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.