Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-08

Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-08

Celebrating 15 years of parkrun, the final DUNE, a 3/4 marathon, a race in Crumlin and the relay champs – all and more over the jump!

Well, this last week went RELAY fast didn’t it?! Steven T dubbed us the PB Club of the Year a few months ago, but surely we couldn’t still be at all that – could we?! Before you find out more, I have another story about the infamous missus, she told me this week to stop cracking terrible dad jokes and write a book instead – I thought to myself, that’s a novel idea.  Okay, hold tight, this is a big one this week!

DUNE Half Marathon
For one last time, Newry hosted the start of the North’s first cross border race. Up the two-mile hill out of Newry, then it is an undulating route along the ‘old’ Dublin road as you make your way towards Dundalk. Finally rolling downhill into the town centre for a finish in the Town Square. The first event was in 2013 (run in the opposite direction) and every year since then it has been from Newry to Dundalk – but this is the final running of the event. Take a look at who was there to give it a send off:

15Collette McCourt01:29:031st Place!
155Nessa Agnew01:51:03---

Yeo – magic running from the wo ladies across the border! A wee first place finish for Collette and an impressive performance from Nessa for a strong Dub showing at the last event. Near ideal conditions, with overcast skies leading clearing to allow the sun through. What a way to finish the race off!

  • Dune and Dusted: Collete makes a break for the finish line! Copyright: In The Picture Photography

Craigavon Lakes 3/4 Marathon
If you ever needed some help training for a marathon – this is the event for you. Just six times around the lake takes you just shy of the 20 miles mark, and helpfully that is also three quarters of a marathon distance! Over the course of one lap, there’s a reasonable amount of undulation – but that fairly adds up when you have another five loops to complete for the full distance! We had one Dub in red for the race:

3Brendan McIlhennon02:08:553rd Place!

Oh Brendan, you might have been in red, but you weren’t left red faced with an awesome third placed finish on the lakeside. Looking at your mile splits on Strava – that is some unreal consistency over the 19-odd miles of the event. A lovely morning for it, if a little damp at times – plus Stacey was there too, in a support role, but still managed a cool ten miles, which is worth a mention! We found two photos from the event:

  • Lakeside: ... and across the line!

Run Anon 5k
If a two-mile relay lap wasn’t in your plan for Sunday morning, then there was an alternative over in Crumlin! With 5k and 10k options, the race starts at Crumlin Glen and ends towards St. Joseph’s School. Billed as a flat course with some gentle inclines, made all the more scenic with some glimpses of the lough! We had one legendary Dub racing:

20Maureen Oliver00:27:29---

Ah, you can’t keep a good woman down – great running Maureen and two local and tough 5k races for you over the last two weekends as well. Showing us all how it should be done. Not content with just racing on Sunday, she then legged it over to Victoria Park as part of the cheering squad for the relays, so all-in-all, a pretty Dub-tastic day for you. We even have a photo of the woman of the moment with her bling:

  • No Anon Running: Maureen flying at the alternative to the relays!

Relay Championships 2019
A classic of a race – one lap around Victoria Park, one mile. Just do it twice. That’s all you have to do. Attracting lots of local attention, the park is jampacked with clubs and runners. In cracking conditions on Sunday afternoon, we fielded four teams in the various different races:

Masters Mens Race


Masters Men00:47:12
Steven Todd00:11:19
Jim Larkin00:11:42
Rob Walker00:12:15
Peter Morrison00:11:58

Vets Men01:01:05
Mike Smith00:15:21
Andy Wells00:15:41
Martin Teggart00:16:01
Ronan McCaughey00:14:02

Senior Ladies Race


Senior Ladies00:40:59
Sarah Maybin00:13:35
Katherine Harkness00:14:09
Catherine Baillie00:13:16

Senior Mens Race


Senior Men00:48:13
Niall McGrory00:11:22
Chris Carlin00:14:03
John Close00:11:49
Philip Clarke00:11:01

Well, well, well – what a fantastic club day Sunday was at the relays. Each and every one of you pushed to your absolute max and some amazing times and performances. Lots of club support along the course too – just adding a little bit to the pressure! Safe to say everyone who completed the race, did so with a massive smile on their face. There’s a full gallery of photos available right here, but for sampling purposes, here’s a little group shot from the day:

  • Relay, Relay: Some of the team at the Relay Championships!

13 runners on the start line. Four volunteers. 9am start along a 5k route. Stopwatch timer. Washers stamped with finishing positions. Pen and paper to write down the results. Cup of coffee at the end. 15 years ago, on Saturday 2nd October 2004 this is how Paul Sinton-Hewitt began what became known as parkrun in Bushy Park. Since then it has grown to over 1,400 events in 23 countries across 5 continents. Let’s find out which Dubs were in party mode this weekend:

Roisin BYRNE00:22:373rd Place!
Owen LARGEY00:22:12Newbie PB!
Martin TEGGART00:26:38
Kathy MAYHEW00:27:26
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:27:09
Edward CALDWELL00:27:11
Dermot DAWSON00:27:11
Anne Marie RYAN00:28:42
Rose MCCRORY00:28:48
Niall MCCRORY00:28:51
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:29:02
Steven TODD00:18:461st Place!
Noel KELLY00:19:101st Place! New PB!
Rob WALKER00:20:24
Marie SWEET00:21:272nd Place! All-Time 5k PB!
Catherine BAILLIE00:21:283rd Place! All-Time 5k PB!
John CLOSE00:21:45
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:28:29
Jim SIMONS00:28:41
Brendan MCILHENNON00:18:391st Place! Newbie PB!
Stacey ORR00:25:01Newbie PB!
Stranmillis College
Paul CURLEY00:28:21
Sarah MAYBIN00:23:192nd Place!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:02Newbie PB!

Brilliant – 24 Dubbers out partying like it was parkrun’s birthday this week!!  It’s hat time –  Catherine B (for the second week in a row) and Marie S both bagged a brand new all-time 5k personal best time!  Also, taking the top step of the podium was Steven T (at Falls), Noel (at Enniskillen) and Brendan (at Orangefield). In the silver paying position was Marie S (at Ormeau) and Sarah (at Buncrana). Snapping up the final place on the podium was Roisin (at Waterworks) and Catherine B (at Ormeau). We had two new PBs this week set by Noel (at Enniskillen) and Marie S (at Ormeau). Finally, doing some tourism this was Owen (at Victoria), Brendan and Stacey (at Orangefield). Finally, visiting the birthplace of parkrun was Ronan O (at Bushy). Photo time:

  • parklife: Ronan meets Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun at the home of parkrun - Bushy Park!

We need to give a round of applause for Steven Todd here, the mastermind behind the teams for the relays over the weekend and I think everyone will join us in agreeing that he organised a cracking club day out for everyone who attended. We just hope that all you nerves have settled again since!!  I feel slightly cheated this week, I bought a wooden car, with a wooden engine and wooden wheels and guess what – it wooden start!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (try it sometime yourself before you say something!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂