London Marathon 2014

No DB on the DLR as NAC show well at the VMLM!
A Special Report on London 2014 by Joe McCann

‘Will we have a coffee and wee scone before we pick the boys up?’ were welcome words to my ears. Preparation is everything, and to take the Virgin Money London Marathon weekend seriously one must be properly fuelled. There is no point leaving on an empty stomach when you are coaching a fine body of men.
London Marathon Team 2014
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Hill and Dale Series 2014 Preview

Open mountains, an open field; the 2014 Hill & Dale will be as competitive as ever

2014 Hill & Dale Series Preview by Bogusboy

Thursday 17th April sees the return of the ever-popular Newcastle AC promoted Hill & Dale Series.  Now, incredibly, in its 26th year the series continues to grow and is more appealing than ever to runners of all abilities, with, in particular, ever increasing numbers of ladies embracing the challenge.  2013 was a vintage year when the series broke all records in terms of the number of competitors, the numbers completing the series and the quality of bitter diatribes bestowed upon the athletes at the start and at the end of the races by the organisers – all part and parcel of a Thursday night out in the beautiful scenery of county Down!!! Continue reading

Club Session – 8th April 2014

The club session this week sees a return to the forest for some hill work in final preparation for the Hill & Dale series which begins on Thursday 17th April.  This week the session will be led by P, the athlete formerly known as PJ.  Meeting as usual at the Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm.  The session goes to the summmit of Drinahilly twice and covers approximately 6 miles in total.  See you all there.  Stevie Rice is using this as the springboard to get back those 10 seconds that Cairnsey beat him by on Saturday!!!


McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series Presentation Evening 2014

By The Non-Runner

On Monday 31st March at Shimna IC, Newcastle AC hosted the presentation night for the very popular McGrady Financial Services Junior XC. This series saw a new guest club joining in for the races.  Thanks to all from 3 Ways AC from Newry for taking part in some races and joining in the fun!

Junior Teams from Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC and Dromore AC competed in the series to win points.  This series is a team event and, whilst we acknowledge those runners who came out tops in the individual races, it’s all about the team prize.  Each runner who crossed the line contributed towards the final total which then decided who would take home the team shields.  The bets were off and the winners of the shields for Primary and Post-Primary were announced on the night. Continue reading

Donard Challenge, 29th March 2014

‘It’s the ‘oul dog for the hard road and the young pups for the wrong pad.’
A special report on how it all went wrong at the Donard Challenge by Bogusboy

Mist, rain, sleet and poor visibility: conditions that would lead to the postponement or abandonment or most sporting events. However, fell runners in general and open-mountain runners in particular are made of sterner stuff and consequently the running of the Donard Challenge, the latest round of the British Championship, was never in doubt. With more than 270 athletes, the majority from England, Scotland and Wales, registered and all of the competitors accustomed to the unpredictability of the UK weather, a strong field took to the line in Donard Park for a demanding course that would pass over Millstone before climbing to the summit of Donard. The descent was back through to the quarry to the finish in Donard Park. On any clear day navigation would be a formality, but with visibility as little as 7 feet in places, uncertainty crept in and many of the pre-race favourites drifted off course and ran considerably further than was needed. Despite the fact that all the competitors are competent navigators and were festooned with the mandatory equipment, full body cover, food, map, compass and whistle, many found the conditions challenging to say the least and the result was some highly unexpected results.

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