Junior Update

There’s only a few days left to register for the McGrady Financial Services Cross Country Series so get registering if you haven’t already done so! Registration closes this Thursday (21st) at 9pm sharp.
Please remember you only need register once for the Series and you must be either a Full Member of Race Only Member to run – anyone who hasn’t paid membership isn’t insured, and therefore won’t be allowed to run on race day.
Thanks to all our volunteers, without you the race couldn’t go ahead. Best of luck to all our runners!
P.S. Remember NO training this Saturday morning.

Hanna makes it back to back wins on Mill Hill

Newcastle AC notes by Bogusboy

The annual Mill Hill uphill mile race took place on Tuesday 12 September at 7:00pm. The race, which has been ran every year since 1987, with the exception of 2001, begins in Annsborough and challenges the athletes to negotiate the steep climb to just past the library in Castlewellan.  By the time the runners completed the one mile climb, they ascended a total of 90 metres at an average gradient of 6%.  At the steepest point around the halfway mark the gradient is 10%. The format of the race is simple.  Get from the big tree in Annsborough to just past the market house before anyone else; something that Deon McNeilly has managed on six different occasions, Alan McKibbin six times in a row, Robbie Bryson four times and East Down’s Liam Venney and Brendan Teer between them for six years leading up to 2015.  There was a changing of the guard in 2016 with Newcastle’s rising star, Zak Hanna winning for the first time. In all there have been 11 different winners of the race to date.  Continue reading

Red High 10k/5k Relay and Walk 2017

Saturday 21st October 2017
10K Walk:
11:00am (Registration in St. Patrick’s Grammar School from 10:15am)
10K/5K Relay: 12:00 noon (Registration in St. Patrick’s Grammar School from 11:15am)

To avoid delays, we would encourage people to register online at http://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/Red-High-10k-And-Relay.
Parking will be available on the school grounds from 10:00am, as will changing and showering facilities. There will be medals for all finishers and prizes for category winners, maybe even a few spot prizes! After the race, there will be well earned refreshments in the school canteen. 


Totten impresses in the at the Great North Run

NAC Notes by Bogusboy

The eyes of the world were firmly fixed on the North East of England as thousands upon thousands of athletes took the line for the Great North Run, one of the greatest mass participation races in the world. Newcastle’s Eoghan Totten, running in the colours of Oxford University, was in the midst of greatness as the elite runners, including Sir Mo Farah, lined up at the start. For Totten this would be a fantastic day out as he finished the 13.1 (half marathon) course in 19th place, recording an impressive 67:21. This time represents a 30 second PB but left him wondering about what might have been. He was moving through the field when he took a stitch at 10 miles that he could not shift and believes that it cost him somewhere in the region of 45 seconds to 1 minute. Nonetheless he can be more than proud of his top 20 finish and 8th in the national rankings. Farah was in imperious form in the closing stages and romped to victory in a few seconds over the hour. Continue reading