Mill Hill Mile 2018

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The Annual Mill Hill Mile Race takes place on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7:00pm.

Online Registration is NOW OPEN. ALL runners MUST register online. Online Registration will close on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 9pm.

Online Registration Form and Full Race Details View Entries

If you registered online, you can pick up your race number on the night at Castlewellan Upper Square from 6pm. Please leave yourself plenty of time to make your way to the start line at the bottom of Mill Hill.

The Entry Fee is a charitable donation. The charity this year is Mind Your Mate and Yourself www.mymy.org.uk

Full Race Details are available by CLICKING HERE.

32 Marathons in 32 Counties in 32 Days – Day 17 – Co Down

On Saturday 18 August Newcastle AC and Castlewellan parkrun were delighted to host Paul, Noel and a strong team of runners for the Co. Down leg of their epic quest to complete a marathon in each of the 32 counties in Ireland on consecutive days. With 16 runs completed, Co. Down would mark the beginning of the second half of a journey that sees the team finish on 2 September in Belfast. The group are fundraising for the Children’s Cancer Charity and will gratefully accept all donations, big or small. Anyone interested in making a donation can do so in the following ways: justgiving-ccu32 or textgving ccuc99 to 70070.

After completing the parkrun, the group covered some additional miles in Castlewellan Park ably led by the NAC stalwarts to get them as far as 10 miles. At that point they were joined by some fresh legs and left Castlewellan to follow a route that took them to the finish at the top end of the promenade Newcastle at just after 1:15pm. Other joined along the way and nutrition was available regularly from a strong and committed support crew. The group completed the run in just over 3 hours 47 minutes – no mean achievement given that they had already completed a marathon a day for the 16 previous days!

A spokesman for Newcastle AC commented on how delighted he was that so many club members turned out in club vests to support the event. At the finish, the team was treated to the full NAC five star experience, beginning with a dip in the ‘Donard Park Spa’ (the river under the bridge!!!). This was followed by a rejuvenating massage offered free of charge by the healing hands of Megan McGreevy, Greg McCann and Ruairi McCrickard. All agreed that they were ready to face Day 18 in Donegal with fresh legs. This was followed by soup and sandwiches sponsored by O’Hare’s and the proceedings were completed with a generous donation of £500 Jack O’Hare from O’Hare’s Bars and restaurant.

It was then time for the team to pack up and make the 130 mile trip to Falcarragh in Donegal for Day 18. We wish the boys every success for the days ahead, confident that they can complete their journey in style.

The 32 32 32 team at the beginning of the parkrun in Castlewellan.

Noel, Paul and Niall.

After the event – presentation at O’Hare’s.

Castlewellan parkrun – 32 marathons in 32 days in 32 counties

On Saturday Paul, Noel and Niall will be at the start of Castlewellan parkrun at 9:30am to complete the 16th leg of their 32 marathons in 32 days in 32 counties in aid of the Children’s Cancer charity. We will be supporting them throughout the journey.

After completing the parkrun, the group will cover some additional miles in Castlewellan Park to get them as far as 10 miles. They will then leave Castlewellan and follow a route that will take them to the finish in Donard Park Newcastle at around 1:15pm.

Below is the map for the last 16 miles of the course, with mile markers included. The course leaves by the back gates of the park and goes out to Burrenbridge. It takes a left and follows the Burrenbridge Road to Bryansford. In Bryansford it enters the park at the rear gates and follows the driveway to the barbican gate on the main Bryandford/Newcastle Road. Down Wild Forest Lane to the Tollymore Road and turn left, heading towards the Castlewellan Road. Cross Castlewellan Road to Church Hill and follow the road around the the crossroads in Maghera. Right into Maghera and right again onto Flush Road. Turn left onto Old Road and follow to Dundrum. take road to Keel point and follow ‘the cut’ back to 12 Arches. Follow Main road back into Newcastle. Up the promennade, loop in Tullybrannigan before finishing at Donard park
We would be delighted if club members, wearing their club vest could join in and support the lads for some of the journey.

The following are rough timings for mile markers, assuming a 9:30am start and steady 8:30 mintue miling.
Start – Lakeside at 9:30am
10 miles – Ranger’s Hut 10:55am
16 miles – Church Hill 11:46am
20 miles – End of Old Road in Dundrum 12:20pm
Finish – Donard Park 1:15pm

Kerry O’Flaherty at the European Championships

On Friday (10 August) morning Kerry O’Flaherty will compete at her 2nd outdoor European Championships on the track in the historic Olympic Stadium in Berlin. 12th in the 3k Steeplechase Final last time round in 2016 in Amsterdam, O’Flaherty’s heat is at 11:25 (BST) and will be shown on RTE and Eurosport.

Last lap in the European final in Amsterdam in 2016.

Michelle Finn (Leevale, Cork) also competes in the Steeplechase for Ireland on Friday. This will be O’Flaherty’s latest Irish vest having previously competed at the Rio Olympics, European Indoor Athletics Champs and many times at European Team Cup and European Cross-Country Championships. The Steeplechase may be only 7.5 laps of the track but with the 35 barriers to clear (including 7 water jumps) it requires the endurance of a 5000m runner.

Another one of the 35 barriers cleared in the 3k Steeplechase.

Newcastle runners Selected to Represent Ireland at the World Mountain Running Championships

Following the Irish selection race held in Wicklow on 14 July, for the World Mountain Running Championships in Canillo, Andorra.

The teams have now been announced with Newcastle AC’s Zak Hanna and Sinead Murtagh being selected, both having won their respective races in Wicklow.

This year’s course is uphill only and starts at an elevation of 1551m before climbing up the finish some 12km later at Forn de Canillo which sits at 2430m above sea level.

Sinead is earning her first international vest for Ireland having been in top form throughout the season on both the roads and mountains, with several wins and podiums to her name it was a great achievement to make the team to compete in a major championship race in the colours of Ireland.
The Irish women’s team will also consist of Sarah McCormack (8th in this year’s European Mountain Running Championships, and winner of the Snowdon race), Sarah MacMahon (also a winner of the Snowdon race) and Becky Quinn who is also earning her first international vest.

Zak is competing in his third World Championships in three years, and this will also be his sixth time representing Ireland in mountain running. With a recent 7th place in the Snowdon International mountain race and 19th in the European Mountain Running Championships last month.
The men’s team will be made up of seasoned internationals Mark Ryan and Eoin Flynn, with Kilkeel man Andrew Annett adding more local representation to the squad travelling to Andorra after finishing fourth in the trial race.

Hicks and Hell in Seven Heaven

Saturday 4th August seen round 8 of the NIMRA championship take place in Newcastle, the 7×7’s. After last weeks washout at Bearnagh runners were greeted with 100% visibility, conditions underfoot were excellent with plenty of grip on the steep descents and although there was plenty of cloud in the sky it was still very hot and clammy. Traditionally this race starts in Donard Park but this year seen a new venue, Shimna College. To make up the distance so as records would still reflect a like for like comparison runners started with a lap of the football field and finished with a lap of it. I can tell you 19 mile and 8700 ft of climbing later that final lap of flat grass was by far the hardest part of it.

As the name suggests the 7×7’s takes in the 7 mountains in the Mournes over 700 m high, this year the route was in the following order: Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Lamagan, Slieve Binnian, Meelbeg, Meelmore and Slieve Bearnagh. Undoubtedly one of the toughest mountain races on the calendar and very hard to pace with plenty of positions exchanged in the latter stages as cramp sets in. Continue reading