Christmas Cracker 2018


The 2018 Castlewellan Christmas Cracker Pairs Race will take place on Saturday 29th December 2018 at 1pm.

Online Registration is NOW CLOSED as we have reached our full capacity of 700 entries.

We are working with our key delivery partners with the objective of increasing the numbers available for the Christmas Cracker above the current 700 team limit. If we are able to reach an agreement to increase the limit, we will communicate this via the usual social media channels. However, at this stage there is unlikely to be any movement until towards the middle of December.

Race Details

This year you will be able to make changes to your team via our website. This facility is now open and will close on Thursday 27 December 9pm. You can access it by clicking hereTeam changes will not be accepted via Email/Facebook Message etc.

When registering, it is essential that you check you have entered the correct details. Failure to provide accurate information when completing or amending your Entry Form may result in disqualification from all future Newcastle AC organised events.

Check out our 2018 Christmas Cracker Medals that all finishers will receive!

Tuesday Sessions Winter 2018


Meeting at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre

All participants must wear florescent Hi-Viz tops for health and safety reasons – it is unfair on your club mates not to and it compromises the safety of the entire group – be considerate!!

11 December – 8 x 800m
18 December – Annual Christmas 5 mile Handicap
25 December – No Session
1 January – 8 x 3 mins
8 January – 16 x 400m
15 January – 1 mile, 2 miles, 1 mile
22 January – 5km Time Trial

Club Notes 11 December 2018

  1. Saturday 15 December has been declared a NAC parkrun day for senior and Junior members. Please come along to the event at Castlewellan Lake for a 9:30am start. Please wear your club vest or t-shirt. This will begin our Christmas party celebrations! Entry is free and if you are not registered, please do so in advance by visiting the parkrun UK website and then print your barcode. It is also a pacer week in Castlewellan this week with dedicated pacers running odd numbers between 19 and 29 minutes.
  2. Christmas dinner will be served in O’Hare’s at 7:30pm sharp on Saturday 15 December.
  3. The club handicap is on Tuesday 18 December – meet at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre. Please sign up at tonight’s 8 x 800 session or email Joe McCann ( if you are taking part. There will be refreshments after in BASE to mark some birthdays around that time.

London Marathon 2019 – Club Entries

At the closing date of last Sunday, 18th November, there were 2 applications with supporting evidence for the 2 club entries to the London Marathon 2019. Therefore, there is no need for a ballot this year.

Congratulations to Jonny Crutchley and Philip Murdock on their successful applications and good luck in London next April.

Congratulations to Ryan Forsyth

News from Stateside…

On Saturday (17th November) with temperatures at zero degrees and early winter snow on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin, Newcastle & District AC’s Ryan Forsyth took part in the NCAA Cross-Country Champs – a championship race he would be doing for his final time.

Ryan is number 444 in the Colorado vest on the left – eyes closed but clearly not asleep…

During the past summer, Forsyth, who has grown up in Maryland but who’s mum’s family hail from near to Comber, spent a few weeks in County Down, as he had done during many summers before, escaping the searing heat of the US summer on the farm in fertile Comber Spuds territory. As well as exploring Castlewellan and Tollymore Forests, Murlough Reserve and the beach plus the ‘going away’ (very) speedy pints in O’Hares, Ryan won the Irish 5000m title in a 14:30.78, from Ethiopia’s Hiko Tonosa by 1/100th of a second in one of the most exciting races of the Championships. Earlier in the season, in April, he had set a lifetime best over 5000m of 13:41.19 in Stanford, California. Continue reading

Club Christmas Dinner 2018

The deadline for submitting a Christmas Dinner Booking has now passed.

The annual club Christmas Dinner is on Saturday 15 December at 7:30pm in O’Hare’s, Newcastle. We have 70 places available on a first come, first served basis.

The cost of the meal is £10 (£6 supplement for beef), and the remaining £10 is paid by the club.

Complete the Online Form to book your place by clicking the button below.

Online Booking Form

See who has Booked

The deadline for bookings is Friday 23 November at 9pm. Only 4 spaces left as of 9pm Tuesday 22 November.