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!
We'll done again Paul - that was a great photo of you and Mags at the finish. I think I've done the Lisburn half 5 times and always enjoyed it, but the new course sounds like a big improvement.
Parkrun for me this morning - happy enough with 21:45 on a warm morning after a late night at work last night and the Mourne Way marathon and Arran Man keeping me away from parkrun for the last 2 weeks. Good to see plenty of the Run for Paul flyers being lifted from the tables afterwards so hopefully as many Bangor parkrunners as possible will be free to join you at Delamont next Sunday.
I'll be another "virtual runner" on the day. This is starting to look like we could have simultaneous worldwide events like Run in the Dark! I'll be 5hrs behind (time zones that is, not 5hrs behind the fastest 5k runner!) so I'll try to start at the same time and send Mags a photo of my Garmin ASAP afterwards.
I'm still in Scotland recovering from the Arran Man iron distance tri yesterday - a long hard day with a tough bike course, but a great way to see the sights of this beautiful island.
Working rather than running today, unfortunately, but it looks like a great day for the marathon. Martin, onetoescape, and everyone else with miles banked, carbs loaded and Garmins charged, have a great day. Enjoy your marathon, finish strong and smash your targets!