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The season has commenced for Newry AC with athletes hitting Indoor Track events in Ireland and Scotland this week and the Trails of Gosford Forest in Markethill.

NIA LIVE SERIES, ABBOTTSTOWN - DUBLIN

On Tuesday evening, Mark Malone and Joanne McCauley travelled to the NIA Live Series at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin.This the third meet of the series was sold out with large fields of athletes in graded heats.Joanne continued her strong track form and took on the 60m, notching a new PB of 8.92 seconds. She also raced the 200m recording an indoor PB of 29.88 seconds and taking a hard earned third place in the heat.Mark returned to the track and took on a strong field of runners in the first heat of the mile event. The mile is a gruelling eight laps of an indoor track. Mark ran a consistently paced race and was well pleased to complete in a time of 4:51.22.The next Series Meet is 28th January which is highly likely to sell out.

Sarah Jane Beattie and Chloe O’Hara at the Born2Run 5k in Gosford Forest Park.
Sarah Jane Beattie and Chloe O’Hara at the Born2Run 5k in Gosford Forest Park.

SCOTTISH NATIONAL ATHLETICS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS, EMIRATES ARENA, GLASGOW

Newry AC plus supporters (Coach Kookie O’Hagan/Aine Fegan/ Kevin Doran/Paul le Blanc/Caroline Hamilton) made their annual pilgrimage to the Scottish Nationals at the weekend.8 athletes took on a variety of events from 60m through to 1,500m over a packed timetable on Saturday.Track Performances to note would be Club Juniors Clodagh Doran and Grace Hamilton, as well as Club Master Gavin Crilly.In Group F, Clodagh had a fantastic race storming confidently around the track to complete in 2:45.25 and take 1st in her heat.

Gavin Crilly making his way up through the pack in his 1,500m race.
Gavin Crilly making his way up through the pack in his 1,500m race in Glasgow.

Overall, Clodagh finished a well earned 4th in Group F. This was an 11 second PB and a very promising start to the track season for Clodagh.The youngest Newry AC athlete to take part was Grace Hamilton. Grace raced in a very competitive Group M 200m and completed in 30.55.Club Master, Gavin Crilly was placed against a young field of U20 athletes in Group C of the 1,500m.  The young athletes took the pace out very hard and fast but Gavin’s race experience showed and he worked his way expertly through a tiring field to finish 2nd in his heat in a time of 4:53.44. This gave him a 2nd place overall position in Group C.

Full results
800m- Clodagh Doran -Group F - 2:45.25 (1st in heat & PB);
Meadow McCauley - Group C - 2:37.18.
60m- Joanne McCauley -Group G - 8.98 seconds.
400m- Joanne McCauley -Group E Heat 2 - 68.27 seconds (1st in heat & Indoor PB).
Anna Fegan - Group E Heat 3 - 70:30 seconds.
1,500m- Group B Hughie Mackin 4:47.74 and John McCaffrey 4:48.57.
Group C - Gavin Crilly - 4:53.44 (2nd in heat & 2nd in Group overall). Anna Fegan - 6:13.08.
200m- Group J - Joanne McCauley 30:13 seconds; Group L - Grace Hamilton- 30.55 seconds.

Joanne McCauley and Mark Malone at the NIA Live Series in Abbottstown
Joanne McCauley and Mark Malone at the NIA Live Series in Abbottstown

BORN2RUN 5K TRAIL RACE, GOSFORD FOREST PARK, MARKETHILL

Well done to Jonny Gregg, Sarah Jane Beattie and Chloe O’Hare who took part in the Born2Run 5k Race at Gosford Forest Park on Saturday.Jonny Gregg finished 5th Overall 17:36; Sarah Jane Beattie 35th Overall 23:29 and Chloe O’Hare 45th Overall 24:55.

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