NI & Ulster XC County Down team trials

Eve_1Eve_2Newcastle Athletics Clubs 12 year old Eve Kenneally recently qualified at the Northern Ireland and Ulster Cross Country trials to run for the County Down team in the Under 14 all Ireland  Championship which took place on Sunday.  The races held in Santry Park, Dublin saw a strong field of some 160 under 14 girls from all over Ireland taking part.  Eve, the only Newcastle Junior Club member to take part on the day finished 56th overall , the 3rd County Down runner to finish, with the County taking 7th place.

North Down AC Festival of XC Relays

XC Relays LadiesWith a few weeks break before the next cross country in the league (Ballyclare 5th December), 5 Newcastle AC athletes made their way to Bangor to take part in the North Down AC festival of cross country relays.

The ladies race kicked off at 1.20pm with teams of 3 ladies covering 2,600m (2 laps of the course each). The men’s race followed at 2.20pm with 4 men in each team covering the same 2,600m.

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O’Flaherty makes Ireland EuroCross Team

O’Flaherty makes Ireland EuroCross Team for Championships in December

Kerry_2Conditions in Santry Demesne in Dublin on Sunday were kind. After all the rain and wind, it was sunny and dry and the ground held up much better than expected – yes, there was mud but generally it was firmer than might have been expected. Three runners from Newcastle & District AC made it to the start line of the Irish Inter-Clubs Cross-Country Championships. Continue reading

IAAF World Cross Challenge – Cross de Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain – 15th November 2015

Kerry_3 Nov 2015In contrast to the conditions at Santry for the Masters Home International Cross-Country on Saturday, the going was firm and fast on the flat course lying just over 3,000 feet above sea level almost half way between Madrid and Bilbao. It was the 12th edition of the most prestigious annual cross-country race in Spain – the Cross de Atapuerca – at a site of neolithic man and on the Camino Santiago near to the medieval city of Burgos. While Ireland recently endured it’s traditional wet and windy autumnal spell (with winds in excess of 100km/h last Thursday), the Iberian Peninsula at the same time has been basking in what represents a good summer’s day in Ireland.  Continue reading

2015/2016 Training sessions

Winter Training Phase 2: 1 December 2015 – 12 January 2016

All Tuesday sessions begin at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre


1 December 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid – starting on King Street coming towards Newcastle – finishing Dundrum Road

8 December 5 x 1 mile – starting on King Street going away from the town – finishing opposite Burrendale Hotel

15 December 2s and 3s – starting on King Street coming towards Newcastle – same course as 123454321 session – finishing Dundrum Road

22 December Club Christmas 5m Handicap

29 December 6 x 1 km – Marguerite Park

5 January 10 x 400m – Marguerite Park (60 seconds recovery)

12 January November Donard Forest Hill Session

Club Notes Week of 16th Nov 2015

Murtagh is runaway winner at Decathlon Half Marathon
Newcastle AC Notes by Bogusboy

On a wet and windy Sunday morning, five Newcastle AC athletes travelled to Hollywood Exchange to compete in the Decathlon Half Marathon and 10k. The course is a flat out and back which makes for the possibility of good times. For the half marathoners it is a case of doing it all again for a second time – a tough ask when you can see your club mates who have already finished the 10k. Getting back into racing is always tough after completing a marathon, but Murtagh made this look easy with an outstanding performance to romp to top spot on the podium with 3 and a half minutes to spare – the second lady was in a different parish when Murtagh triumphantly crossed the line. Continue reading