Weekly Roundup: 2017-01-03

Weekly Roundup: 2017-01-03

We go Over the Glens and have two parkruns from the club this week over the jump!

Happy New Year – welcome to the first roundup of the brand new year!  Let’s dust off the miles of 2016 and leave them in the past.  It’s time to set the goals for 2017 and kick-start the new year training with renewed energy!  Oh yes, a gentle reminder to anyone who got a book from me as a Christmas present – they’re due back in the library on Wednesday.  Now, the results…

Massive congratulations to Marcella Cassidy who completed the Marcothon during December.  She participated by completing one run a day, every day during the month of December.  For those unfamiliar, the challenge started in 2009 when Marco Consani challenged himself to run every day in November which inspired his wife Debbie to follow suit the next month!

Marcy all smiles during the Marcothon!

Race Over the Glens
If the thought of having a little more turkey and ham was unappealing on the first Bank Holiday of the new year, then an undulated course kicking off in Glenariff Forest had to be on the to-do list!  With some icy conditions under foot and a big decent into a valley followed by a “massive climb” back up again.  We had some supports and four Dubs out on the course:

6James Trainor00:39:46---
126Brian Grimes00:51:00---
172Roisin Byrne00:55:13---
202Nessa Agnew00:57:01---

Fantastic running everyone – on a tough, tough course!  I know that the thought of doing these races is sometimes worse than the run itself, but you all posted amazing times.  Anyone know why there was a bag piper out on the course?!  Thanks for the lovely snap of all the Dubs present at the top of the page!

New Year’s Eve parkrun
As 2016 drew to a close, there was still time to fit in one last parkrun of the year.  With the unseasonably warm weather continuing, and over indulgences of turkey still fresh in our minds – we took to the parks for the final time:

Brian DERBY00:19:21
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:50
Trevor MURPHY00:39:36
James TRAINOR00:23:27
Suzy KENNEDY00:23:28Third Female!
James GUINN00:24:36
Paula OWENS00:29:27
Richard CONN00:18:06First Male!
Eimear PHAIR00:26:16
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:21:33New PB!
Colin Glen
Steven TODD00:20:07Second Male! New PB!
Jackie ROBINSON00:33:53
Sligo, Ireland
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:36Third Female!

Let’s tip our hats for the last time in 2016 to Richard who was first home at the Enniskillen event, second home was Steven at the Colin Glen event and we had Suzy and Kathy third across the line at the Queen’s and Sligo events. Some new PBs were set on the last day of the year by Ronan (at Limavady) and Steven (at Colin Glen).

New Year’s Day parkrun
As 2017 dawned, so did the prospect of completing two parkruns before the first official parkrun of the year.  A special double header of Stormont followed by the option of Ormeau or Waterworks was allowed as a one-off treat.  With “Auld Lang Syne” still ringing in our ears, the warmest day of the year so far awaited the club members:

Stormont (09:30 Start)
Steven TODD00:20:03Newbie PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:33
Nessa AGNEW00:23:46
Eimear PHAIR00:26:33
Trevor MURPHY00:27:46New PB!
Philippa MACLARAN00:30:17Newbie PB!
Waterworks (11:00 Start)
Steven TODD00:20:58Newbie PB!
Eimear PHAIR00:28:39Newbie PB!
Maureen OLIVER00:28:52
Ormeau (11:00 Start)
Brian DERBY00:19:41
Collette MCCOURT00:19:52First Female! Newbie PB!
Heather BARON00:22:22New PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:23
Kate MOFFETT00:22:51
Ryan LOVE00:24:06
Nessa AGNEW00:24:15
Peter DONNELLY00:24:22New PB!
Philippa MACLARAN00:31:41New PB!

Let’s give out the first hat tips of 2017 to Collette who was first home at the Ormeau event. We even had some new PB times set by Trevor (at Stormont) and Heather, Peter and Philippa (at Ormeau). We had a few newbie course PBs set by Steven (at Stormont and Waterworks), Philippa (at Stormont), Eimear (at Waterworks) and Collette at (Ormeau). Finally, well done to a select few who completed the double header, running the two parkrun events on Sunday morning: Steven, Ronan, Nessa, Eimear and Philippa – give yourselves an extra pat on the back!

2016 claimed one final victim, my uncle worked at the Nestle factory and was seriously injured when a pallet of chocolate fell more than 50 feet and crushed him underneath – he tried in vain to attract attention, but every time he shouted “The milky bars are on me” everyone cheered!

Keep on running!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: A little effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (we were on a break!!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties for the rest of 2017… it isn’t that long is it?! 🙂