Double Gold for Newcastle AC at Glenariff

This weekend saw the second race of the mountain running season with Glenariff – otherwise affectionately known as ‘The Spud Run’. Set in the beautiful Glens of Antrim, the race starts from the Glenariff Community Centre, and makes it way along a muddy lane for nearly two miles, up a 370m climb and back along the same route. Unlike the Slieve Gullion race the week before, which is almost a straight up and down, Glenariff is more like a tough cross country with a mountain in the middle. Seasoned spud runners know that the real challenge is not necessarily the climb but switching tired legs from the muddy descent off the mountain to fast running mode for the two-mile lane home.

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Weekly Junior Update – McGrady XC Race 3, Born2Run, ParkRun

Newcastle Juniors show class at Tollymore

On Sunday, the club hosted the 3rd race of the McGrady’s Financial Junior Cross Country Series. The weather was onside and even the sun came out from time to time to remind us that Spring was incoming. With all the Junior coaches and volunteers undertaking various roles across the event, some for the first time and other, experienced stalwarts directing, the teamwork was evident and reflected on the smooth running of the event and bonus baked treats in the tent for all.

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