Club Run Report – 3rd October 2021

Today’s 10@10 has turned into tv@10, and 11 and 12 as we watch London on the tv and check for Belfast updates online. Or else we are out on the road shouting support, banging pans and ringing the obligatory cowbell. Whatever way we support the runners, marathon day always bring a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A bit like the bag drop queues.

But firstly, taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 19:49, Adam McCann 20:17PB, Stephen Armour 21:58, Brendan ROTM McGeown 23:24, Leo McAuley 26:01, David Esler 26:21, Aidy Hughes 27:04, Neill McGlinchey 28:59, Sharon Dunn 29:00, Cathy Ryan 29:01, Marie McBrien 29:24, Ramunas Stanevicius (and Ugnius) 30:26, Galina Stanevicius 30:29, Karen McKee 30:29, Prof Alan Ladd 30:30 (obviously reliving their Berlin highlights on the way round), Emily “the comeback kid” Dowling 31:40, Roseann McGeown 31:43, Roisin Brooks 32:10, Janet Grew 32:35, Joanne Milne 33:06

And well done to Marie who tried to sneak through her 200th parkrun without anyone noticing!

Waterworks parkrun:
Dawn Blain 23:18, Susan Thompson 27:43, Claire McCann 29:00

Victoria parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:22PB

Ormeau parkrun:
Bernard McKeaveney 27:33
Brave boy a day before the big one!

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:03

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Anton Piatek 25:09

Orangefield parkrun:
Martin McCready 35:20

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:38, Maeve Kennedy 24:39 and first female finisher

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:32 and 2nd place finisher, Emily Murphy 9:21, Sinead O’Hare 10:31, Matthew Hawkins 13:32

Musgrave junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:05PB, Kobe McClelland 9:31

Waterworks junior parkrun:
None today! Big boy (and girl) stuff on.

Today, attentions turned to the majors – London and Belfast – as our 26.2 warriors took to the streets.

Let’s start with our much loved home marathon. 8 Harriers were in action:
Alan Erwin 3:10:35PB, Micky McAuley 3:12:43, Pamela Mooney 3:46:19, Ken “is that really a beard?” McAuley 3:51:28, Johnny Carey 4:00:18, Ciaran Wright 4:13:19, Bernard McKeaveney 4:35:53PB, Angela Stevens 4:39:56

Over in London there was a great turnout for the Harriers as qualifiers for the last few years finally got a chance to run the streets paved with gold.

Lee “why is this so flat?” O’Boyle 2:42:20, Kevin Donnelly 2:59:52PB, Neil Campbell 3:18:52, Stephen Gallagher 3:31:03, Patricia Curistan 3:34:08, Paul Skillen 3:57:00, Suzanne Brennan 4:06:25PB, Joe Mathers 4:09:12, Lord Ian Brennan 4:32:15, Leeanne Skillen 6:17:41, Laura Campbell 6:18:49

So, this week’s tune is for those who took on the 26.2 tests today.

Your time is irrelevant. You all beat the distance. And for this we salute you.
Until next week, behave.