Senior XC Championships 2015

History 34 years in the making at Newcastle & District AC

Senior XC Champs 2015The NI & Ulster Senior Cross-Country Championships took place in Lurgan Park over six 2km laps on Saturday last. With the weather being drier lately the course had firmed up compared to previous outings at the venue but still had its fair share of mud and whilst the hills are not severe there is hardly a level piece of running around the lap as a whole. Under the ongoing captainship of David McNeilly, who has marshalled and rallied the troops for the length of the season, Newcastle & District AC Men’s Team had two things on their mind, one, to secure the NI Cross-Country League Title which they had led for just about all 8 races to date but with City of Derry still snapping at their heels and two, to try and secure a team medal in the Championship race itself – something that the club had not achieved since it was formed back in 1981. Continue reading

Senior Training 10th Feb – 17th March 2015

10 February 2015 – 6 x 1km with 2 minute recoveries
17 February 2015 – 3s and 2s – 5 sets
24 February 2015 – 5 x 1 mile with 2 min recoveries
3 March 2015 – 8 x 800m with 90 second recoveries
10 March 2015 – 5 km time trial in preparation for Jimmy’s 10k
17 March 2015 – 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid with half run time as recovery

Meeting each week at the Newcastle Centre, 6:30pm

Stormont XC 2015

Maiden Cross-Country Victory for Lynch and Newcastle & District extend their lead at the top of the NI Cross-Country League

Stormont XC 2015Results
Race 8 of 9 of the Athletics NI Cross-Country race was the NI Civil Service Cross-Country at Stormont Estate. The course was a traditional one, 1.6 miles in length with the men doing 3 laps plus a start and finish out and back making it up to just about 5 miles. There were a few small undulations and the going was muddy in places, firmer in other and gravel through the wooded area. 173 men started the race, illustrating the popularity for cross-country that has developed only over the past couple of years, probably a lot to do with the league format, only a decade ago it would not have been unusual to see a senior men’s race with only 30 runners. Continue reading

AAI Indoor Open Games 2015

Sunday Addendum – O’Flaherty sets an indoors lifetime best over 3000m in Athlone

At the Athletics Ireland Indoor Games in the world class indoor athletics facility at Athlone, Newcastle’s Kerry O’Flaherty came home 2nd to Sara Treacy in the 3000m in a time of 9:18.17, nearly 3 seconds inside her lifetime best, In 3rd was Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn the Irish Captain of the bronze medal winning team at the European Cross-Country Championships join Bulgaria in December. In what is a short indoor season, next up will be the 3000m at the British Championships in Sheffield in a fortnight, 1500m at the International Grand Prix back at Athlone on the 18th followed buy the Irish Indoor Championships also in Athlone on the weekend of the 21st/22nd February.