Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 97 – 17th August 2019 – Run Report

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.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 96 – 10th August 2019 – Run Report

The weather forecast was not good and the advice from the Council had been shared. Event 96 was potentially in jeopardy. Thankfully the worst of the weather passed and after a very early morning inspection by Barney Cunningham, the course was declared fit for purpose and messages were posted to give those travelling time to make their plans.

With the Seven Sevens and the Slieve Croob Challenge both taking place nearby, numbers were a little lower than normal (the threat of adverse weather may also have convinced a few to have a lie in!!). Nevertheless, 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

We did not reach the 100,000km landmark today as anticipated, but got very close (99,980). Our fourth finisher next Saturday will be responsible for us reaching that monumental landmark. No doubt this will lead to a race for fourth, the mandatory photo with the ‘selfie frame’ and the mention in the report!!! For those with an interest in numbers, 4,444 different participants have now completed our course!!!

Our first finishers this week were Neil Curran (East Down AC - 18:09 – his third first finish in 14 runs at Castlewellan) and Aoife McVeigh (Murlough AC - 22:51 – a new PB and her first time as first female finisher in 16 runs at our event). Aoife’s husband, Brian, has also finished first on 4 occasions making them the first married couple to achieve this feat in Castlewellan. A few hit the 49 parkruns completed mark today and we hope to share their milestone next weekend.

We had one significant milestone this morning with Ryan Milligan reaching his 50th parkrun, the first junior to do so in Castlewellan. Ryan has completed 49 of his events with us – the other was at Workington on our ‘day off’ on 13 July. We had some lovely cake to celebrate!

We were joined by some tourists from as far afield as Australia and Kent and as close as Belfast and Hilltown! Among our tourists was Colin Simpson, completing his 252nd parkrun and his first in Castlewellan.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Bill CASH • Nicola MATHERS • Kieran MCMAHON • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Patrick SMITH • Hazel CRUDGINGTON • Megan CRUDGINGTON • Gary CAIRNS • Michelle GRAHAM • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Terence CUNNINGHAM • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Sean MCCASHIN • Charles MCALINDEN • Grace TRIMBLE • Donal WARD • Julie CUNNINGHAM • Sinead REID
The Volunteer Roster is full for 17 and 31 August, but we still need some help on 24 August. We will also be sending out our volunteer appeal for September very soon and would appreciate your support in getting this organised quickly.

A few dates for your diary:
• 17 August – Pacer week – odd numbers from 19 through to 31 minutes
• 24 August – ‘reverse course week’
• 7 September – Event 100
• 14 September – Pacer week – even numbers from 20 through to 32 minutes
• 21 September – our second birthday bash

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 4,444 participants have completed 19,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,980 km, including 4,464 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 2,114 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 95 – 3rd August 2019 – Run Report

This week 245 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. It was a warm, but overcast morning in Castlewellan as 9:30am approached. This week we were joined by several parkrun tourists from places including Colin Glen, Falls Park, South Wales, Edinburgh and London. The summer season affords opportunities for those wishing to avail of their weekly parkrun fix! We are always delighted to extend our warn Castlewellan welcome to those visiting us. As the ongoing work on Castlewellan Main Street will continue for a number of weeks, we advise people to allow 10 minutes extra to get to the start line.

Our first finishers this week were Paul Carroll (17:16 – his 5th first finish in 7 visits to our event) and Shalene McMurray (18:48 – the fourth fastest time ever recorded by a female). Paul was supported by Wonderwall on the Lead Bike throughout with the latter proffering words of wisdom and encouragement throughout. Shalene was afforded the opportunity to run hard as husband Andy had the kids at his marshalling point on the Crow Road; parkrun is very much a family affair!

We had one big milestone this week with Castlewellan stalwart Anne Domican the latest to reach the milestone of 50 parkruns (49 of which have been in Castlewellan and one defection to Enniskillen!). Well done Anne. A few regulars are approaching this mark and we hope to see them reach 50 in the weeks ahead. Next week we should reach two important milestones; 20,000 runs completed and 100,000km total distance covered. Well done also to Mary McCabe who completed the course in her wheelchair and Alan Grant who recorded his 17th PB today (in 27 visits to Castlewellan) and has taken his time from 55:35 to 29:13.

In the weeks ahead we have our next pacer week on 17 August (odd numbers), a reverse run of the course on 24 August (similar to last year as we work in partnership to accommodate a number of big events in the park that day – this will be our only reverse run of the year and has a rarity value attached to it!) and our 100th event on 7 September.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Ernest HALL • Louise BROWNE • Bill CASH • Danny O'BOYLE • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Noel GALLAGHER • Aine GOSLING • Declan MCELROY • Megan CRUDGINGTON • Anne MCCORMICK • Emma MCMULLAN • Andrew MCMURRAY • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Eileen HARPER • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Charles MCALINDEN • Clara ROGAN • Laura MARTIN • Matthew MCCARTAN • John TAYLOR • Sinead REID

The Volunteer Roster is full for the next two weeks, but we do need some volunteers for 24 and 31 August. Please email if you can help – the sustainability of the event depends on all of those who benefit from the event contributing to its smooth running.

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 4,426 participants have completed 19,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,100 km, including 4,439 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 2,092 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 94 – 27th July 2019 – Run Report

A number of milestones this week saw junior parkrunners Cliodhna Rooney and Anna Rose McGivern reach their 10th run. Jim Scott chose Castlewellan to see in his 50th parkrun and regular participant Eileen Harper marked her 50th parkrun by bringing along her daughter to her first parkrun. Eileen has completed all of her parkruns in Castlewellan and celebrated the event with a fabulous cake much to the delight of all volunteers.

Our first male finisher was Daniel Molloy completing the course in 17:16. Regular volunteer and Run Director, Lorna Cunningham, worked hard today for a new PB (21:49) and the first female finisher spot.

Many of you answered our volunteer call and we have the majority of the August rota complete however there are some roles that need filled. If you are available to help please comment below, send a private message or drop us an email.

This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ernest HALL • Bill CASH • Anne SMITH • Nicola MATHERS • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Aoife MCVEIGH • Rita DEVLIN • Ashlene MUSSEN • Ciaran Og MUSSEN • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Robin MITCHELL • Grace TRIMBLE • Briege CORRIGAN • Patricia DURKIN • Jonny HOLMES • Ciara CORRIGAN

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 4,393 participants have completed 19,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 97,875 km, including 4,405 new Personal Bests. A total of 321 individuals have volunteered 2,067 times.

 

Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 93 – 20th July 2019 – Run Director’s Report

This week 253 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. We had a high number of first timers today, both in terms of regular parkrunners who were taking in our event for the first time and those completing their first ever parkrun. With this in mind we will have a new runners and tourists briefing next Saturday at the information sign by the lane slipway. This will deal with information that our regulars already know.

Well done to our first finishers today, Declan Toal (16:41) and Laura Matthews (19:37), both members of North East Runners who visited us for the first time today. Hopefully you will make a return visit. Well done also to those achieving significant milestones today: Louise Farmer (50 – 34 of which have been in Castlewellan), Kevin O’Neill (50 – 33 of which have been in Castlewellan) and Coran Milligan who has completed all of his 10 parkruns as a junior with us. Bill Cash, at the other age of the age spectrum, had a rare opportunity to run and recorded a PB. Well done to all.

Thanks to our pacers who encouraged those around them to work towards a target time. Our next pacer week is on 17 August (odd numbers).

We had 31 unknown participants today. Please follow our often repeated advice and register at parkrun.org (it only takes a few minutes), print your barcode and bring it to EVERY parkrun! Barcodes do get worn, so we recommend purchasing one of the cheap commercially produced cards or wristbands. For those preferring the more traditional paper or laminated version, please have a few copies in reserve and replace them as needed. This makes life so much easier for the finish team and the results processing team.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers, led by RD Patrick Smith:
Ernest HALL • Bill CASH • Jerome MCCRICKARD • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Noel GALLAGHER • Margaret WILSON • Rita DEVLIN • Dave WILSON • Patrick SMITH • Mairead MCCOMB • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Eileen HARPER • Sean MILLIGAN • Dan MITCHELL • James KING • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Charles MCALINDEN • Clara ROGAN • Grace TRIMBLE • Donal WARD • Lily SMITH • Jonny HOLMES • Perpetua BURNS • Allison CRICHTON • Ellen TAYLOR • John TAYLOR

We have a full roster for the next two weeks, but need volunteers for the other Saturdays in August – please email us if you can help out, mindful of the fact that there would be no parkrun without volunteers.

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 4,343 participants have completed 19,306 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,530 km, including 4,363 new Personal Bests. A total of 320 individuals have volunteered 2,048 times.

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