14 sub 40s on a great day in Ormeau Park

Bogusboy reports from Ormeau Park

seeley01Despite reaching the quota of 1200 runners well in advance of race day, 863 took the line for the 35th edition of the Seeley Cup, still regarded by many as the premier 10k in the NIAF calendar. 20 of the 22 NAC registered athletes made it to the start line and were rewarded with some fantastic times. With many of the ‘big guns’ opting to travel to Dublin for the XC on Sunday (see separate report), club bragging rights were clearly up for grabs. Opinions were divided among the pundits with both O’Hare and Tumelty emerging as favourites. Continue reading

Here, there and everywhere!

20nov01A brief round-up of the weekend’s racing by Bogusboy

The weekend of racing started on Wednesday 16 November with the Run In The Dark 5k and 10k at the Stormont Estate. 1078 completed the 5k and 1150 finished the 10k race. Newcastle’s Zak Hanna led the field home in a speedy 34:57 to win with a bit to spare. Continue reading

Club News

Session this week is 5 x 1 mile and will be the course that the 5 mile club handicap will follow on 13 December. Start at Elim Church on Downs Road. Mile 1 marker at new bridge on promenade. Mile 2 marker just before the entrance to Greenhill Park in Tullybrannigan. Mile 3 marker just past the roundabout on the town side of Bryansford Avenue. Mile 4 marker just before traffic lights on Bryansford Avenue. Mile 5 marker just before the Burrendale Hotel. All miles have been clearly marked. The course is one we have been using for the last year (see map) and avoids dangerous junctions insofar as is possible. Please ensure that you are suitably dressed in reflective clothing and that you take due caution when running in areas where traffic presents a challenge.

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Rodgers rolls back the years and holds back the tears in Tollymore Trail Marathon

Paul Rodgers under the watchful eye of Wonderwall.

Paul Rodgers under the watchful eye of Wonderwall.

26.2 miles with over 5000 feet of climbing makes the Extreme26 Tollymore Trail Marathon ‘a fair test of running’. Thankfully conditions were ideal and the wind and rain of the Friday evening had abated to enable the 742 athletes taking the line for four different races (Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K) to complete the courses in relative calm. Newcastle AC had two competitors, both taking on the challenge of the full marathon, a 13.1 mile loop twice. David Hicks ran a great race to come home in 4th place overall, missing a podium by just under 3 minutes.  He was strong in the first half, recording 1:30:55 for the first lap, a time many would be happy with on a pan flat road. Invariably the second half becomes tougher and the climbs more challenging as fatigue sets in. Few athletes would record the elusive negative split on a course like this. Notwithstanding this, Hicks worked extremely hard in the second half and came home in 3:12:09 – a time he can be very proud of. Continue reading