Les Jones 10K – Bus Travel

For anyone racing the LES JONES 10K on Friday evening (13th May), a bus will leave Donard Park at 5:25pm SHARP. Pick up in Castlewellan Upper Square is at 5:40pm SHARP and on to Mary Peters Track via Brennan’s (5:55pm SHARP).


Food is booked at the Barking Dog after the race and return to Newcastle via Castlewellan at a sensible hour is also planned.

So far 10 people are ‘definite’ for the bus – anyone else please contact Richard on 07584292495

London Mini Marathon

Eve_London_2016Newcastle AC junior Eve Kenneally recently ran in the London Mini marathon. She was one of 6 from Northern Ireland in her 13 age group to qualify. The race was 3 miles which she completed in 20.45 minutes. She went with a squad of 38 athletes of different age groups as well as wheelchair participants from the North. It was an amazing experience for her and she was very proud to be wearing a Northern Ireland shirt.

Hill and Dale Series 2016 – Race 5

Provisional Results , Report

Hill and Dale Race 5 – Rocky takes place on Thursday 12th May. The race will start at Leitrim Lodge. Full body cover must be brought to race. There will be kit checks at start and finish of race.

** IMPORTANT NOTICE : Any runner who knowingly competes using another athletes race number, without a number or without registering at the start of each race will be banned from the Hill and Dale Series and all future NAC organised events.

Anyone not following this rule is putting others lives at risk.

The race organisers must know who starts and finishes each race, to ensure all runners are accounted for and no one is lost on the hills.**


Registration will open at 6:30pm and close at 7:20pm SHARP.

Online Registration is NOW CLOSED and will reopen on Friday after Race 5.

Entries will NOT be accepted on the night if you did not register online.

Please remember if you collected your Race Number at Race 1, 2 or 3, bring it to Race 4.

New Barcoding System

• All numbers must be worn on front of vest and not on shorts.
• Please try to pin your number on as flat as possible.
• Please do not fold numbers.
• At your 1st race you will be issued with a barcoded race number
• Always make sure your number is scanned before the start of each race, if you don’t you will not appear in the results and be disqualified from the series.
• Please ensure your barcode is visible and scannable at the finish line. Make sure your arms or hands are not in the way e.g stopping a watch.
• Look after your number, there is a £5 charge for replacement.

The use of barcoding and looking after your numbers is to help reduce the workload of the volunteers involved with the series. Thank-you for your support.

Campbell first home at the Annalong Horseshoe

A review of other weekend races by Bogusboy

An impressive run by Colum Campbell say him take third podium spot behind William McKee and Gary Bailey of Mourne Runners. The Newcastle man was in contention throughout and showed some tremendous form on the climbs.  The superfast descending ability of Bailey proved to be the difference as he moved up from 5th to 2nd in the final downhill section from the top of Binnian to the finish. Newcastle had three in the top 20 with Jonathon Scott 14th and Patrick Bradley 17th. Lesser spotted Marty McMullan ran well to claim 29th place. Eugene McCann (V55) and Jim Patterson V65) comfortably won their categories. Nigel McKinney ran his second race in 36 hours having competed at Binnian on Thursday evening.  Newcastle’s two female athletes, Paulette Thompson and Vicky Canavan performed very well showing their strength, stamina, perseverance, determination and resilience on a tough day in the misty mountains. Continue reading

Firmus Energy Super 6 Meet 2

Firmus1It was great to see so many Newcastle junior athletes on a cold but dry evening last Thursday at the Mary Peter’s Track for the second Meet of the Firmus Energy Super 6 Series.  All enjoying the excellent facilities and some trying out distances and field events for the first time. Continue reading

Strachan leads the Newcastle charge in London

A review of the Virgin Money London Marathon by Bogusboy

From humble beginnings the London marathon has become one of the most spectacular and popular mass participation events in the world. This year 39,108 athletes of all abilities from all corners took part in a carnival of colour that was nothing short of breath-taking. Every athlete has their own reasons for running. For some it was the prospect of winning, for others it was about Olympic qualification, for others still it was about raising money for charity and for all it was about the sense of accomplishment and achievement that comes from getting the medal and the t-shirt at the end.  It is only at that point, often bleary eyed and fighting back the tears of joy, that most come to the realisation that 26.2 miles, however hard, have passed and the ordeal is over. Continue reading