Club 5k Handicap – Tuesday 12th April 2015

Despite the imminence of the opening Hill and Dale race of the season, 29 athletes turned out for the initial session of the NAC Spring and Summer Programme. Our thanks to Pascal toner for setting an unusually benevolent course, starting and finishing the run and processing the results. He promises that future Castlewellan Tuesday’s will be more of a challenge. Tuesday 19th will be in Tollymore and features the much loved and eagerly anticipated 2s and 3s! See you all there. Everyone welcome. Continue reading

Hill and Dale Series 2016 – Race 1

Results, Report
Photos by Caolan Hawkins Photography.

** IMPORTANT NOTICE : Any runner who knowingly competes using another athletes race number will be disqualified from the Hill and Dale Series and all future NAC organised events. This could have serious implications for runner, marshals, race organisers and other competitors. **

Car parking in Castlewellan Forest Park main carpark will be free for all competitors and everyone is asked to use the carpark. Parking on grass verges is strictly prohibited.


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

Online Registration is NOW CLOSED and will reopen again on Friday.
Please note that you only need to register ONCE for Series.

Registration will be in the Forest Service exhibition hall and will open at 6pm.

New Barcoding System

• 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.

Impressive PBs over 13.1 and 6.2 for Newcastle Athletes

Impressive PBs over 13.1 and 6.2 for Newcastle Athletes.

A review of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

DSC_0893Since the beginning of January many of the Newcastle AC faithful have braved the elements and taken to the roads in less than ideal weather in preparation for one of the many spring marathons across the UK and beyond.  For most the focus has been on London, now less than a fortnight away on 24 April. For a smaller number M day was Sunday 10 April in Manchester. Noel Gallagher and Pascal Toner travelled from Newcastle and were joined in the home of Wonderwall’s favourite band by Brendan Donnelly. All three equipped themselves well and turned in great performances. Noel had sought advice from anyone who would give it and had tortured himself and all of his club mates with the burning dilemma, ‘should I go with the hour balloons’? Aiming for a 3:05 to secure a place in London 2017, he showed uncharacteristic patience and prudence in going out steady. Through halfway in 1:30:05, he held on well and ran a very been paced second half to cross the line just 27 seconds outside the three hour mark. Coach Rodgers was quick to point out that this will give him something to fret about and motivate him for the next 52 weeks. No doubt he will be asking more questions of those around him. His planning is already underway and a 1:18 half in Bohermeen is already scheduled. Continue reading

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2015-16 Prize giving

Report by “The Big Fella’s Wee Sister”

ALL juniors, not just those that competed in the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series, are invited to attend a prize giving event at “The Lodge”, Castlewellan.

There will be no Junior Training on Monday 11th April due to the Presentation Evening.

Date: Monday 11th April 2016

Time: 7:30pm

Location: The Lodge Castlewellan

1 Dublin Road, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9AQ

Spring/Summer Training – Phase 1

Tuesday sessions will continue as normal throughout the Hill & Dale series
All sessions begin at 6:30pm
Meeting place for Castlewellan is Hillyard House, Tollymore is the Upper Car Park and Murlough is the 12 Arches Car Park

Tuesday 12 April – Castlewellan – 5km time trial
Tuesday 19 April – Tollymore – 2s and 3s – 5 sets
Tuesday 26 April – Murlough – 5 x 1 mile
Tuesday 3 May – Castlewellan – 6 x 800m
Tuesday 10 May – Tollymore – Pyramid
Tuesday 17 May – Castlewellan – 6 x 1km
Tuesday 24 May – Tollymore – 5 mile time trial
Tuesday 31 May – Murlough – Paired Paarlauf

Junior Membership night

Newcastle AC Junior Membership Renewal night will be this Monday 4th April 2016.

Important details are HERE. Please read these before attending on Monday night.