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:

Link to Results

Photos courtesy of Bob Givan Photography. 

Snakes and Ladders at Gaelforce West 2019

One year on from that blurry and crazy debut in 2018 and I’m back on the road to Westport for my second cap at Gaelforce West. The usual WhatsApp groups formed, cars brimming with luggage and equipment, bikes hanging off the back, half day holidays booked from work, pickups around Dublin and we roll westward across our amazing country via the motorways. Myself, Barry Cronin and Thomas Downey make up the passenger list for this latest iteration of our adventure racing stories. Continue reading

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.) or 07730682341

ANI Summer Athletics Camps

EBA Athletics Cub
Wednesday 17th July at St Colmans Track Newry. For ages 10-16 years.
Cost: Free and online registration is necessary.
Time: 6:30pm – 8pm
Online Entry:

Startrack Athletics
2 day camp, 23rd and 24th July, 10am – 2pm

Startrack Endurance/Running Camp
2 day camp, 6th and 7th August, 10am – 2pm

Online Entry for Startrack:

For more information, please contact Michael Dyer