McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2017/2018

We are delighted to announce that McGrady Financial Services will once again sponsor the very popular Junior interclub Cross Country Series. Dates and full details for the 2017/18 Series are available by CLICKING HERE.

The first race will take place in Spring Gardens, Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 24th September. Registration closes at 12:45 sharp, with the first race starting at 1pm. 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. Online Registration will close on Thursday 21st September at 9pm. ALL runners MUST register online. You only need to register ONCE for Series.

Carlingford 5k

An almost flat and traditionally popular road 5k in the picturesque Norman village of Carlingford on a sunny Friday evening – what more would any runner want? Over the years this has indeed become a ‘go to’ August race attracted high quality at the front and the masses This year there were 466 finishers, countless spectators and a carnival atmosphere.

The ‘Michael Fearon & Kevin Marron” road race, organised by Glenmore AC, starts on the lough front on the Omeath side of the village and heads out the road towards Greenore before tuning around 2.5k onto the old road to head back towards the village with the finishing 400m being along the narrow streets in the centre. The red and yellows from Newcastle & District AC were very well represented, not least at the front by Zak Hanna, only 5 days after representing Ireland at the World Mountain Racing Championships in Italy. Hanna, although not fully recovered, aimed to break 16 minutes ‘on the flat’ for the first time and wasn’t disappointed coming home in 10th place overall in a new personal best of 15:55 out sprinting Eskander Turki of Monaghan. Continue reading

BARF Social Evening Friday 8 September

Celebrating 25+ years of B.A.R.F. and the approaching 25th Anniversary of First Irish ascent of Everest’:- Presentation by Dawson Stelfox, Paddy Mallon and Ian Taylor – fundraiser for INET (Irish Nepalese Education Trust).

Friday 8th September 2017. 7pm – Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Commencing with tea/coffee on arrival at 7pm, talks at 7.30pm, and light supper to conclude, approx 10pm. *** £10 entrance fee***, (to include supper) collected at the door to go towards INET (Irish Nepalese Education Trust)
The event is to acknowledge 25+ years of BARF and also as a curtain raiser for the approaching 25th anniversary of the first Irish ascent of Everest and its legacy.

Paddy Mallon – History of BARF
Ian Taylor- Visiting Everest Base Camp
Dawson Stelfox- Irish Everest Expedition and climbing career

A Bumper Summer Racing Week

Traditional summer has returned with torrential showers one minute and warm sun the next. Summer road racing season is in full flow and someone counted 9 races across the country over the weekend alone.

World Mountain Racing Championships (Premana, Lombardy, Italy – Sunday 30th July)
Sunday (30th July) saw the 33rd Edition of the World Mountain Racing Championships in Premana close to Lake Como in Italy. Dromara’s Zak Hanna (Newcastle & District AC) joined other local athletes Andrew Annett (Mourne Runners) and Esther Dickson (Newry City Runners) on the Irish team. Both the men and women’s races were over 2 laps with start and finish in the village – 13km and 860m or climbing (2,800 feet – similar climb as Donard from sea level and overall less steep).

On the eve of battle, Hanna (left), Annett at the back 7 in from left & Dickson in the middle with name card

After 76th in his debut at the World Championships last year in Bulgaria, Hanna has developed well as a runner over the past 12 months. This year he went in with more confidence and aiming to improve on his run three weeks ago in the European Championships. He ran a strong and probably the best race of his life to come home 3rd Irishman in 53rd (out of 104) in 64:37 (1st Irish Brian MacMahon 63:24 in 47th & 2nd Irish Ian Conroy 73:48 in 50th) with Annett 57th in 66:14.

Newry’s Dickson was 51st out of 68 in 84:17 in the women’s race. Continue reading

‘parkrun’ is coming to Castlewellan

It all began with 13 athletes in 2004 in Bushy Park London – parkrun is now a worldwide phenomenon that attracts runners, walkers and joggers each and every Saturday throughout the year. parkrun is an inclusive 5k timed run/walk for all abilities and it’s free and always will be. All you have to do is register once online, print your barcode and turn up. There are currently 24 well established and well supported parkruns in Northern Ireland and soon there will 25. parkrun is coming to Castlewellan on 23 September!!! Could there be a more picturesque location for parkrun? Keep an eye out for further updates and get ready to join in as a participant and/or volunteer.