Weekly Roundup: 2020-02-04

Weekly Roundup: 2020-02-04

Antrim, parkrun and some craic over the jump!

You made it through January – that was a long year, we know that, time now to relax and enjoy the shortest month, even if we end up having an extra day in it this year! We’ve been busy Dubs the last while, and we have a full recap of just what we have been doing in a moment.  Great news, I’ve joined forces with a few mates to start a new band called Duvet – it’s a cover band!

Run Forest Run, Race 7: Antrim Castle
The penultimate event of the series, and a sure sign that winter will soon be replaced with spring! The 10k starts in the grounds of the gardens (where the 5k race stayed), past the ruins of Shanes Castle some awesome views of Lough Neagh before looping back to the Castle Gardens. For the second last one, we had a bit of a crew racing:

10k Race
2Phil Clarke00:34:272nd Place!
4Brendan McIlhennon00:34:47---
44Niamh O'Connell00:42:34---
106Stacey Orr00:45:57New PB!
107Niamh McCotter00:46:04New PB!
123Katherine Harkness00:47:00---
170Julia Orr00:49:08New PB!
237Danielle McCluskey00:52:23New PB
5 Race
19Peter Mallon00:22:49

That is how you do it – magic running from everyone, on a lovely wee morning and afternoon surrounded by some stunning scenery. A very special mention has to be given to Phil who finished on the podium in second place. We had a trio of 10k PBs set by Stacey, Julia and Danielle McC on Saturday morning too – top job! Even got a few photos sent to us:

  • Antrim: The gang of blue tops all happy with a top job!

February is a special month for parkrun for us – with not just a Flashmob coming up, but also a Volunteer Flashmob before the month is up! It is not long before the road racing season kicks off in earnest, so its heads down and putting some solid training on the board at the moment – and that is exactly what parkrun helps to do! Let’s take a look at how everyone got on:

Derry City
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:27:49
Michael KIRK-SMITH00:25:08
Kathy MAYHEW00:25:18
Liam LAVERY00:23:06
Monica BYRNE00:24:08
Maire MCCAUGHEY00:24:15
Dermot DAWSON00:24:23
Ronan MCCAUGHEY00:24:25
Edward CALDWELL00:25:51
Frances MC CAMBRIDGE00:29:05
Anne Marie RYAN00:29:05
Orla PHILLIPS00:35:59
Steven TODD00:20:32
Bernadette O'KANE00:24:28
John CLOSE00:19:37
Brian DERBY00:19:52
Catherine BAILLIE00:20:49
Marie SWEET00:21:38
Shaun O'HAGAN00:26:57
Rose MCCRORY00:27:3250th parkrun!
Niall MCCRORY00:27:34
Nuala O'CONNOR00:27:45Newbie PB!
Francis MCKENNA00:25:14Newbie PB!
Katherine HARKNESS00:26:13Newbie PB!
John BOYLE00:24:03
James SHERIDAN00:24:09Newbie PB!
Stranmillis College
Nessa AGNEW00:24:34
Cliona HORNER00:26:43
Amy COOLEY00:28:31New PB!

Brilliant running to all our 29 Dubs who braved the elements on early on Saturday – give yourselves a pat on the back! Now, hat tips are a little sparse this week, but they are there – well done to Amy (at Stranmillis College) who set a new course PB. A little bit of tourism from Nuala (at Ormeau), Francis and Katherine (at Antrim) and James S (at Dungannon). Finally, a special mention to Rose who ran her 50th event at Ormeau – more on that after the family parkrun photo:

  • parklife: Rose celebrates with Helen and Niall - keeping it in the family!

Random Stat Klaxon
Rose hit her millstone 50th parkrun event at the weekend, so let’s celebrate with some of her best stats:

parkrun statdetails
parkrun birthday18 July 2015
Fatest event00:27:09 (13-Jul-19 Ormeau)
1st eventVictoria
50th eventOrmeau
Events12 parkrun events
  • 50 Not Out: Rose reaches the red top millstone!

With the running plans for the year now starting to take shape, it is best to remember that solid training over these winter and darker months Is where you start building for the races. Remember the importance of not just proper training, but also ensuring a mix of running, cross training and rest days (those are very important) to help you get the balance right.  So, I tried eating a clock for the first time at the weekend – I have to say that it was really time consuming, especially if you go for seconds.

Live long and prosper.

Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (try me!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂 !