Weekly Roundup: 2019-05-14

Weekly Roundup: 2019-05-14

Runways, Miles, Donard, Strabane and Lifford and the parkrun all over the jump!

We’re into the aftermath of the Belfast City Marathon – as things begin to settle and everyone looks towards the summer and what races they might be interested in taking part in. Could we live up to the self-titled “PB Club of the Year” for another week? Find out soon, first, some good news everyone, I have just invented a beehive without an exit – I am calling it unbelievable!  Moving swiftly on after that one:

Run the Runways
Have you ever been sitting on the runway thinking – this would make a great run?! Ards Airport hosted this now annual event around its multiple runways and taxi lanes. While we may always wish for a pancake flat race, this just means that there is no hiding! Just the one solo Dub taking off on Friday evening:

126Julia Orr00:52:07New PB!

Woohoo – a new 10k distance PB for Julia, magic running! Two laps of the airport runways – always a tough one to keep going after the first loop! A maximum elevation of just 8 ft give an idea of the concentration required to just keep going (especially on a Friday evening). We even got some photos from the race:

  • Taking Off: Julia looking strong on the runways!

Run a Mile with Mary
This is the new name for the NI Running Mile race. The premise is simple – one mile, on the track – flat out. The track has a unique atmosphere that most of us wouldn’t be familiar with. This is a quick, but intense race and this year we had just the one Dub taking part:

15John Close00:05:05New PB!

That’s a new personal best for John C on Friday – well done! You kept us waiting until the second last race of the evening to see a Blue Top in action. An improvement from the training mile we did a few weeks ago. Nice work, and we had a spy on the track:

  • Miles Ahead: John with the pack chasing at the end of lap 2.

Slieve Donard Race
No Hill & Dales race this week (yay, less work for us in Roundup Towers), but instead the annual Slieve Donard race was held on Saturday. Sweet and simple idea – 10k up Slieve Donard for 3 miles and downhill again for another three miles. Which of our goats made the journey for this one?

55Bernadette O'Kane00:54:1300:24:4201:18:05

2,770 ft is what the Pocket Rocket’s watch clocked as its highest elevation. Outstanding running Bernie on a most difficult course. Third home as well, no doubt down to some impressive balancing skills on the descent to make up some time (personally, I’d just roll down). Bernie was even kind enough to fire on a few photos:

  • Done-ard: Bernue on her way up!

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon
Strabane used to have 10k race and smartly, a few years ago they got together with their Lifford cousins to coordinate a half marathon race! Half in the north, half in the south – with a scenic but trying climb through the forest in Lifford, before sweeping back into estates of Strabane and the town center for the finish. As appears to be the trend this week, we had one Dub running:

203Brian Jack01:38:50New PB!

Brilliant Brian (some alliteration for the English fans out there) a new personal best time over the half marathon distance, on a perfect morning for running in the north west. Even more impressive is your consistency with all these halfs so far this year! Home in time to relax with the Sunday Roast too, what could be better?  Brian does not know this, but I had a secret spy on the ground:

  • Strabane Lifford: Brian sets a marvelous new half marathon PB!

Those savvy enough to check the forecast knew that Saturday morning had the potential for some glorious sunshine. Unusually, that is exactly what happened, so as the sun peaked through the trees, the parks became alive with patter of footsteps and lots of runners in high-vis gear. Let’s see who made it out:

Anne Marie RYAN00:26:55New PB!
Rob WALKER00:20:09
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:24:05
Kathy MAYHEW00:24:40
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:25:17New PB!
Brona SHAW00:28:25
Liam LAVERY00:23:02New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:14
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:23:31
Edward CALDWELL00:25:46
Dermot DAWSON00:25:47
Marie SWEET00:23:032nd Place! New PB!
John CLOSE00:18:42
Catherine BAILLIE00:22:26
Brian DERBY00:24:40
Judith MC MANUS00:23:08
Roisin BYRNE00:22:252nd Place!
Navan (Ireland)
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:23:29Newbie PB!
Buncrana (Ireland)
Sarah MAYBIN00:23:191st Place!
Troon (scotland)
Mike SMITH00:23:59Newbie PB!

Cracking way to start the weekend – with 20 Dubs out running the parkrun – that is how you make sure you keep smiling on a Saturday! Grab you hat, as this week we had first home newbie Sarah (at Buncrana), while in second place was Marie S (at Falls) and Roisin (at Orangefield). We’d some new course PBs from Anne Marie (at Waterworks), Danille (at Victoria), Liam fresh from the BCM (at Queen’s), Marie S (at Falls). Finally, some tourism was the order of the day for Ronan O (at Navan) who got his 16th letter of the alphabet and Mike S (at Troon) who continues his non-repeat streak. As always, some photos:

  • parklife: Ronan does some tourism in Navan!

Another cracking week for the Dubs again – proud to see it unfold in front of me. As we charge into the summer keep us in mind at Roundup Towers – there is a lot of races on, especially the smaller ones – we’re only human, we can miss things!  A fun fact to close this week: did you know that before the crowbar was invented, most crows drank at home.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (leave me alone.) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂