Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 54 – 13th October 2018 – Run Director’s Report

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. The significant drop in numbers this week was undoubtedly due to the bad weather on the morning and in the day leading up to Saturday. Well done to those who braved the elements and came out anyway. Most agreed that when they got going they did not notice the damp conditions and that the course offered considerable shelter from the wind. Our first finishers this week were James Yeomans (18:41) and Kate Ferris (22:29). James has completed 38 different parkruns to date and hopefully will let us know how our event compares to the others he has done. Well done to Philomena Morgan who completed her 50th parkrun today – she has only missed 4 since we started (and she brought a note from home to explain her absence!!!). Philomena is also one of our 25+ volunteers as she often combines volunteering and participating either as a marshal or Tail Walker.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Benoit LE HOUEROU • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Cliona O'BOYLE • Sarah MARTIN • Julie-Anne MCCRACKEN • Marcella BROGAN • Philomena MORGAN • Lewis RODGERS • Justin MORGAN • Linda ROGAN • Deborah CAMPBELL • Clara ROGAN • Connaire MCVEIGH • Laura MARTIN • Jonathan WARD • Donna WARD

We welcomed 8 new volunteers to our ranks this morning following our recent appeal to widen our pool of helpers and thank them for their help. All did a great job and are more than willing to help again. As we are light on volunteers for the next few weeks, we would greatly appreciate any help that new and old volunteers can give. You can email us or respond to this post. Next weekend is a busy one for racing and we would ask those racing later in the day to consider helping out at parkrun before heading off to Dundrum for the Gr8 or Comber for the first XC race of the year. We would also like to thank our volunteers who continue to manage the event behind the scenes each week by updating the rosters, writing the reports, responding to the emails, sending out the reminder notices, uploading the photographs and managing the webpage and Facebook page. Much of this work goes unnoticed, but is time consuming and crucial to the ongoing success of our event
Remember, next week, 20 October is our monthly pacer event (odd numbers this time) and we will have dedicated pacers for 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 minutes. We hope that many who are looking for improvement will avail of the opportunity to be led by one of our very experienced team.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Matt SHIELDS who recorded 87.76% (18:56) on 22nd September 2018 (event number 51).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 2,961 participants have completed 10,747 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,735 km, including 2,626 new Personal Bests.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 51 – 22nd September 2018 – Run Director’s Report

This week, as we celebrated our first anniversary, 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. Despite the storms that had caused considerable damage to the paths and trails midweek, the course was close to perfect for our first anniversary event. Our thanks to the Mourne Heritage Trust and the Forestry Service staff based in Castlewellan for ensuring that we were in a position to proceed as normal – we certainly did not want to postpone this event. Conditions were excellent as a slightly larger than the average attendance (typically 200) set off to complete the 5km (3.1 mile course). Thanks to local Council Chairman Mark Murnin (who walked the course today) and Councillor Andrew McMurray for being with us on this occasion. We are thankful to those in office who appreciate our efforts to provide an event that is accessible to the entire community. The local press were also there to cover the event and we thank the Mourne Observer and the Down Recorder for their coverage of our event – make sure you check out the papers this week for photos.

Thanks also to parkrun Ireland Manager, Matt Shields and his wife Ruth for choosing our event as the place to mark their 43rd wedding anniversary. Matt, completing his 300th parkrun set a new Age Graded Record (87.76%) when he finished 3rd in a time of 18:56. Our first finishers this week were Jared Martin (17:49), in a new PB and Joanne Foster (20:58), finishing first for the fourth time. It was also great to see one of our ambassadors Damian Gill and his wife Eleanor completing the course – Eleanor kept Damian honest right to the end, refusing to allow him to give up! Thanks to Cailin Molloy from Bodyrox Fitness who donated a fashionable bobble hat to our first finishers. She also gave us a sports massage voucher which we will give next week to the person who looks most in need of it apart from the Prophet!!! We welcomed a number of parkrun tourists from Queens, Colin Glen, Comber, Malahide, Waterworks and Cabinteely to name but a few – thank you all for coming and come back again soon!

Milestones were reached this week by Lucy Foster (50), Matthew McAuley (10 and a new PB) and Oliver and Alexander Robinson (10) – well done to all and keep striving for your next milestone! Well done also to Emily Kerr who completed the most events as a junior this year (23) and Justin Morgan (one of our ever-reliable team of tail-walkers) who completed most overall (48). Hopefully on our second birthday we will be highlighting many more notable parkrun milestones and achievements.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Ernest HALL • Benoit LE HOUEROU • Jerome MCCRICKARD • Nicola MATHERS • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Noel GALLAGHER • Aoife MCVEIGH • Daniel MOLLOY • Rita DEVLIN • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Rebecca MCCANN • Lauren MCCANN • Lauranne MCMULLAN • Ciara HARDY • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Angela KERR • Graeme KERR • Martin RAWLINSON • James KING • Clara ROGAN • Jonathan WARD • Robert GRAHAM • Aodhan KILLEN
As this was a pacer week we needed additional support and we are grateful to the 28 volunteers who responded to our call. Our pacers were James King (20), Benoit Le Houerou (22), Jonny ward (26), Ernie Hall (26), Rita Devlin (28) and Hazel Crudgington (30). After failing a fitness test last night the Prophet, who had originally been a replacement for the injured Danny O’Boyle, was replaced by last minute substitute Ernie Hall. At 67 Ernie is the epitome of being young at heart and willingly stepped in to help. As always, they all did a smashing job and contributed greatly to the haul of 72 new PBs achieved today. Please leave a comment below if our pacers helped you – it means a lot to be appreciated. Our next pacer week will be on 19 October – odd numbers between 20 and 30 minutes.

The pre-race briefing was a little longer than usual today as we had much to celebrate. We also went live on Facebook for the first time! In the briefing the Event Director thanked the volunteers; not only those on duty today, but those 222 in number who have completed a total of 1054 volunteering tasks in the 51 events to date. He also paid tribute to the 11 ‘stalwarts’ (Rebecca McCann, Bill Cash, Joe McCann, Ronnie Horrox, Rita Devlin, Nicky McKeag, Justin Morgan, Michelle McCann, Nicola Mathers, Philomena Morgan and Clara Rogan) who have earned their coveted purple t-shirt by volunteering 25+ times and carried out almost 400 volunteering tasks between them. The most active volunteers in the 51 events to date have been Rebecca McCann (44) and Bill Cash (40) – a huge thank you to both. Around 10% of those registered for the event have volunteered to date and one challenge for the second year of our event is to encourage more people to get involved in helping out.

A few stats were also shared. To date 2864 different participants have taken part. There are 2090 registered participants (the population of Castlewellan is 2300!). the distance covered in the combined total of all runs by all participants (10,033) is 50,165km. If all times are added, this equates to 212 days!

On a more practical note, it is important to remind participants of the simple things that make the event run smoothly for us all and reduce the workload on the volunteers:
• Bring your barcode every week
• Get scanned ASAP – presenting your barcode first
• Return your token to the box close by

Finally, there was a veritable feast at the finish with many of our regulars literally going the extra mile with their efforts. Among the stand-out performances in this regard was Lily Smith’s famous banana bread. A big thank you to our bakers – perhaps we can celebrate Halloween weekend with a few treats!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Matt SHIELDS who recorded 87.76% (18:56) on 22nd September 2018 (event number 51).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 2,895 participants have completed 10,279 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,395 km, including 2,531 new Personal Bests.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 50 – 15th September 2018 – Run Director’s Report

This week 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

Conditions were perfect for running/walking on a beautiful early autumn Saturday morning. Our first finishers this week were Connaire McVeigh (18:03), a new PB and Nicola Mathers (22:08), also a PB: both are members of Newcastle & District Running Club. Nicola was running this week rather than volunteering (she has volunteered 29 times to date) and really enjoyed the rare opportunity to run afforded by other people volunteering. If we all help out a little, we all get the opportunity to run or walk. Well done to Peter McStravock and Oisin O’Kane who both completed their 10th parkrun as Junior athletes and on achieving PBs as well. Among the parkrun tourists joining us this week was Libby Sheirdan from St. Albans parkrun who recorded her fastest parkrun time ever – who says our course is tough!!!

Regrettably we had a few ‘token takers’ this week. We need our tokens to ensure that we can produce the most accurate results possible. Please remember to return your token to the Token Sorter once you have been processed by the Barcode Scanners. Replacing missing tokens adds to administration work for volunteers at the end of the event and is totally avoidable if everyone returns their token to the before leaving the finish area.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Bill CASH • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Michael MCKENNA • Rita DEVLIN • Catherine MCINTOSH • Gary CAIRNS • Rebecca MCCANN • Emma MCMULLAN • David WADDELL • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • James KING • Clara ROGAN • Leanne MCKENNA • Donal WARD • Kathleen O'HARE

We are always grateful to those who help make each event a success. Next Saturday we have a full roster as we celebrate our first anniversary with our 51st event (we missed 2 Saturday events due to snow and the Agricultural Show and had an additional event on New Year’s Day!). There are also 6 dedicated pacers to complete the course in 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 30 minutes to help those looking for a PB to achieve this. There will be complimentary tea/coffee afterwards and many of our regulars have promised to bake for us! Drop us an email if you are planning to contribute. We are hoping for a big turnout for our birthday bash, though perhaps not the 567 that turned up on 23 September 2018!!!

We do need volunteers for the remaining Saturdays and into October. As usual, please let us know if you can help out.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BROWN who recorded 87.57% (21:51) on 16th June 2018 (event number 38).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 2,864 participants have completed 10,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,165 km, including 2,459 new Personal Bests.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 48 – 1st September 2018 – Run Director’s Report

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

Our first finishers this week were Brian McVeigh (19:20) and Joanne Foster (20:17), equalling her PB. It was a good day for the Fosters as Kirsti and Lucy were also in the top 10 and Jodi reached the milestone of 50 parkruns completed; a tremendous achievement for one so young. Conaill Burns also reached a milestone by completing his 10th parkrun as a junior. As usual we had a number of first timers travelling from as near as Mayobridge and as far as Yorkshire. We were pleased to welcome some impressive juniors from Calder Valley Fell Runners. We were also delighted to see so many members of the local Bodyrox Fitness Club taking part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

John PRYER • Bill CASH • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Noel GALLAGHER • Aoife MCVEIGH • Rita DEVLIN • Gary CAIRNS • Rebecca MCCANN • Lauren MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Linda ROGAN • Clara ROGAN • Grace TRIMBLE • Catherine MILLIGAN • Martin MC COURT • Aodhan KILLEN
Well done to Philomena Morgan and Clara Rogan who became the 10th and 11th members of the 25 Volunteering club at Castlewellan. The commitment of our stalwart volunteers is outstanding, but our long-term sustainability depends on widening the pool and ensuring that more people become volunteers. We have sent out an appeal for help in September. Please let us know if you can volunteer at events on the following dates: 8, 15, 22, 29 September.

We are getting ever closer to our first anniversary which will be celebrated on 22 September. We will have some tea and buns available and are asking people take part in the 'Castlewellan parkrun bake-off' by bringing something home cooked (or bought!) along to share.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BROWN who recorded 87.57% (21:51) on 16th June 2018 (event number 38).
Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 2,813 participants have completed 9,707 parkruns covering a total distance of 48,535 km, including 2,370 new Personal Bests.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 47 – 25th August 2018 – Run Director’s Report

This week 205 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. This week we had our second running of the course anti-clockwise to accommodate the logistics of the Mourne Triathlon. Like the previous time, come loved it and recorded PBs, while others remained faithful to their penchant for the traditional route – normal service resumes next Saturday. Castlewellan Forest Park was ‘buzzing’ with triathletes and cyclists to complement the usual 200+ parkrunners and create an atmosphere that showcases all that is good about sport in Northern Ireland. With great co-operation between the events and superbly efficient organisation from the Park Rangers, everyone was able to enjoy their event to the full.

Our first finishers were Aaron McGrady (17:21) and Jodi Foster (21:22) with a new PB, both from East Down AC. Well done to Claire Black who reached the milestone of 50 parkruns and Erin O’Neill and John Erskine who completed their 10th event as juniors. Among our parkrun tourists this week we welcomed first-time participants from Seapark AC, Penny Lane Striders, Springwell AC, Jog Belfast and Mallusk Harriers. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again soon. We also enjoyed meeting Steve and Narelle Donald from Highfields parkrun in Queensland, Australia and hope they enjoy the remainder of their holiday in Ireland and the UK before heading back ‘down under’.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Ernest HALL • Gillian MCNIFF • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Cathal MCNIFF • Noel GALLAGHER • Rita DEVLIN • Gary CAIRNS • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Rebecca MCCANN • Lauren MCCANN • Michelle GRAHAM • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Eileen HARPER • Linda ROGAN • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Clara ROGAN • Sharon MCVEIGH • Aodhan KILLEN

We will be sending out a volunteer appeal for September. Please help us if you can. New volunteers always appreciated. Please be part of the sustainability of your parkrun. In preparation for our first birthday, we are looking for some volunteers if a different kind! If you can bake and are willing to make some buns or scones or anything others would enjoy after a parkrun, please let us know in advance.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BROWN who recorded 87.57% (21:51) on 16th June 2018 (event number 38).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 2,781 participants have completed 9,527 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,635 km, including 2,337 new Personal Bests.

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