Tuesday Sessions for July and August 2017

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ALL SESSIONS START AT 6:30PM

1 August Castlewellan – Hillyard House – 8 x 800m

8 August Tollymore – Upper Car Park – 5 x 5 mins

15 August Castlewellan – Hillyard House – 6 x 1k

22 August Murlough – 12 Arches Car Park – Late Summer Paarlauf

29 August Tollymore – Upper Car Park – 5m Time Trial

Charity Presentation

After club training on Tuesday 25 July, the club made two presentations to local charities. £1100 was presented to both the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and the Mourne Heritage Trust. The money was raised on the last night of the 2017 hill & Dale series where runners were asked to make a donation in lieu of the traditional race entry fee.

A great day for a 5k

The second annual Ford 5k by Bogusboy

The sun was shining and the temperature over 20 degrees for the second annual running of the Ford 5k. With fast times guaranteed on a flat course around the town, a strong field assembled; evidenced by the fact that 43 runners dipped under the magical 20 minute barrier. The main street was lined with spectators as the field of 118 made its way through the town and this certainly lifted the athletes and encouraged and inspired them to run harder. Thanks to all those who came out and clapped and cheered us on – it makes all the difference. Continue reading

High standards and qualifying standards – A round up of recent action by Bogusboy

O’Flaherty wins National Title in Dublin

On Sunday (23rd July) at the Irish Athletics Championships in Dublin, Newcastle & District AC’s Kerry O’Flaherty saw the culmination of three weeks of hard steeplechase races by winning the 3k Steeplechase National Title in 10:01.40. On a warm afternoon in Santry Stadium the early pace was shared between fellow-Olympian Michelle Finn from Cork (Leevale AC) before Finn hit the front with 4 laps to go. She took the lead out to between 10 and 15 metres but after a couple of laps started to tire with O’Flaherty closing fast. Then Finn hit the second barrier of the penultimate lap with her trail knee and crashed to the track with O’Flaherty soon hurtling past her. The steeplechase is perhaps the toughest event on the track and requires the athlete to clear 28 ordinary barriers and 7 water jumps. Afterwards, O’Flaherty said she was disappointed with her winning time, disappointed for her rival Finn, but she should be delighted with winning the National Steeplechase title for the first time since 2011. Continue reading

Charity Presentation on 25 July

We are making our charity presentations from the final night of the Hill & Dale on Tuesday 25 July after club training. The MO will be there to write a report and we would like as many as possible there. We will be presenting cheques for £1100 to both the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team and the Mourne Heritage Trust. Please bring a piece of club kit and stay around for the photo at 8pm. If you are not training, you are more than welcome to come along for the photo.

NAC Committee

Not this time Pete, maybe next time Pete!

A round up of all the week’s racing by Bogusboy

The week of racing got off to an early start with the Ballyvea 10k in Annalong on Monday evening (10 July). Local athlete Andrew Annett who runs in the colours of North Belfast Harriers, was the runaway winner, completing the undulating 6.2 miles in just under 33 minutes (32:59!). He was followed home by NAC’s David Simpson (35:38), completing his third race in 4 days after winning the Greyabbey 10k and the Stairway to Heaven! – Impressive stuff! John McKee was third home in 37:28 and the 5k was won by Jamie Annett in 20:25. 104 runners completed either the 5k or 10k races on the night. Continue reading