A look back in time…

Deon and Eamon Martin1988 Gateshead, the first ever trial for GB team for World Cross-Country (up to 1987, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales send their own teams). An ‘unknown’ Deon McNeilly led from start to the last 150 metres surprising all the pundits including Brendan Foster who commentating on BBC said early in the race ‘there’s always someone out early for the glory shot on TV’. Deon held on to the very death when Eamon Martin showed his 1500m speed and caught and surged past him to win by 4 seconds in 35:45 with Roger Hackney in 3rd 46 seconds behind in 36:31. The World Cross-Country that year was in New Zealand. Continue reading

Christmas 2015 runs

Get your Christmas holidays off to a flying start!
Annual Pre-Christmas night out charity run on Saturday morning at 9am in Castlewellan – participants can park free of charge  in the main car park between 9am and 11am. 5 mile run (not too hilly) starts and finishes at the Castlewellan Lake – fancy dress strongly recommended – festive food and beverages in the Courtyard after – those unable to attend can make a donation at the Christmas dinner – everyone welcome!

Annual Club 5 mile Handicap
Meeting at Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm on Tuesday 22 December.  First runners off from harbour at 7:00pm – course has been amended due to large numbers attending – course map to follow – please email/text Joe McCann if you plan to run to ensure handicaps are in place – refreshments after by the fire in O’Hare’s after

Club notes week of 13th Dec 2015

Santa here, Santa there, Santa is everywhere!

On Sunday huge crowds flocked to Crossgar for the maiden event run by the fast growing Crossgar Harriers AC. The organisers can be extremely proud of their initial foray into the world of running events management as they coped admirably with the huge crowds deciding to enjoy some early festive cheer.  The costumes were brilliant and the atmosphere something to behold as the walk, 5k and 10k got underway. Continue reading

Club Notes 7th Dec 2015

Seamus ‘lynches’ the field to bring home the Malcolm Cup

Bogusboy reports from Ballyclare and Saul

Seamus Lynch showed his class on the country with an impressive and emphatic win in the Malcolm Cup in appalling conditions on Saturday 5 December. Despite the awful weather, a strong field had assembled and with City of Derry and Foyle Valley attempting to wrest the team crown from Newcastle AC, both were well represented. The course is familiar having been used for the McConnell Shield less than a month ago. However, on this occasion athletes only had 4 laps of 1 mile to complete. The ground was soft to say the least with mud puddles evident the whole way around the park. Continue reading

Weekend results 5th Dec 2015

Ladies at Malcolm Cup – Ladies and Veteran men ran together.
Joanne Mills was second female.

Position Name Time
23 Joanne Mills 00:19:46
71 Patricia McKibbin 00:22:49
72 Rita Devlin 00:22:53
76 Sam McNeilly 00:23:07
95 Paulette Thomson 00:24:03

Malcolm Senior Men results

Position Name Time
1 Seamus Lynch 00:22:24
13 David McNeilly 00:24:02
41 Colum Campbell 00:26:10
45 John Kelly 00:26:32
53 P.J. McCrickard 00:27:05
55 Phil Hodge 00:27:12
62 Richard Rodgers 00:28:06
64 Jerome McCrickard 00:28:13
72 Joe McCann 00:28:48
83 Andy McMurray 00:29:50
85 Eugene McCann 00:29:53
92 Rory McMullan 00:30:20
108 Declan Magee 00:31:44
110 Stephen Rice 00:31:47
111 Ronnie Horrox 00:32:03


Saul Griddle 10K results

Position Name Finish
2 Martin Melville 00:35:39
3 Aidan Brown 00:37:38
11 Joe McCann 00:39:52
13 Jerome McCrickard 00:40:25
15 Noel Gallagher 00:40:50
23 Niall Carson 00:41:52
62 Jim Johnston 00:47:22
64 Jerome Farrell 00:47:28

Club Notes Week of 16th Nov 2015

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