Plenty of scones at the ‘Gridle’
a round-up of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy
Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k
Team at Griddle 10K
Saul, an area not famed for its flat surfaces, was the venue for the latest event on the NI Road Running calendar. Joe Quinn had spent most of the morning watering the course to make sure that conditions underfoot were good/soft and the sun made an appearance just before the beginning of the ‘undulating’ race. Murlough’s Alan Johnston led the way early on and would finish an excellent third overall. Best for Newcastle AC was Aidan Brown who stood proudly on the second step of the podium. John Kelly finished 7th and has continued his good form from Dublin and is running strongly. Newcastle emerged as top team on the day with McCann and Ward making up the third and fourth scoring places. Rice and Cairns were very close behind as all 6 NAC athletes finished in the top 30. Continue reading
No Second Violins on Leeson Street or jumping on a bus to Dunlaoghaire
Conditions were far from ideal as the athletes crossed the line at the start of the recent Dublin City Marathon. With swirling winds, enough to blow the lid of Podge’s Frappuccino and cause minor apoplexy, the Newcastle AC contingent made their way through streets broad and narrow as the course moved along the canal towards Phoenix Park. With the wind in their faces (when is it ever not!!!), they continued undeterred, determined to put in a good performance after the months of intensive training. Some club members took a more relaxed approach to the race and casually ambled between viewing vantage points to shout encouragement (sic: hurl abuse) and proffer words of wisdom on how best to go about the task of surviving. Kendall was once again the leading man, turning in a more than satisfactory performance and yet another sub 3 hour time. Continue reading
Training Session on Tuesday 4 November is 6 x 1km with 2 minute recoveries;
Dolly’s Brae Charity walk and run on Sunday 9th November at 2pm organised by Frank Morgan. Please try to support.
The Seeley Cup is on Saturday 29 November and will once again count as the club 10k championship. Online registration is now open on Athletics NI website. The club will support travel costs of those travelling in groups of 4 or more;
The pre-Christmas party run will be at 9:30am on Saturday 13 December 2014 and will be a 5 mile forest handicap in Tollymore. The run will be open to all and donations are asked for charity. There will be the usual festive food and drink afterwards.
Christmas Dinner in O’Hare’s at 7:30pm sharp that evening;
The annual Club Christmas 5 mile Handicap Road Race will be on Tuesday 16 December at 6:30pm – meeting at the Newcastle Centre.
Almost a Gr8 day for O’Flaherty
The small matter of 8 seconds was all that separated Newcastle’s David O’Flaherty from winning the 5th Annual Gr8 Dundrum race. O’Flaherty has been improving his leg speed in recent weeks and made a determined effort to win the race. With Brendan Teer of East Down a surprise non-starter O’Flaherty was among the pre-race favourites with Stephen McKinstry and Brendan Grew of North Belfast Harriers. Alas it would be the former who would deny O’Flaherty the win as he pushed on in the run to the line, recording an impressive 47:05 for the 8.19 miles. Continue reading
Belfast Half is ideal preparation for Dublin Marathon
With six weeks to go until the Dublin City marathon on the last Monday of October, the timing of the Belfast half could not have been more apposite. Newcastle AC athletes have been training hard, following an arduous programme set by club marathon guru Paul Rodgers. To date all has gone to plan and September 14th gave the runners a chance to gauge their progress over a very well planned and testing course. With 3096 finishers, it was a busy day for the organisers, who, it must be said, coped with the unexpected events stoically.
The first race of the weekend was East Down AC’s Rollercoaster races. First on the podium for the club were Aodham Bardon and Laura Hannah, both taking 2nd place in the P3 races. In the P4/P5 race Emily Steele finished 6th and Rose Carson 21st. Eve Kenneally ran a fantastic P7 girls race to finish first and covering the 1kms in 3:53. She was followed by Arizona Forde in 6th, Celeste Forde in 7th, Kate Lenny in 12th, Tierna Bardon in 18th, Alea Brannigan in 34th and Hannah Carson in 41st. In the P7 boys race Morgan Steele finished in 24th followed by Pierce Bardon in 39th and Rory Corrigan in 42nd.
A lot of secondary school athletes were still recovering from the Down Schools XC races on Thursday so we only had 3 girls representing the club at the Rollercoaster U13 race. Kiara Cairns finished the 1.5km course in 8th place in a time of 6:49, followed by Eabha Campbell in 9th and Tamzin Johnston in 13th.
Congratulations to Sarah Dougherty, Dearbhla Magee and Patrick Sheridan who all ran fantastic races at the Down Schools XC in Delamont to qualify for the Ulster XC Championships at Mallusk. Well done to all the juniors who competed in Delamont in very testing conditions and produced some very promising results.
In the Senior Rollercoaster Races we were back on the podium with David O’Flaherty taking 2nd place and David McNeilly taking 3rd place, both giving the home win to Brendan Teer. Niall Carson finished in 20th place.
Further afield Eoghan Totten was competing for his University team at the BUCS XC Championships in Scotland. Eoghan finished in 48th place.
Seamus Lynch travelled to the second race of the IMRA winter league in Ticknock and took a fine win over the 8km course in a time of 38:08.
On the roads Alan Strachan competed in the Watford Half Marathon and finished 24th V40 in a time of 1:24:08