Callum Takes GOLD at Mary Peter’s Track, Belfast

Thursday 13th April was the first meeting of the Firmus Super 6 Series at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast and there was an encouraging turnout from the Newcastle AC Juniors, with athletes competing in the Minis, U13, U15 & U17 age categories. First event was the Boys Minis 80m sprint and Charlie Easton was the fastest NAC athlete home in 13.18, an impressive 6th place overall, Callum Cope was next in 13.44, good enough for 10th. The placings were reversed in the Long Jump with Callum producing a tremendous leap of 3.04m to win the Long Jump Gold, Charlie was unfortunate not to come back with a bronze, missing out on 3rd place on a countback with 2.93m. Continue reading

Congratulations Ronan!

A massive congratulations to Ronan McVeigh who finished in the top 20 of the All Ireland Minor Boys Cross Country yesterday in Mallusk.

Ronan has been working hard all season and deserves such a good result.

NJAC are proud of you Ronan. Well done!

Junior Volunteering Opportunity

Do you have a son or daughter, or someone you know aged 14-24 who would love the opportunity to volunteer? Newcastle Junior Athletic Club (NJAC) are delighted to announce that we will be offering the Millennium Volunteers Programme within our Club.

Millennium Volunteers is an initiative to promote and recognise volunteering among young people. The programme will:

  • Enable you to develop your learning and skills
  • Provide recognition for you
  • Give you the opportunity to make new friends, gain confidence and make a difference.

Each volunteer will be issued with their own Record Book to help them record their own personal objectives, time spent volunteering and assessing what they have learnt.

Opportunities for volunteering are on Monday evenings at Shimna College during training from 7-8pm and also at McGrady Financial Services Cross Country Series.

The Millennium Volunteer Programme can run alongside other volunteering programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Millennium Volunteers receive awards when they complete 50, 100 and 200 hours.

The Millennium Volunteer Programme coordinator for NJAC is Mrs Catherine McIntosh. If you are interested or require further details please contact Catherine at 07482186654 by Friday 10th March 2017.

Junior News

The final race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series is this Sunday 26th February in Tollymore Forest Park. Online registration is NOW CLOSED. There will be no on-the-day registrations. Club check-in will be open from 12 noon and will close at 12.45 SHARP so please arrive in plenty of time and dress accordingly for the weather!  First race starts at 1pm. Please inform the Ranger on arrival that you are there for the XC Series and you shouldn’t have to pay for parking.

This race is organised by Newcastle Junior AC and as such we need a lot of helpers. Response for help has so far been very disappointing. We need volunteers to:

  • Help mark the course
  • Assist with athlete check-in
  • Marshall’s for both the Primary and Secondary School Races
  • 2 people at start line
  • 4 people at finish line
  • Someone for warm-up
  • Someone to show athletes the course to run (for younger athletes)
  • Photographer
  • Someone to write up the race report
    ….. to name but a few roles!

We need these volunteers for the race to go ahead so if you can help in any way please email juniors@newcastleac.org to let us know, and if you have a preference please indicate what you’d like to do!

Training resumes in Shimna College tomorrow night at 7pm – P7 and older athletes please dress for outdoor training.

We’re hoping for a great team turn out for Tollymore on Sunday so please show your support.

Junior Training, Races and Congratulations!

There will be no training this Monday 13th February due to mid-term break. Training will resume in Shimna at 7pm on Monday 20th February – post primary please dress for outdoor training. Parents please remember to park at the top and walk down to the school.

Reminder that the Rollercoaster Races take place this Saturday at Downpatrick Race Course. Organised by East Down AC registration opens at 10.30am and closes 30 mins before each race starts. More details on their website / Facebook page. Remember to wear your Newcastle AC vest!

Ronan McVeigh who came 2nd in the Minor Boys race at the Co. Down School’s Cross Country Championship.

Registration for the 5th and final race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series is NOW CLOSED. The races will take place in Tollymore Forest Park on Sunday 26th February at 1pm. Online registration will close on Wednesday 22nd February at 9pm – you need only register once for the Series. Race 5 in Tollymore is organised by Newcastle Junior AC so we need volunteers to help mark the course, help with sign-in registration on the day, timekeeping, report writing and marshalling. Please email juniors@newcastleac.org if you can help in any way.

Congratulations to both Ronan McVeigh who came 2nd in the Minor Boys race and to Eve Kenneally who came 6th in the Minor Girls race at the Co. Down School’s Cross Country Championship today! Both have qualified for the Ulster Schools XC Race.

Hope you all have a lovely mid-term break.