Ford 5k 2018

Bryansford GAC are hosting a 5k road race around Newcastle on Saturday 29th September 2018. The race will begin at 11am from the club. Registration will take place from 9:30am – 10:30am.

Entry Fee is £10 and everyone is welcome. there will be Trophies, Prizes and Spot Prizes.

Address: St Patrick’s Park, Castlewellan Road, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0DB.

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

Entry is available on the day, but you can save time by filling-in and printing your Entry Form before you arrive. They can be downloaded by clicking the links below.



Time Trial – 11 September 2018

Autumn training in Newcastle began with a time trial over 5km starting just past the Harbour Inn and finishing at Burren Meadow. Rather than a handicap start, everyone set off together and there were some fast times with the first 9 all breaking 20 minutes and 20 running sub-22. The Prophet, who has declared himself 100% fit again, has described the times as a ‘quare good start’ and says he will be using the quantitative performance data gathered to design bespoke training plans for each individual, tailored to maximise their potential in the weeks ahead. When Jinksy asked him what that meant, he said he didn’t know!!!

Thanks to Danny O’Boyle for volunteering to manage the start and finish and to his able assistant Aidan Brown who recorded the finishers – a job well done lads as the results made sense and were easily understood. These times will be revisited and the challenge is to make improvements over the next few weeks before our next run over the same course.

Position Name Time
1 Aidan Brown 17:43
2 Connaire McVeigh 18:17
3 Shalene McMurray 18:18
4 James King 18:25
5 Paul Byrne 19:04
6 Johnny Crutchley 19:11
7 Benoit Le Hoerou 19:25
8 Simon McCartan 19:55
9 Ciaran Og Mussen 19:58
10 Aine Gosling 20:15
11 Ciaran Clifford 20:25
12 PJ McCrickard 20:29
13 Gary McEvoy 20:39
14 Mark Keane 21:13
15 Ashlene Mussen 21:31
16 Andy McMurray 21:33
17 Charlie McAlinden 21:38
18 Jerome Farrell 21:45
19 Noel Gallagher 21:45
20 Ronnie Horrox 21:50
21 Nicola Mathers 22:01
22 Joe McCann 22:01
23 Ernie Hall 22:19
24 Luka Kendall 22:33
25 Jerome McCrickard 22:55
26 Frankie McGivern 23:01
27 Eve Kennealy 23:08
28 Ian McCracken 23:27
29 Joe Kennealey 23:56
30 Lorna Cunnigham 24:04
31 Rita Devlin 24:04
32 Nicky McKeag 24:45
33 Jack O’Hare 24:47


Delamont Alps and Welsh Iron Man

Two Newcastle AC athletes took park this weekend in two completely different events, Ronan McVeigh finishing an excellent 2nd place in the very tough Alps 5km at Delamont, while across in Wales Luke McMullan was taking part an Iron Man.

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Luke finished an excellent 80th position from nearly 2500 starters, in a time of 10 hours 45minutes, completing the swim in 1.01.53, the bike ride in 6.02.55 and fishing off with a 3.28.25 marathon.

Ben Nevis 2018

Report by Hill Runner

The annual pilgrimage to Scotland for the Ben Nevis race took place over the weekend of September 1st.  NAC had 6 athletes entered and raring to go, 3 first timers, 1 second timer and a couple of ‘oul’ hands.  Arriving on the Friday, in glorious conditions, we had fantastic views on the journey down from Inverness along with many tales and race tips provided by the ‘oul’ hands.

A few of the young ones decided on a short run on the lower sections of the route to loosen the legs and get a feel for the ground before everyone headed to The Ben Nevis Inn for some pre race carb loading followed by an early night.
Race day dawned and not a single mountain was visible as a thick blanket of fog moved in overnight.  Conditions were cool and the ground was wet leaving some of the rocky sections treacherously slippy. Continue reading

Three in a row for Hanna – Mill Hill Mile 2018

A one-off special report by Bogusboy

It may be one of the shortest races in the NI Athletics fixture list, but the Mill Hill Mile packs an almighty punch. The annual Mill Hill uphill mile race took place on Tuesday 4 September at 7:00pm. The race, which has been ran every year since 1987, with the exception of 2001, begins in Annsborough and challenges the athletes to negotiate the steep climb to just past the library in Castlewellan.  By the time the runners completed the one mile climb, they ascended a total of 90 metres at an average gradient of 6%.  At the steepest point around the halfway mark the gradient is 10%. The format of the race is simple.  Get from the big tree in Annsborough to just past the market house before anyone else; something that Deon McNeilly has managed on six different occasions, Alan McKibbin six times in a row, Robbie Bryson four times and East Down’s Liam Venney and Brendan Teer between them for six years leading up to 2015.  There was a changing of the guard in 2016 with Newcastle’s rising star, Zak Hanna winning for the first time; a title he retained in 2017. He was odds-on favourite for a hat-trick. In all there have been 11 different winners of the race to date.

A moment of reflection
As the athletes gathered on the start line, there was a poignant moment of reflection followed by respectful applause to remember Darren Hogg, a member of Murlough AC who tragically lost his life days earlier. The thoughts and prayers of the wider community are with his family at this difficult time. Continue reading