Weekly Roundup: 2015-09-08

It is all about races beside rivers in this week’s latest roundup – more after the jump!

Here we are, another week closer to Christmas!  The club was busy on Sunday this weekend with races, and let’s not forget the Parkrun too!  I went to my local library yesterday and asked if they had any books on coincidences? The libarian replied “Oh, funny, this one has just arrived…”!! Results anyone?

Waterside Half Marathon
The former City of Culture hosted their annual half marathon on Sunday morning. The normal route (typically all on the Waterside) has been retired and been replaced with a new course that takes in the sights of the city. Beginning in the newly refurbished St. Columb’s Park out into familiar territory of Gransha Park, a tough hill to get over the Foyle Bridge down onto a mostly flat route along the side of the River Foyle, before returning to the park for the finish. We had two club members taking part:

37Niall Porter01:24:00
934Andrew Burrows02:02:19

Great running guys on that busy course on Sunday! Conditions started off badly, before improving with mostly sunshine for the finish. Those are great times, and Niall even got a half marathon personal best time too! Special mentions to friends of the Dub Runners who also completed the half marathon: Paul McNamee (01:39:41), Ivor Russell (01:50:14) and Ciara McGilloway (02:02:21).

Laganside 10k
A nice Sunday afternoon with a slight breeze awaited the competitors for the annual Laganside 10k race.  The course starts and finishes at Ozone and consists of a big loop and then a shorter shorter loop going out towards.  The first loop is along Short Strand, over to Nuala with the Hula, then in back towards Ormeau embankment.  We had a number of club members racing:

45James Trainor00:35:42
174John McCullagh00:40:25
308Tara Thompson00:44:43
384Paul Agnew00:47:45

Fantastic running folks, those are great times – the mostly flat course is always a popular and fast race.  Special mentions and well done to John and Tara who both got new personal best 10k times on the route too!

How else would we want to start our weekends that with a little jog around the park!  An overcast morning greeted the determined club members who put the trainers on and decided to go for a run.  The great conditions of the morning inspired quite of us out:

Brian GRIMES0:20:35New PB!
Paula OWENS0:21:00First Female!
Trevor MURPHY0:27:26
Lisa MCLEAN0:35:36
Sean O'HAGAN0:22:42
Denise MCALARNEY0:28:46
Tara THOMPSON0:22:06New PB!
Paul Patrick MCCREA0:23:57
Michael KIRK-SMITH0:21:42New PB!

More great times from everyone in the club!  A very special mention this week to Paula who was the first female home at the Victoria event on Saturday!  New course PBs this week came from Brian (at Victoria), Tara (at Ormeau) and Michael (at Johnstown).

Thanks for all the heads up in getting this week’s roundup together.  Just a timely reminder to make sure that you enter as a “Dub Runner” in the races so it is easier to find everyone in the results!  I’ll leave you with a story from my driving lesson over the weekend, he told me that I should always wear a seat belt because if I was to crash, the force might throw me out of the car… can you believe it? He actually thinks that the force from Star Wars is real!?

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.