McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2016/17 – Race 4

Report by East Down AC
Photos by East Down AC
Drone Footage by Graham McCauley

The fourth race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series will take place at Delamont on Sunday 22nd January 2017. Registration will be open from 12 noon and will close at 12:45pm SHARP. To take part in the Series, athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC or 3 Ways AC.

Newcastle & District retain the lead in the NI Cross-Country League after 2 races of the 2016/17 Season

img-20161029-wa0000The 2nd Cross-Country League fixture of the 2016/17 season came hot on the heels of last weekend’s first fixture in Rostrevor. This week it was the longstanding Comber Cup hosted by Ballydrain Harriers at the Billy Neill Playing Fields between Comber and Dundonald. The dry weather of this autumn season continued and the course was once again immaculately presented. That doesn’t mean it was easy. It was pretty uphill or downhill on the 2km lap all the way around but underfoot it was almost firm throughout meaning that once again running spikes were not a necessity. Continue reading

Excellent Start in the 2016/17 Cross-Country League for Newcastle & District AC

club-group-pre-raceSaturday saw the first race of the 2016/17 Athletics Northern Ireland Cross-Country League – the Bobby Rea Memorial, this year taking place in the picturesque Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. Despite 8 Ulster & NI Under-Age Championship races plus the women’s race beforehand, the 8km Men’s Race took place in firm conditions over 4 laps of a 2k loop. The loop included one significant climb plus several roller-coaster rises and falls. The weather was dry too and this all made for very fast conditions. Continue reading