Ford 5k 2018

Bryansford GAC are hosting a 5k road race around Newcastle on Saturday 29th September 2018. The race will begin at 11am from the club. Registration will take place from 9:30am – 10:30am.

Entry Fee is £10 and everyone is welcome. there will be Trophies, Prizes and Spot Prizes.

Address: St Patrick’s Park, Castlewellan Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0DB.

The race is being organised by club member Eamon McCrickard. If anyone is available to help with registration and finish line, please contact Eamon McCrickard (

Read the Race Preview HERE

Entry is available on the day, but you can save time by filling-in and printing your Entry Form before you arrive. They can be downloaded by clicking the links below.



McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2018/2019 – Race 2

The second race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series will take place at Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor on Saturday 20th October 2018. 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 OPEN and will close on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 9pm. Please note, you only need to enter ONCE for the Series. Full details of the series are available HERE

Registration will close at 12:45pm SHARP with the first race starting at 1pm.

Bailey Excels at Skyrunning World Champs

The 2018 Skyrunning World Championships was held last weekend in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.

Skyrunning, a cross between mountain running and rock scrambling features highly technical courses that include exposed ridges and cliff-edge trails, requiring precise footwork and rock climbing skills alongside the fitness to run amongst the steepest of peaks

Newcastle AC and Irish International Ian Bailey took part in the Sky Ring of Steall race held on Sunday 15 September over a distance of 29km with 2500 meters of climbing in Glencoe, which included the infamous Devil’s Ridge.

Ian put in a battling performance to take 36th amongst a field of over 800 of the world’s most talented mountain and ultramarathon runners, completing the course in a superb time of 3:47:32. The race was won by Spain’s Killian Jornet, one of the world’s best mountain runners who holds the records for the fastest ascents and descents of some of world’s highest mountains including Kilimanjaro and the Matterhorn.

Mourne Mountain Marathon 2018

While many runners had their eyes on the Berlin Marathon and the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra, the Mourne Mountain Marathon was taking place much closer to home. A unique and well organised event, the Mourne Mountain Marathon (or 2 day) is arguably the highlight of the mountain running calendar. It is the only 2 day mountain marathon in Ireland and always attracts a quality field of athletes.

The event is a real test, both mentally and physically as it mixes running, navigating and being self-sufficient for the entire weekend. That involves carrying all your food, cooking and camping equipment, and running in teams of two. Weather conditions can make a difficult event even worse, not only at the overnight camp, but finding the checkpoints in clag is never easy. Not always the fastest runner will win on the day as clever route choice can be the real deciding factor. It takes a hardy sort of runner, not everyone is cut out for the challenging event. There are 4 2 day classes – D being the shortest at 35 km over the 2 days, to the Elite class which is 55 km with more difficult navigation and considerably more climbing. The distance described is “as the crow flies” and competitors will cover much more distance (and that doesn’t take into account navigational error which is easy done when tired!) For those not keen on 2 days a 1 day score event was introduced where runners pick up as many checkpoints as they can in 6 hours. Continue reading