It was good to see you on Saturday too Rodney (and HMM) - just like old times .
Unfortunately I won't be at Ballymoney on Friday as I'm already booked for the Giant's Trail Race.
The issue of headphones came up at Dervock on Saturday. So many people wearing them that weren't aware of their surroundings and several could not hear (or see) me warning them that they were about to run into oncoming traffic by cutting the corner I was marshalling at. There were a couple of close calls with runners and vehicles - all involving runners with headphones.
When I ran I used to love listening to music but after Saturday I'm definitely in the ban headphones camp.
Good to hear your report of the race yesterday One2Escape, and good to see that you are back running again. Congratulations on the big PB . You'll have no problem getting that sub 2 by Larne - you're in a great club with some sound coaches, so just follow the advice that they give you.
As for not knowing the course properly - you weren't alone there. There had been a late change to the course and it caused a lot of confusion, particularly at the start. Despite the big blue gantry and the start line being set up on the Embankment quite a few runners refused to believe that the run wasn't actually starting inside the park.
Good to see a lot of the other forumites too yesterday, with a special shout to the fantastic Paul Brannigan.
For the benefit of those of you that weren't able to attend the Run for Paul or are not on Facebook, I'm sharing a post which I made last night. This event displayed everything that is good and positive about the running community in Northern Ireland and made me proud to be part of our fabulous sport.
"And now for some positive running news. After the debacle that occurred on Sunday I thought it might be a good time to share some good news that might restore faith in the running community in Northern Ireland.
On Sunday 28th June many friends and fellow runners participated in the Run for Paul at Delamont Park. The event was organised at very short notice - just over two weeks - to try to raise funds to enable Paul Brannigan to get radical treatment for a rare lung disease following his two year battle with cancer.
Over 170 runners turned out on the day, including Paul himself, and many more took part in a virtual run that was organised for those that couldn't be present on the day, with people running in America, Majorca, Tenerife, Germany, England and various locations in Northern Ireland.
Donations have continued to come in since the event and I'm delighted to say that to date I have £4,308 and am expecting further donations in the coming days. A total of £845 of that sum has been raised via the virtual run.
Apart from the fabulous amount raised, the day itself was a huge success and exemplified everything that is good about our sport.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported the event in any way at all, from those who attended, donated, marshalled, made food for the post-run festivities.
Grateful thanks to Katrina from Wrap and Roll and Hendersons for the water, Podium 4 Sport, and Michael Jenkins from Pure Running for the generous prizes and numerous spot prizes, and of course the legendary Joe Quinn for his help in securing the venue and organising the permit.
There are too many more people to name individually, but you all know who you are and I hope I have conveyed my thanks to you personally.
Many of you on here participated in the virtual run and I will be posting the details of that in the next couple of days when I've updated everyone's run.
Andy, and anyone else that was there today, please see the notice below. I went along this morning to observe and reported my findings as a member of the ANI road running and cross country committee. It was shameful.
Having met with the race organisers prior to the event, Athletics Northern Ireland went through thorough discussions on the required policies of obtaining a race permit licence.
Athletics Northern Ireland clearly indicated important points such as adequate marshaling, water stations, portable toilets, registrations and following through with information such as prizes if this has been clearly stated prior to the race entry.
We advised the race organisers prior to the race of the benefits of accurate route measurements and therefore can confirm that the race was accurately measured. However, we have been informed that this changed slightly on the day, for reasons that surpass us.
It completely disheartens us that, what we were falsely lead to believe from the Titanic Half Marathon and 10K event organisers has not been fulfilled to the utmost highest standards to make this an enjoyable race for both runners and marshals/volunteers.
In light of this, representatives from Athletics Northern Ireland attended today’s event and assured us that this matter will be brought to the board of Athletics Northern Ireland pending further investigation.
We would like to take this moment to apologise for the unsatisfactory experience you have received, and would like to point out that, this event bares no relation to that of our highly prestigious and efficiently run TQ10K.