Weekly Roundup: 2020-03-03

Weekly Roundup: 2020-03-03

We had it all this week: a wedding, volunteer flashmob, World Marathon Day, Back to Basics, iconic landmarks half, parkrun and a whole lot more over the jump!

We bow out of February with yet another storm – shocker! Was there any weekend in February without some major weather event, we think not over here! None-the-less, Jorge was going to rain (or blow) on our parade, as you will see in the results below.  No need to worry, but I got arrested the other day while watching Countdown – that’s an eight letter word!  Right then, first off, do you hear those bells?

Wedding Bells: Anna & Paddy
It’s been a while since we had this section in the Roundup, but we’d like to congratulation Dub Runner Anna McArdle on her wedding to Paddy McMullan on Friday! From everyone at the club we wish the happy couple many, many years of happiness together! Congratulations!

  • Anna & Paddy: The happy couple dancing the night away!

Volunteer Flashmob parkrun: Queen’s
Usually the club rocks up at a parkrun to do a flashmob where everyone runs in club tops. This weekend we tried something a little different – have the club rock up, help out and give a little something back to parkrun! We had 18 club members valiantly step up to the mark: Alastair Rodger, Anne Marie Ryan, Brian Jack, Colin Playforth, Dermot Dawson, Jane Patterson, Jim Larkin, Julia Orr, Karen McBarron, Katherine Harkness, Lynn Donnelly, Máire McCaughey, Mark Hamill, Mike Ssmith, Monica Byrne, Niamh McCotter, Owen Largey, Ronan McCaughey, Ronan O’Flaherty and Steven Todd. Have a look at a panoramic take mid-event:


Special nod to anyone who managed to earn an easy tenner at parkrun on Saturday!  It’s not often you go to a run an end up quids up for your efforts!

EAMS World Marathon Day
26-Feb, or 26-02 is now known as World Marathon Day! As it fell on a Wednesday this year, it fell on the EAMS crew to arrange a race to celebrate. The course was an undulating course starting by Carrickfergus Castle, along the coastline by the Belfast Road, along the shorefront and the Shore Road, before turning and heading back. Two laps equalled a half, four laps totalled a full marathon distance. We had just the one solo Dub running:

3Katherine Harkness01:43:271st Place + New PB!

Nice running Katherine – and what a morning a morning to go for a run like that! I would normally say that the icing on the cake was bagging first place in the half marathon event, but you also smashed your 13.1 mile personal best too at the same time – a double win to top a pretty successful morning! Magic, what more could you ask for? Photos? Katherine also provided there:

  • EAMSy Does It: Katherine was first home in the half marathon race!

Back to Basics
This one is back again – the no bling, no buffs, no bull – just miles and times! Set in the classic Victoria Park course – a lap is one mile – so three times around for the 5k, six times around for the 10k. A good event to see how that winter training is going, with an attempt to really gun for the times. Let’s see how our Dub got on:

13Alastair Rodger00:18:37New PB!

Thirteenth might be unlucky for some, but not for our Alastair! Who races around the three laps mega quick to set a stunning new all-time 5k PB! Despite the blustery conditions and going out a little “giddy” on your first lap (his words kids, not mine) that is still a mighty impressive time. Top job, some bragging rights, and even some photos, what more could you ask for?!

  • Back to the Future: Alastair takes the first loops in his stride!

Vitality Big Half
With France taking steps to limit the spread of a certain virus, forcing the cancellation of the Paris Half over the weekend, it was refreshing (or maybe a relief?) to see London’s feature 13.1 mile race going ahead. Starting at Tower Bridge, finishing at the Cutty Sark the route snakes though Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich. We had one Blue Top representing:

9214Nuala O'Connor02:05:36---

Nice running Nuala – that is a great time over that course! The course looked brilliant too, past many of the iconic landmarks that we all know so well, with plenty of locals out to support along the route. Not to mention a wee weekend away is never a bad thing to be a part of either! Great running and it certainly looks like you enjoyed yourself:

  • Big Smiles: Nuala looking fresh and happy during the Big Half in London on Sunday!

We’re allowed to mention it now, as Northern Ireland officially welcomed two new events to the local parkrun scene over the weekend: Crawfordsburn Country and Knockbracken Reservoir. Never fear if you missed out – the next Dub Flashmob parkrun on March 14th is scheduled for the Knockbracken Reservoir event, so make sure to mark your calendars! Now, with loads of Dubs volunteering at Queen’s earlier on Saturday, there couldn’t be many left to parkrun, could there?!

Steven TODD00:18:57
Brian DERBY00:21:00
Owen LARGEY00:22:53
Liam LAVERY00:23:26
Edward CALDWELL00:25:11
Angela MATTHEWS00:32:57Newbie PB!
Ronan O'FLAHERTY00:56:57
James SHERIDAN00:28:55
Niall MCCRORY00:18:31
Eamonn MCKEEVER00:26:34
Paul CURLEY00:26:38
Amy COOLEY00:27:38New PB!
Brona SHAW00:29:41
Stranmillis College
Peter MALLON00:24:08New PB!
Karen CARLISLE00:25:19
Knockbracken Reservoir
Steven MCDERMOTT00:25:41.Newbie PB!
Francis MCKENNA00:25:59Newbie PB!
Sligo (Ireland)
Kathy MAYHEW00:26:00

Nice work everyone, that is some running at a variety of different events all over. Time to tip your hat for the special nods, as this week we had two new brilliant course PBs set by Amy (at Orangefield) and Peter M (at Stranmillis College). There was also a trio of new visits to courses were conducted by Angela (at Queen’s) and Steven Mc and Francis (at the very first Knockbracken Reservoir).  Photo time, but not running photos this week:

  • parklife: Máire & Ronan at the Queen’s parkrun celebration lunch!

If you’re not aware, we’re calling this month Mad March. This is when the road racing season really kicks into gear. It is also supposed to be when the weather starts to get better and we can enjoy more daylight too – fat chance. As always, here at Roundup Towers we will do out best to cover all the races and events and make sure that every single one of you deservedly get your name in lights!  I was so bored over the weekend after parkrun, that I decided to memorise six pages of the dictionary – I learned next to nothing.


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