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 (email@example.com)
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.
Ballyclare and Gransha – A Weekend Of Racing In Lesser Spotted Ulster
A report by Terry Tullian
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
Our session this week (Tuesday 5th November) will be 4 x 1 mile efforts with two minute recoveries. Meeting as usual at the Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm. Everyone welcome.
There are still a limited number of spaces available for the Christmas dinner on Saturday 14th December in O’Hare’s. I will be confirming final numbers on Friday 8th November and no places will be available after that date.
The Seeley Cup is on Saturday 30th November. Members should register themselves. There will be some travel subsidy for those willing to car pool.
There will be a five mile handicap around Tollymore (course preview on Saturday 23rd November @ 9:30am meeting in the Upper Car Park) on the morning of the dinner at 9:30am. Athletes from Murlough, East Down and Mourne Runners will be invited to join in the pre-christmas festivities. This will be followed by seasonal refreshments.
Provisional date for the traditional Club 5 Mile Road Handicap is Tuesday 17th December at 6:30pm. More details to follow.
Terry Tullian reports from Frankfurt, Dublin and Rostrevor
Chicago is internationally renowned as known as ‘WindyCity’. After the experiences of the Newcastle trio Mark Kendall, Alan Strachan and Norman Smyth they claim that Frankfurt is a serious challenger for that title. After 26.2 miles of running through the city they agreed that this was one blowy place to run. All three had prepared diligently for the race Sunday 27th October, the day before The Prophet and his sidekick Aidan Brown took to the streets of Dublin, though Strachan’s progress had been hindered by the recurrence of a foot injury that has reduced his mileage. Smyth was looking for a PB having been disappointed to not claim an automatic ‘Good for Age London’ entry, failing to dip under the 3:15 barrier. Kendall was looking to get close to his PB while Strachan had resigned himself to knowing that a PB was out of the question for the first time in a long time. Continue reading
Some GR8 performances for Newcastle athletes in a busy weekend of competition
By Terry Tullian
589 athletes took part in the 4th running of the Gr8 Dundrum Race organised by Murlough AC on Saturday 12th October. Conditions were as close to prefect as there was little wind, a gentle cooling breeze and the sand was reasonably firm. East Down’s Brendan Teer was rarely troubled as he charged to his third consecutive victory since Deon McNeilly claimed a victory in the inaugural race back in 2010. Continue reading