Summer Training – Phase 3


All sessions begin at 6:30pm

Meeting place for Castlewellan is Hillyard House, Tollymore is the Upper Car Park and Murlough is the 12 Arches Car Park.

Tuesday 9 August – Tollymore – 2s and 3s – 5 sets
Tuesday 16 August – Castlewellan – 5 x 1 mile
Tuesday 23 August – Tollymore – 8 x 800m
Tuesday 30 August – Murlough – Late Summer Paarlauf
Tuesday 6 September – Castlewellan – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid
Tuesday 13 September – Tollymore – Hill Session
Tuesday 20 September – Castlewellan – 1m – 2m – 1m
Tuesday 27 September – Tollymore – 6 x 1k
Tuesday 4 October – Castlewellan – 5k time trial

Club Notes 8th Aug 2016

Hanna is a giant among many

On Friday 29th July 2016, over two hundred athletes descended on the ‘Dub’ Playing Fields in Belfast for the 2nd annual running of Dub Runners’ Giant’s Trail Race.

The capacity field faced a challenging but rewarding 6 mile course which covered a variety of terrain, including forest trails, pastures and the well-used Lagan Towpath; all of which provided views of the River Lagan, before climbing through the woodlands of Minnowburn, passing the sculptures and natural art along the way. Participants then passed through the ancient environs of the Neolithic monument at the Giant’s Ring and returned via Edenderry village and Gilchrist Bridge to Shaw’s bridge, returning to the point from whence they came. Continue reading

RGU 10K Report

Wednesday 27th July saw the 9th running of the RGU 10k in Downpatrick, an event that is always very well supported by Newcastle AC. This year was no exception as 16 athletes toed the line on a testing but fair course over the rolling hills of the County Town. The race was won in emphatic style by Seamus Lynch in a time of 32.41, winning by just over 4 minutes from East Down’s Barrie Atkinson. The Prophet joked that Seamy was in a different Parish when he finished, which was actually true as the Prophet was still in Bright Parish by the time Lynch crossed the line. Continue reading

Blayney is full of Rockets!

Blayney 10

A review of recent races by Bogusboy

The Castleblayney 10 mile road race is promoted by the appositely named ‘Blayney Rockets’. A few ‘Newcastle Rockets’ were persuaded to board the bus to travel to this increasingly popular race, now in its third year. David O’Flaherty was a ‘50-50 definite/maybe until he was cornered during a moment of weakness and dragooned into committing.  With the sangria flowing, he was full of pre-Olympic joy and thought it would be a good idea to compete in his first ever 10 miler. Thankfully, the club captain knows best and after a week of intensive physical and mental preparations, the in-form athlete was ready to go. Mental preparations had included frequent renditions of the infamous tale of the ‘Armagh 10’ and had left O’Flaherty ready to run through walls as he alighted the team bus. David would have a magnificent run and come home second in a field of 217. Moreover, the only man to beat him was the newly crowned Irish national 5k Champion, Conor Duffy of Glasslough Harriers stormed home to win in 53:45.  David’s time of 54:37 equates to sub 5:30 miling was described by the Prophet as ‘tramping on rightly’. Not to be overshadowed by recent events, David was quick to point out from the podium that his sister does a wee bit of running as well. Continue reading

Litter Pick – Sat 30th July 2016

To give something back to the community and make the environment that we  run in more presentable

Newcastle AC is planning a litter pick in Donard Forest on Saturday 30 July.

If you can spare an hour or two, please come along  and help.

Jim Patterson has offered to co-ordinate proceedings, please contact him on 07934180080 with your availability or if you have any questions.