Cunningham smashes it at Loughinsland

A delayed report from the Viking which was mislaid by Bogusboy.

With the Hill and Dales over for another year 9 Newcastle AC athletes made their way to Loughinisland 5.05 mile road race to get their fix of midweek racing.

With a hilly course that included 97 metres of climb, Zak Hanna took off in “McMurray fashion” and never looked back. In a course that suited the runner up in the Hill and Dale series he ran an extremely impressive 26:53 finishing two and half minutes ahead of second place! Continue reading

Ford 5K

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Bryansford GAC are hosting a 5k road race around Newcastle on Saturday 9th July.

The race will begin at 2pm from the club and the cost of entry is £10.

Please note that the minimum age to take part in the race is 12.

The race is being organised by club members Joe McCann and Eamon McCrickard. If anyone is available to help with registration and finish line, please contact Eamon McCrickard (

Entry Forms can be downloaded here: Senior Form / Junior Form

The proposed route (by bicycle cam) –

Lisburn 10k and Half Marathon

A brief synopsis by Bogusboy

Lisburn was awash with colour as athletes from the length and breadth of the North descended upon the city for the now firmly established evening of racing. First off was the 10k at 6:50pm – 1840 took part in the event which was won by Chris ‘KFC’ Madden (31:51) and Heather Foley (37:58). Marty Melville was first home for Newcastle in 35:07. Mari and Sinead ran stride for stride the whole way and the end proved to be a bitter dilemma – who would take third place? Both ladies eyed each other up and down – who would break first in the international game of cat and mouse. The reality was altogether different. ‘You take third Mari’ was followed by, ‘No, you take third Sinead.’ and so it continued until both crossed the line together. Continue reading

Strachan leads the Newcastle charge in London

A review of the Virgin Money London Marathon by Bogusboy

From humble beginnings the London marathon has become one of the most spectacular and popular mass participation events in the world. This year 39,108 athletes of all abilities from all corners took part in a carnival of colour that was nothing short of breath-taking. Every athlete has their own reasons for running. For some it was the prospect of winning, for others it was about Olympic qualification, for others still it was about raising money for charity and for all it was about the sense of accomplishment and achievement that comes from getting the medal and the t-shirt at the end.  It is only at that point, often bleary eyed and fighting back the tears of joy, that most come to the realisation that 26.2 miles, however hard, have passed and the ordeal is over. Continue reading