This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. The good weather certainly encouraged people to come out and we were joined by a number of parkrun tourists from England and South Africa as well as more locally based parkrunners from Belfast and Craigavon.
Our First finishers this week were Aaron McGrady (16:07 – a new PB and his fourth first finish in 5 visits to Castlewellan) and Emily Legg (20:30 in her first visit to Castlewellan). Jonty Morrison from South Africa was second and he is considering coming back next week to see if he can go one better; it’ll be an early start for him!!!
The milestone of 100,00km that we hoped would be achieved before event 100 was achieved today when Simon Ferris completed the course in 4th place. Emer Oxpring, registered with Castlewellan, completed her 10th parkrun as a junior today, albeit at another event. Peter Lynch reached the notable milestone of 50, but alas in the excitement forgot to order a cake to bring for us all to celebrate with him! Maybe next week! Chris Jenkins, a regular at Belfast Victoria, also completed his 50th parkrun toady (and his first in Castlewellan). Well done to all. We also had a 50th birthday celebration with Jan reaching that milestone.
Next week is a very busy Saturday in Castlewellan with a number of other events taking place in the Forest Park. Parking will be in the field at the left of the crossroads (usual charges apply). All traffic will leave the park via Drumbuck Road. As the roadworks continue on the Main Street, we reiterate our advice to leave enough time to get to the start line for 9:30am. We will also be running the course in reverse, with the traditional finish line becoming the start line!
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers, led by RD Rita Devlin:
Jerome MCCRICKARD • Nicola MATHERS • Kieran MCMAHON • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Philip MURDOCK • Rita DEVLIN • Hugh James KILLEN • Caroline STEELE • Sarah MCKAY • Mairead MCCOMB • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Rebecca MCCANN • Fiona MILLIGAN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Sean MILLIGAN • Robin MITCHELL • Dan MITCHELL • James KING • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Charles MCALINDEN • Grace TRIMBLE • Jonathan WARD • Patricia DURKIN • Allison CRICHTON • Pearse BROGAN • Maureen KELLY
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 4,512 participants have completed 20,280 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,400 km, including 4,506 new Personal Bests. A total of 327 individuals have volunteered 2,144 times.