Weekly Roundup: 2018-02-06

Weekly Roundup: 2018-02-06

Moving from Antrim to Stormont to the parkrun and more over the jump!

After the deluge of races last week, we reigned in the spending on entries this week to a more manageable three events! Manageable of course for me, simply to keep track of things! Just because there were only three events, that didn’t mean that we had a wee easy week – oh no, not at all as you’ll soon find out!  I was thinking, you remember how back in the day everyone has horses and only the rich had cars? Now everyone has cars and only the rich have houses – oh, how the stables have turned.

Run Forest Run: Antrim Castle
The circus moves onwards, for the third to last event in the Run Forest Run series on Saturday morning past. The Antrim Castle route skirts along the lough starting in the picturesque park where the weekly parkrun takes place. Not much elevation change is tempered with grass and trail paths on the out and back in route. T’was a lovely morning for it and we’d a few Dubs make the short trip:

180Louise Jones00:48:40---
208Paul McFlynn00:49:44---
446Andrew Burows00:57:48---

Fantastic work everyone – with our duo both hitting times under the magic 50 minute barrier. These are very popular races, and can take some time to get the rhythm going and up to speed. As usual, this was a great little event with the usual fare post-race, including a medal! For the running, it is now getting tantalisingly close to the end of the race series. Speaking of, there’s just two races left in the series now, the next event takes place in Gosford on 18th February – get your entries in early!  We have some photos, kindly donated by Meryn of My Sports Photo, who took part in the race:

  • Louise all smiles. Photo credit: Mervyn McKeown (My Sports Photo).

Stormont XC
For one week only the Folks on the Hill were the cross country runners! The latest XC event was held in the grounds of Stormont Estate with a one mile loop, starting on the grass on the left of the hill up, turning into the forest-y area and then undulating back down in a zig-zag path returning to the gates. The women ran this three times for a roughly three mile race, while the men ran this four time for a roughly four mile race. Let’s see who was there:

Male Open & Vets
30James Trainor00:30:00Ran as NBH 🙁
35Peter Morrison00:30:25---
Female Open & Vets
77Roisin Byrne00:27:37---

While not as popular as last week’s race, this was a challenging route, and some very impressive times posted by our Dubbers. Our James had to get a mention after last week’s disappointment at not being able to run. Peter and Roisin can hold their heads high after yet another promising performance in rough under foot conditions – not to mention the masses of people running too. Well done folks – you’re an inspiration… to stay at home – fair play folks!  We had are trusty camera there to catch the Dub tops working hard:

  • Runners on the Hill: Artsy shot of Peter powering on!

One of the cool things about parkrun is that people around the world can run together and compare notes. We all know too well the differences small distances an make, and on Saturday morning, while Belfast welcomed “nice enough” conditions, those in the North West had to deal with frequent hail showers – plus now there’s even a few German events to add to the mix! Let’s see how we got on:

Karen CARLISLE00:26:32
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:30
Claire TONRY00:19:00First Place! Newbie PB!
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:45
Jane PATTERSON00:30:22
Bernadette O'KANE00:20:39First Place!
Suzy KENNEDY00:22:38Third Place!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:22:45New PB!
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:25:46
Richard CONN00:30:18
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:31:07
Brian DERBY00:19:49
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:51
James SHERIDAN00:22:56
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:27:45Newbie PB!
Hasenheide (Germany)
Mike SMITH00:27:16Newbie PB!

Great representation from the Dubs spread over lots of different events this weekend – and everyone doing amazing! I see our first German event has crept onto the list, it is a new country, but it is expanding very quickly. Let’s get tipping our hats and we had Claire take the top step of the podium at the Victoria event this past weekend. While over at the Queen’s event we’d a double header with Bernie and Suze grabbing the top and third steps of the podium on familiar ground. Just the one new course PB this week set by Ronan Mc who was also at Queen’s. Finally, a slew of newbie course benchmark PBs were set by Claire (at Victoria), Frances (at Ormeau) and Mike (at Hasenheide) while enjoying a weekend in Germany!  Just the one photo from this weekend:

  • One mile to go, like a drowned rat & can't see a thing!

There you have it, another round up wrapped up nice. Next weekend, the road racing season begins with the first big half marathon of the year. Don’t forget, if you’re the only Dub at a race, grab you phone, take a selfie and send it over – we require photographic proof of attendances at these races!  I’ve had a few people asking me how I got on with Dry January, and you’ll be happy to know that I made it – I didn’t wet the bed once!!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (next week, the real work on the roundup begins!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂