Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 67 – 12th January 2019 – Run Report

This week 298 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

We had 50 new registrations this week, taking the number of registered with Castlewellan parkrun to 2526 – not bad for a small market town with a population of just under 2000!! Equally impressive is the 275 different volunteers who have helped out at the events to date.

This was our fourth largest turnout and events 65, 66 & 67 all rank in the top 5 along with events 1 & 2. We certainly have made a great start to 2019 and our volunteers are so pleased that so many have made the effort to come back so regularly and enthusiastically. Hopefully, we will see sustained numbers in the weeks ahead.

The slightly damp and threatening conditions did nothing to deter the spirits of those committed to their parkrun New Year’s resolutions. Well done to our first finishers today, David O’Flaherty (Newcastle & District AC) and Niamh O’Connell (Murlough AC). This was David’s third time as first finisher, with his last first finish recorded on 16 June 2018. This was Niamh’s first time as first finisher and she also recorded a PB. Milestones were reached this week by Rónán Grant and Maria Cassidy, both of who completed their 10th event as juniors. Rónán also achieved a PB as all 4 Grants completed the course, highlighting the family dimension of the event. It is great to see so many families taking part together.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers led by RD Rita Devlin:
Bill CASH • Benoit LE HOUEROU • Nicola MATHERS • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Leslie MULHOLLAND • Ronnie FORSYTHE • Daniel MOLLOY • Rita DEVLIN • Hugh SUFFERN • Kate CASSIDY • Caroline BURNS • Charisse POLAND • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Pauline MCMULLAN • Julie CUNNINGHAM • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Clara ROGAN • Laura MARTIN • Pearse BROGAN

Saturday 19th January is pacer week with our experienced team committed to bring those interested in going for a time in 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 28 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to judges your progress.

We had 25 unknown athletes this week and would encourage people to get their bar code printed when registered as we aim to reduce the numbers of unknowns. We had a good week on the token returns with only one token being taken hostage. Hopefully the ransom demand will not be too great and the token will be returned before the other tokens notice and start to worry about their missing friend.

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 87.83% (21:47) on 1st January 2019 (event number 65).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 3,373 participants have completed 13,183 parkruns covering a total distance of 65,915 km, including 3,064 new Personal Bests. A total of 275 individuals have volunteered 1,440 times.

 

Castlewellan Parkrun – Event number 66 – 5th January 2019 – Run Report

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The number at this weeks event surpassed last years early January 2018 Parkrun by more than 50 runners despite a race at nearby Tollymore Forest Park. With in the region of 15 local runners taking a recce around the course on Friday evening, the course was confirmed as 'Hard & Firm' and with a temperature around 6 degrees and little wind, the stage was set for a good event. This has seen regular Parkrun Volunteer Bill Cash from Murlough AC make only his second appearance on the course as a runner, as well as being there from 8am helping with set up of start & finish zones, a great man.

This week also saw a further 100 people register as Castlewellan Parkrun, which is further testimony to the efforts of the success of this event since its inception in Autumn 2017, as it now approaches 3000 runners registered to Castlewellan Parkrun.

Ian Bailey of Newcastle Ac made a welcome return to this weeks Parkrun and run toe to toe with Daniel Molloy, also of Newcastle Ac from start to finish, recording a great time of 17.03 and driving Daniel to a PB of 17.07, so well done lads. Newcastle Ac completed the double with Nicola Mathers taking the ladies first finishing position in 22.22, Nicola, like Bill also undertook a volunteering role this week completing the results in an efficient and timely fashion.

Further down the field, a few of the ladies from the Castlewellan Jog Off made their debuts along with runners from further afield, and we hoped you enjoyed your day at Castlewellan Parkrun.

A mention also goes to Fintan Hurl from Victoria Park and Connswater AC for achieving his 150th parkrun with us today. An amazing accomplishment that takes years of dedication to parkrun.

For those runners that use the Social Network of Strava, please add yourself to the 'Castlewellan Parkrun' Club and keep in touch and see what other runners are doing which currently has 37 members.

Well done to Junior Volunteers Maya Alsabone & Robin Mitchell for their assistance today, your help is appreciated.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

John PRYER • Bill CASH • Danny O'BOYLE • Jerome MCCRICKARD • Nicola MATHERS • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Richard MAYNE • Charlotte MAYNE • Rebecca MCCANN • Maya ALSABONE • Fiona MILLIGAN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Sean MILLIGAN • Robin MITCHELL • Linda ROGAN • Bronagh MCINERNEY • Clara ROGAN • Francis MCALINDEN

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 87.83% (21:47) on 1st January 2019 (event number 65).
Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 3,321 participants have completed 12,885 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,425 km, including 3,004 new Personal Bests. A total of 267 individuals have volunteered 1,416 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 65 – 1st January 2019 – Run Report

This week 373 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part. This is the second largest turnout ever, behind the 567 at Event 1 and overtaking the 323 at Event 2. Undoubtedly the fine weather and the later start time of 10:30am were contributory factors to the incredible level of participation today. Our 45 new registrations this week (taking us above 2400 in total) represents the 5th highest number for all parkruns worldwide – Bushy, the home of parkrun, was 4th with 46 new registrations! Hopefully we can build on this great success in the weeks ahead as our participants make parkrun a genuine and achievable resolution for 2019. Remember parkrun is not just for Christmas and the New Year – it is a FREE gift to be cherished all year long!

Female record holder Kerry O’Flaherty was our first finisher this week; the first time that a female has finished first overall. While the Olympian was just outside her course record of 17:18, her 17:24 is the second fastest time by a female in Castlewellan. The first male finisher was Daniel Molloy (17:33) – his 9th first finish at this event.

There were some notable achievements this week with John Pryer achieving his landmark 100th parkrun finish – 18 of which have been in Castlewellan since he moved from Cardiff where he completed a further 70 of his runs. Castlewellan first timer Louise Hinds achieved her 50th parkrun finish with us, with 41 of these recorded at her home event Comber. Stalwart pacer, Benoit Le Houerou completed his 50th Castlewellan run, moving his overall total to 157.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Bill CASH • Gillian MCNIFF • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Sean ARMSTRONG • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Dan MITCHELL • Aodhan SMITH • John CURRY • Victoria CANAVAN • Grace TRIMBLE • Rachel CORRIGAN • Paddy CORRIGAN • Oliver CORRIGAN • Lily SMITH • Perpetua BURNS • Allison CRICHTON
A huge thank you to our volunteers who stoically sacrifice their opportunity to run to make the event possible for others. Please make volunteering a goal for 2019 and support us in the long term sustainability of parkrun in the area.

Our January pacing week will be on the 19th with pacers designated to complete the course in 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 & 30 minutes. Our biscuit collection is running low and we would appreciate any donations of left over tins or unused Christmas treats – don’t throw them out, bring and unopened confectionery to us this weekend and we will find a good home for it in the weeks ahead!

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 87.83% (21:47) on 1st January 2019 (event number 65).
Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 3,257 participants have completed 12,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 63,000 km, including 2,960 new Personal Bests. A total of 265 individuals have volunteered 1,394 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 64 29th – December 2018 – Run Report

This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

We note some important milestones this week. Well done to Kirsti Foster who was our first female finisher (19:24) in her 50th parkrun in a new PB! Kirsti is our leading first finishing female with 6 first finishes to date. Our first male finisher today was Simon Ferris (18:24). Mark Addis also reached his 50th parkrun today and has completed all his runs in Castlewellan, so we are extra proud of his achievement.

In volunteering, Lorna Cunningham became the newest member of the 25 volunteering club and we are grateful for this level of commitment from so many of our stalwarts.

As 2018 draws to a close our end of year report reads: 1234 new people registered for event in 2018 (making our present total 2358), 8892 runs were completed in the course of the year, 2470 different participants completed the course and 218 different volunteers undertook 1079 volunteering roles. Our average turnout for the 64 events to date is 191. To date the combined total distance of parkruns completed in Castlewellan is an amazing 60,420km and equates to a total running time of 255 days, 12 hours and 58 seconds!

There is much to celebrate in 2018, but we want to be bigger and better in 2019. To do this we would like to see more people making use of the FREE timed weekly run, jog or walk and encouraging others to come along and be part of our extremely inclusive community. We also want to encourage more people to become more active in volunteering to promote the long term sustainability of the event. Our aim is to continue with our monthly pacer events to encourage people to use parkrun to set targets to aspire to.

Our first event of 2019 is on New Year’s Day (Tuesday, 1 January 2019!) at 10:30am – PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME FOR THIS EVENT ONLY. We have a full roster of volunteers; some come along and get the year of to a positive parkrun start.

Event 64 was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Bill CASH • Nicola MATHERS • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Dave WILSON • Patrick SMITH • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Megan CRUDGINGTON • David CRUDGINGTON • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Donal SMITH • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • James KING • Linda ROGAN • Victoria CANAVAN • Sean MCCASHIN • Clara ROGAN • William ROWAN • Fionn MCKIBBIN

As always, we need volunteers for the weeks ahead to ensure that events can proceed. Please let us know if you can help out. We need occasional volunteers to become more regular and those who have not volunteered to date to make a commitment to 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 Matt SHIELDS who recorded 87.76% (18:56) on 22nd September 2018 (event number 51).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 3,185 participants have completed 12,227 parkruns covering a total distance of 61,135 km, including 2,902 new Personal Bests. A total of 262 individuals have volunteered 1,373 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 63 22nd – December 2018 – Run Report

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. Our first finishers this week were Daniel Molloy (17:18) in a new PB and Emma Burges from Highgate Harriers (18:38). This week Rowan Bailey and Max Poland reached the milestone of 10 parkruns as juniors – well done to both. Thanks to those who baked for our festive parkrun – as always we had some delightful treats on offer. Well done also to those who dressed up for the occasion and added that festive touch to Event 63.

Thanks to our pacers, Noel, Benoit, Johnny, Nicola, Rita and hazel for doing such a great job in encouraging those in search of a PB and with 26 PBs recorded this week, they did a great job. Our next pacer week will be on 19 January when it will be even numbers from 20-30 minutes.
Next Saturday is the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker and, judging by last year, we expect a number of people to avail of the opportunity to tick our parkrun of their bucket list before completing the Cracker. For those doing both, Felix in the Coffee Dock is providing a special runners’ breakfast – toast, scrambled eggs and tea/coffee for £3.50 on production of your barcode.

We are also having a New Year’s Day event at the later than usual time of 10:30am.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Patricia MCKIBBIN • Bill CASH • Benoit LE HOUEROU • Nicola MATHERS • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Noel GALLAGHER • Rita DEVLIN • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Sean ROBERTS • Rebecca MCCANN • Lauren MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Dan MITCHELL • Robin MITCHELL • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Linda ROGAN • Grace TRIMBLE • Jonathan WARD • Francis MCALINDEN • Aodhan KILLEN
The roster is now full for 29 December and 1 January, but we do need volunteers for each of the Saturdays in January. Please help us to plan by volunteering early and often!!!

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 3,161 participants have completed 12,084 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,420 km, including 2,881 new Personal Bests. A total of 260 individuals have volunteered 1,350 times.

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