Aye so five races this week – seriously! More over the jump!
A timely reminder that this is a celebration of all things Dub. It doesn’t matter what the event, distance, time or number of blue tops present – this is a celebration and a way of recognising your achievements (big and small). It is the club’s roundup and we all own it. Not to nick a feature from Reddit, but today I learnt that a goat on a boat is called Billy Ocean. Right then, what did we do this week?!
Hill & Dales, Race 6: Lukes
Round 6 this week based at Lukes mountain in the Mournes. A double peaked wonder of open mountain running with river crossings, navigation skills (we’re looking at you Steve) and strict cut off times (boo!) We had 2 goats having muddy ‘fun’:
Fantastic going folks – and a welcome return to the fold for Steven who put these kinds of races on the back burner while training for the Belfast Marathon. Fortunately, you forget how hard these events are when you are doing them – so a bit of a shock to the system for both our Dubs – but that didn’t mean that they didn’t enjoy it! Getting towards the business end of the series now, and thee two really do mean business:
Runher Coastal Challenge
There were plenty of options for racing on Friday evening – 5k, 10k and half marathon! All along the coast line towards Crawfordsburn Country Park. On a gorgeous evening, a gentle coastal breeze and hardly a cloud in sight, we had four Dubs hitting the paths on their various events:
|8||Katherine Harkness||01:43:35||New PB!|
|11||Catherine Baillie||00:44:14||New PB!|
As the song goes ‘Here comes the girlssssss’ – what an evening for it and some mighty impressive performances from our Blue Tops. Friday evening racing is never easy, so to run in an achievement in itself – but with some standout performances like Catherine’s 10k PB that just made it an extra special evening for everyone! We even had some photos sent through:
Newry Half Marathon
Every race requires a certain level of concentration, but the half marathon in Newry – with two long stretches out and back in the almost straight dual carriageway requires effort. Team Dub took to streets of one of our five cities in near perfect conditions one-way, and a bit of a head wind the other way:
|12||Steve Todd||01:20:52||New PB!|
|189||Paul McFlynn||01:42:16||New PB!|
With the course living up to its flat and fast name – and our Dub duo lived up too with two very impressive times. Steven was a man on a mission obliterating his previous best to set a new target of just 80 minutes – outstanding. Our Friend of the Dubs, Mark Sheilds, was there too where he ran a respectable 01:40:32. Of course, there had to be a camera lurking somewhere:
Edinburgh Half Marathon
13.1 miles in historic Edinburgh, this race most trends downhill, which it really has to as from mile 5 onwards you’ll find yourself with the city on your right and the open sea on your left! A bit like here, the weather was windy and damp early on Sunday – but sure that is just an extra competitor to race with. We had two Dubs who joined thousands of others to take on this awesome course:
|4,600||Frances Mc Cambridge||02:00:57|
|7,058||Anne Marie Ryan||02:14:39|
Great work ladies – another all girl line-up race for us! We’re making a habit out of going away for a wee holiday and running races in this club – but with such great performances from Frances and Anne Marie who can blame them?! A well-deserved drink was on the cards after crossing the line here! We had another Friend of the Dubs running this one too, Jenny Bairner, fresh from London clocked a cool 02:01:11 on the course! Frances sent me on this one:
One of the best things about parkrun is being able to rock up at any event around the world with your barcode and you get to run a free 5k and compare you time against other events! That’s why not forgetting your barcode is so important! While it was bit grey and murky this weekend, that doesn’t put a club like the Dubs off (mostly anyway) and with that in mind, a quare rake of Dubs took to their nearest and dearest parks to have a go:
|Liam LAVERY||00:24:07||New PB!|
|Rob WALKER||00:19:50||New PB!|
|Bernadette O'KANE||00:21:25||1st Place!|
|Judith MC MANUS||00:22:59||2nd Place!|
|Marcella CASSIDY||00:24:17||New PB!|
|Danielle MCCLUSKEY||00:27:29||Newbie PB!|
|Brona SHAW||00:29:55||Newbie PB!|
|Collette MCCOURT||00:19:56||2nd Place! Newbie PB!|
Nice work everyone – sometimes with these extended weekends (and so many other races being on) it can be hard to find the motivation to get up an get going on Saturday mornings – so give yourselves a massive pat on the back for that! Now, put on a hat and get ready to start tipping it. This week we had Bernie first home along the beach in Portrush! We’d two second finishers in the form of Judith (at Antrim) and Collette (at Highbury Fields). Some new course PBs set by Liam (at Waterworks), Rob (Victoria) and Marcy (at Stranmillis College). While two Dubs were off doing some tourism this week, namely Danielle (at Orangefield), Brona (at Buncrana) and Collette (at Higbury Fields). We have an obligatory photo:
Another cracking week for the Dub Runners draws to a close. There’s been plenty of celebrate lately and that shows no sign of easing over the next few weeks. If you can – help us here at Roundup Towers to help you – by sending us all the details and photos please! Bad news, my friend was arrested for stealing a sign that said “and Emergency” – he told interviewers that he found it by accident.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I heard about discussions surrounding omissions this week.) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂