Weekly Roundup: 2016-05-17

Les Jones & Strabane Lifford take centre stage of this weekend’s action; find out more over the jump.

Who wants a holiday with all the great weather we’ve been having recently? Oh, most of us… in that case welcome to the mid-May edition of the weekly roundup, where we sift through the club results – so you don’t have to! We have lots to get through this week, but before we get to that, I went to an Irish / Louisiana themed restaurant in Belfast last night and I have to admit, I really loved it – it had a real sense of O’cajun.  Let’s take a look at the results.

East Antrim Harriers: Forest Trail Series, Race 1
Woodburn Forest hosted the first race of the twelfth year (yes, you did read that right) of the ‘Forest Trail Series’ races. Tuesday was a gorgeous evening for the roughly 5k route around the bumpy, root strewn forest paths in Woodburn. We had a solitary Dub in the mix too:

253Maureen Oliver00:31:13

That is some great running Maureen – really well done! Those trail runs are never easy, and in the heat of Tuesday evening – I hear it was an especially tough race for everyone taking part. For anyone interested in taking part, the next event is on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at Tardree Forest, with details of the other races also available.

Les Jones 10k
The ever popular Friday evening Les Jones Memorial 10k took place our own backyard this weekend. Runners took in the sights and sounds of around the Mary Peter’s Track, along the towpath, up Dead Mans (at around the 7k mark) and around by Malone House before finishing back where it all started on the track. We had three Dubs taking to the hill we all try to avoid in training:

57Alastair King00:40:26New PB!
113Damian Craney00:44:13
206Brian Coney00:51:05

Magic running there guys, all absolutely fantastic times, on paths and routes that we are all too familiar with – and ones we know just how tough they can be. A special mention – despite suffering a challenging evening – to Alastair, who earned his fourth new 10k PB in row!

Loughgall 10k
Why not ease yourself into Saturday with a 10k for charity?  Well, that’s exactly what you could have done this weekend, the Loughgall 10k race was organised to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator for a local school.  The two lap race around the park had a few nice inclines for a couple of kilometres for a bit of extra fun.  We had one Dub there:

4Collette McCourt00:44:18

Oh, great running Collette, just missing out on the podium finishing position – but in that heat just getting to the finish was a reason to smile!  I heard you say something about melting… but no way we will believe that!  All for a good cause!

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon
The second cross border race in Northern Ireland has quicly become a favourite for runners in the North West.  Starting in the small town of Strabane, before crossing the bridge into Lifford, looping around the sceneic, if at times hilly countryside of the South, before returning back to Strabane – over their new foot bridge towards the finish.  We had a couple of Dubs, plus a friend of the club on the start line:

234Richard Donald01:41:14
404Ivor Russell01:49:13
586Laura McGill01:57:05

That is some great running by each and every one of you!  I know the morning started off a bit cold, but that the route got tougher and trickers as the sun came out and heated the place up a little!  Great to see lingtime friend of the Dubs Ivor out at the race too!  Not sure about any personal bests – it is a new course from the previous events.  Racing in a half marathon is one way to spend your Sunday mornings!

The weekly traditions continue and our wee country has just added to its parkrun family. Ormeau junior parkrun launched on Sunday in Ormeau park, the event for 4 – 14 year olds takes in a lovely 2k loop of the park. So why not take the kids along and try out the new event. Luckily, the weather for both parkrun events over the weekend was pretty darn good, as the results show:

Nessa AGNEW00:24:01
Greenock , Scotland
Jennifer BAIRNER00:27:53
Brian DERBY00:19:07
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:18
Jane PATTERSON00:29:06
Brona SHAW00:31:53
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:42:56
Trevor MURPHY00:42:57
Karen CARLISLE00:24:49
Rachel BOLT00:23:17
James SHERIDAN00:24:52
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:59
Paul MCCREA00:25:12
Emma O'DONNELL00:26:57
Colin Glenn
Jackie ROBINSON00:32:54Newbie PB!

Yee-haw, great running everyone – it is great to see so many of the club out and about on a Saturday morning! Keep listening for some club related parkrun events coming up over the summer months! We have just the one hat tip to mention this week goes to Jackie who set a newbie PB at the Colin Glenn event!

There we go, another week closer to Christmas! Thanks for all the help with this week’s roundup – I couldn’t do it without your assistance. Don’t forget, if you’re about at races over the coming weeks, do what the cool kids do and get the phone or digital camera out and start snapping away for the gallery on the website please! I’d like to sign off this week, with some sage advice from my grandmother who always said – no matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

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 🙂