Stormont XC 2015

Maiden Cross-Country Victory for Lynch and Newcastle & District extend their lead at the top of the NI Cross-Country League

Stormont XC 2015Results
Race 8 of 9 of the Athletics NI Cross-Country race was the NI Civil Service Cross-Country at Stormont Estate. The course was a traditional one, 1.6 miles in length with the men doing 3 laps plus a start and finish out and back making it up to just about 5 miles. There were a few small undulations and the going was muddy in places, firmer in other and gravel through the wooded area. 173 men started the race, illustrating the popularity for cross-country that has developed only over the past couple of years, probably a lot to do with the league format, only a decade ago it would not have been unusual to see a senior men’s race with only 30 runners. Continue reading

AAI Indoor Open Games 2015

Sunday Addendum – O’Flaherty sets an indoors lifetime best over 3000m in Athlone

At the Athletics Ireland Indoor Games in the world class indoor athletics facility at Athlone, Newcastle’s Kerry O’Flaherty came home 2nd to Sara Treacy in the 3000m in a time of 9:18.17, nearly 3 seconds inside her lifetime best, In 3rd was Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn the Irish Captain of the bronze medal winning team at the European Cross-Country Championships join Bulgaria in December. In what is a short indoor season, next up will be the 3000m at the British Championships in Sheffield in a fortnight, 1500m at the International Grand Prix back at Athlone on the 18th followed buy the Irish Indoor Championships also in Athlone on the weekend of the 21st/22nd February.

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2014/15 Race 3

Race 3 Provisional Results (Updated 29/01/2015 11:30pm)
Race 3 Photos

Report By the non-runner
East Down AC’s gazebo was resplendent and the racing routes were marked out to welcome all of the 216 junior athletes and their families.  Teams from East Down AC, Newcastle AC, Dromore AC, Burren AC and 3 Ways AC were represented in the latest McGrady Financial Services Junior cross country series.  After the unavoidable cancellation of our previous race due to the heavy rain, we all gathered in Delamont for our first race of 2015.  Newcastle AC’s juniors who attended seemed to have recovered from their partying the previous Sunday at our New Year party. Continue reading

Victory & another landmark in the club’s history at Fermanagh Cross-Country

Newcastle AC Team

Mens Results, Ladies Results

Race 7 of 9 in the Athletics NI Cross-Country League took place on Saturday at the Bawnacre Equestrian Centre in Necarne Demesne, Irvinestown, County Fermanagh. Would the Newcastle & District squads turn out to be thoroughbreds or donkeys? Apparently the equestrian cross-country course is not used that often anymore because of the wet conditions and the course proved to be heavy, very heavy by the end of the races. There were two big issues going into the races. One, leading the league going into the men’s race, but with the gap closing in recent races, would the red & yellows manage to stay ahead of City of Derry and two, would a women’s team register a historic first ever finish in the Women’s League?  Continue reading

New Year Junior Party 2015

The Late Late Christmas Party
Sunday 18th January 2015, The Toscano
by The Non Runner

IMG_3859I’m sure no-one noticed that we held our Christmas party in January, and if they did no one seemed to mind as our juniors, coaches and volunteers got into the party spirit at our annual social event.  Thankfully the juniors are better at attending events than their senior club counterparts, and we had 60 juniors with 15 coaches/volunteers all ready for party-time in The Toscano in Newcastle.

Behind the scenes myself and Pauline had taken on the organising of the party and we were very grateful for the quiz rounds submitted by the coaches and volunteers.  More on that later…. Also our parents had donated in their usual generous manner for the raffle.  This is the one chance that our junior athletes have to socialise and have fun together, in between attending races, and we know how much they enjoy their party. Continue reading

Over the Glens 2015

Newcastle defend Team Trophy over the Glens on New Year’s Day
A report on the Race over the Glens by Wingman, with special commentary by Bogusboy.

The desire and commitment to defend the trophy for annual New Year’s Day over the Glens Race in Glenariff Forest Park was such that the captain sent out an early response – well it was 8:30am on December 29th!!! With plenty of time to make arrangements it was envisaged that a bus full of ‘maybes’ could be organised.  There were instant responses of support from Luke McMullan, fresh from his great performance in the Christmas Cracker and Sam McNeilly who sent the captain an email and a text rather than walk from one room to another to confirm her availability. By the time Strachan was donning his Kilt for a ‘Tollymore’ style Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve, the over-zealous McMullan was repeatedly enquiring about the strength of the men’s team via Facebook.  The response from the captain was candid; ‘it is only you and me!!!’ Continue reading