As we should have been celebrating the club’s achievements at the Belfast Half Marathon this past weekend, let’s take a look back at the event in 2018! I dropped a tenner yesterday and the wind took it. I chased it for miles – I never caught it, but at least I had a good run for my money!
This weekend past saw both Dublin and Belfast host their annual half marathon events – both great events for getting the training done for some of the later season marathon races coming up… Not that we’d suggest that that is what we’re targeting around here 😉 We’ve so much good stuff to wade through this week, but it would be remiss of me to not mention my friend who went to the doctor yesterday, “Doctor, I’ve got a golf ball stuck up my butt.” The Doctor asks: “How did that get up there?” He replies: “I don’t know, but it’s up a fairway.” Right then, buckle up!
We thought, as it was nearing the Roundup’s fourth birthday, that you might want to take a look behind the scenes! In the image below, you will see where all the magic happens each and every week. Where countless hours of research, fact finding and photo finding takes place. This is also the area where the jokes that don’t make the cut* end up on the cutting room floor. It is a gruelling process but someone has to do it:
* Do you really think I’d throw away a joke?!
Dublin Half Marathon
Last year it was a tale of woe for many with traffic disruptions and lack of facilities for the warmup race for the forthcoming Dublin Marathon. Not so this year, with a change of location to Phoenix Park for its second big event of the last month. Those of you who’ve walked the park, or parts of it will know that this is far from flat and some challenging and stretching hills were the order of the day. Just a solo Dub this year:
|844||Eammon Canavan||01:36:00||New PB!|
Magic running Eammon – outstanding effort to produce a PB time over the 13.1 mile distance. The was a tough course, but good training and some consistent splits over the opening ten miles, laid the groundwork for an even faster sprint to the line. With a PB in the bag too, box ticked – I would say that the best way to celebrate would be to head out for some Italian food!! Of course we needed a photo:
Belfast Half Marathon
With a pending threat of Storm Bronagh, we must consider ourselves very lucky, with perfect weather for running on Sunday morning – and woah, the good weather spurred the Dubs on! Always a popular one, a slight route change from last year added some tight city centre turns, then a short trip to the very familiar Ormeau finish line. With potential podiums, PBs and family bragging rights – it was an epic day:
|169||Collette McCourt||01:27:05||3rd Place!|
|1451||Andy Wells||01:51:04||New PB!|
Outstanding. Amazing. Magic. Powerful. Unbelievable. Take a bow everyone, stunning performances by every single Dub out on the course on Sunday morning. It is tough to single out some people, but to name but a few Collette’s podium finish, our Graeme out pacing the field and with new half PB from Andy (and possibly more that I’ve not been told about). Here’s some snaps from the race:
With the aftereffects of Storm Ali still being felt, Wallace and Orangefield had parts of their routes blocked over the weekend, forcing the cancellation of the two Belfast events. Not deterred by this, nor the frankly approaching Baltic temperatures during what should be a reasonably warm month of the year, the 25 other events took place on a fresh morning in the parks and we had an Errigle of Dubs keen and ready to go:
|Joanna PATTERSON||00:23:59||New PB!|
|Alastair KING||00:19:09||New PB!|
|Steven TODD||00:17:57||3rd Place! New PB!|
|Bernadette O'KANE||00:22:23||1st Place! New PB!|
|Kathy MAYHEW||00:25:05||Newbie PB!|
Wow – by our count that’s 21 blue tops doing parkrun this week – magnificent. We should really invent a card game around that number 21, I think that’d go down well! Hat tipping time and we have a lot to get through this week. First off and deserving his own wee section here our Steven – third place at the Ormeau event, new course personal best AND a brand spanking sub 18 5k PB time – take a bow! Over at the Colin Glen event the Pocket Rocket lived up to her title as Bernie took home first place and neat course PB while she was there! Two new course PBs set this week by Joanna (at Victoria) and Alastair (at Queen’s). Finally, Kathy’s off on her holibobs, but that doesn’t mean she won’t fit in a newbie PB while she is away! Not a single photo I could find this week 🙁 bad times!
Some weeks the roundups write themselves, other weeks we need our trusty spies to help plug the gaps. Then we get weeks like this were the results of each and every individual Dub who ran speak for themselves. It is a credit to yourselves for all your hard work, dedication and training that made all that possible – so high fives all round! Music fans listen up, a good friend of mine is a massive fan of the Beatles, he has all their singles except one – I think he needs Help.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I still can’t feel my toes!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂
Editor’s Note: Thanks to everyone who came out for the celebrations over the weekend. For the Let’s Go Hyrdo gang – can we just lie and tell everyone that the water wasn’t cold at all?! To the Scalini’s group – I can see you all carb loaded well (you’re welcome for those times)! All that’s left to say is – Steven and I look absolutely beat up: