The exploits of the ever-youthful Jim Patterson have been well documented in recent weeks in this column. There are few other sports where an athlete aged 70+ would make the headlines so regularly. Building on his great success in winning the World M70 Masters’ Mountain Running Championships a few months back, the inform veteran struck gold again as Northern Ireland secured an impressive haul of individual and team medals at the British and Irish Masters International Cross County in Derry at the weekend. Jim has enjoyed a stellar year and has been in magnificent form in both the mountains and the country. On Saturday, over what was described as a ‘proper XC course’, he retained the title won last year in some style. Having said that he was forced to work all the way and defeated Peter Giles of England by the slender margin of one second. However, one second proved to be enough and the history books will forever record Patterson as the winner of the race. Jim also led the Northern Ireland team which included Tony Gray and David Seaton to third place overall and a place on the podium. Continue reading →
Final numbers for the club Christmas Dinner on 16 November have to be confirmed this Friday, 24 November. Online booking will close at 6pm on Friday 24 November and additional bookings will not be possible as any remaining places will be reallocated by O’Hare’s to those on their waiting list. There are currently 48 members availing of the discounted price of £10.
Entries for the Christmas Cracker are fast approaching 500 – please avoid disappointment by making sure that you have completed the online registration. Please consider how you might help out with the organisation of the event.
The annual club 5 mile handicap will be on Tuesday 12 December, followed by festive refreshments in BASE. To enable handicaps to be assigned, please declare you intention to run with Jerome or Joe at any of the Tuesday sessions before the race.
Club places for the London Marathon 2018 have been applied for. You will recall that your committee amended the eligibility criteria. Those wishing to be considered for the club ballot will need to complete the proforma showing how they meet the criteria. This form will be available to download from the club website in advance of the draw. The applications will be considered by the committee and the draw will take place in the Newcastle on the first Tuesday after the application date has been set by the committee.
A round up by Bogusboy
Newcastle & District AC athletes had a very successfully weekend in a variety of different events on the fells, in cross-country across the continent and on trails closer to home. The rich diversity of competition available at this time of the year and the eclectic bunch of runners that make up NAC means that there is usually someone off to some unusual and far-flung event most weekends, making it almost impossible for any scribe to keep on top of who is running what and where! Apologies to those who may have competed in Azerbaijan or the Democratic Republic of Congo who have unintentionally been omitted!!! Continue reading →
Eve Kenneally took part in the NI & Ulster uneven age group cross country championship in Finn Valley, Country Donegal at the weekend. She ran the very muddy 3000 meter course and to finish 17th in a time of 15.01. She has qualified as part of the County Down team for the All Ireland championship which takes place in Waterford on 17th December. Posted inCross Country, Junior