Weekly Roundup: 2016-08-30

Weekly Roundup: 2016-08-30

Lots and lots of runs this week – all over the jump!

Hasn’t the weather been great?  So that can only mean that the schools are back!  Enjoy the last few days of summer (someone is going to kill me for saying that), by getting out and joining in with one of the training sessions!  In case any of you are out shopping with me I’d like to let you know that I’m terrified of elevators, but from now on I’ll be taking steps to avoid them! Okily dokily, let’s take a look at the results!

Killyleagh Half Marathon
Where?  It is in county Down… Where?!  Okay, just past Downpatrick!  Up to speed?  It took me a while too!  The first, in what they hope to be an annual event, to celebrate 13 years of their popular 5 Mile road race took place in warm sunny conditions – with just a slight breeze.  Any unpleasantness from the weather was made up by the spectacular costal views awarded to participants.  We had one single Dub in the field:

61Anne Ryan02:19:04---

Really well done Anne – that is great running and a PB for that course too 🙂  I am not going to claim that I know anything about Killyleagh, apart from its castle that Google has told me about!!  So I hope that you enjoyed the evening – and maybe you want to fill us in on some more details?

Rathlin Run – 10 Mile Race
Is it that time of the year already..? Nope, no Christmas – it is the annual Rathlin Run! The course was a running rollercoaster (love this phrase), with a three mile loop across near the east lighthouse, back towards church bay then all the way to the west of the island with great views back to the mainland and with Donegal and Kintyre both in view. The final four miles home seemed entirely new as the hills were the other way round, before a downhill sprint and fast finish to be followed by standing in the freezin’ sea at main beach to aid recovery. We had three Dubs out there:

53Rachel Bolt01:28:48---
70John Boyle01:32:42---
146Jackie Robinson02:01:14---

That is absolutely great running folks – representing the club really well! I’ve heard lots about this particular course, and how tough it is – fair play for taking it on. Add on the heat on Saturday and that made it quite the challenge for the weekend. A great excuse to go and relax over the Bank Holiday weekend!

John, Rachel & Jackie at Rathlin!

John, Rachel & Jackie at Rathlin!

Storming the Castle 10k
Carrickfergus hosted the Storming the Castle (I love the name of this race, sounds very Viking!) 10k race. The lovely route took place on a day with good conditions, albeit a bit warm at times, but a great flat out and back in course. We had two Dubs part of the raid:

52Alastair King00:41:53---
336Maureen Oliver00:58:56---

Woo-who! Absolutely fantastic running from the two of you and great times posted! I hear that the goodie bag was very well stocked, including a buff branded with another club’s logo – we’ll notice if you choose to wear it at the club 😉 It sounded like it great day!

It may have felt that the autumn has well and truly set in on Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop us! The parks around the country were filled with the blue tops looking to get our Bank Holiday exercise regime off to a flying start. There were a Errigle of Dubs out there:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:01
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:21:56
James GUINN00:23:32New PB!
James SHERIDAN00:25:59
Richard CONN00:17:43Second Male! Newbie PB!
Lisa MCCLOSKEY00:24:16
Amy LAVERTY00:24:42
Martin TEGGART00:24:51
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:13
Jane PATTERSON00:29:33
Colin Glen
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:27:21New PB!
Malahide, Dublin
Nessa AGNEW00:22:32Second Female! New PB!

Great running everyone – isn’t it great to start off a weekend with a wee run! We’ve lots of hat tips this week, first to Richard and Nessa who were second across the line at the Portrush and Malahide events. We had some cool new PBs set by James G (at Queen’s), Frances (at Colin Glenn) and Nessa (at Malahide). Finally, we had one newbie PB, James G ran the Portrush event for the very first time!

Phew! After a nice quiet week last week, you made me work for my supper this week! My thanks to all my little birdies for their help too 🙂 I was awoken in the middle of the night by a book falling on my head… I suppose I only myshelf to blame.

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort (read: I have a real job too) 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 🙂