Weekly Roundup: 2017-09-05

Weekly Roundup: 2017-09-05

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:

71James "Judas" Dickey01:27:39---
662Laura McGill01:54:44---

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:

Flying up the Foyle: James & Laura, soaked but happy!

Laganside 10k
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:

24James Trainor00:35:32---
70Steven Todd00:38:35New PB!
96Jim Simmons00:39:29New PB!
97Brian Derby00:39:37---
100Alastair King00:39:33New PB!
217Mark Hamill00:43:48---
254Heather Baron00:45:20---
294Anne Gribbin00:46:26New PB!
325Louise Jones00:47:12---
428Aaron Nagar00:49:18---
496Andrew Wells00:51:01---

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:

Happy as Lagan: The Dubs celebrate in style after a great day!

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 CURRAN00:18:11New PB!
Heather BARON00:21:44Second Female!
Roisin BYRNE00:22:42Third Female!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:52
Nessa AGNEW00:23:07
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:00
Jane PATTERSON00:30:24
Trevor MURPHY00:31:35
Steven TODD00:32:46
John MCCULLAGH00:40:39
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:25Newbie PB!
Karen CARLISLE00:27:36Newbie 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:

Oh-myyy: Alison, Ivor, Sean & Ronan meet in Tyrone!

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 🙂