There will be a recce of the Christmas Cracker course this Sunday morning at 8:30am. Meeting at Castlewellan Upper Square. Everyone welcome.
If you plan to compete in the club 5 mile handicap on Tuesday 13 December, please text or email Joe McCann (email@example.com 07860266118) before Saturday 10 December so that start times can be allocated.
Annual Christmas charity run is in Tollymore Forest Park on Saturday 17 December at 9:30am.
Six Newcastle AC runners took part in the 10k race in Saul as The Griddle race goes from strength to strength. Despite the variety of races on offer over a busy weekend of running, 118 took on the challenge of the hills and dales that characterise the parish of Saul. First home was East Down’s Brendan Teer in a very respectable 34:45 for one of the tougher 10k races of the year. While the temperature was unseasonably benevolent, there was enough wind to make the conditions testing at times. He was followed by Dub Runners’ James Trainor (36:06), with last year’s winner, Stephen Wylie (36:36) having to settle for the third podium spot. Continue reading
The 5th race of the Athletics NI Cross-Country League took place on Saturday – the Malcolm Cup organised by Annadale Striders in its usual venue of Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare. Despite the driest autumn in living memory, Sixmilewater Park still managed to produce some mud, but fair enough, not as much as usual. Newcastle & District AC (NAC) was out in force with runners in the supporting races as well as the main league event. Continue reading
On Sunday (27th November) the Irish Cross-Country Championships took place doubling as trials for next month’s European Cross-Country Championships in Chia, Sardinia. Local club, Newcastle & District AC was very well-represented in the form of Kerry O’Flaherty in the Women’s 8k and for the first time ever a scoring men’s team.
It has been a very dry autumn, possibly the driest on record? Sunday was no exception as the settled weather continued with a bit of wind and temperatures reaching 10C. Nonetheless the course had something for everyone, firm fast running, sand, mud and pretty much a gradual decline for half the 2k and then a steady rise back up to the start/finish area. First up was the Women’s Race over 4 laps of this new purpose-built cross-country facility at the Sport Ireland complex in Abbotstown near Blanchardstown. Continue reading
Bogusboy reports from Ormeau Park
Despite reaching the quota of 1200 runners well in advance of race day, 863 took the line for the 35th edition of the Seeley Cup, still regarded by many as the premier 10k in the NIAF calendar. 20 of the 22 NAC registered athletes made it to the start line and were rewarded with some fantastic times. With many of the ‘big guns’ opting to travel to Dublin for the XC on Sunday (see separate report), club bragging rights were clearly up for grabs. Opinions were divided among the pundits with both O’Hare and Tumelty emerging as favourites. Continue reading