Congratulations to the winning team of Eoghan Totten (3rd), David O’Flaherty (9th), Seamus Lynch (10th), David Steele (22nd),Ian Bailey (24th), David McNeilly (25th), Paul Carlin (28th), Eamon McCrickard (49th), Mark Kendall (53rd), John Kelly (56th), Brendan Donnelly (67th) and PJ McCrickard (75th).
Photos by Deon McNeilly
Reflections on Regaining the Title by Eoghan Totten
Could running be a team sport?
A report on the NI Junior Cross Country Championships by Bogboy
Anyone who thinks running cannot be a team sport should have been in Lurgan Park on Saturday when the Ulster & Northern Ireland Junior/Intermediate Cross-Country Championships took place. Clubs can bring up to 12 to the start-line with the first six home counting towards the team score but with runners in 7th and further back being important too as they can affect the position of scorers in other rival clubs. There is no hiding place when confronted with 5 laps and 10km of mud, mud and more mud – real cross-country with just a couple of short hills to break up the rhythm even more. Continue reading
Not Dry in Delamont.
By The Non-Runner
Race 5 Results
Photos by Graham McCauley
Due to a major oversight in the annual leave booking system, all of the usual suspects of Newcastle AC’s regular registration team were absent. Obviously the manager wasn’t paying sufficient attention to the staff leave request forms and just let them off-or maybe we can excuse him as he was away with his family seeing Mickey and Minnie….”Hot Dog!” (erm apparently that’s Mickey’s catchphrase, according to a well known internet search engine…)
Whatever the reasons, we are very grateful to those who stepped in to help with the registration. Not an easy task, as the volunteers may have found out! Continue reading
The 2014 Hill and Dale Race Series will start on Thursday 17th April.
Full list of races can be seen HERE.
Online Registration will open soon.
The following sessions are planned for January 2014. Meet at 6:30pm at the Newcastle Centre for warm up in preparation for session which usually begins at 6:50pm. Those pushed for time should go directly to the starting point for a 6:50pm start.
Tuesday 7th January: 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 Pyramid. Starting at Kilkeel end of King Street.
Tuesday 14th January: 4 x 1 mile efforts. Starting at beginning of 5 mile loop on King Street.
Tuesday 21st January: 5 sets of 2 and 3 minute efforts. Starting at Kilkeel end of King Street.
Tuesday 28th January: 6 x 1km efforts. Starting at junction of Marguerite Park and Marguerite Avenue.
Tuesday 4th February: 5 Mile Time Trial. Starting at beginning of 5 mile loop on King Street.
Well done to the winning team of Seamus Lynch, Paul Carlin, Deon McNeilly, Mark Kendall, Eamon McCrickard and Brendan Donnelly.Photo by Ryan Maxwell
Christmas Cracker 2013 Results
Photos by Graham McCauley
Photos by Paul Duffin
Photos by Dave Goddard
Record crowds for 30th Christmas Cracker in Castlewellan
A brief review by Bogusboy
The heavy rain and strong winds gave way to sunshine as a record 366 teams gathered in Castlewellan for the 30th running of a race that has now become a firm favourite with many due to its unique nature. Running with a partner is unusual in this individual sport and this coupled with the fact that the course is very different each year makes this event very different from what runners come to expect in a race. With many turning up in fancy dress, superheroes, rock bands, varying degrees of Christmas apparel and onesies to name but a few, there is a unique atmosphere in the crowded market town for the afternoon. In an unprecedented departure the race did not avail of the many trails in Castlewellan Forest Park, focusing instead on the many interesting lanes and bridal ways on the Drumee side of the town. Continue reading