Weekly Roundup: 2019-05-07

Weekly Roundup: 2019-05-07

From Binnian to the North West via the Belfast Marathon and the parks over the jump!

That was an exciting week for the club: not only did we open the entries for this year’s Giant’s Trail Race, but it was also the Belfast Marathon weekend – with all the fun that comes with that! We have a comprehensive wrap up of everything in a moment, but good news – I got a pet! I got myself a pet llama over the weekend, who looks a bit gangster, so I’ve decided to call him Alpacachino. Sit back, relax and prepare to become very proud of being a Dub Runner:

Hill & Dales, Race 4: Binnian
While the rest of us were off exploring the Giant’s Ring on cracking Thursday evening, a dynamic duo of Dub Goats made the trip to Binnian. This one sounds easy – just over one a half miles – just with an elevation gain of almost 2,000 ft! In summary, very bloody tough, and you’d have to be brave to take on:

67Niall McCrory00:31:07---
78Bernadette O'Kane00:31:36---

Top work folks, as Niall continues his clean sweep of these races and Bernie makes her triumphant return. Great running, this was just up to the peak and make your own way down (free wheel)! Once again, the run was dominated by the fear that there was more hills than dales to run through! We love a good photo here at Roundup Towers, and that’s exactly what we have:

  • Bindone: Niall & Brernie reach the summit!

Liam Ball Triathlon
With their marathon still upcoming, focus momentarily switched to three sporting events – a triathlon if you will. Up in the North West the Liam Ball is the most well known and long-standing event consisting of a 750m swim in the pool, a run to the bike, a 13 mile cycle with a 5k run the icing on the cake. Let’s find out who gave tri a try:

UknPaul McNamee01:30:54

Nice work Paul – brilliant effort for your first event, you made that look easy! A bit of a late entrant into the roundup this one, but times include the transitions (which we usually don’t cover). Never an easy event, and we all know Derry was built on a hill, so you’d be hard pressed to find friendly, flat routes – so mega work! I think he’ll be back for more soon, or so the photos tell me:

  • Tri & Done: Cool, calm and collected is our Paul!

Belfast City Marathon
New day. New route. Same weekend! With excitement building in recent weeks over the revamped biggest race for local runners. Mix all this with the relay teams and the lure of a “falter and faster route” lead to us having incredible numbers completing – plenty of Blue Tops to get behind and support. For the first time, on a brisk Sunday May morning, thousands of runners took to the streets:

Full Marathon

78Steven Todd02:53:44New PB!
20.Jim Larkin03:07:16New PB!
250Collette McCourt03:11:38
335Claire Tonry03:17:11New PB!
353Andrew McDermott03:18:29New PB!
371Jim Simons03:19:28New PB!
545Ryan Love03:26:54New PB!
727Philip Clarke03:35:26
735Patrick Kelly03:34:57New PB!
944Sean O'Hagan03:42:19New PB!
1602Geraldine Coyle03:57:58
1561Maura McArdle03:57:59
1863Liam Lavery04:09:28FIrst Ever Marathon!
Frances McCambridge04:26:33FIrst Ever Marathon!

Woah – fourteen full lengther’s, fourteen outstanding times. Liam and Frances ticking the marathon box for the first time, and TEN (yep, 10, one zero) new personal bests over the marathon distance. What’s even better is how many of those PBs were set BEFORE the adjusted times were released. #TeamDub


Team Name
May the course be with you!
RoisinValNessaMarie SKatherine
Scrambled Legs
FrancesAnne MarieMarie McDermotTed

Three Blue Top teams (and yes, I know, some Dubs running in other teams, but give me a break, doing just us is hard enough). Some truly inspirational relayer’s taking part and every one of them did it with a smile and a laugh. Proud of you for doing it and representing the club so dam well.  We have 100 (yes, I said ONE HUNDRED) photos now available in our Marathon Day gallery, but here’s a small selection:

  • B-Fast Marathon: Some of our marathon team at the start!

While Belfast was basking in glouroius sunshine, other parkrun’s had the pleasure of a few hail showers during the run. All part of the fun of it all, and all part of the joys of regular parkrunning no matter where in the world you are! With a bank holiday weekends in prospect for most, we went out in our numbers to get a 5k fix:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:36
Belfast Victoria
Peter MORRISON00:18:05
Rob WALKER00:20:07New PB!
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:26:10
Brona SHAW00:29:05
Jane PATTERSON00:30:32
John MCALLISTER00:23:03New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:33
Edward CALDWELL00:25:13
Joanne MCGLONE00:27:04New PB!
Niall MCCRORY00:19:251st Place!
Judith MC MANUS00:24:21
James SHERIDAN00:20:52Newbie PB!
Catherine BAILLIE00:22:30New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:23:40
Nessa AGNEW00:24:22
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:39

Oh yeah – that is how you start a bank holiday weekend. So many Blue Tops out running – it hard to keep up (physically and metaphorically)! We raise our cap to Niall this week who was first home at the Falls event. Also, to our new course PBer’s Rob (at Victoria), John (at Queen’s), Joanne (at Queen’s) and Catherine (at Stormont). Finally we’d the one tourist this week, James S who made the trip to Larne.  Some photos as always:

  • parklife: Focused on the course in front of her ix Catherine!

…and relax! That’s an instruction to me, not you! I’m always asking for help here at Roundup Towers and I have to say that this week all my spies delivered! Thanks to everyone who forwarded on photos, information, tips and tricks to help get this one over the line – you’re all a credit to the club and this roundup would not be online right now if it wasn’t for your efforts. Finally, just a quick follow up to my hospital visit from last week: I’ve been prescribed anti-gloating cream – I can’t wait to rub it in.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (Look, I am human.  We make mistakes – get over it.  Please.) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂