What time do you call that?

Newcastle AC notes by Bogusboy

The Craigavon lakes is the idyllic setting for a 5k/10k race. The course is for the most part flat and the scenery stunning. The annual race, 1 lap for the 5k and 2 laps for the 10k has become an increasingly popular race for many, despite the fact that midweek races are generally less well attended than weekend events. 194 set off in the 5k at 7pm. Wonderwall had done his homework and realised that there was a bit of glory to be had. He was upfront about this declaring, ‘I’m going to win it.’ And win it he did. To be fair, he won it with plenty to spare despite having to hold off his nearest challengers for the first two miles. Continue reading

They weren’t all on Donard

A round up of other races by Bogusboy

Whilst the Slieve Donard race was arguably the flagship race of the weekend, there were many other events to attract local athletes. Two Newcastle athletes travelled to Newry to join the 181 others in the 10k. Noel Gallagher finished 5th overall, completing the course in 39:10. On social media that evening, Noel was full of joy and happiness at his achievement. Coach Rodgers had to bring him back down to earth by telling him that there was still work to be done. CIaran Óg Mussen continued his improvement by finishing 16th in a new PB of 42:20. CIaran was particularly interested in the turkey and ham sandwiches on offer after the race – clearly a man with more pressing issues on his mind. On the same day, 473 took part in the half marathon and 206 doubled the distance, completing the full marathon, won again by Don Travers. Continue reading

Lynch makes Irish Team for European Mountain Racing Championships

lynch may16While the eyes of the local world were turned on Newcastle on Saturday, Rathfriland man Seamy Lynch (Newcastle & District AC) headed for the Wicklow Mountains with North Belfast’s Andrew Annett (himself a Mourne man). Lynch has focused on improving his running on the road and the track recently setting personal bests over 3km, 5km and 10km. Last year he won both the NIMRA and the Hill & Dale Series but this year has made no appearances at all. However, off the back of being in the best shape of his life he set off in the Wicklow race with the intention of mixing it with the best – comparing his result with last year at the same trial race tells a lot of the story: Continue reading

5 Mile Handicap – Tuesday 24th May

Tollymore Forest Park
Meeting in Upper Car Park at 6:30pm for warm up
First runners leaving at 6:50pm
Course map and mile profiles are below – same course as Christmas charity handicap
Runners leaving at 2 minute intervals from 44 minutes downwards
All runners must record their own time
Anyone available to take times and officiate greatly appreciated.

O’Hare in top 10 at Les Jones 10k

by Bogusboy

19 Newcastle AC athletes were among the 286 competitors that completed the Les Jones 10k on Friday May 13.  It was not to be unlucky for Jack O’Hare as he continued his fine run of form with another impressive performance. Jack was in contention with the leaders in the early stages and held his form in the second half of the race to secure 10th place overall and win his V40 category. Buoyed by his performance in the race last year, he had been targeting this event to showcase his talents. Continue reading