The Famous Five Go Wild In Dublin

A Special Report of the 39th Dublin City Marathon by the Factionless Two

Twenty-one Newcastle AC athletes made the journey down to a cold and sunny Dublin for 39th annual Dublin Marathon. With entries sold out by early summer, it was a long summer training schedule, with numerous runs as far away as the Windy Gap, Drumaness, Ballykinlar and Cabra this year for the more serious runners in the club. For others the staple was numerous laps of the lake or repeated jaunts to Castlewellan and back.

Following a Mexican standoff in the coffee dock two weeks earlier, Dee Murray declared that “East Down’s top 7 would beat Newcastle’s Magnificent Seven.” There was a lot at stake to see who would win the battle of the coaches. With excitement building the pundits predicted that there was a real possibility that the Magnificent Seven could all break the magical three hour barrier.

The Famous Five!

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Time Trial Results – Tuesday 30 October

Thanks to the 24 members who took part in our second Autumn/Winter 5km Time Trail on Tuesday 30 October. The purpose of these events is to give those attending weekly training session a sense of how their performance is improving after a period of sessions, tempo runs and longer weekend runs. Runners should be looking to chart their progress over the winter which in turn helps set goals for spring and summer racing.

Time Trial Tuesday 30 October 2018

Position Name Handicap Time Net Time
1 Chris Neill 22.16 20.16
2 Sean Russell 22.43 18.43
3 Ian McCracken 22.48 22.48
4 Mari Troeng 22.55 18.55
5 Ronan Barr 22.57 21.57
6 Gerry Kingston 22.58 20.58
7 Stevie McNally 23.08 19.08
8 Gary McEvoy 23.08 19.08
9 Ernie Hall 23.10 22.10
10 James King 23.17 18.17
11 Francie McAlinden 23.18 22.18
12 Gereth McAuley 23.29 19.29
13 Chris Clarke 23.33 20.33
14 Ronan McVeigh 23.42 18.42
15 Benoit Le Houerou 23.45 18.45
16 Mark Keane 23.47 20.47
17 Ciaran Clifford 23.48 18.48
18 Connaire McVeigh 23.51 17.51
19 Brian McVeigh 24.01 19.01
20 Stevie Rice 24.09 22.09
21 Nicola Mathers 24.23 22.23
22 Gary Cairns 24.40 22.40
23 The Prophet 24.45 22.45
24 Catherine McIntosh 24.50 24.50

Timekeeper and Results processor: Joe McCann

Finisher and Recorder: Lorna Cunningham

The next set of Tuesday Session will be posted this week in preparation for Tuesday 6 November.

The British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships Saturday 20th October

The British Athletics Fell and Hill Running Championships is an annual event that takes place in England, Scotland and Wales. The level of competition at the event is always high, as fell runners across the country get the chance to represent their club and run as part of a team – a rare opportunity for what is often a very individual sport.

Jack O’Hare finishing.

This year is the event’s 30th year, hosted by Ambleside Athletic Club, with 250 teams of 6 runners entered. The event started in Grasmere, home of William Wordsworth with the routes for all relays legs running on the iconic fells, with big climbs and rough ground taking competitors over sections of the Bob Graham Round.

The relays take four leg format with teams of six runners. Leg 1 a Solo Leg taking in Seat Sandal. Leg 2 a bruiser of a longer leg for pairs taking in Great Rigg Man, Fairfield and a rough descent via Cofa Pike to Deepdale Hause before returning via Grisedale Hause. Leg 3, again for pairs and the navigation leg giving route choice, particularly difficult due to low cloud and poor visibility Leg 4 the final solo leg over Heron Pike via Alcock Tarn with a fast descent and slippery descent over Stone Arthur. Continue reading

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Race Series 2018/2019 – Race 2

Race 2 Results

McGrady Financial Services Junior Cross Country Race Series
Race 2 – Kilbroney Forest Park

We were again blessed with a lovely day for race 2 of this year’s series. Kilbroney Forest Park was looking resplendent and was dry and firm underfoot with a gentle breeze in off Carlingford Lough.  There were lots of parents, grandparents and family dogs out to support the young athletes.

The racing got underway with the boys P4 race.  This was dominated by the young men from Newcastle AC.  William Taylor from East down was the only challenger. The winner, Darragh Ruddle, was the only one to beat 2 minutes with a time of 1:47, 15 seconds ahead of Joseph Uhomoibhi, with Rónán Grant taking 3rd by a single second.

The girls P4 race was a very competitive event with the first 3 athletes finishing in 1:51 (lily Foster East Down AC), 1:52 (Maisie McVeigh Newcastle AC) and 1:57 (Maisie Nicholl Dromore AC).  This was the biggest race of the day with 12 competitors. Continue reading