Ulster Schools XC Championship 2016

Eve Kenneally Ulster XC 2016Newcastle AC Junior Eve Kenneally, representing Shimna College finished an excellent 6th at the Ulster Schools XC Championships, Minor girls under 13 age Group. The Milk IT Ulster Schools Cross Country Championship was held at Mallusk Playing Fields on Tuesday 10 Feb. The championship is also used as the Northern Ireland selection race for the London Mini Marathon.

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17, it is held each year on the same day as the London Marathon, to inspire the next generation of athletes. Past participants of the Mini Marathon include Mo Farah and Newcastle AC’s Joanne Mills. Joanne was at Mallusk watching Eve run and was first to congratulate her on the selection and provide advise on what to expect. Eve’s race starts at 9.30am on Sunday 24th April and she will be wearing a blue tee shirt, along with all the other competitors in the under 13 Girls race. http://www.minimarathon.co.uk/en/

Shimna College had three other students taking part in the Ulster Schools, Jodie Cunningham 39TH Mini girls, Jack Quinn 54th Senior boys and Laura Greene 64th Inter girls.

2015/2016 Training sessions

Winter Training Phase 3: 19 January 2016 – 30 March 2016

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

PLEASE WEAR HI VIZ CLOTHING FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY REASONS

9 February 2s and 3s – starting on King Street coming towards Newcastle – same course as 123454321 session – finishing Dundrum Road
16 February 6 x 1 km – Marguerite Park
23 February Donard Forest Hill Session
1 March 12 x 400m – Marguerite Park (60 seconds recovery)

Marathon Schedule Week  7 – Sunday 14 February 2016 – 17 miles – Donard Park – 8:15am

Some may be taking part in the DUNE Half Marathon – good luck if you are. oThers may be having a romantic Valentine’s Day!!!

8:00, 7:45, 7:30, 2@7:15, 2@7:00, 3@6:45 2@ 7:00 2@7:15, 3@7:30 – This group will be led/organised by Joe McCann.  This is our ‘step up week’ as many of this group will be moving up to the faster group in week 7.

A group led by Jack O’Hare will run the middle 10 miles at 6:45-6:30 pace.

A group led by Richard Rodgers will run all the miles @20/30 seconds per mile slower.This group will leave at 8:05am

Please make clear at the beginning of the run which group you intend to run with for the middle miles.

Thursday tempo 10 – 6:15pm – 2@7:30, 4@7:15 and 4@7:00 meeting at Donard Park. This group will invariably be led by Frank Cunningham regardless of what the coach may think or say!!!

NI & Ulster XC Championships 2016

Successful Day for Newcastle AC at NI & Ulster Cross-Country Championships at University of Ulster, Coleraine

Photos on Facebook HERE

Women’s Intermediate

Two weeks ago Shalene McMurray (Newcastle AC) made her Northern Ireland debut on the country at the Antrim International at Greenmount College where she finished a very creditable 17th. Today, in a biting cold gale on the University of Ulster Campus in Coleraine, where the earlier snow had melted, she literally ran away from the field. The going was tough, but McMurray was even tougher. There was hardly a firm step on the 1,350m lap (which had been shortened due to the waterlogged conditions down towards the River Bann) but that did not deter McMurray as she ploughed around the course at great speed.  Continue reading

Fireflys Fastest Feet 2016

Calum CopeSeven year old Newcastle AC member Calum Cope is a keen and competitive sportsman. So when Calum heard the search was on for the quickest boy in Ireland, under 9 years old, he wanted to discover how fast he actually was.
In an initiative designed to inspire children in this Olympic year, Firefly Foot and Ankle Clinic was offering two of Ireland’s fastest children, one boy and one girl, an all expenses paid trip to New York and the opportunity to compete in the 109th Millrose Games in Manhattan. The Millrose Games are recognised as one of the most prestigious indoor meets in the US athletics calendar, and Firefly’s Irish champions would get to compete against the fastest kids on the block from the Bronx, Manhattan and across New York City. Continue reading

IAAF International cross-country 2016

By Bogboy
Photos by Gareth Heron from NI Running website (www.nirunning.co.uk).

Saturday saw the 39th edition of the annual IAAF-Permit international cross-country take place at CAFRE, Greenmount near Antrim. For most of its life the event took place in Mallusk and has also been based at Stormont Estate. 26 years ago in 1990, local Newcastle AC athlete Deon McNeilly finished 2nd in a start studded field. This year the local club had three representatives selected for the Northern Ireland team – Seamus Lynch in the men’s race and Shalene McMurray and Kerry O’Flaherty in the women’s race. Continue reading

A look back in time…

Deon and Eamon Martin1988 Gateshead, the first ever trial for GB team for World Cross-Country (up to 1987, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales send their own teams). An ‘unknown’ Deon McNeilly led from start to the last 150 metres surprising all the pundits including Brendan Foster who commentating on BBC said early in the race ‘there’s always someone out early for the glory shot on TV’. Deon held on to the very death when Eamon Martin showed his 1500m speed and caught and surged past him to win by 4 seconds in 35:45 with Roger Hackney in 3rd 46 seconds behind in 36:31. The World Cross-Country that year was in New Zealand. Continue reading