A birthday wish, travel trips to Clontarf and Donegal and the parks over the jump!
“Scorchio” well that just about sums it all up, doesn’t it! Another warm one this week, in fact I seen logs of “muggy” titles on Strava this week – we don’t let the mercury getting a bit high put us off, oh no, not us Dubbers. We’ll get to the results in a moment, first, I decided to go for a walk, and I happened to see a lamb, a drum and a snake fall off a cliff – baa, dum, sss.! Okay, let’s take a look at what the blue tops have been up to:
Happy Birthday – Paul McCrea
This one slipped by, but we had a bit of a landmark birthday from one of our Dub stalwarts – Mr Paul Crea! Happy 50th Birthday good sir – many happy returns. We look forward too many more races from you in blue with smiles and jokes abounding!
Clontarf 5 Miler
Anyone remember we sent a group of Dubs here last year? Then John did the Winter edition too? Yeah, we had another blue Dub taking on the tough course. This year, the costal route had the added element of 20 plus degree heat to keep things interesting. Just the one Dub taking part this time:
|612||Anne Marie Ryan||00:58:43||---|
Fantastic running Anne Marie – in that heat the course must have been something else. This was also the final race in the series – Wicklow, Wexford and Clontarf – where the three medals form a clover. Not an easy event either as you’re fighting injury – so major kudos on getting around the course! As with the previous two races, we’ve been supplied a few photos:
Magee 1866 Donegal Wild Atlantic Half Marathon
You know you’re in for a warm race when the organisers start it an hour earlier than planned to avoid the sun! This ones on the very west coast of Donegal, starting near Carrick, gradually going uphill then downhill to the coast, heading south towards Malin Beg then straight north again over an undulating route to the finish near Glencolumbkille. We’d one newbie Dub on taking on the route:
Great effort Katherine – and an impressive time over a twisting course like that. Donegal is renounced for its stunning scenery, and this of course will have more than made up for any toughness in the course. Let’s not forget the ever-rising sun coupled with the temperatures – it’d be boiling! Katherine may be new to the club, but she knows the craic about photos already:
Saturday had the promise of being that little bit more comfortable for running in – so it is not surprising that so many of us decided to have a go at parkrun this weekend. Well it was still a bit warm, but that didn’t mean hopes of personal best times are out the window – oh no, not for us. Take a look at who was up early for a run:
|Peter DONNELLY||00:21:44||New PB!|
|Richard CONN||00:17:25||1st Place! New PB!|
|Roisin BYRNE||00:22:55||New PB!|
|Neil CURRAN||00:18:21||1st Place! New PB!|
|Niall MCCRORY||00:19:09||3rd Place! Newbie PB!|
|Bronagh SHIELDS||00:30:3||New PB!|
Alright – now we’re talking. Some cool running and times shown by everyone, g’wan give yourselves a pat on the ack for that one! Now then, find your hat, and get ready to tip it! Two Dub fellas were first home AND set new PB times, that was Richard (at Enniskillen) and our former Dream Dub Neil (at Castlewellan). Taking the final step on the podium, also at the Castlewellan event was our newbie Dub – Niall – who was also a newbie himself to the course! We had some new course PBs set by Peter D (at Queen’s), Roisin (at Antrim) and Bronagh (at Stormont). Time for some photos:
That just about wraps up another week of running. We’ve a bank holiday coming up, so that means no one will be racing – right?! I know, absolutely no chance of that happening – so make sure you let us know about anything you’re taking part in (and don’t forget the selfies!!) I treated the missus to a meal at a new fancy restaurant, this is one that serves the meat of exotic animals and birds. We both ordered the pelican, it was delicious – but the bill was enormous.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I’m looking at you this time Roisin..!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂