Weekly Roundup: 2017-03-14

Weekly Roundup: 2017-03-14

It’s all about Jimmy and the parkrun (and a correction) this week over the jump!

Well, it’s a bit nice out there at the minute isn’t it?!  Spring is in the air and we’re tantalisingly close to heading back out on our fairer weather routes!  Quite a bit of club news and craic to get to this week, but before an update on the missus (because we’ve not had one in a while).  She is on one of those fad diets – the cupboards are full of tropical food stuff.  It’s enough to make a mango crazy.  Okay, shall we take a look at what we’ve been doing?

WCM 10 Mile Road Race
A race I forgot about in the mountain of results I had to get through last week.  The yearly warmup race for the Walled City Marathon took place last Saturday in fantastic conditions in the North West.  The ten-mile route with the first quarter rather hilly taking in the Foyle Bridge, flattens out for a steady run along the River Foyle (including past a few coffee shops) before finishing after a trip over the iconic Peace Bridge.  We had one Dub taking part in the race:

256Laura McGill01:30:59---

Fantastic running Laura – that is a challenging course with a hill right at the beginning.  I’ve seen some photos from the event and it looked like there was a great atmosphere around the course and at the finish line!  Thankfully this race was on a Saturday morning – so plenty of the weekend left over to relax!

Jimmy’s 10k
With a sell-out crowd of just over one thousand descending on Downpatrick for the annual Jimmy’s 10k run there was bound to be a few Dubs in the mix! The hilly-to-start then scenic course run mostly on roads (there’s a random 2k stretch on a trail path) took place in ideal conditions on Sunday morning with some eager Dubbers on the start line:

65Neil Curran00:38:33---
101Jim Larkin00:40:38---
204Alastair King00:44:37---
223Steven Todd00:45:37---
225Ronan O'Flaherty00:45:39New PB!
311Roisin Byrne00:48:42---

Fantastic running folks – those are some great times as well! A small hat tip to Ronan who set his new 10k PB by over 2 and a half minutes! There were plenty of laughs on the day trip, with lots of photos taken too, and you can see a selection of these in our Jimmy’s 10k gallery, including this one that I got a lot of stick for:

Jim L, Steven, Roisin and Mr T(ea Pot) at Jimmy’s 10k.

With the overnight downpours, it would have been extremely tempting to turn over in bed and go back for a second sleep (how great are second sleeps?!) A smaller than usual group of Dubs were brave enough to venture out into what became a (reasonably) nice morning and go for a jog around their local parks:

Karen CARLISLE00:23:45New PB!
James TRAINOR00:19:31
Noel KELLY00:18:41Newbie PB!
Marcella CASSIDY00:26:06
Roisin BYRNE00:26:07
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:26:08
Sligo, Ireland
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:23
Durham, England
Trevor MURPHY00:28:22

Nice going everyone – and some awesome times posted too. We have some hat tips this week to go out to Karen (at Victoria) who set a new course PB. We also tip it for Noel (at Ormeau) who set a newbie PB and just missed out on a spot on the podium at his first outing around the park!

A big weekend for the club is coming up with the Craic 10k and the Larne Half Marathons all being raced – so I want to be sent plenty of photographs, deal?!  Some personal news to finish with this week, and I hope that you will all wish me good luck as I begin a new job in Seoul next week – I hope it is going to be a good Korea move for me.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (my legs hurt after Sunday!!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week ??