Newry AC athletes were active in road, trail, Parkrun and cross country events this week and also had an individual All Ireland Qualification being lifted.

Armagh Parkrun

Meadow and Joanne McCauley took to the hilly Armagh Parkrun on Saturday - a favourite training circuit for this family duo.

With 110 enthusiastic parkrunners, Meadow ran a steady pace taking first Female, 7th overall and recording a new course PB in a time of 22:30.  Joanne followed her daughter through to finish in 29th overall and 4th Female.

Johnny Gregg taking Podium 1st Place at the 26 Extreme Tollymore 10k Trail Race
Johnny Gregg taking Podium 1st Place at the 26 Extreme Tollymore 10k Trail Race

26 Extreme 10k Trail Race - Tollymore Forest Park

Johnny Gregg joined 119 runners to tackle this challenging 10k course set along the trail paths of the beautiful Tollymore Forest Park.

Weather conditions were perfect for the race with only tree debris on the forest floor showing evidence of Fridays storm. Johnny was strong from the start and lead the pack in to take a deserved 1st podium place with a time of 38:27.

Davagh Forest 10k,

Co. Tyrone

On Saturday, Lee Maginnus took part in the first race of the Sperrin Harriers Winter League Trail 2018/2019 Series.

In the surroundings of Davagh Forest, Co. Tyrone, Lee completed the race in a time of 42:14 and placed 25th out of 173 runners.

Our Lady’s Greenhill Remembrance 5km Run, Drogheda

On Sunday, Hughie Mackin and Andrew Knapton travelled to Drogheda for this popular race.

Weather conditions were perfect for the race and competition was tough with athletes from all the main County Louth clubs in attendance.

Both Newry AC athletes ran well and were rewarded with top ten placings out of a field of 350 runners. Hughie Mackin finished 6th in a time of 19:08 and Andrew Knapton followed in 7th place in a time of 19:13.

NI/Ulster Unevens Age Group & Novice Cross Country Championships - Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

On Sunday morning, 3 Newry AC athletes travelled to Scotstown for the NI/Ulster Unevens Age Group & Novice Cross Country Championships.

The course was predominantly flat with good ground conditions despite the heavy rainfall on Friday.

A last minute course change added extra distance per lap onto the races, took out a major hill but made the challenge flatter thus faster but this did not deter great performances from the Newry athletes.

Eve Welsh competed in a highly competitive and fast 2km (2.2km) U13s Age Group. No results were available for the report.

Gavin Crilly competed in the 6km (6.8km) Mens Novice. This race set off hard and fast from the whistle of which Gavin soon found his pack pace and finished well up the placings.

Official timings for the races were not available at the time of this report.

Meadow McCauley competed in a competitive U17s 4k (4.4km) race. The race started off at a sprint from the whistle but soon settled down to a realistic and sustainable pace.

Meadow ran her usual tactic of running middle of the field for the first lap before working her way through as competition tired. By the 3km stage Meadow was now in the top 15 and on the last lap she powered through placings to finish in the top qualifying 12. Another great performance from this club junior of which credit must go not only to the athlete but to her Coach, Kookie O’Hagan.

Meadow with this fantastic performance qualifies for the All Ireland Unevens at the Navan Racecourse in December.

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