Spring/Summer Training – Phase 2


Tuesday sessions will continue as normal throughout the Hill & Dale series.

All sessions begin at 6:30pm

Meeting place for Castlewellan is Hillyard House, Tollymore is the Upper Car Park and Murlough is the 12 Arches Car Park.

Tuesday 7 June – Castlewellan – 2s and 3s – 5 sets
Tuesday 14 June – Tollymore – 5 x 1 mile
Tuesday 21 June – Castlewellan – 8 x 800m
Tuesday 28 June – Murlough – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid
Tuesday 5 July – Tollymore – 5 mile Time trial
Tuesday 12 July – Castlewellan – 6 x 1km
Tuesday 19 July – Tollymore – Black Hut Hills
Tuesday 26 July – Castlewellan – 3 x 2k
Tuesday 2 Aug – Murlough – 5 x 1 mile

Blayney is full of Rockets!

Blayney 10

A review of recent races by Bogusboy

The Castleblayney 10 mile road race is promoted by the appositely named ‘Blayney Rockets’. A few ‘Newcastle Rockets’ were persuaded to board the bus to travel to this increasingly popular race, now in its third year. David O’Flaherty was a ‘50-50 definite/maybe until he was cornered during a moment of weakness and dragooned into committing.  With the sangria flowing, he was full of pre-Olympic joy and thought it would be a good idea to compete in his first ever 10 miler. Thankfully, the club captain knows best and after a week of intensive physical and mental preparations, the in-form athlete was ready to go. Mental preparations had included frequent renditions of the infamous tale of the ‘Armagh 10’ and had left O’Flaherty ready to run through walls as he alighted the team bus. David would have a magnificent run and come home second in a field of 217. Moreover, the only man to beat him was the newly crowned Irish national 5k Champion, Conor Duffy of Glasslough Harriers stormed home to win in 53:45.  David’s time of 54:37 equates to sub 5:30 miling was described by the Prophet as ‘tramping on rightly’. Not to be overshadowed by recent events, David was quick to point out from the podium that his sister does a wee bit of running as well. Continue reading

Litter Pick – Sat 30th July 2016

To give something back to the community and make the environment that we  run in more presentable

Newcastle AC is planning a litter pick in Donard Forest on Saturday 30 July.

If you can spare an hour or two, please come along  and help.

Jim Patterson has offered to co-ordinate proceedings, please contact him on 07934180080 with your availability or if you have any questions.

Club to host Rio ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty

On Friday evening (15th July) from around 8.30pm, Newcastle & District Athletic Club is delighted to host a ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty.

Kerry-Rio-01Kerry ran the Olympic Qualifying Time for the 3k Steeplechase just over a year ago at the International Meeting in Letterkenny posting 9:42.61. On what turned out to be a historic evening 2 other Irish athletes also achieved the time. Exactly one year on, the 3 same athletes raced each other over the Chase in the final of the European Championships in Amsterdam where O’Flaherty came home a very creditable 12th in 9:45.88 (only 0.7 seconds behind 8th place).  Continue reading

Cunningham smashes it at Loughinsland

A delayed report from the Viking which was mislaid by Bogusboy.

With the Hill and Dales over for another year 9 Newcastle AC athletes made their way to Loughinisland 5.05 mile road race to get their fix of midweek racing.

With a hilly course that included 97 metres of climb, Zak Hanna took off in “McMurray fashion” and never looked back. In a course that suited the runner up in the Hill and Dale series he ran an extremely impressive 26:53 finishing two and half minutes ahead of second place! Continue reading