Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 84 – 11th May 2019 – Run Director’s Report

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. In our 84 events to date, participants have covered a combined distance 86,395km and we are confident we can break the 100,000km mark by event 100 if current numbers are sustained. With the good weather approaching, encourage others to register and join us for some regular exercise.

It was another fine morning in Castlewellan as 9:30am approached. Danny managed to arrive before Bill for the second time and had the set up well under way when Bill arrived. Bill was able to get a run which pleased him greatly as he recorded a PB! Big Ron was unable to volunteer due to work commitments but insisted that Rebecca sent a live snapchat as he did not want to miss the briefing!!

As numbers are increasing all the time, much to our delight, we would ask that participants help us to make the event run smoothly each week by following these simple instructions:
• Please remember your barcode - no barcode, no result
• If your barcode is repeatedly not scanning, please print a new one or invest in one of the many commercially produced cards or wristbands.
• Make sure you take a finish token at the end of the finish funnel
• Please make sure you are scanned before returning your token
• Please return your token to the board beyond the scanners

Our first finishers this week were Neill Weir (17:39) and Gillian Gillespie (20:44). Both were first timers at our event and we hope they enjoyed it enough to come back at a future date. We had one milestone this week with Caitlin McParland reaching her 10th parkrun as a junior athlete – well done. Well done also to Alan Grant who recorded his 13th PB in 18 events and has improved his time from 55:35 on 5 January to 33:16 this week. This is exactly what our event is about – enabling people to come out and work at improving their general health and well-being while enjoying the craic with other like-minded people. Keep up the good work Alan!

We were delighted to welcome a large group of runners form Ormeau Runners who were visiting the area for a training weekend. This club was formed in 2015 and many of the members first got into running through the success of Ormeau parkrun. They certainly added to the occasion with their effusive cheering and support for everyone finishing. It is lovely to see groups making the effort to avail of the free 5k available at many different locations throughout Northern Ireland each week. Our regulars will be having an away day on 13 July as we have no event ourselves due to the Castlewellan Agricultural Show.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers, led by RD Danny O’Boyle:
Ernest HALL • Bill CASH • Danny O'BOYLE • Nicola MATHERS • Nicky MCKEAG • Michelle MCCANN • Aoife MCVEIGH • Patricia HOGG • Patrick SMITH • Selena ROONEY • Rebecca MCCANN • Fiona MILLIGAN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Sean MILLIGAN • Aodhan SMITH • Robin MITCHELL • Dan MITCHELL • Laura MARTIN • Niamh MILLIGAN

Next week is a pacer week and we will have the following pacers on duty:
20 – Noel Gallagher
22 – Benoit Le Houerou
24 – Johnny Ward
26 – Joe McCann
28 – Nicola Mathers
30 – Hazel Crudgington
32 – Mairead McComb
This is an ideal opportunity for those of you chasing a PB to follow one of our very experienced parkrunners who will keep you motivated throughout and take you around the course at an even pace, finishing just inside their target time. They will all be wearing red T-shirts and will be introduced to you during the pre-run briefing.

Pacer week puts additional pressure on our volunteer roster and at the minute we are short 5 volunteers. We need 2 barcode scanners, 2 token sorters and 1 marshal. Please reply to this post or send us an email if you can help out. Without the generosity of our volunteers parkrun would never happen.

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 4,013 participants have completed 17,279 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,395 km, including 3,990 new Personal Bests. A total of 305 individuals have volunteered 1,824 times.