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September has been a very quiet month for Newry AC where the track and mountain season are coming to an end and the athletes are now preparing for the incoming cross country, winter road, trail and indoor track events. However, in September, Newry went International with representation at the European Masters in Italy as well as a holiday 5k in Spain and back at home a podium finish in Castlewellan and cross country season commences in the South of Ireland.

MILL HILL RACE, CASTLEWELLAN

Three Newry AC Athletes alongside 117 other brave souls took part in the infamous annual uphill only Mill Hill Race on the 3rd of September. Mark Malone after a long period on injury recovery stormed the unforgiving hill, challenging the on form Zak Hanna and holding off up and coming young athlete Jared Martin to take 2nd place in an impressive time of 5:55. Johnny Gregg finished 6th overall and lifted 1st place in the MV50 category in at time of 6:25. Young Brianna Gregg finished 67th in a great time of 9:35. 

STAR OF THE SEA AC, CROSS COUNTRY, STAMULLEN, IRELAND

Meadow and Joanne McCauley travelled south to Greenanstown, Stamullen on Sunday 22nd to take part in the Star of the Sea AC 31st Annual Cross Country Meet. This race, which marks the traditional start to the cross-country season, saw athletes compete over the rolling lands of East-Meath.

In wet weather but with the undulating ground still good underfoot, Meadow competed in a very competitive U17s 3k race finishing 14th and Joanne completed the Masters 3k race in 16:14. This is a good benchmark for the incoming cross country season for the Newry athletes.

5k EASD, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Sarah Jane Beattie whilst on holidays this week in Barcelona took on a diabetes charity 5k in blistering heat instead of the traditional relaxing by the pool! She finished 57th overall, 2nd in her age group in a fantastic time of 21:25 and this was out of field of 972 competitors. Well done Sarah Jane.

Sarah Jane Beattie celebrating her great run in a Charity 5k in Barcelona
Sarah Jane Beattie celebrating her great run in a Charity 5k in Barcelona

EUROPEAN MASTERS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS, CAORLE, ITALY

Joanne McCauley after a great home athletic season travelled to represent the GBNI Team at the European Masters Athletics Championships, Caorle, Italy. Joanne’s main focus was the 400m and in poor weather (thunderstorms) she placed 8th in a highly talented F45 category with a new PB and well pleased to be coming home with a top 10 placing in the European Masters. In the 200m later in the week, in 30 degree heat, Joanne had a good race, but with a niggling tendon issue after long jump the previous day, she placed a credible 19th out of field of 33 athletes, not far off her PB and missing out on the semi finals by 3 places. This was a fantastic experience, with lessons learned for next season and a great end to a great season of top performances in Ireland and the UK. Winter training will now be Joanne’s focus for the new 2020 Indoor and Outdoor Track Season.

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