Weekly Roundup: 2018-01-23

Weekly Roundup: 2018-01-23

Another EAMS race and the usual parkrun over the jump!

That was a cold auld week wasn’t it? Good job we aren’t a fair weather running club so a big kudos to everyone who braved the elements and still made it out this week. For anyone doing the crossword in today’s edition of The Times, the answer to 7 Up is lemonade. Now then, let’s see what we got up to – despite the snow and ice.

East Antrim Marathon Series: Carrickfergus Castle
This small, frequent series has been good to members of the club this past season, so with the Run Forest Run race postponed, one Dub decided to up his miles. The wet and windy course along the coast from Carrickfergus Castle to the Loughshore Park and back may be flat – but in those conditions, no course could ever be described as easy. Let’s see how our intrepid Dub got on:

1Jim Simons03:30:00First Place!

Jim – take a bow. What a fantastic time, and first over the line too – not a bad job for a Sunday morning. Now, I’ve been told that he achieved all this despite being quite under the weather himself, so that just adds to the achievement – great running sir!

  • Dub top: ✓ | Medal: ✓ | Prize: ✓ | Bemused look: ✓ - Jim S scoops first place!

With a lot of the local events cancelled – basically you either had to be in a city or near the coast to have your parkrun fix this weekend. That’s simply because of the cold spell that took hold last week – making is a frosty, damp and icy start to the weekly park 5k runs. Naturally, that didn’t stop us Dubbers:

Brian DERBY00:20:12
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:24
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:30:55
Kyle HOUSTON00:21:16Newbie PB!
Ryan LOVE00:21:18
Marie SWEET00:22:29New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:22:47
James GUINN00:25:59
John BOYLE00:24:23
Dundalk (Ireland)
Nessa AGNEW00:24:42
Buncrana (Ireland)
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:44Third Male! New PB!
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:33Third Female!

A fresh morning if there ever was one – and what a great turn out from the club across the board – plenty of different events represented this week! Hat time once again, first up Ronan O took the second spot on the podium along the coast at the Buncrana event! Then, staying in the south, we had our Kathy sneak into the final spot on her podium at the Sligo event! We had two new course PBs set this week by Marie (at Ormeau) and Ronan O (at Buncrana). Finally just the one newbie PB this week set by Kyle along the coast at Portrush!  It is the return of the parkrun photos too:

  • Buncrana parkrun: Proof of the finish!

So, the big cancellation this week was the Run Forest Run race in Gosford and this has been rescheduled for Sunday 18th February – to mark that date in you diary if you missed out on that one. Right, with the public service announcement over, keep the photos coming – don’t forget about poor me over here! I’ll leave you with some sad news this past weekend, my neighbour passed away after some books fell on top of him – the police say he only had his self to blame.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (the ice makes things a little easier!!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂