Oh we do like to be beside the Laganside!

A special report from the Laganside 10k by Bogusboy

In 2014 a then record 881 runners completed the Laganside 10k, establishing it firmly as one of the most popular event of its type in the NI athletics calendar. The race was won by Eddie McGinley in a speedy 31 minutes and 23 seconds. The Annadale Strider had opened up a 20+ second gap by 5k and was able to cruise to a reasonably comfortable victory. Continue reading

Laganside Pundit Challenge 2015

The Prophet wins the pundit challenge

Jerome McCrickard, Joe McCann and Paul Rodgers entered into a friendly pre-Laganside competition.  each predicted the finish times of all of the NAC athletes on parade. They used the following scoring chart:

10 points for +/- 5 seconds
7 points for +/- 6 – 10 seconds
5 points for +/- 11 – 15 seconds
4 points for +/- 16 – 30 seconds
3 points for +/- 31 – 40 seconds
2 points for +/- 41 – 50 seconds
1 point for +/- 51 – 60 seconds

The table below shows how each pundit fared in their predictions.  The conclusion is that the Prophet deserves his title!!! Continue reading

World class athletes soak up Annsborough hospitality!

The Mill Hill Mile 2015 by Bogusboy

The challenge of running an uphill mile is obviously one that appeals to many judging by the very healthy turn out for the annual Mill Hill Mile on Tuesday 2 September. This year 115 athletes, ranging in age from 5 to 65 celebrated the first official day of the new school year by running as fast as they could from Annsborough, birthplace of the infamous Gary Cairns and home to world champion Jiggy King (though no-one has yet to uncover what this fighting fit athlete’s best event is!), to the market house in Castlewellan. Continue reading

Club Notes – 30th August 2015

Podiums aplenty for NAC on a busy weekend of racing
A round-up of the week’s events by Bogusboy

Inspired by the performance of one of their very own in the Bird’s Nest, athletes from Newcastle took part in and performed exceptionally in a variety of races much closer to home.  First up was the Killyleagh 5m on Friday evening, a race where Brannigan recorded many a fine time in years gone by. Alas this year, the bus was completely and uncharacteristically full of maybes and much to his chagrin, he was left behind to feast on a mung bean and bulgur wheat casserole and reflect on what might have been! Continue reading

Road Running Captain’s Update;27th July 2015

  1. Three NAC members attended the second planned Parkrun in Craigavon and all recorded PBs – Joe McCann (19:09), The Prophet (19:23) and Ronnie Horrox (21:17) – next planned trip is Saturday 22 August – everyone welcome and the scrambled eggs in Gilberry Fayre are worth it!
  2. Session this Tuesday is 8 x half mile efforts in Castlewellan – 6:30pm at Hillyard House.
  3. Wednesday is the RGU Downpatrick 10k – please support this local race if you can.
  4. Entries for Dublin Marathon increase from 70 to 80 Euro on 1 August – get your entry in early to secure the best price!
  5. Crawfordsburn 5k trail race is on 5 August –  a great multi-terrain 5k!
  6. Leitrim 5 is on 8 August and we need to see a sea of red and yellow vests on the start line
  7. Advance notice of the Laganside 10k (flat and perfect for a PB) on 6 September, followed by a social gathering in Belfast organised by Jack O’Hare – further details to follow. Entries are limited to 1000 and 335 have registered already in the first 4 days.

Club news weekend of 6th June 2015

Joanne Mills Ulster T&F 2015Congratulations to Joanne Mills who on Saturday 6th June picked up silver in the 5000m at the Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Track Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast in her first race in the red and yellow vest. In very windy conditions she came home in 18:09 behind Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry Spartans (picture courtesy of Dara Furey) – http://www.athleticsni.org/Results/NI-and-Ulster-Age-Group-and-Senior-Track-and-Field.

Also on Saturday, this time at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh and in winds gusting in excess of 50mph that broke the wind gauge, Kerry O’Flaherty representing Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow took a comfortable victory in the UK Women’s League Premier Division in the 2k Chase in 6:47. Windsor finished in second place overall in this the first match of three in the 2015 season.

At the Irish Trial for the European Mountain Racing Championships to the top of Djouce Mountain from Crone Wood, Seamy Lynch had an excellent race to come home in 4th place. With a climb of just over 2,000 feet, Lynch had a very strong second half coming through from around 8th and undoubtedly if the race had also involved more descent he would have finished even further up. With one runner already pre-slected for the 4-man team for the July Championships in Portugal, only the first three are likely to be selected, so it looks like he will miss out by one place. Nevertheless, this race represents excellent progress since last season and Lynch will now turn his attention to securing the NIMRA and Hill & Dale Titles, the Snowdon Race in July and then trying to make the Irish team for the World Championships in Wales in September.

1. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) 32:35
2. Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock) 32:46
3. James Kevan (Clonliffe Harriers) 33:26
4. Seamus Lynch (Newcastle A.C.) 34:36
5. Killian Mooney (DSD) 35:23
6. Louis McCarthy (Rathfarnham A.C.) 35:48
7. Andrew Annett (North Belfast) 36:16
8. Sam Mealy (Crusaders) 36:17
9. Brian Furey (Rathfarnham A.C.) 36:21
10. Jason Kehoe 37:39
David at BohermeenFinally in the evening David O’Flaherty smashed his 5k Road PB at the Patrick Bell Memorial race in Bohermeen coming home an excellent 8th place overall in 15:53. Picture shows a happy David with new friend Ella at the post-race BBQ – http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2719.