Club Report – Sunday 27th January 2019

Another quiet week for racing, both on and off the road, as most of us were focused on the latest Brexit developments. Or not.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Tom Fleming 20:01, Neil McCready 22:56, Alan Erwin 23:47, Laura Rose 24:09 (first female finisher), Karen McKee 24:40 (second female finisher), Paul Skillen 25:33 (but not third female finisher), Nuala Muldoon 25:41 (actual third female finisher), Emily Dowling 29:58, Jim “ice cream with a flake in it” Hewitt 30:01, Deirdre McCann 41:58, Mairead O’Hare 51:08, Zoe O’Prey 51:09

Antrim parkrun:

Alan Kerr 27:01, Janet Grew 28:23, Deborah Ewing 28:23, Tina Steele 28:24, Angela Stevens 31:07, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 53:35

Waterworks parkrun:

Ramunas Stanevicius 19:41PB, Ken McAuley 22:52, Susan Thompson 24:03, Galina Stanevicius 28:53, Sharon Thompson 33:21PB, Josi McKeating 33:42, Jo Smyth 41:11

Queens parkrun:

Jim Guinn 31:13

Orangefield parkrun:

Ben Davidson 22:51

Larne parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:30, Maeve Kennedy 24:56 (and first female finisher)

2 parkrun tourists this week. Maeve Dunseath went to Cambridge parkrun finishing in 27:35 and Stephen Weir went to Newcastle upon Tyne finishing in 31:13. Cambridge is obviously a very famous university town. Its many libraries hold in excess of 15 million books and its university alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, David Attenborough, Alan Turing, Stephen Fry and Harold Abrahams. Ant and Dec are from Newcastle.

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Owen Dunseath 11:37, Matthew Hawkins 11:46, Erin Dunseath 15:53 (first one!)

Yesterday was also the NI & Ulster Masters XC Championships. As usual it was won by Mark McKinstry but the club was ably represented by Mark Smith, finishing in 23:11.

Not to be outdone by auld Mark, our juniors were representing the club today at the East Coast Junior XC Series event:

Minis – 500m

Eloise McAuley 2:27 and first place. Well done Eloise!

Minors – 1000m

Leo McAuley 5:06, Peter McCann 5:22

Juniors – 1450m

Tom Fleming 5:39 (2nd place)

And, finally, a big well done to Janet and Jim for organising the now annual Cherryburn Challenge to raise funds for Meningitis Now. Still not sure how you organised that weather.

This week’s tune is a classic and is in honour of the weather we’ve had for most of the week.

Until next week, behave.