Connaire leads old boys round St Malachy’s races

Connaire leads old boys round St Malachy’s races

10 April 2019

A NUMBER of Newcastle AC members took part in the inaugural St Malachy’s High School 5k/10k races last Thursday night.

In aid of the school’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign, the event was a huge success and a part of NIMRA trials for the season ahead. 

Conditions were tough with some heavy hailstone showers at the start of the races. Both race courses were demanding and involved some climbing over Slievenaslat. 

First home in the 10km race was former St Malachy’s old boy Castlewellan’s Connaire McVeigh and fellow student, Bryansford’s Sean Russell followed closely in suit. 

Dromara teacher Jonny Crutchley used the local race for his attack on the London Marathon, hopefully he will remember his club vest for that. 

The Newcastle hotelier was next showing the younger McVeigh how to climb. It was notable to see Jack O’Hare, fresh from his winter hibernation and Brexit debates, back racing again. 

Next home was Kilcoo man John Kelly, who relished having a recce over the course with the young lads. Other finishers were Dominic McGreevy, who took a detour looking for another climb.

St John’s man Micky Flynn enjoyed the local trails, Rita Devlin, Lorna Cunningham, Nicola Mathers and Mr ‘Castlewellan Parkrun’ McCann took time out from their marathon preparations. 

Mr and Mrs McCrickard completed along with Castlewellan’s Charlie McAlinden, who missed the local GAA derby in the Meadow, loved reminiscing from his school days. 

The locals did notice a notable absentee in Burrenbridge man James King whose excuse was he didn’t have enough eggs for lunch and was busy calving.

Young Tom Crudington took part in the 5k race where he finished sixth. Damian Brannigan took part in the 5km in highly competitive race that was part of the NIMRA trials.

 A special thanks to St Malachy’s High School staff Clare Murnin and Phil Hodge who put in a huge amount of time to making these races a success. 

Also, a thanks to the staff, management and pupils from St Malachy’s High School on their fantastic hospitality and the use of their wonderful facilities. It was also good to see some ex teachers attending and offering support to some of their past pupils. 

Shimna Wheelers also had eight marshals on the course and offered encouragement.

The first race of the annual Newcastle AC Hill and Dale Series takes place tomorrow night in Castlewellan Forest Park. Full details are available on the Newcastle AC website www.newcastleac.org.