Club Report – Sunday 1st December 2019

Ken has his tree up so it must be nearly Christmas. Time to ask Santa for all that running gear that will definitely make you faster. How can I be expected to improve if I don’t have that new jacket or the latest buff? Surely I don’t have to train as well?

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Lee O’Boyle 18:16(PB and 1st place finish), Adam McCann 20:43PB, Paul Skillen 23:33, Neil McCready 23:33, Noel Bloomfield 24:49, Neill McGlinchey 28:43, Frances Kane 32:09, Patrick Hughes 37:20

Waterworks parkrun:

Ken McAuley 21:12, Ciaran Wright 22:28, Jim Hewitt 25:57, Susan Thompson 25:57, Claire McCann 31:05, Marie McFarlane 31:14, Fidelma McCoppin 31:50

Victoria parkrun:

Lord Ian “lonely pint” Brennan 23:02PB

ECOS parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 30:43

Queens parkrun:

Jim Guinn 29:57

Antrim parkrun:

Ben Davidson 23:57PB

This week’s tourists were Stephen Semple and Maeve Kennedy who took on the Oldbridge parkrun in Co Meath, finishing in 26:03 and 29:01 respectively. This parkrun takes place on the actual site of the Battle of the Boyne. Whilst our media officer has a panic attack, I will only say that Oldbridge is the location of the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley bridge which, as we all know, was Ireland’s longest cable-stayed bridge for over 6 years. Six!

And ADav was at Antrim 23:17

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 8:51, Hollie Brennan 14:01PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Ben Halliday 11:37, Matthew Hawkins 14:20

Prof Alan Ladd, like the swallow, headed south for the winter, taking on the Clonakilty Waterfront marathon (probably in front of some water). He finished 11th in 3:08:05.

Aidy Hughes got the passport out and left Tyrone for the much sweeter fields of Co Armagh. He finished the Aghagallon Santa run in Lurgan in an unofficial 32:59.

The big event of the week was the last of the year’s big road events, the Seeley 10k:

Ramunas Stanevicius 38:04(and yet another PB), Stephen Gallagher 40:20PB, Paddy Brooks 48:34, Andrew Kerr 49:16PB, Angela Stevens 54:12PB, Galina Stanevicius 58:36

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. Stieg Larsson’s books only sold after his death. Vermeer, Nick Drake, Galileo, Emily Dickinson, all ignored or underrated during their lifetimes. Only fully appreciated after their time. For several years, I feared I may suffer the same fate. But no longer. Many thanks for the award. But Chesney Hawkes? Seriously? Here’s a proper tune from 1981 from the Swap Shop team.

Still don’t like you though.

Until next week, behave.