Quiz Night in The Anchor Thursday 23rd March

Patricia Shields has organised a quiz night in the Anchor this Thursday 23rd March to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

She is running the London Marathon as she got a ‘good for age place’ through Dublin Marathon. All the money raised on the night will go directly to this chosen charity.

Please come along, enjoy the night and win a few draw prizes donated by the local businesses in the town and together we can beat cancer sooner.

Three counties in one weekend

Three counties in one weekend

Newcastle AC notes by Bogusboy with a little help from his friends


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Jethro Tull’s seminal flute based folk rock masterpiece ‘Thick as a Brick’, Newcastle Athletic Club travelled to Bohermeen to take part in the Meath Spring Half Marathon. For once the weather forecasters got it right and the strong early morning winds had become moderate and the rain had dissipated by the time 10k runners took to the line at the earlier time of 10:30am. NAC had three competitors in the prelude to the main event. Wonderwall, decisive as ever and had changed his mind at least a dozen times 10k, no half, no 10k, no half! And so it continued the whole way down the road. Eventually he decided that 10k was the best option and set out to record a fast time. The wind was a hindrance and a help in equal measure. Wonderwall, however, is made of strong stuff and dug in deep despite the energy exerted in recent weeks in preparing for 2017 London Marathon on April 23. He was rewarded with an impressive 17th place overall in a more than credible 38:05. Gallagher claims he would have been at least a minute quicker had his regular pacers Cairns and Rice been available to bring him home. With the 10k over just after the Half started he was free to support his colleagues in the Half Marathon by hurling abuse at them as they passed through the half was point. The 10krace was won by Clive Quinn of Sli Cualann AC in a speedy 33:45. Continue reading

Spring Lake 5K & 10K

The Spring Lake 5K and 10K will take place on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

The race starts at 11am. Starting point is Castlewellan GAC Club Rooms.

There will be various male, female and other prizes.

Light refreshments will be served after – everyone welcome!

Contact Donal on 07870919611 for further information.


First and Third on the same day

A round up of a myriad of races by Bogusboy

Cross country running in Northern Ireland has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in the last three years. This has undoubtedly been due changes to the format, the rewarding of participation and the commitment of the clubs to get their athletes to the line on race day. Newcastle AC has been at the forefront of the drive to promote cross country and have been reaping the rewards. League champions in 2014-15 and NI Senior Team winners in 2015-16 are testimony to the clubs commitment to this division of athletics. The men in red and yellow travelled to Lurgan Park on Saturday 4 March with both prizes still very much within their grasp. Firstly, with a strong squad assembled, the objective was to retain the title emphatically won in 2016. However, this would not be easy as perennial rivals City of Derry Spartans (one of Colm Murtagh’s former clubs!) and North Belfast Harriers were equally determined to lift the McAllister Trophy and arrived with teams stacked with ability. Secondly, the team knew that a third place finish or better on the day would secure the overall 2016-17 cross country league title; a title relinquished begrudgingly last year. Continue reading

O’Flaherty competes at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade

The European Indoor Championships took place over the first weekend of March in the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. After running an indoor personal best and European Qualifying Time of 4:14.63 at the International Grand Prix meeting in Athlone on the 15th February and then securing the Irish title over 1500m, on 19th February, Kerry O’Flaherty of Newcastle & District AC was selected for Ireland to compete in Serbia. In the arena housing 20,000 spectators, O’Flaherty set out in her semi-final comfortably on the pace but just after half way she found it tough going even though the pace was slightly slower than her lifetime best pace from only two weeks earlier. She was disappointed to come home in 6th place, with the underlying virus she picked up in late December rearing its head again. Her focus now will be on gaining the Qualifying Time for the Steeplechase for the World Championships which take place in the Olympic Stadium in London in August.

Junior Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a son or daughter, or someone you know aged 14-24 who would love the opportunity to volunteer? Newcastle Junior Athletic Club (NJAC) are delighted to announce that we will be offering the Millennium Volunteers Programme within our Club.

Millennium Volunteers is an initiative to promote and recognise volunteering among young people. The programme will:

  • Enable you to develop your learning and skills
  • Provide recognition for you
  • Give you the opportunity to make new friends, gain confidence and make a difference.

Each volunteer will be issued with their own Record Book to help them record their own personal objectives, time spent volunteering and assessing what they have learnt.

Opportunities for volunteering are on Monday evenings at Shimna College during training from 7-8pm and also at McGrady Financial Services Cross Country Series.

The Millennium Volunteer Programme can run alongside other volunteering programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Millennium Volunteers receive awards when they complete 50, 100 and 200 hours.

The Millennium Volunteer Programme coordinator for NJAC is Mrs Catherine McIntosh. If you are interested or require further details please contact Catherine at 07482186654 by Friday 10th March 2017.