It was a quiet week-end of racing for Newry AC with the final race and prize-giving taking place for the Hill & Dales series with Esther Dickson retained the title of the Top Female in the 2019 Hill and Dales Series.  There also were club athletes taking part in a triathlon and the Irish National Masters Combined (Pentathlon) Championships.


5 Newry AC Athletes took part in the final race of the Hill & Dale Series on Friday evening. The race started in Donard Park and took the runners up through the trail paths and roads of Donard Forest to the steep climb through the trees to the top of Drinahilly, where the runners then had a tricky descent onto the forest paths for a fast and furious downhill to the finish line. Maurice Harte was first in for Newry AC with 11th position and 2nd MV40 and Aidan Murray followed him in 31 seconds later for 15th position. Full results are as follows:

Newry AC attending the Hill & Dales Prize Giving
Newry AC attending the Hill & Dales Prize Giving
  • Maurice Harte, 11th, 2nd MV40, 25:36
  • Aidan Murray, 15th, 26:07
  • Warren Cartmill, 24th, 26:59
  • Mark McElroy, 33rd, 27:37
  • Ciara Coffey, 89th, 2nd FV40, 31:15


Esther Dickson retained the Top Female Award for 2019 and had an overall finishing position in the series of 17th out of 242 runners. This was a fantastic performance for Esther and a placing that was well deserved. Other outstanding performances that must be mentioned is the fact that Newry AC had 5 athletes in the top overall 30 placings and four athletes taking placings in the top 3 of their age categories.. A credit to their commitment and training to the mountain running. Maurice Harte, Warren Cartmill and Rory Mulvaney all had outstanding performances in this series. Final series placing details are as follows:

Esther Dickson lifting the Top Female Award for the 2019 Hill & Dales Series
Esther Dickson lifting the Top Female Award for the 2019 Hill & Dales Series

Female Open

1st - Esther Dickson (Overall Female Winner & 17th overall in series)

7th - Sarah Quinn (77th overall in series)

Female FV40

3rd Ciara Coffey (117th overall in series)

Male Open

12th - Adam Ervine (29th overall in series)

Male MV35

4th - Rory Mulvaney (18th overall in series)

8th - Mark McElroy (44th overall in series)

Male MV40

3rd - Maurice Harte (10th overall in series)

Male MV45

2nd - Warren Cartmill (28th overall in series)


Aaron Montgomery revisited his home village of Portballintrae to compete in the annual 'PortballinTri' team event on Saturday. To participate the team require a swimmer, cyclist and runner. Aarons team was called “Must Tri Harder” and finished 12th overall out of 52 teams. Aaron naturally assumed the running role which is a 4.75 mile run from the harbour up around the Causeway headlands, to the Causeway Visitor Centre and back down the tramway lines to the village of Portballintrae. This is an event for the local community and visitors to enjoy and much craic was had in glorious summer weather.


On Sunday, Joanne McCauley attended the Irish National Combined Championships in Dublin. This entails five events of a 80m hurdle race, Shot Putt, High Jump, Long Jump and 800m all on the one day. Joanne had a tough start to the event in the hurdles due to an injury of which the result forced her to step it up a gear and on winning the high jump, long jump and 800m (lifting a 800m PB) she was able to pull the points up and take a podium finish with a well deserved 3rd Bronze placing in a highly competitive 40-49 Female age group.

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