Run Forest Run Series – Tollymore

Report by Road Runner

Six Newcastle AC members took part in the well organised Born 2 Run races in Tollymore on Saturday.

Tom Crudgington took on the 5k course and was placed 6th overall out of a field of 212 in an impressive time of 19 minutes 20 seconds.

Aine Gosling, James King, Connaire McVeigh, Gary McEvoy and Brian McVeigh took on the 10k course which had a field of 450 people.

Aine Gosling put in a fantastic run to finish first female and 20th overall in a time of 42:30.

The veteran Connaire McVeigh fresh from his winter break and James “the eggman” King were the first two club males home. Connaire was 6th overall with a time of 38:38 and James was 7th overall with a time of 38:46. After the race James commented he could have caught Connaire only for the detour he had to make around one of Wonderwalls loose horses. Connaire disputed this and simply said he wanted it more than James.

The next across the line were Gary McEvoy who was 8th overall in a time of 39:57 and Brian McVeigh who was 9th overall in a time of 40:00. A steward’s enquiry had to be called after the race to confirm Gary’s time was official as he got confused on the boundary of Kilcoo and Bryansford and thought he was doing the 5k race.

Thanks to the Born 2 Run team for the post-race refreshments.

Turkey Trot 2018

Boxing Day, saw the annual Turkey Trot race take place, and this year, yet another course change. Starting at Tollymore mountain centre, the race followed the fast fire roads through the forest to the bottom of the Trassey track. From here the terrain under foot changed as competitors climbed towards The Hares Gap before veering left onto the well trodden walkers’ path which brings you to the stile on the shoulder of Slievenaglogh.

From my vantage point at the stile, I could see the lead runners approaching in the distance, red and yellow vests could be made out and started the debate of who was leading. “That’s Lynch leading, I can tell by the way he runs,” one seasoned marshal proclaimed. Two minutes later a red and yellow vest with Carnethy on it crossed the stile, soon followed by the red and yellow vest of East Down ac, in 3rd position at the top was NAC’s Seamus Lynch. Continue reading

Christmas 5 Mile Handicap Road Race – Tuesday 18 December

The Annual Club Christmas 5 Mile Handicap Road Race took place on Tuesday 18 December. 28 turned up on a calm and pleasant evening in conditions that were remarkably benign give the recent stormy weather.

The Galloping Landlord was first past the post, though there was a Steward’s Inquiry in light of the fact that he was lame for the last four weeks of training and barely able to put one foot in front of the other. After much deliberation, the result was upheld and O’Hare took the trophy home for a second time. The fastest time of the night was recorded by Daniel Molloy, a speedy 28.38

Our thanks to our Race Officials, Paul Rodgers, Jerome McCrickard and Michelle McCann who did a stoic job in ensuring that everyone including Charlie got a token and a finish time recorded. For the first time in a long time no-one got lost and no-one took a wrong turn in either Tullybrannigan of Marguerite.

The Official Result

Position Name Handicap time Actual time
1 Jack O’Hare 37.45 30.45
2 Ian McCracken 37.53 37.53
3 Daniel Molloy 38.38 28.38
4 Jonny Crutchley 38.49 30.49
5 Ronan McVeigh 38.59 29.59
6 Noel Gallagher 39.15 30.15
7 Gary McEvoy 39.19 31.19
8 Stephen Knight 39.36 39.36
9 Tom Crudgington 39.43 30.43
10 Alan Strachan 39.45 32.45
11 Brian McVeigh 40.06 31.06
12 Charlie McAlinden 40.11 35.11
13 Micky Meehan 40.18 35.18
14 Franky McGivern 40.21 35.51
15 Connaire McVeigh 40.21 29.21
16 Lorna Cunningham 40.29 36.29
17 Benoit Le Houerou 40.30 32.00
18 Ernie Hall 40.40 36.40
19 Joe McCann 40.42 35.42
20 Ronnie Horrox 40.49 37.19
21 Aine Gosling 40.57 33.57
22 Chris Clarke 41.06 33.06
23 Rita Devlin 41.14 38.44
24 Nicola Mathers 41.19 36.49
25 Jerome Farrell 41.27 37.27
26 Gerard McAuley 41.30 33.30
27 Kris Fegan 41.48 35.48
28 Aidan Brown 41.57 30.57

 

Net times for the record

Position Name Handicap time Actual time
3 Daniel Molloy 38.38 28.38
15 Connaire McVeigh 40.21 29.21
5 Ronan McVeigh 38.59 29.59
6 Noel Gallagher 39.15 30.15
9 Tom Crudgington 39.43 30.43
1 Jack O’Hare 37.45 30.45
4 Jonny Crutchley 38.49 30.49
28 Aidan Brown 41.57 30.57
11 Brian McVeigh 40.06 31.06
7 Gary McEvoy 39.19 31.19
17 Benoit Le Houerou 40.30 32.00
10 Alan Strachan 39.45 32.45
22 Chris Clarke 41.06 33.06
26 Gerard McAuley 41.30 33.30
21 Aine Gosling 40.57 33.57
12 Charlie McAlinden 40.11 35.11
13 Micky Meehan 40.18 35.18
19 Joe McCann 40.42 35.42
27 Kris Fegan 41.48 35.48
14 Franky McGivern 40.21 35.51
16 Lorna Cunningham 40.29 36.29
18 Ernie Hall 40.40 36.40
24 Nicola Mathers 41.19 36.49
20 Ronnie Horrox 40.49 37.19
25 Jerome Farrell 41.27 37.27
2 Ian McCracken 37.53 37.53
23 Rita Devlin 41.14 38.44
8 Stephen Knight 39.36 39.36

Tales of the Unexpected

A preview of the 35th Castlewellan Christmas Cracker by Bogusboy

It sold out almost as quickly as Westlife and there have been calls for additional dates!  After long negotiations with key delivery partners, some additional places were made available by the race committee, making this the largest field in the events long established history.  Consequently, record number of teams will take to the start for the 35th Castlewellan Christmas Cracker pairs’ race on Saturday 29th December at 1pm. The market town will be awash with colour as almost 1500 competitors, many of whom will ‘dress for the occasion’, take to the streets. The race has grown exponentially since it was taken over by Newcastle AC and relocated from Comber to Castlewellan in the early ‘noughties’ and remains one of the most unique and popular races in the annual ANI calendar. Building on the success of previous years, there are more mixed teams and more all-female teams. I recall clearly the 2004 race when there were 54 teams finishing. This stands as irrefutable evidence of the amazing popularity of running at present and the desire among athletes of all abilities to get out there and compete. For some it will be to win a category (some individuals carefully select a partner to maximise their chances in an age category – all perfectly legal!) or record a fast time, while for others it will be the joy of finishing and the sense of accomplishment that comes from simply being able to say, ‘I did it’ and proudly wear the bespoke finisher medal.

 

What’s it going to be like?

The race itself is a multi-terrain event over approximately 8 miles (the distance depends on the benevolence of the course setter!) and is suitable for runners of all abilities and levels of experience. The course changes from year to year and this edition has been described as ‘plenty of opportunities for good running, a series of short and sharp climbs and a great advert for the stunning scenery of Castlewellan Forest Park’! With the Prophet involved, you can expect something a wee bit different. The Prophet was rumoured to be clearing forests, hanging gates and ‘making a straight path for the runners’ – surely he is taking the time of Preparation that is Advent just a little too seriously. Part of the tradition is that the Race Directors hold something back as a little surprise on the day. There have no ‘dry runs’ this year, but the men charge have reliably informed me that there will be an unexpected twist – or two! Continue reading