Weekly Roundup: 2018-04-03

Weekly Roundup: 2018-04-03

Some eggstra special eggsercise over the jump!

This week, I checked up the definition of “holiday” which is ‘an extended period of leisure’ (I of course used Google instead of one of those old fangled paper things). So, can someone explain to me how us Dubbers have ended up doing so many races this week?! More on that soon, but I want to tell you about my missus, who keeps having disturbed dreams, shouting things like “Hobbit!” or “Gandalf!” or “Mordor!” – she’s always Tolkien in her sleep. Now, then the roundup:

April Fools
Some eagle-eyed Dubbers this week may have noticed a message reportedly from the organisers of the London Marathon, detailing a change to the course and distance. Hopefully no one tried to call the Easter Bunny for clarification on this one!

Ballygalget 10k
One of our goat specialists (shame it isn’t lamb to fit with Easter!!) decided that a little road trip was the order of the day on a chilly but dry Easter Saturday. Destination – Ballygalget (east of Portaferry) for a 10k race over quite an undulating course – lots of little bumps along the way, running along the coast for a short time before legging back home. Care to guess which of our goats was there?!

14Jim Larkin00:42:46---

Great work Jim! An impressive time – clearly gearing up for the beginning of the trail races again soon. All for charity too, so by taking part doing your bit as well, so that means that you could really enjoy indulging on Sunday after all that! With a mysterious orange ball in the sky, Jim even sent us through a photo:

  • Ballygalget: Noel, Maol and Our Jim at the 10k!

Beragh 5 Miler
Tyrone. God’s country if you believe some people. For others, it is just another scenic locale for a great race. I got the best descriptions of this race sent to me, I “never though that there were hills around Beragh – they kicked in half way around to make it a tough old slog”. Despite that, it was a nice downhill section to the finish. Let’s find out who ran:

30John McCullagh00:33:57---

Great one John – that’s the stuff, really well done! Sure a few surprise hills never hurt anyone – it just made you work a little harder than expected for your dinner! Post-race, there was the traditional Tyrone hospitality of tea and sandwiches for everyone in the audience. You know, John had such a good time at the race, he even forgot to take a photo!!

EAMS Knockagh 20 Mile Challenge
While I, and let’s be honest with ourselves here – everyone else was tucking into their second egg of the day, one Dub decided to go for a little run. The EAMS is back again and this time it ain’t no April Fools! Two ten mile loops starting in Greenisland and with a focal point at half way using the Knockagh Monument – this course had a rise of over 800 ft over four and half miles. If that wasn’t tasty enough, you had to run it twice! Two Dubs donned the blue tops and took to the line:

2Jim Simons02:41:25Second Place!
5Richard Donald02:52:24---

Great work lads – cracking performances to bring home two Dubbers in the top five! Jim’s second place and podium providing a particular highlight – top job. Cracking conditions for running, in near ideal conditions on Sunday morning. Would just be a shame if you had to go to work after it (sorry Jim)! While I didn’t get any sneaky spy shots sent to me, I did find this photo of the awesome bling:

  • April EAMS: Jim at Knockagh Monument!

Whitehead 5 Mile Road Race
A now come on – that weather on Easter Monday was taking the absolute mick. This is a popular race, where the course consists of three very hilly laps around Whitehead. This year saw the event take place in the pouring rain – when there was still some chocolate left over to eat. When I saw this race advertised -I knew there was going to be one Dub I could guarantee would be on the line:

155Maureen Oliver00:47:51---

Brilliant Maureen – the only Dub who didn’t look out the window and think – “nah, not for me this year!” That is short yet tricky course – handily close to home again afterwards to get warmed up and forget all about it. Despite my best efforts, I’ve not seen any snaps from the race yet! 🙁

With the lure of chocolate to come, it is not surprising so many Dubs decided on a parkrun fix this past weekend.  With Barra forecasting the first day of the bank holiday to be one of the better days weather wise – it was a wise move to wrap up warm, and head for the park.  For one member in particular, that meant something special was in the offing too:

Roisin BYRNE00:24:09
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:21:34New PB!
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:27
Nessa AGNEW00:25:32
Pippa MACLARAN00:34:45
Jane PATTERSON00:34:48
Trevor MURPHY00:58:31
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:37
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:25:23
Bernadette O'KANE00:20:23First Female! New PB!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:03
James SHERIDAN00:21:14New PB!

Move away from the chocolate eggs, dust off the Easter hat, put it on and let’s start tipping!  First home at the Ormeau event was the Pocket Rocket herself Bernie who set, not just a course PB but her 5k PB at the same time- astounding!  We had two new course PBs smashed on Saturday morning by Ronan (at Derry City) and James S (at Stormont).

  • Storming Stormont: James S strolls his way to a PB!

As we move into April now the weather will start getting better and the numbers of races will increase… Well that’s the theory anyway, so as usual, if you running in one of the smaller events that we might miss, give us a shout and we’ll put your name in lights for all eternity (or until someone stop paying the web hosting bills!) I was rubbing shoulder with the rich and famous and got chatting to Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, while he was eating an Easter Egg so I said to him “I bet I know what your favourite Christian festival is…” He said “Have to love Easter, baby!”

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (what Easter egg??) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂