Event #207, 28th December 2019.

parkrun day

- with apologies to U2

All is quiet for the pre run briefing
The world of parkrun gets underway
I want to run with you
But no, the RD has to look out for you
Nothing changes on parkrun day
On parkrun day

I will run with you again
I will run with you again

Under a grey and blustery sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
The RD notes are getting blown away
The milestones says, says
Its true, its true
Wally Moore will get his 50th parkrun
We will celebrate with a sweet or two

I,I will run with you again
I,I will run with you again

Ah, the first timers are told this is parkrun day
Saturday for ever known as parkrun day
I will run with you again
I will run with you again

And so we’re told to volunteer again
because volunteers make parkrun run
I know its time to put name down again,
1 in 10 is all we need for parkrun.

Nothing changes 

On parkrun day
On parkrun day
On parkrun day

Wally's 50th

Wally and our Run Director on Wally's 50th parkrun

 Congratulations Wally Moore on your 50th parkrun milestone

 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

Event 207 Volunteers

Event 207 Volunteers

Happy New Year to all our park runners and volunteers.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year

Sheila Hynes
Run Director
Castletown parkrun
Event #207

Castletown parkrun
Event number 207
28th December 2019

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Siobhan O'BRIEN • Caroline DEVANE • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Brian BEATTIE • Kevin LAWLOR • Catherine COTTER-MELIA • John Paul CARNEY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Aoibhe DUNNE • Filip DEGRIECK • Christopher SHERRY • Karl MITCHELL • Eamonn MORDAUNT • Caelan DEVANE • Hazel KINSELLA • Maxwell KINSELLA • Sam MURPHY

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 Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,889 participants have completed 40,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,985 km, including 7,297 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 4,397 times.

 

Event #185, July 27th 2019

There's a story at every parkrun.

This week's one is about volunteers and unsung heroics...and the need for more songs for our Hi-Viz heros!

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Volunteers @ event #185

We had marshals who arrived back home on a delayed plane after 2 am and made it to the start @ 9am.

We had marshals who were on their 100th official volunteer role. (They've done many more!)

We had marshals who had no sleep since 9am the day before.

We had marshals who responded to the call on a Friday for more volunteers.

We had marshals who were to be token sorting, and ended up on Finish Token support.

And at the end of the day we all had a safe and free weekly timed 5km.

I can't thank enough the first timers, visitors and the volunteers (on the day and behind the scenes).

Joan and Ed

Joan and Ed @ Event #185

You make it all worthwhile.

Catherine #100

Catherine #100 @Event #185

All that most parkruns ask is that you try to volunteer about 1 in 10 events.

Pick a weekend that might suit you and drop a note to castletown@parkrun.com

Declan Hynes

Run Director, Event #185
Castletown parkrun

{ And don't forget your barcode....."wags finger at attendees!" }

This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Mark RALEIGH • Sharon ASHMORE • Caroline DEVANE • Sean CORRIGAN • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Lorraine LEE • Ethan DEVANE • Colette REILLY • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Gerry DUFFY • Doireann FREENEY • Derek KEARNEY • Fionn KEARNEY • Conor FITZPATRICK • Simon LANG • John FREENEY

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 Mary MARTIN who recorded 93.09% (26:03) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 180).

Castletown parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 5,478 participants have completed 35,983 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,915 km, including 6,744 new Personal Bests. A total of 720 individuals have volunteered 3,933 times.

 

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 ]

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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.

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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)!

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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! 

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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.

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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 }

Milestones

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.

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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 #150, November 10th 2018

So, who is Phil Esterhaus?

There was a lot happening this week  - a lot. Sometimes I find that if I had the chance to write down all of the things that came together in order to ensure that  a parkrun happened safely, that I’d be writing all week.

[ Editor’s note: It’s kinda like Declan's Run Briefings - a little editing would go a long way ! ]

So, I’ll keep the Run Report short and brief.

Firstly - we had an inkling that Rafal would do his 200th parkrun, and while it is not an official milestone, we’d like to express our appreciation once again for the Polish Running Club Ireland for the way that they bring a community together …. and for Slawomir letting us know in advance that if we did not eat all of the food that he would not be bringing as much next time!
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Volunteers:

It would not be possible to run an event any week... so the crew who came together for Event #150 were simply great - from Tomasz - who brought food and was a marshal in support of Rafal, to Wally who brought the music, our Gaisce students - who did the first timers briefing and our two timekeepers who were volunteering for the very first time. The reports from all corners by the marshals were that they enjoyed it....so if you get a chance, give us your name or your barcode and keep the show on the road. DSC_0681

Milestones:

We were raining in Milestones - and though we stumbled (multiple times) in getting it right as to who was celebrating their 50th, we had 5 people celebrating on the day.

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Along with Sarah, Katherine, Kim, Catherine, we had Paddy hit the 50 mark. Well done to you all, and if you let the RD know the next time that you are at the event, then we’ll sort you out with the 50 cert, if we missed you on the day.

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We had a lot of visitors from Griffeen parkrun, a large group from Naas, and someone from South Africa - who got the loudest cheer on the day!
We had more first timers than we knew about - as I was only acknowledging “The lady in Pink” - however 39 of you were new to our parkrun in Castletown.
In any case, there are two things that I’ll leave you with - one is a video that will answer the question “Who is Phil Esterhaus” -
The other is a final view of the *very end* of the briefing - where we thank the volunteers, get the heart rate going and get going!

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Well - I had fun - hope ye had, and with a few more volunteers, we'll try to do it all again.

Declan Hynes

Run Director Event #150 Castletown parkrun

Castletown parkrun      Event number 150    10th November 2018

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
John REGAN • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Haj SLATTERY • Wally MOORE • Conor DEVANEY • Marguerite BRANNELLY • Michael BRANNELLY • Harry BEATTIE • Peter HANLON • Kim O'LONE • Callum JACKSON • Tomasz RACZYNSKI • N OSHEA • Gary QUINN • James QUIGLEY 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 Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107). 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 4,603 participants have completed 27,903 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,515 km, including 5,462 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #146 13th October 2018

So that was a bit of a wet one….so we tried to get it off and running at the right time to compensate.....we hope you don't mind!

This turns out to be the 200th post on the Castletown parkrun webpage, though I'm not sure if that counts as a milestone in any way, seeing as the "double ton" is more of a cricketing landmark than a parkrun one. Nevertheless we'll recount what we know of the event.

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Thanks to Lesley who had done the pre-event setup, we were able to let everyone know about the leaves on the hill near the pumping station - as that was the only new hazard on the course.

We had a bit of a change of role for some of the volunteers - which is something that can happen any morning - but Marella was at one point, a timekeeper, a marshall, doing tokens and then back to being a timekeeper again!

We also had Emma, who had never even done a parkrun previously turn up and volunteer!

Now, that’s the type of commitment that we like to see from everyone….and is really setting an example! We really want you to go out and get a few runs in as well Emma - the mantra that we like to use is “1-in-10”…as in you should only have to volunteer about 1 in every ten times that you run.

We did have Keith volunteer again this week….but that’s only because he is injured…so he’s racking up the volunteer credits now….but we sincerely hope that he’s not feeling a twinge of jealously as he ensures that you all made it safe around the course this week.

We had a few other volunteers who were perhaps running on the Sunday, or it was time to volunteer - so thank you all!

What more can we say about this week?

We had Joe do his 10th parkrun, and we were able to recognise him during the pre-run briefing.
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We managed to get a snap of some of the first ladies home - and if the results table reads correctly, it means a new PB as well.
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We had 10 first timers, though we only had about 2 appearing at the briefing….so don’t forget that you can catch the first-timers and visitors briefing at 9:20 every Saturday morning.

A grand total of 25 PB's - the volunteer milestone today - so a good number given the conditions - well done to you all.

Thanks to all of the volunteers - and especially the Gaisce crew, who we hope you’ll see more of in the coming weeks as they rotate through some of the other roles that happen in order to make the event happen every week.

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Cake.
Always a good idea to mention things that might involve rewards at parkrun.
Now, there’s no pacers this coming week, because the plan is to have then on Oct 27th - which is both Halloween and when we’ll be celebrating the 3rd year of parkrun in Castletown. We’ll have coffee, and perhaps more - so it is worth turning up to - preferably in fancy dress…again this year!!

Completely random thing….the total number kilometres run at Castletown this year is: 134,730 km, which is just over a third of the distance from the earth to the moon. It’d be quite a relay race that we’d be running.

Anyway, that's the run report for the week.
The countdown to the 3rd Birthday starts now!

Declan Hynes
Run Directory Event #146
Castletown parkrun

More results and stats below!

Castletown parkrun
Event number 146
13th October 2018

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Philip SLATTERY • Michael COMER • Declan HYNES • Marella CAHILL • Jim KEARNS • Oran HAYES • Lesley THOMSON • Arlene HIGGINS • Paul BENNETT • Kim O'LONE • Nicola O'LONE • Callum JACKSON • Cara MORIARTY • Debbie MORIARTY • Claire GUEST • Eliana JUPE • Keith HALLIGAN • Emma HIGGINS • James QUIGLEY

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 Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107).
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 4,488 participants have completed 26,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 134,730 km, including 5,297 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 138 – The Final Countdown!

What better way for me to spend my final full day in Ireland, than as Run Director at Castletown? Somewhere I have spent nearly every Saturday since I moved here 17 months beforehand. I had promised to wear a pair of gold lamé shorts (the most ‘90s clothing I own) for my parkrun though 90% of people seem to think I was joking. I never joke about gold lamé. Though I can tell you this, those shorts are not designed for running – I discovered this when a rapid U turn was made on the way to parkrun because I had forgotten my hat and I had to run back to the house for it. They are much more of a casual evening wear attire.
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It being my final time as RD at Castletown I felt it appropriate to bring back “parkrun in Kildare” – the pre-run briefing rap. My plea to stop filming was ignored by Sharon (she knows I secretly love the limelight). My main concern was that a friend of mine, who doesn’t parkrun, was independently sent the video without the sender knowing they knew me…I am hoping most of the 600 views are just my family watching it over and over again…

There was lots to celebrate this week with Nicola O’Lone and Orla Walsh doing their 50th parkruns.
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Dwyer Eamonn also hit 50, but somehow evaded the camera!

Carla Gunning hit 25 volunteers, remember we are entirely volunteer-led and it is quite tricky for me to fly back to marshal so please consider signing up.
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10 of you joined us for the first time at parkrun – we hope you enjoyed it. Just remember not every run director is as weird as me. It was pacer week and the men and women clearly did a great job as 33 of the 201 of you who joined us got a new PB!

A gentle reminder to please make way for other park users. A group of cyclists came at one point and honestly, guys, it was like you hadn’t even listened to my wrap:

“Run jog or walk, well we really don’t mind,

But we do have some rules and one is be kind

‘Cause we ain’t got exclusive rights to this site

 So make way for other users like those on bikes

Well, Castletown parkrun, we’ve had some great times! Thank you for being somewhere I can go on a Saturday morning not only for a run but for company and a chat. I’ll miss you all. Give us a shout if you are ever up Guildford way or decided to go to Bushy – that isn’t far from me either.

Melanie

RD Event 138

 

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!

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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.

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We also had two very special parkrun milestones to celebrate:
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Congratulations to Sheila Hynes who completed her 100th parkrun!!!! Amazing!
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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!

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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.

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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: http://www.parkrun.ie/castletown/results/latestresults/

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

 

Event #126, May 26th 2018

Every week someone dons the blue hi-viz and tries to get the parkrun event underway, and this was my third time doing it...and it does get easier every time, but that's thanks to the great crew who were on duty this morning who made thing just happen seemlessly.

We had a lot going on - so I'll fly through it.....

Groups, groups groups......

We had a few groups of first timers and visitors this week.VolunteersWhile Rafa is not a stranger to Castletown, and Piotr has been here three times before.... we had a number of folks from the Polish Runners Club Ireland bring some colour to the proceedings.
We hope that ye can be back again soon - and give us some more recommendations of other parkrun routes around Dublin!
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The good folks from Thomas P. Fox and Company - Family and Friends brought a big dash of colour to the proceedings, and Green was the colour. It was difficult not to recognise that they were doing an event on behalf of the Irish Kidney Association, and had raised a significant sum (€8,000) with Castletown parkrun being the culmination of their efforts. They were also probably the best organised group that we've seen in parkrun....but having bags with their logos on it, and bringing such a big crew for a special occasion and adding colour and fun made for a great occasion.
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 Mary with her 50 cert...and a volunteer scanner
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 Donal and the Run Director.

Well done to both of the guys - and it is great to see them reach that milestone, and in such great weather on the day as well. For anyone who wants to have a chat about parkrun and what it means - just say "congrats" to either of them any Saturday....they deserve the plaudits!

What was noticeable is that there are a couple of the "newer" parkrun t-shirts that were on show on Saturday morning. They have arrived in stock and people are getting their e-mails, so if you've been waiting for a while, check you parkrun profile...you never know what you might be able to order. Even if it is not in stock, you can still order and when it comes in, it will be delivered in sequence. We can't do this without the volunteers - and the guys on the course today were all full of cheers, encouragement and smiles for everyone on teh way around....what more could our 244 participants ask for? Untitled

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A couple of quick thank you's to finish - to all of the guys who made up the team for Event #126 - it was great to see people arrive down with such good cheer and looking to have a bit of a chat and a laugh.....it's days like this that make parkrun so special to me.
Keep it up...and "stay on course with parkrun"!

Sheila Hynes
Run Director Event #126
Castletown parkrun

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Sheila HYNES • Sinead Maria SMITH-MURPHY • Philip REILLY • Conor DEVANEY • Katelyn KIERNAN • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Graham SPILLANE • Paul BENNETT • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Philomena DUKE • Gemma DUNNE • Nicola O'LONE • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Aoife PLUINCÉID • Dorothy DUFFY • Elizabeth NESBITT

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 Heywood RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 16:27 on 6th January 2018 (event number 107).
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 4,049 participants have completed 22,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,900 km, including 4,684 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #125 – May 19th 2018 – Celbridge AC Take Over Day!

We had the great pleasure of hosting a takeover day from local athletics club Celbridge AC at event 125! For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a takeover day is when a club “takes over” all of the volunteer roles – as well as turning out in force to enjoy the run as well! A huge thank you to Celbridge AC, many volunteers had never even done a parkrun before but still turned up at 9 am to help out.

We had a bit of a hectic start due to issues with equipment delivery, and as RD I felt a bit like the mother of the bride desperately trying to ensure things didn’t start too late. Derek Cullen and Paul Foy did a fantastic job heading out to do the pre-event set up as quickly as possible.

As usual, the third Saturday of the month is pacer day: and this week’s volunteer pacers were also all supplied by Celbridge AC. We had pacers from 20 minutes up to 40, and a whopping 60 of you got a new PB, I’ve no doubt partly in thanks to the hard work of our pacers.

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We had 34 volunteers at this event – a new record! A big thanks to Peter Donaghue (who you won’t find on the volunteer list as he isn’t registered) who stepped into marshal when one of our other volunteers was running late. With 305 people at event 125, we have now had over 4000 different people run, jog or walk at parkrun. That’s fantastic! We have also had 490 different people volunteer – about 12% of those who have taken part. Please do remember we are an entirely volunteer-led event, and we always love to sign up new people! Just email castletownhelpers@parkrun.com – and feel free also to drop us a line if you have a question about any of the roles. We still need a few roles filled for next week.

 

A big congratulations to Finn, who did his junior 10 parkrun! We also had a group join us from St Cocas AC, many of them doing their first ever 5k. They had a great day for it, and we hope you all enjoyed the experience. Congratulations to all 28 people who did their first parkrun with us.
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Have a great week everyone.

Melanie

RD Event 125.

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