It’s a long way to Vaasa from Tullylish!

A synopsis of the last 7 days by Bogusboy

Kerry O’Flaherty represented Ireland on the track at the European Team Championships (ETC) only 6 weeks after picking up a calf tear during a 5000m on the track in Solihull. The ETC take place every two years and Ireland proudly participates in League, 1 competing against 11 other countries. The meeting took place in Vaasa, Finland north of Helsinki and at this time of year it doesn’t go dark. O’Flaherty finished 7th in the 3k Chase in 10:11, a time below her best but clearly on the road to full recovery after the injury. She scored 6 points for the team – more than some singers have amassed for Ireland in recent Eurovision Song Contests!!! Overall, Ireland finished 8th and retained its position in League 1 for the next championships in 2019. Continue reading

Ronan McVeigh – Ballynahinch 5K

Ronan McVeigh completed the very competitive 5k Race through Ballynahinch town and Montalto Estate in 18m 36s – a PB – finishing 3rd overall, as well as, The 1st U16 Male Athlete winning the Richard Scott Shield.

Upcoming dates

AGM – Tue 13th Dec at 8pm in Avoca

Christmas dinner – Sat  17th Dec in O’Hares

Christmas Cracker Race – Tues 27th Dec

Final Session of Summer Training

Summer training comes to an end on Tuesday 4 October with a 5km time trial in Castlewellan. Please note the earlier start time of 6:15 due to the falling away of the light in the evenings. For those struggling to make the time, the time trial will begin towards the far end of the lake on the castle side.  The course goes along the side of the lake (castle side) climbs over the back of the castle, passes down to the crossroads on the main drive way, turns right passing the ranger’s hut up to the crow road, along the crow road and finishes up the hill towards the ‘Leitrim gate’. One of Pascal’s flatter courses! Thanks to Pascal for marking the courses in Castlewellan throughout the spring and summer. There will be some light refreshments served in BASE (Newcastle)after the run to mark the end of the phase of training.

See you all there for a final dash!


Tuesday Session 27 September 2016

As the light is fading fast, we will be departing at 6:30 sharp from the Upper Car Park of Tollymore this evening. If you are held up, please be advised that the warm up (just over 1 mile) will be towards the NI Mountain Centre and the first of 6 1km efforts will begin along the ‘middle path’ just at the bend before dropping down to Parnell’s Bridge. See you all there for the second last summer session.

Next week we conclude the summer programme with a 5km time trial in Castlewellan. Please note the earlier start time of 6:15 for next week’s session.

Joe McCann

Litter Pick – Sat 30th July 2016

To give something back to the community and make the environment that we  run in more presentable

Newcastle AC is planning a litter pick in Donard Forest on Saturday 30 July.

If you can spare an hour or two, please come along  and help.

Jim Patterson has offered to co-ordinate proceedings, please contact him on 07934180080 with your availability or if you have any questions.