Beaming from Gosford to Marrakesh to Rahney to the numerous parks – all the goss over the jump!
Sometimes we sit down here at Roundup Towers and think ‘Oh, this might be a quiet week for results’ – then a quick check of Strava reminds us that our club never stops. That’s not a bad thing at all, and more of it we all say! I must tell you that I finished a book recently about the greatest basement to ever exist – it was a best cellar. Now then, let’s see what we’ve been doing:
NI & Ulster Intermediate and Masters Cross Country Championships
Or the Gosford Cross Country as it was more commonly known. Hot on the heels of Born 2 Run’s event last weekend, it was the turn of some grassy running for our thrill seekers. T’was an uphill start on a chilly afternoon with mostly good conditions underfoot. Our Dub trio tackled that ‘hill’ – not once, not twice – but three times to finish the 3-mile course. Let’s see how they got on:
Nice running folks – luckily the weather has been favourable lately, so this wasn’t the mud-fest that it could so easily have become. Some outstanding performances from our three in blue – these may be shorter events, but they are just as hard and tough on the body, and not for everyone. A top afternoon’s effort all the same and some top results.
Marrakech Marathon & Half Marathon
Not to be confused with Long Kesh, Marrakesh is a former imperial city in western Morocco (yay for Wikipedia!) At this time of the year, with their sunshine, is becomes an attractive winter race to target. As every marathon should start, the first 10k was downhill, only problem was that it was then an uphill slog until mile 18 before an undulating final few miles to the finish line. Let’s see how our Blue Tops got on:
|Ukn||Heather Baron||03:31:01||New PB!|
I might have been warm, but you all did some amazing running. A nice even split of three in the marathon and three in the half. A wee personal best for Heather who stormed her way to first Dub across the line. A great time was had by all – and some celebrations in the winter sun for a job well done by all! Our thanks to one of the best Dub supporters, Mary, who in honour of this event, helped us forego our traditional photo slider – instead here’s a video!
Thought we’d miss this did you?! Ah, north Dublin might be miles and miles away, but on a cold but thankfully dry Sunday afternoon, bus loads made their way to 36th running of this iconic event. Kicking off in All Saints Park and heading out past the Garda station, after three miles the course loops back into St. Anne’s Park for a scenic run to the start / finish line again. We had a dynamic duo of Dubs running:
|2,089||Nuala O'Connor||00:44:10||New PB!|
Great running ladies – impressive times posted over the distance. Five miles is becoming a more popular race distance lately, and we hope you didn’t get too many people thinking that you were from a local running club rather than from Belfast! Joking aside, what a way to spend a Sunday afternoon, great running, really well done. We love a good photo here, so here’s two great ones:
For what seems like the hundredth time in January, the parks across the country were alive and licking with runners kitted out in their almost new Christmas presents ready for the off. Dry if a little cooler conditions in the parks meant that wrapping up warm was a bit of a must. We’d a stack over blue tops going to events all over the place early on Saturday:
|Niamh MCCOTTER||00:22:32||Newbie PB!|
|Catherine BAILLIE||00:20:48||New PB!|
|Monica BYRNE||00:24:06||Newbie PB!|
|Brona SHAW||00:28:59||New PB!|
|Laura KING||00:32:04||New PB!|
|Brendan MCILHENNON||00:18:11||New PB!|
|Stacey ORR||00:23:31||New PB!|
|Sharon SHAW||00:26:09||New PB!|
|Ronan O'FLAHERTY||00:22:13||New PB!|
|Roisin BYRNE||00:22:41||Newbie PB!|
|Anne Marie RYAN||00:29:19||New PB!|
|Alastair RODGER||00:18:50||Newbie PB!|
|Amy COOLEY||00:26:19||New PB!|
|Dermot DAWSON||00:28:31||Newbie PB!|
30 Dubs at 15 different events – that is an impressive stat for January! Let’s doth your cap to those who this week set new course personal best times Catherine (at Ecos), Brona and Laura (at Queen’s), Brendan, Stacey and Sharon (at Wallace), Ronan O (at Antrim), Anne Marie (at Valley) and Amy (at Dungloe)! Some top tourism on Saturday from Niamh (at Victoria), Monica (at Queen’s), Roisin (at Carrickfergus), Alastair (at the relatively new Con Smith) and Dermot (at Scottish Queen’s). Magic. Photo time:
Later this evening (Tuesday) we have our first Talk & Pizza Evening of the new year at the club – kicking off learning about the benefits of cross training and nutrition to help beat those PBs in 2020. If you’re reading this after Tuesday – woops! On Monday evening, the missus tripped and fell while carrying a bunch of clothes she’d just ironed – I watched it all unfold.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (really – anyone want to step up???) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂 !