McConnell Shield XC Champions 2014

Newcastle secure McConnell Shield and move further ahead in Cross-Country League

McConnell Shield XC Champions 2014 Results

The 4th race of 9 in the Athletics NI Cross-Country League, the McConnell Shield took place on Saturday in Ballyclare promoted by East Antrim Harriers. It was the 80th running of the race and 13 men (well some barely grown-up boys) and 2 women (ladies) made the trip from deepest County Down. The rain that wasn’t supposed to arrive at all set in around 11am and stayed incessantly right through the races turning the park along the Sixmilewater to mud as the hundreds of runners ended up ploughing around the 1-mile loop. Continue reading

Springwell XC 2014

Newcastle Stay top of the league
by David McNeilly
Springwell XC 2014 Third round of cross country league took place on Saturday at coleraine.
Newcastle had 9 seniors and 1 lady make the long journey, what a worth while trip it proved to be.

Rita Devlin ran a steady race to finish in 53rd place in the 3 miles ladies race.

The men’s race was a fast start with Seamus hitting the front early closely follow by David O’Flaherty and McNeilly. Continue reading

Club Notes 2nd November 2014

No Second Violins on Leeson Street or jumping on a bus to Dunlaoghaire
by Bogusboy

Conditions were far from ideal as the athletes crossed the line at the start of the recent Dublin City Marathon.  With swirling winds, enough to blow the lid of Podge’s Frappuccino and cause minor apoplexy, the Newcastle AC contingent made their way through streets broad and narrow as the course moved along the canal towards Phoenix Park.  With the wind in their faces (when is it ever not!!!), they continued undeterred, determined to put in a good performance after the months of intensive training.  Some club members took a more relaxed approach to the race and casually ambled between viewing vantage points to shout encouragement (sic: hurl abuse) and proffer words of wisdom on how best to go about the task of surviving.  Kendall was once again the leading man, turning in a more than satisfactory performance and yet another sub 3 hour time. Continue reading

Club Notes 30th October 2014

Training Session on Tuesday 4 November is 6 x 1km with 2 minute recoveries;

Dolly’s Brae Charity walk and run on Sunday 9th November at 2pm organised by Frank Morgan. Please try to support.

The Seeley Cup is on Saturday 29 November and will once again count as the club 10k championship. Online registration is now open on Athletics NI website. The club will support travel costs of those travelling in groups of 4 or more;

The pre-Christmas party run will be at 9:30am on Saturday 13 December 2014 and will be a 5 mile forest handicap in Tollymore. The run will be open to all and donations are asked for charity. There will be the usual festive food and drink afterwards.
Christmas Dinner in O’Hare’s at 7:30pm sharp that evening;

The annual Club Christmas 5 mile Handicap Road Race will be on Tuesday 16 December at 6:30pm – meeting at the Newcastle Centre.