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 Online Entry Form can be found HERE 
Any queries should be sent to

There will be a recce of the Christmas Cracker course this Sunday morning at 8:30am. Meeting at Castlewellan Upper Square. Everyone welcome.

Club Tuesday Sessions Winter Training – Phase 2


Meeting at Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm
13 December – Club Christmas 5m Handicap
20 December – 8 x 3 mins
27 December – Christmas Cracker Race – No Session
3 January – 8 x 800m
10 January – Donard Forest Hills
17 January – 5 x 1 Mile
24 January – 12 x 400m
31 January – 5km Time Trial

The Griddle 10K

by Bogusboy

griddle1Six Newcastle AC runners took part in the 10k race in Saul as The Griddle race goes from strength to strength. Despite the variety of races on offer over a busy weekend of running, 118 took on the challenge of the hills and dales that characterise the parish of Saul. First home was East Down’s Brendan Teer in a very respectable 34:45 for one of the tougher 10k races of the year. While the temperature was unseasonably benevolent, there was enough wind to make the conditions testing at times. He was followed by Dub Runners’ James Trainor (36:06), with last year’s winner, Stephen Wylie (36:36) having to settle for the third podium spot. Continue reading

Patterson Rules & Newcastle stay in touch at top of league…

The NAC 16

The NAC 16

The 5th race of the Athletics NI Cross-Country League took place on Saturday – the Malcolm Cup organised by Annadale Striders in its usual venue of Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare. Despite the driest autumn in living memory, Sixmilewater Park still managed to produce some mud, but fair enough, not as much as usual. Newcastle & District AC (NAC) was out in force with runners in the supporting races as well as the main league event. Continue reading

Christmas Cracker – 400 Entries

NAC 400 EntriesOver 400 teams have now entered the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker on 27th December. Entries are coming in very fast, so to avoid disappointment book your spot early.

ONLY 200 SPACES LEFT. Entries are limited to 600. Online Registration closes on Monday 19th December or when the Entry Limit has been reached.

Full Race Details

Silver Medals at the Irish Cross-Country Championships in Dublin

On Sunday (27th November) the Irish Cross-Country Championships took place doubling as trials for next month’s European Cross-Country Championships in Chia, Sardinia. Local club, Newcastle & District AC was very well-represented in the form of Kerry O’Flaherty in the Women’s 8k and for the first time ever a scoring men’s team.

It has been a very dry autumn, possibly the driest on record? Sunday was no exception as the settled weather continued with a bit of wind and temperatures reaching 10C. Nonetheless the course had something for everyone, firm fast running, sand, mud and pretty much a gradual decline for half the 2k and then a steady rise back up to the start/finish area. First up was the Women’s Race over 4 laps of this new purpose-built cross-country facility at the Sport Ireland complex in Abbotstown near Blanchardstown. Continue reading