Weekly Roundup: 2019-11-26

Weekly Roundup: 2019-11-26

We get muddy at the XC, visit Stormont, take a trip to San Sebastian and visit the parks over the jump!

We’re marchin closer to Christmas and the nights are getting cooler – but the club and our results just keep getting hotter (see what we did there?!) We’ll get you all up to speed with the latest happenings in a moment or two, but first, there is this girl I am dating who owns a bakery and works really long hours. I don’t think it is going to work out though – she’s too kneady!  Let’s get cracking!

Sean’s Blog
Our Sean is running the Antarctic Ice Marathon next month. He has detailed his journey on how he got there, and he has asked if we could share the link to his blog.  It would be our pleasure!

Malcolm Cup
More recently, Six Mile Water Park has become host of NI’s most recent parkrun event – but once a year, so quite a few years before, it hosts the Malcolm Cup cross country race. The route, for our runners, was three one-mile loops shaped in a figure of eight around the park – with a hairpin corner just to add a little extra. Oh and dollops of mud all over the place, so, who’d be up for this one?!

103Roisin Byrne00:22:24---
126Nessa Agnew00:23:23---

The Dynamic Duo are back in action together – great running from Roisin and Nessa! Let’s face it, not only were conditions on the day horrible, but the persistent rain in the days before made sure that this was one an absolute mud-fest and even more challenging underfoot conditions. Great running, and as always, we can expect a smile or two:

  • XC Stars: Roisin leads the pack around the corner!

San Sebastian
The half marathon route is described as letting you “run near the most beautiful beach of Europe” – and that is no mistake. The first half of the run follows the river heading towards the coastline, then doubles back on itself into the town itself, before retracing your steps back towards the finish line. Mostly flat this makes for a fun route, and we had two dub legends take on the various challenges on offer:

Half Marathon Race
1,625Andy Wells01:56:22---
10k Race
786Mary Wells01:05:19---

While San Sebastian boasts warmer, milder conditions than what we are experiencing – the rain was never far away. Luckily though for Andy and Mary the rain and wind stayed away for the duration of both races – allowing them both to set cracking times in a cracking setting. Of course, trips like this aren’t just about the running, it is about the experience, and they’ve ensured me that they have been making the most of their little mid-Winter trip away! Thanks to Mary for (sharply) sending through some photos for us all:

  • Sun Sebastian: Mary & Andy sporting their Dub tops ready for their races!

Mo Run
November is now Movember, a month where men grow moustaches to raise help awareness of men’s health issues. A charity race is held each year at Stormont and this year it took place on Sunday morning. Heading down the hill, swing a left into a shorter loop back to the start, before a longer loop to the right takes you right back up the hill, past Parliament Buildings, before a welcome downhill sprint to the line. We had just the one runner taking part:

1Alastair Rodger00:20:281st Place!

Nice running Alastair – and helping to support a worthwhile cause at the same time is always going to be a win-win. Big kudos to Alastair who bagged first place by around one minute from his nearest competitor. Ideal and favourable conditions on Stormont Hill for the small but ever-growing event. What a nice way to start off a Sunday morning – well done sir! No photos though?!

As if by magic, bang on 9:30am when the various parkrun events were just getting going – that was when the rain started. Of course, it’d be too easy if the rain would just stop, oh no, it continued to get heavier and heavier as the half hour rolled on. These are the gambles we all make when doing parkrun, so despite the forecast it was fantastic to see so many ignored the warning and still decided to fit in a run on Saturday morning:

Brendan MCILHENNON00:17:46New PB!
Rob WALKER00:18:52
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:20:35All-time 5k PB!
Jim LARKIN00:20:40
Stacey ORR00:23:13New PB!
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:23:29
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:27
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:34
Edward CALDWELL00:24:40
Nuala O'CONNOR00:28:18
Niamh MCCOTTER00:28:27
Julia ORR00:25:01New PB!
Alastair RODGER00:18:52
Brian DERBY00:20:22
Sarah MAYBIN00:22:142nd Place!
Paul CURLEY00:25:24
Francis MCKENNA00:26:55Newbie PB!
Brona SHAW00:30:30
Stranmillis College
Niall MCCRORY00:19:361st Place! New PB!
Martin TEGGART00:27:59
Rose MCCRORY00:28:05New PB!
Dundalk (Ireland_
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:55Newbie PB!
Falcarragh (Ireland)
Liam LAVERY00:22:55All-time 5k PB!
Malahide (Ireland)e
Amy COOLEY00:26:06Newbie PB!
Perth (Scotland)
Mike SMITH00:24:09Newbie PB!

25 blue tops running in what was absolutely miserable conditions for most of the runners! First up this week, we had two new all-time 5k personal best times set by Ronan O at Victoria of 20:35 and by Liam at Falcarragh of 22:55 – magic running. We had two podium placers over the weekend, including Niall (at Stranmillis College) in first and Sarah (at Ormeau) in second. We had five smashing new course personal bests set by Brendan (at Victoria), Stacey (at Victoria), Julia (at Citypark), Niall (at Stranmillis College) and Rose (at Stranmillis College). Finally, we’d quite a few tourists this week out and about including Francis (at Valley), Kathy (at Dundalk), Amy (at Malahide) and Mike (at Perth, Scotland). Time for some photos to celebrate:

  • parklife: Niall zooms his way to first place at Stranmillis College!

Phew, we will take a break there for now, thanks to everyone who sent in pictures and told us about results – you’re all stars! This weekend, really one of the last big local races of the year takes place – the Seeley Cup. As usual there’s a squad of Dubs taking to the start line – and they will need your support and encouragement. So let’s get out there and ensure that the Dub cheerleading squad are in fine voice! During the week it was my grandfather’s anniversary and I could help but remember the last words he spoke before he passed away: “Pints! Gallons! Litres!” You know, that really speaks volumes.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (you CIC has not been well, so give him a break please!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂