Ford 5K

FORD 5K 150616 copyBryansford 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

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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

Impressive PBs over 13.1 and 6.2 for Newcastle Athletes

Impressive PBs over 13.1 and 6.2 for Newcastle Athletes.

A review of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

DSC_0893Since the beginning of January many of the Newcastle AC faithful have braved the elements and taken to the roads in less than ideal weather in preparation for one of the many spring marathons across the UK and beyond.  For most the focus has been on London, now less than a fortnight away on 24 April. For a smaller number M day was Sunday 10 April in Manchester. Noel Gallagher and Pascal Toner travelled from Newcastle and were joined in the home of Wonderwall’s favourite band by Brendan Donnelly. All three equipped themselves well and turned in great performances. Noel had sought advice from anyone who would give it and had tortured himself and all of his club mates with the burning dilemma, ‘should I go with the hour balloons’? Aiming for a 3:05 to secure a place in London 2017, he showed uncharacteristic patience and prudence in going out steady. Through halfway in 1:30:05, he held on well and ran a very been paced second half to cross the line just 27 seconds outside the three hour mark. Coach Rodgers was quick to point out that this will give him something to fret about and motivate him for the next 52 weeks. No doubt he will be asking more questions of those around him. His planning is already underway and a 1:18 half in Bohermeen is already scheduled. Continue reading