Tuesday Sessions July/August 2018


10 July – Tollymore – 1-2-3 minutes (x4)
17 July – Castlewellan – 6 x 1k
24 July – Tollymore – Black Hut Hills
31 July – Castlewellan – 5km Time Trial
7 August – Tollymore – 8 x 800m
14 August – Castlewellan – Pyramid 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1
21 August – Tollymore – 5 x 1 mile
28 August – Murlough – end of summer Paaraluf

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World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships

Newcastle AC’s Ian Bailey was in action on the biggest stage at the weekend at the World Mountain Running Long Distance Championships in Karpacz, Poland. The course measured in at just over 22 miles and boasted two ascents of over 1100 metres each, both times to the summit of the imposing Mount Sniezca via different routes before plunging all the way back into the town centre. On the extremely rough surfaces, comprised largely of jagged man-made cobbles, Bailey set a blisteringly fast time of 2:58:22, good enough for 33rd place in a field of 124 of the World’s best mountain runners.

The Irish team managed for the first time ever to score a team finish at the Long Distance Worlds by having three successful finishers, a feat made all the more difficult by only having three athletes meet the qualifying standards to compete. Edinburgh based Eoin Lennon scored a magnificent 19th and Dublin’s Des Kennedy held on bravely in the latter stages to come 62nd and give the Irish lads a 10th place finish overall.

Report by Newcastle AC Members

Newcastle AC represented at Connacht Championships

At the weekend two Newcastle AC members Pete Grant & Colm Murtagh made their way out to the west of Ireland to take part in the 3rd race of the IMRA Irish Championships, Mweelrea, which also doubles up as part of the Connacht Championship.  The Connacht Championship is run over two days back to back with the Nephin mountain race completing the championship.  With a couple of good performances in the IMRA championship races to date hopes were high amongst the two that podium places and category wins were there for the taking.

With a height of 814 metres or 2670 feet if you prefer, Mweelrea is the highest point in the province of Connacht overlooking the Atlantic coast.  The race starts on the picturesque Silver Strand beach with runners having to suffer 1km on tarmac before they hit the open mountain where the real racing can begin.  Continue reading

Spelga Skyline 2018

Race 6 of the NIMRA championship took place on Saturday June 30th in blistering conditions. Race director, Aaron Shimmons, did an excellent job transporting water and supplies to various locations around the course, helped by a team of marshals from BARF club.


The race starts at Spelga Damand straight into the first climb of Butter Mountain before dropping down to cross the road at Ott car park. Here begins the long climb of Meelbeg to C.P 1 on the summit, followed quickly to C.P 2 on top of Slieve Loughshannagh, then a long ascent to C.P 3 at Slieve Muck. A steep descent brings runners down to the road crossing at Deers Meadow where there was a very welcome water station. From here it’s the same route as the H +D to the summit of Slieve Moughanmore, and then another sharp drop before crossing a river and heading to Pierce’s Castle. Long grass and heather with lots of hidden boulders and holes make this section a lot harder than it looks. From here the next C.P is on top of Rocky, where another water station is passed en route. From the summit of Rocky you can see exactly how far you have left to go! Just another 2 mountains and I’m home! The long descent off is quite rough too, followed by another river crossing and onto the Hen track. A nice grassy trail brings runners to the summit of Hen Mountain followed by one of the toughest climbs of the day, Cock Mountain. A hard mountain to conquer on its own, never mind climbing it at the end of a race in scorching temperatures, that’s a slow, painful experience! Upon reaching its summit it is downhill all the way to Spelga’s dam wall, where runners climb the 28 steps of hell to reach the finish line. Continue reading