Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-29

Weekly Roundup: 2019-10-29

Has the PB club of the year done it again?  Let’s find out over the jump!

Boo! Right, that’s the Halloween references over for the year now! We have some scarily great running to report on this week (okay, that was one final Halloween mention) – plenty of names to get in lights! First, let me tell you some big news! I am making a new documentary on how to fly a plane – we’re currently filming the pilot.  Right then, sit down for this ride:

Wedding Bells
Kicking us off this week is congratulations to our very own membership secretary Karen who married Peter in a lovely ceremony on Saturday. Our best wishes and many, many years of happiness together from everyone at the Dub Runners!

  • Sendin our best wishes to Karen and Peter on their wedding.

Ireland’s Fittest Family
I think most of us here know our Anna and most of us know how she accomplishes pretty much every challenge she sets before herself?! Well then, it should come as no shock to find out that Anna and her family appeared on RTÉ One’s Ireland’s Fittest Family. If you want to catch it live: Sunday’s 6:30pm on RTÉ One with a repeat showing Wednesday’s 7:30pm on RTÉ 2.

  • Fittest Family: The McArdle's!

Frankfurt Marathon
We all love a bit of German efficiency – so it is no surprise that Frankfurt hosts a cracking wee marathon event. Running alon both sides of the River Main, starting in the city with its striking skyline, heading to Sachsenhausen, followed by the residental Höchst area before heading back along the Mainzer Landstrasse through the city center and the trade fair tower into the Festhalle with its red carpet. We had one Dub representing:

4,748Paul McFlynn03:45:58---

Nice running Paul – so very close to auld personal best time, but that just means you’re running brilliantly consistent at the moment. I know you enjoyed this one, and it was a bit of a season ender for you, and what a way to sign off for the year too! We hope you had time to enjoy Frankfurt too – it is a holiday after all! Thanks for the photos too:

  • Frankfurt: Paul runs the German streets!

Dublin Marathon
Our namesake marathon (might as well start off on a controversial note) is back in its now traditional Sunday of the bank holiday weekend! Starting in the city centre, before heading into the Phoenix Park and back around the perimeter towards the halfway point. Crossing the Grand Canal into the south of the city through Bushy Park (no, not that one) before circling around University College Dublin and heading for home. We had a handful of Dubs proudly wearing blue in Dub:

218Brendan McIlhennon02:48:55New PB!
4,675Mark McGowan03:46:09---
6,136John Carser03:54:18New 25 Min PB!
6,369Judith McManus03:55:26New PB!
6,574Claire Porter03:56:19New PB!
7,476Edward Caldwell04:01:42---
7,921Maire McCaughey04:05:06---
12,503Frances McCambridge04:38:42---

The head here should read “Dubs Rule Dub” with those performances on Sunday morning – outstanding work and running from everyone (it must have been that extra hour in bed)! Small enough in numbers this year, but with personal best times posted by Brendan, John and Judith missed with four other strong and impressive performances made it a day to remember for you all! This is what we love to see! A special word of thanks to everyone’s supporting squads who helped them along the course, and took a few photos:

  • #DubsDo Dub: Mark on the cobbles!

Be thankful, as you rolled out of bed on Saturday morning to ideal running conditions and made your way to the parks – not everyone was so lucky! With loads of cancelled events due to bad weather elsewhere, it was nice for a change to get running here when we normally get the rotten weather that prevents us from getting out! Let’s see who made the most of it:

Rob WALKER00:18:34New All-Time 5k PB!
Alex BLACKSTOCK00:44:35
Niall MCCRORY00:19:06
Sean O'HAGAN00:21:18New PB!
Marie SWEET00:22:102nd Place! New PB!
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:22:56
Mark HAMILL00:23:20
Niamh MCCOTTER00:23:42New PB!
Liam LAVERY00:24:38
Rose MCCRORY00:27:36
Brian DERBY00:20:44
Catherine BAILLIE00:21:212nd Place! New All-Time 5k PB!
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:27:40
Paul CURLEY00:26:23
Brona SHAW00:31:15
Jane PATTERSON00:36:18
Stranmillis College
Nessa AGNEW00:23:441st Place! New PB!
Francis MCKENNA00:26:17New PB!
Mike SMITH00:24:34Newbie PB!
Kilkenny (Ireland)
Nuala O'CONNOR00:29:22Newbie PB!
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:45

Aww – some running everyone, boat loads of the club out running! I got a tipping hat – hope you have yours as we had two new all-time 5k personal bests set this weekend by on form Rob (at Victoria) and Catherine B (at Ormeau). We had Nesssa first (at Stranmillis College), while it was second place for Marie S (at Queen’s) and Catherine B (at Ormeau). There was new course PBs set by Sean O’H (at Queen’s), newbie Niamh (at Queen’s) and Nessa and Francis (at Stranmillis College). Finally, there were newbie PBs from Mike S (at Sixmilewater) and Nuala (at Kilkenny).  Speaking of Nuala – we found a photo:

  • parklife: Nuala's going so fast she is a blur!

Brilliant everyone! Some cracking racing from everyone, and standout performances all over the place – every single person worth a mention! As always, if you think those of us in Roundup Towers might miss something, send us a message, so that we can get you covered.  The doctor has recommended that I start starting some vitamins to help improve my eyesight – so I have started taking Vitamin See.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (I’ve been away, so yeah, catching up is hard – try it for yourself!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂