McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2016/17


Race 1 Results
Race 1 Photos by Graham McCauley.

We are delighted to announce that McGrady Financial Services will once again sponsor the very popular Junior interclub Cross Country Series. Dates for the 2016/17 Series are being finalised.

The first race will take place in Spring Gardens, Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 25th September. To take part in the Series, athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC or 3 Ways AC.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is now CLOSED. It will reopen after the first race. Full details of the series are available HERE.

ALL runners MUST register online. You only need to register ONCE for Series.

Summer Training – Phase 3


All sessions begin at 6:30pm

Meeting place for Castlewellan is Hillyard House, Tollymore is the Upper Car Park and Murlough is the 12 Arches Car Park.

Tuesday 27 September – Tollymore – 6 x 1k
Tuesday 4 October – Castlewellan – 5k time trial

NI Road Relays @ Victoria Park – 1 October 2016

I have registered a number of teams for the various events on Saturday.

In typical Newcastle AC fashion some were fastidious in forwarding details, while others were more tardy in their approach. I have registered more than needed and included reserves among the teams to make sure we can accommodate all  who are keen to run. There are even some names included who have no intention of running. Can I ask the first person named on each team to take responsibility for ensuring that they have a team on the day. The club has spent £350 on entries and it is now up to us to respect that investment by turning up. There will be no places reserved for ‘maybes’ on the team bus!!! Runners 4-6 on the female are ‘reserves’ and runners 5-8 on the male teams are reserves. If you are not mentioned here and are keen to run, please come along and we will do all we can to get you a place.

Race Athletics Club Team Name Runner 1 Runner 2 Runner 3 Runner 4 Runner 5 Runner 6 Runner 7 Runner 8
Masters Mens Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘A’ David Steele David McNeilly David Simpson Noel Wonderwall Gallagher Aidan Brown
Masters Mens Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘B’ Joe McCann Philip Murdock Ronnie Horrox Paul Byrne Damien Brannigan
Masters Mens Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘C’ Richard Rodgers Paul Rodgers Pascal Toner David Lowry Jerome Farrell Colum Campbell Niall King
Senior Ladies Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘A’ Kerry O’Flaherty Joanne Mills Shalene McMurray Mari Troeng Sinead Murtagh Aine Gosling
Senior Ladies Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘B’ Rita Devlin Patricia McKibbin Samantha McNeilly Sinead Murtagh Aine Gosling Jackie Barbour
Senior Ladies Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘C’ Ashlene McGeough Megan McGreevy Sinead Murtagh Mari Troeng Rita Devlin Aine Gosling
Senior Mens Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘A’ Eoghan Totten Seamus Lynch David O’Flaherty Zak Hanna Francis Tumelty David Steele David McNeilly
Senior Mens Relay Newcastle AC Newcastle AC ‘B’ Gerard McAuley Kris Fegan Brendan McQuaid Ciaran Og Muss

Tuesday Session 27 September 2016

As the light is fading fast, we will be departing at 6:30 sharp from the Upper Car Park of Tollymore this evening. If you are held up, please be advised that the warm up (just over 1 mile) will be towards the NI Mountain Centre and the first of 6 1km efforts will begin along the ‘middle path’ just at the bend before dropping down to Parnell’s Bridge. See you all there for the second last summer session.

Next week we conclude the summer programme with a 5km time trial in Castlewellan. Please note the earlier start time of 6:15 for next week’s session.

Joe McCann

Aqua Running Session

Many sports people, including myself (Kerry O’Flaherty), have experienced injury which has disrupted our normal training regimes. I have experienced injuries from time to time in my running career and was always on the lookout something that could keep my fitness levels up whilst I wasn’t able to run.

ar-web-logo-1I tried spin bikes, outdoor cycling and cross-trainers. None of these replicated the type of cardio workout that I would get from running or used the right muscles. Around 10 years ago, I met Terry Nelson who introduced me to Aqua Running and his Aqua Running suit – a suit he designed himself. I must admit I had given aqua running a go before this, using a floatation belt, which I found quite uncomfortable and I could never get one that fitted properly. Continue reading

Exciting Opportunity to train with Kerry O’Flaherty!

Kerry O’Flaherty, who has just returned from competing in the Olympic Games in Rio, will be hosting a Cross-Country Training Camp during the Halloween school break – on the mornings of the 3rd & 4th November.

The Camp will be targeted at junior athletes aged 13-17 who have shown talent in endurance running events – for example at County Down, Ulster or Irish Schools level. The key objectives will be to help individuals think about what they want to achieve over the coming winter and how they might go about doing it. Continue reading

NI Road Relay Championships – Victoria Park – Saturday 1 October

Last year we entered several teams and had a great day out. This year the club will select a Senior Men’s, Senior Ladies’ and a Masters Male team. Outside of this, I would ask that we organise teams amongst ourselves. I would ask individuals to take responsibility for organising a team of 4 and forwarding the details to Joe McCann When this is done, I will happily enter the teams online and the club will pay all registration fees. The closing date for entries is Friday 23 September. We will be putting up the gazebo and having some refreshments afterwards. See you all there for a great day of racing and hopefully we will bring home some trophies again this year.