Excellent Start in the 2016/17 Cross-Country League for Newcastle & District AC

club-group-pre-raceSaturday saw the first race of the 2016/17 Athletics Northern Ireland Cross-Country League – the Bobby Rea Memorial, this year taking place in the picturesque Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Despite 8 Ulster & NI Under-Age Championship races plus the women’s race beforehand, the 8km Men’s Race took place in firm conditions over 4 laps of a 2k loop. The loop included one significant climb plus several roller-coaster rises and falls. The weather was dry too and this all made for very fast conditions. Continue reading

Mourne Skyline and Granite Trail are a great success

On Friday evening, 43 brave souls, including 8 from Newcastle AC took on the challenge of the Granite Trail, the curtain raiser to the Mourne Skyline event the following day. The Garmin Mourne Skyline Granite Trail Race (‘GTR’) saw competitors start on Newcastle’s Central Promenade, before making their way into Donard Forest and up the historic Granite Trail towards the finish at Millstone Quarry, overlooking the town. Altogether, this totalled 2 miles uphill with approximately 1,000ft of ascent. The steep climb is made all the more difficult by the presence of steps at various points as these break the rhythm of the runners and upset their cadence. All NAC athletes performed well, evidenced by the filling of the three male podium places and a podium finish for Sam McNeilly (2nd) in the ladies’ race. Continue reading

Juniors – New Email Address & Halloween Holidays

NJAC have a new email address it’s: juniors@newcastleac.org with immediate effect! Individual email addresses listed on the website remain unchanged. The old email address should work for a short time but better if you update your contacts now to be on the safe side!

Training will be on at Shimna College tomorrow night 7-8pm but there won’t be any training on Monday 31st October as Shimna is closed and all the coaches will be away trick or treating!

Congratulations to Eve Kenneally who ran in the Ulster Cross Country On Saturday and finished 11th to qualify for the All Ireland in November! GO EVE – we’re very proud of you.

Training Reminder – Tuesday 18th October

Tuesday session this week is 5 x 2s & 3s.
Could all attending please ensure that they are suitably attired for evening training – this means bright colours that are hi-viz; no Johnny Cash looks please!!!
Remember, the benefits that accrue from regular training with one’s club are exponential. See you all there.

O’Flaherty smashes record by a GR8 margin

Bogusboy reports on the weekend’s racing

Newcastle AC were in action in a variety of races on the weekend of 8-9 October. Closest to home was the ever popular Gr8, organised superbly once again by our close friends, Murlough AC. The race has become a ‘must do’ for many in recent years and the eclectic blend of different terrains appears to have resonated well with the running community. There have been some great times in recent years, with Brendan Teer holding the course record in just under 45 minutes. Conditions were perfect; there was little wind to talk of, the sand was firmer than usual – unlike 2014 when the beach section became a survival of the bravest into a strong wind that created a ‘sandblasting’ effect. Dundrum was awash with colour as 855 athletes took to the line, all with a time and a target in mind. For David O’Flaherty the target was simple, get to the finish before anyone else. This he did, and with some considerable flair. Continue reading

Eoghan Totten’s Breakthrough Half-Marathon Debut

eoghan_totten_9-10-16Today (Sunday 9th October), Newcastle & District AC’s Eoghan Totten was 3rd in Oxford Half-Marathon – his debut half – in 67:51.

It’s a breakthrough run for him…long-term he’s targeting the marathon.

Paul Whitaker from Southend won in 67:18 and Alex Milne from Enfield & Haringey was 2nd in 67:41. Conditions great for running, 10C and relatively calm – course fairly flat too.