Weekly Roundup: 2018-12-11

Some cool news over the jump!

It was a tale of two halves this week: half the club jetted off toe sunnier climates, while the other half were left holding the fort – and a dam fine job they did too as we’ll see in a moment. First, I told the missus I was going to arrange the herbs in alphabetical order. She asked, “Where would you find the time?” I said, “That should be easy, next to the sage.” Results time!

Lanzarote Marathon, Half & 10k
Destination: Lanzarote. Just west of mainland Africa, a short four-hour hop from Belfast. At 21km wide and 70km long it wouldn’t be the first place you’d think of for a marathon race. A classic costal route, not as flat as you’d hope so takes in the views from Costa Teguise to Puerto del Carmen, with the halfers starting at the turn, and the 10k’ers moving from Arrecife. We’d so many we’d to split this one up:


45Claire Tonry03:21:481st Marathon! 5th Place!
57Brian Derby03:26:32
95Jim Larkin03:36:45
99Kate Moffett03:38:42
107Heather Baron03:40:27
118Bernadette O’Kane03:43:05
139Brian Grimes03:49:30
154Anna McArdle03:53:28
288Andrew Wells04:19:13

Half Marathon

25James Trainor01:29:44
173James Sheriden01:48:11
202Katherine Harkness01:50:13
294Maura McArdle01:56:52
300Paul McFlynn01:58:36
368Nessa Agnew02:00:31
385Karen Carlisle02:02:15
399Valerie Maguire02:02:48
426Suzy Kennedy02:05:22
429Ronan O’Flaherty02:05:49
605Frances McCambridge02:20:18
630Anne Marie Ryan02:22:42


165John McAlister01:00:56
178Victoria Orr01:01:54
348Mary Wells01:12:16

Amazing – everyone ran some spectacular racing, and a note has to be given to the marathon runners who bagged the Best Team at the Lanzarote Marathon. In the midday sun near the equator, the 20+ degree (and building) heat out on the course – this is a race you cannot train for. I am only home, but there were lots of smiling faces at the finish (or maybe that was at the dinner afterwards), and we’ve more to come from this one in the weeks to come. To start, here’s some sample photo:

  • #DubsDo: An Errigle of Dubs at the finish line in Lanzarote!

If Lanzarote did not float your boat, theres always tropical County Cork – the closest bit of Ireland to the sun. A picturesque run on rural roads by the coast, with stunning views of the Atlantic and unforgettable hills. We had two Dubs finding it a breeze:

340Joanna PATTERSON05:18:09---
10k Race
437Jane PATTERSON01:06:19---

Nice running by the mother and daughter duo posting some great times – and Joanna doing her bit with some assisted running. It is Cork – we know it is always windy on the atlantic coast and it iss like a million miles away, go to Cork then drive south – WHO KNEW there was even south of Cork?! Let’s loomat some photos:

  • Clonakilty: Joanna all happy at the finish line!

Eskra 10k
This one is also known as the Rudolph Run 10k – so that must mean that it is getting close to Christmas, just two weeks today to the big dinner! A scenic Tyrone countryside route, with four distinctive rises formed the course in the back of beyond. Let’s see who was there:

81Paul McNamee00:47:22---
98Ivor Russell00:90:00Dub Friend

Oh deer – what a run that was! Great running from our man Paul on the scene. A run closer to home for him too and even though this one has been called off in the past, unseasonably nice weather was in store for the antler clad runners this week. Paul even sent us through this one:

  • Eskra: Paul swears he is a Dub!!

While we had some members of the club in the midst of a marathon in the sun in Lanzarote, others went to the local parks for the weekly free timed 5k parkrun. Despite the numbers away, the parks were strong with the blue tops this week:

Marie SWEET00:23:20
Liam LAVERY00:23:52
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:04
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:20
Dermot DAWSOND00:24:43
Edward CALDWELL00:24:51
Julia ORR00:27:44
Mark MCGOWAN00:19:43New PB!
Peter DONNELLY00:21:30
Martin TEGGART00:25:05
Natalie CONNOLLY00:25:18
Catherine BAILLIE00:23:32
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:51
Colin Glen
Niall MCCRORY00:20:122nd Place! New PB!
Judith MC MANUS00:25:08
Brona SHAW00:30:17

Love it folks – there aren’t many club members not mentioned in the roundup this week. These are the kind of weeks we thrive off here at Roundup Towers. Some hat tipping time, we had a second placer this week in the shape of Niall at the Colin Glen event. While we also had some new PBs set by Mark Mc (at Ormeau) and Niall (at Colin Glen). Not so much RSI risk this time! Oh and someone’s 100th!

  • parklife: Ted has run 500k on a Satur morning now!

That’s it. There’s more to say and show from Lanzarote but I am tired and a little sunburnt after a few days away – so that will come. Thanks to Stevie Todd for all his efforts this week in getting the results and race information to me (and for fielding questions about when this edition would be released – better late than never!) Bad news: I arrived home from Lanzarote to a rejection letter from the origami university, I don’t know what to make of it.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (Complaints can be directed towards my awesome team of wee birdies who helped get this out this week!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week