This week we’re in Dingle, the Waterside, Ormeau Park and other parks and lots more over the jump!
September has arrived – we’re into the countdown to Christmas now!! If you joined us over the summer, then you’re going to see a change in our training as we swap into our more on-road Winter training routes. This is where being in a club starts to pay off: you know that when it is cold, wet and miserable – there’s 40-odd more going through the same ordeal and sharing your pain! I was in the Apple store in town at the weekend and everyone got mad at me because I farted – it’s not fault they don’t have Windows! Time for a break, what have we been doing?
Brona & Mick’s Wedding
The Dub Runners would like to pass on our warmest congratulations to Dub Runner Brona and Mick who got married last Friday 31st August. Between their friends and families, they raised £2,740 for the Compassionate Friends NI who are a charity that supports bereaved families after the death of a child. The charity donation was graciously made in lieu of wedding gifts.
Dingle Half Marathon
One of the most scenic half marathon routes in Ireland is hosted all the way down in Dingle. The coastal course is the proper definition of undulating, that is until just before mile 10 – where the course just gets severe – with some rough inclines, naturally what goes up, must come down again though! With a finish line by Kruger’s Pub, easy access to post race refreshments for our Dubber:
Magic running Karen – that is one course that you’ll not forget any time soon! A great time over a route with that profile as well! Early September races are always unpredictable for the weather, so it’s good to see that conditions held up for the duration! Lots of opportunities for celebrations after the race – we hope that you made the most of the weekend away! It certainly looked like you enjoyed the finish of the race:
Waterside Half Marathon
The Waterside Half Marathon used to be a self-contained course, unsurprisingly in the Maiden City up in the North West. Thankfully a few years ago they improved the route, taking in the banks of the River Foyle (the fastest flowing river in Europe) and now expanded into the Cityside too. A tough, hilly first half is negated with a reasonably normal second half. We had just the one Dub there:
|325||Brian Jack||01:44:17||New PB!|
Brilliant running Brian J – outstanding effort. A fine day of running up in the North West – getting the opportunity to run on paths that no so long ago didn’t even exist! Thankfully there were some cooler conditions in the morning when the race was held – plenty of time left over to enjoy the trip to the slightly smaller smoke! The only downside is that we’ve no photos!! 🙁
It is September, so that must mean that the Laganside 10k is upon us! Lots of pre-race chatter over this one this year due to the participation of a certain Paula Radcliffe, you may have heard of her. The always popular, sell out race takes in two laps of the River Lagan, mostly flat running so a chance for some good times. Ideal conditions on the day and in Oremau park for the start and finish. Let’s take a look at how our Errigle of Dubbers got on:
|62||Alastair King||00:38:58||New PB!|
|445||Judith Mc Manus||00:49:49|
Fantastic running everyone – with a few Dubbers, namely Steven, Alastair and Collette all sneaking across the line before Paula Radcliffe. Mid-afternoon races are always tricky to prepare for with food, but the unexpected sun and heat meant that Sunday wasn’t going to a day for personal bests (except for Alastair of course) over the distance. That didn’t stop us producing some fine performances and times that make for impressive reading too. Quite a few cameras around (like buses), but we have some shots from the finish area:
We had hoped to do a Flashmob this week – but circumstances and numbers dictated otherwise. With dull and threatening wet conditions welcoming in Saturday morning across the parks, we are getting into the territory of wanted to stay nice and warm in bed again. Nor for our intrepid gang of blue tops who this week were out and about at lots of different parks looking to kickstart the weekend with a 5k:
|Natalie CONNOLLY||00:21:09||1st Place!|
|James TRAINOR||00:18:22||3rd Place!|
|Steven TODD||00:19:14||2nd Place! Newbie PB!|
|Ronan O'FLAHERTY||00:28:26||Newbie PB!|
That’s a cracking range of parkruns covered by the club this week – everyone starting at 9:30am and everyone covering the same 5k distance just in different environs, exactly what parkrun is all about! I got a hat, hope you have yours as well as first home at her home event was Natalie in Derry City, we had Steven taking second place at the newly established Dungannon event, while at our club home event James T took the third step of the podium at the Queen’s event. We had some tourists this week in the new Dungannon event (which takes place in the gorgeous Dungannon Park), two loops with more hills than you’d expect in a 5k! Steven set his newbie PB there while Ronan crossed the line to set a newbie PB and regain his regionnaire status having run all 27 public parkruns across Northern Ireland! We have a selection of photos as always:
Great to see (and hear) so many Dubs out supporting the Laganside 10k on Sunday afternoon in and around Ormeau Park – this is despite many attractive alternative sporting events also happening at the same time – a great team spirit was evident during the race. Keep it up! Speaking of I would like to thank everyone who sent us in photos. I’d also like to thank my legs for supporting me, my arms for being by my side and finally my fingers – I can always count on them!
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I’ve been bitten, so appraoch with caution!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂