Castlewellan Christmas Cracker 2016


The Annual Castlewellan Christmas Cracker Pairs Race will take place on
Tuesday 27th December 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Online Registration is NOW OPEN. Please note that there will be no further entries available on race day. Any downloadable entry forms from previous years races are not valid and cannot be accepted.


  • All teams must pre enter using the online registration system.
  • Entry fee of £30 / team is payable at time of registration.
  • NO refunds are available.
  • There is a limit of 600 teams.
  • There will be NO entries taken on race day.
  • Registration will close on Monday 19th December or when the entry limit has been reached.
  • Team changes can be made by emailing before race day. Details will be in email confirmation that each team member receives.

Full Race Details and Entry Form can be found HERE 
Any queries should be sent to

Club Tuesday Sessions Autumn/Winter Phase 1


Thanks to Pascal for all the lovely flat runs in Castlewellan during the Spring/Summer phases of training.
Now that the ‘dark nights’ are approaching, training reverts to the streets of Newcastle. From Tuesday 11 October we will meet each week at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre.
The first 7 sessions are outlined below:
11 October – 8 x 800m
18 October – 2s & 3s (5 sets)
25 October – 6 x 1km
1 November – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1Pryamid
8 November – 12 x 400m or Hill reps in Donard Forest
15 November – 5 x 1 mile
22 November – club run with 10 x 1 minute efforts and strides in preparation for the Seeley Cup on Saturday 26 November

ANI Star Track Programme

The scheme is Athletics NI’s flagship grassroots athletics programme, aiming to give 8 to 15 year olds real athletics experiences and help them to develop skills.

All Startracks are multi-events: sprints, hurdles, jumps (high & long), throws (shot & javelin), endurance, orienteering and games. Continue reading

Trofeo Vanoni 2016 – Zak Hanna

zak01During the weekend past I was fortunate enough to be picked as part of the Irish mountain running team to race in the prestigious Trofeo Vanoni mountain relays in Morbegno, Italy.

This was the first time Ireland has sent a team to the race so it was exciting to be selected for such a big race. Continue reading

Excellent Start in the 2016/17 Cross-Country League for Newcastle & District AC

club-group-pre-raceSaturday saw the first race of the 2016/17 Athletics Northern Ireland Cross-Country League – the Bobby Rea Memorial, this year taking place in the picturesque Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Despite 8 Ulster & NI Under-Age Championship races plus the women’s race beforehand, the 8km Men’s Race took place in firm conditions over 4 laps of a 2k loop. The loop included one significant climb plus several roller-coaster rises and falls. The weather was dry too and this all made for very fast conditions. Continue reading

Mourne Skyline and Granite Trail are a great success

On Friday evening, 43 brave souls, including 8 from Newcastle AC took on the challenge of the Granite Trail, the curtain raiser to the Mourne Skyline event the following day. The Garmin Mourne Skyline Granite Trail Race (‘GTR’) saw competitors start on Newcastle’s Central Promenade, before making their way into Donard Forest and up the historic Granite Trail towards the finish at Millstone Quarry, overlooking the town. Altogether, this totalled 2 miles uphill with approximately 1,000ft of ascent. The steep climb is made all the more difficult by the presence of steps at various points as these break the rhythm of the runners and upset their cadence. All NAC athletes performed well, evidenced by the filling of the three male podium places and a podium finish for Sam McNeilly (2nd) in the ladies’ race. Continue reading

Juniors – New Email Address & Halloween Holidays

NJAC have a new email address it’s: with immediate effect! Individual email addresses listed on the website remain unchanged. The old email address should work for a short time but better if you update your contacts now to be on the safe side!

Training will be on at Shimna College tomorrow night 7-8pm but there won’t be any training on Monday 31st October as Shimna is closed and all the coaches will be away trick or treating!

Congratulations to Eve Kenneally who ran in the Ulster Cross Country On Saturday and finished 11th to qualify for the All Ireland in November! GO EVE – we’re very proud of you.