A bonkers relay, a local 10k, parkrun + something special over the jump!
Big crazy mad week here at Roundup Towers – and that was just trying to cover the relay results!! An extensive week of results and pictures is on your way very soon. Over the weekend, I managed to get some rare audio footage of an interview with Whitney Houston, in which she was asked what her favourite type of coordination was. Her reply – “HAAAAND EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYE“. Let’s take a deep breath, and kick things off with a special announcement!
In a roundup first (it only took us two years), we had a wedding to celebrate this weekend past! Our very own James Sheridan married Kathryn McAlister in a lovely ceremony on Saturday afternoon. This is a classic love across the divides story – the Dub Runner marrying the Belfast Running Club member! We wish the happy couple many years of happiness (and running) together, and thank you for a fantastic day and inviting some of the Dubs along to celebrate your special day with you:
Victoria Park – home to many races, but none quite an intense as this. A cool breeze but no rain by forecast by BBC Weather’s Cecilia Daily who was in attendance, along with possibly every club runner in the country! I think we’re all fmailiar with this one – two loops of the park, 2 miles. Saturday afternoon was described to me as “an epic day for the dubs, truly a belter”. Well, let’s see shall me?
|9||Woman's Masters A||00:39:29||---|
|11||Woman's Masters B||00:41:42|
With the women masters first up we had two amazing teams who duly inspired with smashing 9th and 11th place finishes. Special hat tip to Collette McCourt, who I hear an a “blazing 2 mile leg”.
Nice, two further teams taking part in a fast race with Jim Simons setting the pace – almost smashing 12 minutes. Incredible running by each and everyone of you, in an extremely tough category. Superb running by everyone in the men’s event, not just getting into position, but being able to on to impress and win big. For the record, a certain Mr. S Todd has stated that he “can’t wait until next year to run in the Masters!” I’ll have to remind him of that next year..!
|Michael Kirk Smith||00:14:25|
The dream team, the Vintage Dubs with a combined age of 260 (I did not do the maths on that one), strong running by Michael set up a finish not too far behind men half their age – heads held very high.
The entire team would like to extend their massive thanks to coach Mark Hamill for all his hard work and dedication towards training for the race. Finally, we really cannot leave this race without mentioning the super sub – James Guinn. You had a two near call ups to take part, and you were cruelly denied a place by people turning up(!) – thank you for your support and willingness to help out. Here is just a taster of what you can see in our gallery from the race:
One Dub did his homework and recc’d the course (twice) [teacher’s pet!!]. His reasoning behind doing the race? He couldn’t turn down a race five minutes from your his house at 9am on a Sunday morning! Simply run up (with UP being the word) the Glen Road until it stops climbing, then run back through Andersonstown for a tight street uphill finish back at the Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich. As if you couldn’t guess who the one Dub was:
|3||Steven Todd||00:38:50||Third Place!|
Amazing run Steven – and just a few hours AFTER racing a hard two miles (and setting a PB at it). You are a machine, and what an incredible achievement – third step of the podium with a stunning time. After all that, I couldn’t stand, but he could as you can all see:
Saturday morning started off a little (okay, very) blustery, but it all cleared by the afternoon (thankfully for James). Despite the wind howling through the windows, and shaking the trees, making paths a little more slippery than usual, the Dubs were out in force in their local parks:
|Amanda ROBINSON||00:23:53||New PB!|
|Jim LARKIN||00:27:00||Newbie PB!|
|Suzy KENNEDY||00:24:49||Third Female! Newbie PB!|
Great running everyone – some nice times posted and great to see some returning faces to the weekly 5k event too. Don’t forget to volunteer sometime, if you’d like to start (or continue) working your way towards your purple 25 volunteer t-shirt!! Hat tips this week go to Suze who was third home at the Colin Glen event – AND set a new PB on the course! We had a great new PB set by Amanada (at Queen’s). Finally, we had one newbie PB set by Jim L (at Portrush) who helped me though the (extremely) strong shore winds along the beach.
You made it! Let’s give a big hand to everyone who raced this past weekend – and it all continues this weekend coming with the Dundrum race coming up. Thanks to all my spies and reporters this week who were feeding me information all weekend, they got their finger on the pulse! The stories are true, I did crash my car into a tree. Thanks for all your concern, but on the bright side I found out my Mercedes bends.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I have sore feet and legs from dancing all night Saturday!!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂