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.