Race 7 of 9 in the Athletics NI Cross-Country League took place on Saturday at the Bawnacre Equestrian Centre in Necarne Demesne, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. Would the Newcastle & District squads turn out to be thoroughbreds or donkeys? Apparently the equestrian cross-country course is not used that often anymore because of the wet conditions and the course proved to be heavy, very heavy by the end of the races. There were two big issues going into the races. One, leading the league going into the men’s race, but with the gap closing in recent races, would the red & yellows manage to stay ahead of City of Derry and two, would a women’s team register a historic first ever finish in the Women’s League? Continue reading
The Late Late Christmas Party
Sunday 18th January 2015, The Toscano
by The Non Runner
I’m sure no-one noticed that we held our Christmas party in January, and if they did no one seemed to mind as our juniors, coaches and volunteers got into the party spirit at our annual social event. Thankfully the juniors are better at attending events than their senior club counterparts, and we had 60 juniors with 15 coaches/volunteers all ready for party-time in The Toscano in Newcastle.
Behind the scenes myself and Pauline had taken on the organising of the party and we were very grateful for the quiz rounds submitted by the coaches and volunteers. More on that later…. Also our parents had donated in their usual generous manner for the raffle. This is the one chance that our junior athletes have to socialise and have fun together, in between attending races, and we know how much they enjoy their party. Continue reading
Dates for 2015 Series now available HERE. Please note that order of races may change. Confirmation of order will be posted soon. Online Registration will also open soon.
Tuesday 6 January – 2 & 3 minute efforts – 5 sets.
Tuesday 13 January – 5 x 1 mile with 2 minute recoveries
Tuesday 20 January – 8 x 800m with 2 minute recoveries
Tuesday 27 January – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 pyramid with half the run time as recovery
Tuesday 3 February – 5 mile handicap time trial
Meeting each week at the Newcastle Centre, 6:30pm
Newcastle defend Team Trophy over the Glens on New Year’s Day
A report on the Race over the Glens by Wingman, with special commentary by Bogusboy.
The desire and commitment to defend the trophy for annual New Year’s Day over the Glens Race in Glenariff Forest Park was such that the captain sent out an early response – well it was 8:30am on December 29th!!! With plenty of time to make arrangements it was envisaged that a bus full of ‘maybes’ could be organised. There were instant responses of support from Luke McMullan, fresh from his great performance in the Christmas Cracker and Sam McNeilly who sent the captain an email and a text rather than walk from one room to another to confirm her availability. By the time Strachan was donning his Kilt for a ‘Tollymore’ style Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve, the over-zealous McMullan was repeatedly enquiring about the strength of the men’s team via Facebook. The response from the captain was candid; ‘it is only you and me!!!’ Continue reading
O’Hanlon and McCluskey follow the Star to record a second victory.
There was a real international feel to the annual Christmas Cracker race in Castlewellan on 27th December. From early morning an eclectic blend of international fell runners, triathletes and cyclists gathered to compete in the biggest race of the Christmas Holidays. Winner of the inaugural race more than 30 years ago Deon McNeilly once again took to the line and as usual gave a very good account of himself. The tradition of running fancy dress is growing and this year saw many different variations on the seasonal theme as well as the occasional dinosaur – well done to all who made the effort as this added to the sense of occasion. Continue reading