Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-29

Weekly Roundup: 2018-05-29

Bann, Moughanmore, RunHer, Gosford, flashmob, Mor, Newry & parkrun over the jump!

The only thing that lets a mini heatwave down – if having to race in one! Or at least trying to race in one – sometimes you just need to throw a bottle of water all over your head! Kinda how I left trying to compile the results this week – no easy feat, but we will get there. Not sure if you heard but I was on Radio 2’s Pop Master last week, where one of my questions was to sing any line from “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – nearing the time limit, I gave up and replied, “I couldn’t if I tried!” Groan, are there any results?

Bann 10k
Like Rome, Banbridge is built on hills. With suntan lotion applied, two Dub gladiators took on this beautiful rolling countryside with, yep, more hills! Add this to the fact that it was on a Wednesday evening and after a hard day’s work. Not a race for the faint of heart, let’s see who as there:

5Steven Todd00:38:03---
13Alastair King00:40:14---

Fantastic running guys – really fantastic, that was one very tough course. Not a PB course, but a great builder towards stronger races later in the year. If the 700 runners enjoyed running through the town centre that’s great, because the course went round twice, with a twisty finish at the Havelock park colosseum – just to give you an idea of what they faced! Now, then did someone say startline photo?!

  • Banntastic: Spot Steven on the start line!

Hill & Dales, Race 6: Moughanmore
The best review of one of these races I’ve read is “Too much hill, not enough dales” – that sums is up nicely. On a cracking Thursday evening what else would you want to do other than running up Pigeon Rock Mountain and across to Moughanmore – and for good measure back again. One Dub and one kinda Dub was there:

226Suzy Kennedy01:05:06---
228James Trainor01:07:13---

Three peaks – three peaks! That’s just mean – but that didn’t stop your enjoyment of the race. Those are tight races, but the scenery from the top must have more than made up for the pain of getting up the mountain. Belive it or not, Suze actually sent us this one to post:

  • Less Hills, More Dales: Suze strikes a pose!

RunHer Half Marathon
These friendly, women inly races have really taken off lately, and Friday evening’s Coast Half Marathon event was the latest in the series. The course was along a path familiar to many in the club, from the Dirty Duck out to Bangor, before heading back to Crawfordsburn Park. The coast path is tight at times and some parts of the path were rough underfoot. We had a dynamic duo on the scene:

4Heather Baron01:37:22---
57Kathy Mayhew01:57:12---

That is spectacular running folks – Heather narrowly missing out on the podium with a lightning fast time and Kathy posting a time that was scarily close to her personal best time over the distance. Mix that with the conditions on the night (warm, very warm) made the night very special. We had a duo of Dub supporters Eammon and Roisin on had, who took some photos:

  • RunHer: Heather flies along the coast!

Gosford 5k
Don’t worry, the Run Forest Run series isn’t back, instead this was a loop around Gosford Forest Park. Don’t been fooled into thinking that this was an easy one – this one is quite unexpectedly undulating. Mix that with the heat and the forest trail paths and it makes for a fun and challenging event. Let’s see who we had representing:

3Amy Lavery00:20:54Third! First Female!

Nice work Amy – great to see you back out racing! That was a tricky race, but some powerful running to third place and snagging the final podium spot was exceptional. It almost makes up for not getting a spot on the relay team for the marathon. I literally can find nothing about this online – so all that’s left to do is say well done!

Flashmob parkrun: Falls
I can’t lie about this one – we made a last-minute shift to Falls to keep things a little more local – just trying to make things a bit easier! Why Falls then I hear literally no one ask – well it was their sixth birthday AND there was cake. That almost made the hill bearable for the trio of Dubs who ran:

11Brian Derby00:21:19Newbie PB!
12Steven Todd00:21:20---
51Eamonn McLaughlin00:26:10Newbie PB!

Nice going guys – glad to see you keeping the flashmov spirit alive. Brian D and Eamon making the most of new course course and setting themselves some benchmark PBs. Steven attended the event in his GTR getup and some publicity for the upcoming event! Finally, the obligatory group photo:

  • parklife: Eamon, Brian and Brian at Falls!

5 Mile Mor
Blackwatertown in Country Armagh hosted this wee race – 5 Mile Mor! The looped course, along main roads was mostly flat for the first half, before it became a little more undulating and challenging for the second half of the event. We had some Dub parting in this one:

14Aine Hughes00:34:14Second Female!

Nice running Aine – that is impressive running, and as a little extra bonus in the heat – bringing home a prize for second female was the icing on the cake! You’re flying at the moment! Now, while there wasn’t any Dubs out supporting, that doesn’t mean that we won’t have any photos:

  • 5 Miles More: Aine powers to the finish line!

Newry Half Marathon
I am sure a lot of Dubs will remember the old route Newry Half Marathon route – out the dual carriageway towards Warrenpoint, turn at the castle and head back to the city lights (along said dual carriageway). Well, remember no longer – because it is back, and has a funky new medal! With the cars packed up and the sun cream on, a mini-Errigle of Dubs made their way to the canal basin:

15Steven Todd01:23:18New PB!
49Collette McCourt01:30:10---
86Mark Shields01:35:53---
231Conan Magee01:49:11---
247Ronan O'Flaherty01:50:57---
310James Guinn01:56:06---
340Máire McCaughey01:58:46First Ever Half!
380Ronan McCaughey02:01:28First Ever Half!
434Frances McCambridge02:07:25---
484Anne Marie Ryan02:16:07---

That was a tough run in the heat – but that didn’t spot the blue tops producing some impressive performances. We had Steven bag a half marathon personal best, Collette took the third step on the podium while the McCaughey’s made it a family affair at their first ever race over 13.1 miles!  Definitely NOT running was our Jenny Mullan, she did not finish in 471st position in a cracking time of 02:13:59 – magic!  A fantastic club day all round with everyone hanging round to cheer on the next person over the line! We have some cool photos from the event:

  • Spoiler Alert! Collette took third place! (Airview Photography)

Don’t you love waking up these weekends, with the sun shinning through the window – it almost makes it easy getting up for parkrun! While the flashmob was happening over in Falls, some of us (okay, most of us) couldn’t make it this week, but that didn’t stop us getting out there and enjoying the beauty of our local parks:

Derry City
Natalie CONNOLLY00:20:50Second Female! New PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:36
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:22:54
Trevor MURPHY00:57:29
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:27:31
James GUINN00:29:27
Paula OWENS00:21:30First Female!
James SHERIDAN00:21:11New PB! 100th parkrun!
Martin TEGGART00:25:18
Judith MC MANUS00:24:43New PB!
Sligo (Ireland)
Brona SHAW00:32:41Newbie PB!
Stratford-upon-Avon (England)
Mike SMITH00:27:23Newbie PB!

Ahhh, what a morning that was for a run! It’s no wonder that so many of us took the opportunity!  Let’s tip our hat to Paula who was first home at the Wallace event who also set a new PB at the same time! Then up at the Derry City event Natalie took the second spot on the podium and also set a new PB! Judith was back at Antrim this week and bagged a new PB! We had two people off on their travels this week with Brona (Sligo) and Mike (Stratford-upon-Avon) setting newbie PBs!

Finally, massive congratulations to James S who ran his 100th parkrun alongside his good lady wife at Ormeau. James ran his first parkrun in Ormeau park on 4th January 2014 and since then he has become a serial tourist, raking up more than 25 different parkrun events – but it was only fitting that he celebrated his 100th back where it all started!

  • parkrun: 100 not out! Our James joins the black t-shirt club!

That is another roundup all covered – you’re all stars! Don’t forget to give me a nudge if you’re racing – there are plenty of races to get lost in, and do not forget that we’re here as a celebration of running. On Bank Hholiday Monday I went to a costume party, the host asked, “What are you dressed as?” I replied, “A harp!” “No,” the host said “Your costume’s too small to be a harp.” Afronted, I asked “So, you’re calling me a lyre?”

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (do you really think I’d take time off and forget about this?!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂