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

Race 2 of the McGrady Financial Services Cross Country Series takes place this Saturday 20 October at Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor.

Online Registration for the series closes at 9pm on Thursday 18th October 2018. 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!

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.

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

The second race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series will take place at Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor on Saturday 20th October 2018. To take part in the Series, athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC or 3 Ways AC.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is now OPEN and will close on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 9pm. Please note, you only need to enter ONCE for the Series. Full details of the series are available HERE

Registration will close at 12:45pm SHARP with the first race starting at 1pm.

Newcastle Junior Athletics compete at the Mary Peter’s International Meet

Holly Colhoun and Calum Cope both competed in Primary Girls / Boys 60m sprint events, which featured young athletes from across the Province.  Holly finished the girls’ race in an impressive 10.66s, while Calum took first place in his race, recording a time of 9.85s.

Both Holly and Calum were delighted to be invited to attend by Athletics NI, rounding up another successful season for the Newcastle Juniors.

Athletics NI Startrack

2018 Summer Camps! Learn to Run, Jump and Throw & have great fun!
Startrack is Athletics NI’s flagship grassroots athletics programme, aiming to give 8 to 15 year olds real athletics experiences and help them to develop skills. There will be an Athletics camp – multi-event activities including sprints, jumps, throws and an Endurance running camp.

Endurance Camp @ St Colmans Track, Newry – July 25th-26th
Athletics Startrack @St Colmans Track, Newry – August 14th – 16th
Endurance Camp @Down High, Downpatrick – August 1st -2nd
Athletics Startrack @Down High, Downpatrick – August 27th – 28th

For more information visit or email