Newcastle AC Ladies Shine in the Ballyclare Mud
Torrential rain preceded the 81st running of the McConnell Shield Cross-Country Races in Ballyclare promoted by East Antrim Harriers. This made for conditions that were wet underfoot and as the afternoon developed became muddier and muddier.
It was a record day on many fronts for Newcastle AC’s fast-developing ladies team. Firstly, 6 runners took part, which is a record number for the club in the cross-country league. Secondly, Shalene McMurray came home for a podium finish with a very strong run for 2nd place (17:53) behind winner Banbridge AC’s Emma Mitchell (17:35). She was backed up by an excellent 4th place finish by Joanne Mills (18:36), who is returning to very strong form, along with Mari Troeng in 13th place (19:44). Thirdly, the three combined to win the team title, a first ever for the ladies in cross-country. Continue reading
With no cross country fixture this weekend many took the opportunity to take in a parkrun, with Ormeau being the most popular due to the forthcoming Seeley Cup over similar terrain. Melville was on top of the podium with a stunning 16:37, 57 seconds ahead of the second placed runner. McCann was 6th (18:33), Smyth 14th (19:13), Wonderwall 15th (19:16), The Prophet 16th (19:20), Carson 17th (19:17), Richard Rodgers 22nd (19:51), Cunningham 23rd (19:57), Horrox 29th (20:49) and The Prophetess 77th (11th lady overall in 24:16). Young DJ Kylski – the 7 inch version also had a great run – 48th in 22:31. Continue reading
Bogusboy reports from the Dublin Marathon on a wet and windy Bank Holiday Monday in October
The intensive training had drawn to a close and the week of tapering was over. Carb depletion was but a painful memory – the Molotov cocktail of salmon, chicken breast, mixed nuts and mackerel were no longer on breakfast menu – and extensive carb loading had taken place. Pizza, Pasta and pretzels had been the weekend staple foods as 11 Newcastle AC athletes were prepared for the 26.2 challenge that lay ahead. Inspired by the heroics of Lynch, Bailey and the XC team over the weekend, all were in fine spirits as the start approached. Continue reading
Looking ahead the third round of the Cross Country season in on Saturday 7th November with the McConnell Shield at Ballyclare. With Newcastle putting in a big shift in round two, confidence is high that at least 16 will take the line in an attempt to regain first place in the team competition.
This is followed by the ever-popular Dolly’s Brae 7 Mile Road and Trail Race on Sunday 8th November at 2pm. The course starts and finishes at the Dolly’s Brae Inn, Ballyward and takes in a full lap of Castlewellan Lake. There will also be a 3 mile sponsored walk and all proceeds from both events are in aid of the Northern Ireland Heartbeat Trust. Please come along and support this great event.
Well done to all in Dublin today. Great performances in conditions that were at times difficult.
DJ Normski 3:15
Thanks also to our supporters – Butcher, Francie, Podger, Niall and Paul Fegan.
Thanks also to all those family members and members of other clubs who cheered the athletes on along the way.
Date for your diary – Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen on Sunday 13 March 2016. Refreshments in Monasterboice Inn afterwards. Keep the date free
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