Weekly Roundup: 2019-08-06

Weekly Roundup: 2019-08-06

From Carlingford to Dervock to Loughmacrory to Mount Stewart to Féile, all the parks and more over the jump!

‘ello – fancy meeting you here!  Come on in, take your shoes off and have a look around at just what we’ve all been up to over the last seven days – well, we will get there in a moment anyway! First of all, I am going to educate you all now, so be prepared to be amazed, as there is actually a scale of laughter that we should all be using:

HaWee Bit Amusing
HahahahaStayin' Alive

So let’s down to what we are all here for, your name and results in lights:

Marcy & Noel
The day after the trail race, on Saturday 27th July two of our very own tied the knot – Marcy & Noel. You’ve probably seen them about the club running with them, or more likely had a laugh with them. Congratulations to the happy couple and we all wish you many, many years of happiness together!

  • THe Happy Couple: Marcy and Noel!

If you’re wondering why this is a week late, let’s blame the GTR race and trying to get stuff to get for that – not that that is a proper excuse mind you!

Carlingford 5k
Sometimes to target a PB, a parkrun isn’t good enough and you need a proper race environment. That is why one Dub made the trip on a cool Friday evening, on a fast, pancake flat course out along the coast and back into Carlingford village again. Who was setting a bit of theme for this week:

95Collette McCourt00:18:37New PB!

MAGIC! Retaining the title of PB Club of the Year – Collette smashed her 5k personal best and knocked it out of the park on Friday evening. Brilliant running, and an extra bit of a smile on the trip home after one, of course, one race a weekend is enough for most people – maybe not for Collette later..?

Dervock Half Marathon
If you Google Dervock, you might scratch your head and wonder why there’s a series of races here. When you realise that the routes all take in the infamous Dark Hedges from Game of Thrones – you begin to understand. The rolling race started in the warmth, and only hot hotter from there. We had a few Dubbers on the start line at this one:

53Aidan Johnston01:40:31---
83Roisin Byrne01:46:52---
89Catherine Baillie01:47:47---
106Nessa Agnew01:51:58---

Lovely work folks – some great running there! Not a day for personal bests with the heat, but representing no less, and I think we have our first mention of newbie Aidan too who lead the team home! Top work everyone, and of course, there’s only one reason why most people do this race, and that is to get the iconic photo:

  • Dark Hedges: Aidan (313) makes his first appearance in the roundup!

Take a look at the beautiful rural surrounding of Loughmacrory (that is in Tyrone for anyone that won’t Google it) for one of the best sprint triathlons in Ireland! The race is a 750m lough swim followed by a 20km two lap cycle and then a 5km run on a flat, fast out and back route before finishing around the Lough (hence the name!) Who could be doing a tri I hear you ask?!

99Paul McNamee01:23:00---

Not sure how to keep doing these – but another performance and a half from the Strabane man! Takes some grit and determination to get keep pumping in these great times and making them consistent too. Paul’s not a man who is camera shy himself either:

  • Loughmacrory: Tri-ed and tested our Paul was.

Mount Stewart Trails
If you’ve never been, the ground at Mount Stewart are stunning and any hobby runner will visit and think ‘this would be a great place for a run’. Well it is a trail race – and with lots of roots and branches you need to watch your footing – oh and it isn’t the most flat course either! All part of the fun and worth a challenge for our solo Dub:

42Katherine Harkness00:50:51---

Nice one Katherine – powering on through the muck and trails – which I think had dried by the time the race started in the evening. Lots of concentration required to stay upright at this one – and a cracking wee time for the course profile too. Let’s not forget the gloating rights you’ve just earned yourself.  Not a photo could be found 🙁

Féile 5 Mile Run
Up, up, up – then a little half mile downhill to the finish! Sunday morning saw the latest running of the increasingly popular five mile event. Starting at Yorkgae, along North Queen Street, up the Falls, through Andystown before a quick burst on Finaghy Road to the finish! Quite the team of Dubs were out taking part on Sunday morning:

12Brendan McIlhennon00:30:28---
13Niall McCrory00:30:36---
15Collette McCourt00:31:59---
59Ronan McCaughey00:38:55---
66Maire McCaughey00:39:14---
68Jim Larkin00:39.1740min Pacer!
69Mark Hamil00:39:54---
73Edward Caldwell00:40:26---
112Rose McCrory00:44:43---
241Dermot Dawson00:54:47---

Ten Dubs – and three in the top fifteen overall – not a bad morning’s effort for the club! Joking aside, some brilliant running from everyone – though I can’t help but think had you been told Boyzone tickets were in the race packs at the beginning of the race, you might have run a little faster to get to them! Special note to Jimbo – taking one for the team and donning the pacer top. Did we manage to get any photos?!  No, yet again! 🙁

If one of the earlier races didn’t take your fancy this week, then a run in the park might have just been what you were looking for. In nice conditions on Saturday morning, some blue tops jumped out of bed an made for their local parks and went for a wee 5k:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:25:06
Rob WALKER00:19:20
Liam LAVERY00:23:18
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:24
Mark HAMILL00:24:38
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:26:40
Brendan MCILHENNON00:19:22
Brian DERBY00:20:10
Marie SWEET00:21:583rd Place!
Geraldine COYLE00:25:07New PB!
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:26:40
Stranmillis College
Niall MCCRORY00:21:112rd Place!
Julia ORR00:37:38
Tooting Common
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:24:37

Despite the array of races available, there was still 14 members of the club who wanted to go for a spin on a lovely Saturday morning. No tempting RSI this week, so tip your hat this week to our two third place finishers Marie S (at Ormeau) and Niall (at Stranmillis College) and to our Geraldine (at Ormeau) for her new course PB! There’s a flashmob on Saturday – at the new Six Mile Water event, so stay tuned for more on that! Yep, honestly, that’s it! Oh yeah, photos:

  • parklife: Niall all smiles on his way to third!

Phew we made it! After last week’s smaller than normal edition, it looks like we’re back to normal this week. Don’t forget about the club BBQ this coming weekend, we’ve a feast of a day’s events planned: flashmob parkrun, Let’s Go Hyrdo then the BBQ in the evening. Thanks to Claire it promises to be a great evening!  So yeah, I was at Jack Straws (that board game café in Belfast) and I did accidentally swallow some of the Scrabble tiles – this could spell disaster later.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (that was a busy one, something had to be missed!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties🙂