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.

Spring/Summer Training – Phase 1

Tuesday sessions will continue as normal throughout the Hill & Dale series
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 12 April – Castlewellan – 5km time trial
Tuesday 19 April – Tollymore – 2s and 3s – 5 sets
Tuesday 26 April – Murlough – 5 x 1 mile
Tuesday 3 May – Castlewellan – 6 x 800m
Tuesday 10 May – Tollymore – Pyramid
Tuesday 17 May – Castlewellan – 6 x 1km
Tuesday 24 May – Tollymore – 5 mile time trial
Tuesday 31 May – Murlough – Paired Paarlauf

Junior Membership night

Newcastle AC Junior Membership Renewal night will be this Monday 4th April 2016.

Important details are HERE. Please read these before attending on Monday night.

PBs and MOTs as Newcastle AC shine in the Royal County

The Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen by Bogusboy

Bohermeen 2016 TeamFinally it arrived.  After much talking, planning and many, many hard miles of training, a bus full of maybes was more or less a bus full of hopefuls as Newcastle AC and a few friends headed south to complete the annual pilgrimage to Bohermeen.  Since training for spring marathons began in earnest on 1 January, this date has been firmly etched in the diaries of the NAC faithful as the barometer for measuring progress against their goals for the year, particularly in the forthcoming marathons that have been entered.  The day got off to a great start with David O’Flaherty romping to victory by more than a minute in the 10k that went out 30 minutes before the half began.  His 32:22 marks an impressive new PB as he left Paul Magee of Shercock AC (33:31) and Eoin Taggart of Conliffe harriers (33:54) trailing in his wake. Continue reading

Excellent performances from club athletes at Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick

Kerry O’Flaherty continued her Olympic Year preparation with a victory in East Down AC’s Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick on Sunday morning. Spring-like conditions greeted the 821 runners at the East Down clubrooms as they signed in ready to do battle. The early pace was fast and O’Flaherty was accompanied by club mate Marty Melville as they passed the first km in 3:13 and then through 3k in 10:01 including the climb to do the short lap of Down Cathedral. Half distance was reached in 17:03 and a solid second half saw O’Flaherty winning the women’s race in 34:49.  Continue reading