Club Race Report – 26th February 2023

Meteorological Spring starts on Wednesday so they tell me.

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –

When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;

Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush

Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring

The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing

So said that Gerard Manley Hopkins bloke. But then he didn’t live in Mallusk. It’s still baltic here.

Firstly, some late results off the Vidiprinter from last Sunday’s East Coast Junior XC event:

Mini Girls 650m:

Alice McAuley 4:24 and second place

Minor Girls 1300m:

Eloise McAuley 5:27 and third place

Junior Girls 1750m:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 10:02

Junior Boys 1750m:

Leo McAuley 8:09

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Adam McCann 18:11PB and first finisher, Ben Davidson 20:37, ADav 23:33, Eloise McAuley 25:08, Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:22, Anton Piatek 25:41, Ciaran Hawkins 26:23, Paul Skillen 26:45, joe Mathers 27:03, Shane McBrien 28:47, Marie McBrien 28:59 (brave man Shane!), Neill McGlinchey 29:13, Nuala Muldoon 29:13, Owen Fulton 29:56, Sharon Dunn 29:57, Joanne Milne 31:39, Martin McCready 34:14, Stephen Curran 35:37

Waterworks parkrun:

Maeve Kennedy 25:00, Jim Hewitt 25:04

Victoria parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 20:48

ECOS Ballymena parkrun:

Stephen Murphy 22:39

Wallace parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 29:09

Antrim parkrun:

Rab Gould 22:53, Robbie Gould 25:44

Carrickfergus parkrun:

And Obviously Dermot Boyd 34:25

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 25:03

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Rory Mason 27:38

Crawfordsburn Country parkrun:

Clare ROTM Gallagher 43:23, Louise Ladd 43:24

Victoria junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 9:23

Jordanstown Junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:58, Matthew Hawkins 9:47PB, Rhys Kerr 19:42

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 7:49, Joseph Eager 8:48, Alice McAuley 13:47PB, Eloise McAuley 13:48

In other racing, Lee O’Boyle was podium hunting again at the latest Sperrin Harriers Winter League Event. Lee finished the 10 mile race in second place in 1:00:50.

Well done Lee. A great result.

Today saw the finale to this year’s XC League at Billy Neill Playing Fields.

Ladies 6k:

Suzanne Brennan 29:45, Sharon Dunn 32:55

Men’s 12k:

Michael Crossan 48:21, Kevin Donnelly 49:22, David Graham 49:22, Sean Doherty 50:36, Micky McAuley 52:51, Stephen Gallagher 52:52, Stephen Armour 53:24

By now, most of you will be willing this to end and eagerly awaiting the next question in the Alan Erwin quiz. Unfortunately, the quiz has been suspended for legal reasons (i.e. the lawyers thought it wasn’t funny). In other news, water is wet.

So this week’s tune is for Karen McKee who has progressed the Harrier Sunday morning 10@10 from a potential prayer meeting to a chance to shout randomly about her love of cars. Who knew?

Until next week, behave.