Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-15

Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-15

A quiet Saturday… then Wham!  Super Sunday – read all about it over the jump!

After all this time, you’d think we’d realise that there’s never a quiet weekend of running! So, when you’re preparing things on Sunday morning it is a dangerous thought that it was a quiet week – because awesome things land on your desk that need to be added to the roundup. We really do mean awesome things, some stunning performances and times – stuff to make you proud to be a Dub – we’ll get to the full lowdown in a moment.  What did two say to three when they saw six act like an idiot? Don’t mind him – he’s just a product of our times.  Yes, that was a maths one – and I am proud of it, now let’s look at the results:

NI Masters XC
Oh yeah, it is back. It’s been a few months – but it is finally back, the angry country running season! The NI Masters race held at Queen’s started in the pitch where the GTR begins and skirted the lower pitches before moving to the upper back pitches and back down. 6k no easy ask – but one Blue Top stepped up to the mark:

39Mike Smith00:30:20---

Mike take bow – the very definition of a Dub Legend. Still running strongly, averaging 5min/lm over cross country is impressive. Familiar territory is sometimes a hindrance, but that showed no signs of slowing you up over Saturday lunchtime. Our spies were out and about, as we found this snap, see if you can spot yourself:

  • XC Season: Can you spot our Mike?

Manchester Half Marathon
Manchester: United, City of Coronation Street, it is has given us a lot. This year, it is also giving us a half marathon to take part on! The 13.1 mile route wiggles through the streets of central Manchester taking in grounds of Old Trafford (football and cricket). As the route moves into Sale it also crosses the Bridgewater Canal and the River Mersey – before slinging back to the start. Who was over for a wee trip?

3,665Liam Lavery01:51:35---

Good man Liam – great running and a great time! When we spotted that you were in Manchester for parkrun, we knew to keep an eye on Strava to see what you were up to this weekend! A very popular race, over 30 thousand taking part, so it is hard to find room to get going, but you clearly managed to do that with ease! Enjoy the rest of your trip away now, and thanks for the photos:

  • Manchester: Liam is all set for the start!

Coney Island Challenge
Any race that has the words “Island” or “Challenge” in the title is always going to be fun, so when you sign up to one with BOTH in it, well that just means double fun! This is a race with a difference – over land and sea (no really, stick with us here), the 10mile route crosses a sand causeway (a mere 4 miles long) to get to Coney Island! Anyone else feeling guilty about their Sunday running plans now?! I can tell you, one Dub most certainly is not:

63Kathy Mayhew01:30:49---

Impressive Kathy – outstanding running which you described to me as “tough but great“.  Lots of running through water too, so if sand running wasn’t tough enough – the legs will get pretty heavy with all of that.  Taking in the very scenic views of Benbulben and Knocknarea mountains are just about enough to take your mind off your wet feet!!  When you get home there’s some very tempting food and entertainment awaiting  – all the more reason to want to get there!

Running Scared
Boo! Halloween may still be over two weeks away – but if the shops can be stocking Christmas stuff already, then we can have a Halloween themed race. This (mostly) flat course runs along the popular Hazelbank Christmas route – runners were encouraged to dress up and go for a five-mile race along the coast. This one attracted just three Dubs:

1Brendan McIlhennon00:28:291st Place! New PB!
6Stacey Orr00:39:392nd Place! New PB!
18Maureen Oliver00:45:42---

Nice running Brendan, Stacey and Maureen – rumour has it that you all scared a lot of people with your costumes, apparently you turned up dressed up as runners?! That was rotten morning for a run (and the photos more than prove it) – but what a way to kick it off – Brendan first place and Stacey grabbing second place – incredible. Great running, great times, great prizes and another great photo:

  • Boo(m)! Brendan takes first place. Stacey takes second place. AMAZING.

Chicago Marathon
One of the big five world marathons – Sunday morning saw the fourty second running of the marathon that sees of 45 thousand runners pound the streets. Kicking off In Grant Park and moving northwards parallel with the coast line. Looping back on itself, runners cross the river and get to explore the centre of the city. Back across the river, its south for a few k’s before a push back to Grant Park. We had one Dub showing us how it is done:

6,974Roisin Byrne03:28:44Massive New PB!

In a weekend full of marathon records falling, it was only fitting that our Roisin and absolutely smashed her previous marathon best time – only by 21 minutes!! Of course, it was a breeze for Ro, who didn’t let the windy conditions of Chicago (who called it the Windy City?!) on Sunday morning put her off her stride. An outstanding performance – really, really well done Roisin! We hope that you were able to enjoy some time in the city after the run – and thanks for the photo:

  • ChicaGO: A massive 21 minute PB for our Roisin!

After the celebrations of last weekend, it was a return to business as usual as the masses descended upon the various parks. With idea conditions on a beautifully still not-quite autumnal Saturday morning. A chance to represent and push for the twenty blue tops who made the early morning start worthwhile:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:21:05New PB!
Noel KELLY00:17:582nd Place! Newbie PB!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:43
Niall MCCRORY00:18:41New PB!
Colin PLAYFORTH00:22:30New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:23:49
Edward CALDWELL00:24:55
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:26:17
Rose MCCRORY00:27:18New PB!
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:27:34
Bernadette O'KANE00:22:332nd Place!
Brian DERBY00:20:42
Catherine BAILLIE00:21:341st Place!
Francis MCKENNA00:26:20Newbie PB!
Rob WALKER00:19:473rd Place! New PB!
Jim SIMONS00:22:24
Brona SHAW00:30:24
Jane PATTERSON00:33:56
Stranmillis College
Nessa AGNEW00:24:483rd Place!
Sretford (Manchester)
Liam LAVERY00:24:30Newbie PB!

Magic running everyone – some cracking performances in the parks on Saturday from all the Dubs!  Is that a hat I see? Good, as coming home first was pace setter Catherine (at Ormeau). We had a few second placers this week from Noel (at Victoria) and Bernie (at Portrush). A duo of third steps was taken by Rob (at Orangefield) and Nessa (at Stranmillis College). We had a raft of new course personal bests set this weekend by Ronan O (at Derry City), Niall (at Queen’s), Colin (at Queen’s), Rose (at Queen’s) and Rob (at Orangefield). As always, we look at who was being a tourist this week: Noel made his first visit to Victoria, Fra made the rip to Comber and Liam was running in Manchester. After all that writing let’s look at some photos:

  • parklife: Coming home to third place at Stranmillis College is Nessa.

Now that we have this weekend over us – attention and eyes turn to Dundrum! Yep, this Saturday an Errigle of Dubs will descend on the village. A club day out awaits with a bus arranged and a post-race meal planned – we might have a few limited places left, if you need a spot (but we can’t guarantee a race entry). Something for everyone to look forward to now!  So, yeah, the rumours are true and I can’t believe I was arrested for impersonating a politician – I was just sitting there doing nothing

Live long and prosper.

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