Weekly Roundup: 2019-12-17

Weekly Roundup: 2019-12-17

It is party season with a flashmob, Kilbroney, the Antarctic and various parks the destination of choice – read more about it over the jump!

Oh the weather outside is frightful – or bloody freezin’ as we call it around here! The festive season is fast approaching and we like to celebrate around here with some festive treats to help get you into the spirits. More on all that and more a little later, but thinking back, I remember when my teacher told me I would never be good at poetry because of my dyslexia – but so far I’ve made 3 vases and jug. Okay, let’s see what we did this week!

Christmas Party
We had our annual Christmas dinner and party at the First Floor Bistro on Saturday evening. If you missed if then you might not have heard who our award winners were:

Most Improved Female of the YearCatherine Baillie
Club Female of the YearRoisin Byrne
Most Improved Male of the YearJim Larkin
Club Male of the YearBrendan McIllhennon

On behalf of the club, we have to give massive thanks and kudos to Claire for arranging an awesome Christmas party – we hope you had a blast.

  • Awards! Roisin, Brendan, Catherine & Jim - shields up!

Flashmob pakrun: Stormont
It has become traditional, the morning of the club Christmas Party we gather at Stormont Estate and get the flashmob together for one final time that year. With Stormont about to become the focus once again politically, it was fitting to enjoy the event for ourselves one last time, as the runners stole the limelight on Saturday morning:

19Claire Tonry00:21:432nd Place!
29Marie Sweet00:22:30New PB!
30Ronan O'Flaherty00:22:31
40Ronan McCaughey00:23:25New PB!
62Máire McCaughey00:24:23New PB!
86Francis McKenna00:25:50New PB!

Small in numbers, but mighty in running – absolutely cracker running from everyone! This is why we do these events! Not only did Claire score a podium paying position, but we also had new course personal bests from Marie S, Ronan Mc, Máire Mc and Fra on the day too. Don’t they all look so happy to be there?!

  • parklife: Marie, Claire, Ronan O, Fra, Máire & Ronan McCaughey absolutely freezing!

Run Forest Run, Race 4: Kilbroney
Anyone who has walked Kilbroney Park will know that it isn’t flat – and the latest race in this series certainly isn’t! The 10k race has an elevation change of just shy of 800 ft and took runners on a mix of paths including part way along, including part of the Mourne Way. On a chilly morning, two Dubs made the journey to keep the medal collection going:

7Brendan McIlhennon00:37:10---
79Katherine Harkness00:48:54---

Well, if want to enjoy the Christmas Party being able to gloat – then this was a fine way to do it! Brilliant running from Brendan and Katherine – quite the drive to get to this one and in those conditions too! A fine performance from our Club Man of the Year and well done to both over the trails and woodland paths.  The next race in the series is in Tollymore on January 4th – if you’re interested! When we talk about Christmas spirit, it is always fun to dress up for a race:

  • Chillbroney: Katheine goes solo down for the latest race in the series!

Antarctic Ice Marathon
This is the big one – 26.2 miles in the Antarctic. All the specialist gear is required and only a select chosen few get to compete and take part in this unique event. Four times around route – with some out of this world scenery. Let’s take a look at how Sean got on:

15Sean O'Hagan05:30:46Amazing!

What an amazing achievement, all done for charity and a fantastic experience to cherish and remember. Outstanding running and really well done with this one! Sometimes, I don’t think that words are enough to describe some events. Hopefully, when he is back, we’ll get Sean to write a little but about this trip and the experience.

  • Antarctic Ice Marathon: Sean's prized medal.

With some events being cancelled due to ice this week, you were lucky to get to a park with an event actually taking place. In Baltic conditions, hats and gloves where required to help ease the pain of running in weather like that. Despite the conditions, there were some top performances from our blue tops, as you can see for yourself:

Maureen OLIVER00:28:06
Rob WALKER00:19:00
Catherine BAILLIE00:21:05New PB!
Nessa AGNEW00:23:39
Julia ORR00:24:12
Brona SHAW00:29:10
Lynn DONNELLY00:30:51
Jane PATTERSON00:32:43
Liam LAVERY00:24:41
Dermot DAWSON00:24:52
Edward CALDWELL00:24:59
Brian DERBY00:20:57
Marcella KELLY00:31:04
Stranmillis College
Niall MCCRORY00:19:382nd Place!

Nice running everyone one, that is how you stick it to the weather that tries to spoil your Saturday morning exercise! Tip you hat this week to Niall who as a smooth second at the Stranmillis College event while on-form Catherine B lowered her own bar for the Victoria event with a brand new course PB at the event. We even have a few photos this week:

  • parklife: The gloves are half on and off for Rob at Victoria.

Our festive treats continue with the Christmas Market Run, the Mince Pie Sunday Run and the NYD Flashmob parkrun double over the coming days. Keep an eye out for those, and before we leave you this week – it is time to educate. Fun fact of the week: I recently discovered the Dr. Pepper is a fizzician.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (get into the spirit, it is Christmas, no complaints!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 😁