Weekly Roundup: 2018-10-09

Weekly Roundup: 2018-10-09

Over the jump, we welcome back a familiar face to the club + lots more!

Welcome, welcome – don’t be shy! Some impressive running was completed this weekend by the club, in fact it was another one of those great team days over the weekend. The likes of which we hope to see again very soon in Dundrum (get signed up if you haven’t already). We have some mind-bending results for you to get your head around, firstly a pub quiz question for you all. Do you know which actor played Forrest Gump? Thanks. That one is a bit of a thinker, in the meantime, we have some times for you:

NI & Ulster Road Relay Championships
A few weeks ago, the call went out “it’s relay time” and we started to assemble our teams. Race day arrived, and for those who have never experienced it, this one part crazy – one part elation. With the best part being supporting your fellow Dubbers running like hamsters on the Victoria park wheel. Just over 2 mile legs (2.1 eh Richard?!), at full speed – not so easy. Each race packed with club runners from far and wide it was great to see so many of our new Dubs take on the challenge. Our legends this year:

Masters Women
18Collette McCourt
Nessa Agnew
Marie McCaughey
Masters Men
22Jim Larkin
Alastair King
Mark Shields
Steven Todd
57Mark Hamill
Ronan McCaughey
Paul Curley
Edward Caldwell
61Michael Kirk-Smith
Alex Blackstock
Andy Wells
David Campbell
Senior Women
15Bernadette O'Kane
Danielle Corey
Catherin Ballie
Senior Men
31Richard Conn
Neil Hanley
Ronan O'Flaherty
Paul McFlynn

Basking in the October sun, not only was Victoria Park shining but so were our Dubs too – outstanding running everyone. This one basically turns into an all our sprint, and the support form the Dubs both running and supporting was excellent. In our perennial seniors Vs masters battle, the ladies Seniors team and the men’s Masters A team took the honours. Thanks to Mark Hamill for organising again this year’s teams and to our captains for sterling work. Did someone say team photos:

  • Oh relay: Collette, Nessa & Marie.

Cultra Charity Challenge
If bling is your thing, and you happen to be a Back to the Future fan then this was the race for you! The setting of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, well the folk side of it anyway for this unique two lap challenge around the grounds. Some rough terrain, and hilly like our Sunday run this event was definitely something different. Let’s see who our duo of Dubs are:

7Jim Simons00:40:40---
210Melissa Scott01:04:46---

Great running from Jim S and Melissa – with the race for charity too, that makes it a little sweeter! With Jim snapping up a superb top 10 finish, and Melissa looking are cheery as ever you can tell that this was a fun race to take part in! That wasn’t the end of Dub involvement in the race, oh no, Alison was there lending a helping hand – and even sent a few photos:

  • Cultra Vulture: Jim takes a top ten spot!

IRONMAN Barcelona
When you mention Barcelona, you instantly think of holidays, sunshine, beaches and Ironman triathlons. Okay, so that last one might only apply to Gareth who thought that it would be a good idea to take on this physically demanding event in Spain. An open water swim clocking just shy of 4k, a cycle of just over 110 miles – followed by a marathon. I know, I’m tired reading that too:

1416Gareth McAllister11:55:49

You know, talking to another club member earlier we agreed that the effort and distances are simply mind-blowing stuff. Amazing work Gareth – not even sure how you approach preparing for an event like this, but you clearly nailed it. All the hard work really paid off, pitting yourself and your willpower against thousands of other triathletes. Now, time for another sangria safe in the knowledge that you managed to complete that one!  Holiday photos can sometimes be cringeworthy, these ones are not:

  • Ironman: Nerves of steel - that's our Gareth.

Anon Lough View
This is a lovely little 5k up in Crumlin.  Naturally, lovely and little do not mean that it was an easy event!  All on roads and undulating – and a little rainy at times, and let’s not mention the wind chill. We can always rely on one Dubber to be taking part:

15Maureen Oliver00:28:58---

During events like this one, where conditions aren’t favourable, all you want to do is get to the finish line! At least our Maureen did it in style, posting an impressive time over the up and down route. Plenty of time afterwards for a shower to get warmed up and then put the feet up after a job well done! No photos though 🙁

With some early morning sunshine it was hard to look past a little parkrun to get the blood flowing on Saturday! I count no less than 15 blue tops taking to the parks – some even taking time out of trips away to post a time under the Dub banner. Why not take a look for yourself at the extensive list:

Paul MCFLYNN00:25:29Newbie PB!
Nessa AGNEW00:28:21
Liam LAVERY00:23:55
Dermot DAWSON00:24:52
Richard CONN00:28:26
Julia ORR00:28:36
Marcella CASSIDY00:24:482nd Place!
Martin TEGGART00:24:23
Judith MC MANUS00:24:47
Colin Glen
Joanna PATTERSON00:25:513rd Place! Newbie PB!
Jane Catherine PATTERSON00:36:37
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:45
James SHERIDAN00:27:30
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:09
Highbury Fields (England)
Roisin BYRNE00:23:09Newbie PB!

That is how the Dubs do a Saturday morning – we really need to get back with the flashmobs soon!  Let tip our hats to our Marcy who on her return home finished second in the Enniskillen event, while over in the hills at the Colin Glen event, Joanna snatched the final spot on the podium. There was no PBs set this week – that is the first time for that in a long, long time. Finally we have some newbie PBs set by Paul Mc (at Victoria), Joanna (at Colin Glen) and Roisin (at Highbury Fields).

Brilliant, another great week for the club. October is really turning into a club month for us with Relay Championships, Dundrum, a certain birthday and not forgetting Dublin Marathon! That’s just the headline events too – there’s always the smaller, more personal events happening too – and never fret, we at Roundup Towers won’t miss a beat (or we’ll try not to anyway)! Exciting music news, hot on the heels of Westlife’s recent announcement, I’ve just started a band with a few mates called “Duvet” – we’re a cover band.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I have a real job you know?!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂

A nod to Mark and Bernie this week, nothing else needs to be said, except some context.  This was sant to certain runners in Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon: