Loughshannagh, Newtownards, Enniskillen, Omagh, the Mournes and parkrun all over the jump!
Roll up, roll up! The roundup moves headfirst into summer continuing with more races than you can shake a stick at. What a week it was for the blue tops – does the PB streak continue, find out soon! I recently heard that a mate from across the border couldn’t afford his water bill – so I got him a “Get Well Soon” card. Right so, let’s go:
Hill & Dales, Race 7: Loughshannagh
Set high in the Mournes, Lough Shannagh has an incredible beach, surrounded by eye scrappingly, sky poppingly beautiful mountains. Just four of these were to be climbed in what was described as the ‘most difficult and challenging’ race in the series (to date). Our goats became a quad for this week:
I heard this one described as ‘scary’ so fair play to all four of our Dubs for just completing the course – and what a challenge it was. Steven decided to stop for a flying lessons (mid race, as you do), while Bernie performed a routine that would be impressive to an Olympic gymnast routine over the same spot. Four Dubs very glad to finish this one and get home, the photos speak for themselves:
Taking the Tower
Just outside Newtownards you’ll find Scrabbo Hill and you can probably image from the title what you can find around here! This very undulating route would surprise you as a large chunk runs alongside a golf course. Ideal conditions on the run didn’t help to negate this race for one solo Dub:
A mere 1,500 ft of elevation change on this one for Alastair on Friday evening – great running all round. Got to take into account the end of the week, an unexpectedly hilly course and by his own admission it was a “tight shift” but wat a time, and a top ten finish too – just magic, you made it look easy! No you really did – look at the photos:
Golf clubs seem to be a key feature of our races this week, and Saturday afternoon played host to the annual Enniskillen 10k. Some more severe hills at the 2-mile and 4.5-mile marks in an otherwise mostly stable race. Just the one blue top representing at this event:
Brilliant time Katherine, impressive stuff! With the sun shining on this out and back, but looped race – after finding some space in the crowds, you made the most of it. Always nice to race on a Saturday that means that you still have more of the weekend to relax. We even have some action shots from during the race:
Mourne Way Ultra
Ultras are something special, taken on by special people. Trail and mountain ultras require a dedication that most of us can only dream about (more commonly called a nightmare). Kicking off in Warrenpoint, one Dub made their way to Newcastle and back, passing over ten distinct summits – oh and a mere 8,000 ft of elevation change. So, who was this solo Dub legend?
Outstanding Sean, really brilliant work. Just over 11 torturous hours on your feet, in miserable conditions. On the positive side, never again will you get to complain about any of our training runs! In Newcastle at 25 miles the temptation to pull over and stop must have been fierce – but grit and determination pulled you through all 50 miles. We are all in awe – so have a shot of your feet for good measure!
For anyone who thought we might have missed this one – you’re going to have to get up very early to catch us out on this one! Set just to the east of Omagh, this road race is mostly flat – with any hills being more strung out and easier to manager. With the sun out (everywhere other than Belfast) we had two newbie Dubs pounding the streets for this event:
Good to see the new starts representing the club well while at home. The race was defined as “fairly flat” to our intrepid reporter – but it is an extremely popular race and that makes the times posted all that more impressive, it takes something to find the pace to get going in a race like this! Naturally, we had a snoop around Facebook and found some pics from the race:
It was a little grey and dull thus Saturday morning, with the threat of rain never too far from the radar. Mornings like this can always be hit and miss with bringing out the numbers, but not this week, our favourite way to kickstart the weekends is the free, weekly timed 5k event. So despite everything, it was great to see so many out:
|Niall MCCRORY||00:19:03||2nd Place! New PB!|
|Rob WALKER||00:19:44||New PB!|
|Stacey ORR||00:25:05||Newbie PB!|
|Catherine BAILLIE||00:22:32||3rd Place!|
|Roisin BYRNE||00:23:58||2nd Place!|
|Karen CARLISLE||00:24:45||3rd Place! New PB!|
|Judith MC MANUS||00:25:35|
|Jane PATTERSON||00:32:22||Newbie PB!|
Yeah, that is what we like to see from our perch up here in Roundup Towers – outstanding running by everyone who made it out of their pits in time to make the start! Where is my hat? Oh, found it, so let’s start tipping it! We have two second home’rs this week with Niall at Falls and Roisin at Stranmillis College, while Karen took home third place at Stranmillis College herself. We had some cracking new course PBs set by Niall (at Falls), Rob (at Ormeau) and Karen (at Stranmillis College). Finally, we had just the one local tourist this week, that was newbie Stacey (at Carrickfergus). We also had Jane taking on the unqiue Benbecula event – this one is totally unofficial, reslts are done by hand – and 11 of the 20 finishers had the surname MacDonald! Finally, finally – a special mention to Ronan Mc who quietly and sneakily joined the 100 club on Saturday morning at Queen’s – we look forward to seeing your new top, and some of those brownies:
I think we all had some “food for thought” on Thursday evening, thanks to the guys from Rise N Grind for their nutritional talk. Also, thanks for everyone who helped put this week’s edition together, literally loads of reminders and photos sent this week – so keep it up! Unfortunately, I have to end this week on a sombre note, as I have just heard that the inventor of Velcro has died – RIP.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (some people on thin ice already this week!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂