Crossgar, Donegal and the parks – mind the gap!
Oh, hello! Were you looking for Friday’s GTR results? If you’ve stumbled upon our wee corner – welcome! Here we celebrate all things Dub – and all running achievements, nothing is too small or insignificant to get a mention – we put your name in lights. While relaxing on Saturday, I had to return a sweater I had bought that was picking up a lot of static electricity – they gave me another one free of charge. Moving swiftly on:
Giant’s Trail Race
It would be remiss of us to not publicly thank some people. Our annual race might be reasonably small, but it is a logistics feat, with around 40 marshals on the course, another ten at the finish line and another ten handling the catering side of things – all made up of members of the club. We couldn’t put this event on without all of your help. Don’t forget the BBQ is coming up and is our chance to kick back and relax after the chaos of the last few days!
Having moved from their Friday night slot to a 1pm Saturday afternoon – this event was draped in sunshine. A rolling circular loop around Crossgar village – some scenic views and beautiful vistas – basked in the summer sunshine. Apart from slightly cooler conditions – what more could you want?! Let’s see who our solo Dub was:
Nice running Alastair – that was some intense, humid conditions out on the exposed course. A nice field too with around 200 finishers – not that you knew anything about them! 14th place is something to cherish – especially as this was part of the 10k race series and pulled in an impressive field of competitive runners. Now, time to chill and relax for a while!
Seven Sisters Skyline
Who’s up for a race of 50km with a 4,000m vertical ascent?! Well you could have made the journey to Dunlewey in Donegal. Set in the Derryveagh mountain range the mystical, magical ‘seven sisters’ are a set of peaks that were to be climbed not once but twice. Regarded as one of the toughest runs in Ireland. Taking runners over wild open mountain, soft boggy heathery ground, and rock and scree! Sit down and read the results of this one:
|Aghla More||0:53||Aghla Beg South||0:20|
|Aghla Beg||0:37||Aghla Beg South||0:09|
If you’re reading this one, please put your hands together for Bernie – outstanding achievement to just finish that run – but to finish on the podium?! Amazing. Our pocket rocket has the talent and determination to reach the sky and return like a rocket. Two photos from this one:
The morning after the night before. If you weren’t too exhausted from watching, cheering and supporting our runners at the GTR on Friday evening, then you might have felt fresh enough to jump out of bed and make the most of what turned out to be the best day of the weekend:
|Stacey ORR||00:24:03||Newbie PB!|
|Collette MCCOURT||00:19:10||Second Place! New PB!|
|Colin PLAYFORTH||00:21:56||Newbie PB!|
|Julia ORR||00:25:49||Newbie PB!|
|Brona SHAW||00:29:30||Newbie PB!|
|Jane PATTERSON||00:31:51||New PB!|
|Catherine BAILLIE||00:22:46||Third Place!|
|Anne Marie RYAN||00:30:14||New PB!|
|Frances MC CAMBRIDGE||00:30:31|
|Claire TONRY||00:19:52||First Place! Newbie PB!|
|Karen CARLISLE||00:23:32||Newbie PB!|
|Dermot DAWSON||00:24:53||Newbie PB!|
|Mike SMITH||00:24:33||Newbie PB!|
Twenty nine (yep 29) blue tops representing at 12 different events across the UK and Ireland this weekend – top job, I’m impressed! First home and at the first time of asking was Claire at the new Narin Beach event. Taking second place and setting a new course PB was Collette at the Victoria event. While Catherine stole third place at the Stormont event. We had new course PBs from Jane (at Castlewellan) and Anne Marie (at Colin Glen). Finally, we’d a rake of newbie PBs from Stacey (at Waterworks), Colin (at Victoria), Julia (at Castlewellan), Brona (at Castlewellan), Karen (at Killarney House), Dermot (at South Woodham Ferrers) and Mike S (at Girvan Prom). Phew!!
That’s where we’re going to draw a line on things for this week, thanks for reading from all of us here at Roundup Towers. As usual, there’s loads of wee races all over the joint in the summer, so make sure you give us the nod if you think we might miss it! Alright then, all you smartie pants out there; which oi heavier: a litre of water or a litre of butane? The water – no matter how much you have; butane will always be a lighter fluid!
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (try me after the GTR!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties