Stormont, parkrun and some celebrations – s’all over the jump!
Oh, it’s getting colder again – make sure to wrap up warm (and have some high-vis gear on) when you’re out and about. A bit of a more subdued weekend that might have been expected, but there’s nothing wrong with that! We will have a full report in a moment, but I’m not trying to turn this into Gumtree or anything, but I have some racing geese for sale – let me know if you want a quick gander. Did someone ask me to get on with it?!
Stormont Cross Country
Uncertainty isn’t the best build up to a cross country event – but this one hung in the balance, which weather warnings coming into force. As you look at Stormont drive, on the left the grass there is where the mud fest took place. Three laps for the ladies, four for the men some flat, a sharp rise, a gentler downhill final section – all multiple times! Luckily, the weather was good to the runners and all the races went ahead as planned:
|1||Claire Tonry||00:20:51||1st Place!|
With the recent rain adding to the tricky underfoot conditions, it was brilliant to see our trio of blue tops doing so well up on the hill. Claire nabbing first place and the cup (which she subsequently ran home with, which I’m sure turned a few heads) and some special times from Nessa and Colin contributed to a job well done for the club on Saturday afternoon! We even have some photos:
With a weekend promising some of the worst weather in recent years, it isn’t that surprising that so many of the club decided that parkrun was the best choice for getting some exercise completed. In a chilly but surprisingly bright morning, the parks filled with warm-clothed runners and off everyone went:
|Brendan MCILHENNON||00:18:03||New PB!|
|Nuala O'CONNOR||00:28:09||New PB!|
|Joanne MCGLONE||00:27:37||Newbie PB!|
|Marie SWEET||00:21:19||New 5k PB! 50th parkrun!|
|Karen CARLISLE||00:23:33||New PB!|
|Francis MCKENNA||00:24:44||New 5k PB! 50th parkrun!|
|Bernadette O'KANE||00:21:20||Newbie PB!|
|Niamh MCCOTTER||00:26:08||Newbie PB!|
|Alastair RODGER||00:19:38||Newbie PB!|
|Orla PHILLIPS||00:33:00||Newbie PB!|
|James SHERIDAN||00:25:04||Newbie PB!|
Cracker – some impressive running with times to be very proud of! We had some very special mentions this week go to Marie S and Francis who both set their brand new all-time 5k personal best times at Ormeau at the weekend! Not only that but our Pocket Rocket, Bernie, set a new course record at the Antrim event during her first ever run there! We had a series of new course PBs from Brendan (at Queen’s), Nuala (at Wallace) and Karen C (at Ormeau). Quite a few Dubs took the chance on Saturday for a bit of tourism including Joanne (at Omagh), Niamh (at Carrichfergus), Alastair and Orla (at Stranmillis College) and James S (at Sizmilewater). Photo time:
Totally Useless parkrun Stats – Double Header
50th parkrun events are like buses – wait for ages for one, then two come along at once AND both at Ormeau too!
|parkrun birthday||26 August 2017|
|Total PBs||15 times|
|Groundhog Day||00:21:53 in Ormeau|
|parkrun birthday||29 September 2018|
|Total PBs||26 times|
|Most parkruns||35 in 2019|
|All Weather||Ran a parkrun in every month!|
It’s clear to see that all the plans are starting to fall in to place. It is an exciting time to be part of the club to see how these develop over the coming weeks. This is where our Tuesday and Thursday sessions become very important towards building a core strength and confidence – and this is why the numbers lately have been so healthy, thank you all. In science news this week, I’ve heard that a huge asteroid has just crashed into the moon – ah, you know you’d have to feel sorry for the poor crater!
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (some effort, let’s not pretend we take this seriously!) If you’d also like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties 🙂 !