Small number of races but massive in stature this week. Read it all over the jump!
There was a lot of anticipation ahead of this week, this was the week that was earmarked as the event that quite a lot of local running were targeting – I can’t think why though, can you?! We’ll get all your names in lights pretty darn soon but wait till you hear what happened to me! I threw a party at the weekend for all the workers ho helped build my house. The door guy showed up late – but he really knew how to make an entrance. Okily dokily, there’s a lot of results here, so make sure you’re comfortable:
Flashmob parkrun: Orangefield
What a contrast the weekend was. Saturday morning in the parks has the sun splitting the trees. No better kind of morning for wanting to get up and out of bed and ready to take on a 5k. We had our latest flashmob event in the ever undulating Organefield Park event. We had a side-bar sized Errigle of Dubs out for it:
|7||Ronan O'Flaherty||00:22:18||New PB!|
|10||Catherine Baillie||00:22:26||2nd Place! New PB!|
|12||Marie Sweet||00:22:40||3rd Place! New PB!|
|46||Paul McFlynn||00:26:28||Newbie PB!|
|64||Rose McCrory||00:28:21||New PB!|
Some great running – and a lovely wee warmup event before the big half (coming soon)! Thanks to the organisers of Orangefield for hosting us all. Well done to those who set their new course personal bests on Saturday including Ronan O, Catherine, Marie S and Rose. Let’s not forget our treasurer Paul Mc who set a newbie PB on his first visit to the park! Don’t they all look like a happy bunch?!
Dublin Half Marathon
Ever got a big race coming up and think to yourself that racing the same distance the day before would be a good warmup for the race?! It was a bit warm on Saturday (not sure if you noticed), for one a bit laps around Phoenix Park, and with the course a little bit undulating in places, there was considerable effort required for our one solo Dub in Dublin:
|126||Brendan McIlhennon||01:24:10||New PB!|
Woah Brendan, impressive times – a PB and you weren’t feeling great leading up to the race. Unbelievable performance. Of course, that was just a trail run for Sunday (the report is coming) and perfecting the skills in an attempt to go even faster in Belfast. Still time for a quick rest – and a photo!
Belfast Half Marathon
The centrepiece of the Autumn running calendar took place on Sunday. Let’s be honest here, it was a PB course, flat and fast, but it was a horrendous day. If you were out supporting and wondering why you were getting a bit cross eyed that is because there was over a third of the club racing in the pouring rain early on Sunday morning. Let’s have a look at the club results:
|117||Brendan McIlhennon||01:23:54||New PB!|
|130||Niall McCrory||01:24:11||First Half Marathon!|
|133||Jim Larkin||01:24:31||New PB!|
|192||Collette McCourt||01:26:28||New PB!|
|206||Rob Walker||01:26:44||New PB!|
|629||Roisin Byrne||01:37:41||New PB!|
|1,151||Graeme Colhoun||01:44:29||1:45 Pacer!|
|1,731||John Carser||01:52:02||New PB!|
|2,498||Julia Orr||01:58:40||New PB!|
|2,671||Nuala O'Connor||02:01:14||New PB!|
|3,478||Anne Marie Ryan||02:14:14|
That a club day that was – amazing and outstanding running from all 35 blue (and not-so-blue) tops pounding the streets of Belfast. It’s hard to highlight some people but ups to Brendan, Jim L, Collette, Rob, Roisin, John C, Julia and Nuala for all them it was raining PBs on Sunday! Well done to everyone on Sunday, my hands and throat are sore from all the shouting – every single one of you did an amazing job. It was next to near impossible to get a group photo, but we tried:
We couldn’t leave it there – have a look at our image gallery of just some (I’m Human and there’s 35 of you lot!) of the Dub Runners who took part in Sunday’s Belfast City Half Marathon.
Hard to believe it, but there were other parkrun events also on Saturday morning for you all to attend! It’s nice to see some took up the option (your names have been noted 😛 ) and bounced out bed with the same vigour and eagerness as you always do. Right then, who couldn’t make it to the flashmob?
|Claire TONRY||00:19:36||1st Place!|
|Alastair RODGER||00:21:32||2nd Place!|
Nice wee spread of different events and great to see some tourism on the cards too! We’re still going to ask you to tip your hat to Claire T (on her holibobs at Father Collins) who was first home and to Alastair R (at Narin Beach) who took second place on the podium this week. Don’t think we could find any photos this week.
Phew! That’s the big week over! Well done everyone who was racing this week – hope you all celebrated in fine style on Sunday – that is once you got warmed up again! Right, so now is when it gets harder to find the races – so make sure you let us know if you’re racing please! Oh, some useful advice to you all from a visually impaired person: just so you know, eating seafood – doesn’t help at all!
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (tI wouldn’t even try this week, did I mention 35 doing Belfast?!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties