Dublin Marathon 2014

After discussions with the club committee, it has been decided that each member of the club registering for the 2014 Dublin marathon in October should do as an individual. The club will subsidise and refund subsidy of the entry cost to those paid-up members taking part after they have entered the race. Please note that the entry fees increase at the beginning of August, making it advisable to register before Thursday 31st July. The club treasurer will refund subsidy to those members who resister for the race. Please see club email for subsidy details. Best wishes to all of those currently in training for this event.

I also intend to build on our great representation at the Victoria Park Relays last year. Notification of the date has already been circulated and I would hope we can field as many teams as last year; open, vets and who knows even a ladies team!!! Watch this space for further details.

Joe McCann
Newcastle AC Road Racing Captain

Irish Track & Field Championships 2014

10 days before the Commonwealth Games Steeplechase, Kerry O’Flaherty dropped down in distance to 1500m and onto the flat to come home 3rd in the Irish Championships at the Morton Stadium in Santry in 4:18.7. Winding up the pace from at the front after the initial slower couple of laps, O’Flaherty ran 2:12 for the last 800m but was out kicked by the fast finishing Ciara Mageean who ran a 63 seconds last lap to secure the national title. In 2nd was twice European Cross-Country Champion Fionnuala Britton who came home 0.4 seconds ahead of O’Flaherty. Full race coverage provided by East Down AC is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RJoN7Fup98&sns=fb

Newcastle AC’s first Iron Man – Brendan Donnelly

On Sunday 20th July 2014 Newcastle AC Athlete Brendan Donnelly completed the Bolton Iron Man competition. An Iron Man event is a triathlon, involving a 2.4mile swim in open water followed by 112 mile bike ride and finished off by running a full marathon 26.2 miles.
Brendy Iron Man
Brendan who is now based in London, still makes regular appearances at local events, has spent the last 6 months in hard training for the event which included early morning swim’s in London’s Hyde Park, Serpentine lake with water temperatures often close to freezing, cycling trips from London over the Chiltern hills in Oxfordshire and training runs round London’s Parliament Hill Park famous for National Cross Country events. When home is Newcastle would take part in the H&D series and join with the Club on training runs in Donard, Tollymore and Castlewellan Forest Parks. Continue reading

Hill and Dale Series Prizes

If you completed at least 6 out of the 11 races and have not collected your prize yet please contact Marty Mcveigh with your size and arrange collection. mcveigh.marty@hotmail.co.uk

Mourne Mountain Marathon 2014

The 35th Mourne 2-day mountain Marathon will take place on September 20th – 21st.
The Mourne Mountain Marathon is Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event held each year in the beautiful mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland. It is run entirely on a voluntary and non-profit basis by a team with many years experience of organising and competing in this type of event.

Their website will be active from May to October during which it will be regularly updated with news, instructions, entry information and results.
All details HERE.

Hill and Dale 2014 Race 11

Race 11 Results
Photos by Ryan McDonald
Overall Series Results

‘You do run run Ron, You do run on Ron’
by Bogus Boy 

Praise and encouragement – two buzz words that sum up the attitude of Hill and Dale competitors in motivating kindred spirits to compete to the best of their ability.  Never was this more evident that at Drinahilly in the season finale of what has been a wonderfully eventful and fiercely contested series.  ‘Go on Ron’, ‘Come on Ronaldo’, ‘You can do it Ronnie’, ‘Almost there Big Ron’, ‘This is the last climb Ron’ were some of the printable versions of the words of encouragement that were doled in throughout the race – others were more direct and uncompromising!!!!  Continue reading