Bob Graham Round attempt

Newcastle AC Members Mark King, Phil Hodge, Stevie Wallace and Dominic McInerney are attempting the “Bob Graham Round” on Friday 7th July.

They have arranged a meeting to be held in “O’Hare’s” on the 22nd June at 7:30pm at which we will inform people of what exactly is involved. The invitation to attend is extended to any other members who may be interested in helping or may just want to find out more about the event. If anyone is interested, please contact Mark King via email –

Further Information and a Schedule can be downloaded using the links below.



Hanna steps into the blast furnace & O’Flaherty to compete at European Team Championships

Bogusboy and Bogboy form a one week unholy alliance to bring all the news

As summer approaches, there is much to whet the appetites of the running community, with midweek racing increasingly the norm on long sunny evenings. Last week was the Dromara 5k road race – a cheeky undulating and challenging little number starting and finishing in the village. Jack O’Hare was away like a shot and held the lead from gun to tape to record an emphatic win in 18:17 – not one bit shabby on a tough course. Newcastle AC had four others in the race and all made the top 10 in a field of 92. Ronan McVeigh – aged 13 – was 4th overall (19:08), Johnny Crutchley 5th (19:24), Joe McCann 6th (19:26) and Wonderwall was 8th in 19:38. There was a typically fine spread of sandwiches and buns on offer afterwards as the local WI had obviously been baking and constructing their fillings in the days leading up to the event.

On Friday the action moved to Comber where a massive field of 674 took to the line and even more impressively Norman Mawhinney knew each athlete personally!!! On a relatively flat course, David O’Flaherty continued his rich vein of form with another impressive win. On this occasion, however, he did not have it all his own way and had to work extremely hard to hold off the challenge of Lindsay Gordon from North Belfast Harriers. O’Flaherty produced an explosive finish to win by 5 seconds in a tight race to the line. A little further back, the ever improving Brendan McQuaid found himself in a fourball with Dee Murray, Daniel Atkinson and local celebrity Norman Mawhinney. Sickened by the continual cries of ‘Go Norman go!’, McQuaid and Murray accelerated to clear their heads from the tumultuous din and were rewarded with times just over 38 minutes, McQuaid finishing 29th overall – evidence of his steady progress towards breaking the 38 barrier. The third man to take the line was Niall Carson. Ribadoo’s most famous horticulturalist was forced to abandon at 2 miles due to a hamstring strain. We wish him a speedy recovery. Continue reading

Higgins and Devlin secure Mourne Way Mountain Marathon victories

Newcastle & District Athletics Club notes by Bogusboy

Mourne Way Ultra, Marathon, Half and 10k

A week of fairly heavy rain meant that conditions under foot were heavy for those competing in races from an Ultra marathon to 10k at the annual Mourne Way events. It would be a great day for NAC with wins for Patrick Higgins and Rita Devlin in the Marathon. Running a marathon is one thing, running a mountain marathon is a completely different ball game. With over 2000m of climbing between the start in Donard Park Newcastle and the finish in Kilbroney Park Rostrevor, this is one tough race. For those of an even crazier disposition, the Ultra began at 6am in Rostrevor and came all the way to Newcastle before turning and heading back to from whence they came. The marathon would prove to be a happy hunting ground for the NAC athletes. Patrick Higgins was in a group of 4 in the early stages in Tollymore. However, by the time the time they reached the long drag up the road to the halfway point at Ott, he had opened up a 2 minute lead.

This grew as the miles rolled by and at the end he was a very comfortable winner, with 10 minutes to spare over his nearest rival. Higgins is averaging a marathon a month since April!!! Continue reading

Cash for Kids/Children with Cancer

Saturday 3rd June
Cash for Kids/Children with Cancer
11am Castlewellan forest park
£10 per person
One lap around the lake
For more information contact Donna Cochrane at Ulster Bank Castlewellan

Brown is a ‘definite’ among all the ‘maybes’

The Les Jones 10k and other weekend events by Bogusboy et al!

There is a wise old saying, the origins of which are attributed to the sage-like Billy McNeilly, ‘you can always fill a bus with ‘maybe’s’. This well proven mantra was never truer than on the night of the annual pilgrimage to the Les Jones 10k. In the weeks leading up to the event there was talk of hiring a coach. As the week progressed a minibus was more likely and by the witching hour on the day of the race O’Hare’s Smart car seemed more apposite. One by one they reneged, citing reasons that would have made an idle schoolboy blush in embarrassment. Notwithstanding the numerous withdrawals, six NAC athletes were among the 307 who took the line on a damp, but muggy evening in South West Belfast. Continue reading

NJAC Saturday Morning Training

Some of our Junior members training with coach Ian Brannigan this morning.