Spotted lots of NI runners around the course, and enjoyed catching up with good friends from North Down, Orangegrove, Ballydrain, North Belfast and Ballymena among other clubs afterwards. Lots of PBs and fantastic debut runs. Thanks as ever to Mags for the shout outs at the end. I was happy to get back under 4hrs and even happier with a big PB.
HMM - good to see you as you flew past me on your way to a cracking Causeway HM time. I had a a great time plodding round the marathon course again and it was fantastic to get back through the cave at Portbraddan again, cutting out the road section.
Big shout out to ultra-runner Martin - I can only begin to imagine how tough the ultra is on that course, starting the marathon route with a half already in your legs. It was an honour to share that orange and cinnamon scented man-hug as our paths crossed! I can't believe you're already talking about next year's Mourne Way Ultra!
Never a good sign when ANi release a statement on a Sunday night on a bank holiday weekend! The feedback all over social media and the news today of the Endurance Junkie races is in no way reflective of the usual good standards enjoyed by runners at every other race in Ni whether organised by local clubs or professional event management companies.
Perhaps ANI could hold back from sanctioning future races by new companies, race directors etc until they have seen proof rather that safety arrangements, water, course signage etc.are in place, or ensure an ANI official is involved in working with the race organiser from an early stage and copied into correspondence with alll the relevant statutory bodies and race suppliers, rather than accepting assurances that the organisers will comply with all the stipulations.
Anyway, Andy , the Laganside 10k and Belfast half marathon might be worth a look.
How did the grooms take you running round the brides, Martin? I'll try to get down to Ards tonight to watch a bit of the half marathon - I couldn't get out of work in time to run the half myself. Enjoy the hills everyone!