Club Report: Sunday 28th January 2018

Well, another week, another 7 days filled with overindulgence and guilt. Xmas is so last year and the Spring target races are galloping towards us much faster than I’ll ever go.

But we are Harriers and are undaunted. The huge turnouts at recent Tuesday night training sessions at BRA pitches proves it. Well done to everyone for overcoming the seemingly permanent horizontal rain, biting wind and even Neil’s warm downs.

Valley Parkrun:

Tom Fleming 21:47, Terry McIvor 24:25, Ciaran Skillen 25:01, Owen Fulton 25:16, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 29:56, Yasmin Lynn 31:16, Debbie Sterritt 34:31, Jennifer McCoppin 34:32, Freda Stubbs 35:29, Maureen Ward 35:55 PB, Josi McKeating 36:01, Rosalind Stitt 37:58, Miriam Clarke 41:28

Congratulations Debbie on completing your 50th parkrun!

Waterworks Parkrun:

Matthew Cromie 22:14, Patrick Hamill 24:54, Brendan “birthday boy but not even up an age grade” McGeown 24:59, Stephen Semple 25:52, Maeve Kennedy 28:23, Anna-Marie Nolan 29:18, Elaine Kennedy 29:19, Roisin McLaughlin 32:00

Antrim Parkrun:

Neil Campbell 23:21, Alan Kerr 25:24, Nikki Fleck 26:00, Tina Steele 26:22, Deborah Ewing 26:55, Heather Barker 33:22, Wes Barker 33:22

Falls Parkrun:

Ken McAuley 23:56, Susan Thompson 24:09

Victoria Parkrun:

Laura Rose 22:41 Well done on a new PB, Alex Davidson 22:44, Dermot Boyd 31:46, Sharon Thompson 38:16

Carrickfergus Parkrun:

Owen Millar 30:10

This week’s tourists were Suzanne Brennan at Portrush 28:11 and Stephen Weir at Newcastle 33:04.

Not sure if it counts as tourism but Mr & Mrs Donaldson were at Wallace, completing in 21:52 and 32:44 respectively. Rumour has it that Tiffany thought she was going to Ormeau but ended up at a different parkrun. (These rumours are still to be confirmed).

Waterworks Junior Parkrun:

Joseph Eager 10:22, Ryan McCready 11:08, Leo McAuley 11:11 PB, Olivia McCready 12:35 PB, Eloise McAuley 15:13

Over on the dark side, i.e. Cross Country, our sole (and probably lonely) representative at the NI & Ulster event in Comber was Mark Smith in the men’s masters race, coming home in a very respectable 31:21. Our full basket of headers should be back in action for Stormont next week.

Some others went for the middle ground and headed to Drum Manor for the latest in the Sperrin Harriers Winter League. Taking on the 10k route were:

Patrick McGuckian 43:34 (15th place overall), Neil McCready 53:35, Fidelma McCoppin 1:12:55, Marie McFarlane 1:12:55 and Fiona Wylie 1:12:55 (great team running ladies, hope Neil and Paddy had the teas ready)

This morning our usual Sunday morning crew was joined by a lot of additional faces as they took on the Cherryburn Challenge, an event organised by Janet & Jim Grew to help raise funds for Meningitis Now. A great time was had by all, both in terms of running and eating, but mainly eating.

It is believed Jim is still at the sink doing the dishes. Janet was unavailable for comment.

I tried to find a song relevant to this week’s report but couldn’t. If you google running songs you get a worrying large number of replies that contain the Black-Eyed Peas. There is already enough suffering in the world so I’m just going to give you an underheard classic. But remember, it’s not because I like you, cus I don’t.

Until next week, behave.