Weekly Roundup: 2019-01-29

Weekly Roundup: 2019-01-29

Go fro Bangor to Barnetts to the parks – all and more over the jump!

You might have noticed, that our weather has taken a slight dip these last few days. Mind you, you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise with the amount of racing we are still doing week in, week out! Before we take a look at what we’ve been doing, I was asked the other day if I have ever seen the inside of my ears – and I can honestly say I have not, but I’ve heard good things!  Shall we get going?

Fearr the Night 10k
Boo! No, this isn’t that adventure race in Fermanagh held in the dark! This one is in Bangor – Clandeboye Estate to be exact. As with any typical night time race you need a headtorch and spend lots of time looking at your feet! A beautiful estate in the daytime, made all the more challenging over 10k in the dark. What Dynamic Duo of Dubs (DDoD) [trademark pending] were running on Friday evening?!

114Brona Shaw01:06:17---
118Lynn Donnelly01:06:49---

Way to go Lynn and Brona – I had a spy at the event, while it was fun, it was by no means an easy race! Some great times posted too – let’s hope that there was a swag bag to match after crossing the finish line. A cold evening didn’t deterrer you and what better way to spend the weekend gloating, by racing on a Baltic cold Friday evening!! I said I had a spy there on the night, as you can see from the photo:

  • Fearr: Brona on the left, Lynn on the other left.

Ulster Masters XC at Barnetts Demesne
Our ‘old’ masters, no not the painters, stepped up to challenge for the Ulster Championships. A course run this time on familiar turf at Barnetts with plenty of turns on lumpy bumpy grass and paths. A hearty garden of earthy delights for our mudlarks. Let’s see who was taking part:

Masters men (over 35) - 8km
91Mark Shields00:28:24---
Vet Men (Over 65) - 4km
6Mike Smith00:19:09---
Masters Women (Over 35) - 4km
29Collette McCourt00:17:36---
50Roisin Byrne00:19:17---
59Nessa Agnew00:19:59---

Fanatic running, this was an awkward race – familiar territory doesn’t help when conditions are like that underfoot. Nice to see a spread of blue tops over several of the races too, something that doesn’t happen every week! Before we look at some photos, a reminder dor anyone not put of by this one, there is the Moira XC this coming Saturday – I am told that it’s a more relaxed open race!

  • Magnificent XC:Roisin, Mike, Nessa & Collette ready for the off!

After Friday’s washout you’d be forgiven for wondering if we were waiting for more of the same from Saturday. As it turns out Saturday morning was actually a breath of fresh air – and a lovely crisp, winter morning was waiting for loads of runners to take to the parks:

Martin TEGGART00:25:16
Brian JACK00:22:20New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:16
Amanda ROBINSON00:23:20
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:15
Edward CALDWELL00:24:31
Dermot DAWSON00:24:38
Peter MORRISON00:21:19
Catherine BAILLIE00:22:25
Nessa AGNEW00:24:21
Roisin BYRNE00:24:24
Marcella CASSIDY00:24:43
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:26:52
Judith MC MANUS00:23:073rd Place! New PB!
Clare MCDOWELL00:26:133rd Place!
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:10

So many Dubs kickstarting their weekend the best way possible – with the parkrun! Let’s tip our hats to are two third placer finishers this week: Judith (at Antrim) and Clare (at Orangefield). We had some new PBs set over the weekend by Brian (at Queen’s) and Judith at (Antrim). Extra nod to Roisin and Nessa who pulled off the double this weekend too – taking on the parkrun and the masters XC race later that same day! Smashing stuff from our Dubbers!

  • parklife: Judith, head down, on her way to third place!

Exciting week for the local running community, with the launch of Stranmillis parkrun this Saturday morning – just three short loops around the grounds of the college. There’s even going to be a Dub flashmob there on Saturday morning, so make sure you have your club tops ready!  A little musical number to finish on this week, I asked my friend Sam to sing a song about the iPhone – and then Samsung.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (more like no effort was taken, but try and complain and see what happens). If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week