Online Entry for the Senior Hill and Dale Series is now open HERE.
Online Entry for the Junior Hill and Dale races is now open HERE.
Full details of Series is available at link above including list of entries.
Results and Photos.
Newcastle AC started the 2014 mountain running season off with another team win at Slieve Gullion on Saturday 1st March, following on from the successful winter cross country campaign. The race this year, organised by Armagh AC, saw the course reverted to original route from several years back due to access problems in Gullion forest park.
The race started at midday in spring like conditions with light wind and blue skies. Seamus Lynch lead the runners out at a fast pace followed by Deon McNeilly, host club’s Paul McAnespie and third Newcastle runner Colum Murtagh. Deon closed Seamus on the climb, as did Paul making for close competition on the muddy decent. Colum who climbed well, should have been close but just lost sight with lead group in the low cloud that covered the twin summits and went off course but recovered well on the decent to finish an excellent 5th overall and 3rd Newcastle runner to completed the team victory. Continue reading
Congratulations to David O’Flaherty on winning the Comber Cup today and to the winning team who took home another Cup:
David O’Flaherty (1st), Seamus Lynch(2nd), David McNeilly(6th), Ian Bailey(7th), David Steele(8th), Deon McNeilly(9th), Colm Murtagh(14th) and PJ McCrickard(23rd).
Newcastle AC travelled to Comber on Saturday 15th February to take part in the Comber Cup with almost the same winning team as the Junior Championships, only London based Eoghan Totten being absent. Continue reading
Liatroim Fontenoys GAC, in association with Newcastle AC, is proud to present the annual Leitrim 5 mile road race & fun run on Saturday 5th April 2014
Fun run- 11am
5 mile race- 12noon
Full details of events are HERE
The first race of the weekend was East Down AC’s Rollercoaster races. First on the podium for the club were Aodham Bardon and Laura Hannah, both taking 2nd place in the P3 races. In the P4/P5 race Emily Steele finished 6th and Rose Carson 21st. Eve Kenneally ran a fantastic P7 girls race to finish first and covering the 1kms in 3:53. She was followed by Arizona Forde in 6th, Celeste Forde in 7th, Kate Lenny in 12th, Tierna Bardon in 18th, Alea Brannigan in 34th and Hannah Carson in 41st. In the P7 boys race Morgan Steele finished in 24th followed by Pierce Bardon in 39th and Rory Corrigan in 42nd.
A lot of secondary school athletes were still recovering from the Down Schools XC races on Thursday so we only had 3 girls representing the club at the Rollercoaster U13 race. Kiara Cairns finished the 1.5km course in 8th place in a time of 6:49, followed by Eabha Campbell in 9th and Tamzin Johnston in 13th.
Congratulations to Sarah Dougherty, Dearbhla Magee and Patrick Sheridan who all ran fantastic races at the Down Schools XC in Delamont to qualify for the Ulster XC Championships at Mallusk. Well done to all the juniors who competed in Delamont in very testing conditions and produced some very promising results.
In the Senior Rollercoaster Races we were back on the podium with David O’Flaherty taking 2nd place and David McNeilly taking 3rd place, both giving the home win to Brendan Teer. Niall Carson finished in 20th place.
Further afield Eoghan Totten was competing for his University team at the BUCS XC Championships in Scotland. Eoghan finished in 48th place.
Seamus Lynch travelled to the second race of the IMRA winter league in Ticknock and took a fine win over the 8km course in a time of 38:08.
On the roads Alan Strachan competed in the Watford Half Marathon and finished 24th V40 in a time of 1:24:08
Congratulations to the winning team of Eoghan Totten (3rd), David O’Flaherty (9th), Seamus Lynch (10th), David Steele (22nd),Ian Bailey (24th), David McNeilly (25th), Paul Carlin (28th), Eamon McCrickard (49th), Mark Kendall (53rd), John Kelly (56th), Brendan Donnelly (67th) and PJ McCrickard (75th).
Could running be a team sport?
A report on the NI Junior Cross Country Championships by Bogboy
Anyone who thinks running cannot be a team sport should have been in Lurgan Park on Saturday when the Ulster & Northern Ireland Junior/Intermediate Cross-Country Championships took place. Clubs can bring up to 12 to the start-line with the first six home counting towards the team score but with runners in 7th and further back being important too as they can affect the position of scorers in other rival clubs. There is no hiding place when confronted with 5 laps and 10km of mud, mud and more mud – real cross-country with just a couple of short hills to break up the rhythm even more. Continue reading