Irish Trials attended by NAC

4 Newcastle & District athletes make the Irish Team for the World Mountain Racing Championships

The Irish Mountain Racing Association (IMRA) hosted trials throughout the weekend for athletes wishing to be selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming Mountain Running World Championships being held in Innsbruck-Stubai, Austria, between the 6th and 10th June (

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Successful Maiden Voyage at Hill & Dale for many Newcastle Juniors

Report by Siobhán Grant

One would have anticipated that the heavens would open and pour upon over 340 runners who had made the trip to Castlewellan as Newcastle AC rolled out Race One of this years Hill and Dale Series. However there was a change in the daily weather storyline as the grey clouds dispersed and Castlewellan Lake glistened under clear blue skies. However the weather in recent days had held itself within the ground and runners were quickly reminded of this at different points throughout the route when they skidded around corners and searched for any grip on the grass.

Always a popular race with the trail and mountain runners alike, Race 1 also opens itself to those who tentatively want to dip their toes in some off road adventures, maybe inspired by their participation in December’s Christmas Cracker, with the stunning backdrops of the forests and mountains of South Down surrounding them. They either finish and have caught the bug or decide spectating is way more fun.

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