We go out to Roost, take a trip to Bangor, Fermanagh, Monaghan and visit the parks over the jump!
New month – same random babblings getting posted here week in and week out. There’s a very important birthday coming up this month too… but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for that one! Considering the number of races are now starting to dwindle, it is great to see many eager Dubs still champing at the bit to go running. I have to admit that I tried to sneak into a Star Trek convention dressed as a doctor – the security guard suspected I wasn’t the real McCoy. Let’s get going, shall we?
You know your standard Saturday morning race, head to the Mournes for a race over two of the granite monuments: Lamagan and Binnian. Taking in such sights as Lower Cove Gap, Lamagan Cove Track Summit, Lamagan Summit and Binnian Summit. Described a ‘medium’ race, there was only one Dub Goat up for the task this week:
Bernie actually described this race to me as “Brilliant” and “Such a fun run” – I believe her too because this is her natural, favoured territory! An impressive fifth just behind the “proper mountain runners” as she put it. A grueling effort – but worth it for the scenery and the bragging rights! She even kindly sent on some photographs of the main event:
This one puts the adventure in adventure race. Not going to give you two guesses where this one was, but you might want to sit down when you hear what it involved. This one involved some road cycling and running and a mere 2k of kayaking. If that wasn’t enough the race including 1.2k down the Magho cliffs and 1.2k back up again – gaining almost 1000ft elevation! There was a duo of Dubbers brave enough this year:
|Name||Richard Conn||Brian Grimes|
|Wee Dog Jog||00:27:07||00:34:19|
Yeah. So most people run marathons in roughly the same time it took you two to complete that race. Adventure is the name of the game – and the photos below prove that you definitely enjoyed yourselves (well, except one of them!) Not quite sure how you can train for this one, but that is some exceptional efforts and determination shown by both of you to keep pushing to the finish line. Now then, where are these fabled photos…
The NI & Ulster 10k Road Championships moved to Bangor this year – but even that is a misnomer. Starting in the heart of the town, the race soon sprawled out, undulating towards Groomsport before looping back in for a coastal path run towards the finish line. Popular and buzzing atmosphere – we’d two Dubs on the scene:
Nice work Alastair and Alex – putting in some absolutely great times. Alastair is on form at the moment – and took a week from beating out parkrun course PBs to take on this challenge. A small but effective goodie bag awaited the runners as they came back in, before I little wait in the congestion to get back home. Just found the single photo from this one:
Monaghan Phoenix Festival
This was the curtain closer to the often changed Pure Running Half Marathon Series – boy did they save the best until last. Monaghan, its like a different country there, and language barrier aside our Dub made himself at home. A bleary eyed 9:15AM start time, the town barely awake as hundreds of runners moved through it to the sound of a brass band. All good, but then the twist, the race moved off road and into Rossmore Forest park. Who was our intrepid runner?
Two massive laps, like our own Sunday run ‘Roller Coaster‘ (trademark pending on that one), an outstanding effort from Steven along gravel paths and lakeside trails to post a time under 1:25. Finishing with a hamstring singing final kilometer to the football club, and an awaiting ocean of food (no honestly, the lady at the catering said “Eat as much as you like there’s an ‘ocean of food’”). Time for some cool photos:
Why wouldn’t you want to race over 18 miles – that is the kind of logical reasoning we runners have! With perfect conditions – bright, sunny but a little cold this pretty hilly but very scenic course is just what the doctor ordered. We’d only the one Dub taking part on Sunday morning:
Nice running Danielle – great time and powerful training distance to race over. Compliments all round about the race too, not only were the marshals great but there was a free burger and beer at the finish line (where can we enter for next year?!) A little guest appearance from Jim Guinn on the scene – always great to see a friend of the Dubs! What did I say earlier about the finish line photos?
On a Saturday morning you’re supposed to be bleary-eyed and half asleep as you wait for the realisation that it is finally the weekend. For runners, especially Dubbers, that is replaced with the euphoria of knowing that they are spoilt for choice on a wide range of park routes. Let’s see what we did this week:
|Anne Marie RYAN||00:28:41|
|Steven TODD||00:17:39||New PB!|
|Mark HAMILL||00:21:22||New PB!|
|Paul CURLEY||00:28:15||Newbie PB!|
|Natalie CONNOLLY||00:21:05||2nd Place!|
|Peter DONNELLY||00:22:33||New PB!|
|Mike SMITH||00:23:42||Newbie PB!|
Marvellous stuff – despite cursing the fact that you likely wore shorts and t-shirts and realised it was colder than expected, give yourselves a pat on the back. Hat tips this week to Natalie who grabbed second place at the Ormeau event. We had a massive new 5k PB from Steven at the Victoria event. While Mark (at Queen’s) and Peter (at Ormeau) also set new course PBs. Doing some truism this week was Paul C (at Falls) and Mike (at Rothwell). Not bad for a morning’s work, did someone shout poster boys?
October means one thing – Dublin marathon month. The tapering begins and the nerves build – but we’ll be with you every step of the way too! Then the bragging rights and getting your name in lights right here will make it all worthwhile! Did you hear about the 16 sodium atoms walk that walked into a bar, followed by Batman.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I am busy with out club stuff too ya’know?!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂