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Newry AC were out competing this week in the various disciplines of road, trail and cross country.

Run in the Dark, Stormont 10k

On Wednesday evening new Newry AC member, Nuala Boyle put on the night vision to compete in this popular charity 10k race within the grounds of the Stormont Estate, Belfast This was attended by over a thousand runners.

Nuala completed the course in a brilliant 53:53.

Meadow McCauley (far right) lifting 2nd place at Moira Autumn Cross Country
Meadow McCauley (far right) lifting 2nd place at Moira Autumn Cross Country

Born2Run 5k Drum Manor, Cookstown

Saturday morning saw Sarah Jane Beattie compete in this popular trail series in the beautiful setting of the Drum Manor Forest Estate.

The undulating course did not deter Sarah Jane and her grit and determination was rewarded with a podium place for 3rd Female. Her time was 23:49 and overall was placed a fantastic 14th out of 160 runners.

Castlewellan Parkrun

Meadow and Joanne McCauley on Saturday morning joined 180 fellow runners at a misty Castlewellan Parkrun as a warm up before attending an Orienteering Race at Tyrella.

Meadow had a great run, having no time to admire the beautiful landscape as she finished in 1st Female place, 8th overall and in a time of 21:12.

Joanne did enjoy the scenery and followed in with a 12th Female placing, 58th overall and in a time of 25:20. Joanne has 4 more runs to go to hit that impressive 100th Parkrun.

Annagassan 10k Viking Run, Dundalk

Johnny Gregg continued his consistent running form placing on the podium at this large and well supported running event on Saturday. 517 runners were at the start line.

Johnny competed against a strong field of top Co. Louth clubs to take a well deserved 3rd Male placing in a time of 37:11.

County Down 5k Road Race, Downpatrick

Sunday saw three of Newry ACs Elite Senior Squad hit the roads of Downpatrick for this popular and annual 5k Road Race.

Gary Crummy, Hughie Mackin & Mark Malone at the Co. Down 5k Road Race in Downpatrick
Gary Crummy, Hughie Mackin and Mark Malone at the Co. Down 5k Road Race in Downpatrick

This is a race that allows the athletes to run Graded 5ks (3 different classes). Each class group is highly competitive as all athletes are out to get a PB and beat fellow and other club athletes.

Gary Crummy, Mark Malone and Hughie Mackin joined the ranks of the top class elite group. They took off on a mission with Gary Crummy recording a finish time of 16:56 - 18th place; Mark Malone (of whom has been trying to get off the injured list) notched 17:04 - 19th place and Hughie Mackin completed the trios performances with 18:26 - 38th place.

Moira Autumn Cross Country, Moira Demesne

On Sunday, Meadow and Joanne McCauley travelled to Moira for a charity cross country event.

Sarah Jane Beattie lifting 3rd placed Female at the Born2Run Drum Manor 5k
Sarah Jane Beattie lifting 3rd placed Female at the Born2Run Drum Manor 5k

Weather was cold, dry but windy in the open sections. This was a new event and used a good course design of which had a few inclines with athletes finding some areas tricky underfoot due to roots and tree debris.

Meadow competed in the U17s 4K of which she ran a good, well paced run to lift a podium place of 2nd in a time of 16:25.

Joanne ran in the Senior Open 6k finishing with a 17th placing.

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