Runner of the Month – May 2019

May was Belfast Marathon month and no surprise that the nominations for ROTM are dominated by those who were taking part.
We now know that those marathoners were actually ultra-marathoners by 500m or so, however our first nomination for May goes to a duo who took on an Ultra of all other proportions.
Tiffany and Danny Donaldson
“This is a joint nomination for these two amazing crazies who take on distances and terrains that would make a hardy sailor cry. Their adventure at the Cateran 55 mile ultra was an incredible achievement. An absolutely inspiring pair.”
Clare Teer, Louise Ladd, Lisa Kerr, Karen McKee, Pamela McCafferty and Dave Gibson all received nominees for their efforts in Belfast Marathon.
Clare, “for her preparation leading up to the Belfast City Marathon, her first Marathon, she managed to overcome lots of challenges along her journey.”
Louise and Lisa, “often go under the radar because they had to do a lot of their long runs on their own but they both followed their plans and ran a great first marathon in Belfast.”
Pamela, “showing dedication and commitment along with her daughter when training for her first marathon.”
As runners, we are all too aware that injury can be looming just around the corner.
Angela Stevens was out for a long time due to injury, but through patience, persistence and determination she has shown us this month that injury makes the comeback all the sweeter
“Angela has made a fantastic return after her horrendous injury at Sea to Sky last Summer with PBs at Valley and Waterworks parkruns and at the Newry Half Marathon. She’s ever supportive and aces all her races. Great to have you back Angela.”
“Great to see Angela back to her best after a long spell on the sideline – some great recent performances at parkrun and the Pure Running Half Marathon series”
However, there was a clear winner this month and fully deserved considering how he blasted around his first marathon in an incredible time, hardly breaking in to a sweat, lots of potential to come in the future and a great discipline in sticking religiously to his training plan….
ROTM for May is: Stephen Gallagher
“Smashing his first marathon with an unbelievable time”
“Stephen worked very hard and executed his marathon plan to perfection. A superb time for a first marathon, some great things to come!”
“Absolutely smashed Belfast. His training and progress has been great to watch. He has gone from strength to strength. Well done Stephen!”
Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everyone who voted!

Club Report – Sunday 16th June 2019

It’s Father’s Day! The day where we all renew our annual stocks of pants and socks. Where we pretend it really is the best meal we’ve ever had. When what we really want is what made us fathers in the first place……

Firstly, taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 19:52, Neil McCready 21:03, Alastair Houldsworth 21:48, Alan Erwin 22:03PB, Ciaran Hawkins 23:02PB, Noel Bloomfield 24:42, Neil Campbell 25:33, Anita Piatek 27:40PB, David Esler 28:00, Maeve Dunseath 28:46, Ben Davidson 29:35, Michael McFarlane 34:08, Sophie Davidson 35:17, Joanne Milne 35:19

Queens parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 21:46

Antrim parkrun:
Ken McAuley 22:17, Susan Thompson 24:08, Alan Kerr 24:25, Maeve Kennedy 26:29, Elaine Kennedy 30:33

Stranmillis parkrun:
Jim “ice cream with a flake” Guinn 29:50

This week’s tourist is Tina Steele who went the whole way to Portrush! Tina finished in 29:43. Amazingly, this is also the predicted average price of a pint in Portrush during the Open weekend.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:14, Leo McAuley 9:17, Eloise McAuley 10:27, Hollie Brennan 16:00

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Ben Halliday 12:04

Racing began on Tuesday this week with the third and final Woodburn Trail Race. Completing the trio was Alan Kerr in 41:37 with Elaine Kennedy finishing in 46:19.

On Friday night, Elaine Kennedy (again!) took on the Aghalee 5k and finished in 44:23.

I know there were plenty of Harriers at the EAMS 6 hour challenge on Friday night (and the previous week) but I can’t find any results posted publicly anywhere.

On Saturday, Shane’s Castle was the venue for the Born 2 Run event, Run for Roscor, over 5k and 10k.
Our very own, in form, Peter McGarry was there for the 10k and, following Lee’s lead last week, went and won the thing. Peter finished in 35:11, over a minute ahead of the second finisher. Well done Sir.

So this week’s tune is for the Dads in the club. Not a classic, just funny. Slightly.
A good description of most of us too.

Until next week, behave.