Castlewellan Christmas Cracker 2014

The Annual Castlewellan Christmas Cracker Pairs Race will take place on
Saturday 27th December 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Online Registration is now OPEN – no payment required until race day.

List of teams registered can be viewed HERE. Last updated 18/12/14 20:30

Matchmaking service now available: If you need help finding a partner send us your name, contact details and 10k time/running pace.

  • All teams must pre enter using the online registration system.
  • Entry fee of £25 / team is payable on race day. £2 extra for unattached/unaffiliated runners.Please bring correct money.
  • Race numbers will be available for collection between 11:30 am and 12:45pm

All pre entered teams will receive a commemorative buff (click on image to see buff). 

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Free buff for all pre registered runners

Dancer and Prancer in their Buffs

Dancer and Prancer in their Buffs

More details HERE

Last years report, results and photos HERE to remind you of the fun and pain!

Tollymore Charity Fun Run 13 Dec 2014

Saphara Run – Provisional Results

The McCann Family would like to thank everyone who ran yesterday for their great generosity in raising over £1100 for Saphara. It was a great event which was made possible by an legion of volunteers from within and beyond the local. Thanks also to those who were unable to run but made a donation.  All names were placed in a draw and the winner was drawn at random by Paul Madden at the Christmas dinner.  Hazel Cruddington of Murlough AC was the lucky winner of a voucher for Sunday lunch generously donated by Jack O’Hare. Continue reading

Senior Training 9th Dec 2014 + Club News

Club session this week is 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 pyramid – meeting at Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm.

Christmas Dinner is on 13th December in O’Hare’s – 7:30pm for 8pm sharp service – dress code: smart casual

Menu: Soup, Turkey or Beef (£4 supplement), Christmas Pudding or Pavlova – £13/£17 per person to be collected on the night.  Please email menu choices to Joe McCann –

Charity run on Saturday morning in Tollymore.  5 Mile forest handicap.  First runners off at 9:30am. Tea and treats after! Get your Christmas party Night off to a flyer. Celebrity runners include Seamus Lynch and Podge! More details HERE

Club handicap has been finalised as scheduled on Tuesday 16 December.  With so many going to Derry/Londonderry on Saturday 20, it was considered more prudent to keep to the original date.

Malcolm Cup XC 2014

Tent christening and still top of the league…

There was a big Newcastle AC turnout at Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare on Saturday past to unveil the latest in gazebos – emblazoned in red and yellow, constructed and commissioned on the course, yes, on the course – too close to the runners as they finished each lap, but McNeilly wasn’t for moving it.

The team at the Malcolm Cup XC 2014

David McNeilly’s new Club Masterpiece (with the racing line just a metre to the right of Seamie Lynch’s arm)

Just as well for the Ladies Race was at 1.15pm and not soon after it, they had revised their cool-down to a cup of tea in the tent. Worse still, as the men’s team arrived, some were consuming cups of tea as warm-up. It took the diminutive Annadale Striders’ organiser, John McLaughlin, standing at the tent entrance to stop the party-goers staggering into the incoming runners. Continue reading

O’Flaherty and Lynch shine in the Seeley sun

by Bogusboy

Club 10K Champion Seamus Lynch

Club 10K Champion Seamus Lynch

1st Woman, Kerry O'Flaherty

1st Woman, Kerry O’Flaherty

2014 Commonwealth Games 3000m Steeplechase finalist Kerry O’Flaherty was the runaway ladies winner of the prestigious Seeley Cup in Belfast’s Ormeau Park on Saturday 29 November.  The Newcastle AC athlete ran two fairly even 5k splits (17:15 and 17:26) to finish 37th overall in 34:41.  Louise Smith of North Belfast Harriers was second lady in 83rd overall in a time of 37:19.  It is the perfect end to a season that saw her realise a life-long ambition by competing in a major international games. Continue reading

Club Notes Week of 16th Nov 2014

Plenty of scones at the ‘Gridle’
a round-up of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Team at Griddle 10K

Team at Griddle 10K

Saul, an area not famed for its flat surfaces, was the venue for the latest event on the NI Road Running calendar.  Joe Quinn had spent most of the morning watering the course to make sure that conditions underfoot were good/soft and the sun made an appearance just before the beginning of the ‘undulating’ race.  Murlough’s Alan Johnston led the way early on and would finish an excellent third overall.  Best for Newcastle AC was Aidan Brown who stood proudly on the second step of the podium. John Kelly finished 7th and has continued his good form from Dublin and is running strongly. Newcastle emerged as top team on the day with McCann and Ward making up the third and fourth scoring places.  Rice and Cairns were very close behind as all 6 NAC athletes finished in the top 30. Continue reading