From Castlewellan to Lurgan to the Dub to Kirkistown to the parks – all over the jump!
Gonna kick off with the boring stuff – we all know that the white stuff is in the forecast and it’s going to be (physically) Baltic this week. So, take care if you’re out and about running: be visible, seen and safe. Now that we’ve that out of the way, over the weekend I got myself a dog from the local blacksmiths – as soon as I got him home, he made a bolt for the door! Let’s see what we’ve been doing!
The Dub Runners kids group has gained another (fast) member, as Lynsey gave birth her son Harry Neil on Sunday morning weighing in at 7lb 7oz. Congratulations to Lynsey and Gary from all of us at the Dub Runners!
Run Forest Run: Castlewellan
We bring the curtain down on the 2017 / 2018 Run Forest Run series in style in Castlewellan on Saturday morning. In overcast but ideal conditions, the Castlewellan Lake takes centre stage on this undulating course which gets particularly hilly between mile four and five – before a scenic finish beside the lake to collect the bling. We had two Dubs taking part, one you’d expect, the other you wouldn’t:
Some great running Louise and Neil – and wrapping up the series in style! One of our newbies Neil, running alongside Louise who is a stalwart of these events – both of ye pumping in extremely impressive sub-50 times. Great effort folks, and always awesome to be sent (/ poached from social media) a photograph:
We have one Dubber who just had to get to Lurgan to finish the XC season – Steven who “just runs xc for the craic” decided to take on the 12km, six lap muddy course before he hung his spikes up (for now). Thankfully a bright, dry day which brought out a big entry and the pace was cranked up to fast, as we can tell:
Fantastic work guys – some mighty impressive times in gruelling conditions. One Dub, plus an ex-Dub is how I was told to phrase this – always great to see James performing strongly – even if he isn’t in blue! A heck of a day to wrap up the angry country running for the year, those trail races are beckoning. Steven kindly sent me a before and during photo of the race:
Sure, what else would you want to do on the last Sunday before March begins? For some, its making sure that those new year resolutions are still intact by running the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run. Around the all too familiar environs around the Dub the event is available in three flavours: 10k run, 5k run and 5k walk. For this charity event, it was great to see some Dubs there:
First, great to see Dale back in action – flanked by his wife Kathy (and some Dubs) it was a great sight to see! Nice to see Marie and Ronan back at the Dub after the parkrun the morning before – going for the double! These races are all about supporting the charity, but times posted by all are to be proud of, but, it was all about the taking part (and supporting) and I even got some sneaky photos sent to me:
Run Kirkistown Half Marathon
On paper this one sounds reasonable – run a half marathon around a race course. Not too much of an elevation change over nine, 1.45 mile laps for the challengers on a lovely Sunday. Consistency is the name of the game here, and with an average lap of 9 minutes and 30 seconds, one Dub put in a cracking performance:
That is some running Peter – not easy to keep your mind active when you’re repeating the same loop over and over again. An impressive time in impressive conditions – all in a day’s work! I think we can all agree, time after that for a big Sunday dinner feed, followed by putting your feet up for the rest of the day! Just a shame we couldn’t get any photos!!
As ever, we wrap up this week’s roundup with the weekly parkrun 5k! With a chilly but sunny morning awaiting anyone who dared don the thermals in their local parks. Once again, a massive representative of Dubs out and about early getting their fix in, as you can see from the results below:
|Marie SWEET||00:22:02||New PB!|
|Michael KIRK-SMITH||00:22:25||New PB!|
Nice running everyone – one of those almost-post-winter weekend mornings where you can almost feel spring in the air – well that is until the ‘Beast from the East’ hits and drags us back! Just two people to tip our hats to this week, both attended the Ormeau event and both set new course PBs – give a big hand to Marie S and Michael! A lack of photos from the parks this week, well except from the Derry City event…
That’s a wrap everyone. Keep an eye on your e-mails and don’t forget if you can’t make Carlingford that you’re still more than welcome to join us for a burger and a pint after we get back! I had a bit of a stressful day. tensions are running high in my family, as I annoyed my mum’s French sister earlier – she’s my croissant.
Live long and prosper.
Disclaimer: Every effort was taken to ensure the results above are correct (some effort – I deserve a week off!) If you’d like to make a complaint, then you’ll automatically volunteer yourself for writing duties next week 🙂