Excellent start to NIMRA season for NAC

The Glens of Antrim village of Waterfoot was the starting point for the first NIMRA championship race of the year, Glenarriffe, or more commonly referred to as the spud race. On Saturday morning over 130 hardy mountain runners huddled at midday to listen to the race briefing, the wind and rain showed no sign of letting up as people sheltered behind whoever was in front of them whilst staring up at the mist and fog covered mountain we were meant to summit before returning back.

The race starts on the road for 300 metres before turning onto a dirt track for approximately 2 miles to the foot of the glen, from here it is a steep, wet, slippery climb for 1 mile to the top, returning the same way. Conditions underfoot were treacherous, heavy rain had fallen overnight leaving the mountain like a swamp and the dirt track like a bog. Continue reading

Newcastle & District AC Road Racing Notes

Bohermeen Half Marathon and 10k
The annual pilgrimage to Bohermeen took place on Sunday 11 March. In typical NAC fashion there was a bus full of maybes and just over half of those registered were able to run. With a few blighted by injury and a few suffering the effects of the cold in the aftermath of the ‘Beast from the East’, the bus was not as full as it might have been.

Bohermeen is one of the many spring half marathons that athletes use in preparation for marathons such as London, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Rome or Belfast. Many of the NAC faithful are deep into their preparations for London and, with as many as 18 miles banked, saw this as an ideal opportunity to see how their training was going. Continue reading

Successful Day for Newcastle AC Juniors

Some fantastic results for Newcastle AC Juniors today. At the Rollercoaster Races, Erin Eason coming first with Helen Barbour coming second in the P4 Girls Race. Ronan McVeigh made it a double for Newcastle AC with a superb run in the Under 13 Boys. And Eve Kenneally also making it on the podium, finishing 3rd in her race. Also a great result for Ciara Savage in the School’s Cross Country Final in Waterford, finishing 45th overall. Even after being boxed in at the start, Ciara as usual showed a lot of determination to make the top 50 in Ireland.

Good luck Ciara!

‪Good luck to Ciara Savage from St Malachy’s High School Castlewellan who will be competing in the All Ireland Final of the School’s Cross Country Competition. Junior Chairperson and Club Coach PJ McCrickard presented Ciara with some new Newcastle AC Kit. ‬

NI & Ulster Cross-Country Championships in Lurgan Park

Newcastle & District AC ladies went to Lurgan Park on Saturday for the NI & Ulster Cross-Country (XC) Championship 2018, which also doubled up as the final race of the Winter XC League. It was the longest of the XC season at a 3 laps and 6k, but as ever, the distance isn’t as relevant in cross-country, it’s the conditions under foot that tend to dictate the pace. Thankfully the conditions were good on Saturday with both spikes and mud claws the popular choice of the day. As the race got underway a group of 5 Newcastle AC ladies lined up in a field of 162 runners. The plan was to try and maintain a consistent pace although the uphill drag at the start of each lap was the most demanding section.

NAC Ladies team making club history at Cross-Country Champs in Lurgan Park – Aine Gosling, Donna Daly, Pat Shields, Catherine McIntosh & Linda Rogan.

Aine Gosling led the team home with a fantastic run, finishing 31st with an impressive time of 27:41. It was great seeing her back racing after such a long time out with injury. She was followed by Donna Daly 69th with a solid time of 30:21; next in was Catherine McIntosh 78th at 31:04 and going from strength to strength; closely followed by Linda Rogan at 32:07 who did herself proud as it was her 1st ever cross-country event and 1st time ever in the NAC colours. Pat Shields battled through with a time of 32:49 and was pleased with her performance as she also returns after a long time injured.  Continue reading