Photos by Graham McCauley.
Race Report by Lynda Martin.
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
The Cultra Charity Challenge, for Children’s Heatbeat Charity took place at a wet and windy Sunday morning at a very hilly Ulster Folk Museum.
The race had two options for the runners; 5k or 10k and the 5k race had two runners from Newcastle: Michael Englishby who ran a very creditable 22:31 and Tom Crudgington aged 14, who came in 3rd with 19:57 minutes.
Well done Tom & to the Born to Run team for organising the race for this very worthwhile cause.
Tom is pictured with his mum Hazel who also ran the 5k race.
Photos by Graham McCauley
Sunny Start to the McGrady Financial Services Junior XC Series
One hundred and one athletes turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Castlewellan Forest Park, for the first race of the McGrady Financial Services Series 2018-19.
Athletes from Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Dromore AC, 3 Ways AC and Burren AC take part in the increasingly popular series. All athletes who complete four out of five races all receive a prize at the end of the series.
The biggest race of the afternoon was the Primary 4 and Under Girls race with 15 participants – all well supported with parents, grandparents and coaches all cheering from the side-lines! Our thanks to the Rangers and staff of Castlewellan Forest Park and to all the volunteers on race day. Without your support the races cannot take place! Thanks also to McGrady Financial Services for sponsorship of the series.
Registration is now open for race 2 of the series which is on Saturday 20th October at 11am in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor.