Weekly Roundup: 2018-12-25

Weekly Roundup: 2018-12-25

From Kilbroney to Knockdhu with all the parks in between, Happy Christmas, over the jump!

Happy Christmas – if you’re reading this before you have you lunch, then for flip sake, would you go and check on the turkey! If you’re reading this after you’ve had your lunch – please try and stay awake until the end (I realise this will be a struggle), but we did do some racing over the last week! Before all that, did you know that I have this awesome talent where I can identify what’s inside a wrapped present? It’s a gift! *Tumbleweed* At least it is seasonal, let’s see what we’ve been doing:

Sunday Mince Pie Run
Thanks to the hard work of the Wells’ the Sunday before Christmas is now known as the “Mince Pie Run”. Do the usual Sunday run – and be rewarded with a delicious, home made mince pie. All you have to run is slightly short of seven miles! We counted around FIFTY Dubbers out on Sunday morning – so our thanks and best wishes to Mary & Andy Wells:

  • Mince Pie: You have to earn those mince pies!

Run Forest Run: Kilboney
You might remember that last weekend, we had severe weather warnings for wind and rain – that forced that postponement, by one week, of the Kilbroney Park Run Forest Run race! Back to a more traditional feel, the race is a two loop course with the 10k’ers taking on the Mourne Way twice allowing for an elevation change of over 700ft. One Dub maintained her 100% record at these races:

53Katherine Harkness00:49:22---

If anyone needs a kick with the resolutions, the next race in the series is in Tollymore on 5th January 2019!

  • Kilbroney Katherine: The onyly Dub in the field!

Knockdhu Christmas Classic Fell Race
Yeah, don’t be trying to pronounce that one after you’ve had a few on Christmas Day! Forget about the Christmas shopping and set your sights on Carincastle in Larne for the final fell (literally) race of the year. A course with a route more like a figure of eight than anything else, containing no less than five distinct peaks along the 4.5-mile route. The person who ran this one might not be the person you expect:

40Paul McFlynn01:04:49---

Nice running Paul, the self-description of the race was that it was the “toughest races I have ever done consisting of running, walking and sliding down hills”. Mind you it was for charity, so that should ease the pain a little bit, mind you it was a bit of a rude awakening from the conditions in Lanzarote only a few days ago!!

  • Knockdhu: Paul isn't Knockdhu'd off his stride!

With last weekend before Christmas providing some unexpected decent weather – then it seemed like an ideal opportunity to don the festive running gear (let’s face it, we don’t get to wear it enough) and go for a sleigh ride through the local parks:

Maureen OLIVER00:27:33
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:27:58
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:20
Clare MCDOWELL00:27:54
Brona SHAW00:28:47
Jane PATTERSON00:31:10
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:58
Dermot DAWSON00:24:59
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:25:03
Liam LAVERY00:25:04
Alastair RODGER00:19:023rd Place! New PB!
Mark MCGOWAN00:19:23New PB!
Mark SHIELDS00:21:23
Natalie CONNOLLY00:21:35
Brian DERBY00:21:36
Orla PHILLIPS00:28:16New PB!
Judith MC MANUS00:24:18
Claire TONRY00:20:353rd Place!
John BOYLE00:24:26
Bronagh SHIELDS00:30:58
Colin Glen
Steven TODD00:19:153rd Place! New PB!
Marie SWEET00:23:112nd Place! New PB!
Ruchill (Scotland)
Mike SMITH00:24:33Newbie PB!

Magic – great to see so many Dubs out – even if they were just trying to slip in a run before being dragged off shopping somewhere! I have my Santa hat, I hope that you have yours, so let’s get it tipped. We had Marie S grab the second spot on the podium at the Orangefield event. The third step was the most coveted of the week with Alastair R (at Ormeau), Claire (at Stormont) and Steven (at Colin Glen) taking home the last of the spoils. There were some festive course PBs set by Alastair R, Mark Mc and Orla (all at Ormeau), Steven (at Colin Glen) and Marie S (at Orangefield). Finally, Mike S was at it again – 71 parkruns at 71 different venues – touristing at Ruchill in Scotland.

  • parklife: It's Christmas - don't forget to thank your marshals!

There we have it! Bumper editions coming the next two weeks making sure to cover all the extra festive parkruns. Don’t forget to rest up as well as doing some running. Recharge the batteries and be ready for 2019. Had another fight with the missus, this time she told me that if I got her another stupid gift this Christmas she would burn it – so I bought her a candle!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (there’s going to be a Grinch out there…). If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂