Hill and Dale 2014 Race 11

Race 11 Results
Photos by Ryan McDonald
Overall Series Results

‘You do run run Ron, You do run on Ron’
by Bogus Boy 

Praise and encouragement – two buzz words that sum up the attitude of Hill and Dale competitors in motivating kindred spirits to compete to the best of their ability.  Never was this more evident that at Drinahilly in the season finale of what has been a wonderfully eventful and fiercely contested series.  ‘Go on Ron’, ‘Come on Ronaldo’, ‘You can do it Ronnie’, ‘Almost there Big Ron’, ‘This is the last climb Ron’ were some of the printable versions of the words of encouragement that were doled in throughout the race – others were more direct and uncompromising!!!!  Continue reading

Flagstaff to Carlingford 2014

Newcastle AC had a good turnout in the 4th N. Ireland Mountain Running Championship Race, over the tough 11 mile course in hot conditions. The team secured the team prize ahead of Ballymena AC. Best Newcastle AC performance was Seamus Lynch  2nd overall, just behind Ballymena’s Jonny. The next race in the series is on 5th July over the Spelga Skyline course.

Hill and Dale 2014 Race 10

Race 10 Results
Photos by Ryan McDonald

Lynch and Wilson Tame the Meels

Thursday night saw the penultimate round of this year’s Hill and Dale series. Happy Valley car park, at the foothills of Meelmore and Meelbeg, played host to the 159 runners who once again basked in late evening sunshine.  By 6.45 pm the signing-on area was in full flow, it never fails to impress me how the team manage to sign-on 159 people in the space of 30 minutes, this includes exchanges of pleasantries, banter about last week’s result and a general chinwag. Continue reading

Junior Hill and Dale 2014 Race 3

Junior Race 3 Results and Photos by Alison Carroll

Race 3 of Toscano Junior Hill and Dale took place on Hen Mountain on 12th June

Report by The Non-Runner

Another beautiful sunny evening awaited our junior runners from the post-primary schools.  While the seniors have not finished their series yet, our brave post-primary runners rounded off our very successful junior series with their third and final race.  This saw a much reduced field of 13 runners compete in a race to the top of Hen and back.  Each and every runner got a medal for competing the race, and rightly so.   Even though it was just one mile in distance, it gives our junior runners a taste of open mountain running.  Continue reading

Hill and Dale Series 2014 Race 9

Senior Race 9 Results and Junior Race 3 Results

Photos by Ryan McDonald and Photos by Alison Carroll

Lynch, Wilson & Not Surprisingly Morgan Victorious…

by BOGBOY – the original and the best :-) 

It is mid-June and the weather is beautiful – the spring was warmer than average and the signs are positive for the summer. Another 160 runners turned up for the 9th race of the 2014 Hill & Dale Series – escaping from the normal routine of daily life to challenge themselves on another unique and hilly route – every race is different from the others. Continue reading

NI & Ulster U9-U13 Track & Field Championships

NI & Ulster U9-U13 Track & Field Championships, Sunday 1st June 2014, Shercock, Co Cavan
by The Non-Runner
photos by Graham McCauley’s Camera – HERE. More photos taken by Declan Rice now added.
Full Results (NAC results at bottom of report)

On Sunday 1st June 2014 24 Junior NAC athletes, coaches and their families journeyed to Shercock in Co Cavan for the NI and Ulster Junior Track and Field Championships. This was our second time visiting Shercock track for this annual event. NAC Juniors Supporter’s club set up base camp at our usual position at the finish line. Camp chairs were put up and picnics arranged. This year we had a reading corner (Megan) and some arts and crafts later in the afternoon (loom bands, if you don’t know what they are, ask the nearest child). The weather forecast was pretty grim and the dark clouds were apparent. We had come prepared with big umbrellas, welly boots, raincoats and of course, sunscreen! It has been pointed out to me, very nicely, that sometimes my reports contain too much of the craic and not enough about the actual races. I shall now put my best reporter’s hat of sensibleness on and proceed without further ado. Continue reading