Weekly Roundup: 2016-05-03

Weekly Roundup: 2016-05-03

parkruns and marathons were the order of the week – more over the jump!

Welcome one and all to, yet another bumper edition of the Weekly Roundup.  We’ll get to the latest club happenings in a minute, but I wanted to tell you the story of a chicken and an egg at the bar of the pub I was in over the weekend. A riot nearly broke out when the barman asked “Okay, who was first?”

Carrick Coastal Marathon
All part of the “East Antrim Marathon Series”, the latest race kicked off at Carrickfergus Castle and followed the coastal route to Loughshore Park and back – as it is a ‘coastal’ marathon – and to complete the marathon distance (as there was also a half marathon) you had to complete the circuit three times. We had some lunatic Dubs out there:

---Dale Biggerstaff03:25:00
---Jim Larkin03:45:00

Great times lads, considering you both treated this as more of a training run, in preparation for your marathon of marathons in August!  Great running, I hope you took the next day to rest… oh wait!

North West 10k
Up in the ‘real’ north west of the country, Letterkenny was the host of the 20th running of its annual 10k race. Taking participants around the outskirts of the town and inclduing two demanding hills on the bypass and on Main Street before sweeping back onto the main road and in to the finish. There were some Dubs involved in the proceeding as well:

179James Sheridan00:46:51
507Ronan O'Flaherty00:52:23

Great times guys – those two hills are tough themselves, add to that the damp and rainy weather conditions made for a difficult few kilometers of the course.  Always good to get a 10k like that under your belt – and let’s not forget that the t-shirt was pretty cool too!

Belfast Marathon
Another week and another marathon that we are all very familiar with. There are few of us who haven’t participated in some stage of the race, either tackling the full 26.21 miles or running a leg of the relay for work. So it is a race that needs very little introduction – we all know how tough it is, and it was great to see the Dubs out there:

294Graeme Colhoun03:29:21
420Mark Hamill03:38:58
437Dale Biggerstaff03:39:34
439Anna McArdle03:40:16
486Paula Owens03:42:35
522Andy Burrows03:45:26
681Jim Larkin03:54:36
682Heather Baron03:56:10
1121Jenny Mullan04:19:39

Fan-tas-tic running by each and every one of you!  Those are some amazing times that you all posted – and let’s not forget that Dale and Jimbo both ran the costal marathon the day before too.  Also, well done to all the other Dubs – too many too mention – who rook part in the various stages of the relay race today too.  Great work for a bank holiday Monday when we’re all supposed to do no work… I think we should all get Tuesday off too 🙂  Final thanks to all Dub cheering squad who met at Biggerstaff Bridge this year to support everyone!  There’s even a wee gallery of some photos from the day!

Saturday’s forecast was to get worse at the day progressed, so it was just right that we got out of bed and got going on our weekly expeditions.  We were out, showing support for our local parks in force on Saturday morning:

Nessa AGNEW00:25:08
Roisin BYRNE00:25:09
Brian DERBY00:25:23
Lynn DONNELLY00:30:16
Brona SHAW00:33:30
Trevor MURPHY00:40:56
James TRAINOR00:22:52
Aine LOANE00:23:22New PB!
Lorraine BRODERICK00:29:59
Jackie ROBINSON00:31:10
Alastair KING00:19:42New PB!
John MCCULLAGH00:19:53
Paul MCCREA00:24:59
Michael KING00:28:01New PB!
Colin Glen
Brian CONEY00:24:56New PB!
Derry City
Niall PORTER00:17:30First Male!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:07

Lots and lots of us out running and getting some great times on Saturday morning, while making the most of the good weather before it turned nasty. A hat tip (for the second week running) to friend of the Dubs – Niall – who was first home at the Derry City event. Also this week we had new PBs set by Aine (at Queen’s), Alastair and Michael (at Ormeau) and Brian C (at Colin Glenn).

… and take a breath!  My thanks to evryone who helped out with this week’s roundup – lots of spies around the place this week.  Let’s keep up the great work, and don’t forget to let me know if you’re doing a race that I might miss my radar!  My friend has taken to wearing a yellow and black costume while making a buzzing noise when out in public. I’m just going to let him bee for me.

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort (read: did you see how much I had to do this week!?) 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 🙂