Club Session on Tuesday 1st April

This week’s session is 2 and 3 minute efforts (5 sets).  Meeting Newcastle Centre at 6:30pm.  Efforts start at the far end of King street at 6:50pm.  See you all there.

The session will be followed by a workshop entitled ‘Navigation in the mountains – a fool’s guide to not getting lost’  It will, somewhat appositely, be devliverd by A Fool (AKA 9 times Donard Champion Deon McNeilly – a man who knows Donard like the back of his hand. Pity he was wearing gloves on Saturday).  The venue for this ‘must attend event’ is somewhere between the top of Donard and somwhere near to the beginning of the top of the bottom of some other mountain which could be Millstone or maybe Thomas’ or maybe even Rocky!!!


McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2013-2014

Presentation night for the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2013-2014 will take place on Monday 31st March at 7:00pm in Shimna College.

200 young athletes from Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC and Dromore AC competed in at least 1 of the 5 cross country races and 88 completed the Series by running at least 4 out of the 5 races.
We would like ALL juniors to attend even if you only competed in 1 race as you all contributed points towards the team prizes. Full series and team results will be published on website after the presentation night.

Tea/coffee will be available for adults on arrival.

Slieve Gullion 2014

Results and Photos.
Newcastle AC started the 2014 mountain running season off with another team win at Slieve Gullion on Saturday 1st March, following on from the successful winter cross country campaign. The race this year, organised by Armagh AC, saw the course reverted to original route from several years back due to access problems in Gullion forest park.
Newcastle AC at Gullion The race started at midday in spring like conditions with light wind and blue skies. Seamus Lynch lead the runners out at a fast pace followed by Deon McNeilly, host club’s Paul McAnespie and third Newcastle runner Colum Murtagh. Deon closed Seamus on the climb, as did Paul making for close competition on the muddy decent. Colum who climbed well, should have been close but just lost sight with lead group in the low cloud that covered the twin summits and went off course but recovered well on the decent to finish an excellent 5th overall and 3rd Newcastle runner to completed the team victory. Continue reading

Comber Cup Champions 2014

Congratulations to David O’Flaherty on winning the Comber Cup today and to the winning team who took home another Cup:
David O’Flaherty (1st), Seamus Lynch(2nd), David McNeilly(6th), Ian Bailey(7th), David Steele(8th), Deon McNeilly(9th), Colm Murtagh(14th) and PJ McCrickard(23rd).

Full Results
Comber Cup Team 2014

Newcastle AC travelled to Comber on Saturday 15th February to take part in the Comber Cup with almost the same winning team as the Junior Championships, only London based Eoghan Totten being absent. Continue reading