Club news weekend of 6th June 2015

Joanne Mills Ulster T&F 2015Congratulations to Joanne Mills who on Saturday 6th June picked up silver in the 5000m at the Northern Ireland & Ulster Senior Track Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast in her first race in the red and yellow vest. In very windy conditions she came home in 18:09 behind Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry Spartans (picture courtesy of Dara Furey) –

Also on Saturday, this time at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh and in winds gusting in excess of 50mph that broke the wind gauge, Kerry O’Flaherty representing Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow took a comfortable victory in the UK Women’s League Premier Division in the 2k Chase in 6:47. Windsor finished in second place overall in this the first match of three in the 2015 season.

At the Irish Trial for the European Mountain Racing Championships to the top of Djouce Mountain from Crone Wood, Seamy Lynch had an excellent race to come home in 4th place. With a climb of just over 2,000 feet, Lynch had a very strong second half coming through from around 8th and undoubtedly if the race had also involved more descent he would have finished even further up. With one runner already pre-slected for the 4-man team for the July Championships in Portugal, only the first three are likely to be selected, so it looks like he will miss out by one place. Nevertheless, this race represents excellent progress since last season and Lynch will now turn his attention to securing the NIMRA and Hill & Dale Titles, the Snowdon Race in July and then trying to make the Irish team for the World Championships in Wales in September.

1. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) 32:35
2. Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock) 32:46
3. James Kevan (Clonliffe Harriers) 33:26
4. Seamus Lynch (Newcastle A.C.) 34:36
5. Killian Mooney (DSD) 35:23
6. Louis McCarthy (Rathfarnham A.C.) 35:48
7. Andrew Annett (North Belfast) 36:16
8. Sam Mealy (Crusaders) 36:17
9. Brian Furey (Rathfarnham A.C.) 36:21
10. Jason Kehoe 37:39
David at BohermeenFinally in the evening David O’Flaherty smashed his 5k Road PB at the Patrick Bell Memorial race in Bohermeen coming home an excellent 8th place overall in 15:53. Picture shows a happy David with new friend Ella at the post-race BBQ –

Belfast Marathon Relay Team 2015

NAC team at Belfast Marathon RelayWell done to the Newcastle AC team who finished 8th out of over 1800 teams at the Belfast Marathon Relay on Monday 4th May 2015 in a time of 2:40:17. ReportDavid O'Flaherty at Belfast Marathon RelayPhil Murdock at Belfast Marathon Relay




Good luck to the team on Monday:

Leg 1, 6.2 miles, David O’Flaherty
Leg 2, 3.4 miles, Phill Murdock
Leg 3, 7.1 miles, John ‘hen’ Kelly
Leg 4, 4.6 miles, Marty Meville and
Leg 5, 4.9 miles, Joe McCann

WANTED : 4 runners to represent their club as part of a relay team at the Belfast Marathon on Monday 4th May. If interested contact Joe by 9pm tonight (29/4/15).

Text 07860266118 or email :

Legs are 6.2 miles, 3.4 miles, 7.1 miles, 4.6 miles and 4.9 miles.

Full details on marathon website HERE

London Marathon 2015

Butcher is a cut above the rest as Newcastle AC show well at the Virgin London Marathon.
A special report by Bogusboy

The established ritual of NAC descending on London Town for the third weekend of April was upheld once again as six of their finest took on the challenge of tramping the streets of the capital with 37,500 other brave souls for the 35th edition of the marathon. Continue reading

Joe’s events for charity

Joe McCann is abseiling of the top of the Europa Hotel on Sunday 29th March in aid of the Charity Saphara. He would appreciate some sponsorship – he promises to go without a rope if enough is raised!!!! Donations can be made at the club session this Tuesday evening.

The McCann Family are organising a table quiz in the Anchor Bar Newcastle on Thursday 2nd April to raise funds for Saphara – it would be great to see some of the great minds of NAC show their intellectual prowess! Quiz starts at 9pm – everyone welcome and there are some great prizes in the raffle!!!!

Club Notes Week of 16th Nov 2014

Plenty of scones at the ‘Gridle’
a round-up of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Team at Griddle 10K

Team at Griddle 10K

Saul, an area not famed for its flat surfaces, was the venue for the latest event on the NI Road Running calendar.  Joe Quinn had spent most of the morning watering the course to make sure that conditions underfoot were good/soft and the sun made an appearance just before the beginning of the ‘undulating’ race.  Murlough’s Alan Johnston led the way early on and would finish an excellent third overall.  Best for Newcastle AC was Aidan Brown who stood proudly on the second step of the podium. John Kelly finished 7th and has continued his good form from Dublin and is running strongly. Newcastle emerged as top team on the day with McCann and Ward making up the third and fourth scoring places.  Rice and Cairns were very close behind as all 6 NAC athletes finished in the top 30. Continue reading

Club Notes 2nd November 2014

No Second Violins on Leeson Street or jumping on a bus to Dunlaoghaire
by Bogusboy

Conditions were far from ideal as the athletes crossed the line at the start of the recent Dublin City Marathon.  With swirling winds, enough to blow the lid of Podge’s Frappuccino and cause minor apoplexy, the Newcastle AC contingent made their way through streets broad and narrow as the course moved along the canal towards Phoenix Park.  With the wind in their faces (when is it ever not!!!), they continued undeterred, determined to put in a good performance after the months of intensive training.  Some club members took a more relaxed approach to the race and casually ambled between viewing vantage points to shout encouragement (sic: hurl abuse) and proffer words of wisdom on how best to go about the task of surviving.  Kendall was once again the leading man, turning in a more than satisfactory performance and yet another sub 3 hour time. Continue reading