Weekly Roundup: 2019-04-30

Weekly Roundup: 2019-04-30

Coverage from Slieve Martin to Slieve Bearnagh via London and the parks – all over the jump!

London Marathon weekend is always a special one for the club – and we have the final results for you a little bit later on. Summer training for the ‘PB Club of the Year’ (trophy from Steven pending) continues in and around the towpath with some club favourite sessions still to come this year! Some advice for you all, never challenge death to a pillow fight – unless you are prepared for the reaper cushions! Right oh, it’s off to work we go:

Hill & Dales, Race 3: Slieve Martin
The third race of the series moves quite a distance over to Rostrevor and Kilbroney Park for the latest event on a lovely Thursday evening for racing. Sharply rising from the off for just over 1.5 miles, an undulating top section, before rolling downhill for the final two miles. Just the one Dub Goat at this 1,600ft elevation change course:

36Niall McCrory00:43:00---

Nice running Niall – and thanks for the kind comments afterwards – taking four minutes off his time from last year, which he puts down to training with the club. Another of these races with very little Dales compared to the Hills – add that to a run on a school night, after work – makes it one tough race to crack. These races are tough, and if we had an award for most photogenic running club member you’d win it hands down this year:

  • Hills & Smiles: Niall completes the third race of the series on Slieve Martin!

Mourne HighLine
This was the first race of the 2019 British Fell Running Championships – for us lay people – that means it is a race only our Dub Goats would even consider taking on. Considering Storm Hannah was in full force (and with a handful of events already cancelled) a miserable Saturday morning. An out and back in course from Donard Park, with a mere 2,500ft of elevation change – on slippery, muddy, traily paths (if any paths at all), this one was a race of determination:

25Bernadette O'Kane01:28:20---

Woah, impressive stuff from our Pocket Rocket – that is an outstanding effort on such a tough, tough course. The weather was not on your side for this one, which will have become an extra competitor to beat – but make no mistake, that was difficult eight-mile race and required some dedication and commitment. If you were in any doubt about how much of a challenge this one was – have a look at the photos:

  • Sky High: Bernie powers on through!

London Marathon
While the TV cameras focused on Kosgei and Kipchoge – all our eyes were set on our nine Blue Tops who braved the famous 26.21 mile course around the city sights of London. Unlike last year, there were ideal conditions on that morning – a fresh breeze, not too sunny – but getting warmer as the day moved on. With the training firmly in the bank, all that was left was for us runners to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the race (and try and get on the TV):

2,614Gavin Creech03:03:42New PB!
4,615Alastair Rodger03:19:05New PB!
6,102Kate Moffett03:27:29New PB!
7,081Anna McArdle03:31:33New PB!
7,904Heather Baron03:35:21
14,689Danielle Corey03:59:38
22,507Kathy Mayhew04:29:21
22,510Judith Mcmanus04:29:22
23,342Nuala O'Connor04:32:30New PB!

Ah, that was just fantastic everyone – take a bow, you did us all proud! From speaking to you all during the last week – the nerves were really starting to set in, but there was no need for that in the slightest!  We had some absolutely smashing new marathon personal bests set by Gavin, Alastair, Kate, Anna and newbie Nuala!  At this moment can we give a special mention to Friend of the Dubs, Jenny Bairner, who was also competing and landed a cracking time of 04:05:27! While you were pounding the streets, our eyes were stuck to the tracker, watching and waiting for the photos:

  • Lon-done: Heather, Kate & Anna!

With weather warnings in place – Storm Hannah looked set to wreck most plans on Saturday. Yellow alerts issued for wind and rain, caused some events to be postponed. Most of the parkruns had their dedicated band of volunteers standing out in the pouring rain making sure that everyone’s favourite 5k fix would still happen. With lower numbers to be expected, let’s take a look at the results:

Roisin BYRNE00:23:472nd Place!
Liam LAVERY00:23:43
John MCALLISTER00:24:12
Dermot DAWSON00:24:26
Edward CALDWELL00:26:43
Peter MORRISON00:19:011st Place!
Stranmillis College
Niall MCCRORY00:20:051st Place! New PB!
Nessa AGNEW00:24:421st Place!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:26:01
Julia ORR00:26:063rd Place! New PB!
Anne Marie RYAN00:28:12
Bushy (London)
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:38Newbie PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:52Nwbie PB!

“Well, that was fun…” was a quote from one of our finishers at Stranmillis College this week – but I don’t think she was being serious!! Well done everyone, hardly a morning for personal bests, but that didn’t stop us having a go anyway! Doth you cap this week to our top step’ers Peter (at Ormeau), Niall (at Stranmillis College) and Nessa (at Stranmillis College). We’d also a second home from Roisin (at Waterworks) and taking the third step was run director Julia (at Stranmillis College). We’d two new course PBs set at Stranmillis College this week set by Niall and Julia! Finally, making the coveted Bushy Pilgrimage (it’s a thing) was Maire and Ronan McCaughey! Who was brave enough to get their photo taken in the rain?!

  • parklife: Niall, Julia, Ronan, Nessa and Anne Marie braved the rain at Stranmillis College!

That’s us! Attention moves from London to Belfast now for the net big marathon. Always a great club day, and we have loads of club members taking on the brand-new course for the first year, plus three fantastic relay teams taking. So, please, make sure you get out and show your support for all your fellow Blue Tops. I know there’s been some rumours that I have been in hospital – it is true, I’ve accidentally swallowed my cat’s tablets – don’t ask meow!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (Please someone else have a go) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂