Bill Easton, the US College Running Coach, said “You can’t flirt with the track. You must marry it”.
Well, those who went to Prof Alan and Jim’s track session on Wednesday night might not argue with that.
I think I got introduced, married and finally divorced by that 10th rep.
The track got the kids.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Ben ROTM Davidson 20:22, Alan Erwin 21:24, Ciaran Hawkins 26:22, Clare Teer 27:52, Bernie McAllister 28:40, Neill McGlinchey 31:18, Emily Murphy 32:03PB, Roisin Brooks 33:39, John Teer 39:34
Dawn Blain 24:38, Suzanne Brennan 26:05, Susan Thompson 27:18, Lord Ian Brennan 28:06, Joanne Milne 33:10, Claire McCann 33:39
Joe Mathers 23:03
Martin O’Neill 18:41 and 2nd finisher
Ramunas Stanevicius 20:28, David Esler 25:34, Elaine Kennedy 29:29
Stephen Semple 23:37, Maeve Kennedy 25:07, Maeve Dunseath 25:45
Tom Fleming 18:14 and first finisher yet again
And the Rt. Hon. ADav was back at the Valley finishing 2nd overall in 18:55. Yet another PB. I think he is more pleased that he beat his son than about getting another PB. Way to go Dad!
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:50, Kobe McClelland 10:09, Emily Murphy 10:10, Matthew Hawkins 13:32
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:40, Eloise McAuley 9:01
Harrier midweek racing came from Loup this week as our Vest in the West, Aidy Hughes, completed the Loup 5k in a 26:34 PB time. Was it an out and back course Aidy?
On Friday night, Dermot Boyd put down the camera to take part in the Crebilly 5k. Dermot finished in 32:52.
I did wonder if Dermot made this one up but it turns out that Crebilly is a real place.
It is near Ballymena.
It actually means “rock of the sacred tree”.
There is no rock in Crebilly.
Then yesterday, it was the turn of the delayed Race over the Glens with the traditional New Year Day run in Glenariff Forest Park moving to a summer slot. It was still a hilly +5 mile course for these Harriers:
Kevin Donnelly 44:05, Stephen Gallagher 47:39, Anita Piatek 1:00:20.
Also yesterday, Anton Piatek completed the Mount Stewart Half Marathon Trail Race in a PB time of 1:44:44. A PB on a trail course is impressive!
This week’s song is for Prof Alan, Jim and everyone who survived Wednesday night. I didn’t cry. Honestly.
Until next week, behave.