We got one 10k, one half marathon and all the parkruns over the jump!
After some intense weeks here at roundup HQ, you decided to go easy on me this week, and provide me with an (easier) week of sorts of results to get through. We’ve still been busy, just lots of people doing the same races – it’s all good, more on that in a moment. The missus isn’t happy with me, she asked me “What rhymes with orange?” – all I said was “No, it doesn’t.” (Tumbleweed), shall we begin?
Waterside Half Marathon
Now in its third year of the new half-Waterside, half-Cityside course in the 2013 City of Culture. Crossing the River Foyle on the two iconic Foyle and Peace Bridges, this mostly flat course has proved hugely popular. To be fair, the conditions were absolutely rotten for this race, but we had a dynamic duo of Dubs taking part:
|71||James "Judas" Dickey||01:27:39||---|
Great performances by the two of you – great running in truly rotten conditions. The wind and rain coming over the Foyle Bridge alone would have been off-putting – but that didn’t stop either of you from representing the club superbly! Despite everything, there’s still time for a smile a photo afterwards:
If you’ve ever wanted to take on a 10k course and target a PB then this is the route for you. The Ronseal race route starts in Ormeau Park before heading out along the embankment, around the River Lagan (its namesake) before a 800m sprint finish back in the park. With improving weather conditions, an Errgile of Dubs took part:
|70||Steven Todd||00:38:35||New PB!|
|96||Jim Simmons||00:39:29||New PB!|
|100||Alastair King||00:39:33||New PB!|
|294||Anne Gribbin||00:46:26||New PB!|
The Dubs smashed it – 5 in the top 100, everyone posting amazing times. Great bank-support from Nessa, Kate and Paula was fully appreciated. A lot of PBs achieved namely for Alastair, Jim S, Steven and Anne! Stunning performances from the club, and we have a small gallery of photos available including this one:
The first Saturday in September provided some cracking weather for an early morning run this weekend. Despite being officially now in Autumn, the sun shined over the various parks as we jumped out of bed and headed for a wee 5k:
|Neil CURRAN||00:18:11||New PB!|
|Heather BARON||00:21:44||Second Female!|
|Roisin BYRNE||00:22:42||Third Female!|
|Ronan O'FLAHERTY||00:24:25||Newbie PB!|
|Karen CARLISLE||00:27:36||Newbie PB!|
Nice running everyone – and what a morning for it too. Seems like some of us missed the memo about going to Victoria Park – with a mini flashmob happening there! Let’s get on with our traditional hat tips, as the club took the second and third spots on the Victoria event’s podium with Heather and Roisin storming around the course. Just the one new PB this week set by our Dream Dub Neil (at Victoria). Let’s not forget that we had two newbie PBs this week set by Ronan (at Omagh) and Karen (at Valley). Finally, special nods to friends of the Dubs also in Omagh on Saturday: Alison Donnelly who ran a new PB of 00:29:42 and Ivor “Jack” Russell who ran 00:29:43! As if by magic, here’s a photo of everyone too:
Keep up the great work everyone, all this secret training will be paying off when you see you name in lights over the next few weeks – one big final push to the finish. As usual, don’t forget about photos, we love a good photo!! I got some awesome news yesterday, as some of you may know, I auditioned for a film about walking dogs last week – they’ve just called and said I’ve been given the lead!
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I can’t complain, I had an easy week!!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂