A one-off special report by Bogusboy
It may be one of the shortest races in the NI Athletics fixture list, but the Mill Hill Mile packs an almighty punch. The annual Mill Hill uphill mile race took place on Tuesday 4 September at 7:00pm. The race, which has been ran every year since 1987, with the exception of 2001, begins in Annsborough and challenges the athletes to negotiate the steep climb to just past the library in Castlewellan. By the time the runners completed the one mile climb, they ascended a total of 90 metres at an average gradient of 6%. At the steepest point around the halfway mark the gradient is 10%. The format of the race is simple. Get from the big tree in Annsborough to just past the market house before anyone else; something that Deon McNeilly has managed on six different occasions, Alan McKibbin six times in a row, Robbie Bryson four times and East Down’s Liam Venney and Brendan Teer between them for six years leading up to 2015. There was a changing of the guard in 2016 with Newcastle’s rising star, Zak Hanna winning for the first time; a title he retained in 2017. He was odds-on favourite for a hat-trick. In all there have been 11 different winners of the race to date.
A moment of reflection
As the athletes gathered on the start line, there was a poignant moment of reflection followed by respectful applause to remember Darren Hogg, a member of Murlough AC who tragically lost his life days earlier. The thoughts and prayers of the wider community are with his family at this difficult time. Continue reading
Newcastle AC Juniors at the Mill Hill Mile Race.
Mill Hill Mile Race will take place on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 7:00PM.
If you registered online, you can pick up your race number on the night in the Upper Square Castlewellan.
Entry Fee is a charitable donation. The charity this year is Shimna Valley Cancer Fund for Children.
Full Race Details are available HERE.
Mill Hill Mile Provisional Results
Video by Ryan McDonald
Race Preview by Joe mcCann
Online Registration is now CLOSED.
Mill Hill Mile Race will take place on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 7:00PM.
Please Register ONLINE and pick up your race number on the night in the Upper Square Castlewellan.
Entry Fee is a charitable donation. Newcastle AC will match the total donation amount with ALL money going to charity. Charity this year is Shimna Valley Cancer Fund for Children http://www.cancerfundforchildren.com/
More details HERE.
Brendan Teer takes men’s title as Joanne Mills retains ladies top prize:
On Tuesday 3rd September 2013 nearly one hundred and forty athletes turned out for the traditional Mill Hill Mile road race in Castlewellan. The annual event, which see’s competitors start in Annsborough and run one mile uphill to the Market House in Castlewellan, has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, quite possibly due to the impressive amount of Junior athletes now getting involved. Thanks to all who donated towards the Shimna Valley Cancer Care for Children Charity. A total of £578.71 was raised on the night and Newcastle AC donated a further £500 to bring the total to £1078.71. Continue reading