This parkrun, located on the outskirts of Castlebar town, shares facilities with the Castlebar tennis club. As a result there is a large car park available, as well as changing facilities and toilets in the tennis clubhouse. Castlebar is well connected by bus and rail services and the course is within walking distance for town residents.
This event is made up of a pan shaped course with two laps of Lough Lannagh. The course is varied with some flat sections and one very steep hill, so this is not a place for a PB. The “handle” of the course is on a road shared with cars so watch out for any traffic. The surface is mixed, being mostly paved, but interestingly it has loose gravel on the downhill section, making for a challenging descent. There are plenty of turns on the course but it is well marshalled and signposted. The park surroundings are very nice, being well maintained.
Parkrunnners gather in the tennis clubhouse after the run for coffee and a chat. A great spread is provided.
There is a great sense of community spirit at this event with two organisations sharing facilities. An enthusiastic bunch of volunteers keep the event going which is always great to see.