Newcastle AC at the NIMRA Championships

Race Report by Hill Runner

Annalong Horseshoe

Race 2 of the NIMRA Championship got underway on Saturday 3rd July, with yet another change to the traditional route. This year seen the start line at the top of Carrick Little lane with the first checkpoint on Chimney Rock followed by Donard, Commedagh, Cove, Lamagan, Binnian North Tor and finishing back at Carrick Little.

Originally race director Trevor Wilson advertised the race as being a traditional fell race with free route choice between checkpoints, before making a last minute decision to put every route around the start line out of bounds leaving the only option for runners to continue on up the track to the corner of Annalong wood.

The forecast was for rain but on the day it stayed dry and the only weather concern was fog, fog so bad that it had reached low down around everything leaving no chance of getting a quick glimpse of a recognisable feature to help one navigate their way! Continue reading

PB’s all around at the ChampionChip 5k

The ChampionChip 5k took place at the Down Royal on Saturday 15 May, where three Newcastle AC runners took part.

In 20th place overall, Newcastle AC Junior 11 year-old Henry Houston ran a PB in an excellent time of 19.17.

The 3rd Lady to finish was Ashlene Mussen in 19:21 and in 12th place overall was Neil McGeough who finished with a time of 17:32. Both Ashlene and Neil ran PBs.

Photos courtesy of Keep Fit Ireland

Racing is back…

After a long winter of restrictions, racing returned for some Newcastle & District AC members this weekend. In glorious summer-like weather conditions matched the mood of the runners.

 

Drake Relays & World Continental Tour – Silver in Des Moines, Iowa

First up on Friday evening was Kerry O’Flaherty as part of World Athletics Global Tour in the women’s steeplechase on the track. O’Flaherty travelled 6 weeks ago to a training base at altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was granted an Entry Waiver by US Homeland & Border Security following support from the US Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field Association and Athletics Ireland. Training has been consistent all winter at home and this has continued during her stay in the US.

19 months ago in her last steeplechase in southern Spain, she was pushed from behind when hurdling a barrier early in the race and broke her 5th metatarsal. Two operations followed, one to insert a screw and the other to remove it. She got back to training and had a few low key races during last summer before lockdown struck again.

Just when ‘she thought it was safe to go back in the water’, near disaster struck as she cleared a few hurdles in the warm-up area. Due to the COVID restrictions at the meeting venue, the warm-up area was makeshift and as she landed she caught her spikes on a piece of uneven track material and skidded to a halt head first along the floor – result were both knees burned. Resilient is what she is and it was straight out to the track where she faced the demons of that incident some 19 months ago. Continue reading

McNiff leads from gun to tape in a classy display of front running

NameHandicap TimeReal TimePosition
Gillian McNiff38.4238.421
Aidan Brown38.4332.132
Frank Cunningham38.4732.173
Johnny Crutchley38.5129.514
Wonderwall38.5632.265
Ernie Hall39.0833.086
Paul Watson39.1833.187
Deon McNeilly39.3932.098
The Prophet39.4035.109
Ciaran Og Mussen39.5234.5210
Eamon McCrickard39.5732.2711
Mari Troeng39.5838.5812
Patrick Higgins39.5933.2913
Frankie McGivern40.0333.3314
Ciara Savage40.0636.0615
Lorna Cunningham40.1935.1916
Fionnuala Simons40.3038.0017
Jerome Farrell41.1935.3918

 

NameHandicap TimeReal TimePosition
Johnny Crutchley38.5129.514
Deon McNeilly39.3932.098
Aidan Brown38.4332.132
Frank Cunningham38.4732.173
Wonderwall38.5632.265
Eamon McCrickard39.5732.2711
Ernie Hall39.0833.086
Paul Watson39.1833.187
Patrick Higgins39.5933.2913
Frankie McGivern40.0333.3314
Ciaran Og Mussen39.5234.5210
The Prophet39.4035.109
Lorna Cunningham40.1935.1916
Jerome Farrell41.1935.3918
Ciara Savage40.0636.0615
Fionnuala Simons40.3038.0017
Gillian McNiff38.4238.421
Mari Troeng39.5838.5812

Christmas Cracker 2020 Update

It is with great regret that Newcastle AC announces the cancellation of the annual Christmas Cracker Pairs Race. Unfortunately, the health restrictions, which are in place for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, make it impossible for the club to safely manage the volume of competitors that normally take part.

We look forward to welcoming runners to Castlewellan for the 2021 Christmas Cracker.

Christmas Cracker 2020 Update

It is with great regret that Newcastle AC announces the cancellation of the annual Christmas Cracker Pairs Race. Unfortunately, the health restrictions, which are in place for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, make it impossible for the club to safely manage the volume of competitors that normally take part.

We look forward to welcoming runners to Castlewellan for the 2021 Christmas Cracker.