Another Weekend of Podium Places

The first race of the weekend was East Down AC’s Rollercoaster races. First on the podium for the club were Aodham Bardon and Laura Hannah, both taking 2nd place in the P3 races. In the P4/P5 race Emily Steele finished 6th and Rose Carson 21st. Eve Kenneally ran a fantastic P7 girls race to finish first and covering the 1kms in 3:53. She was followed by Arizona Forde in 6th, Celeste Forde in 7th, Kate Lenny in 12th, Tierna Bardon in 18th, Alea Brannigan in 34th and Hannah Carson in 41st. In the P7 boys race Morgan Steele finished in 24th followed by Pierce Bardon in 39th and Rory Corrigan in 42nd.

A lot of secondary school athletes were still recovering from the Down Schools XC races on Thursday so we only had 3 girls representing the club at the Rollercoaster U13 race. Kiara Cairns finished the 1.5km course in 8th place in a time of 6:49, followed by Eabha Campbell in 9th and Tamzin Johnston in 13th.

Congratulations to Sarah Dougherty, Dearbhla Magee and Patrick Sheridan who all ran fantastic races at the Down Schools XC in Delamont to qualify for the Ulster XC Championships at Mallusk. Well done to all the juniors who competed in Delamont in very testing conditions and produced some very promising results.

In the Senior Rollercoaster Races we were back on the podium with David O’Flaherty taking 2nd place and David McNeilly taking 3rd place, both giving the home win to Brendan Teer. Niall Carson finished in 20th place.
Rollercoaster Winners 2014

Further afield Eoghan Totten was competing for his University team at the BUCS XC Championships in Scotland.  Eoghan finished in 48th place.

Seamus Lynch travelled to the second race of the IMRA winter league in Ticknock and took a fine win over the 8km course in a time of 38:08.

On the roads Alan Strachan competed in the Watford Half Marathon and finished 24th V40 in a time of 1:24:08

5 Mile Handicap – Tuesday 17th December at 6:30pm

The Annual 5 Mile Handicap Race will take place on Tuesday night.  Meeting at the Newcastle Centre as usual at 6:30pm.  The race will begin on King Street with the first runners leaving at 6:50pm. Unfortunately on this occasion the Handicap Committee will decide the starting times as one or two engaged in a touch of self-generosity (it would be unfair to mention anyone by name, but both Brannigans and Pol Og MacWhirt know who I am talling about!!!!). Continue reading

Christmas run and dinner

Well done to all those who turned up for the Christmas run on a very wet and windy morning. Thanks to Joe and his crew for organising.
Results / Results by actual time

Christmas Dinner: Saturday 14th December in O’Hare’s. Meet in O’Hares front bar for 7:30 pm . Dinner served at 7:45pm
Dress Code: smart casual!!!

There will be an inter-club 5 mile handicap time trial around Tollymore Forest Park in the morning of 14th December. Registration is from 9am onwards and the first runners will start at 9:30am. This will be followed by mulled wine, tea, coffee, mince pies and other seasonal fayre in the Clanbrasil Barn. Please come along and get the day off to a flying start. Everyone welcome and please pass on the message to other local clubs and individual runners.

Forthcoming Club Events

Session on Tuesday 10th December is 2 x 2 miles. leaving the Newcastle Centre at 6:30 with the first effort beginning on King Street (start of the 5 mile loop) at 6:50pm.  The second effort will begin at Greenhill Park at 7:10 (approx.).  The four miles covered are the first 4 miles of the club 5 mile handicap on Tuesday 17th December (details below).

Christmas Dinner: Saturday 14th December in O’Hare’s. Please confirm your menu below by text or email to Joe McCann: Soup or Melon, Roast Beef or Turkey & Ham, Christmas Pudding or Pavlova.  Dress Code: smart casual!!!

There will be an inter-club 5 mile handicap time trial around Tollymore Forest Park in the morning of 14th December.  Registration is from 9am onwards and the first runners will start at 9:30am.  This will be followed by mulled wine, tea, coffee, mince pies and other seasonal fayre in the Clanbrasil Barn.  Please come along and get the day off to a flying start. Everyone welcome and please pass on the message to other local clubs and individual runners.

Club 5 Mile Handicap: Tuesday 17th December at 6:30pm. Leaving the Newcastle Centre at 6:30 for a 6:50 start on King Street.  Finishing on the Castlewellan Road opposite the Burrendale Hotel.  Everyone welcome, but to ensure you are given a handicap please confirm your attendance to Joe McCann by text or email (mccann_joe@hotmail.com)

Club Session – Tuesday 19th November 2013

This week’s session is a 5km time trial as part of the preparation for the Seeley Cup on Saturday 30th November.  Usual meeting at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre for a 6:55pm start at the Harbour Inn.  Runners will be started in small groups of 2-4 based on estimated finish time and current form.

The course is as follows: Start at the post on the Kilkeel side of the Harbour Inn.  Follow the road back into the town, past O’Hare’s and through the traffic lights heading for Tullybrannigan.  Turn onto the Tullybrannigan Road and take the second left, heading towards the shop.  Cross the road before the shop and turn right onto Slievecorragh Avenue.  Turn right at the end of Sievecorragh avenue and follow the road back to the entrance to theTullybrannigan.  Take a left and continue towards the roundabout on the Bryansford Road, passing the tennis courts.  Turn right at the roundabout in the direction of the town.  At the traffic lights on Bryansford Avenue go left and follow the Castlewellan Road out past the Mourne Observer, St Patrick’s Park and Carlisle’s Fresh foods.  The finish is at the entrance to the new housing development, Burrenwood park, opposite the caravan park on the Castlewellan Road.

If in doubt consult a map!  See you all there on Tuesday.  All guest runners welcome.

Club notes week of 10th November 2013

Ballyclare and Gransha – A Weekend Of Racing In Lesser Spotted Ulster

A report by Terry Tullian
Team Photo
Newcastle AC was well represented at the McConnell Shield at Six Mile River Park Ballyclare on Saturday 9th November.  This race is one of the traditional events in the NI Cross Country Calendar and it encouraging witnessing increased numbers participating once again.  With 166 ladies and 172 men taking the start line, it would appear that Northern Ireland Cross Country is recovering from the general malaise that has undermined the great work carried out by those responsible for promoting and organising great events week in and week out.  Continue reading