FRA Relays 2015

Results, Photos

They found the Hops and Yeast after Barley

Wingman reports from the FRA Championships in Lancashire

On Saturday 17th October almost 1000 quality fell runners from the top clubs throughout the UK assembled on a rugged hill side in the small village of Barley 30 miles north of Manchester to do battle for the title of UK Fell Running Relay Champions 2015. Continue reading

The Fallows 2015

Well done to all who completed the Fallows race. Thanks to Paul Fegan for photos. Read race report by Richard Bell on NIMRA site here

Newcastle AC at Fallows by Paul Fegan Fallows 1st 3 men left to right. c bailey b Mconville d mcneilly Fallows 1st 3 ladies. left to right S.Ward D wilson. S Mcneilly

World Mountain Running Championships 2015

Mountain Man Reaches New Heights

Seamus Lynch 3rd from left with Irish TeamSaturday the 19th of September 2015 the picturesque village of Betws-Y-Coed in North Wales was the setting for the 31st running of the World Mountain Running Championships.  32 countries took to the start line in the main event on Saturday afternoon and Newcastle AC were represented with Seamus Lynch part of the Ireland Team.  The course involved 3 laps of the course covering a total of 13km with three steep climbs.

The pace was unrelenting from the start over the gruelling course with the Italian team coming home first with Uganda closely following home in second.  The Ireland team ran a solid race finishing a credible 13th place overall.

Representing Ireland for the first time is another great achievement by Seamus this year which has seen him win our own Hill & Dale series for the first time and also the NIMRA championship to confirm his place as one of the top fell runners in the country.  As the fell running season begins to wind down for the year everyone at Newcastle AC would like to congratulate Seamus on a very successful year and wish him and the rest of the mountain men every success in the future.

Report by Spartan

Full Results

Mourne Mountain Marathon 2015

Patricia and Sam 2015 Mourne Mountain MarathonThe 36th Mourne Mountain Marathon, Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event  took place this weekend. Starting at the Bloody Bridge on Saturday and finishing at the Tollymore Mountain Centre on Sunday. The Elite event was won by English pair Charles Stead and Bob Johnston  is a time of 10hours 9minutes and 26 seconds, first local team in 3rd place was Gary Bailey and Sam Herron who lead the field home on the second day. In the B Class Newcastle AC’s Sam McNeilly and Patricia McKibbin where the first ladies home on the second day, to take second overall less than 40minutes behind English pair Lisa Ferrero and Claire Wilshaw. Also in the B Class Newcastle AC’s Phil Hodge and Simon Hodge finished 12th. In the C Class Newcastle AC’s father and son team, Stephen Knight and Eoghan Knight finished and excellent 3rd place.

Another great report HERE by Sam McNeilly. (some great photos added 23/9/15)

A Crystal Clear Sky And Kind Conditions At Ben Nevis 2015

Photos by Sean Rice
ben-nevisStanding at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and its name, although having a variety of translations, is sometimes known as ‘The Mountain with its head in the clouds’. What a spectacle then on Saturday 5th September when the only clouds visible where those above Eugene Mc Cann. A crystal clear blue sky, hardly a breath of wind and temperatures in the mid teens were the conditions that awaited the group from Newcastle Ac who travelled to Scotland to compete in the annual Ben Nevis race. Continue reading

“Blue Moon Walk” – Thanks for the support

bm3The walk to the summit of Slieve Donard at midnight on Friday 31st July to see the “Blue Moon” did not disappoint!

After a very rainy afternoon it looked like the event would be a wash out, however at c9pm the clouds rolled back and gave way to a dry, warm still evening. It was so calm that some people managed with only a T-shirt. Continue reading