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Racing distances old and new

Newry City Runners weekly News

Janine Burns and Karen McElroy at Shanes Castle

Shanes Castle – 10K and Half Marathon

The heavy rain of Saturday night/Sunday morning had well and truly dissipated as sunshine ruled when Karen McElroy and Janine Burns laced up their running shoes to take part in the 10K and Half Marathon distances respectively.

Using their chosen distances as ‘taper runs’ for the upcoming London Marathon both were in Antrim for the Championchip Ireland Shanes Castle races.

The half marathon route consisted of one lap, taking in all terrains tarmac and concrete roads, gravel, trail with some mud too, within the Shanes Castle Estate, offering some spectacular views along the route. Janine completed her race in 2.17.52

The 10K route was also a loop, covering all terrains imaginable within the Estate. Karen completed the course in 1.03.19.


It was a new and unusual distance for Patricia Brown and Una Campbell as they crossed the River Boyne and headed down to Navan for the RAS Gaelscoil Eanna 7K.

The weather was simply perfect for running and the two-lap course. It started on the flat and meandered through a housing estate start, going into a decline for the first KM, flattening out until 2.5K with a steady drag to 3K and flattening out again for the last 500m, before going round again for the second lap. Una finished in 31.31 (second in category) and Patricia in 32.32 (first in category)

Patricia Brown and Una Campbell at RAS Gaelscoil Eanna 7K

Castlewellan Park Run

Conor Morgan was 1st at Castlewellan Park Run on Saturday, and had a course PB in a time of 18.17

Carlingford Triathlon

Congratulations to Gerald Morgan who completed the Carlingford Triathlon on the 05th of September with finesse. Gerald completed the 1500M Swim in 31 minutes, the 40K Bike ride in 1hour 10 minutes and finished with an awesome 10K of 48 minutes.

Club training:

Club Training continues each week St Colman’s Running Track on Tuesday evening, at a slightly earlier time of 19.00-20.00, a time solely reserved for Newry City Runners.

Thursday evening at 18.00, meeting point in the Courthouse carpark.

Rostrevor Park Run:

Please keep continuing to support the Rostrevor Park Run Event and PM their Facebook page if you are free to marshal in the coming weeks/months.

This is the number one ‘park run’ in Ireland for scenery, and while it is the most challenging, in addition, it is well worth the effort. Excellent training too. Walkers are also very welcome to the Park Run. If you have not registered, you can do so

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