June is bustin’ out all over. So said Rodgers & Hammerstein (in that musical with the silly song about walking alone) but they obviously hadn’t spent much time in Mallusk. In fact, the sun only came out to annoy the headers in Victoria park this weekend.
This reporter thanks those Harriers who managed to cover just the 12 different parkruns this week:
Alastair Houldsworth 21:17, Paul Skillen 23:20, Noel Bloomfield 25:38, Alan Erwin 26:32, David Esler 28:40, Anton Piatek 30:27, Yasmin Lynn 30:45, Aaron Ladd 33:28PB, Karen O’Boyle 33:29, Prof Alan Ladd 33:30, Terry McIvor 47:23, Jennifer Maguire 51:48
Waterworks parkrun (this week sponsored by Brooks):
Maeve Kennedy 25:54, Joseph Eager 26:55, Rory Brooks 28:11PB, Paddy “good Daddy” Brooks 28:12PB, Jasper Brooks 28:30PB, Roisin Brooks 29:26, Michael McFarlane 35:57, Marie McFarlane 35:58
Tom Fleming 19:52PB
Stephen Smyth 21:41, Jim Guinn 27:58
And well done Jim on completing your 100th parkrun.
Ken McAuley 22:31, Susan Thompson 25:56
Tina Steele 33:38
Seems there was a bit of a competition on for tourist of the week this week. Elaine Kennedy had her usual attempt at it, this time at Rostrevor 36:13. Then Alan Kerr tried for it at Portrush 24:42. He was matched by Philip Fleck who, Scholeseque, came out of retirement to complete his 50th parkrun in 31:40. The vest in the west also had a go, Aidy Hughes completing MUSA in 24:35. Neil “sub 20” McCready and son Ryan then had a go completing Castlewellan in 19:29PB and 28:08 respectively. Kevin Donnelly was a strong contender completing Claremorris parkrun in 19:25, breaking 20 mins again and coming second whilst he was at it.
But there can only be one winner and it is, obviously, Fidelma McCoppin. Fidelma took on the beast that is Citypark parkrun in Craigavon, finishing in 33:43. Craigavon, home of the roundabout, is also home to the Craigavon Cowboys, winners of the inaugural Shamrock Bowl (luckily named Shamrock Bowl 1) in 1986. So there. (Stop laughing Brennan).
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:00, Eloise McAuley 11:08, Leo McAuley 12:44
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Ben Halliday 11:28, Matthew Hawkins 11:51
And, in the greatest reunion since the Spice Girls, ADav reappeared at the Valley, finishing in 22:47.
Wednesday saw the latest running of the Lisburn 10k and Half Marathon, always popular with the Harriers:
Juniors Fun Run:
Ben Halliday 21:11
Ramunas Stanevicius 39:39, Alan “always a PB” Erwin 42:33PB, Dermot Boyd 1:01:58, Galina Stanevicius 1:02:07, Roseann McGeown 1:03:51
Martin O’Neill 1:28:40, Paddy Brooks 1:48:45, Angela Stevens 2:08:56, Kerry McDowell 2:24:57
On Thursday, Joe Mathers took part in the latest Grant Thornton 5k on the runway of Belfast City Airport finishing in a time of 18:51.
On Friday it was the turn of the Comber 10k:
Jonathan Carter 41:08, Mike Halliday 42:41, Paddy Brooks (again!) 45:59
No official results yet but a big congratulations to Craig Mills and our two relay teams who took part in the Energia 24 hour race yesterday and today. You should all be very proud of yourselves. Headers.
So this week’s tune is for everyone who survived both the heat and twilight hours of Victoria Park. And for those who went along to help them, ;augh at them or both. We salute you all.
Until next week, behave.