WARD PARK RUNNERS (WPR) WEEKLY ROUND-UP
21 - 27 Sept 2022
“Some of us will run with great memories from previous years, some of us are taking part for the first time, some of us will be aiming for a time, some will want to just enjoy the run with friends. Others are not able to take part for lots of reasons and hopefully those running will see a few friendly faces supporting along the way. The main thing is we are taking part in a fabulous event with some lovely scenery along the way on the coast. Support each other and remember - your race/run - however you want to run it ”
14 - 20 Sept 2022
Dublin Half Marathon
Mash Direct, Belfast City Half Marathon
7 – 13 Sept 2022
Ratoath Half Marathon
31 Aug – 6 Sept 2022
GRC Coastal 5k
24 - 30 August 2022
Ards 5 Mile
Portrush 5 Mile
Antrim Coast Half Marathon
18 - 23 August 2022
Storming the Castle 2022
Bob & Bert's Gortin Forest 5k
Peninsula Sea Sprint and Top of the Mourne Triathlons
Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge Walk
10 – 16 August 2022
Connswater 5-mile Challenge
Killarney House parkrun
Rock the Lakes and Lough
3 - 9 August 2022
Crawfordsburn 5k Trail Race
Co Down 5k
Mallusk 5 Mile Race
Run The Trails, Mount Stewart
Feile 10k – and not a bodhran in sight!!!!
28 July - 2 August
Bob & Berts 5/10km
We had 9 members taking part in the challenging Stormont course, which took in a mix of trail and road, not to mention the hilly section leading up to Parliament Buildings. Descriptions of the level of difficulty that our members endured are plentiful on Social Media! The club had 4 athletes competing in the 5k. First home was Elizabeth Maxwell who finished in a time of 32:41. Alan Craig completed the course in 33:16, Kelly Morrow in 36:52 and David Yell in 38:49.
The other members who finished the tough 2 laps of this race were Sonia Martin in 1:03:25, Colette Archer in 1:05:02 and Ian McAleer in 1:07:13.
Well done to all our runners who completed in the first ever Bob & Bert’s 5k and 10k event at Stormont.
Giant's Trail Race
21 - 27 July
Annadale Striders’ Night of 3000s
Blayney Rockets 10 mile race
Hillsborough Running Festival 5k, 10k and Half Marathon (report by Mark Anderson)
Sunday Social Run
14 – 20 July
Born2Run Events - SEA2SKY
This is a one-of-a-kind event featuring road, trail and bog (!) sections, and is superbly organised by the Born2Run team. It is well worth considering if you want to try something a bit different.
Portaferry 10 Miles
As usual, the race was extremely well organised by Mags Mathieson and her team of volunteers and the WPR contingent thoroughly enjoyed taking part. A big thank you to everyone involved and to Mary Slocum for making the trip down to Portaferry to be the WPR cheerleader and chief photographer!
- M35 - Oran Kane (1st)
- M45 - Mark Brown (3rd)
- M50 - Lawrence Martin (3rd)
- M65 - Ronald Mitchell (2nd)
- M70 - Alan Craig (3rd)
- W45 - Tracy McKittrick (1st)
- W50 - Danielle Houston (3rd)
- W55 - Belinda Tunnah (2nd)
- W55 - Maria Morrison (3rd)
- W60 - Mary Slocum (1st in age category and first female overall)
- W65 - Lorna Thrush (2nd)
- W65 - Joyce Thomson (3rd)
WPR ‘Naked Run’
For Monday night’s training session coach Sarah organised a ‘naked’ run with the help of coaches Tim Taylor, Brian and Irene Cavan. This was a pairs competition with teams of two estimating the time it would take them to run four laps of the park (two laps each). The distance was just over 4k in total and the runners had the extra challenge of carrying a very heavy baton in the form of an IKEA straw! With several members commenting that running with a straw helped them go faster, the coaches plan to discuss how they can incorporate more straws into the training in future…watch this space! Given the intense heat that evening, participants may have been tempted to shed a few items of clothing, but thankfully for the passers-by the run was only ‘naked’ in the sense that no watches were allowed. There was the option to make a voluntary donation to a prize fund with the money collected going to a charity picked by the winning team.
The winners were those whose actual time was closest to their predicted time as follows:
1st Paul Morrow and Chris Nesbitt (10 seconds out)
2nd Robert and Glynis Poots (13 seconds out)
3rd Clare and Kelly Morrow (16 seconds out)
A total of £80 was raised through voluntary donations and this will be donated to Marie Curie in memory of our friend and fellow WPR member Jackie Palmer. Many thanks to all who contributed and well done to everyone who took part. It was surprisingly good fun and all ran smoothly once we'd sorted our number 1s and number 2s.
A huge thanks to Sarah Wilson for organising and to Tim, Brian and Irene for their help on the night.
The volunteers included Lawrence Martin and Glynis Poots, whose presence and encouragement was much appreciated by their club mates.
Taking on the flat and fast Belfast Victoria parkrun were Oran Kane, Tracy McKittrick and Laura Payne. Congratulations to Oran who notched up a new PB (18:32), finishing 13th out of 86 male participants, and to Tracy who achieved a new 5k PB (24:24). This was Tracy’s first time at Victoria Parkrun and we’re sure it won’t be her last! Coincidentally, Tracy was also 13th out of the 53 female participants.
At Comber parkrun, Paul Morrow and Chris Nesbitt were first timers and they were joined by Danielle Houston, who is becoming a regular here. Well known for its friendly atmosphere and community spirit, Comber parkrun should definitely be on your ‘to do’ list.
However, the prize for the most exotic parkrun this week goes to Paula Montgomery who took part in Hampstead Heath parkrun in the furnace that was London at the weekend.
7 - 13 July
29 June - 6 July 2022
Cinema Coffee 10km Grand Prix / Fibrus Fives
WPR Sunday Socials Return
WARD PARK RUNNERS (WPR) WEEKLY ROUND UP
22 – 29 June 2022