Weekly Roundup: 2018-08-14

Weekly Roundup: 2018-08-14

S’all about Mallusk, hill Slieve Croob, take flight to Germany, we go rock & roll in Dublin and parkrun over the jump!

Bonjour! Welcome to another roundup with some international flare – proving that it’s not just us people who need to take holidays to recharge the batteries. We have some cool races and events to cover in a moment, but first, a little story about some recent shopping. I’ve just ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon – I’ll let you know. Buckle up, get ready for this one:

Mallusk 5 Mile Road Race
Maybe it was the promise of pizza that kept them going up the infamous hill, but our Dubs were in the calzone on Friday night in Mallusk. Five miles that definitely felt like more, peaking at 1.5 miles before an undulating run to 3.5 miles and downhill to the finish. Let’s see how our trio got on:

98Heather Baron00:37:17---
124Roisin Byrne00:38:29---
292Anne Marie Ryan00:50:09---

Fantastic work everyone, an effort equivalent to a deep dish of determination and side of gritted teeth. Absolutely knackered after five miles – there wasn’t any laughs cracked at that hill. Regardless, some outstanding work on Friday evening – and laughs all round as you can see. Now, did any of you save us a slice?!

  • Mul-laugh: Heather stomping to the finish!

Slieve Croob Challenge
We’ve all been there, itching for a race – seeing the next one closest to home and signing up before we realise just exactly what we’ve done. For Anna, not one of our regular goats (but application is pending), this might sound familiar! The 10k course, out and back in and up Sieve Croob – peaked at 3.1 miles (shocker, I know) and just over 1,600 ft. Let’s take a look at the results:

UknAnna McArdle00:52:16---

Woah, Anna – take a bow. Our legs are sore just reading about this one (and looking at the course profile on Strava)! The only plus side to this race was that the second half was completely downhill, and you can relax and let gravity to do its work. All your recent cycling in the Alps must have paid off on Saturday morning. Great running and all that, but, erm, awkward question – where’s the photo?!

  • Croob: Part of the route (Photo: Walks NI)

Dachau 10k
Well there’s plenty of 10k choices locally so it makes sense that one of our club committee members decided that she needed to head to Germany for a 10k fix! Dachu, which is just outside Munich for geographically challenged amongst us (like me), is flat course – pancake flat. You might’ve noticed that mainland Europe has been getting a little heatwave, so it was a mere 29 degrees out on the course too! So who did it:

26Karen McBarron00:55:48---

That doesn’t even look like it took anything out of you at all Karen – amazing running. With hot conditions, and maybe a few steins the night before the race (aka: rocket fuel) – definitely not one for a PB, but an added challenge, and sure you’re on your holidays too! Karen was very quick to inform us that there was free beer at the finish line (and none of that alcohol free stuff either), and doesn’t she look very happy too:

  • Dachau & Dusted: Karen's happy - two free beers!

Rock and Roll: Dublin
They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating, and from what I’ve seen I believe ’em. It must be August, as the famous international race moved to the capital for another year. The 5k route, on Saturday, was all flat and fast and kicked off in DIT campus looping round by the Liffy and back home again. The half route, on Sunday, started by the Memorial Garden and started gently, before rising sharply after Phoenix Park, and rising again after looping back to the Park and back home – mostly flat but when there were hills they were punishing. Just a solo Dub made the trip:

5k Race
UknJim Simons00:20:38---
Half Marathon Race
UknJim Simons01:35:32---

Jim – outstanding work, this is a popular race series, which of course also means that it is extremely busy and tough to get some clean air to run in and build up time. You were fairly pounding the cobbled streets around the centre of Dublin to produce times like that – two days in a row. Acing the 5k route on Saturday before tanking the half very early on Sunday. Of course, our Jim never lets us down with the photos:

  • Rocker and Roller: Jim does the double in Dublin!

Well, Barra got it right this week. He posted on Facebook later in the week to say that Saturday morning should be dry and that we’d get our parkrun fix done in the dry. Okay, so I might’ve added the bit about the parkrun – but his forecast was right. It was another lovely summer Saturday morning in the parks – and don’t we know it – take a look at the sheer numbers we had out:

Richard CONN00:27:11Newbie PB!
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:35
Neil CURRAN00:17:57New PB!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:18
Martin TEGGART00:25:14
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:05
Brona SHAW00:29:40
Jane PATTERSON00:30:42
Kyle HOUSTON00:18:25
Liam LAVERY00:23:57
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:08
Amanda ROBINSON00:24:20
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:23
Niall MCCRORY00:18:37New PB!
Alastair KING00:18:53New PB!
Natalie CONNOLLY00:20:501st Place!
Roisin BYRNE00:22:38
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:26:34
Judith MC MANUS00:23:212nd Place! New PB!
Colin Glen
Mark SHIELDS00:22:52Newbie PB!
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:29:59
Nessa AGNEW00:23:533rd Place!
Camperdown (Scotland)
Bernadette O'KANE00:21:432nd Place! Newbie PB!

There you have it – mind you it might’ve been easier this week to name anyone who didn’t do parkrun, but that’s okay because parkrun is awesome and we love seeing the Dubbers out there! Get your hat on, and get ready to tip it, as first home at the Ormeau event was Natalie, we’d second placers this week from Judith at the Antrim event and Bernie at the Camperdown event (on holidays). Finishing off the podium spots was our Nessa back near home at the Dundalk event. We had some awesome new PBs set this week by Neil (at Victoria), Niall and Alastair (at Ormeau) and Judith (at Antrim). Finally, we always tip the hat to the tourists including Richard (at Waterworks), Mark (at Colin Glen) and Bernie (at Camperdown). Phew, time for a picture I think:

  • parklife: Bernie's podium in Scotland!

Another week draws to a close, and what a week that was for the blue tops. Attention will soon move to some upcoming races as training shifts up a gear in preparation for those – keep an eye here for all the juicy gossip. I’ve just been offered a job at a local ice cream shop, but I turned it down – I don’t like working on sundaes.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (yeah, try and cross me – g’wan..!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂

We’re hoping you all got the 80s song reference this week..!  If you didn’t never fear, it is presented here in all its glory: