Upcoming Events

Kerry O’Flaherty will take part in Athlone International Indoor Meeting this evening – live coverage on IrishTV on Sky Channel 191 from 7pm to 10pm…women’s 1500m at 8pm with field of 13 with target time of 4:05 (Kerry’s best is 4:12 outdoors). Also competing, world champion from Canada Shawn Barber in Pole Vault, world silver medallist Canadian Melissa Bishop over 800m (in race that also includes Katie Kirk from Lagan Valley), world steeplechase bronze medallist Gesa Krause from Germany (in Kerry’s race) – start lists at http://www.athleticsirelandenterprises.com/results_17022016/event008h01.html.

Thursday evening sees the prestigious Armagh International Road Races over 5k for men at 8:20pm (where last year 56 runners ran inside 15 minutes) and 3k for women at 8:05pm (with 30 runners having bests inside 10 minutes) – https://www.facebook.com/armagh5k/.

Saturday is the Northern Ireland and Ulster XC Championships where Shalene McMurray will lead the ladies team with an eye on the podium and Seamus Lynch will lead a strong men’s team aiming to better their bronze medal from last year.

Club Navigational Course

The club are planning on holding a 2 session navigational course:
Session 1:
– evening session to explain how to take bearing etc. and plot the course for a navigation course at the weekend.
– Plot Grid Reference
– Explain contours
– Work out compass bearing
– Explain route choice

Session 2:
– Practical session
– Find points plotted during theory
– Follow compass bearing

Dates are:

Monday 14th March – 8:00 pm Newcastle Scout Hall for theory
Saturday 19th March – 8.30 am Tollymore car park 2 hour navigation exercise in white plains area

Every one taking part will require a Mourne Harvey Map and Silva type compass

Those that are interested please contact Deon McNeilly by Wed 17th Feb to gauge numbers and answer any questions in advance. deon@mournes.plus.com

A look back in time…

Deon and Eamon Martin1988 Gateshead, the first ever trial for GB team for World Cross-Country (up to 1987, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales send their own teams). An ‘unknown’ Deon McNeilly led from start to the last 150 metres surprising all the pundits including Brendan Foster who commentating on BBC said early in the race ‘there’s always someone out early for the glory shot on TV’. Deon held on to the very death when Eamon Martin showed his 1500m speed and caught and surged past him to win by 4 seconds in 35:45 with Roger Hackney in 3rd 46 seconds behind in 36:31. The World Cross-Country that year was in New Zealand. Continue reading

Christmas 2015 runs

Get your Christmas holidays off to a flying start!
Annual Pre-Christmas night out charity run on Saturday morning at 9am in Castlewellan – participants can park free of charge  in the main car park between 9am and 11am. 5 mile run (not too hilly) starts and finishes at the Castlewellan Lake – fancy dress strongly recommended – festive food and beverages in the Courtyard after – those unable to attend can make a donation at the Christmas dinner – everyone welcome!

Annual Club 5 mile Handicap
Meeting at Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm on Tuesday 22 December.  First runners off from harbour at 7:00pm – course has been amended due to large numbers attending – course map to follow – please email/text Joe McCann if you plan to run to ensure handicaps are in place – refreshments after by the fire in O’Hare’s after

Club notes week of 13th Dec 2015

Santa here, Santa there, Santa is everywhere!

On Sunday huge crowds flocked to Crossgar for the maiden event run by the fast growing Crossgar Harriers AC. The organisers can be extremely proud of their initial foray into the world of running events management as they coped admirably with the huge crowds deciding to enjoy some early festive cheer.  The costumes were brilliant and the atmosphere something to behold as the walk, 5k and 10k got underway. Continue reading

Club Notes 7th Dec 2015

Seamus ‘lynches’ the field to bring home the Malcolm Cup

Bogusboy reports from Ballyclare and Saul

Seamus Lynch showed his class on the country with an impressive and emphatic win in the Malcolm Cup in appalling conditions on Saturday 5 December. Despite the awful weather, a strong field had assembled and with City of Derry and Foyle Valley attempting to wrest the team crown from Newcastle AC, both were well represented. The course is familiar having been used for the McConnell Shield less than a month ago. However, on this occasion athletes only had 4 laps of 1 mile to complete. The ground was soft to say the least with mud puddles evident the whole way around the park. Continue reading