Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-22

Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-22

We head from Divis to Ballybeen to Les Jones to parkrun and everything in-between – all over the jump!

I’ll be honest here – it wasn’t the busiest of weeks at Roundup Towers over the last seven days. Not that we haven’t been running, oh boy no, but just taking it at a pace which is easier for me to keep up with (even though I’m about ten steps behind everyone else). All the juicy gossip is coming up in a moment but first, I got a card in the post the other day, and when I opened it some rice fell out – it must be from my Uncle Ben.  Results time!!

Thursday Evening: Divis
For a change of pace, we shifted location from around the towpath to Divis mountain. On an absolutely cracking Thursday evening, the views overlooking Belfast were breath-taking. While we split and ran several different routes, one group were lucky enough to have a normal person be willing to take a quick photo:

  • Divis: Yeah, I'm not naming everyone in this photo...

Law Society
As a follow up from last week – can you spot any familiar faces in the spy shot that I was sent?!

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

Ballybeen 5k
While some of us where off exploring the now infamous “Meadow” last Tuesday evening, others ventured towards Dundonald. The course was a two-lap loop around the Ballybeen Estate, almost in a figure of eight shape – importantly though it was mostly flat, so a chance to put the power down and give it stacks!

45James Sheridan00:21:15---

Nice work James, you certainly made the most of the ideal conditions for a mighty impressive time. Frustratingly close to a personal best 5k time there as well. Oh, so close, but fair play going racing on a Tuesday evening mid-week and all that jazz – it is never easy to do. Of course, a photo is called for at these events:

  • Ballybeen & Gone: James S thought there were no photos... he was ALMOST right!

Les Jones 10k
On a Friday evening, after a hard week of working all you want to do is open up a bottle of wine order in a take away and chill out. This Friday, on a warm, still evening the annual Les Jones 10k race took place. To and from the Mary Peter’s Track – taking in Dead Man’s Hill at around the 7k mark – all on familiar territory. We had two Dubs taking part:

29Alastair King00:40:03---
211Mike Smith00:52:05---

Impressive work guys – Alastair just a few seconds shy of a sub-40 with Mike pumping in a powerful performance – and looking fresh when he grinned past us at 9.5k mark. The heat really was quite intense at places, so the porridge in the goodie bag must have gone down a treat! Steven and Ronan took a spin up to form a makeshift Dub cheering squad – oh, and take some photos:

  • Heart Break Hill: Mike all smiles, as usual, on the final push at Les Jones 10k.

We’ve gotten some luck this past week with the weather. With the sun streaming in the windows, it is hard to sleep in (I’m looking at you Jim) – and what could be better than getting up and heading to the park! Plenty of choices to choose from, and we made the most of those available choices this week:

Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:46
James GUINN00:24:24
Karen CARLISLE00:24:32
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:50
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:25:26
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:28:15
James SHERIDAN00:25:58
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:34Newbie PB!
Brona SHAW00:31:39Newbie PB!
Jane PATTERSON00:32:00Newbie PB!
Amy LAVERTY00:24:40
Martin TEGGART00:25:58
Colin Glen
Jim LARKIN00:20:36Newbie PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:33New PB!
Judith MC MANUS00:26:56Newbie PB!
Nessa AGNEW00:26:31

Fantastic – almost 20 of us make it out – and can you blame us at all?! Okily dokily, we have our sunhats on – let’s get them tipped! We had one new course PB this week set by Ronan O at Colin Glen (and by four minutes – where’d that come from!?) We had some people off on their holidays this week: Kathy, Brona and Jane made the journey to Craigavon, while Jim and Judith stayed a little closer to home at Colin Glen. Did someone say artsy photo?!

  • parkrun: Ursla, Jim and Ronan in an artsy shot at Colin Glen!

Almost there for another week! Special thanks to all my spies for sending photos and results through. Let’s keep that up over the next few weeks – as I will need some help to stay on top of things – keep firing on the information and craic and I’ll keep the roundup rolling!  Finally, I got a card in the post the other day, and when I opened it a Yorkshire Pudding fell out – it must be from my Aunt Bessie.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (go easy on me – I’d to start this last Wednesday!!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂