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!




Event 129 – 16th June 2018 Clane AC Takeover!

After weeks of amazing hot, sunny weather, we woke up on Saturday 16th June to a duller, cooler day….and the unspeakable happened…it started to rain, and not just a light shower, it was bucketing down. OH NO!!!!

 But, today was parkrun day, and a bit of rain was not going to put off any die-hard parkrun regulars! This was also the third Saturday of the month, and at Castletown parkrun Celbridge, that means its pacer day.

In addition to this, Clane Athletic Club were going to be attempting their first ‘take over day’. (The ‘take over day’ means all the volunteer roles are filled by a local club or interested group and it gives the regular, dedicated parkrun volunteers and some of the core team the opportunity to take a well-deserved day off! It’s a great idea!)

Thankfully, by 8:30am though, that speck of blue in the sky in the far distance was gradually getting bigger, and by the time the 197 walkers & runners lined up at the start line at 9:30am, the sky was back to its usual dry, hot and sunny demeanour that we had grown used to… All was well again!


Clane AC had provided pacers from 20 mins all the way through to 40 mins, so there was plenty of choice for all the park runners this week and we are delighted to report that there were 42 new personal bests (PB’s) achieved at this event.

We also had two very special parkrun milestones to celebrate:
Congratulations to Sheila Hynes who completed her 100th parkrun!!!! Amazing!
We also had one of our junior runners complete her 50th parkrun also – Wow! 50!!! Congratulations!!

We welcomed two parkrun tourists, Fiona & Dermot Symes, all the way from Australia!!! Thanks for coming out to Castletown parkrun Celbridge. It was lovely to chat to you and perhaps we will see you again someday? Thanks for buying some of the Clane AC merchandise too…may you wear it well! Perhaps you will pop up some photos of you wearing your Clane AC T-shirts and neck scarfs?

 There was a sea of Clane AC Orange & Black this week at parkrun as an astonishing 37 volunteers turned up to make the event happen. Thank you so much to each and every one of you.

Although, on this occasion, the volunteers mostly comprised of members from Clane AC adult running club and Clane AC juvenile club, we must give a special thanks to Sheila Hynes, John O’Lone, Philp Slattery and Melanie Tuffen from the Castletown core team, who were also there as usual,working like beavers in the background, making sure the Clane AC volunteers knew exactly what they should be doing and where! Thank you so much for your unwavering patience and guidance!


Some extra special thanks must go to Michael Kilbride from Clane AC, who supplied the event with 250 bottles of water which was welcomed by all our runners and walkers at the finish line, as it turned out to be quite a sunny, hot & humid morning in the end. Thank you, Michael, who is pictured below with Claire Twohig from Clane AC.

All that is left to say is a massive thank you to Castletown Parkrun Celbridge for allowing Clane Athletic Club to take over the event…it was an extremely positive and beneficial experience for all our members, and we do hope we will be invited back again soon,

All the best, until next time!

Caroline Mullally

Clane Athletic Club

Full results for this event and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun results page at:

We are very grateful to the 37 volunteers who made this event happen:

George ALTON, Michael ANDREWS, Tracey BURKE, Evanne BURKE O'BRIAIN, Katelyn BURKE O'BRIAIN, Meghan CONNOLLY, John COOMEY, Michelle CULLINAN, Mark DENNENY, Patricia DESMOND, Jack FADDEN, Laura FERGUSON, John FINN, Veronica FLYNN, Colette HAWKINS, Paul HAWKINS, Sheila HYNES, James LAWLESS, James LEEMING, Melissa LYONS, Christy MALONEY, Caroline MULLALLY, Gordon MULLALLY, Lauren MULLALLY, Heather MULLALLY, Catriona O'HARA, Kim O'LONE, Oisin OBRIAIN, Kevin REGAN, Philip SLATTERY, Melanie TUFFEN, Claire TWOHIG, Michael KILBRIDE, Anna HAWKINS, Julia HAWKINS, Anna CARBURY, Agnes O’BRIEN

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