Yes, it’s freezing, windy and the nights are getting darker. It must be August in Mallusk. And as thoughts turn to Christmas, you’ve all been getting in some racing before the first snow hits.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Ramunas Stanevicius 19:41, Neil Campbell 21:27, Alan Erwin 27:08, Neill McGlinchey 28:38, Nikki Fleck 29:26, Joanne Milne 29:51, Matthew Hawkins 31:35, Ciaran Hawkins 31:39, Fidelma McCoppin 35:01, Alastair Houldsworth 42:11, Lorraine Ann Forsythe 54:24
Waterworks parkrun, sponsored by the McAuleys:
Ken McAuley 22:47, Leo McAuley 26:41PB, Micky McAuley 27:00, Susan Thompson 28:08, Jim Hewitt 28:12
Neil McCready 20:34
Lee O’Boyle 17:26PB and first place overall. Not bad for a mountain running specialist!
Laura Rose 22:31 (and first female finisher), Noel Bloomfield 24:01, Jennifer Maguire 35:35
Elaine Kennedy 29:47
Tom Fleming 19:38PB, Tina Steele 29:03PB
As for the tourists, Big O headed to the home of music and footy, completing the Stretford parkrun in Manchester in 26:30. But this week’s winners are our King & Queen of Different. Danny and Tiffany Donaldson headed to Shepherd’s Bush, West London to take on the Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, finishing in 37:45 and 37:46 respectively. I first thought the parkrun was actually in the prison but, sadly, it isn’t, it’s just nearby. Previous inmates of Wormwood Scrubs have included Pete Doherty, Keith Richards, Leslie Grantham and Charles Bronson. #freethemallusktwo
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:42, Eloise McAuley 10:27
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 11:24
And ADav was at the Valley, finishing in 21:55.
The running started on Wednesday night with Anita Piatek running a PB time of 42:16 at the Coleraine 5 mile race.
Friday night saw the latest Connswater 5 mile event:
Ramunas Stanevicius 30:27, Stephen Smyth 34:36, Aidy Hughes 40:35, Galina Stanevicius 47:34
But the big event on Friday was the Atlas Running 5k Prosecco Run, an event that combines two favourite things for quite a few Harriers:
Alastair Houldsworth 20:14 (and first place), Laura Rose 22:06, Karen McKee 23:26 (a female one two finish), Pamela McCafferty 25:35, Maeve Dunseath 25:59, Yasmin Lynn 26:38, Hannah Hope 29:42, Joanne Milne 30:24, Suzanne Brennan 30:25, Sharon Dunn 30:25, Anita Piatek 31:41, Roisin Brooks 32:05, Claire McCann 32:07, Laura HOTM Campbell 32:48, Janine Nevison 32:48, Leeanne HOTM Skillen 32:51, Natasha McGarry 33:04, Lisa Kerr 33:07, Karen O’Boyle 34:08, Leah Burns 34:09, Fidelma McCoppin 43:38, Lorraine Forsythe 50:29, Sarah McCafferty 51:08, Victoria Thompson 51:09, Louise Ladd 51:09
The Dambusters series of races took place yesterday with Harriers competing in the Half Marathon distance:
Prof Alan Ladd 1:30:34, Jonny Smith 1:58:51, Suzanne Brennan 2:06:50, Angela Stevens 2:17:12
Then this morning saw the new Hillsborough Castle Running Festival with races over various distances:
Aidy Hughes 25:48, Dermot Boyd 31:52
Victoria McCready 1:16:44
Ken McAuley 1:47:42, Susan Thompson 1:56:30, Anton Piatek 2:05:36PB, Galina Stanevicius 2:13:04, Bernard McKeaveney 2:15:51
Also today, the EAMS Knockathon took pace, with Mairead O’Hare completing 21 miles in total on a very tough course.
Couldn’t get any decent tunes about Prosecco specifically, but this classic is close enough. So let’s raise a glass (or two) to Alastair and the ladies. And remember, it’s not a hangover; it’s wine flu.
Until next week, behave.