Weekly Roundup: 2019-02-26

Weekly Roundup: 2019-02-26

This week features the return of our Dale – read all about it over the jump!

Welcome to the final roundup – of the winter season. Meteorologically, when next week’s roundup is published spring will have been well and truly sprung! It’s almost time to put away the warm running gear – almost – you can never be too sure around here! So, the missus asked if she could have some peace and quiet while she cooked dinner last night – so I took the batteries out of the smoke alarm. Sat back, relax and have a read:

Stormont 10k Night Edition
Do you know the way it can feel like we’re going round in circles at Stormont? Well that is exactly how one Dub felt in the grounds this week! Two steep climbs on the infamous hill stretch, mixed with some traily trail paths – oh and did we mention that this was at night. Easy – right?! Nope, check out how our solo Dub did:

19Paul McFlynn00:55:03--

Great running Paul – not an easy feat, and despite it being a to loop course, having an advantage of having run the loop once doesn’t help here! A great wee crowd and good atmosphere made for challenging but enjoyable route. If only there were a few more lights! Thanks for Paul for supply us with an actual picture (a rare occurrence for a night race!):

  • Storming-mount: Paul with an impressive finish on a tough course.

Run the Trails Mount Stewart 10k Night Edition
I’m sure at one stage or anther most of us have arrived at Mount Stewart. Maybe gone for a walk, a coffee, out with the dogs – and maybe the thought of running crossed your mind too! For one Dub not only did he choose to run the trails but he chose to run them at night time! With the bit between his teeth, along the uneven, narrow and questionable terrain – one Dub was there:

19Paul McFlynn00:55:03--

Mike – great work! We bet that the time flew in going round those trails with all the picturesque scenery to look at as you went along! A challenging and fatiguing race, but a rewarding course from what I hear, 100% focus required not to loose your balance and end up going elsewhere! A great way to kickstart the weekend – and guess what, we even found a photo:

  • Mount Stewart: Looking good Mike!

Stroke Asociation’s Resolution Run
It has been teased since the beginning of the year – and this event has become a firm favourite and popular one. The target – put all those new year resolutions to test over five or ten kilometres route (one lap or two). Fans of the old Queen’s parkrun route will be familiar with the opening and closing quarters – with a detour to Shaw’s Bridge and back via Mary Peter’s Track thrown in for good measure. A trio of Dubs went at it hard:

5k Race
128Dale Biggerstaff00:52:02Dub Legend
10k Race
36Liam Lavery00:50:54---
43Stephen Irvine00:52:03---

Where to start with this one – amazing and outstanding efforts from all three of our gents on a damp and dreary Sunday morning. Despite the weather, some Dubs outshone themselves: Liam is part of team 26.2 and taking on the Belfast Marathon, his first ever, under the guidance of the race organisers – and will of course be representing come May. Many of us know and love Dale, and it is just fantastic to see him out and taking part in races again. Dale’s managed to convince quite a few blue tops to join up to his Stroke Association relay teams for the Belfast Marathon too, which gives us a reason to go out and support the event but also will encourage us to raise money for this important and worthwhile charity. They say a picture paints a thousands words:

  • Resolute: Our Dale!

Saturday t’was a tale of two halves – part of the country was cautiously waiting for the rain to fall, while the others were facing damp conditions. Not that we’d let a little thing like the weather put us off – oh no (it just forms 90% of our daily chat)! Enough drivel from us for now (there’s more to come after it, believe me), why not take a look at the results?

Derry City
Natalie CONNOLLY00:21:331st Place!
Rob WALKER00:21:18New PB!
Liam LAVERY00:23:08New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:11
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:18
Edward CALDWELL00:24:35
Bernadette O'KANE00:23:05
Judith MC MANUS00:23:08
Bronagh SHIELDS00:28:45
Claire TONRY00:20:301st Place!
Jim SIMONS00:20:46
Clare MCDOWELL00:32:00
Stranmillis College
Sarah MAYBIN00:24:001st Place! Newbie PB!
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:58New PB!
Jane PATTERSON00:33:05New PB!
Buncrana (Ireland)
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:12
Sligo (Ireland)
Brona SHAW00:29:13New PB!

No less than 17 (yep, seventeen) blue tops out early on a Saturday – making the most of our unusually tepid weather! Our first hat tips go to our first-place finishers this week with Natalie (at Derry City), Claire (at Orangefield) and newbie Sarah (at Stranmillis College) all taking the honours. We’d a raft of new course PBs set this week (was there something in the water?!): newbie Rob (at Victoria), Liam (at Queen’s), Kathy (at Stranmillis College), Jane (at Stranmillis College) and Brona (at Sligo)! Finally, just the one Dub taking on a new course this week, it was Sarah at Stranmillis College. Time to relax and look at photos:

  • parklife: Natalie storms to first place along the Quay in Derry City.

That’s looking more like the roundup we all know – with the number of road races slowly but surely increasing steadily, we’re going to see a whole load of Dub action in the coming months. Now is when all the off-season training is put to good use – so we look forward to welcoming you all to the club. Before we go, I must tell you that my life has a new porpoise: I managed to have a conversation with a dolphin over the weekend – we just clicked!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (this is a lot of work and we’re very, very tired…). If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week