The Fallows 2015

Well done to all who completed the Fallows race. Thanks to Paul Fegan for photos. Read race report by Richard Bell on NIMRA site here

Newcastle AC at Fallows by Paul Fegan Fallows 1st 3 men left to right. c bailey b Mconville d mcneilly Fallows 1st 3 ladies. left to right S.Ward D wilson. S Mcneilly

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2015/16

We are delighted to announce that McGrady Financial Services will once again sponsor the very popular Junior interclub Cross Country Series. Dates for the 2015/16 Series are being finalised. The first race will take place in Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 27th September. To take part in the Series young athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC or 3Ways AC.

Online Registration is now CLOSED. Final race instructions will be emailed before Sunday.

More details HERE.

ALL runners MUST register online. There will be an extra charge on race day for those who do not pregister which will go to charity. You only need to register ONCE for Series.

World Mountain Running Championships 2015

Mountain Man Reaches New Heights

Seamus Lynch 3rd from left with Irish TeamSaturday the 19th of September 2015 the picturesque village of Betws-Y-Coed in North Wales was the setting for the 31st running of the World Mountain Running Championships.  32 countries took to the start line in the main event on Saturday afternoon and Newcastle AC were represented with Seamus Lynch part of the Ireland Team.  The course involved 3 laps of the course covering a total of 13km with three steep climbs.

The pace was unrelenting from the start over the gruelling course with the Italian team coming home first with Uganda closely following home in second.  The Ireland team ran a solid race finishing a credible 13th place overall.

Representing Ireland for the first time is another great achievement by Seamus this year which has seen him win our own Hill & Dale series for the first time and also the NIMRA championship to confirm his place as one of the top fell runners in the country.  As the fell running season begins to wind down for the year everyone at Newcastle AC would like to congratulate Seamus on a very successful year and wish him and the rest of the mountain men every success in the future.

Report by Spartan

Full Results

PBs galore at the Belfast Half Marathon 2015

Bogusboy reports from the City

Belfast Half 20152865 athletes participated in the 3rd annual Belfast City Half Marathon. With a new course, taking in much of the scenic culture of the city, PBs were on offer for the eclectic band of Newcastle AC runners as they departed from the now mandatory meeting place – outside King’s Inn, Castlewellan.  The 7:15am agreed leaving time proved unproblematic for the vast majority, but invariably there is always one that lets the side down. Citing ineffective and speculative communication from Niall King as his excuse for still being in bed, Buffer took the opportunity to have 40 winks as the now disgruntled King recalculated the directions and inputted the data into the sat nav! In his debut half, Buffer was expecting a lift from the door – clearly a boy who will have to input some new data as well after King’s explanation that this service would not be available again!! After complicated handshakes and unnecessary hugging, the posse set sail for the ‘big’ smoke’ – Buffer had a slice of toast in one hand and a toothbrush in the other!   Continue reading

Mourne Mountain Marathon 2015

Patricia and Sam 2015 Mourne Mountain MarathonThe 36th Mourne Mountain Marathon, Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event  took place this weekend. Starting at the Bloody Bridge on Saturday and finishing at the Tollymore Mountain Centre on Sunday. The Elite event was won by English pair Charles Stead and Bob Johnston  is a time of 10hours 9minutes and 26 seconds, first local team in 3rd place was Gary Bailey and Sam Herron who lead the field home on the second day. In the B Class Newcastle AC’s Sam McNeilly and Patricia McKibbin where the first ladies home on the second day, to take second overall less than 40minutes behind English pair Lisa Ferrero and Claire Wilshaw. Also in the B Class Newcastle AC’s Phil Hodge and Simon Hodge finished 12th. In the C Class Newcastle AC’s father and son team, Stephen Knight and Eoghan Knight finished and excellent 3rd place.

Another great report HERE by Sam McNeilly. (some great photos added 23/9/15)