Club Report – Sunday 9th June 2019

You’re all catching up after the quiet one last week. We took over a parkrun, or ran many of them, or road raced, or mountain raced, or raced internationally, or even won some stuff. We’re some pups, aren’t we!

Firstly, taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Jonny Smith 23:51PB, Jim Hewitt 27:03, David Esler 27:10, Tina Steele 28:54, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 28:57PB, Gemma Fowler 29:52, Miss Teer 29:52, Philip Fleck 31:24, Matthew Hawkins 32:16, Ciaran Hawkins 32:17, Jennifer Maguire 49:00

Waterworks parkrun:
Joseph Eager 26:29, Maeve Kennedy 27:07, Elaine Kennedy 56:44

Victoria parkrun:
Neil McCready 19:24PB, Susan Thompson 24:46, Ken McAuley 24:47, Ryan McCready 25:44PB, Joanne Milne 28:52
Obviously taking 3 Shredded Wheat for breakfast in the McCready house this weekend.

Ormeau parkrun:
Emily Dowling 32:42

Stranmillis parkrun:
Laura Rose 28:33, Karen McKee 28:34, Lord Ian Brennan 28:41, Joe Mathers 28:42, Prof Alan Ladd 28:43
This was just one of 10 parkruns that these guys ran across Saturday morning and afternoon, as part of their 24 in 24 training. Well impressive.

Two parkrun tourists this week. Stephen Weir was back in Newcastle (upon Tyne) finishing in 29:35. Stephen Semple was at Bedfont Lakes parkrun, finishing in 23:53. This parkrun is near Ashford in Surrey. It used to be in Middlesex but they didn’t like it and so sold it to Surrey back in the 60s. Things were different in the 60s. Bobby Davro and Russell Grant, the astrologer, are from Ashford. No wonder they got rid of it.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:59, Eloise McAuley 10:45, Leo McAuley 15:53

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Ben Halliday 11:08PB, Matthew Hawkins 11:53
And well done Ben on your 50th junior parkrun!

There was a big turnout for the Fairhill 5 mile road race on Wednesday night, including several Harriers:
Mark Smith 29:11, Alan Erwin 33:28, Maeve Dunseath 40:52, Anita Piatek 42:33, Angela Stevens 44:16, Louise Long 46:12, Dermot Boyd 49:08, Lisa Kerr 49:24, Mairead O’Hare 58:47

On the same night, Kevin Donnelly was our sole representative at the Craigavon Lakes 10k, finishing 39:46
Another solo effort on Friday night as Mike Halliday finished the Taking the Tower trail 10k in 55:32.

On the international front, Ramunas and Galina Stanevicius took part in the Kaunas Half Marathon today finishing in 1:29:26 and 2:10:40 respectively. Kaunas is Lithuania’s second city. It is known for its annual jazz festival. Possibly the reason Ramunas and Galina now live here.
Yesterday also saw the latest 26 Extreme Mourne Way Marathon event.
Taking on the marathon distance and almost 4,000ft of elevation were Stephen Gallagher 4:27:11 and Neil Campbell 4:27:18.
However, result of the day, and the week, came from Lee O’Boyle who not only completed the 52 mile ultra distance (with only a handy 7,750ft of elevation) in 8:13:37, he only went and won the thing! Some achievement Lee. Well done. Not sure it was an excuse to miss today’s 10@10 though.

So, this week’s tune is for Mr O’Boyle. Give him a polka dot jersey for he is, indeed, the King of the Mountains.

Until next week, behave.