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!

Warmup
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:

PosNameTimeNotes
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:

PosNameTimeNotes
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.

parkrun
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:

NameTimeNotes
Victoria
Karen CARLISLE00:23:45New PB!
Queen's
James TRAINOR00:19:31
Ormeau
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!

Warmdown
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 ??