Event #122, April 28th 2018

Every week we have a cracking crew of volunteers, and this week was no exception - with what must be close to a record of 52 first timers!

We had an inkling that it might be a special day when we had a full roster in advance, the potential of nice weather, and then the much anticipated visit of a number of children from the local Educate Together school.

We had a number of folks join us as first time volunteers and I was delighted that everyone was willing to just “give it a go” and try to do whatever job needed to be done…..it really makes the Run Director’s job a whole lot easier…..whether you are scanning, giving out tokens, the marshal under the tree or one of our timekeepers - everyone plays a huge role in making the event happen every week. And it is all pretty easy….though you’ll only know for certain if you try it yourself!


Anyway we had visitors who hailed from Griffeen let us know that they were visiting - and as every week we want to acknowledge the parkrun tourists…though if you are a parkrun tourist yourself away from Castletown then let us know.
We had a few of our own regulars make a splash in Lough Key - and we look forward to hearing all about it this coming Saturday. 

For the milestones - we had another Castletown regular hit the 50 parkrun mark this week - and Haj Slattery - who is regularly accompanied by her two junior park runners reached the milestone on Saturday. 


Again - thanks to the crew from Event #122 and I hope that you are all able to join us again soon at Castletown again.

Declan Hynes
Run Director
Castletown parkrun #122

This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • James BOWMAN • Michael COMER • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Hazel TIMMINS • Frank MC DONALD • Kelly MURPHY • Thomas LAWLOR • Sandra MCLAUGHLIN • Jim KEARNS • Lesley THOMSON • Melanie TUFFEN • Arlene HIGGINS • Sean HENEGHAN • Caoimhin MACCIONNAITH • Brigitte SPRINGFELD-MITCHELL • Karl MITCHELL

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 3,937 participants have completed 21,975 parkruns covering a total distance of 109,875 km, including 4,520 new Personal Bests.


Run Report Event 118 – A very hoppy parkrun day!

It may have been chilly, but at least Easter Saturday and parkrun day were rain free! We had a fantastic turnout of 232 people, and some appropriate costumes for the day as well!

11 of you joined us for your first parkrun, including a group from St. Cocas AC who were graduating from their couch to 5k programme. Well done to all of you. A big congratulations to Aoife Lynch, who completed her junior 10!

And we also managed to present Brendan Mooney with his parkrunner of the month certificate!

We are continuing to run the course ANTICLOCKWISE. As we tried to warn people via social media, if you arrive late you will now be held back by the marshal. This is for health and safety reasons and to prevent you being run over by a horde of parkrunners. RUNNERS ARRIVING LATE WILL BE HELD BACK AT 9:28 EVERY WEEK. Please arrive by 9:25 for the pre-run briefing, and keep in mind if you arrive after the tailwalker has left it may not be safe for you to take part in the event.

We are very grateful to Conor Devaney and Sheila Hynes, who stepped in to help barcode scan, as we did not have enough volunteers sign up this week. Remember, we are an entirely volunteer-led event and parkrun can’t happen without YOU. Please email castletownhelpers@parkrun.com – you can sign up for events up to 6 weeks in advance!

A special thank you to Graeme Spillane who kindly donated an Easter Egg to the core team, who consumed it in no time at all in the café afterwards!

Happy Easter!


RD Event 118.


Event #107, 7th January 2018

We had a great first event of 2018 at Castletown. The Epiphany marks the traditional end of the Christmas period, and the day was cold, but 218 people still joined us to run, walk or jog 5 km. A big welcome to the 15 people who joined us for their first parkrun.

Epiphany based puns were the order of the day during the pre-run briefing, in which I sported a handmade crown. Don’t worry, being Run Director has not given me delusions of grandeur. In some communities around the world, Epiphany is marked by a very large celebration, in which somebody gets to be King for the day. My friend Kate Ellen’s family has this tradition, and this year I was granted to the honour of being the king.

I did share my crown. Here is Siobhan O'Brien, who did her fiftieth parkrun with us!

Another person who sported by the crown was our first male, Heywood Richardson, who also set a new course record of 16:27, breaking the previous record by nine seconds.
Heywood Richardson, Barney Kelly and James Keane were the first three males to cross the finish line.
The first three females were Ruby Kelly, an unknown runner and Sandra McLaughlin – Ruby and Sandra are pictured below. Remember to register and bring your barcode (printed, please, barcodes on phones are not accepted) if you do want your times recorded.

We are expecting lots of new people to Castletown parkrun over the coming weeks, but rest assured help will be on hand for first timers. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers this week. It was very cold to be standing still, square dancing was employed at some points to warm ourselves up! Your help as always is gratefully received. If you would like to volunteer at one of our future events, please email castletownhelpers@parkrun.com

IMG_0029Melanie Tuffen

Run Director, Event 107


Event #103 – 02nd December 2017

Event 103 at Castletown saw me take the reins for the first time as run director, and so falls to me to give the run report!

I moved to Ireland in March, on my own, and chose Celbridge not only for the proximity to work but also because I noted it had a parkrun. I moved here knowing only one other person in Ireland, so I thought to myself that at least I would have somewhere to go on a Saturday morning! And so, having hung around like a bemused but enthusiastic puppy since my first parkrun at Castletown in May, shouting increasingly bizarre things at the runners in the various volunteer roles I took on, event director Philip Slattery asked if, maybe, I wanted to have a go at "Run Director". At last, I thought to myself, I am being recognised for the core skills that I have which could make a good run director: namely being very loud, and a little bit bossy. Of course, each run director brings their unique set of skills to the job, and all the volunteers work closely on the day to ensure the success of the event.

My first parkrun had been in York, England, where a turnout of five hundred is not an unusual event, and the finish chute is run like a military operation. Runners are funnelled into single file to receive their finish token, with stacks of tokens being passed along like a chain gang to ensure the rapid processing of the runners. Luckily, things at Castletown are a little calmer!

The day dawned and I was extremely thankful that it had thawed overnight. I sent off volunteer Brian McCormick to do the pre-event set up – putting out signs and checking the course for any hazards: ice, potholes, puddles, trolls living under the bridge, that sort of thing. Pre-event set up is a great role to take on if you tend to turn up early to do warm up laps, as your warm up lap can turn into a safety check of the course for us! The course had indeed thawed nicely and there were just the usual potholes to contend with, we were good to go.

Marian Fagan gave the new runners and tourists briefing, we were joined by a large group of newcomers from the Rob Craig Fitness crew and a total of 10 people joined us at Castletown for their first parkrun.

And then it was time for the pre-run briefing. Having made announcements concerning the course, welcoming those doing their first parkrun and visitors, I introduced to the world the Volunteer-a-tron 1000 (patent pending). Sadly it seems to have now gone missing, but I have been told it looks remarkably like one of those paper fortune tellers you made in school. By picking a colour, then a number, and then another number, it could provide you with a predicted volunteer role suitable for you! Words of wisdom contained within the volunteer-a-tron 1000 included “Cheer and shout, a new marshal is about!” and “A job that is not fast, as tail walker you will finish last”.

Though the volunteer-a-tron 1000 has now been retired/chucked in the recycling by Philip whilst I wasn’t looking, we still have plenty of volunteer positions available for the next few weeks. Each position has its own advantages, for example the marshals are sent out before the pre-run briefing, and so were not subject to my homage to Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, Parkrun in Kildare. The video is online for posterity though, and lyrics will go up Facebook just in case anyone wants to do their own karaoke version!
"Run DMT" - "Run Director Melanie Tuffen"

A total of 169 people ran, jogged or walked event 103. The first three men across the line were Heywood Richardson (in his first ever parkrun), James Keane and Colm Moriaty.

Caragh Hayes was out first woman across the line, along with two unknown female runners.

If you do want your times recorded, please do remember to register and bring along your barcode every week.

So, all that remains is for me to thank the amazing volunteers who made my first parkrun as director a blast! Also huge thanks to the core group at Castletown, who provided me with support and answered my various questions (stupid and sensible) all week!


Melanie Tuffen
Event #103 Run Director
Castletown parkrun


Event #100 – Nov 11th 2017

A week and an hour in the life of a Run Director.

This was my second time to volunteer as Run Director, and with the excitement of Halloween and Castletown's second birthday over the past couple of weeks it seemed like it would be a 'normal' parkrun event.
So what does a 'normal' week in the life of Run Director look like as you approach a Saturday?

Well, thanks to the helping hands of the rest of the team, it is pretty much the same as my regular week with just a few extra tasks thrown in. So what does happen behind the scenes you may ask? Well, here's a quick "peek behind the scenes"!

Saturday - Nov 04th:

I happened to be doing the results after the event. If you were happy with your result, then it's all down to the skill of the person on the laptop who uploads the text files to the website after the event every week !!

If you didn't like your time, then the weather and conditions are at fault! But the good thing is that we get to do it again next week.
Getting the results out, ideally before Sunday evening, is something we try to do early after the event each week, though there will be times when our volunteers are busy, but this week it was done in the Courtyard Cafe immediately after the event.

Sunday - Nov 05th

With Saturday done, there was a chance to review the day with the upload of a few sets of photos to Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/groups/castletown-parkrun/)
The volunteer roster for the event looks almost full so no need to send out any communication about it.

Monday - Nov 06th

All quiet on the parkrun front.

Tuesday - Nov 07th

I skim the parkrun manual for the event just to familiarise myself with what needs to be done during the week.
I've had the parkrun loudhailer in the kitchen for the week and decided to test it out, just to see how it works.
I've no idea what the neighbours four doors down thought when they heard the words "Step away from the fridge and come out with your hands up" over a loudhailer!

The weather forecast is checked and it may be cold this coming Saturday!

Wednesday - Nov 08th

There were a few queries that came in about bad scans, or results that were not recorded, so a little detective work was needed to see if there was a problem. That just meant looking at the text files from the stopwatches and the scanners to see if there was anything was amiss. The team behind the e-mails managed to field and resolve other questions that landed in earlier in the week.

There is a manual for the event that has everything that needs to be done so understanding where the signs go, which marshal will go where, and familiarising myself with the details is the key thing to do for preparation.

There was a post up on the event Facebook page about doing a little parkrun tourism in Copenhagen in case there was anyone planning to be there for the match.

Thursday - Nov 09th

Each of the lanyards that we give the marshals have the phone number of the Event Director on it, and each week we change out the phone number of the person who is the Run Director. This week it is my number that gets held in with the paperclip. If anything happens on the day, that's the number they'll call this week.

Now it gets serious...time to charge the barcode scanners (by hooking them up to a USB port for a few hours) and to clear and reset the stopwatches so that there are no results left when we start the next event.

Laura, who's the absolute business as our volunteer co-ordinator confirms the roster, so all the volunteers get an e-mail with details of when to be there (9:00 am sharp) and what to bring - i.e. appropriate clothing for the weather being the most important advice!

Read and review the volunteer list to see that we have someone on each role, review the briefing that needs to be done to ensure that I'm au-fait with the key messages and that's today's preparation done.

Two more sleeps to #parkrunday!

Friday - Nov 10th

The Run Report for last week makes its way out for last week. This means that everything for event #99 is done, and it is just a question of the last minute preparation.

A final confirmation on the roster so I print it out as the last step for the day.
We had three clipboards: One for the Run Director, One for the person who is on Finish Token Support (bad scans and volunteers for subsequent events) and for the person doing the New Runners & Tourists briefing. A few blank sheets are added to them and we're almost ready.

The final step is packing up things that I have to bring - the parkrun laptop, the lanyards and "the black box". I'll miss having the loudhailer around, it was fun!

Saturday - Nov 11th - #parkrunday 100

Time to get this show on the road.....there's 70 of us acting as Run Directors across the country this morning and parkrun awaits.

We had Aileen and Frances arrive at the start well before I got there and we were all dressed for the rain that may have happened, but thankfully things were clear since nearly 8 am, so hopefully things will hold.

Conor on pre-event setup takes the lanyard that marks which signs go where, and heads out to check the course and mark it out as well. He's my eyes on the state of things and his feedback gets into the pre-run briefing.

More volunteers with our two TY students drafted in on tokens and barcode scanning - though we'll train them in once the event has started.

I have the safety briefing with the Marshals - ask them to take the few "Keep Off the Grass" signs and send them out to cheer and encourage all of the participants. They are the eyes and ears over the 2.5km course to keep you all safe.

Philip takes the First timers and Tourists Briefing and we have visitors from both Bere Island and Lough Key - so I'll have to mention that in the pre-run briefing.


Timing is the order of the day, so a little after 9:25 I get to use the loudhailer again, and the "siren" function to get everyone's attention.
I tried to project my voice during the pre-run briefing itself.

The few things to note were:
a) It's wet out there with puddles so take care
b) A lot of first timers & tourists today - though not all raised their hands!
c) Tourists get a mention! [Hello Lough Key and Bere Island]
d) Under 11's need to be near their adult guardian, and only one dog (on a short leash) is allowed
e) Assist the marshals if they ask!

And at 9:29:39 everyone was away!
To the few folks who were a little delayed arriving....whatever about missing the start time guys....you missed the briefing!!  :-)

A little training with the rest of the volunteers.... including Niamh our Timekeeper who was on crutches having to be confined to a chair for the event! Thankfully there are roles you can do no matter what your level of mobility!

Normal run reports finish with a photo of the entire team on the day. Today finished a little differently, but I'll relay that story in a moment.
Some of our volunteers from Event #100

Feedback from the field

After the event we had a lovely note from one of our parkrun tourists, from Lough Key parkrun.....

"I visited Castletown park run yesterday for the first time, glad to take an opportunity to try out another parkrun and encourage my sister who lives locally to give it a go. It is such a pretty parkrun.
Coming from Lough Key I am hard to impress but the Castletown route is nice and flat, it’s pretty clean even with a few puddles, and the autumn trees, the Liffey which was flowing fast beside part of the route, and the beautiful house all make a lovely experience.
The parkrun was very friendly, volunteers helpful and it has a lovely welcoming atmosphere.
Thanks very much for a love great morning run. I’d definitely recommend a visit!"
Helen McHenry

Helen also shared a tale or a little trick that they use to sort out the tokens in Lough Key and we found a photograph that describes it. After you get your position token scanned, you pin it onto a wooden board. This minimises the number of lost or missing tokens. Waterstown do something very similar!

An incident

At around a quarter to 10 we had a parkrunner fall during the event. They were assisted by other parkrunners near where they fell.
It happened near a marshal at position 4 (which is the right turn near the lake, where you turn onto the tarmac ). Lots of you have marshalled there yourselves in the past. Participants who were going past the start/finish line also relayed the message about the incident.
The event First Aid kit was brought out, they were treated for a cut, brought by car to the Primary Care centre and seen by a doctor, who advised on how best to treat the injury. We've been assured since that they've followed up appropriately, are fine and they have expressed their thanks to everyone who assisted on the day.
Indeed, we hope to see them on Saturday again!

I'd like to say thanks to everyone who stopped to assist, the Marshals (Frances in particular), the core team (John & Philip) and those that assisted today (Paul in particular).

Indeed we'd like to thank all of you who assist and marshal at each event.

This is the 1 in 100 occurrence which is why parkrun events do a safety briefing with the marshals before each event, each week.
It is also why we ask for everyone's patience and attention at the pre-run briefing, and ask that people pay heed to, and assist if asked, the marshals during the event.
If you've not updated your emergency contact details, then this would be a good reminder to do so. Check out the "Edit your details" link in the result e-mail that you get every week.

With that said, we look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday for event #101.

I'll be a marshal this weekend, so hopefully I'll be there until the end and make the final photo. Thankfully everyone is okay, and we can enjoy parkrun again on Saturday.

All in all, an interesting week as Run Director and a busy end to the event. I'm very grateful to the whole team on the day, that swung into action, and I'll just have to pick a date to be Run Director again soon!

Sheila Hynes
Event #100 Run Director
Castletown parkrun


This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Peter ADAMS • Sharon ASHMORE • Laura MCMANUS • Gerry EGAN • Philip SLATTERY • Eavan CONNOLLY • Sheila HYNES • Niamh DREW • Karol WIRKUS • Laura MURRAY • Conor DEVANEY • Frances KEARNEY • Katelyn KIERNAN • Roisin KIERNAN • Sean HENEGHAN • Joann BOWES • Darragh BOWES • Brian KIERNAN • Aileen KELLY • David HEPPLE

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
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 3,334 participants have completed 17,214 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,070 km, including 3,784 new Personal Bests.



Event #98, Saturday 28th October 2017 – Halloween Special

Event #98, Saturday 28th October 2017


There were mixed emotions galore at this weeks parkrun. We were returning after a week away due to storm Brian and this was the day before DCM, but also Halloween fancy dress.

Fun and nerves were very evident all around the park, but still 200 of walked, ran, jogged the beautiful 5k route in Castletown.   To the delight of other park users in Castletown, they were treated to views of children laughing and enjoying the event, while accompanied by their guardians, all in full Halloween. IMG_7377

Kudos to the host of volunteers who didn't disappoint with a variety of fabulous outfits.

DSC_3723The volunteering children were rewarded for their efforts with chocolate apples. Untitled Café goers weren't left disappointed either, with the usual fabulous food served up and a fabulous Halloween cake was enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to Sheila for that.  It was just yum!
Sure, it wouldn't be parkrun without a cake. Untitled It was just the best type of carb-loading for all our pre-marathon goers and non-marathon goers alike.
As the marathon is now done, I'd like to congratulate the many marathon goers who ran the distance.  I was only a spectator and that was terribly enjoyable, but very tiring.
You are all amazing.  Whether you're a seasoned runner of achieving the distance for the first time, I'm in awe!!!
I hope you're feeling good afterwards and wearing your bling with pride. Untitled A big shout out to all who lined the route yesterday too, to cheer on the runners.  The atmosphere was truly amazing.  To those of you who volunteered at the bag drop, thank you!  I hear you all had an amazing day too.

Don't forget that next Saturday is our second birthday and newly installed Event Director Philip, will be presenting awards.  If you've not completed the survey, then quick... get your votes in now.

Thank you to all of you who made event #98 as much fun as it was.

Roll on birthday No 2!!!

Your Run Director for #event98

Sharon Ashmore. DSC_3413



Event #97 Oct 14th 2017

Milestones, milestones, milestones!

We seemed to have a theme of milestones and cake this week....which is not a bad combination!

So what happens if you turn up to Castletown parkrun, and you are on 49 parkruns?

Well, if you are a regular parkrunner, and have been spotted by someone on the results page for the previous week, then we try to recognise it and make a bit of a fuss around it. It does not happen every week, and within the parkrun community it marks a milestone that recognises the dedication and commitment of the parkrunner.

In this case, we had Claire Millar reach the milestone, so we had the opportunity to pin a notice on her back with the distinctive '50 t-shirt' on it.

UntitledThough as Claire said to us, she has her 25 volunteer shirt collected a long time ago, and it can take time a long time to actually get the parkruns done! With some 24 runs in Griffeen and 7 as a tourist to four other parkruns we hope to see her in Castletown again soon, and start working towards the 100 milestone!

So what happens if you turn up to Castletown parkrun, and you are on 99 parkruns?

Well, normally the events are very similar to that of the 49 milestone.....we recognise the achievement during the briefing, and if you are willing, we pin a notice with the black milestone t-shirt on your back. However thanks to a little ingenuity and people "paying things forward" a little, we managed to arrange to have a milestone t-shirt available on the day and were able to present it to Michael Comer - who achieved the 100 milestone this week.

Michael of course is a regular parkrunner, finishing first on 4 occasions in Castletown, and has a very very balance parkrun history - with 48 in Griffeen and 47 in Castletown - and five occasions as a tourist to three other parkruns.

Michael_Cake_zoomedTo mark the occasion, there was cake which Michael brought to the Cafe afterwards - which was shared among everyone having a coffee. The consensus was that since everyone had done a good 5km beforehand that it was a worthy reward. The remarkable thing is that both Claire (50) and Michael (100) came in as second finishers in the female and male placings respectively. So hope that they enjoyed the occasion! We only know for certain, if you are reaching a milestone if you let us know, and it is best to raise your hand at the briefing, or, even better, mention it to the Run Director before the start of the event.....please do so, because we do want to recognise these milestones. They are all part of the event!

So what happens if you turn up to Castletown parkrun, and you are on 199 parkruns?

Well, in this case, you get ambushed by one of our volunteers, primarily because it is an unofficial milestone! The next properly recognised one is 250 - which is almost another year away.

In this case it was Marion again doing the recognition- with a customised - Red, Black, Red (50,100,50) notice for Ed to wear, so that we could acknowlege the milestone.

There was cake (with particular thanks to Alicia Ashmore for this) as it allowed everyone to celebrate it in style!

UntitledI'm getting hungry just looking at that photo again! Untitled

In this case, we knew that Ed McGrane was going to be in Castletown because he put his name down to volunteer for the new runners briefing, which meant that the average number of parkruns by people in the photo below is significantly higher than most people would know!

UntitledOne other thing while I am at it - and I don't know who uncovered this, but when Ed did his 100th parkrun, there was a wonderful video created on YouTube - to some catchy music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5QGMy5Bnw0

We think that it is a great reason to have someone volunteer to take photos regularly at parkrun, and put them on our Flickr page - so that you can create something like this for yourself in the future!

So well done to our two "Men In Black"
Michael and ED Philip with 100 Certificate
Michael_andEd_MenInBlackMichael (100) and Ed (200)

UntitledYour Run Director in action!
This will be my last Event as Run Director for a few months, and I'd like to pay thanks to the team of volunteers for event #97...you guys were just a great support and made things run really smoothly.

[ Editor's Note ]
We just wanted to make a note that it is Laura's last parkrun for a few months, because, while it may not be obvious from the photograph above, but she is expecting her first baby in January. We'd like to pay a particular thanks to Laura for all that she has done for Castletown parkrun since the idea was first floated. She threw herself into it, visited Griffeen parkrun several times, just to learn how to do the different roles and become comfortable with what was involved.
She has been invaluable to the team, and to the event since began, and has been the most helpful, positive, cheerful individual that you could meet. She's not going anywhere, she just won't be around for a few events!
We are all going to miss the joy that she brings with her on a Saturday morning, but look forward to welcoming her back.....with a buggy in tow!

There are a couple of quick dates to put in your diary, so you know what is coming up:

Event #98 - Oct 21st - will be pacers.

Event #99 - Oct 28th - will be a Halloween celebration - and if you've not seen it on the Facebook page already, well then, we'd like you all to dress up and #parkrunscared2017 We've done it the past two year....and it's been a scream!

Event #100 - Nov 04th - will be the day that we'll celebrate 2 years of Castletown parkrun. We'll share a little more of how we plan to mark the occasion, closer to the time.

Finally - a little bit more information on milestones and what parkrun call "Run Clubs"

Laura McManus

Event #97 Run Director
Castletown parkrun


We managed to have a parkrun t-shirt for the 100 milestone, and this may not be possible on every 100 t-shirt milestone, with delivery and factors out of our control, but we are hopeful that for the next one that we might manage it.
In any case, parkrunners get notified of their membership of the milestone clubs, and the process for ordering the t-shirt, but the 100 is rare at the moment!

This week in Numbers
This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Damien MC DONALD • Sharon ASHMORE • Keith ASHMORE • Edward MCGRANE • Laura MCMANUS • Siobhan O'BRIEN • Conor MCGLYNN • Sheila HYNES • Declan HYNES • Tommy BUGGLE • Karol WIRKUS • Roisin RYAN • Brian FARREN • Carla GUNNING • Mary KIERNAN • Roisin KIERNAN • Sean HENEGHAN • Brenda FARREN • Kim O'LONE • Aoibhe DUNNE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Graham GILLARD (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:40 - third time in 10 appearances.
Michael COMER (SM20-24) of Celbridge AC, was second over the line in 18:57 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Liam KING (SM20-24) of Celbridge AC, was third over the line in 19:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Ciara HEWSON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:04 - first appearance.
Claire MILLAR (VW40-44) of Celbridge AC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 23:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Alicia ASHMORE (JW15-17) of Celbridge AC, was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:31.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Graham GILLARD (VM40-44) – 73.66% for the time 18:40 (first overall).
Tony BRENNAN (VM50-54) – 72.30% for the time 20:24 (4th overall).
Ciara HEWSON (SW20-24) – 70.25% for the time 21:04 (7th overall).

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
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 3,229 participants have completed 16,541 parkruns covering a total distance of 82,705 km, including 3,690 new Personal Bests.


Event #96 Oct 07th 2017

For the run report this week, we'll cover a few things, more informational than anything else.

  • Most important thing
  • An update from the briefing
  • Milestones & t-shirts!
  • Photos on facebook
  • Upcoming Events
  • Results
  • #parkrun13
  • New parkruns

Most important thing

Next Saturday, or the Saturday after that - don't forget to say "Hello" to whomever you introduced yourself at the pre-run briefing on Saturday.....a welcome and a wave or smile makes a huge difference. Not everyone can stay for a cup of coffee and a chat afterwards, so have the chat before the briefing starts!
And can I just say that it was great to chat to a few different people, where people are doing one lap and planning to build up to the 5km event....keep coming folks - you are more than welcome to keep working towards a parkrun!

An update from the briefing

So how many people turned up to Bushy Park in London and attended the #parkrun13 parkrun?

The answer is: 1465.
One thousand four hundred and sixty five people to brief, tokens to go an hand out, times to take, parkrunners to cheer, results to process.......amazing!

Was that guy, in the 80-84 age category, with over 500 parkruns there?

Let's step back a second, because from what we can tell, there are only 10 people in that club at the moment. So, it means that you need a lot of dedication (about 10 years worth) to make it to the 500 club.

The result from Bushy Park in London show what he was there, along with other members of the 500 club, and some soon to be members.

However the name John Hanscomb is very tightly linked to parkun and to Bushy Park parkrun. In fact there is a parkrun trophy that is named after him. His story, written at the time of reaching 500 parkruns is told in this report: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/news/2016/08/05/a-major-milestone-weekly-newsletter-4-august-2016/

We were only kidding when we mentioned that he'd be ashamed of you if you decide to miss a parkrun.

We suspect that he'd understand.


He might perhaps tell you....

That if you set your mind to it.........

That you could be one of Castletown's first to join the 500 club!

You did parkrun once.....

if you did it two or three times more...

You'd be hooked on a free, weekly, timed 5km, whether it was walking, jogging or running!


Milestones - and t-shirts


So we had Catherine join the 50 club, and unbeknownst to us, Jack and Lara joined the Junior 10 club. We'll try and make a special effort at the next event that you attend to get you your certificates, so contact the Run Director on the day (in the Blue and White Hi-Viz) and let them know....so that you can get a photo. It is best done after you do your parkrun, rather than before! If you are here this Saturday it'll be Laura on-duty!

Regarding milestone t-shirts - the best way to check on their availability is to look at your more recent result e-mail. If you click on the "Manage my profile" button, log-in and then look at your "Club Progress". The club progress will let you know if the t-shirt is available to be claimed. If you have specific questions, then a good first place to look is: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us They'll have seen your question before!
Be aware that there will be a change in how t-shirts are managed that was only communciated recently. You'll find more information here: http://www.parkrun.com/news/2017/10/03/the-future-of-milestone-t-shirts/

Photos on Facebook


Just a quick reminder that we put some photos on Facebook last week. Normally we put them on Flickr - as it is so much easier to link them into the Run Reports that you see here, and anyone can upload them to the Flickr group - flickr.com/groups/castletown-parkrun/.

parkrun have a "delete if asked, no questions asked" policy for photos on Social Media - so we'll remove anything when requested. E-mail or message the page if you have such a request.

Upcoming Events

So, for event #98 (21st October) as is traditional on the 3rd week of the month - we'll have even more volunteering opportunities available as it is Pacer week!

For event #99 on the 28th of October, we're going to encourage everyone to participate in the Halloween spirit - and dress up....it makes for a scary and fun event! Castletown House have some events over the few days that kickstart around noon on the 28th, so a few extra ghouls and goblins in the early morning will hopefully add to the atmosphere! I plan to do some frightful running myself, but that's a weekly occurrance!

And for event #100 on Nov 04th....we plan to......well, perhaps we'll hold off on saying too much but 100 is such a nice round number perhaps we should do something to mark it.....what do you think?


Well - we had fifteen first timers to Castletown parkrun. Of that fifteen, seven were attending parkrun for the very first time and the rest were tourists, from Griffeen, from Nottingham and further afield no doubt. We hope that you all enjoyed our event and will be back for more!

There were also 37 PB's on the day, distributed right across our participants - from people doing their 2nd, 6th and 26th parkrun....so well done folks!

So to the results for this week.
Well, we had 200 people which is a big jump from the 160 that we had for the previous two weeks.
Diarmuid, Conor and Patrick have finished first a total of 24 times collectively.

We're a little confused by the results in the ladies standings, but Fiona and Nicola were first and third, but there's no second placed lady - so we'll have our technical wizards do a little magic and try to figure out what was happening there. Both Fiona and Nicola have each finished first on six occasions, so some very strong running by them.

My favourite statistic is the Age graded result - where your time is compared to times for people of your own age on a world wide basis for a 5km.
In this case we had parkruns in the 73rd percentile and above from Fiona, Tommy and Graham. If you want to check your parkrun improvement - sometimes an "age graded" goal is a nice one to watch....especially near a birthday!


There was a world of celebration for parkrun and its 13th birthday - and the hashtag #parkrun13 was used to share photos of parkruns, or of the event specific apricot t-shirts. We had a few running around Castletown ourselves. We're only counting down the days until #parkrun14 becomes a thing!
We did manage to pick out a few folks in apricot that were flying around:


(A little blurry on this one unfortunately!!)





New parkruns

We should probably announce this more at the pre-Run Briefing, however there are so many new parkruns these days it would be hard to keep up, however we'll mention two that are starting this week. One is in Monaghan and the other is in Finland. So if you are planning to do a little bit of parkrun tourism then choose whichever takes your fancy!

Okay that's my fun for the week done. I've shouted at a few people, in a field, quite loudly, on a Saturday morning, so it'll be back to doing two laps this coming Saturday. I for one, can't wait for Event #97.
See you soon!

Declan Hynes

Event #96 Run Director
Castletown parkrun
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Gay HOARE • Philip SLATTERY • Seamus O MIDHEACH • Eavan CONNOLLY • Declan HYNES • Marian FAGAN • Sandra MCLAUGHLIN • Caragh HAYES • Oran HAYES • Aoileann HAYES • Marc AUGUSTIN • Fionn HAYES • Pat HAYES • Sean HENEGHAN • Brenda FARREN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Breda FLANAGAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Diarmuid MELDON (SM25-29) of Piranha TC, was first over the line in 18:18 - 4th time in 5 appearances.
Conor MCGLYNN (SM30-34) of IRISH LIFE AND CANADA LIFE RUNNING CLUB, was second over the line in 18:29 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.
Liam CAHILL (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:23.
Patrick O'REILLY (VM35-39) of Civil Service Hrs and A.C., was third over the line in 18:34 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) (Unattached) was first (18th overall) over the line in 21:58 - 6th time in 20 appearances.
Nicola MC KENNA (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:45 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Fiona HOLMES (VW50-54) – 78.22% for the time 21:58 (18th overall).
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) – 74.09% for the time 19:45 (6th overall).
Graham GILLARD (VM40-44) – 73.14% for the time 18:48 (4th overall).

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
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 3,205 participants have completed 16,340 parkruns covering a total distance of 81,700 km, including 3,656 new Personal Bests.


Event 95

This week’s event mixed two of my favourite things parkrun and random obscure facts.  The fact for this week was that the 56th person to cross the line would complete Castletown’s 2nd trip of the globe. As Kevin O’Shea crossed the line on Saturday Castletown parkrunners have now run the circumference of the globe twice. At the current average attendance it will take 50 weeks to complete lap number 3.

Enough of me being a numbers geek onto the running.  We had 166 happy runners at parkrun this week with 20 first timers and 34 of ye running personal bests.

James Keane was first across the line in 18:47 followed by Valdas Tilunas and Alan Healy. James was wondering afterwards what took him so long to run his first parkrun.


Fiona Holmes led the ladies home with Castletown regular Jackie Kearns coming in 2nd followed very closely by Caroline O’Connor.

We had two people complete their 50th parkrun Brendan Mooney and Marella Cahill impressively both have run all 50 at Castletown. Think passionista is the parkrun term for the two of them.


I also took the opportunity to announce Declan Hynes as the October parkrunner of the month. Declan has been looking after the social media recently as well as trying to get us all to learn the Icelandic clap from Euro 2016.20170930_100600

Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up there Saturday to ensure we all had a safe run. Thank you:

Adrian HENRY  •  Aine FARREN  •  Alicia ASHMORE  •  Ann DONOHOE  •  Brenda FARREN  •  Brian FARREN  •  Caragh HAYES  •  Declan HYNES  •  Dylan KIELY  •  John O'LONE  •  Katherine CARROLL  •  Kim O'LONE  •  Laura MCMANUS  •  Marc AUGUSTIN  •  Matthew KIELY  •  Melanie TUFFEN  •  Nicola O'LONE  •  Paul FOY  •  Peter KIELY  •  Philip SLATTERY  •  Rory ARDIFF  •  Sean HENEGHAN

I’ll put my ED hat on for a moment. This week’s roster will filled on Sunday evening so thank you to everyone who put their name forward. It takes a lot of the pressure off the core team when we don’t have to spend our week looking for volunteers. We normally can take names for 4-5 weeks ahead. So if you know you have a race coming up on a certain weekend maybe volunteer instead.

Every week during the briefing was ask people who only do one lap not to go through the finish chute. We have had a few people do this recently. It is unfair to the people who run/walk the full 5k. So please if you don’t do the 5k do not use the chute.

Gaisce Award.

It is that time of year that people mainly TY students are looking at doing the Gaisce award. If you are looking for a nice place to do your community work consider parkrun. This will allow you to see the background to how parkrun is operated. We will try and make sure you do all the jobs and not get stuck on one job, if you want we will look to allow you to be RD on your final day...it is easier than it looks and you'll have all the support you need.

Till next Saturday


RD for event 95


Event #94 Sept 23rd 2017

First things first - I want to thank everyone who put their name down for the next couple of weeks. I was kinda kidding about the stress that an empty roster brings and having to "grow my own volunteer". Having everyone give a little back to the #parkrunfamily does make it easier to keep things going smoothly every week. It is appreciated and keep looking out for days that might suit to volunteer - you are needed every week!


Particular thanks to the crew this week who made it all possible - from marshals, to scanners, to timekeepers and tokens!

For Event #94 here in Castletown we had a lot of competing attractions locally and in Dublin for what was the start of the European Week of Sport. For runners there was the Dublin Race Series Half Marathon - which is the last in the build-up to the marathon at the end of October.

The Liffey Descent was also moving along the river later in the day and of course the Great Dublin Bike Ride was on Sunday, as was the Naas town 10k. So there were lots of reasosn that people may have had to either miss a parkrun, or rest in advance of other activities - or indeed to schedule in a chance to volunteer.

Nonetheless, despite all of those options, we had a great turnout of 167 people, including 13 first timers. Welcome to you all.

It must have been the dry conditions that helped out with the number of PB's - with 40 of you getting them. That's much more than one in four.

For the first women finishers, we had Caragh, Jacqueline and Catherine - an astonishing 21 first finishes between them.


For the first men finishers, we had Ian, Tommy and John, and with eleven first finishes between them, they make it all look pretty easy on a regular basis. Interestingly Ian and Tommy had two of the three best "age grades" on the day as well - so great running!

Of course it should be noted that while Ian had a Castletown parkrun PB, he had intended to be at the half marathon, organisational difficulties at the event, meant abandoning that plan, and getting in a parkrun instead.


Hence he was in more "official race" attire than most of us! The only number that you need to bring is your parkrun barcode.....race numbers are optional but don't scan!

In case you missed it, there was a really nice story about a family that contributes to parkrun, in the weekly newsletter. It is worth a read as it highlights how it has brough them closer together and their involvement across the different events is admirable.


A final thought on the marathon at the end of October.
To put it in perspective a marathon is 8.439 parkruns.
That's just under 17 laps around the Castletown course.
So don't forget to cheer on anyone you know who's doing it.
Because the long runs in preparation are done without the crowds!

Until Next Week!.

Laura McManus
Event #94 Run Director
Castletown parkrun

The numbers in deail are below in the "Journalists report"

This week 167 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sharon ASHMORE • Laura MCMANUS • Philip SLATTERY • Sean WALSH • Kiara DESMOND • Declan HYNES • Una MAY • Kian BYRNE • Thomas MCKEON • Caroline O'CONNOR • Maria BYRNE • Mary KIERNAN • Marc AUGUSTIN • Melanie TUFFEN • Orla WALSH • Brenda FARREN • Aine FARREN • Kim O'LONE • John O'LONE • Philomena DUKE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castletown parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Ian MC MANUS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:45 - third time in 4 appearances.
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:05 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
John REGAN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:47 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Caragh HAYES (JW15-17) of Le Cheile AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 23:03 - 20th time in 29 appearances.
Jacqueline KEARNS (VW40-44) of ACefit, was second (30th overall) over the line in 24:41 - was first to finish once before.
Catherine VALLELY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 25:17.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Ian MC MANUS (SM30-34) – 77.61% for the time 16:45 (first overall).
Tommy BUGGLE (VM45-49) – 76.68% for the time 19:05 (second overall).
Jim TALBOT (VM65-69) – 71.99% for the time 24:13 (24th overall).

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 Martin HOARE who recorded a time of 16:36 on 24th June 2017 (event number 81).
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 3,170 participants have completed 15,974 parkruns covering a total distance of 79,870 km, including 3,585 new Personal Bests.