Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-15

Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-15

From 5k to mountain races to 15k to halfs to parkrun – all over the jump!

The week after the Belfast Marathon always seems easier for some strange reason!! Another week, another opportunity for gossip and results column of craic, results and photos! Bad news, the missus has left me because of my fetish with touching pasta – I’m feeling cannelloni right now! Results soon, first a special mention:

Happy Birthday Kate!
Last Thursday, 10th May, our Kate celebrated a millstone birthday. It would be rude of me to put figures on this, so I won’t. Instead HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!!! We all hope that you had a great evening and here’s to many, many more (and Lanzarote)! Don’t forget to #EmptyTheTank

  • Kate: Happy Birthday to You!

Belfast City Marathon – Relays
An impressive showing from the Dubs on Bank Holiday Monday last week. A herculean effort by our lead two teams to improve on last year’s results paid off big time. It rubbed off on our other teams too – as all four teams finished quicker than year’s teams. A breakdown of just how everyone got on is below:

Cirque du Sore Legs

Richard CAndyJamesColletteBrian
Your Pace or Mine?

We Thought he said 'Rum'

Stay Chafe Out There


Fantastic running everyone – I could not be more proud of you all. From recent media reports, it is not looking more likely that we’ll have a marathon again next year. So get training, and let’s see if we can beat 2018 next year! Here’s a section of photos from the day:

  • Relay Good: Jim and Andy

Legal 5k
Cast you mind back to Friday evening… far from being the dream start to the weekend we’d all hoped for – it was lashing down! Starting by the High Court, past the Waterfront Hall, over the Lagan Footbridge, past the SSE Arena around the Titan Museum and back home again past Victoria Square – all in the middle of rush hour Friday in Belfast! There could be only one legal professional for the job:

UknNessa Agnew00:22:302nd Female!

Nice work Nessa – I hope the traffic was nice to you! That was a rotten evening for a race, but it was all for charity too, which I am sure eased the pain. Great time posted, and hopefully there’s no case brought again the results – do you think they’ll be able to find lawyer?!

  • Regal: Spot an familiar faces?! (Credit: Law Society NI)

3 Lakes Challenge
Have you ever gone to Downpatrick and thought to yourself “I want to go for a ten mile run around here?” No… that’s okay, either have I, but one Dub decided that 15k was the right amount on a sun-drenched, but undulatingly challenging course, which believe it or not took in three lakes! Sit back down, I know you’re shocked, but have you guessed who ran..?

9Andrew McDermott01:05:10---

Good man Andrew -solid, solid running averaging mega 7 min/miles the whole way. Racing in these conditions, and on this kind of course is never easy, which makes your top ten finish all the sweeter – magic! No photos though, which is always disappointing, because it means that I have to write more!

Slieve Donard Mountain Race
Running up mountains seems an oxymoron, but all it took was a promise of a free pint … if he made it to the top in a time less than his age! On an absolute suntan of a day, our solo Dub (and 203 other runners) set off with backpacks bouncing. Starting at the seafront it was all uphill to the summit of Donard via the saddle. Then dash back to sea level. Despite finding the biggest pothole on the mountain, Steve got up to speed for a sprint finish at Donard park. With fellow goats Bernie and Jim cheering support, did he reach the top?

55Steven Todd00:50:0201:19:31---

You know he did! What a time Steven – massive effort in getting to the summit, made for a very tired descent. A bit of a fall too left a bit of a cut – but once washed up it wasn’t as bad as first thought! People create bucket lists of things to do, runners have similar type lists but only about races – and this one has been #1 on Steven’s list for a long time – so that is ticked off now. Do you have some time for a slideshow?

  • Done Hard: Steven's final push to the finish!

PS – He didn’t get the free pint… I have not worked out yet if that’s a good thing or a bad thing!

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon
Gone are the days of the Strabane 10k, replaced with a double distance, border crossing race! The new course, the outline of which would make Queen’s parkrun blush, was mostly flat with some tough work from mile 11 to 12, mixed with a nasty head wind from Lifford to Clady. Under the spell of the clouds and (mostly) a gentle breeze, it was an ideal morning for going running:

221Paul McNamee01:42:27---
312Brian Jack01:45:23---
370Anna Crean01:49:25---
388Laura McGill01:50:01---

Nice running gang – always great to see a few Dubs at these events further afield. With Paul’s return to the club and first race of the year, Brian J tackling his second half in the area, Anna fresh from her role in our awesome relay teams, and Laura who got painfully close to the sub 1:50 barrier – oh so close on the official results – magic! Now, as if by magic, we have a photo:

  • Strabane: Laura, Paul & Anna after the race!

Ahhhhh, Park Life! Clearly, we don’t get enough running in during the week, with a massive TWENTY of us taking to the park for weekly tradition. In what can only be described as a cracking morning (well here anyway), a morning most would consider not to be PB weather. Naturally – we like to prove people wrong:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:05
Claire TONRY00:19:22First Place!
Paula OWENS00:21:12
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:35
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:25:36Newbie PB! 5k PB!
Nessa AGNEW00:27:47
Roisin BYRNE00:27:48
Collette MCCOURT00:19:27First Place! New PB!
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:42
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:45
Richard CONN00:28:47
Alastair KING00:19:26
Martin TEGGART00:25:16
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:19New PB!
Brona SHAW00:30:15New PB!
Jane PATTERSON00:31:14
James GUINN00:39:02
Judith MC MANUS00:25:19New PB!
Falcarragh (Ireland)
James SHERIDAN00:21:25First Place! New PB!
Elagin Ostrov (Russia)
Mike SMITH00:25:45Newbie PB!

Love it – look at the amount of us who made it up on Saturday morning, great to see on a fantastic morning too! It’s hat tip time – our (hungover) Claire took the top step at Victoria on Saturday morning, while over at Queen’s Collette zoomed to the same step and bagged a new course PB, while further towards the North West our James S was first home at the Falcarragh event setting a new PB too! We had some new PBs set by Kathy and Brona (at Ormeau), Judith (at Antrim). Some newbie PBs set this week by Danielle who set her all time 5k PB l her first outing at Victoria, while Mike was over in Russia and sampled Elagin Ostrov park to see how it was!

There we leave it for this week – and what a week it was – give yourselves a pat on the back for that one!! As usual, I am only human and likely to error, so let me know if you’re doing any of those smaller races that I know you all like to try and sneak in under the radar! Returning from getting some groceries at the weekend, I spotted my neighbour slumped over a lawn mower crying his eyes out. Being the concerned neighbour, I asked if everything was okay, he said he’ll be fine, he’s just going through a rough patch!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I’d love a couple days off…) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂