On the 8th August 2017 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champion Roger Federer will be 36 years of age. He has won 19 Grand Slam titles, the most by any male tennis player and like 37 year old Venus Williams this year’s Wimbledon Ladies Single’s runner up, in the twilight of his career. So what keeps sports people like Federer and Williams at the top of their game?
All great athletes regardless if they are tennis players, runners on the track or road are totally focused on sporting perfection; blocking out distractions, whether it be competitors, expectations, nerves, weather conditions, past mistakes or the implications of future results; but importantly they master their emotions.
We have all heard of the phrase, being in the zone. Some of us claim to have experienced it. When everything within clicks into place and your body is a well-oiled, tuned up machine and nothing will prevent you from powering across the finish line.
So next time you lace up for a run, starve your distractions and feed on your focus.
Tuesday 11th July 2017.
Congratulations to junior Harrier Adam McCann on winning the 1 mile race at Killough in County Down. Adam is a real jewel for our club.
Martin McCready was 1st for Mallusk on a beautiful summer’s evening by the shore in a time of 43:58. Anna Marie Nolan was 2nd Harrier home in 53:43, with Elaine Kennedy 3rd in 56:40. Only a few seconds separated Lisa Marie White 1.00:03 and Rosin McLaughlin 1.00:13.
Friday 14th July 2017:
Sea 2 Sky. 5K/10K.
Through the foothills of the Mournes and along the shore at Newcastle’s seafront, Mallusk Harriers stormed across the finish line on Bastille Day. Dermot Boyd running the 5K arrived in 33:45.
The 10K saw King of the mountains Danny Donaldson powering home 1st for Mallusk through the rain in 44:09, almost a minute ahead of Alex Davidson 45:10. Dave Gibson next in 46:49. Mallusk’s Queen of the Kingdom of Mournes was Nuala Muldoon in 51:43. Owen Fulton arriving 54:02, Noel Bloomfield 55:37, Clare Teer 59:58, Nikki Fleck 1.00:21, Jennifer Butler 1.01:09, Neil McGlinchey 1.03:50 who seemed far too comfortable crossing the finish line. Leeanne Skillen 1.08:14, Laura Campbell 1.08:15, Tiffany Donaldson 1.09:57, Mairead O’Hare 1.19:04.
Saturday 15th July 2017:
Mallusk’s Alan Kerr 23:04 was 1st Harrier home on the banks of the Six Mile Water. Cole Barrington next in 40:12, with Anna Marie Nolan & Ethan Barrington 40:20. Dawn Dubois came next in 41:53.
A trip to the seaside saw Mallusk’s Ken McAuley tackling a Poo Bear after finishing his parkrun in 21:21. Susan Thompson crossed the finish line as 1st lady overall in 22:55, Elaine Kennedy arrived next in 28:04.
Enjoying the County Down countryside were Harriers Kelly Carlisle 43:09 and Joanne Haddock 44:04.
In Ballymena Martin Keenan had plenty of Harriers for company this week as he crossed the line in 24:45. Marie McFarlane & Jackie McCreesh bot arrived in 29:10. Fidelma McCoppin 30:00, Fiona Wylie a PB 31:06, Maeve McGinley 31:18, Jennifer McCoppin 33:40, Rosalind Stitt a PB 34:14, Deirdre McCann a PB 36:22, Aimee Hughes 40:40, Margaret Craig 40:58, Miriam Clarke 41:10, Mairead O’Hare 41:11.
On the sand, on the East Strand this week was Kelly Forsythe with the crashing of the Atlantic surf for company, arriving in 31:02.
Mallusk’s Mark Smith finished 2nd overall at Victoria with a phenomenal 17:33. Nothing could separate Catherine Boyd & Matthew Allen in 24:21.
1st home for Mallusk was Brendan McGeown at the local parkrun in 26:00, Junior Ethan Hutchinson next 27:04, Yasmin Lynn 29:25, Clare Teer 29:43, Lee Anne Hutchinson 30:48.
parkrun thanks Mallusk volunteer Owen Fulton.
Danny Donaldson 22:45 was once more 1st Harrier home at Waterworks, but had to gas it as Neil Campbell with a PB 22:46 was a second behind. Neil McCready a PB 23:22, Alex Davidson 23:23, Patrick McGuickin 23:54, Stephen Semple 24:03, Paul Skillen 24:40, Nuala Muldoon 25:02, Patrick Hamil 25:21, James Hewitt 25:32, Junior Jack McCready 25:39, Ian Brennan 26:00, Maeve Kennedy 26:56, Martin McCready 37:32, Tiffany Donaldson 38:14, Alan Ladd 39:34.
Running isn’t about being better than someone else.
It’s about being better than you used to be.
Until next week.