay safe and warm and we'll see you all back on 10th March 2018.


parkrunner of the month for July 2017.

parkrunner(s) of the month for July 2017.

The title of parkrunner of the month for July took on a new spin this month when it was awarded to an entire family.  We do have some amazing folk as you know at Castletown, but the O'Lone family are quite the crew.  Not only do they provide amazing support to Castletown parkrun, but the support that they give each other weekly is tremendous.  Like all parkrunners, they aspire to different abilities, but that doesn't stop the endless banter and friendly family rivalry that can be seen. The competitive streak can even be witnessed when paying at the Café... yes, it's a race to the cash desk!
Read all about the fabulous O'Lone crew as written by John here.

Our profile goes something like this: John 61, Kim 55, Nicki 33,

We are not affiliated to any athletics club only our own 'breakfast club'.

Castletown is the only parkrun we have done so far J 29 runs K 21 N 20.

John is a vehicle inspector. Kim is a nurse. Nicki is a teacher.

Our favourite volunteering role is marshalling.

John was involved in sport until his mid thirties but never a runner (motocross and squash). Kim played squash and loves swimming and volunteering with special olympics.

A special moment for KIm was when Nicki decided to join us doing parkrun, then Nicki's friends Katherine and Aoife got hooked too.
Nicki's school friend Orla has joined the 'Breakfast club' also.

John's most memorable run was the first time he was not lapped.

What we love most about parkrun is its inclusiveness, positive vibe and of course breakfast in Castletown house cafe which usually lasts till about lunch time!!


Well done O'Lone crew... well deserved parkrunners of the month for July 2017. If you have a friend or know anybody who may be a tad shy or reluctant to give parkrun a go, maybe share this with them.  They really are an inspirational family.  You'd not go wrong following in their footsteps!

Got someone you'd like to nominate?  Drop us a line at castletownoffice@parkrun.com 



parkrunner of the month for June 2017

parkrunner of the month for June 2017
Marian Fagan


Name: Marian Fagan


Club:  Celbridge AC fit4life


Age:  51


Home parkrun:  Castletown parkrun Celbridge


Occupation:  Busy Mom


Number of runs:  50


Favourite volunteer role:  Pacer and Run Director


How has parkrun changed your running:  Before I started parkrun I generally ran long distance except for my fit4life night.  Long distance was my challenge, the longer the better!  Once I started parkrun I realised how rewarding it was to run 5k and try to better that time every week!  Now 5k is my prefered distance, no matter what the pace!


First parkrun:  Griffeen parkrun,  April 2015


What do you like about parkrun:  I love everything about parkrun!  Saturday mornings are now the highlight of my week.  I love that I can run, walk or volunteer and get the same pleasure out of doing any of these!  I have made some great friends through parkrun and I know they will be lifelong friends.  I also like the fact that no matter what parkrun I have attend the atmosphere and camaraderie is the same everywhere.


Most memorable or funniest parkrun:  I have so many wonderful memories its hard to pick one but I will pick my most recent run, my 50th parkrun!  There were four core team members running their 50th on the same day including the first junior parkrunner in Castletown to run theirs.  The day couldnt have been worse as it bucketted down but there was still a large number of runners.  The four of us ran it together,  so the others had to slow down to my pace!  Other core team members also ran it with us and all the parkrunners congratulated us on the way around.  A lot of people we knew volunteered that day so we could have the best day!


Have you got someone to nominate? Or a parkrun story to tell? Get in touch at castletownoffice@parkrun.com
For all other Castletown parkrun news, results, photos, why not take a minute to browse our web page at www.parkrun.com/castletown


parkrunner of the month for April 2017

parkrunner of the month for April 2017 is...
Philip Slattery


Philip is a total pakrun geek and joined our core team not long after we started up. I think it's safe to say that everybody knows Philip, and that's not a bad thing. If you don't know him, do say hi! He's rarely short on chat. Like so many at Castletown parkrun he's always happy to help out no matter what the task and has saved the results from ultimate disaster more than once, not to mention giving me a long awaited lesson on how to insert photos correctly into reports just like this one. Philip has ran about the same amount of parkruns that he has volunteered at. That's quite a record!

So without further ado... congratulations Philip, from myself, all the team and all the Castletown parkrunners. Welcome to the Castletown parkrun hall of fame.

(Written by Sharon, Castletown ED).

Check out Philips story here...

Name: Philip Slattery

Club: unattached

Age: 30

Home parkrun: Castletown

Occupation: Junior Tax Consultant

Number of runs: 52

Favourite volunteer role: the results (mixes my love for IT and numbers)

How has parkrun changed your running: It has led me to be less shy and more outgoing. It has also taught me how to pace myself and that slowing down my running is not a bad thing.  

First parkrun: 22/6/13 Griffeen event number 2.  I was planning the week before but work changed my hours at last minute.

What do you like about parkrun: This answer this could be a PhD but ill keep it short and sweet: The community how people cheer everyone on whether your the 1st finishers or the 600th you get the same cheer How everyone is welcome to a parkrun. Does not matter if you are a first timers, a regular, a tourist, or someone who come out to run only during OT. Everyone is treated the same

Most memorable or funniest parkrun: The moment covers both memorable and is one of the funnest parkrun moments. It was the day I broke sub 20 and so far the only time I have. The memorable part is finally breaking sub 20 after nearly 3 years of trying. The funny part was Castletown Event Director, Sharon shouting as me as I darted off at the start "slow down Philip you have a marathon next weekend"

(Photo above taken in the Courtyard Café after parkrun last Saturday... it's the only time Philip has ever been lost for words.)

If you would like to nominate someone, drop us a line to castletownoffice@parkrun.com telling us why.


parkrunner of the month for March 2017

parkrunner of the month for March 2017

is Philip Reilly


Philip is a regular runner at Castletown parkrun.  He's terribly quiet, but he's always eager to help before, during or after parkrun any week.  Philip is definitely one of the solid characters that contributes to the smooth running of parkrun weekly.   You can just see Philip standing in the crowd during the announcements smiling contently.  He's a very special guy who embraces parkrun to it's roots.  We are very proud to have Philip as our parkrunner of the month for March.  Welcome to the 'Hall of Fame' Philip, it is very well deserved.




(Philip is pictured here receiving his 50th parkrun certificate by RD Philip Slattery).


Name: Philip Reilly

Club: None

Age: 62

Home parkrun: Castletown

Occupation: Office Equipment Technician

Runs: 50

Favourite Volunteer Roll: Marshal

How has your running changed?:  Initially got faster but now stuck around same time every week.

First parkrun:  7th November 2015

What do you like most about parkrun?: The finish line! Then the fact, that you have achieved another 5K run makes you feel better both mentally & physically. Highly recommended to make you feel good in yourself.

Tell us about your most memorable parkrun:  All of them! When I see people out exercising, especially families. What better way could you spend, less than 2 hours on a Saturday morning and it's completely free.

A little note from Philip:  Finally I would like to thank the team for all the work you do for us to have our parkrun every week and I would encourage all runners to volunteer to help after every ten runs to spread the load around evenly. The jobs are easy and enjoyable, so get involved.


Do you have someone you'd like to nominate as parkrunner of the month?  Drop us a line to castletownoffice@parkrun.com and tell us why.

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