We travel to Dublin, Mourne Mountains, Jersey and the parks this week – all over the jump!
With the sun continuing to shine it is only fitting that we continue to race. Just be safe out there and remember sun cream, glasses, and the stuff you need when out running. Before we get to the roundup, apparently a big cat has escaped from Belfast Zoo – if I came across it I would Puma pants! Let’s see what we’ve been doing:
Women’s Mini Marathon
With a Bank Holiday Monday last week in Dublin – that means the perfect opportunity for a race. So as 30,000 women descended unto the capital in the blistering hot sun. While it may be the best organised race ever, it is the biggest women’s only race in the world. So it was only right the Belfast Dub Runners were represented:
Let’s hear it for the girls! Magic – some fantastic running there from our mini-Errigle of Dubs. That is an enjoyable 10k run – maybe not so much in the heat, but you wouldn’t know from the times. Impressive stuff – look at the smiles of their faces at the end:
Mourne Way Marathon
This was the 10th anniversary of the race and for fun we had the sun cranked up to Scorchio, With the marathon starting at Donard park, following the Mourne Way route through Tollymore into the mountains. 13 miles later, at Spelga Dam, the runners where joined by the half-ers. We had two Dubs who managed to resist going for a swim:
That’s how you do it guys! Some reprieve from the sun after a hurdle of the final peak to get to the cool Rostrevor forest cover! Awaiting them at the finish line – cold beer and burger! Great work fellas in tough conditions. Just like the burgers – stick a fork in them they’re done! Our Anna was on hand with a picnic for the guys at the end:
Jersey Half Marathon
You know the deal, go on holidays – get an amazing time in a half marathon race – standard stuff! We had one red haired Dub over in sun soaked Jersey for a half marathon that is 90% costal – but there was an extra inland bit which was very hilly for some added effort. Who was taking part..?
Fantastic work – what a great time Bernie! In the heat – the coastal route was a little extra relief from the intense heat on the day. You snuck this one in under the radar, but Strava was there to catch you out – some brilliant running, and we all hope that you took a well earned rest after that one! Of course, there had to a be a photo too:
We wrap up this week, as we do most other weeks with parkrun! With the sun splitting the sky, the warm bed turned out to be just as warm as the parks – with loads of us taking the opportunity to top up the suntan. Shall we take a look at who was out and about?
|Judith MC MANUS||00:24:29||New PB!|
|Frances MC CAMBRIDGE||00:27:46|
That was not easy this week in the early morning heat – but always good to get acclimatised for the upcoming summer races! We have just the one sun cap to tip this week, and it was for a new course PB set by Judith at the Antrim event. There’s even a photo from Antrim:
Thanks everyone for their help over the last few weeks – couldn’t have gotten there without your help! Please, as always, let me know if you’re doing any of the far-out races that might escape my glances (I’m looking at you Jersey)!! I had a worrying cooking experience over the weekend, I burnt my Hawaiian pizza – I should have put it on aloha settings.