5 Mile Handicap – Tuesday 24th May

Tollymore Forest Park
Meeting in Upper Car Park at 6:30pm for warm up
First runners leaving at 6:50pm
Course map and mile profiles are below – same course as Christmas charity handicap
Runners leaving at 2 minute intervals from 44 minutes downwards
All runners must record their own time
Anyone available to take times and officiate greatly appreciated.

O’Hare in top 10 at Les Jones 10k

by Bogusboy

19 Newcastle AC athletes were among the 286 competitors that completed the Les Jones 10k on Friday May 13.  It was not to be unlucky for Jack O’Hare as he continued his fine run of form with another impressive performance. Jack was in contention with the leaders in the early stages and held his form in the second half of the race to secure 10th place overall and win his V40 category. Buoyed by his performance in the race last year, he had been targeting this event to showcase his talents. Continue reading

Youth Mountain Running Trial

Youth Mountain Running Trial – for selection of the N.Ireland Youth Mountain Running Team.

Sat 14th May @ 2:00pm, Kilbroney Forest Park.

Marshals needed – Phil Hodge is organising this Trial as a means of selecting the team to send to the Czech Republic at the end of June, and is in need of 4 or 5 more marshals for this event, including a sweeper.

Anybody interested in helping on Saturday, please contact Phil at tonight’s Hill & Dale.

Boys aged 16 or 17 on the 31st December 2016 are eligible to try out at the event.

For more information, please see :- http://www.nimra.org.uk/index.php/youth-mountain-running-trial/ also, the map of the route is available on NIMRAs Facebook page.

Les Jones 10K – Bus Travel

For anyone racing the LES JONES 10K on Friday evening (13th May), a bus will leave Donard Park at 5:25pm SHARP. Pick up in Castlewellan Upper Square is at 5:40pm SHARP and on to Mary Peters Track via Brennan’s (5:55pm SHARP).

PLASE BE THERE ON TIME AS RACE STARTS AT 7:30PM AND THERE IS LIKELY TO BE A LARGE QUEUE FOR RACE NUMBERS.

Food is booked at the Barking Dog after the race and return to Newcastle via Castlewellan at a sensible hour is also planned.

So far 10 people are ‘definite’ for the bus – anyone else please contact Richard on 07584292495

Campbell first home at the Annalong Horseshoe

A review of other weekend races by Bogusboy

An impressive run by Colum Campbell say him take third podium spot behind William McKee and Gary Bailey of Mourne Runners. The Newcastle man was in contention throughout and showed some tremendous form on the climbs.  The superfast descending ability of Bailey proved to be the difference as he moved up from 5th to 2nd in the final downhill section from the top of Binnian to the finish. Newcastle had three in the top 20 with Jonathon Scott 14th and Patrick Bradley 17th. Lesser spotted Marty McMullan ran well to claim 29th place. Eugene McCann (V55) and Jim Patterson V65) comfortably won their categories. Nigel McKinney ran his second race in 36 hours having competed at Binnian on Thursday evening.  Newcastle’s two female athletes, Paulette Thompson and Vicky Canavan performed very well showing their strength, stamina, perseverance, determination and resilience on a tough day in the misty mountains. Continue reading

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.