Weekly Roundup: 2016-03-08

From parkruns to ten miles to half marathons this week over the jump!

Well folks – another week closer to all the various races that we’re currently training for: be they 5k PBs, 10k races or going for the half or full marathon distances.  Make sure you let me know if you’re doing a race that might not be on my radar.  I was out on Friday night when f(x) walked into the bar and says “I need a room for a party.”  “Sorry,” replies the barman “we don’t cater for functions.”

Carlingford Half Marathon & 10K
Carlingford was the beautiful destination for the latest half marathon and 10k race this year.  The mostly flat route took victims slight uphill after a few miles, before heading down towards the “hellishly windy” coastal road.  Despite the warmth of the day – it certainly wasn’t felt when you hit the sea!  We had an Errigle of Dubs running both races:

Half Marathon Race

38Brian Derby01:28:19
75Jim Larkin01:34:24
96Brian Grimes01:37:28
97Oliver Quinn01:37:29
126Andrew McDermott01:40:04
134Mark Hamill01:40:35
212Heather Baron01:46:31
215Anne Gribbin01:46:34
251Aine Hughes01:49:04
255Conan Magee01:49:24
412Jenny Mullan01:59:57

10K Race

20Alastair King00:42:40

Well done folks, I hear that it was a great race and that the post-race craic was, as usual top stuff.  For anyone looking a half marathon race to take part in there is always the Omagh Half still to come!  A welcome return this week to a much needed picture – here’s an action shot from Carlingford –

DId you expect a running photo?!

Did you expect a running photo?!

SSE Airtricity 10 Mile Road Race
The north west played host to its ever popular Walled City Marathon Warmup race – the ten mile road race. The hilly to start route takes victims over the Foyle Bridge onto the cityside, along the river before heading back towards the iconic Peace Bridge for the finish. The day, having started so well, broke 15 minutes before the start for a lovely, heavy sleet shower, which stopped just before the participants took to the line:

233Danielle McCluskey01:32:43

Fantastic running Danielle – a great time on a demanding course.  Great to see the numbers picking up for the annual race – I know there are quite a few in the club who intend to take part in the marathon too, so more to come from this!

A fresh spring Saturday morning was waiting in the various parks for anyone looking for a 5k run.  Not as many were out this week as last, but let’s see who started the weekend in the best way possible:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:34
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:49
Philippa MACLARAN00:30:28
Jane PATTERSON00:30:29
Trevor MURPHY00:35:56
Karen CARLISLE00:24:24Newbie PB!
Peter DONNELLY00:25:51
John MCCULLAGH00:20:31
Colin Glen
James TRAINOR00:18:142nd Male! New PB!
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:28:30

Woo-whooo!  Absolutely fantastic running by everybody – hopefully these Saturday mornings will start getting easier.  Of special mention this week is James T who was second home at the Colin Glen event – setting a new PB in the process! Then we had one newbie PB this week from Karen (at Queen’s).

Phew!  Our racing season has landed – and some really impressive times and ones that you should all be really proud of.  There was some shocking news over the weekend as someone broke into a police station and stole all their toilets.  “So far,” the police statement reads “we have nothing to go on.”

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.

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