Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 90 – 22nd June 2019 – Run Report

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Today we passed the combined total run distance of 93,000km as we aim to break the 100,000km barrier before event 100. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. It was a beautiful morning in Castlewellan with the sun splitting the trees. Despite a previous commitment, Bill was still there disturbingly early to ensure that the set up was complete before rushing off to help out at the Festival of Flight – who said retirement is about slowing down and taking it easy!

Our first finishers this week were Martin Gleghorn (18:51 - his first time leading the field home in his third event with us – he also maintained his 100% sub-19 record!) and Ashelene Mussen (20:31 – her 6th time, making her equal with Kirsti Foster and Ruby McNiff who also have 6 first finishes). Among our tourists today were a chap from Nottingham and a chap from Hilltown!

Our new selfie frame also proved to be a big hit and, under the supervision of resident photographer Barney Cunningham, a myriad of quality snaps were taken. These can be viewed on the album we will upload from today’s event to our Facebook page. We would ask our future parkrun tourists to identify themselves to the RD and ensure that they get their souvenir photo taken at the finish. Similarly, those celebrating milestones should do likewise.

This frame, along with newly acquired pacer bibs, are excellent examples of how we use donations made to our event. We thank those who have donated to date and ask those who have yet to contribute to do so as we prepare for our 100th event. We plan to have a bit of a celebration on that day, so please make a donation to our event fund to help with this. It is also our second birthday on September 21 and consequently another excuse for cake and other treats!

As predicted, we had some notable milestones this week with both Michelle Graham and Kevin Durkin both reaching the milestone of 50 parkruns and interestingly both have completed all 50 at Castlewellan. The impact of parkrun can be measured by the fact that Michelle refused a girly night out last night citing that she needed to rest up for her milestone event as the reason for non-attendance. Well done also to Henry Huston who reached the milestone of 10 parkruns as a junior.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, led by Run Director Lorna Cunningham:
Martin MCCOURT • Gillian MCNIFF • Joe MCCANN • Bill CASH • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Rita DEVLIN • Julie HEALY • Megan CRUDGINGTON • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Catherine SCANNELL • Ian MCCRACKEN • Mark ADDIS • Anne DOMICAN • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Charles MCALINDEN • Noel MORGAN • Aisling Louise MCCANN • Noreen MORGAN • Matthew MCCARTAN

Our Volunteer Roster is full for 29 June and we have received several email offering help in July. However, we still need help for the events on 6, 20 and 27 July. Remember there is no event on 13 July due to the annual Castlewellan Agricultural Show.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castlewellan parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 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 4,200 participants have completed 18,604 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,020 km, including 4,264 new Personal Bests. A total of 315 individuals have volunteered 1,970 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 89 – 15th June 2019 – Run Report

Conditions were awful on Saturday morning as parkrun hour approached. Nonetheless, despite the inclement and unseasonal weather, 133 turned up for their weekly parkrun fix. There were plenty of puddles to negotiate on the castle side of the lake, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of those present, many of whom were following our dedicated pacers. Thanks to the following for being the first to model our swanky new pacer bibs: Daniel Molloy, Benoit Le Houerou, Danny O’Boyle, Joe McCann, Rita Devlin, Dave Crudgington (an 11th hour addition to the team who did a great job on his first outing as a pacer) and Mairead McComb. Our next pacer week will be on 20 July when it will be the turn of even numbers.

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. Our first finishers this week were Neil Curran (18:39) and Maeve Haigney (21:29 who set a PB whilst visiting from Beechmount).

Well done to Catherine Milligan who completed her 50th parkrun today, 49 of which have been in Castlewellan and the other a trip to Waterworks in North Belfast. Next week we are expecting some further 50 milestones, with Sara, Kevin and Michelle all notching up number 49 today. Well done also to Kieran McMahon who joined the exclusive ‘purple t-shirt club’, having volunteered today for the 25th time.

Thanks to Claire Black for promoting Men’s Mental Health Week with us and raising awareness of how to look after our well-being, both physically and emotionally.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers, Led by Jerome ‘The Prophet’ McCrickard:
Martin MCCOURT • Ann GEORGE • Bill CASH • Benoit LE HOUEROU • Danny O'BOYLE • Jerome MCCRICKARD • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Cathal MCNIFF • Ronnie HORROX • Daniel MOLLOY • Rita DEVLIN • Mairead MCCOMB • David CRUDGINGTON • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Robin MITCHELL • Linda ROGAN • Eddie Patrick MURNIN • Charles MCALINDEN • Clara ROGAN • Alan GRANT • Matthew MCCARTAN

We do need some additional volunteers for 22 and 29 June. Please let us know if you are available. The appeal for July Volunteers will also be coming out this week. To help us plan for when our regulars may be on holiday, please have a look at your diaries and send us some times when 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 87.83% (21:47) on 1st January 2019 (event number 65).
Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 4,178 participants have completed 18,382 parkruns covering a total distance of 91,910 km, including 4,224 new Personal Bests. A total of 315 individuals have volunteered 1,948 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 88 – 8th June 2019 – Run Report

This week 189 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. Poor weather during seemed to have a detrimental effect on the turnout today. However, as is often the case, the weather was fine for the duration of the parkrun and the only soaking was with sweat from endeavour!

Well done to our first finishers, David O’Flaherty (16:55), his 5th first finish & Martsje Hell (20:04), maintaining her 100% record of first finishes when participating at our parkrun. We had no major running milestones this week, but we have noticed that 5 of our regulars are on 49 or 48 completed parkruns and we should be having a week of celebration on 22 June if all goes to plan. No doubt those reaching such a milestone will bring cake, buns and maybe even ice cream!!! Happy Birthday to my old school mate Patricia O’Rourke who turned 23 today!

We think we had some other important landmarks today with 7 members of the O’Higgins family from Castlewellan taking part – only mum Kathleen was missing! We also had three generations from the one family with the two McMullan lads accompanied by their mum Bernie and grandad Oliver Quail. Well done to all. We are delighted that families use parkrun as an occasion to get out together. If anyone can emulate this or better it, please let us know!

To brighten up a damp weekend, I thought I would share a few statistics with you all. Before today we have 12 members of the 50+ club, having completed our event at least 50 times:
• Justin Morgan 81
• Philomena Morgan 80
• Marcella Brogan 69
• Benoit Le Heourou 68
• Mark Addis 68
• William ‘Billy’ Rowan 65
• Seam Milligan 59
• Claire Black 57
• Fiona Milligan 56
• Sean O’Baoill 55
• Mairead McComb 55
• Suzy Smith 51
Apologies if you have been omitted. Let us know by commenting on this post and your efforts will be recognised as well!

Which clubs have been represented and how many runs have they completed between them? Well, you need wonder no more!
• Newcastle AC 127 different runners & 997 total runs
• Murlough AC 80 different runners & 550 total runs
• East Down AC 70 different runners and 524 total runs
• Dromore AC 54 different runners & 310 total runs
• Jog Off Castlewellan 54 different runners & 222 total runs
• Saintfield Striders 54 different runners & 192 total runs

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Martin MCCOURT • Bill CASH • Nicola MATHERS • Kieran MCMAHON • Joe MCCANN • Aoife MCVEIGH • Marguerite ROBINSON • Alexander ROBINSON • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Ian MCCRACKEN • Linda ROGAN • Eddie Patrick MURNIN • Charles MCALINDEN • Clara ROGAN • Laura MARTIN • Patricia DURKIN • Rory MCGRADY • Carmel MCGRADY • Matthew MCCARTAN • Caroline MCGEOWN • Annie MCGEOWN
The roster is full for 15 June, but we do need some help (3 volunteers on each occasion) on 22 and 29 June.

Next week is pacer week and those of you looking to measure your improvement and aim to break into the next minute can do so by following one of our dedicated and experienced pacers. We will have pacers for 19 (Daniel), 21 (Benoit), 23 (Danny), 35 (Joe), 27 (Rita), 29 (Hazel) and 31 (Mairead). We hope you will take advantage of our volunteers who will be there to support anyone looking to run with them.

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

The female record is held by Kerry O'FLAHERTY who recorded a time of 17:18 on 16th December 2017 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Eoghan TOTTEN who recorded a time of 15:49 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 4,159 participants have completed 18,249 parkruns covering a total distance of 91,245 km, including 4,203 new Personal Bests. A total of 314 individuals have volunteered 1,922 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 87 – 1st June 2019 – Run Director’s Report

This week 237 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. Despite the poor weather on Thursday and Friday, our regulars were undeterred and turned up to support their local parkrun.

Our first finishers this week was Daniel Molloy (18:13) who was pushed all the way to the line by Simon Ferris and Johnny Crutchley with six seconds separating the first three in our closest finish ever. Our first female finisher was Ashlene Mussen who had a storming run, recording a PB (20:23) on her 5th occasion as first female finisher. Well done to both. There were no milestones this week, but Liam O’Higgins did celebrate his birthday by completing his 8th parkrun in a new PB. We had some tourists this week including Michelle Lennon from Dulwich and Ciaran Og Mussen all the way from Hilltown (and he brought his barcode!)

We have received £246 in donations for the upkeep of our event and we would greatly appreciate if people could make a small donation online to our event fund. This can be accessed on the website by clicking on the ‘about us’ section in the ‘more’ tab of event webpage (we have also posted about this a week ago). We are aiming to order replacement finish tokens and pacer bibs – every donation, however small helps.

This week we had 19 new registrations taking the number registered with Castlewellan as their home parkrun to an amazing 3006 – not bad from humble beginnings on 23 September 2019. To date 18,060 runs have been completed and we are confident that the total distance covered by all participants will exceed 100,000km by the time we reach our second birthday this September.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers, led by Run Director Patrick Smith:
Martin MCCOURT • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Rita DEVLIN • Patrick SMITH • Declan MCELROY • Megan CRUDGINGTON • David CRUDGINGTON • Ciara HARDY • Fiona MILLIGAN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Sara MITCHELL • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Eddie Patrick MURNIN • Laura MARTIN • Paddy CORRIGAN • Briege CORRIGAN • Ciara CORRIGAN • Matthew MCCARTAN • Brian O'HIGGINS

As ever we are indebted to the commitment of our volunteers who make the whole thing possible. To date 310 different volunteers have completed 1899 volunteering tasks between them. However, it also means that only 10% of those registered have volunteered at least once. We still rely heavily on a core team of volunteers and it is important for our long term sustainability that we encourage more people to carry out different roles to build capacity and mitigate against single points of risk. We recognise that some may be apprehensive or nervous about volunteering, but we will support anyone interested in joining our team. Prospective volunteers are more than welcome to shadow a role before undertaking it themselves. Just speak to the run Director any week or any of the core volunteer team. Our Roster is now full for 8 and 15 June, but we invite anyone interested in being a pacer at future events to shadow our pacing team on 15 June (Daniel, Benoit, Danny, Joe, Rita, Hazel and Mairead). If you are interested, let them know at the start and run with them. We do need volunteers for 22 and 29 June, please email us if you are available.

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 4,137 participants have completed 18,060 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,300 km, including 4,167 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 1,899 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 85 – 18th May 2019 – Run Director’s Report

This week 255 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

Our first finishers this week were Daniel Molloy (18:26), his 12 time as first finisher in Castlewellan and Breige Russell (21:31), who recorded a PB. Well done to both. Finbar McGrady had been leading the run out in some style, but was forced to pull up close to the end with an injury – let’s hope it is not too serious and we wish Finbar a speedy recovery ahead of his summer triathlons and gigs!!!

We were joined by a number of visitors this week including a crew from Jog Lisburn, a number of the regular Run Directors from Wallace Park in Lisburn (Laura, Tim, Colin, Michael and Brendan – Lorna was not feeling the pressure in such illustrious company. There is nothing like having RDs from other events present!). We were also joined by a large contingent from Dromore Athletics Club. This group included Heather Kennedy and Pauline Compton, both of whom were completing their 50th parkrun (completing 6 & 13 respectively in Castlewellan). They were joined by their friend Christi Dougal, who was celebrating her birthday – we were not told how old she was, but judging from her youthful appearance, it was no more than 23! Also reaching the 50 milestone this week was Brian Bell, who has completed 21 of these at our event. Our final milestone of the week was Sarah Scannell who completed her 10th parkrun as a junior. Well done to all.

Pacer week again proved successful as evidenced by the 65 PBs recorded. These weeks add something special to our event and give people something to aim for. Our next pacer week (odd numbers) is on 15 June.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers, led by RD Lorna Cunningham:
Ernest HALL • Jane ROWE • Bill CASH • Benoit LE HOUEROU • Gillian MCNIFF • Jerome MCCRICKARD • Nicola MATHERS • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Noel GALLAGHER • Marguerite ROBINSON • Mairead MCCOMB • Claire BLACK • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Dan MITCHELL • Ian MCCRACKEN • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Eddie Patrick MURNIN • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Charles MCALINDEN • Jonathan WARD • Matthew MCCARTAN

Thanks to those who answered our call during the week as we were short of volunteers. We do need some help in the two remaining Saturday’s in May, so if you can help out please let us know. We will also be sending out the appeal for June. As Lorna said in the briefing, the success of the event is totally dependent on the willingness of the parkrun community to do their bit in helping 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 87.83% (21:47) on 1st January 2019 (event number 65).

Castlewellan parkrun started on 23rd September 2017. Since then 4,047 participants have completed 17,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,670 km, including 4,055 new Personal Bests. A total of 306 individuals have volunteered 1,854 times.

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