This week, Easter put its bonnet on and tried to rain and blow us off the roads before changing its mind and giving us a wee bit of sunshine for our parkruns and Titanic running.
First up is the Whitehead 5 mile Road Race on Easter Monday.
Braving the tropical Easter weather were:
Alan Ladd 33:16PB, Neil McCready 36:53, Eamon Donaghy 38:10PB, Paul Skillen 38:49, Dermot Boyd 53:10. Ryan McCready also took part in the juniors race over 1.6 mile.
The Harriers took over the Valley parkrun for the weekend giving Stephen and Denis a well deserved week off. The organisation, marshalling, pacing, timing, catering, results prep and any other missed elements were a credit to everyone. Well done us!
Tom Fleming 20:39, Liam McGowan 23:54, Ben Davidson 24:24, Matt “the pacer” Allen 24:35, Susan “should have been a pacer” Thompson 24:54, Alan “so should he” Kerr 24:55, Deborah Ewing 26:22, Tina Steele 26:22PB , Nikki Fleck 27:42, Gemma Fowler 27:57, David “pacing gold” Esler 29:56, Marie McFarlane 30:32, Ryan McCready 31:02, Duncan Baxter 31:41, Roseann McGeown 32:08, Debbie Sterritt 32:13, Fiona “flyin’ pacer” Wylie 32:34, Jennifer McCoppin 32:35, Deirdre McCann 38:43, Rosalind Stitt 38:43, Anne Boyd 41:49, Aimee Fleck 52:50, Lucy Fleck 53:56, Jo “tail walker” Smyth 58:06, Kelly “me too” Carlisle 58:07
Patrick Hamill 26:08, David “the bionic man” Mullan 26:50, Sharon McCavana 27:45, Catherine Mullan 32:05, David McCavana 38:12
Mark “newbie” McIlroy 21:45 PB, Elaine Kennedy 26:51, Michele Ker 29:41
This week’s parkrun tourist was Stephen Weir who completed Newcastle in 32:01
And A Dav went to Valley 25:22
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 13:27, Eloise McAuley 13:30 PB
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:47 PB, Joseph Eager 10:16 Well done Tom on another weekend double!
Taking advantage of the flat course and expertly forecasted good weather were:
Mark Smith 34:47PB, Joe Mathers 40:16, Brendan McGeown 44:56PB, Eamon Donaghy 46:16PB, Lord Ian Brennan 49:42PB, Angela Stevens 54:32PB, Roisin Brooks 57:03, Yasmin Lynn
Our final weekend race result comes from Manchester, where Anna-Marie Nolan took a massive 15 minutes off her PB, coming in with 4:23:48. Well done Anna.
This week proved how dangerous a sport running can be. Alan Ladd decided to attempt the Cooley Legend hill race in the bobsleigh position and came off worse against the hill. Lucky our mountain/super man Micky McAuley was there to carry him home. (anyone else picturing that Forrest Gump scene?)
Then Lord Brennan attempted to headbutt the finish line barrier at Titanic in an effort to further reduce his PB time. Mind you, this was a lot less dangerous than his attempt to claim a 5k PB over his better half as part of his 10k timing. Legal issues prevent further discussion.
So, here’s hoping that the winter is now behind us and we can look forward to complaining about the heat and sunburn instead.
Until next week, behave.