Tuesday Sessions Early September 2017




24 October – 8 x 800

31 October – Spooky Hills in Donard Forest – bring your head torch!

7 November – The Prophet’s ‘have you improved’ 5km time trial

14 November – 5 x 1 mile

21 November – 8 x 3 minutes

28 November – 12 x 400m

Gr8 goes from strength to strength in its 8th year

Bogusboy rounds up the action from the weekend

The GR8 is now firmly established as one of the ‘must do’ events in the annual NI calendar. Organised with military precision by our neighbours, Murlough AC, the race has grown exponentially as the years pass by. Now in its 8th year, entries reached the magical 1000 for the first time and just over 900 completed the unique distance of 8.2 miles (or slightly longer or slightly shorter depending on the calibration of your satellite driven timepiece!).

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A Red and Yellow Letter Day for Newcastle & District AC at the Ulster & NI Road Relay Championships in Victoria Park

NAC Notes – edited by Bogusboy

The first Saturday in October has become the traditional date for the increasingly popular and highly competitive Ulster & Northern Ireland Road Relays in Victoria Park, Belfast. Newcastle & District AC have been attending them for the past 7 years and David O’Flaherty has competed in all 7 editions and said before the races, “the women won the Championship in each of the last two years, but the men have never made the podium, this year is it’ll be different”. There is nothing like a bit of confidence before taking the line.

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Castlewellan parkrun

Next weekend is busy with the GR8 and the Comber Cup.

However, we need some volunteers for the Castlewellan parkrun. If you are competing later in the day, please come and lend a hand first. You will be away before 11am.

no volunteers = no parkrun – please help.



London Marathon Club Entry System – Newcastle & District AC

Dear Club Member, The Club Committee have agreed, after consultation, the following process for awarding the allocated for the London Marathon. If you have received a rejection from the ballot, and you meet the criteria below, you are eligible to apply for a club place.

The Club can apply for entries each year (the number has traditionally varied between two and three places – for 2018 we are expecting two places – this will be confirmed as soon as we are informed). These places are open to all members of the club eligible to participate in the Marathon (i.e. over 18 on the day of the race).

The following criteria have been agreed by the Committee:

1.         Any member eligible for a ‘Championship’ or a ‘Good For Age’ entry cannot apply for a club entry,

2.         Anyone requesting a club entry must be a fully paid up member,

3.         Club entries will only be given to members who have been rejected from the Open Ballot process – members are responsible for entering the ballot which is in May of the year preceding the race,

4.         Applicants must be a fully paid up member of the club for a minimum of one full year at time of application (i.e. to be eligible for a 2018 entry, you must have been a member from 1 April 2016),

5.         Applicants must be active in the club and have competed in club colours on at least 3 occasions in the calendar year of the application and have volunteered on at least two occasions – these activities must be documented at the time of application (these might include organising or officiating at a club race, coaching juniors members of the club, helping with the organisation and administration of the club),

6.         The process will begin after the London Marathon declares the results of the Open Ballot. The closing date for applications and the date of the draw will be decided by the Committee and communicated via the club website. The draw (if there are more applicants than places available) will take place before a Tuesday session and will be conducted by an administrator and an assistant (neither of whom will be in the draw) in an open and transparent manner. A reserve will be drawn in the event of one of those drawn being unable to take the place before officially entering through the London Marathon Club Entry Process (entries are non-transferable once allocated),

7.         Successful applicants will not be eligible to enter the club ballot for two years after receiving a club entry.

Bailey is cream of the crop as the curtain falls on the fells

NAC notes edited by Bogusboy

Mourne Runners hosted the final NIMRA race of the season but it was County Down’s leading fell running club who dominated proceedings at the Commedagh Chase race on Saturday.

A beautiful, clear Mournes day witnessed the conclusion of the 2017 Northern Irish Mountain Running series. The Commedagh Chase, hosted by Mourne Runners is a classic 13km route that takes in the steep and undulating ridge line from Hare’s Gap to the Summit of Slieve Commedagh, Northern Ireland’s second highest peak, before returning via the treacherously slippery ramp to the Trassey Track. The sun was out in the autumn sky making for pleasant conditions if maybe a little wet underfoot as 11 Newcastle AC athletes took to the starting line of a mountain race that has a little bit of everything. Continue reading