Weekly Roundup: 2010-02-12

Weekly Roundup: 2010-02-12

We visit Stormont, Glenmore, Roe Valley and the parks over the jump!

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Take your shoes off on the way in! It was cold, windy and rainy this past seven days – that didn’t stop us, oh no! Before that, we’ve some breaking news to bring you. A lad called Rocky hit a Penguin over the head with a Club. He tied him to a Wagon Wheel with a Blue Ribbon and made his Breakaway in a Taxi. Police say Rocky was last seen just in Maryland with a Ginger Nut known to police as Rich T – they didn’t leave a crumb of evidence, so the Jammie Dodger got away with it! Results time:

Happy Birthday Gavin
From all of us at the Dub Runners to our Gavin (see header image) – happy birthday! Roundup Towers has heard what age he is, but we’re not allowed to say… all we will say is that it begins in 4 and ends in 0!

Stormont Cross Country
The focus on Friday may have been at the top of the hill, but for Saturday the focus was on the grounds itself. A one-mile loop, undulating but trending uphill for the first half-mile, followed by an undulating but trending downhill second half-mile. Due to our recent weather this made conditions underfoot on the grass, mud and trail a little more awkward than usual. Just a duo doing this one:

Male Open (4 Laps)
41Peter Morrison00:26:15---
Female Open (3 Laps)
15Collette McCourt00:22:04---

Outstanding running from our Dynamic Dub Duo who excelled in what proved to rather tricky conditions on Saturday afternoon. The nature of these courses means that once you complete a lap, you then have to keep your head in check for getting around it a few more times – and the course evolves and changes with each rotation. Never easy, but these two make it look so!

Glenmore 10 Mile Road Race
No, this is a different one! Finn Valley hosted the Glenmore 10-mile race on Sunday morning. Commencing in Ballybofey and out into the Donegal countryside (is there anything better?!) before returning to Stranorlar. Conditions were not favourable as it was very cold, wet and a strong headwind for the first miles. Naturally, that doesn’t put us off:

60Alastair Rodgerm01:07:06---
161Paul McNamee01:16:05---

Not a complain in sight – well done guys, a tailwind in the second half was levelled out by a downpour of rain. I believe Alastair set himself a wee distance PB too – in that weather?! Time for a shower and some Sunday dinner. As they said themselves “not a bad day for the Dubs!” We got a photo:

  • No More! Alastair and Paul looking happy after ten short miles!

Roe Valley 5 Miler
Row Valley Country Park played host to the latest race in this Winter Trail Series from Northern Velocity. A nice steady race with some little bumps all along. An interesting course (to say the least), out one path, down a parallel path, back up that one, and down the first back to the start. If you’re not dizzy, take a look at the results:

8Bernadette O'Kane00:35:362nd Place!

Podium placing alert!! Nice running Bernie – living up to your title of Pocket Rocket right there. These are the kind of races that suit you and you thrive in, highlighted by your second place finishing in a competitive local field. Early enough race, plenty of time to put your feet up and enjoy the Sunday roast! I’m not sure Bernie saw the camera at this point, she looks very focused:

  • Roe Roe Valley: Bernie, the pocket rocker powers her way to second place!

With Storm Erik causing disruption late into Friday night, you’d be forgiven for not setting the alarm for Saturday morning – there was no way it’d be runnable at 9:30am in the morning, is there?! Wrong – Saturday morning was remarkably calm, dry and dare we say – warm! That lead to a big turnout from the club in the local parks – all trying to squeeze in a run before anything worse came along. Let’s take a look at the results:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:19
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:19
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:513rd Place!
Liam LAVERY00:24:04
Edward CALDWELL00:25:17
Niall MCCRORY00:20:171st Place!
Natalie CONNOLLY00:21:49z2nd Place!
Peter DONNELLY00:22:23
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:27:29
Judith MC MANUS00:22:262nd Place! New PB!
Aaron John NAGAR00:25:35
Stranmillis College
Roisin BYRNE00:23:553rd Place!
Nessa AGNEW00:24:20Newbie PB!
Paul MCCREA00:27:57Newbie PB!
Anne Marie RYAN00:28:33
Sligo (Ireland)
Jane PATTERSON00:30:55Newbie PB!

Fantastic running everyone – great to see such a big spread of Dubs at so many different parkrun events over the weekend. Grabbing the top step of the podium this week was Niall at the Falls event. We’d two second place finishers across the line: Natalie at the Ormeau event and Judith at the Antrim event. Podium paying positions were rounded off by Marie Mc at Queen’s and Roisin at Stranmillis College taking the final step. We have just the one new course PB set on Saturday morning by Judith (at Antrim). Finally, we’d some tourists sampling the delights of a new course including Nessa and Paul Mc (at Stranmillis College) and Jane (at Sligo). Phew – as if that wasn’t enough, here’s a few snaps:

  • parklife: Roisin at Stranmillis College on her way to third place!

Phew! Where did that week come from?! Keeping us on our toes here are WT – but that is the way we love it. Remember to let us know when you’re racing – we’ll do the rest and get your name in lights! I said to the missus, “I need to call the doctor today.” “Which doctor?” she asked. I replied “Nah, just the regular kind.”

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (fight me!). If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week