O’Flaherty and Lynch shine in the Seeley sun

by Bogusboy

Club 10K Champion Seamus Lynch

Club 10K Champion Seamus Lynch

1st Woman, Kerry O'Flaherty

1st Woman, Kerry O’Flaherty

2014 Commonwealth Games 3000m Steeplechase finalist Kerry O’Flaherty was the runaway ladies winner of the prestigious Seeley Cup in Belfast’s Ormeau Park on Saturday 29 November.  The Newcastle AC athlete ran two fairly even 5k splits (17:15 and 17:26) to finish 37th overall in 34:41.  Louise Smith of North Belfast Harriers was second lady in 83rd overall in a time of 37:19.  It is the perfect end to a season that saw her realise a life-long ambition by competing in a major international games. Continue reading

Club Notes Week of 16th Nov 2014

Plenty of scones at the ‘Gridle’
a round-up of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Sam McNeilly at Tollymore Trail 10k

Team at Griddle 10K

Team at Griddle 10K

Saul, an area not famed for its flat surfaces, was the venue for the latest event on the NI Road Running calendar.  Joe Quinn had spent most of the morning watering the course to make sure that conditions underfoot were good/soft and the sun made an appearance just before the beginning of the ‘undulating’ race.  Murlough’s Alan Johnston led the way early on and would finish an excellent third overall.  Best for Newcastle AC was Aidan Brown who stood proudly on the second step of the podium. John Kelly finished 7th and has continued his good form from Dublin and is running strongly. Newcastle emerged as top team on the day with McCann and Ward making up the third and fourth scoring places.  Rice and Cairns were very close behind as all 6 NAC athletes finished in the top 30. Continue reading

Dolly’s Brae walk & run 2014

He did the ‘Hucklebuck’! A brief review of the Dolly’s Brae Road Race
Despite the modest number of runners, the Dolly’s Brae Race and walk was a roaring success. Most of the roaring was done after, when Morgan, as predicted in this very column last week, took to the floor and did the ‘Hucklebuck’! I asked my good friend Niall Carson if this cataclysmic event was caught on camera. He replied, ‘Sure we were all on the floor in fits of laughter and no-one could’ve held a camera’. This was clearly one of those moments that had to be experienced live. Continue reading

McConnell Shield XC Champions 2014

Newcastle secure McConnell Shield and move further ahead in Cross-Country League

McConnell Shield XC Champions 2014 Results

The 4th race of 9 in the Athletics NI Cross-Country League, the McConnell Shield took place on Saturday in Ballyclare promoted by East Antrim Harriers. It was the 80th running of the race and 13 men (well some barely grown-up boys) and 2 women (ladies) made the trip from deepest County Down. The rain that wasn’t supposed to arrive at all set in around 11am and stayed incessantly right through the races turning the park along the Sixmilewater to mud as the hundreds of runners ended up ploughing around the 1-mile loop. Continue reading