It’s all hills and muck so it must be the Autumn in Mallusk. The divas of road racing put their shiny shoes away for another winter as the headers and mudsuckers crawl out of the dark to climb hill trails and slog through bogs. Lovely.
Late result off the vidiprinter again this week as last week’s Waterworks junior parkrun results got a late evening update:
Leo McAuley 8:40PB, Eloise McAuley 9:56
Couldn’t miss out Leo’s PB there.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Adam McCann 20:44PB, Patrick Hughes 24:37, Neill McGlinchey 29:21, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 31:11, Marie McFarlane 33:46, Fidelma McCoppin 33:54, Frances Kane 34:15
Maeve Kennedy 25:31, Joseph Eager 25:50, Clare Teer 29:11PB
Ken McAuley 20:32, Alan Kerr 25:03, David Esler 25:41, Susan Thompson 25:57
And well done Alan on completing your 50th parkrun.
Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 25:23PB.
And ADav was at Orangefield 21:49.
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:57PB, Leo McAuley 8:59, Eloise McAuley 9:48, Hollie Brennan 16:32
And big congratulations to Eloise on completing her 100th junior parkrun. Making us oldies look bad, kid!
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Riley Kerr 10:45PB, Rhys Kerr 15:10, Matthew Hawkins 15:47
The 10th annual Dundrum GR8 run took place yesterday. Yes, in Dundrum. Taking on the 8 mile mixed surface course were:
Bernard McKeaveney 1:15:03, Victoria McCready 1:41:40
Michael McFarlane ran the Centra Running Together 10k today, finishing in 58:03.
Our mountain goats were back at it again this weekend with the incredibly popular Mourne Skyline MTR race yesterday. This is billed as Northern Ireland’s toughest and most scenic long distance race, and few would argue. With 35km of distance and 3,370m of ascent across the Mournes, how could they:
Peter McGarry 5:14:15, Michael McAuley 5:45:19, Prof Alan Ladd 6:23:14, Nuala Muldoon 8:15:04
(Peter is the father of local elite runner Keeley McGarry, fact fans!)
Well done to everyone for even finishing (and for actually getting in quick enough to get an entry!).
Neil McCready became the latest member to complete a 70.3 half ironman, doing so in Majorca – a 1.9 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride ending with a half marathon, and possibly a few beers,
But the really big event of the weekend (Suzanne told/threatened me to say that) was the first outing of the season of the Mallusk Mudsuckers. (Bernie, please stop taking this nickname literally).
Yes, the Cross Country season kicked off for us at the Comber Cup. The sun was shining but the muck was deep and the hills were high. Brutal.
The juniors kicked us off:
Primary School Age race:
Peter Fleming 3:39, Jasper Brooks 4:32, Oran McKee 4:41, Rory Brooks 4:43
Tom Fleming 6:35
Ladies 6km Race:
Angela Stevens 34:14, Pamela McCafferty 34:58, Bernie “once and maybe again” McAllister 36:46, Galina Stanevicius 39:22, Laura Campbell 42:00, Leeanne Skillen 42:00
Men’s 8km race:
Lee O’Boyle 31:39, Neil Campbell 34:21, Ramunas Stanevicius 34:24, Stephen Gallagher 36:35, Patrick Brooks 44:05, Brendan McGeown 45:49, Lord Ian Brennan 47:07
With the lower numbers, the battle for 12th has been put on hold until next time. Despite the lovely t-shirts!
I’m actually not sure if this officially counts as a XC race for the club as Mairead O’Hare wasn’t there.
I’ll check and get back to you.
So, this week’s song/singer is for those who embraced the mud whilst climbing the mountains of Mourne or snorkelling the fields of Comber. Our headers, we salute you.
Until next week, behave.