Weekly Roundup: 2019-06-18

Weekly Roundup: 2019-06-18

Travel from Woodburn to Meels to Queen’s to the States and the parks – all and more over the jump!

Welcome, welcome, welcome. Glad you could make it to our little corner of the internet. You join one of some 250-odd people who are now reading this roundup every week. We can’t blame you either – and our celebrations of all things Dub moves into holiday mode for the first time this summer. More in a moment, but it has been investigated and after claiming to remember when rock was young – scientists have now confirmed that Elton John is over 4 million years old. Results time:

Woodburn Trail Race #3
Finally (not my words), but the words of our solo Dub who completed this series on Tuesday, the weather finally got a bit more bearable for the final event. A five-mile loop – and a reversed direction still required one heck of a climb to the finish. With the series committed to returning int 2020 already, we had one Dub at all three races:

57Maureen Oliver00:45:41Series Age Category Winner!

Nice running Maureen – and age category winner just made it all that little bit sweeter. By her own admission the course may have been reversed “… but it was still bloody tough”. Well, you made it look easy over the last few weeks. Well done, you can get back to training sessions now with us on a Tuesday evening! No action shot this week, instead the focus was on the prizegiving ceremony:

  • Woodburn: Maureen, second from right, with the age category winners!

Hill & Dales, Race 9: Meels
The final Thursday evening race of the series (for 2019 anyway) took our goats away to Meels. The two- and three-quarter mile loop overlooking Slieve Bernagh had two summits to climb before the mile recovery back home. With a mere sixteen hundred feet of elevation change, which two Dubs completed the race?

54Bernadette O'Kane00:39:09---
65Paul McFlynn00:40:19---

Nice funning folks – almost coming in side-by-side. I would love to see the climbing stats for this series, it requires a fierce amount of dedication and questionable sanity for running up all those mountains. It all builds to the centrepiece event next Friday evening. Until then, we have some photos from the race:

  • Meel-y Done: Bernie comes in for landing.

Flashmob parkrun: Queen’s
I got a few texts on Saturday morning, “That’s lovely weather for a parkrun”. Proving though that we’re not a fair weather club, an Errigle of 12 Dubs made it to the latest flashmob at what really has to be called out home event. A chance to sample the new and improved route for some, for other a chance to wheel in some cake:

11Ryan Love00:21:24New PB!
16Catherine Bailllie00:21:48All time 5k PB!
26Liam Lavery00:23:22
30Maire McCaughey00:23:49
32Nessa Agnew00:24:00
33Brian Derby00:24:00
43Katherine Harkness00:24:54Newbie PB!
44Edward Caldwell00:25:01
72Mark Hamill00:27:05
76Frances McCambridge00:27:13Newbie PB!
129Dale Biggerstaff00:34:25Newbie PB!

Ah folks, it would have been too easy to not get up on Saturday morning, so give yourselves a pat on the back for that! Magic running by Catherine who blasted the course and set her all time 5k personal best time. We had a new course PBs set by Ryan while Katherine, Frances and Dale were all newbies to the event (and will be back for more!) A special mention to Steven T and Ronan Mc who donned the waterproofs in shocking conditions to become Dub cheerleaders for the day! We have a full gallery of photos available, but for one Dub it was time for cake:

  • parklife: Catherine passes 500k mark and celebrates in style!

Useless Stat Klaxon
It was another milestone event, so that can only mean one thing…! Oh, yes, it is the return of the random parkrun facts that literally no one asked for:

parkrun StatDetails
parkrun Birthday26th October 2013 (Ormeau)
100th EventQueen's (15th June 2019)
Fastest Event00:21:48 (Queen's 15th June 2019)
Distance Travelled453km to get to parkrun
Groundhog DayOrmeau 00:25:07 (9th & 16th September 2017)

Long Beach 5k
We’ve all been there, away on our holidays and we get the itch. Nope, not a bite (well maybe) but I am talking about the itch to run. One Dub may be stateside, but that didn’t stop them from finding a beach 5k to get her feet into! A pancake flat run sounds nice, but it was humid – but let’s see first who was running:

12Julia Orr00:26:01---

Fantastic Julia – great running. As anyone who’s run at Portrush can tell you, beach running is never easy. Mind you, fourth female home and only one of two club runners taking part – are things to be proud of! A tough morning run, especially on a weekend equals a free pass to taking it easy for the rest of the day! Julia kindly sent us through some photos from the race:

  • Title: Julia pushes on through the heat!

This week, parkrun was a tale of two halves. Anyone east of the Glenshane Pass was running in miserable pouring rain. Anyone west of the Pass – well they were basking in glorious sunshine and blue skies. While there was a flashmob, it was also Father’s Day this weekend so we can let people off with going home to see their folks. Let’s see who else from the club ran parkrun this weekend:

Brendan MCILHENNON00:19:40
Stacey ORR00:24:27New PB!
Roisin BYRNE00:21:533rd Place! Newbie PB!
Danielle COREY00:24:16Newbie PB!
Richard CONN00:16:491st Place! New PB!
James SHERIDAN00:23:16
Steven MCDERMOTT00:22:44Newbie PB!
Mark SHIELDS00:22:12
Holy Cross College
Brian JACK00:23:11Newbie PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:24:58Newbie PB!
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:34

Nice running everyone, that made over 20 Dubs parkrunning and representing the club on Saturday morning – I think we can call that a win! Hat’s off to Richard who was first home and set a new course PB at the Wallace event! Well done to Stacey who bagged a new PB at the Victoria event. Finally, we had some newbie tourist PBs set by Roisin (at Ecos), Danielle C (at Portrush) and Steven Mc (at Valley). Finally, checkout out the new event at Holy Cross College in Strabane and getting the chance to run alongside Dame Kelly Holes was Brian J and Ronan O (who also regained his regionnaire status again). In case you needed proof of the blue skies:

  • parklife: parkrun with Dame Kelly Holmes in Strabane (as you do)!

Despite the fact that this was not favourable weather for racing – it was great to see such a variety of racing over the last week! A special word of thanks this week to our photographers, you did a great job covering every angle of the races – thanks for your time and for your unique perspective of the events. Not sure if I ever told you, but my ex-girlfriend Rose left me because of my obsession with pens, I remember the last thing I said to her: “Biros”.

Live long and prosper.

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