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.