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.

O’Gormans out in force at the final meet of the Firmus Super 5 Series

The O’Gorman’s were once again out in force at the Firmus Super 5 Series at the Mary Peters Track on Thursday 29 August.

Dáire completed the Under 11 Boys 100m race in 20.08 with brother Thomas completing it in 22.16. Dáire also completed the 1200m race in 5:38.16.

Aoibheann also had a great run in the Under 13 Girls 1500m race, finishing it in 6:33.73.

Well done to the O’Gorman’s on their fantastic results!

Newcastle AC Saturday Morning Training

Saturday morning training for Newcastle AC Junior athletes in Year 8 and above will re-commence on Saturday 31st August 2019.
Training is primarily aimed at distance running (cross country, road, hills and track running).
Athletes of all abilities are very welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please meet at the football pitches in Donard Park Newcastle at 11am. Training will finish at 12 midday.
Athletes should bring a drink.

Congratulations Calum!

As a result of finishing in the top 8 at the National Primary Schools Athletics Finals, held at the Mary Peters Track on 21 June, Calum Cope has been invited to attend the Belfast International Track & Field meet, also at the Mary Peters Track, on 1 August. The Primary School event will incorporate a 60m sprint, long jump and javelin.

Fantastic performances from Newcastle AC Juniors at the Firmus Fab 5 Series

We would like to congratulate the three Newcastle AC Junior athletes who took part in the fourth meet of the Firmus Fab 5 Series at the Mary Peter’s Track on Thursday 27 June. These were Henry Houston, Daire O’Gorman and Aoibheann O’Gorman.

Teammates Henry Houston and Daire O’Gorman both competed in the Under 11 Boys 800 metre race and they also battled it out in the Javelin competition.

Aoibheann O’Gorman also had a fantastic finish in the Under 13 Girls 800 metre race.

Well done to everyone who took part, we are all very proud of you! The final meet of the series takes place on Thursday 8th August and full details are available on the Athletics NI Website: https://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/Firmus-Super-5-Series

Link to Results

Photos courtesy of Bob Givan Photography. 

Newcastle AC Junior Mountain Running Training Day

Exciting News – Juniors aged 13 to 18! 

Newcastle AC are holding a Junior Mountain Running Training Day in Tollymore Mountain Centre on Monday 1st July 2019

Newcastle AC will host the NIMRA and IMRA junior teams as well as junior athletes from our club.

Now that summer is here, we would love if you would be free to come along and enjoy this exciting day to begin your summer holidays!

You don’t need to have run in the mountains to attend!

Location – Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road, Bryansford, Newcastle, BT33 0PZ

Date – Monday 1st July 2019

Time – 10:00am – 5:30pm

Cost – £15 paid on the day (including lunch and activities – kindly subsidised by the club)

Kit to bring

  • Running gear – trail shoes if you have them.
  • Change of clothes if it rains.
  • Water Bottle.
  • Notebook and pencil

Waterproofs will be provided by the centre if required when doing activities outside.

Highlights planned for the day:-

  • Uphill & Downhill running technique workshop – highlighting key areas for development.
  • Problem solving and team building challenges
  • Talks from 3 elite athletes who have competed at World Championships in various running disciplines including an opportunity to ask questions.
  • Core workout and technique workshop.
  • Advice regarding safety in the hills
  • 5 mile run with Zak Hanna around Tollymore to finish (this is optional, as it will be a hilly training run so a good level of fitness is required)

The training day has limited space so…..

If you plan to attend, please e-mail or text Phil Hodge to confirm your place.
(Please indicate any allergies to make the kitchen aware of in advance.)

philhodge@hotmail.com or 07730682341