Club Notes 30th October 2014

Training Session on Tuesday 4 November is 6 x 1km with 2 minute recoveries;

Dolly’s Brae Charity walk and run on Sunday 9th November at 2pm organised by Frank Morgan. Please try to support.

The Seeley Cup is on Saturday 29 November and will once again count as the club 10k championship. Online registration is now open on Athletics NI website. The club will support travel costs of those travelling in groups of 4 or more;

The pre-Christmas party run will be at 9:30am on Saturday 13 December 2014 and will be a 5 mile forest handicap in Tollymore. The run will be open to all and donations are asked for charity. There will be the usual festive food and drink afterwards.
Christmas Dinner in O’Hare’s at 7:30pm sharp that evening;

The annual Club Christmas 5 mile Handicap Road Race will be on Tuesday 16 December at 6:30pm – meeting at the Newcastle Centre.

Club Notes 20th October 2014

Almost a Gr8 day for O’Flaherty
by Bogusboy

The small matter of 8 seconds was all that separated Newcastle’s David O’Flaherty from winning the 5th Annual Gr8 Dundrum race.  O’Flaherty has been improving his leg speed in recent weeks and made a determined effort to win the race.  With Brendan Teer of East Down a surprise non-starter O’Flaherty was among the pre-race favourites with Stephen McKinstry and Brendan Grew of North Belfast Harriers.  Alas it would be the former who would deny O’Flaherty the win as he pushed on in the run to the line, recording an impressive 47:05 for the 8.19 miles.  Continue reading

Club notes Week of 14th Sept 2014

Belfast Half is ideal preparation for Dublin Marathon

by Bogusboy

With six weeks to go until the Dublin City marathon on the last Monday of October, the timing of the Belfast half could not have been more apposite.  Newcastle AC athletes have been training hard, following an arduous programme set by club marathon guru Paul Rodgers.  To date all has gone to plan and September 14th gave the runners a chance to gauge their progress over a very well planned and testing course.  With 3096 finishers, it was a busy day for the organisers, who, it must be said, coped with the unexpected events stoically.

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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.