RACE REPORT by Lorna Annett.
PHOTOS by Ryan McDonald Photography.
St Malachy’s High School Castlewellan are hosting a 10k Run and 5k Run/Walk on Thursday 2nd April at 6:30pm.
The 5km route will also serve as a selection race for the N.Ireland & Ulster U18 Mountain Running Team, competing at the 2020 U18 International Mountain Running Cup in Ambleside, England in June.
Online Registration is available by clicking here and full details are available in the poster below.
10k Route: https://www.strava.com/activities/2132947340
The 2 races also act as the perfect warm up for the Hill & Dale series starting the following week!
By The Buggy Pusher
Castlewellan Forest Park was the destination on Saturday past as a small number of Newcastle and District AC runners braved the very difficult elements in the final race of the Born 2 Run series.
Prior to the starter gun going for the 10k race the weather really closed in on all the runners who were gathering at the start line. The runners had to listen to the final race instructions from the organisers in a torrential downpour and gale force gusts. Continue reading
(Photos courtesy of Keith McClure Photography)
Race Report by BOGBOY
The NI & Ulster Senior Cross-Country Championships returned to Ulster University at Coleraine for the first time in several years, sponsored by local estate agents and former international athlete Phil Tweedie, on Saturday. Newcastle & District Athletic Club have won the title once, 2016, and City of Derry were back to try and secure a 4th team title in a row. The most successful cross-country captain in the club’s history, David O’Flaherty, whose reign (after taking over from David McNeilly’s successful captaincy) stretches back to Cross-Country League win in 2017, bronze in the Senior Champs, a team victory in the Intermediate where Zak Hanna won with Patrick McNiff 2nd plus team medals at the Irish XC Champs in Divisions 3 and then 2. This year again the bus of ‘maybes’ turned into a bus of ‘definites’ and 17 runners and ‘one hanger on’ set off for the north coast, or at least almost to the north coast in typical February wintry conditions. Continue reading
It was an extremely successful day for Newcastle AC at the Stormont Cross Country on Saturday 8 February. Hosted by the NI Civil Service AC, this annual event takes place at Stormont Estate and this year Newcastle AC Juniors had 9 participants across the various age categories.
In the Under 15 Category, Ethan McMullan had a great run of 11:07 in the Boys Competition. In the Girls Race, Ciara Savage stormed her way into 4th position in a time of 11:27, whilst the aptly named Storm Ciara was battering the country! Aoibheann O’Gorman also had a fantastic race, finishing in 13:41.
In the Boys Primary School Race, Henry Houston had a fantastic race, finishing 6th in a field of 141 participants in a time of 3:23. Quinn Devlin was close behind in 10th position in a time of 3:25, with Oran Denvir finishing in 5:05.
In the Girls Primary School Race, Erin Easton had a great race, completing the course in 16th position in a time of 3:46. Teammate Sarah Uhomoibhi finished the course close behind in 3:54, and Emily McMullan completed the race in 4:41.
Finally, NJAC coach Thomas O’Gorman finished the Male Open & Vets Race in a very respectable 12th position in a field of 201!
We would like to say a massive congratulations and thank you to all the Juniors who took part, and of course to the parents/guardians who took them there. Without your support, we wouldn’t have had a such a great representation at this event!
This coming Saturday (8th February) there will be a Cross Cuntry meet at Stormont (please see link below).
We would really like to get a few Newcastle Junior teams out for the event. As you will see from the attached details, the first race of the day will be primary school boys taking place at 11am, followed by primary girls at 11.10am. Both races are 1000m, and there is no charge.
YOU MUST BE IN P6 OR P7 TO TAKE PART IN THIS RACE. Unfortunately, on this occasion there is not a race for younger children.
We need a minimum of 3 boys/girls in the race to make a team but would encourage as many as possible to come forward and give this a go.
We then move on to the junior boys and girls U13 (2000m) at 11.40am and the U15/U17 (3000m) at 12 noon. There is a £2 registration fee for post primary races which the club has agreed to pay for those running on the day.
This is open to all full members and to those who are currently race only members.
There is a tight deadline on this as team entries must be received along with a cheque on Wednesday.
Can you please drop a message to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in entering your child/children asap, but no later than Tuesday at 6pm. Please leave their full name/date of birth/and which race they wish to enter.
If you need any more info, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here’s hoping we can get a good turn out!