Weekly Roundup: 2019-09-17

Weekly Roundup: 2019-09-17

There’s an international flare to this week’s edition of the Weekly Roundup – find out why over the jump!

The moment we’ve dreaded all summer has arrived – yep, this week sees the return of our Winter road training routes. Fear not though, the nights might be drawing in – but the race just keep rolling in for the club, and we have all the awesome stats for you coming up.  I was back with the doctor this week, told him I felt like a supermarket. “How long have you felt like this?” he asked – I replied with, “Ever since I was Lidl.” Let’s get this show on the road:

Gig’n the Bann 5k
While the club was tearful at completing the last of our summer routes on a surprisingly sunny Thursday evening, there was one blue top who set a course for Portglenone instead!  With an opening 2k uphill, a following downhill 2k – with a 1k flat sprint to the finish along some nice country roads!

128Maureen Oliver00:27:25---

Showing us newbies to the club how it is done in style Maureen, what a great time – a season’s best time too!  This has become a traditional 5k to kick off the Gig’n the Bann festival which had lots of events over the weekend, which is why there was some lovely scones available for munching on afterwards. An impressive time and fighting well up the field – so great to see! We trawled through the interweb and managed to find this shot of our Maureen in the midst of battle:

  • Gigs n' Runs: Elbows out for Maureen in blue!

The GOAT 2019
The Glens of Antrim Triathlon is back for 2019! On a grand auld Saturday afternoon who wouldn’t want a 0.75km open water swim, a 22km cycle to Glenariff Forest and back to Cushendall (with almost 400m of elevation change, with a final 5km coastal run consisting of five distinct peaks to conquer before crossing the finish line. We had two multidisciplined Dubs taking part:

Mc Allister

Great work from Gareth and Brian there – and it was, of course, Brian’s first ever tri too, so kudos on passing that milestone! The choppy seas may have swept you off your your feet, oh, er – I mean swept out to sea – just added to the character of the race. Of couese, that also meant for windy and therefore challenging conditions on the bike and run too. Top job, from two top gentlemen – nicely done!

Copenhagen Half Marathon
A park in Øster Allé is the starting and finishing location in the Danish capital.  This sceneic and historic route takes in all the sightseeing stops including The King’s New Square, the city lakes and the Parliament Christiansborg (guess who read the course description!) This mostly flat, road course has some gentle bends and lots of long straights has become increasingly popular in its five years with us. Including, this year, with one Dub in particular:

6,711Anne Marie Ryan02:17:48---

A tough day at the office, but still a great time posted by Anne Marie in blue. Sometimes races don’t go the way we want, but when you’re away, at least you get to experience a new city and culture – and don’t have to look at the grey skies of Belfast! The city comes highly recommended as a place to visit – so I think that means that she will be back! Well done, enjoy yourself and thanks also for the photo

  • Copen-flying: Anne Marie crosses the line (the finish one that is)!

It was a great Saturday morning, and parkrun is a great way to start a Saturday morning too. Timely reminder that we have a flasmob coming up at Orangefield next weekend – a great way to do a gentle warmup before the half on the Sunday! Also, if you missed there was a cracking wee show on the telebox about parkrun during the week. Right there, enough from me for now, let’s let the results do the speaking now:

James TRAINOR00:17:31New PB!
Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:10
Niall MCCRORY00:17:502nd Place! New PB!
Shaun O'HAGAN00:20:05Newbie PB!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:58
Rose MCCRORY00:27:26New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:01
Dermot DAWSON00:25:07
Edward CALDWELL00:25:29
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:26:55New PB!
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:27:00
Nuala O'CONNOR00:27:40New PB!
Steven TODD00:18:103rd Place! New PB!
Brendan MCILHENNON00:18:24New PB!
Alastair RODGER00:19:05Newbie PB!
Alastair KING00:19:58Newbie PB!
Stacey ORR00:25:28
Jim LARKIN00:18:50New PB!
Rob WALKER00:19:08New PB!
Andrew MCDERMOTT00:20:07
Sarah MAYBIN00:23:26
Isabel MEENAN00:31:06
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:33
Stranmillis College
Martin TEGGART00:26:50New PB!
Francis MCKENNA00:27:46New PB!
Narin Beach
Claire TONRY00:21:211st Place!

Aw here, would you look at that – amazing to see 26 Dubbers running on Saturday morning at no les than nine different events – woah! Hat tippin’ time: we have a first, second and third to celebrate this week – 1st place was Claire (at Narin Beach), 2nd place was Niall (at Victoria) and 3rd place was Steven T (at Wallace). There’s a raft of amazing new personal bests to highlight including James T (at Waterworks), Niall and Rose (at Victoria), Frances and Nuala (at Queen’s), Jim and Rob (at Ormeau), Martin and Francis (at Stranmillis College). Finally, there was some tourism on show from Shaun (at Victoria) and the AlastairsRodger and King (at Wallace). We need some photos now:

  • parklife: Andy (99 parkruns) and Ronan O (stupid number of parkruns) before the Derry City event!

As we steamroll on into the Autumn we have lots of exciting club events to look forward to and to be a part of, including the Belfast Half Marathon, the Relays and Drundrum GR8. The roundup team and our spies will be out in force in the coming weeks to celebrate all things Dub!, Finall, a geography question for you all, I know where the Big Apple is, but does anyone know where the Minneapolis?

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (you try doing this every week) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂