Spring/Summer Training – Phase 2


Tuesday sessions will continue as normal throughout the Hill & Dale series.

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 7 June – Castlewellan – 2s and 3s – 5 sets
Tuesday 14 June – Tollymore – 5 x 1 mile
Tuesday 21 June – Castlewellan – 8 x 800m
Tuesday 28 June – Murlough – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid
Tuesday 5 July – Tollymore – 5 mile Time trial
Tuesday 12 July – Castlewellan – 6 x 1km
Tuesday 19 July – Tollymore – Black Hut Hills
Tuesday 26 July – Castlewellan – 3 x 2k
Tuesday 26 July – Murlough – 5 x 1 mile

Litter Pick – Sat 30th July 2016

To give something back to the community and make the environment that we  run in more presentable

Newcastle AC is planning a litter pick in Donard Forest on Saturday 30 July.

If you can spare an hour or two, please come along  and help.

Jim Patterson has offered to co-ordinate proceedings, please contact him on 07934180080 with your availability or if you have any questions.

Club to host Rio ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty

On Friday evening (15th July) from around 8.30pm, Newcastle & District Athletic Club is delighted to host a ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty.

Kerry-Rio-01Kerry ran the Olympic Qualifying Time for the 3k Steeplechase just over a year ago at the International Meeting in Letterkenny posting 9:42.61. On what turned out to be a historic evening 2 other Irish athletes also achieved the time. Exactly one year on, the 3 same athletes raced each other over the Chase in the final of the European Championships in Amsterdam where O’Flaherty came home a very creditable 12th in 9:45.88 (only 0.7 seconds behind 8th place).  Continue reading

Cunningham smashes it at Loughinsland

A delayed report from the Viking which was mislaid by Bogusboy.

With the Hill and Dales over for another year 9 Newcastle AC athletes made their way to Loughinisland 5.05 mile road race to get their fix of midweek racing.

With a hilly course that included 97 metres of climb, Zak Hanna took off in “McMurray fashion” and never looked back. In a course that suited the runner up in the Hill and Dale series he ran an extremely impressive 26:53 finishing two and half minutes ahead of second place! Continue reading

Kerry O’Flaherty makes European Championships Steeplechase Final


Photo from Amsterdam courtesy of Keith McClure

Newcastle & District AC’s Kerry O’Flaherty ran a massive season’s best to qualify for the European Championships Final on Sunday (10th July) at 4:15pm Irish time. In her 2nd race of the season 12 days earlier, O’Flaherty finished 2nd in the National Championships in 9:58.8. In conditions more akin to autumn in Ireland it was wet and windy for the warm-up and only 14C. It had stopped raining for the race but was still very blustery in the historic Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. 27 athletes toed the line in the heats and O’Flaherty was drawn in the second heat of two. In addition, based on season’s bests she was ranked 27th out of the 27 starters. It was an honest pace from the start with O’Flaherty through 1km in 3:15 and 2km reached in around 6:31.

An excellent final km saw O’Flaherty home in 9:45.53 – her 2nd best ever and only just under 3 seconds outside her best from
last year (9:42.61). She was 6th in the heat and qualified for the final with the 8th fastest time of the two heats overall.