Weekly Roundup: 2016-12-27

Weekly Roundup: 2016-12-27

It might be Christmas – but that doesn’t stop us, find out more over the jump!

Happy Christmas everyone!  I hope that you all ate too much, drank too much and didn’t have a single guilty thought about not putting on your running shoes!  While the festivities continue, the club has been out in force, but first, I heard that Rudolph was looking out the window on Christmas Eve and said “It’s going to rain soon!”   All the other animals laughed at him and asked how he was so certain.  He replied “Because, Rudolph the red knows rain, dear…”  So those results I talked about:

Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race
The popular and now traditional Greencastle route near Omagh is a popular race for athletes based in the North West. Unlike is recent years, it was a great day for a race, which left the participants with nothing to complain about other than “that bloody hill” after four miles! Just the one Dub lined up this this for us:

762Lynn Donnelly00:55:58---

Great running Lynn, especially the very next day after Christmas (it hardly seems fair)! I’ve not actually heard much about this race this year, so here’s hoping you were treated to the Christmas dinner leftovers as a treat after the race!

Castlewellan Christmas Cracker
I keep threatening that this would be a great name for my stand-up tour – but no one seems to agree with me! One of the highlight races over Christmas, the team effort Cracker race is a trail race over a course which isn’t too dissimilar from our own trail race. A warm (for December) and bright day with ideal conditions for racing awaited the victims to who signed up:

PosRunner 1Runner 2Time
12James TrainorRichard Conn00:57:43
70Jim LarkinUrsula Daly
(Lagan Valley AC)
80Brian DerbyCollette McCourt01:07:12
181Paula OwensMark Hamill01:16:15
196Anne GribbinHeather Baron01:17:30
199Brian GrimesOliver Quinn
(Friend of the Dubs)
208Jane McCannKate Moffett01:18:10
267Suzy KennedyPaul Moffett01:23:54
268Nessa AgnewRoisin Byrne01:24:02
302Anna McArdleCarla McArdle
(Friend of the Dubs)

Great running everyone, those are fantastic times and achievements and each and every single one of you should be proud (especially since I still can’t see my plate from Christmas dinner)! There was a lot of buzz and banter about this race in the club over the last few weeks so I’m glad to report that everyone had a good time and enjoyed the race!

Some of the Dub in Castlewellan.

Christmas Eve” parkrun
As Storm Babs passed over us on Friday and Saturday, it would have been easy to roll over in bed or stick Elf on and have a laugh. Instead, 29 – yes you read that right twenty-nine club members got up early, put on the running shoes and headed for the park. Let’s see how everyone got on:

Maureen OLIVER00:29:20
Derry City
James DICKEY00:19:54New PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:21:46New PB!
Jane FRIEL00:27:09New PB!
Mark HAMILL00:21:10New PB!
Kate MOFFETT00:21:49New PB!
Brian DERBY00:21:49
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:53
Heather BARON00:22:55New PB!
Anne GRIBBIN00:23:04New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:24:42
Nessa AGNEW00:24:43
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:39
Jane PATTERSON00:31:25
Philippa MACLARAN00:31:26
Brona SHAW00:33:49
Trevor MURPHY00:39:18
Suzy KENNEDY00:22:56
Richard CONN00:22:57
James TRAINOR00:22:59
Karen CARLISLE00:24:49
Eimear PHAIR00:25:3
Mark MCGOWAN00:21:46
Paul MCCREA00:25:09
Colin Glen
Steven TODD00:20:12Second Male! New PB!
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:28:07
Jackie ROBINSON00:36:20
Norwich, East Anglia
Rachel BOLT00:24:20
Krakow, Poland
James GUINN00:25:16Newbie PB!

Magic! Superb! I don’t think we’ve ever had as many from the club out there in one go – fantastic achievement everyone! Loads and loads to get through, starting with Steven who was second home at the Colin Glen event (and setting a new course PB)! We had some festive PBs set by James D, Ronan and Jane (all at Derry City) and we had Mark, Kate, Heather and Anne (all at Victoria). Finally, we had one newbie PB this week, set by James G (at Krakow).

Ho, Ho, Ho” parkrun
If the previous day’s parkrun was battling again Storm Babs, Christmas Day brought in Storm Conor for a few punches. Only a few, selected, events ran on Christmas morning, but what better way to start the eating off than with a nice 5k around a park. We had a few Dubbers out there:

Roisin BYRNE00:24:19
Jane MCCANN00:27:22
Maureen OLIVER00:28:44
Paula OWENS00:22:58Second Female!
Jim LARKIN00:22:58
Jackie ROBINSON00:34:50
Steven TODD00:20:27Newbie PB!

Happy Christmas! Hat tips go out to anyone who was able to make it out on Christmas Day (I ran a freedom run myself!!) Special mentions to Paula who was second across the line in Wallace and to Stephen who ventured to new territories with a newbie PB in Valley!

As we round off the year, can I take the opportunity to wish you all Happy New Year – here’s to many, many more PBs in 2017! I also wanted to say to anyone who didn’t like my jokes, or if I missed you out in the roundup during 2016, from the bottom of my heart can I say – you’ll get over it. When I was driving home for Christmas I drove through a village, where, instead of tarmac they made the roads using horse hair – I was on the maine road!

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Some effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (am I not entitled to a break too?!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties for the entire 2017 🙂