In its tenth year, the series is organised by Newcastle Junior athletics club, and is sponsored by McGrady Financial Services. Five local junior athletics clubs, Newcastle AC, East Down AC, Burren AC, 3 Ways AC and Dromore AC, compete across five cross country races taking place in Castlewellan Forest Park, Dromore Leisure Centre, Kilbroney Forest Park, Delamont Country Park and Tollymore Forest Park. Children from as young as P4 and under up to Year 11+ are able to get involved. Juniors have to compete in 4 out of 5 races to complete the series.
A big thank you to Richard Rogers who gave an interesting talk on what it takes to become an elite runner, and to David O’Flaherty who helped with giving out the prizes.
Well done to all the athletes who showed great courage and endurance taking part, and congratulations to all who collected awards. The organisers would also like to thank the parents and guardians who bring the children along, and help support the events.
Primary Boys: Newcastle AC
Primary Girls: East Down AC
Post Primary Boys: Newcastle AC
Post Primary Girls: East Down AC
Boys Participation: P6 Boys – 3 Ways AC
Girls Participation: Yr8 Girls – East Down AC