Newcastle & District AC ladies went to Lurgan Park on Saturday for the NI & Ulster Cross-Country (XC) Championship 2018, which also doubled up as the final race of the Winter XC League. It was the longest of the XC season at a 3 laps and 6k, but as ever, the distance isn’t as relevant in cross-country, it’s the conditions under foot that tend to dictate the pace. Thankfully the conditions were good on Saturday with both spikes and mud claws the popular choice of the day. As the race got underway a group of 5 Newcastle AC ladies lined up in a field of 162 runners. The plan was to try and maintain a consistent pace although the uphill drag at the start of each lap was the most demanding section.
NAC Ladies team making club history at Cross-Country Champs in Lurgan Park – Aine Gosling, Donna Daly, Pat Shields, Catherine McIntosh & Linda Rogan.
Aine Gosling led the team home with a fantastic run, finishing 31st with an impressive time of 27:41. It was great seeing her back racing after such a long time out with injury. She was followed by Donna Daly 69th with a solid time of 30:21; next in was Catherine McIntosh 78th at 31:04 and going from strength to strength; closely followed by Linda Rogan at 32:07 who did herself proud as it was her 1st ever cross-country event and 1st time ever in the NAC colours. Pat Shields battled through with a time of 32:49 and was pleased with her performance as she also returns after a long time injured. Continue reading
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1 degree celsius and sunny with a light to moderate northerly wind – this was the weather that greeted the runners for the Barcelona Half-Marathon early on Sunday morning (8:45am, 11 February). Not the picture we normally associate with that part of the world, but after all it is mid-February. No worries about heat exhaustion then. Not weeks of preparation, not even months of preparation, rather years of preparation go into realising the potential of an endurance athlete. Local man, Eoghan Totten of Newcastle & District AC, is no exception, just turned 25 last month he has been running for around 10 years and as many of his earlier rivals have dropped away from the sport, he has persevered, knowing that he might not have been the ‘fastest kid on the block’ but that he had an engine that was suited for going long. Continue reading
Newcastle AC athletes had expected the worst, but instead were greeted with sunshine for most of the event and little or no wind.
The conditions were heavy underfoot, with the odd shoe being lost in the mud.
Some fantastic results from our runners, with two particularly impressive PB’s from Ciara Savage in Yr 9 and Lora Stevens in Yr 10, both managing to qualify for Ulster in the process! Continue reading
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Starter/Timekeeper: Nicky McKeag
Finisher/Results Processor: Michelle McCann
Thanks to both ladies for loking after the event tonight. Well done to those who took part. There were still some heavy legs from the Trim 10m Road Race on Sunday, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of those taking the line.
||Ciaran Og Mussen