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.