McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2014/15 Race 2

Race 2 Results

Huge numbers brave the elements in Tollymore
by The Non Runner

We returned to the beautiful surroundings of Tollymore Forest Park for Race 2 of the 14/15 series. The forecast was atrocious but our plucky runners and their families aren’t just fair weather runners, 158 junior athletes turned out to race for their respective clubs. The barn was out of action for our registration and we needed a space where would could erect the tables in manner which would ensure the race numbers wouldn’t fly off into the air. Only people of a certain vintage (myself included) will remember when the café in Tollymore was actually in use. This was where we set up the registration area, thanks to our friend from East Down, Frank Cunningham, who had the bright idea to use the shelter of the café exterior. Continue reading

Club Notes 20th October 2014

Almost a Gr8 day for O’Flaherty
by Bogusboy

The small matter of 8 seconds was all that separated Newcastle’s David O’Flaherty from winning the 5th Annual Gr8 Dundrum race.  O’Flaherty has been improving his leg speed in recent weeks and made a determined effort to win the race.  With Brendan Teer of East Down a surprise non-starter O’Flaherty was among the pre-race favourites with Stephen McKinstry and Brendan Grew of North Belfast Harriers.  Alas it would be the former who would deny O’Flaherty the win as he pushed on in the run to the line, recording an impressive 47:05 for the 8.19 miles.  Continue reading

5k time trial Results – Tuesday 14th October 2014

Runner Time
Seamus Lynch 16:24
William McKee 16:36
Barry McConville 17:59
John ‘Hen’ Kelly 18:13
Damien Brannigan 19:21
Paul Burns 19:53
PJ McCrickard 20:03
Francie McAlinden 20:05
Paul Byrne 20:05
John Kelly 20:35
Jack O’Hare 20:46
Aidan Brown 20:53
Jerome McCrickard 21:00
Paschal Toner 21:03
Gary Cairns 21:10
Richard Rodgers 21:23
Brian Wilson 21:26
Jack Quinn 21:37
Stevie Rice 21:43
Cha McAlinden 21:43
Patricia McKibbin 22:20
Samantha McNeilly 22:26
Noel Douglas 23:49
Rita Devlin 24:00
Glenn Grainger 24:05
Hazel Cruddington 26:17

Armagh 10 Mile 2014

Did I ever tell you about the Armagh 10?
A nostalgic trip down memory lane by Bogus boy

Armagh 10 Mile 2014 Six hardy Newcastle athletes (Mark Kendall, Jerome Farrell, Aidan Brown, John Kelly, The Prophet and The Spartan) made the now annual trip to the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland for the Armagh 10 mile race around the rolling orchard county roads with five of them using this as the final preparation race for the Dublin Marathon on 27th October. Continue reading

Comber Cup 2014

Newcastle AC Oh So Close To Retaining Cup At Comber
Report by David McNeilly
Comber Cup 2014 After a superb end to the cross country season at start of year by winning NI Junior, Comber Cup and Stormont cross country team events, the start of this years season was always going to be hard to live up to!!!

On Saturday 11th October the first round of the Athletics NI cross country league took place at the Billy Neill just outside Comber. The host club Ballydrain Harriers, done a super job running this event not once but twice in the one year! Thanks for all the food after the race. Continue reading

Hill and Dale Helpers Night

Hill and Dale Helpers Night – Tosacano Pizzeria Newcastle Saturday 11th Oct 7.30 pm meet.

Reminder to both race committee and ALL who helped out during H&D race series that we are having a night to thank all who were involved in the recent series. If you assisted at any of the races (Marshall, results, timing, setting course, carrying water etc) you should have been invited already by one of the race directors. HOWEVER if there has been any oversight and you have not been notified we would very much welcome you to come along and enjoy complimentary food, soft drinks and wine at the table. Food served 8.15 pm
Please let Paul Watson know if you can or cannot make it. paulwatson87@btinternet.com