Training Sessions for August – November 2019

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Please note, other sessions may be available on Tuesdays. Keep an eye on our social media channels for such details.

All sessions begin at 6:30pm

Please note, sessions have been moved back by one week due to the Mill Hill Mile.

DateSessionLocation (Meeting Place)
24 September2 x 1200m (60 seconds),
2 mins
4 x 800m (60 seconds)
Castlewellan Forest Park (Hillyard House)
01 October8 x 800m
(90 seconds recovery)
Tollymore Forest Park (Upper Car Park)
08 October6 x 400m (60 seconds)
2 mins
6 x 400m (60 seconds)
Newcastle (Newcastle Centre)

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Annual Christmas Dinner 2019

Dear Club Member,

I have been appointed as Logistics Manager, Chief Inspiration Officer and Optical & Vision-Focused Ninja for the festive season.

The first task is to organise the Newcastle AC Annual Christmas Dinner. This has provisionally been booked for Saturday 14 December in O’Hare’s, Newcastle.

Cost is £10 per person.

We are limited to 70 places which will be given on a first come first served basis.

Payment and menu choices will be made via the club app at the beginning of October.

Watch this space for further details.

Joe McCann

Volunteers Needed – McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Race 1

We are now less than a week away from the first McGrady Cross Country Series event in Castlewellan Forest Park.

As always, the series is only made possible with the help and support of our sponsors, parents, and those who volunteer their time to help us with the various tasks that need to be undertaken on the day.

We are therefore appealing for volunteers who would be willing to take on a roll such as marshalling, help at the start and finish line, as well as a number of other fun jobs.

Please let us know asap if you can help by emailing juniors@newcastleac.org, and don’t forget that registration closes at 9pm this Thursday. There will be no registration on the day.

McBurney’s 21st

Saturday 7th September dawned bright and dry and as I looked from the bedroom window of our accommodation, on the outskirts of Fortwilliam, I could clearly see the upper slopes of Ben Nevis. Standing at 1345m high it is the highest mountain in the UK, and being so far north in Scotland weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye, if the event had of been one week earlier, they would have had to cancel it. NAC on tour were over for the annual pilgrimage to Fortwilliam to race The Ben, a race to the top and back.

The weekend started 24hrs earlier for us as we met in Hilltown at 5am for an early flight to Glasgow. Picking up the hire car, we made our way north on one of the most scenic routes I’ve ever driven. The mountain ranges were simply stunning and once we passed through the snow barriers, used to close the road in adverse weather, we knew we were getting close. Arriving at our house in the early afternoon, we had lunch, gathered a few provisions and did a bit of sightseeing. The team so far included, Catherine McIntosh, Gary McEvoy, Pete Grant and David Hicks, who although injured at the minute was there to shout from the sidelines. Arriving on later flights were Bronagh McInerney and Brian McBurney who was over to complete his 21st Ben Nevis race, quite an achievement on its own to make the trip over every year. Continue reading

McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2019/2020 – Race 1

Dates for the annual McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series 2019/2020 have now been released! Online Registration is now open.

The first race takes place in Spring Gardens, Castlewellan Forest Park on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Registration closes at 12:45 sharp, with the first race starting at 1pm. To take part in the Series, athletes must be members of Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, Dromore AC, 3 Ways AC or Murlough AC.

Click the button below to view full series information.

Online Registration and Series Information

Castlewellan parkrun – 100th Event!

Castlewellan parkrun celebrates 100 events on Saturday 7 September. Many NAC members have been regular attenders and volunteers for almost 2 years. We would love to see a big turn out from club members in club vests to mark this milestone. Please encourage family and friends to come along. if you are not able to take part, we could do with a few additional volunteers as we expect this to be a very busy morning. Support your local parkrun. #loveparkrun