Castlewellan parkrun – Event Number 91 – 29th June 2019 – Run Report

This week 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

Our first finishers this week were Gordon Graham (17:02 – his first visit to Castlewellan and only his second ever parkrun) and Ashlene Mussen (20:57 – her 7th first female finish in 25 events making her the outright female leader in terms of first finishes. We had several tourists this week with people from Bradford, Salisbury and Kildare among those completing our event.

It was also an important week for milestones with Sara Mitchell completing her 5oth parkrun (43 of which have been at Castlewellan) and Charlie McManus completing his 10th as a junior. Well done also to Anne Doran and Mary Gorman who joined the purple t-shirt crew, having volunteered for the 25th time. Anne and Mary can usually be found manning the turn at the Crow Road, encouraging those making it up the 500m climb from the bottom of the lake. The ladies usually leave early and come home with the tail walker, thus enabling them to complete the course and kill two birds with one stone. We also had a number of Junior members of Murlough accompanied by their coaches and it is great to see clubs making use of our event for training. Castlewellan parkrun is an ideal way for junior club athletes to keep at their running when there is no club training over the summer months. Hopefully we will see lots of junior athletes from other local clubs availing of this free weekly opportunity to complete a timed 5k.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers, led by Run Director Rita Devlin:
Bill CASH • Nicola MATHERS • Kevin MCILDUFF • Nicky MCKEAG • Joe MCCANN • Michelle MCCANN • Ronnie HORROX • Margaret WILSON • Rita DEVLIN • Dave WILSON • Sarah ADDIS • Declan MCELROY • Rebecca MCCANN • Michelle GRAHAM • Philomena MORGAN • Justin MORGAN • Anne DORAN • Mary GORMAN • Charles MCALINDEN • Grace TRIMBLE • Aidan HANNA • Elaine HEANEY • Michael KEANE

Remember we have no event on 13 July and some of us are taking the opportunity to visit Oldbridge parkrun in Meath before going on to Tayto Park for the day. Everyone welcome for this road trip. Billy Rowan is already worried about his false teeth chattering on the wooden roller coasters, but he remains undeterred and is definitely going!!!

We remind you that local GAA club Bryansford are hosting their annual 5k road race on Friday 5 July. This is an extremely fast, PB friendly course and will be an ideal warm up for next Saturdays’ parkrun!

Our next pacer week is even numbers on 20 July. We have a full roster of volunteers for 6 July, but still need some more people for 20 July. Please email us if you are available to help out. Looking further ahead our 100th event will be on 7 September and our second Birthday party on 22 September. Please make a donation via our webpage in advance to help us prepare for these.

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 4,241 participants have completed 18,862 parkruns covering a total distance of 94,310 km, including 4,304 new Personal Bests. A total of 317 individuals have volunteered 1,994 times.