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

Race 2 of the McGrady Financial Services Cross Country Series takes place this Saturday 20 October at Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor.

Online Registration for the series closes at 9pm on Thursday 18th October 2018. You need only register once for the whole series. NO late entries or entries on the day will be accepted. These races are open to all ages and any athlete who completes 4 out of the 5 races will receive a prize!

Please arrive in plenty of time to sign in for your race. All athletes must have signed in by 12.45pm at the latest, to allow race organisers to call all athletes to the start line and to collate all paperwork from the 5 participating clubs. A late arrival means that everyone is delayed!

We hope to see you all there supporting your club!

The British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships Saturday 20th October

The British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships is an annual event that takes place in England, Scotland and Wales. The level of competition at the event is always high, as fell runners across the country get the chance to represent their club and run as part of a team – a rare opportunity for what is often a very individual sport.
Newcastle AC have made the trip across the water on a few occasions in the past. The most successful trip was in 2003 when the male vet team won silver at Church Stretton. This team included Robbie Bryson, Richard Rodgers, Dermot McGonigle, Cookie O’Hagen, Jim Patterson and Deon McNeilly. The team were sitting in 5th position when Deon McNeilly had a strong final leg passing 3 teams to finish in silver. The last time the club attended the event was in 2015 when it was held at Pendle Hill. 147 teams took part with the Newcastle men finishing 19th, the vet team 16th and the ladies 29th in their respective categories. Continue reading

Well done Tom!

The Cultra Charity Challenge, for Children’s Heatbeat Charity took place at a wet and windy Sunday morning at a very hilly Ulster Folk Museum.

The race had two options for the runners; 5k or 10k and the 5k race had two runners from Newcastle: Michael Englishby who ran a very creditable 22:31 and Tom Crudgington aged 14, who came in 3rd with 19:57 minutes.

Well done Tom & to the Born to Run team for organising the race for this very worthwhile cause.

Tom is pictured with his mum Hazel who also ran the 5k race.

The “Denis Rankin” spirit lives on!

At midnight on Friday 5th October, “Newcastle AC” runners, Mark King, Stephen Wallace & Dominic McInerney, along with a team of assisting runners left Donard Car Park at the start of their attempt of “The Denis Rankin Round”.

The Denis Rankin Round (or “DRR”) is a circuit of all the major peaks in the Mourne Mountains over 400m in height, covering 90km and 6500m in ascent. The challenge is to complete this within a 24 hour period, however in this instance the trio were aiming for a completion time of 22 hours 42 minutes.
Mark King, Dominic McInerney & Stephen Wallace at the start of their “DRR”.
The Round is named after Denis Rankin, a pioneer and leading light in fell running and mountain marathons in Northern Ireland since the 1970’s, who tragically died on 16th May 2013 competing in a fell race on Slieve Moughanmore.

This is not an organised event but a challenge open to all who believe they can circumnavigate the beautiful, rugged and demanding mountains of Mourne within 24 hours. To date there have been 34 people who have completed the challenge, however, this is the first Autumn attempt, where poor light and the potential effects of adverse weather impact on the time taken. Continue reading

Mark, Stephen and Dominic complete Rankin Round

On Saturday 6th October shortly after 9.30 pm Newcastle AC runners Dominic McInerney, Stephen Wallace and Mark King completed the Denis Rankin Round in 20 hours and 56 minutes, joining 34 other runners who have completed the challenge.

The Denis Rankin Round is a circuit of all the peaks in the Mourne mountains over 400m in height, covering 90km and 6500m in ascent. The challenge is to complete this within a 24 hour period.

The Round is named after Denis Rankin, a pioneer and leading light in fell running and mountain marathons in Northern Ireland since the 1970’s, who tragically died on 16th May 2013 competing in a fell race on Slievemoughanmore.