Weekly Roundup: 2019-12-24

Weekly Roundup: 2019-12-24

Welcome to our first of three festive editions from Roundup Towers – find out more over the jump!

As it is Christmas Eve, let’s take a moment out of the hustle and bustle to have a look at what we’ve been up to as a club over the last week – it is fair to say that we have covered a lot of ground in that time. Before we get there, I need to tell you that I finally caved and cut down a Christmas tree – the missus asked if I was going to put it up myself. I told her “No, I was thinking about it up in the living room!” Let’s get going with this jumbo pre-Christmas edition:

Christmas Market Run
Let’s be honest here, the weather on Thursday can only be described as horrific – the rain just would not stop. Luckily though, either do we – and we wouldn’t let it dampen our spirits on our annual Christmas Market Run! Well done to everyone who made it out – by all accounts it was a cracking wee evening!

  • Ain't no Rain: Blue tops who made it to the Market on Thursday!

Sunday Social Mince Pie Run
We have our regular club jaunt around Belvoir Forest every Sunday at 10:30am. Once a year, just before Christmas, Andy & Mary Wells invite us to the Boat Club after the run for some lovely, home-made mince pies! Thanks to Mary and Andy for feeding the club on Sunday morning, but also for your dedication and commitment to the club throughout the year!.

  • Mince Pie: Andy & Mary take centre stage on Sunday.

Hazelbank Christmas Run
Hazelbank Park plays host to a number of popular Leg It Events during the year – and the last is always the Saturday before Christmas! Beginning with a tour of the park before moving along the coast towards Loughshore Park before looping back to Hazelbank Park. It is a mostly flat, fast, five-mile course with around 250ft of elevation change (mostly in the parks). We had a Dub duo racing in this one:

1Brendan McIlhennon00:29:12First Place!
30Stacey Orr00:38:37---

Great running Brendan and Stacey – another awesome race from the two of you with some cracking times posted too. Brendan obviously likes this route – as once again taking home the spoils of first place, that’s a nice wee unexpected Christmas present! What’s even better is that they sent through some photos for us to use:

  • Hazelbank: Blurry feet as Brendan takes the lead!

Back to Basics
Seriously, what?! Yeah, so if you missed this one, this was the no frills race. Timed, no medal, no tee – just pure running. Set in Victoria Park, the 5k option was a familiar three lap circuit of the park, the 10k option – double it – six times around Victoria Park. If you feel dizzy reading that, then imagine how our two Dubs felt?

9Nigel Prior00:39:24---
19Aidan Johnston00:42:54---

Nice running guys – impressive performances in a reasonably smaller field. We have to ask, on behalf of the club just how you managed six laps of the park?! That must have been an incredible challenge, but no better men for the job – and a job well done too!

For a change, it wasn’t frost and ice on the ground, instead it was some freezing fog hanging over the various parks on Saturday morning. If ice doesn’t stop us, then a bit of fog isn’t going to stop us either! With 24 Dubbers donning the cold weather gear and making a break for the start line for 9:30am:

Maureen OLIVER00:28:38
Nuala O'CONNOR00:27:46Newbie PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:22:48
Liam LAVERY00:23:08
Mark HAMILL00:23:50
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:05
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:15
Julia ORR00:24:24100th parkrun! New PB!
Francis MCKENNA00:25:28New PB!
Katherine HARKNESS00:25:49
Brona SHAW00:29:47
Lynn DONNELLY00:30:53
Jane PATTERSON00:32:14
Niamh MCCOTTER00:25:00
Karen CARLISLE00:25:56
Brian DERBY00:20:28
Roisin BYRNE00:21:26New PB!
Marie SWEET00:21:43
Nessa AGNEW00:24:41
Paul CURLEY00:28:46
Colin Glen
Steven TODD00:19:43100th parkrun! 2nd Place!
Stranmillis College
Niall MCCRORY00:19:381st Place!
Stephen MCCLEAN00:25:47Newbie PB!
Rose MCCRORY00:29:19
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:09

Cracking running everyone, and cool number of club members out running – it is great to see. Grab your Santa hats to doth this week, as celebrating a century of parkruns was Jula and Steven, mega work! Podiums this week with first place for Niall (at Stranmillis College) and second place for Steven T (at Colin Glen). Finally, we had some brand spanking new course personal bests set by Julia (at Queen’s) Fra (at Queen’s) and Roisin (at Ormeau).  Kudos to Nuala (at Victoria) who made her first visit to the course. Enough waffle, photo time:

  • parklife: Some of the Dubbers who went to Queen's to celebrate Julia's 100th parkrun!

Useless parkrun Stat Klaxon
As has become traditional on a landmark parkrun occasion we take a look at some cool, yet totally useless and pointless stats collected by the runner in question! We had two one hundredths this weekend:

Julia Orr

parkrun Birthday13th September 2014 (Victoria)
100th EventQueen's (21st December 2019)
Fastest Event00:23:32 (Victoria - 31st August 2019)
Volunteered41 times
PB Run28 times
  • 100 Not Out! Julia crosses the line at her 100th event at Queen's!

Steven Todd

parkrun Birthday20th February 2016 (Falls)
100th EventColin Glen (21st December 2019)
Fastest Event00:17:26 (Victoria - 20th April 2019)
Volunteered35 times
PB Run39 times
  • 100 Not Out: Steven took the family to Colin Glen!

With a special extra Christmas Day parkrun and a certain Cracker race coming up over the next few days, means while most of us will be on holidays, that does not mean that we’re going to be taking things any easier than normal! Basically, there is plenty to look forward to in next week’s Weekly Roundup! Did you know that Santa does not have to pay to park his sleigh? It’s on the house!

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (you’ll be called Scrooge forever more!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 😁