Aqua Running Session

Many sports people, including myself (Kerry O’Flaherty), have experienced injury which has disrupted our normal training regimes. I have experienced injuries from time to time in my running career and was always on the lookout something that could keep my fitness levels up whilst I wasn’t able to run.

ar-web-logo-1I tried spin bikes, outdoor cycling and cross-trainers. None of these replicated the type of cardio workout that I would get from running or used the right muscles. Around 10 years ago, I met Terry Nelson who introduced me to Aqua Running and his Aqua Running suit – a suit he designed himself. I must admit I had given aqua running a go before this, using a floatation belt, which I found quite uncomfortable and I could never get one that fitted properly. Continue reading

From 1 mile to 13.1 miles – it is all in a week’s work for NAC

Hanna shows no signs of tiredness on Mill Hill by Bogusboy

On Tuesday 13th September 2016, well over one hundred athletes turned out for the annual Mill Hill Mile road race which finishes in Castlewellan.  Athletes start in Ann borough at the ‘big tree’ and run exactly one mile uphill to the Market House in Castlewellan.  The event has enjoyed somewhat of resurgence in recent years, with participant numbers rising from 2015. Charity was the real winner on the evening with £710.66 collected in donations in lieu of entry form runners and a few cyclists that took park in Shimna Wheelers Mill Hill Mile Time Trial. Newcastle AC has matched this sum, taking the total to £1421.32 for Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s Shimna Valley Development. Continue reading

Fast and furious in the blazing sun

Newcastle AC Notes by Bogusboy

With temperatures in the 20s, conditions were less than ideal for the annual Laganside 10k. Thankfully however there was no wind or rain. Newcastle were well represented and Totten, Lynch and O’Flaherty were all mentioned among the pre-race favourites. Totten lived up to his billing in the early stages and was the pace setter in the opening half of the race. Alas he would succumb to the relentless pursuit and fast finish of the wily Mark McKinstry. The North Belfast man would lead the field of 1056 home in a highly respectable 31:55, 19 seconds ahead of Totten. Continue reading

Club Notes 8th Aug 2016

Hanna is a giant among many

On Friday 29th July 2016, over two hundred athletes descended on the ‘Dub’ Playing Fields in Belfast for the 2nd annual running of Dub Runners’ Giant’s Trail Race.

The capacity field faced a challenging but rewarding 6 mile course which covered a variety of terrain, including forest trails, pastures and the well-used Lagan Towpath; all of which provided views of the River Lagan, before climbing through the woodlands of Minnowburn, passing the sculptures and natural art along the way. Participants then passed through the ancient environs of the Neolithic monument at the Giant’s Ring and returned via Edenderry village and Gilchrist Bridge to Shaw’s bridge, returning to the point from whence they came. Continue reading

Blayney is full of Rockets!

Blayney 10

A review of recent races by Bogusboy

The Castleblayney 10 mile road race is promoted by the appositely named ‘Blayney Rockets’. A few ‘Newcastle Rockets’ were persuaded to board the bus to travel to this increasingly popular race, now in its third year. David O’Flaherty was a ‘50-50 definite/maybe until he was cornered during a moment of weakness and dragooned into committing.  With the sangria flowing, he was full of pre-Olympic joy and thought it would be a good idea to compete in his first ever 10 miler. Thankfully, the club captain knows best and after a week of intensive physical and mental preparations, the in-form athlete was ready to go. Mental preparations had included frequent renditions of the infamous tale of the ‘Armagh 10’ and had left O’Flaherty ready to run through walls as he alighted the team bus. David would have a magnificent run and come home second in a field of 217. Moreover, the only man to beat him was the newly crowned Irish national 5k Champion, Conor Duffy of Glasslough Harriers stormed home to win in 53:45.  David’s time of 54:37 equates to sub 5:30 miling was described by the Prophet as ‘tramping on rightly’. Not to be overshadowed by recent events, David was quick to point out from the podium that his sister does a wee bit of running as well. Continue reading

Club to host Rio ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty

On Friday evening (15th July) from around 8.30pm, Newcastle & District Athletic Club is delighted to host a ‘send-off’ for Kerry O’Flaherty.

Kerry-Rio-01Kerry ran the Olympic Qualifying Time for the 3k Steeplechase just over a year ago at the International Meeting in Letterkenny posting 9:42.61. On what turned out to be a historic evening 2 other Irish athletes also achieved the time. Exactly one year on, the 3 same athletes raced each other over the Chase in the final of the European Championships in Amsterdam where O’Flaherty came home a very creditable 12th in 9:45.88 (only 0.7 seconds behind 8th place).  Continue reading