Murtagh is runaway winner at Decathlon Half Marathon
Newcastle AC Notes by Bogusboy
On a wet and windy Sunday morning, five Newcastle AC athletes travelled to Hollywood Exchange to compete in the Decathlon Half Marathon and 10k. The course is a flat out and back which makes for the possibility of good times. For the half marathoners it is a case of doing it all again for a second time – a tough ask when you can see your club mates who have already finished the 10k. Getting back into racing is always tough after completing a marathon, but Murtagh made this look easy with an outstanding performance to romp to top spot on the podium with 3 and a half minutes to spare – the second lady was in a different parish when Murtagh triumphantly crossed the line. Continue reading
Newcastle AC Ladies Shine in the Ballyclare Mud
Torrential rain preceded the 81st running of the McConnell Shield Cross-Country Races in Ballyclare promoted by East Antrim Harriers. This made for conditions that were wet underfoot and as the afternoon developed became muddier and muddier.
It was a record day on many fronts for Newcastle AC’s fast-developing ladies team. Firstly, 6 runners took part, which is a record number for the club in the cross-country league. Secondly, Shalene McMurray came home for a podium finish with a very strong run for 2nd place (17:53) behind winner Banbridge AC’s Emma Mitchell (17:35). She was backed up by an excellent 4th place finish by Joanne Mills (18:36), who is returning to very strong form, along with Mari Troeng in 13th place (19:44). Thirdly, the three combined to win the team title, a first ever for the ladies in cross-country. Continue reading
With no cross country fixture this weekend many took the opportunity to take in a parkrun, with Ormeau being the most popular due to the forthcoming Seeley Cup over similar terrain. Melville was on top of the podium with a stunning 16:37, 57 seconds ahead of the second placed runner. McCann was 6th (18:33), Smyth 14th (19:13), Wonderwall 15th (19:16), The Prophet 16th (19:20), Carson 17th (19:17), Richard Rodgers 22nd (19:51), Cunningham 23rd (19:57), Horrox 29th (20:49) and The Prophetess 77th (11th lady overall in 24:16). Young DJ Kylski – the 7 inch version also had a great run – 48th in 22:31. Continue reading
Looking ahead the third round of the Cross Country season in on Saturday 7th November with the McConnell Shield at Ballyclare. With Newcastle putting in a big shift in round two, confidence is high that at least 16 will take the line in an attempt to regain first place in the team competition.
This is followed by the ever-popular Dolly’s Brae 7 Mile Road and Trail Race on Sunday 8th November at 2pm. The course starts and finishes at the Dolly’s Brae Inn, Ballyward and takes in a full lap of Castlewellan Lake. There will also be a 3 mile sponsored walk and all proceeds from both events are in aid of the Northern Ireland Heartbeat Trust. Please come along and support this great event.
A very special report from Victoria Park by Bogusboy
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The Northern Ireland Road Relay Championships have enjoyed an unbelievable renaissance since Orangegrove AC took the event over 4 years ago. This year there were almost 600 athletes representing 150 teams drawn from clubs the throughout Northern Ireland. It would be remiss of me not to begin by publically recognising the great work of the host club in making this a day to remember. Their organisational skills in the build up to the event, their management of the day and the hospitality provided were second to none and deserve the highest praise. Continue reading
A special report from the Laganside 10k by Bogusboy
In 2014 a then record 881 runners completed the Laganside 10k, establishing it firmly as one of the most popular event of its type in the NI athletics calendar. The race was won by Eddie McGinley in a speedy 31 minutes and 23 seconds. The Annadale Strider had opened up a 20+ second gap by 5k and was able to cruise to a reasonably comfortable victory. Continue reading