East Down pair retain Christmas Cracker title as record pairings complete the Castlewellan course.
A special report by Bogusboy’s Successor
By 11.45am the function room of Castlewellan GAC was buzzing with excitement as the athletes began to arrive en masse to register for the annual 14k trek around the environs of the market town. The entry of 192 teams in 2011 was quickly surpassed due to the innovation of online registration, and by 12.45pm a record breaking 292 (exactly 100 above previous year) teams were registered and the atmosphere was beginning to reach a crescendo. Indeed a high class field had assembled and each of the teams that would finish in the top 7 had at least one international athlete in the pairing, while a current NI track record holder James McIlroy would finish 14th in his debut over such terrain. Continue reading →
A preview of the 29th Christmas Cracker – by Joe McCann It just keeps getting bigger!
The Christmas Cracker is enjoying a continued renaissance since it was taken over by Newcastle AC and relocated to Castlewellan in the early ‘noughties’ and remains one of the most unique and popular races in the annual ANI calendar. Last year 191 teams completed the course, a record entry that looks certain to be smashed this year given the ever-increasing popularity of running in the last 12 months. Continue reading →