McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2016/17 – Race 2

Race 2 Results
Race 2 Photos by Dromore AC

The second race of the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series will take place at Dromore Leisure Centre on Sunday 16th October. To take part in the Series, athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC or 3 Ways AC.

ONLINE REGISTRATION is now CLOSED. It will reopen on Monday 17th October after Race 2. Full details of the series are available HERE.

ALL runners MUST register online. THERE WILL BE NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED ON THE DAY. You only need to register ONCE for Series.

O’Flaherty smashes record by a GR8 margin

Bogusboy reports on the weekend’s racing

Newcastle AC were in action in a variety of races on the weekend of 8-9 October. Closest to home was the ever popular Gr8, organised superbly once again by our close friends, Murlough AC. The race has become a ‘must do’ for many in recent years and the eclectic blend of different terrains appears to have resonated well with the running community. There have been some great times in recent years, with Brendan Teer holding the course record in just under 45 minutes. Conditions were perfect; there was little wind to talk of, the sand was firmer than usual – unlike 2014 when the beach section became a survival of the bravest into a strong wind that created a ‘sandblasting’ effect. Dundrum was awash with colour as 855 athletes took to the line, all with a time and a target in mind. For David O’Flaherty the target was simple, get to the finish before anyone else. This he did, and with some considerable flair. Continue reading

Eoghan Totten’s Breakthrough Half-Marathon Debut

eoghan_totten_9-10-16Today (Sunday 9th October), Newcastle & District AC’s Eoghan Totten was 3rd in Oxford Half-Marathon – his debut half – in 67:51.

It’s a breakthrough run for him…long-term he’s targeting the marathon.

Paul Whitaker from Southend won in 67:18 and Alex Milne from Enfield & Haringey was 2nd in 67:41. Conditions great for running, 10C and relatively calm – course fairly flat too.

NI and Ulster Even Age Group Cross Country Championships

We would encourage all Junior Members who are available, to attend the NI and Ulster Even Age Group Cross Country Championships race on Saturday 22nd October in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.

Registration is available online and closes Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 12noon. 

Registration on the day is from 9:30am and the race starts at 11:30am.

Full race details are available HERE.

Upcoming dates

AGM – Tue 13th Dec at 8pm in Avoca

Christmas dinner – Sat  17th Dec in O’Hares

Christmas Cracker Race – Tues 27th Dec

Final Session of Summer Training

Summer training comes to an end on Tuesday 4 October with a 5km time trial in Castlewellan. Please note the earlier start time of 6:15 due to the falling away of the light in the evenings. For those struggling to make the time, the time trial will begin towards the far end of the lake on the castle side.  The course goes along the side of the lake (castle side) climbs over the back of the castle, passes down to the crossroads on the main drive way, turns right passing the ranger’s hut up to the crow road, along the crow road and finishes up the hill towards the ‘Leitrim gate’. One of Pascal’s flatter courses! Thanks to Pascal for marking the courses in Castlewellan throughout the spring and summer. There will be some light refreshments served in BASE (Newcastle)after the run to mark the end of the phase of training.

See you all there for a final dash!