Weekly Roundup: 2020-01-14

Weekly Roundup: 2020-01-14

We visit the Glens, Mallusk and the parks – all the craic over the jump!

Hello to all our newer members – this is your roundup, a weekly insight into just what we’ve been getting up to over the last seven days. All you need to do list your club as Dub Runners and you can get your name in lights right here!  I have heard, that recently in Africa, they tried an experiment where they blessed the rains – it was a Toto failure.  Now that’s out of the way – here’s some roundup goodness!

Race Over the Glens
The Christmas leftovers continue with this classic New Year’s Day rave. Starting in Glenariff Forest Park, the first two and a half miles twist uphill following the scenic trail into the valley, before a final sharp uphill finish. With an elevation change of 700ft we had two runners taking part:

81Alastair King00:45:01---
96Katherine Harkness00:46:04---

Cracking running from the pair of Dubbers – a lovely morning to go racing in the glens and to kick start the new year and decade. Apparently, there is an infamous piper, who, for the novelty factor, plays the bagpipes on top of the glen during the race! Brilliant running and some brilliant times all round. Even got a photo to share with us all:

  • ROTG: Alastair, Katherine and the infamous piper!

Mathieson Cup and Shield
The first angry country race of the year, and now a staple on the local XC scene. Over by the motorway it is all mud, followed by and steep banks of mud. Usually held on the coldest day of the year (who remembers last year?!), but not this year – it was a balmy 6 degrees (tropical)! Who braved the mud in 2020?

Mathieson Shield
3Claire Tonry00:24:203rd Place!
22Collette McCourt00:26:03---
40Bernadette O'Kane00:28:11---
Male Vets
8Mike Smith00:29:28---
Mathieson Cup
21James Trainor00:29:46Ran in Yellow!
43Steven Todd00:30:51---

Nice running, jumping and tiptoeing folks with three laps of fun for the ladies and veteran men, while four for Steve in the Cup. A nice little podium spot for Claire who fought back from a distance fourth place at the end of her second lap – brilliant. Just outstanding running from your all though, the biblical rain on Saturday ensured for a particularly muddy and slippery race. Thanks to our spy for the photo too:

  • Mathieson: Steven in the finish funnel - no airplane mode, too focused!

EAMS World Half Marathon Day
Monday was World Half Marathon Day, being 13th day of the first month, you could write that as 13.1 – which is also the digits required to make up the distance of a half marathon! Early first thing on a Monday morning you’d have seen runners start at Carrick Castle and make their way to Gideons Green before making a turn and heading back to the Castle. With Storm Brendan looming large, his namesake plus one took to the course:

1Brendan McIllhennon01:19:00First Place!
Stacey Orr01:41:00First Place!

You’re both not going to let a weather warning and storm put you off – brilliant running from you pair. A pair of first place finishes too – which considering that wind is something else. Plus, who wants to run on a Monday morning, so you’ve got that over the rest of us too! Great going, thanks for the photos too:

  • Storms Brewing: Brendan and Stacey take home first place!

With a warning of torrential rain and winds in place – it was a brave person who made the choice of parkrun this weekend. It was a story of two halves, the wind was strong at the beginning, but thankfully for most, the rain stayed off just long enough to complete the 5k courses. Let’s see who ventured outside:

Roisin BYRNE00:21:32New PB!
Amy COOLEY00:28:10New PB!
Martin TEGGART00:25:51
Liam LAVERY00:23:38
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:29
Dermot DAWSON00:24:45
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:25:02
Julia ORR00:25:07
Geraldine COYLE00:26:37
Brona SHAW00:30:33
Lynn DONNELLY00:30:51
Dale BIGGERSTAFF00:31:26
Laura KING00:33:37Newbie PB!
Jane PATTERSON00:34:07
Bernadette O'KANE00:24:30
Jim LARKIN00:21:07
Andrew MCDERMOTT00:21:08
Brian DERBY00:19:44
John CLOSE00:19:47
Marie SWEET00:21:57
Niall MCCRORY00:28:04
Danielle MCCLUSKEY00:29:33
Alastair RODGER00:19:43Newbie PB!
Colin Glen
Brendan MCILHENNON00:18:22Newbie PB!
James TRAINOR00:27:28
James SHERIDAN00:22:55
Stranmillis College
Francis MCKENNA00:27:20
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:21:53New PB!

28 blue tops out this week – still seeing really great numbers as we continue into January. Now, it would be remiss of us to not mention Andrew Mc Dermott who set his new all-time 5k personal best time of 18:51 on New Year’s Day – astounding work and what a way to start the new year! Now, tip your hat this weekend, as setting new course PBs was Roisin and Amy (at Waterworks) and Ronan O (at Sixmilewater). We also had a trio of tourists out and about including Laura (at Queen’s), Alastair (at Stormont) and Brendan (at Colin Glen). Photo time:

  • parklife: Ronan's uncle completed his first parkrun on Saturday morning!

That’s a wrap for this week. Don’t forget that it doesn’t matter about times, this is all about highlight the achievements – big and small of everyone in the club. So don’t be afraid to send in your photos for everyone to celebrate with you!  Did you know: the word “diputseromneve” might look silly, but backwards its even more stupid.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (those resolutions didn’t last too long did they??) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 😁