Comber Cup 2014

Newcastle AC Oh So Close To Retaining Cup At Comber
Report by David McNeilly
Comber Cup 2014 After a superb end to the cross country season at start of year by winning NI Junior, Comber Cup and Stormont cross country team events, the start of this years season was always going to be hard to live up to!!!

On Saturday 11th October the first round of the Athletics NI cross country league took place at the Billy Neill just outside Comber. The host club Ballydrain Harriers, done a super job running this event not once but twice in the one year! Thanks for all the food after the race. Continue reading

Hill and Dale Helpers Night

Hill and Dale Helpers Night – Tosacano Pizzeria Newcastle Saturday 11th Oct 7.30 pm meet.

Reminder to both race committee and ALL who helped out during H&D race series that we are having a night to thank all who were involved in the recent series. If you assisted at any of the races (Marshall, results, timing, setting course, carrying water etc) you should have been invited already by one of the race directors. HOWEVER if there has been any oversight and you have not been notified we would very much welcome you to come along and enjoy complimentary food, soft drinks and wine at the table. Food served 8.15 pm
Please let Paul Watson know if you can or cannot make it. paulwatson87@btinternet.com

NI & Ulster Road Relays 2014

Hens and Quails galore as Newcastle AC compete at Victoria Park
by Bogusboy

Mens open Team Mens Vet Team

The Victoria Park Road relays have become a permanent fixture in the NI racing Calendar. From modest and humble beginnings, Orangegrove AC have turned this into a festival of running. This year the park was festooned with tents and gazebos of all shapes and sizes as hundreds turned up to represent their clubs. Newcastle AC had two teams racing, Senior Men and Masters’ Men; both determined to come home with the bacon. Continue reading

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2014/15 Race 1

Race 1 Results
Race 1 Photos

Record Turnout for Our First Race
by The Non-runner, who’s going to take up running, for surely it’s easier than this.

A dry and pleasant day awaited our runners and their families at the “Figure 8’ in Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 14th September. The forecast was pleasant and the race conditions were as close to perfect as they come. A record number of junior athletes participated in the first race of our ever popular junior cross country series. This year saw 158 junior runners compete for their clubs and it was a warm welcome from the host club Newcastle AC to juniors from East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC and 3 Ways AC (Newry). The registration tables were set up, coaches were ready and the course was marked out, our 2014/15 series was underway! Continue reading

Club notes Week of 14th Sept 2014

Belfast Half is ideal preparation for Dublin Marathon

by Bogusboy

With six weeks to go until the Dublin City marathon on the last Monday of October, the timing of the Belfast half could not have been more apposite.  Newcastle AC athletes have been training hard, following an arduous programme set by club marathon guru Paul Rodgers.  To date all has gone to plan and September 14th gave the runners a chance to gauge their progress over a very well planned and testing course.  With 3096 finishers, it was a busy day for the organisers, who, it must be said, coped with the unexpected events stoically.

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