Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 90 – 22nd June 2019 – Run Report

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Today we passed the combined total run distance of 93,000km as we aim to break the 100,000km barrier before event 100. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. It was a beautiful morning in Castlewellan with the sun splitting the trees. Despite a previous commitment, Bill was still there disturbingly early to ensure that the set up was complete before rushing off to help out at the Festival of Flight – who said retirement is about slowing down and taking it easy!

Our first finishers this week were Martin Gleghorn (18:51 - his first time leading the field home in his third event with us – he also maintained his 100% sub-19 record!) and Ashelene Mussen (20:31 – her 6th time, making her equal with Kirsti Foster and Ruby McNiff who also have 6 first finishes). Among our tourists today were a chap from Nottingham and a chap from Hilltown!

Our new selfie frame also proved to be a big hit and, under the supervision of resident photographer Barney Cunningham, a myriad of quality snaps were taken. These can be viewed on the album we will upload from today’s event to our Facebook page. We would ask our future parkrun tourists to identify themselves to the RD and ensure that they get their souvenir photo taken at the finish. Similarly, those celebrating milestones should do likewise.

This frame, along with newly acquired pacer bibs, are excellent examples of how we use donations made to our event. We thank those who have donated to date and ask those who have yet to contribute to do so as we prepare for our 100th event. We plan to have a bit of a celebration on that day, so please make a donation to our event fund to help with this. It is also our second birthday on September 21 and consequently another excuse for cake and other treats!

As predicted, we had some notable milestones this week with both Michelle Graham and Kevin Durkin both reaching the milestone of 50 parkruns and interestingly both have completed all 50 at Castlewellan. The impact of parkrun can be measured by the fact that Michelle refused a girly night out last night citing that she needed to rest up for her milestone event as the reason for non-attendance. Well done also to Henry Huston who reached the milestone of 10 parkruns as a junior.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers, led by Run Director Lorna Cunningham:
Martin MCCOURT • Gillian MCNIFF • Joe MCCANN • Bill CASH • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Rita DEVLIN • Julie HEALY • Megan CRUDGINGTON • Lorna CUNNINGHAM • Rebecca MCCANN • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Catherine SCANNELL • Ian MCCRACKEN • Mark ADDIS • Anne DOMICAN • Barney CUNNINGHAM • Charles MCALINDEN • Noel MORGAN • Aisling Louise MCCANN • Noreen MORGAN • Matthew MCCARTAN

Our Volunteer Roster is full for 29 June and we have received several email offering help in July. However, we still need help for the events on 6, 20 and 27 July. Remember there is no event on 13 July due to the annual Castlewellan Agricultural Show.

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 4,200 participants have completed 18,604 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,020 km, including 4,264 new Personal Bests. A total of 315 individuals have volunteered 1,970 times.