Weekly Roundup: 2019-01-01

Weekly Roundup: 2019-01-01

There’s far too many races between Christmas and New Year – as you’ll see over the jump!

You’d be forgiven for thinking that it was the middle of the summer – considering the number of races that have happened in the past week. A bumper, bumper edition of the Roundup is coming right up, first a story about some Christma presents…  Call me a geek, but I am all excited that I got a calculator for Christmas. It might be a bit ugly – but it’s what is on the inside that counts!

Christmas Cracker Debate
We need to start this week by clearing up some confusion – was there any soup after the Christmas Cracker this year? Eagle eyed Steven managed to grab this screenshot which settles the debate. For the record the soup was lovely and badly needed after the race!!

  • Cracker Dubs: Proof that there WAS soup by the finish line!

Christmas Day parkrun
Some have kids that wake excited at 4am rushing down to see what presents Santa has left for them. Some kids excited head off to the park to avail of a special opportunity to run an additional bonus parkrun! In what can only be described as shorts and t-shirt weather, there was a massive turnout for the festive bonus editions across our country, including some familiar faces:

Steven TODD00:18:19New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:23:04
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:59New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:00New PB!
Liam LAVERY00:25:42
Maureen OLIVER00:27:36
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:33
Dermot DAWSON00:24:24New PB!
Steven TODD00:20:17
Brona SHAW00:29:31
Lynn DONNELLY00:30:51Newbie PB!

Great work – and what great fun the bonus events turn out to be. Everyone trying to do as little as possible, so that they can eat as much as possible later that day! Making the most of an extra bonus event and the ones we need to tip our hats to are Steven, Marie Mc and Ronan Mc who all set new course PBs at the Waterworks event. Over at Wallace Dermot also set a new PB at their festive event. One newbie, which was our Lynn who attended the Orangefield event. A special family photo was to us this week – sums up exactly what a Christmas Day parkrun is all about:

  • parklife: Steve (background) runs wife Elaine and son Max home.

Greencastle 5 Mile Road Race
In the North West, the 26th December is now synonymous with this County Tyrone event. While everyone else is eyeing up the leftovers from the previous day’s dinner, hearty souls have braved some horrid conditions over the years for this iconic event. The one-loop course, fools you with an opening downhill section, before a steady climb from just after two-miles to just shut of 4.5 miles – with a half mile downhill to the finish. A popular one and as ever we’d more than just Dubs there:

241Paul McNamee00:38:39
721Lynn Donnelly00:51:55Beat her Husband!

That mid-race uphill section cannot be underestimated – and by the looks of things neither Paul nor Lynn did just that. Some cracking running around the picturesque scenes of Greencastle, and with the weather to enjoy it this year – it was a different race atmosphere from previous years – for the better! Let’s give a mention to our Friends of the Dubs Ivor Russell clocked in at 00:40:08, with Lynn’s husband Ciaran running a time of 00:52:59. We love a good auld photo here at Roundup Towers, and this week i no exception:

  • Green with Envy: Lynn beat husband, Ciaran, to the line.

BARF Turkey Trot
No, this isn’t what happens on the 26th December after a rake of pints on Christmas Day (although I bet you’re glad of the mental image)! This is a traditional, gruelling 8-mile race, out and back in course, with the turning point around the peak between Slieves Corragh and Bearnagh. It’s not for the faint of heart either – with an impressive elevation change of over 1500 ft – we had one Dub Goat ready and waiting:

35Bernadette O'Kane01:16:304th Place!

Fantastic running by our very own Pocket Rocket Bernie – outstanding! Of course, for everyone else this would be a daunting challenge – but the race didn’t frazzle Bernie – and that’s why she is a Dub Goat! The peak of the run must have been pretty Baltic, but the views on the way down will have made up for any negatives on the way up. A well earned rest with the feet up after that one is what the doctor orders! We ordered some awecome photography shots:

  • Definitely Not Trotting Along: The artsie shot of Bernie.

Muff Glen Forest Trail Run
No really, this place exists. If you’ll all stop sniggering, this is a two lap, undulating course, with a few sharp turns and around 500ft of elevation change. Basically, just exactly what every runner is looking for after the overindulgence of the previous two days! With a slightly delayed start due to non-existent frost, two blue tops lined up at the start:

32Ronan O'Flaherty00:36.37New PB!
36Geradline Coyle00:37.53

A smaller field than usual field turned up in Muff Glen – but our two Dubs were treated to a very friendly environment. A tough course (especially after all the food) with a particularly tricky steps and steep downhill section had to be conquered twice. Smiles all round at the finish line and a job well done – with a hot date with the sofa lined up for later in the day. We’ve even got a few photos:

  • Muff Running: Ronan and Geraldine at the start line!

Castlewellan Christmas Cracker Race
If you think that your parkrun is a little short and you need a bigger challenge, then this team event is the Christmas challenge for you. Running in pairs, you support each other along the 8.5 mile course. If you’re wondering why you need the support, simply put, you’re racing over questionable terrain: roads, grass, gravel, trail, hills, stones and mud. Let’s see which Dubs were questioning their sanity by the end of the race:

63Steve Todd
Claire Tonry
103Peter Morrison
Bernie O’Kane
107Jim Larkin
Maol Larkin (FOTD)
134Brian Derby
Collette McCourt
149Brian Grimes
Oliver Quinn
155Kathryn Sheridan (FOTD)
James Sheridan
202Kate Moffett
Heather Baron
270Paul McFlynn
Brian McFlynn (FOTD)
321Danielle Corey
Conor McGandy (FOTD)
323Ronan McCaughey
Maire McCaughey
397Nessa Agnew
Valerie Maguire
412James Trainor
Ronan O’Flaherty
491Frances McCambridge
Anne Marie Ryan

Magic running in Castlewellan, that was a massive field of runners, matched by an equally impressive Errigle of Dubs! With the course not as challenging as previous years – our recent spell of half decent weather meant that there was less mud to wade through in the fields. That didn’t mean the undulating course was a cake walk – with some stunning times posted by all our pairs. A special nod of thanks to our Friends of the Dubs (FOTD) who running with some of our Dubs. A fantastic club event all round, we have some photos from the day:

  • Cracker Dubs: You couldn't guess that this was before the race!

During the Christmas to New Year splurge it can be difficult to work out exactly what day of the week it is. For those savvy to take a look at the calendar, and realise that it is Saturday, then it was a reminder that the parks are open for business and take to get a 5k under your belt (which, if you’re like me, is a few notches looser). Let’s see which Dubs made it out:

Maureen OLIVER00:27:48
Mark SHIELDS00:21:12
Martin TEGGART00:24:58
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:00
Brona SHAW00:28:42
Catherine BAILLIE00:22:49New PB!
Edward CALDWELL00:24:43
Liam LAVERY00:25:22
Julia ORR00:27:43
Niall MCCRORY00:20:453rd Place!
Natalie CONNOLLY00:22:10
Roisin BYRNE00:23:35
Bronagh SHIELDS00:28:36New PB!
Katherine HARKNESS00:23:41Newbie PB!
Clare MCDOWELL00:25:26Newbie PB!

15 brave blue tops made it out in fantastic conditions on Saturday morning – burning off some of the excess calories from the festivities. Making the most of the break between Christmas and New Year, there’s Dubbers that we have to tip our hat to. First up, in third place this week at the Falls event was Niall. New had two new course PBs set by Catherine (at Ecos) and Bronagh (at Stormont). Finally, we had some newbie PBs set this week, all at the same event, by Katherine and Clare (at Orangefield). Rounding off the year with a PB is special, getting a photo memory of the big event is just the icing on the Christmas cake:

  • Cracker Dubs: Proof that there WAS soup by the finish line!

This almost ends the festive results – we’ll have all the results from the NYDD at the various pakrun events (that’s New Year’s Day double). It looks like we’re starting 2019 as we mean to continue – running hard and enjoying ourselves as we do it.  I was thinking about the story of the birth of the Baby Jesus, and my mind drifted to his parents, Mary and Joseph. They were reliable – they had a stable relationship.

Here’s to an awesome new year of running,
Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (why don’t YOU try and keep up this week 🙁 ). If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂