Club Report – Sunday 7th July 2019

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. This report is the exception.

Taking on the parkruns without being headers this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:54, Alan Erwin 24:38, Ken McAuley 24:38, Paul Skillen 25:59, Pamela McCafferty 26:47, Leo McAuley 29:40, Lord Ian Brennan 29:52, Danny Donaldson 29:53, Joe Mathers 29:54, Frances Kane 30:20, Neil Campbell 30:38, Philip Fleck 30:57, Rory Brooks 31:44, Paddy Brooks 31:45, Laura HOTM Campbell 32:24, Matthew Hawkins 33:36, Ciaran Hawkins 33:36, Suzanne Brennan 33:44, Jim Hewitt 34:20, Sharon Dunn 34:44, Joanne Milne 34:45, Laura Rose 34:53, David Esler 34:59, Kerry McDowell 35:18, Owen Fulton 35:18, Brenna McGeown 35:49, Roseann McGeown 35:51, Susan Thompson 38:12, Noel Bloomfield 39:11, Tiffany Donaldson 39:14, Anita Piatek 39:16, Niamh McGeown 41:24, Angela Stevens 42:11, Lucy Fleck 55:22, Eloise McAuley 57:41, Jennifer Maguire 57:44, Sarah McCafferty 57:51
And a huge congratulations to all the Run Newtownabbey graduates. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many.

Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 20:40PB

Victoria parkrun:
Mark Smith 17:40, Nina Baird 30:28

Antrim parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:37PB, Stephen Semple 24:38, Alan Kerr 25:10, Maeve Kennedy 26:18, Tina Steele 29:40, Elaine Kennedy 50:57

A few of you went for the tourist of the week title this week. Stephen Weir tried at Newcastle upon Tyne finishing in 29:18, Rafa’s new wage per minute. Fidelma McCoppin was at it again, this time at Avondale Forest. Fidelma finished the trail course in County Wicklow in 35:14. But this week’s winners are Ramunas and Galina Stanevicius. They finished Tralee parkrun in Kerry in 19:27 and 29:19 respectively, Ramunas finishing third in the process. Saint Brendan the navigator is from Tralee. On one of his journeys he found the island of the monks of Ailbe, who have magic loaves, do not age, and maintain complete silence. If only we had a few of them in the club…..

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:27, Eloise McAuley 10:43, Leo “ice cream with a flake” McAuley 10:44

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 11:48, Ben Halliday 12:03

Well done to all the juniors who managed a parkrun double this weekend.

And ADav was at the Valley, finishing in 35:05.

On Friday night, Elaine Kennedy represented the club at the Glenarm Glen 5 mile road race, finishing in 47:47.

On Saturday, Dermot Boyd came out from behind the lens to complete the Clontarf 5 mile in 48:10, a PB.
Yesterday was the Great Rossa Run with Harriers taking on various distances. Aidy Hughes thankfully was there to run the 5k and to translate for the Harriers with the Ardboe locals. Aidy finished in 26:00. Angela Stevens completed the 10k in 58:58 and Kevin Donnelly recovered from the disappointment of not winning parkrun tourist of the week recently to complete the half in an impressive 1:27:13.

So, this week’s tune is to mark the big news in our house recently and I’m sure in others too.
Two words that strike fear into the hearts of parents across the club (except the teachers).
Roll on September…..

Until next week, behave.