Kerry O’Flaherty makes European Championships Steeplechase Final


Photo from Amsterdam courtesy of Keith McClure

Newcastle & District AC’s Kerry O’Flaherty ran a massive season’s best to qualify for the European Championships Final on Sunday (10th July) at 4:15pm Irish time. In her 2nd race of the season 12 days earlier, O’Flaherty finished 2nd in the National Championships in 9:58.8. In conditions more akin to autumn in Ireland it was wet and windy for the warm-up and only 14C. It had stopped raining for the race but was still very blustery in the historic Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. 27 athletes toed the line in the heats and O’Flaherty was drawn in the second heat of two. In addition, based on season’s bests she was ranked 27th out of the 27 starters. It was an honest pace from the start with O’Flaherty through 1km in 3:15 and 2km reached in around 6:31.

An excellent final km saw O’Flaherty home in 9:45.53 – her 2nd best ever and only just under 3 seconds outside her best from
last year (9:42.61). She was 6th in the heat and qualified for the final with the 8th fastest time of the two heats overall.


Ford 5K

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Bryansford GAC are hosting a 5k road race around Newcastle on Saturday 9th July.

The race will begin at 2pm from the club and the cost of entry is £10.

Please note that the minimum age to take part in the race is 12.

The race is being organised by club members Joe McCann and Eamon McCrickard. If anyone is available to help with registration and finish line, please contact Eamon McCrickard (

Entry Forms can be downloaded here: Senior Form / Junior Form

The proposed route (by bicycle cam) –

Junior News – June 2016

Toscano End of Season Party

59 Athletes turned out last Monday evening to enjoy a superb spread in the Toscano in Newcastle.  It was a lovely opportunity for some teambuilding amongst our athletes and a chance to chat and relax.  Our thanks to Averil Johnston for organising the night and to Marco and his team at the Toscano for the endless supply of tasty food. Continue reading

Monday 20th June

The Monday run on 20 June will leave from Donard Park in Newcastle at 6:15pm. The run will be in two parts – firstly a trot around Donard Forest (3 miles). Transition will be 1 mile down the Shimna Road to Bryansford GAC for the second part of the run – a 5k around the town following the course of the Ford 5 which takes place on 9 July. No doubt lots of Bryansford members will join us as they prepare for their big event.