We run the forest, do some XC and the parkrun over the jump!
Well with the craziness and nuts total distances the club raced last week – it was most certainly time for a change of pace this week! We’re back to what can only be described as a ‘normal’ week for the club, that is, if there ever is such a thing! Before we get into the details, I had a visit with the doctor during the week, and he said “Your DNA is backwards”, to which I replied “and?” Cross country and forest running were the order of the week:
Run Forest Run #1: Minnowburn
Is it that time of the year?! Jeepers it hardly seems like yesterday we were wrapping up the series for another year. The first race, as always kicks off in familiar territory for us Dubs, from the Mary Peter’s Track and surrounding areas! With a bit of a tumultuous first half of the race the course evens out for the second half allowing entrants to recoup some of their lost energy. So, who’s up for these events this year?
Some awesome running from our trio of girls who lined up for the first race in the 2018-19 series – and all posting some cracking times too! Uneven trails and gravel paths were the order for the day – and sum up the rest of the races still to come. It looked like there was a great atmosphere at the finish line on the day, with lots of celebrating going on! Next up is Drum Manor on 17th November – get your entries in now!
McConnell Shield XC
With increasing numbers our mud fans set a course this week to Ballyclare. Unbelievably it was dry and (almost) runnable, as per usual in XC the ladies get to have less fun with a shorter distance. All grass and leaves, with one Dub managing to get a large stick stuck to their spikes and the cruel uphill sprint to the finish leaving another on his back. Let’s see who was up for the craic this time:
I’m sure no one will mention the back incident again… nope! Great running everyone, but don’t get too used to this good, favourable weather for XC, auld Barra has more in store for you all. Great running by our quartet of blue tops, powerful times in what are still really challenging conditions. Also, our Steven has kindly offered for anyone who’s interested to speak to him about tackling an XC event some week – now is your chance! Who asked for photos?
Ah, the day formerly known as Saturday but is now known as parkrunday! With stormy and rainy conditions overnight all the courses could really only be described as dump this week. Not that we’d let something like that stop us – oh no, we had a great showing this week – as you can see for yourselves:
|Nessa AGNEW||00:22:58||1st Place!|
|Roisin BYRNE||00:23:37||3rd Place!|
|Natalie CONNOLLY||00:21:50||1st Place!|
|Kyle HOUSTON||00:19:03||3rd Place!|
|Niall MCCRORY||00:20:26||2nd Place!|
|Peter DONNELLY||00:21:28||Unofficial Time 5k PB!|
|James SHERIDAN||00:22:20||New PB!|
|Paul MCCREA||00:28:17||Newbie PB!|
|Mike SMITH||00:24:07||Newbie PB!|
Love seeing so many Dubs representing at their nearest and dearest parks this week – outstanding work! Hope you don’t get RSI this week – get ready for the hat tipping. Right, first home at their respective events was Nessa (at Waterworks) and Natalie (at Derry City). Second across the line was Niall (at Falls), while taking their final steps of the podium was Roisin (at Waterworks) and Kyle (at Queen’s). We had an (apparently) all-new new 5k PB from Peter D (at Ormeau) – even if he wasn’t officially timed! Just the one new course PB this week from James (at Orangefield). A duo of newbie PBs and doing a spot of tourism was our Paul Mc (at Ardgillan) and Mike (at Linwood). We got a cool photo from the Derry City event this week:
Thanks to all our spies this week for their photos – if you photo hasn’t been used, it is because we’re saving it to use in a future edition of the roundup, so don’t fret. Keep them coming and keep on supporting the Blue Tops when you’re out and about at races. A random, did you know before we leave: The first computer dates back to Adam and Eve, it was an Apple with limited memory, just one byte – and then everything crashed.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (Another complaint from Peter this week makes it three in a row 🙁) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week! 🙂