Christmas Cracker 2018

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The 2018 Castlewellan Christmas Cracker Pairs Race will take place on Saturday 29th December 2018 at 1pm.

Online Registration is NOW OPEN. Entries are limited to 700, so make sure you get your entry in!

Race Details and Online Registration

This year you will be able to make changes to your team via our website. This facility is now open and will close on Thursday 27 December 9pm. You can access it by clicking hereTeam changes will not be accepted via Email/Facebook Message etc.

When registering, it is essential that you check you have entered the correct details. Failure to provide accurate information when completing or amending your Entry Form may result in disqualification from all future Newcastle AC organised events.

Check out our 2018 Christmas Cracker Medals that all finishers will receive!

Tuesday Sessions Winter 2018

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Meeting at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre

All participants must wear florescent Hi-Viz tops for health and safety reasons – it is unfair on your club mates not to and it compromises the safety of the entire group – be considerate!! 

20 November – 2s and 3s (5 sets)
27 November – 6 x 1km
4 December – Pyramid (1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1)
11 December – 8 x 800m
18 December – Annual Christmas 5 mile Handicap
25 December – No Session
1 January – 8 x 3 mins
8 January – 16 x 400m
15 January – 1 mile, 2 miles, 1 mile
22 January – 5km Time Trial

Congratulations to Ryan Forsyth

News from Stateside…

On Saturday (17th November) with temperatures at zero degrees and early winter snow on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin, Newcastle & District AC’s Ryan Forsyth took part in the NCAA Cross-Country Champs – a championship race he would be doing for his final time.

Ryan is number 444 in the Colorado vest on the left – eyes closed but clearly not asleep…

During the past summer, Forsyth, who has grown up in Maryland but who’s mum’s family hail from near to Comber, spent a few weeks in County Down, as he had done during many summers before, escaping the searing heat of the US summer on the farm in fertile Comber Spuds territory. As well as exploring Castlewellan and Tollymore Forests, Murlough Reserve and the beach plus the ‘going away’ (very) speedy pints in O’Hares, Ryan won the Irish 5000m title in a 14:30.78, from Ethiopia’s Hiko Tonosa by 1/100th of a second in one of the most exciting races of the Championships. Earlier in the season, in April, he had set a lifetime best over 5000m of 13:41.19 in Stanford, California. Continue reading

Club Christmas Dinner 2018

The annual club Christmas Dinner is on Saturday 15 December at 7:30pm in O’Hare’s, Newcastle. We have 70 places available on a first come, first served basis.

The cost of the meal is £10 (£6 supplement for beef), and the remaining £10 is paid by the club.

Complete the Online Form to book your place by clicking the button below.

Online Booking Form See who has Booked

The deadline for bookings is Friday 23 November at 9pm. Only 7 spaces left as of 9am Tuesday 20 November.  

Lynch and Stephens Podium Again

With no mountain racing on locally, six hungry NAC athletes made the journey south to Wicklow for the annual Powerscourt Ridge mountain race on Saturday 3rd of November.

Starting in Crone wood, the race follows fire roads before climbing to the summit of Maulin, followed by the long climb to Djouce, with the finish back at Crone. High winds and rain forced organisers to shorten the race by avoiding the summit of Djoice on the day.

From the off it was NAC’s Seamus Lynch who led throughout, claiming another win in what has been a fantastic year for him, leading the field home in 1:00:18. The chasing pack included NAC’s new signing Mark Stephens, showing off his descent skills once again helped him on his way to a well earned 2nd place in 1:02:59, 3rd NAC man home was Pete Grant claiming 2nd M50 in 1:14:05. Continue reading

Club Social to say farewell to Grace

To mark the sad occasion of Grace Neville leaving us to return to Australia, we have organised a ‘Farewell Party’ in her honour. This will take place at 8pm on Friday 9th November in the lounge of the Anchor Bar. There will be food served around 9pm. Everyone welcome.