McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Race Series 2018/2019 – Race 5

The final Race 5 of the McGrady Financial Services Junior Cross Country Series takes place on Sunday 24th February 2019 at Tollymore Forest Park.

Online Registration for the series closes at 9pm on Thursday 21st February 2019. You need only register once for the whole series. NO late entries or entries on the day will be accepted. These races are open to all ages and any athlete who completes 4 out of the 5 races will receive a prize!

Please arrive in plenty of time to sign in for your race. All athletes must have signed in by 12.45pm at the latest, to allow race organisers to call all athletes to the start line and to collate all paperwork from the 5 participating clubs. A late arrival means that everyone is delayed!

We hope to see you all there supporting your club!

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Race Series 2018/2019 – Race 2

Race 2 Results

McGrady Financial Services Junior Cross Country Race Series
Race 2 – Kilbroney Forest Park

We were again blessed with a lovely day for race 2 of this year’s series. Kilbroney Forest Park was looking resplendent and was dry and firm underfoot with a gentle breeze in off Carlingford Lough.  There were lots of parents, grandparents and family dogs out to support the young athletes.

The racing got underway with the boys P4 race.  This was dominated by the young men from Newcastle AC.  William Taylor from East down was the only challenger. The winner, Darragh Ruddle, was the only one to beat 2 minutes with a time of 1:47, 15 seconds ahead of Joseph Uhomoibhi, with Rónán Grant taking 3rd by a single second.

The girls P4 race was a very competitive event with the first 3 athletes finishing in 1:51 (lily Foster East Down AC), 1:52 (Maisie McVeigh Newcastle AC) and 1:57 (Maisie Nicholl Dromore AC).  This was the biggest race of the day with 12 competitors. Continue reading

Well done Tom!

The Cultra Charity Challenge, for Children’s Heatbeat Charity took place at a wet and windy Sunday morning at a very hilly Ulster Folk Museum.

The race had two options for the runners; 5k or 10k and the 5k race had two runners from Newcastle: Michael Englishby who ran a very creditable 22:31 and Tom Crudgington aged 14, who came in 3rd with 19:57 minutes.

Well done Tom & to the Born to Run team for organising the race for this very worthwhile cause.

Tom is pictured with his mum Hazel who also ran the 5k race.

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2018/2019 – Race 1

Race 1 Results

Photos by Graham McCauley

Sunny Start to the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series

One hundred and one athletes turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Castlewellan Forest Park, for the first race of the McGrady Financial Services Series 2018-19.

Athletes from Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Dromore AC, 3 Ways AC and Burren AC take part in the increasingly popular series.  All athletes who complete four out of five races all receive a prize at the end of the series.

The biggest race of the afternoon was the Primary 4 and Under Girls race with 15 participants – all well supported with parents, grandparents and coaches all cheering from the side-lines!  Our thanks to the Rangers and staff of Castlewellan Forest Park and to all the volunteers on race day.  Without your support the races cannot take place!  Thanks also to McGrady Financial Services for sponsorship of the series.

Registration is now open for race 2 of the series which is on Saturday 20th October at 11am in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor.