Weekly Roundup: 2018-01-09

Weekly Roundup: 2018-01-09

You all gave me an easy time this week, all the results over the jump!

Roll up, roll up and let’s get the training plans for 2018 well underway. I still love how ‘normal’ people ask, “what are your new year’s resolutions?” whereas running friends ask “what are your running goals for 2018?” we’re a nice bunch like that! Talking of New Year’s resolution, my (non-running) one is to save enough to buy a Velcro wall – and I plan on sticking to it! Let’s kick off the results shall we?

Sunday Run
A gentle reminder that we have a valiant group of Sunday runners who meet at the Belfast Boat Club at 10:30am and take in the scenic trails of Belvoir Forest. Okay yes it gets a bit muddy, and we do call it a social run – but it is great fun, as you can see:

Sunday: Why not join in with the madness?!

Burren Townlands 10k
It’s the day after Christmas, you’ve tired of doing the same old races – well then here’s one you’ve not heard of! This would be a nice course – if it didn’t feel the need to scale Ballydesland ‘Hill’! A relaxing downhill opening half mile leads to a three-and-a-half-mile climb – before a freewheel to the finish. There was one Dub there:

21Aine Hughes00:43:33---

Great work Aine – sneaking in there under the radar too over Christmas! Not a race for anyone who ate a little too much the day before, that is one heck of a great time and powerful representing of the Dubs to boot. All that is left after that one is to head for the leftovers and enjoy them :)! You may have snuck into the results, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a photo:

Birren: Git and determination gets Aine up that hill!

Born 2 Run: Tollymore
If you find the parkrun a little too easy, then there is a tough alternative available during some Saturday mornings in the Autumn and Winter – the Run Forest Run series. The fifth race in the series takes us to Newcastle (seriously, we as a club have an addiction with Newcastle – I’m just throwing it out there). This challenging, undulating course over twigs, gravel, grass, branches, roots, leaves, water and mud is mostly downhill for the first half, before gradually rising, with a quick downhill half mile to finish. An intrepid group of Dubbers made their wat to the forest park:

17Jim Larkin00:41:41
19Jim Simons00:42:00
31Bernadette O'Kane00:42:46Second Female!
55Paula Owens00:45:29
145Louise Jones00:51:00
232John Boyle00:54:00

Absolutely magic running by everyone – and a bigger than usual Dub crowd must have bene as a result of some resolutions along the way. With a chilly start, unknown conditions unfoot and the excess of Christmas (sorry for swearing) still lingering over us all – that is some mighty impressive running. Let’s give a special nod to our Pocket Rocket – Bernie – who took the second spot on the podium. Al in a day’s work folks! The next race in the series is in Gosford on 20th January – book now to avoid disappointment!  Did someone think I’d forgotten about a few photos?!

  • Tolly-done: Jimbo, Bernie and Paula at the finish line!

Every new year begins with the “New Me” mantra, which usually dies out by the 3rd January! Not us Dubs, oh no, a little bit of frosty and chilly morning didn’t stop those resolutions going out the window easy. As you can see, there was an Errigle of Dubs out there, only this time spread over a heck of a lot of parks!

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:36
Brian DERBY00:20:08
John MCCULLAGH00:20:43
Heather BARON00:21:39Second Female!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:43
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:43
Jane PATTERSON00:30:41
Alison CRAWFORD00:33:07
Brona SHAW00:33:40
Trevor MURPHY00:50:37
Eimear PHAIR00:27:03
Richard CONN00:31:21
Stephen IRVINE00:23:09
Aine HUGHES00:21:23Newbie PB!
Natalie CONNOLLY00:21:38Second Female!
Nessa AGNEW00:24:31
Roisin BYRNE00:24:32
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:34:08
Mike SMITH00:24:59Newbie PB!
Louise JONES00:25:45.Newbie PB!
Suzy KENNEDY00:24:01New PB!

Give yourselves a big hand there – great work out representing the Dubs across the country! Let’s tip out hats shall we, this week we had two second spots on the podiums by Heather and Natalie at the Victoria and Ormeau events respectively. Just the one new course PBs set this week by Suze at the Valley event. Finally: new year, new parkrun courses were found by Aine at Omagh and Mike and Louise at Castlewellan.

The road racing season will well and truly be upon us in a few short weeks’ time. If you are considering a race, especially one that will become a target for a goal, please get entering sooner rather than later. Races are selling out extra fast this year – you have been warned! I was out over the weekend where a guy came up to me in the pub and asked me if I had given his girlfriend dirty looks – “No, that was her parents.” I replied.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (not sure I have an excuse this week..?) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂