Weekend Report – May 9th

After the razzmatazz and excitement of last week, this was, for many of us, thank goodness, a quieter weekend. Hill and Dale continued on Thursday evening and, of course, Victoria Park parkrun dominated Saturday morning for over three hundred runners. A number of Orangegrove runners travelled up to Greenisland on Saturday to take part in the PANDAS 10k to help raise funds for specialist medical treatment for the young Ballyclare boy, Cameron Lindsay, suffering from a rare brain disorder.

Sunday brought the Club’s internal 5k handicap race at Victoria Park, the Victoria Shield. The current champion and holder is Rodney Corrigan, which goes to show that just about anyone can win this trophy and that you don’t have to be a seasoned runner either! By the way, in my absence next week on warm weather training in Gran Canaria (not), Rodders has agreed to write the report. May his words come easy and may they be blessed with both profundity and accuracy.

Following last weekend’s fourth anniversary running of Victoria Park parkrun, this weekend’s affair, the 211th event, was a slightly more subdued affair. Nevertheless, over three hundred runners (346 to be exact) of all sizes, descriptions and abilities gathered for their usual 9.30am adrenaline fix, followed by tea, coffee and sweet things in the pavilion. Even a partly flooded entrance tunnel couldn’t keep them away! A considerable number of personal bests were registered and several of them were achieved by club runners. We offer our warmest congratulations to the following….Robin Montgomery, again, 18.30, Rory Hall-Thompson (JM11-14) 19.21 (super run), Lisa Fleming 23.23, Matthew Sykes (JM10) 24.11, Chloe Browne (JW11-14) 24.20, Kerris Hamilton 24.30, Stephen Craig 26.29, Sam Rainey (JM10) 26.57, Deborah Killen 37.57. Some great times recorded by members of the junior club and particularly well done to Rory Hall-Thompson on 19.21!

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