Weekly Roundup: 2015-09-29

Weekly Roundup: 2015-09-29

A local and international marathons take centre stage this week, go over the jump for more.

It has been another great, but busy week for the club this week – with lots to report on! I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the session this evening as I went to bed last night thinking I was Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits – it’s okay, I woke up this morning feeling fine. Let’s have some results…

Wava League Updates
James has kindly updated the Dub Runner’s Wava League! Collette still leads the way with Mark in second, Michael Kirk Smith takes over lead of the Parkrun league following his 21.03 at Ormeau (79% WAVA). Brian Derby wins the Belfast Half and is moving up the table fast – and still has one more race where he can score bonus points.

The last two fixtures are Dundrum and the Seeley Cup – and the Seeley Cup weekend will be the last chance to post a Parkrun time for the league! Time is marching on folks!

Bangor 10k
On Friday evening, Bangor held their annual Aurora Bangor 10k road race around the streets of the town.  The popular and challenging route was tackled by a sole Dub Runner…

211Karen Carlisle00:50:14

Great running Karen – that is a great time!  Not sure if it is a PB (none of my secret sources were able to tell me) – but that is a great time and way to kick start the weekend!

Causeway Coast Races
The Causeway Coast mountain paths were the host of Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k races on an overcast but dry Saturday morning.  While stopping off at the beach might have seemed like a great idea, the famously tough course was choice of race for six of the club members:

14Niall Porter03:51:18
28Dale Biggerstaff04:07:43
59Andrew Burrows04:44:25
60Andrew McDermott04:44:25
Half Marathon
148Kate Moffett02:17:40
170Maura Mc Ardle02:20:58

I am sure that we’ve all seen the photos from the event – those are spectacular times!  Just getting around the various courses themselves is a challenge, but to complete them in such competitive times is truly great.  It wouldn’t be PB territory – and it is the craic and scenery that makes the race – so who’s up for it next year?  Here comes the obligatory photo… how are they smiling?!

Andrew B, Dale, Niall & Andrew Mc at the Causeway Coast.

Andrew B, Dale, Niall & Andrew Mc at the Causeway Coast.

St. Peter’s AC Lurgan Park 10k
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday then going for a leisurely run around Lurgan Park?  And it was all in aid of Southern Area Hospice too!  The local scenic route is popular in the local running scene and we had a solo club member take on the course:

62Vicky Orr00:53:32

Congratulations Vicky – that is an impressive time, especially after your powerful showing at the Belfast Half the week before too!  Not sure, again, if it was a PB, but it was still a great time!  I hope you put your feet up for the rest of the evening!

Berlin Marathon
The club went international this weekend when a group of four brave members took to the streets of Berlin for the 42nd annual race.  For those who were awake, you were able to follow our intrepid crew using the cool app, those of you weren’t up – here’s a handy little table for you all:

2867Brian Derby03:09:50
1921Nessa Agnew03:54:03
1922Roisin Byrne03:54:03
3838Geraldine Coyle04:15:47

Another fantastic showing from the club, with all four of you doing us and yourselves proud!  You should all be well pleased – and I hope that you’re enjoying yourselves and have made a little holiday out of the trip!

Nessa, Brian & Roisin at the Berlin Olympic Stadium

Nessa, Brian & Roisin at the Berlin Olympic Stadium

A cracking, perfect Saturday morning waited for the club members taking on their weekly Parkruns this week. The ideal conditions were really shown by in the truly fantastic times posted by everyone this week! Here’s the full results:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:28
Paula OWENS00:21:31Second Female!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:21:38
John BOYLE00:23:54
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:29:39
Trevor MURPHY00:43:46
Lorraine BRODERICK00:22:29First Female! New PB!
Martin TEGGART00:24:12
Paul Patrick MCCREA00:24:16
Anna TRISTRAM00:27:04
Donna MCCOY00:30:07
Mike SMITH00:22:3741 out of 50 now!
Johnstown, Wexford
Noel KELLY00:18:32
Marcella CASSIDY00:20:26Second Female! New PB!

Special mentions this week go to Lorraine who was the first female across the line at the Queen’s event and to Paula and Marcy who were second home at Victoria and Johnstown respectively. Also a brand new PB on the Queen’s route from Lorraine! First timer PBs this week go to Mike (at Comber) and Marcy (at Johnstown). Finally a nod to Mike – only nine left now!

Once again, thanks to everyone for their help in putting this week’s roundup together – it doesn’t happen without you all! I had some sad news today, when I found out that Gary Barlow has unfollowed me on Twitter. All I want to say in public is, Gary – whatever I said, whatever I did, I didn’t mean it…

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.