Club Report – Sunday 10th November 2019

Thanks to the new media officer for covering for me last week. Apologies for my absence, I was away selling a kidney so I could afford to enter a couple of races that I may do in a year or so. Happy times.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Neil Campbell (and 1st place finish), Owen Fulton 27:29, Jay Scott 27:47, Neill McGlinchey 28:45, Patrick Hughes 37:40, Zoe O’Prey 44:33

Waterworks parkrun:

Anita “lonely pint” Piatek 27:55

Antrim parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 28:43

Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 27:20

And our only tourist this week was Stephen Gallagher. He added his name to the illustrious MH Clermont Hall of Fame completing the Florida parkrun in 20:00.

And ADav was at Antrim 23:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:26

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Matthew “ice-cream with a flake” Hawkins 11:20, Riley Kerr 12:12, Rhys Kerr 13:44

3 Harriers were at the Ballynahinch Remembrance 5k yesterday:

Hannah Hope 33:07 Dermot Boyd 33:08, Anne Boyd 46:30

But the main event of the weekend was the Mudsuckers second visit to Billy Neill Playing Fields in Comber for the latest XC league meeting, the Bobby Rea event.

The team were not sure whether to wear spikes or flippers as the bad weather of the week continued and only got worse. I think there was a spot at the back of the course borrowed from the upside down in Stranger Things. Several runners are still unaccounted for.

Speaking of strange things, I can only report the results as they are published. This means several of the ladies have no times and most results bear no resemblance to GPS watch times. The only result that can be reported with any confidence is that Lord Brennan won the battle for 12th. Maybe it was mud getting in there making Benny’s eyes water in the gazebo afterwards.

Ladies 5k swim:

Sharon Dunn 29:22, Angela Stevens 30:24, Suzanne Brennan “no time”, Galina Stanevicius “no time”, Laura Campbell “no time”, Leeanne Skillen “no time”, Roseann “better put my ticket on” McGeown “no time”

Men’s 8k swim:

Lee O’Boyle 37:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 38:25, Prof Alan Ladd 41:13 maybe, Neil McCready 43:30, Joe Mathers 46:10, Paul Skillen 46:30, Sean “newbie and luvin’ it” Doherty 46:48, Owen “ringer” Fulton 49:48, Lord Ian “victory is mine” Brennan 52:00, Brendan McGeown 53:00

Big thanks to social boy for the Gazebo and refreshments and thanks to those who helped put it up and dismantle it in those conditions.

So this week’s song is for the mudsuckers who braved the Comber conditions yesterday. It was obviously too cold for timing chips but not for us. For those who ran/swam round those fields, we salute you.

Until next week, behave.