On Thursday night at the Hill and Dale Race 5 – Moughanmore a runner took ill and very sadly, despite the best efforts of fellow competitors, passed away. The Hill and Dale Race committee and all Newcastle AC members pass on our condolences to the runners family at this very sad time.
Due to the tragic circumstances results will be posted at a later date.
Online Registration now CLOSED and will reopen after Race 5
The 2013 Hill and Dale series resumes on Thursday 16th May after a break for the Slieve Donard Race. The weather has been indifferent in recent weeks resulting in the need for runners to be prepared for all eventualities in coming to races. This week is no different with the forecast indicating that the conditions could be very poor on the night. All competitors are reminded that full body cover is essential. There will be a kit check prior to the beginning of the race if conditions necessitate and any athlete in breach of kit regulations will be automatically disqualified irrespective of whether or not they complete the race. The health, safety and well-being of all athletes is the over-riding concern of the Hill and Dale organising committee.
Entries will be taken at the Deer’s Meadow from 6:15pm onwards on Thursday evening. Parking is limited and competitors are asked to car share where possible. Refreshments will be served at the presentation in Greenan’s Pub in Kilcoo at 9:30pm.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday night.
Joe McCann, Race Director (on behalf of Newcastle Athletics Club)
** NOTE : Race 5 is at Moughanmore on May 16th. No race on May 9th. **
Binnian the beautiful
Slieve Binnian is the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland at 747 metres (2,451 ft). The name comes from the rocky tors situated around the top of the mountain. These very rugged crests of rocky tors make it easy to identify and boast some of the most scenic views in the Mourne Mountains. Continue reading
Ian Bailey Dominates on Slieve Martin
The sun returned to Rostrevor for this year’s third race in the H&D Series. On the summit of Slieve Martin banks of snow still remained from March but this didn’t put off the 203 runners that entered. This week Ian Bailey had a point to prove following his disqualification for taking the wrong route in last week’s Tollymore race. He wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, having checked the course during the week to ensure he knew where he was going. Continue reading
Anything but a walk in the park in Tollymore
by the Great and the Good
The Tollymore race, or the ‘Azalea Walk’ as it was christened by former directors the McCrickard brothers, has evolved over the past few years to become one of the more challenging of the Hill and Dale races. With some steep climbs and sharp fast descents it presents a serious challenge to even the most seasoned campaigners. Notwithstanding this fact 236 athletes registered for the event, eclipsing the 2012 record by 6 and becoming the best attended race in the long history of the series. 2012 witnessed victories for Jonny Steede and Ciara Largey, the eventual ladies’ champion. Men’s champion Andrew Annett had finished third behind Deon McNeilly in second place. Continue reading
Junior Results - These are correct results. There were some errors at prizegiving as it was hard to get results compiled quickly in the rain. If you were not at prizegiving to collect your medal you can collect at race next week.
It was Dark in the Park
A Cold, Wet, Dark, & Miserable Thursday evening, perfect conditions for the start of the 2013 Hill & Dale season.
By the Big Fella’s Fella
219 brave souls took to the line for the now legendary “McVeigh Classic” hill and dale race set in the stunning Castlewellan forest park. After the destruction the recent inclement weather had inflicted on the course there were worries that this popular race would not go ahead around its traditional route. Continue reading