Weekly Roundup: 2017-11-21

Weekly Roundup: 2017-11-21

We ran in the dark, in Cookstown, at Mary Peter’s and in our parks over the jump!

Welcome back to our little corner of the Internet! This week looks more like the ‘off-season’ I remember – fewer races to cover (and making my job a whole lot easier!!)  Has this ever happened to you?? On Saturday morning there was a letter on the doormat for me. On the envelope it said “Please do not bend” – I thought ‘How the heck am I going to pick this up?’ So results?!

Run in the Dark
This is more of the more popular mid-week races of the year – and if you’ve ever run it you know why. The sight of all the runners pounding up the hill towards Parliament Buildings is quite memorising. With a new route peeling off to the right, once you’ve cleared the hill, it is a mostly flat run around the estate before taking it on again (for the 10k’ers). We had a trio of Dubs on the start line:

5k Race
1Niall Porter00:18:09First Place!
10k Race
136Sean O'Hagan00:48:17---
159Eammon Canavan00:49:04---

Another amazing evening for the Dubs. Niall, after picking up a late entry (and heading the wrong way at one stage), managed to grab the top spot of the podium of the 5k race. Then posted impressive sub-50 minute times on that course, and almost coming in side-by-side Sean and newbie Eammon. Job well done lads!

Dub Fellas: Niall, Sean and Eammon after teh Run in the Dark race – don’t they look fresh!

Born 2 Run: Drum Manor
In a refreshing change to the usual style of the Run Forest Run races, this one was has the potential to be a fast one. While trail races are always more challenging, this two-lap route had more steady and gentle rises and falls around Drum Manor Forest Park. Not one to shy away from the series, we had one Dubber on the line:

109Louise Jones00:51:09---

Magic running Louise – two-lap routes are sometimes tough on the mind, repeating the same terrain again, but that is a great time. Great to see you’re taking on the shorter distances again since the marathon. The next race moves to Armagh for the Loughgall event, next month on 2nd December.

Can you spot Louise? (Credit: Belfast Telegraph)

Dub Valley Trail Race
I’ve written enough about this race already, but a reminder that Lagan Valley challenged us to a trail race on Sunday morning.  We’re not a club to cower away from a challenge, and we rose to the occasion:

1Dub Runners190
2Lagan Valley205

Fantastic work everyone, well done, with not only the Dubs winning (the lower score wins apparently), but we also grabbed four of the six available podium spots.  The mini-site for the Dub Valley Trail Race is online here.

  • Team "Dub Runners" ready for the race!

With the now always present threat of rain on Saturday mornings, it is the thought that misery loves company – and knowing that there will be more than you out and about in the park feeling the cold! We had lots of Dub Runners doing their local 5k in the parks on Saturday morning:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:21
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:37
Claire TONRY00:19:37Second Female! New PB!
Jim LARKIN00:19:42
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:47
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:48
Richard CONN00:31:42Fifth Week Running!
Natalie CONNOLLY00:22:00
Marie SWEET00:22:38New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:23:24
Danielle COREY00:24:21
Paul MCCREA00:25:26
Colin Glen
Suzy KENNEDY00:24:25First Female! New PB!

Great work everyone – nice to see mini Errigle’s of Dubs at lots of different parkrun events this weekend past!  Grab your hat, cause we’re gonna tip it! Taking the top step of the podium was our Suzy at the Colin Glen event, while on the second step at the Queen’s event was Claire! No newbie PBs this, just awesome new course PBs set by Marie (at Ormeau) and Claire (at Queen’s) and Suzy (at Colin Glen).

Claire & Jim celebrate success at the Queen’s event!

As the immortal words say – that’s all folks! Some impressive running by everyone, and once again our thanks to Lagan Valley for Sunday’s race – it was a great morning for the two clubs! Don’t forget, if you’re doing an obscure race – let me know, I will likely miss it! I got myself a second, part time job over the weekend clearing up leaves – I am raking it in!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (just remember who cheered (and photographed) you all over the line on Sunday!!). If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂