Well done all who ran last night , nice wee 6 mile beach run today for me
Enjoyed NFU Ballymoney 5 Mile Race on Friday night. Keep forgetting how tough the middle part of the course is. Ran 4 seconds faster than last year but hope to get faster yet. Cookstown on Friday night should be a good race too.
Great 10k race yesterday in Newry as part of the Eari- Wig Festival .. now on to the Crossmaglen 10KChallenge on the 4th Aug then the Mark Annett Memorial 10k run in Warrenpoint on the 18th August which are fitting in well with training for the Dublin Marathon.
It's good to see you back racing Rodney.
Kevin good to keep the 10K's in with the long miles to keep a bit of speed in the legs.
I didn't get out over the weekend. I did the Bann Wheeler 35 mile sportive yesterday. It was a lovely run round the coast but the rain came on coming out of Portstewart and wasn't taking time to come down. I ended up with 51 miles when I added they cycle to and from.
I need to get a few miles in this week if I am going to do the 5 miler on Friday night. I read somewhere that it's a new course this year.
Thanks for the shout on Friday Rodney and for the finish line welcome from Kenny, Mags & Max . Glad we weren't out on the course when that rain came down. The photographer got a good shot of all the hardy runners sheltering from the rain in the doorway.
I did the Divis 10k yesterday - a good turnout and a very nice run over the hill in perfect weather.
Did anyone run in Cookstown yesterday? Just wondering what size of crowd they got.
I see the Walled City Marathon is on the fixture list for next year again.
I was among the 70 runners and 19 walkers doing the original Cookstown half..I did as I thought it important to support the original and their organisers ..It will be interesting next year when the police and fire roadshow rolls on out of town to see if athletics ni make Cookstown as part of the series again…it wasn’t part this year and I asked if I took part in the original as opposed to the police fire one would it be counted as towards my completing the full quota for the jacket and their answer was no. As a result of this I decided for the Mourne half over the Larne half….
The event itself was brilliant….due to a wake on the route it went out a new route 6.55miles out and 6.55 back along the same route. Hilly and hot but with loads of waterstops and great food afterwards…one of the friendliest races I’ve ever taken part in.
Mark we'll have to wait and see what happens the Cookstown Half next year.
Numbers were down I think three races in Cookstown in a week is a bit much and one was going to suffer. That's not counting the Parkrun.
some weather for racing recently...its either intense heat or rain and thunderstorms it seems! hoping for something in between for cookstown 5 miler on friday, usually a good race, and a new course i hear this year as well, which from what i can tell is slightly less hilly...will find out on friday night! it does come quite close to the "other" cookstown half, so i wonder if there will be a smaller turnout for the 5 miler as a result? many doing it on friday here?
I'm going to give it a go Jason. I looked at the profile of the race there looks to a hill every mile.
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I'm heading over to Cookstown too. Have never done it - as Kenny says profile seems very very undulating, but nothing too big anywhere - 44m of gain compared to NFU's 70m if that's any help!
good luck tonight everyone hope the rain stays off , heading out now for 7 miles hoping to miss the rain , running Cookstown half on Sunday so hoping for decent weather then aswell !
Really enjoyed the WPFG Half in Cookstown today , very well represented by all N.I clubs and local people , must admit I enjoyed hearing people's stories and they weren't all elite athletes , a lot of jobbing people over having a good time, ran with people from Quebec, USA, Germany ,China and everywhere else inbetween, a great day, pasta etc afterwards was great , meeted and greeted and received my finishers medal from the one and only Kenny Bacon ( Kenny you were a fine ambassador cheers mate ) , the bandana was interesting
I ran Cookstown 5 mile on Friday evening. Really please with my time 13 secs slower than last year which is good considering how few miles I have been doing since Maghera 10K back in May. My leg actually felt better on Saturday morning and no worse than it was before the race so I'm hoping to do a few more shorter races before the end of the summer.
I met Martin, family and dogs at the Cookstown Half yesterday. It was a long day and interesting being there from 9.00 and see all the police security operation before hand. Good atmosphere at the event. I was glad I wasn't on registration when six buses of competitors arrive at the one time. It was tough going Martin, I think a lot of the runners got caught out on the fast start forgetting the had to climb back up that to the finishing. I was caught out not expecting the weather to be as good and got a bit of a roasting. Back on duty tomorrow night at the Xcountry event at Stormont.
Cheers Kenny, Gaby and the boys had a good day , the dogs struggled with the heat , but a nice girl from Cookstown borough council refilled all our bottles
From my first 10k in April which was 59 mins i'm now getting 50 mins for my 10k race this week and that was a hilly route, thinking of giving up marathons after Dublin for a year to stay at 10k 's and get my time up again .......... training is really paying off
The dogs weren't the only ones who suffered in the heat Martin.
I got the OK from the physio on Wednesday to get back running. I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the year. I have entered the Laganside 10K and plan to do a tour of some of the parkruns during our summer break in kids training.
I did 4.5 mile on Thursday evening and another 8 miles this morning. I have to try and manage the recovery and keep doing the stretches, exercises foam rolling and using my friend spikey. I'm looking forward to bumping into a few of you at races soon.
Well done Kevin the marathon training will give you the endurance. If you come out of it injury free you should give the Seeley a bash at trying to improve that time.
Great news Kenny I'm sure your delighted
Well done Kevin they're great results your getting
Bit quiet on here at present?
I've not posted myself for a while - losing my running mojo at bit at present. I was a DNS for Cookstown as I stood on a wasp the day before and I took a very bad reaction. My foot/ankle was still swelling 72hrs later and I ended up in A&E with it. I managed my first run again on Sunday and ran 9.5m last night at a decent pace.
I need to run Groomsport on Fri and next month's Waterside to record my HM Series entry. I'm a bit nervous about what shape I'm in for Friday, thinking I will try to go out 'easy' and see how things develop. Anyone else running Groomsport?
I think the real reason behind my current attitude to training is that I really should have been upping my mileage by now for Dublin Marathon. Combination of new job and discomfort of a nagging longer-term injury are looming large as excuses in my mind! I need to commit to a revised training schedule and re-think my intended race plans for September (Laganside 10k, Waterside HM, Great North Run, Belfast HM). Then reappraise my readiness for Dublin before 1st October.
Good to hear your news, Kenny - look forward to seeing you at a race in the near future.
My goodness Alwyn, your tale sounds exactly the same as mine. I'm planning on doing Dublin, but I'm really enjoying the short events through the summer. So finding it really difficult to sacrifice them for long runs. But something has got to give.
In another note, any opinions on the Groomsport half. I can't make my mind up, whether to give it a go. What's the course like? hilly?
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