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Ladies Day at Rathfarnham 5k

Sunday 28th September

It was a big weekend of sport for the village and the Athletic Club was keen to start Sunday off on a winning note. Whilst the men's team headed for the hills of Stamullen in search of success the ladies were amongst 1200+ runners to hit the salubrious suburbs of South Dublin for the Rathfarnham 5k. The course and conditions were ideal for fast times and the race drew a very high quality field this year.

Whilst there were none of our men at the business end of proceeding Sara Treacy was right up there for the ladies. She ran through the fast first k in 3:03, but had company from Teresa Doherty of Finn Valley and Maria O'Sullivan from Raheny. The pace slackened in the second mile and at the 4k mark Orla Drumm made a move from 4th to 2nd, just 10m behind Sara. at this stage Sara pushed on again to win the ladies race in 16:15. Well done Sara!

Captain Tommy sensed a coup early in the week and he'd rallied the troops for this race. Evergreen Emilia was over to do her bit for the team and was in search of category success herself. She delivered, placing 2nd in her category and 2nd lady home for the Club in 18:41. Claire Ni Fhaircheallaigh was our 3rd woman over the line, just outside her PB in a time of 19:31. Claire's focus is very much on next weeks Novice so it was an excellent performance. Carol Cullinane epitomised the Club spirit this morning. Carol was far from race ready, illness had deprived her of a nights sleep but it didn't stop her toeing the line and running a phenomenal time, all things considered, just outside her PB in 19.59.

Young star Nicola Duffy just returning to the fold ahead of track season ran 21:26. She was 6th in her category where the other 5 runners have many more years on her. We wish Nicola all the best in the two upcoming Meath XC races. Angela Egan was reppin it for our F4L! Whilst we've Envelope Emilia we could also have Envelope Egan, given this is only Angela's first year running she has had amazing success. She'd a fantastic run and was just outside of the podium in 4th position in her category in a time of 30.47. Also flying the F4L flag for the Club was Lydon Thomas, running a significant PB of 27:53 which he's delighted with and rightfully so! Lyndon is another one of our F4L'rs that have come through the C25K this year and has shown fantastic improvement race on race this year.

Tommy McDonnell had himself corralled in a corner of Terenure College with a pen and a piece of paper when everyone else was having their post race cuppa. He sensed a team victory. Results were posted, they'd given us second. We called for a stewards enquiry and Precision Timing duly delivered before the news filtered through that we'd won! A fantastic result! Well done ladies

! We'd four lads playing supporting roles to our leading ladies out there too, but they were out of the limelight! Paul Gannon was just behind Sara recording a 9 second PB time of 16:21. The Mitchell's, John and Ray, ran 21:51 and 21:56 respectively, John running a PB!

Full marks to Rathfarnham for a top race. Full results on Precision Timing and check out Rory Mooney's usual set of great photos here.

BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 Mile

Sunday 28th September
It has been a while since we've had a result in the Cork BHAA, if ever, but we have one from the weekend just gone! Noel Duffy featured prominently in his age category with a 2:43 for the distance, well done Noel!

Juveniles at Star of the Sea Cross Country

Sunday 28th September

A total of twenty juvenile Dunboyne AC athletes were in action on Sunday the 28th of September 2014 in Stamullen for the Star of the Sea Open Cross Country competition.

First up was our very own Duracell Bunny Ciaran McCormack who was our sole under 9 athlete in action and he performed well and was unlucky not to finish in the medals where he lost out on the sprint finish. On a positive note, he was the first Meath athlete home on this testing course. Aideen Reilly lined out in the next race and was up front in the under 10 race from the start and showed her potential for this year's cross country competitions by finishing in the silver position on the podium in a very fast race. Pressure was now on Ross Lyons in the under 11 boys race, and he did not disappoint. He sneaked up to the leaders coming to the final downhill section and gave his all while racing towards the finish. A mis-timed final sprint saw him run out of steam at the line, leaving him in a very respectful bronze position.

Our first team in action on the green meadows of East Meath were the Dunboyne AC under 11 girls team who all ran fantastically, with the spectators roaring them on as Aoife McCormack led Rachael Norman, Niamh Sherlock, Lucy Eglington and Kate Griffin home. After a long wait there was a loud cheer as it was announced that our girls finished in silver medal position for the team event. We only had two under 12 boys race in the under 12 competition, however all finished in the individual medals. Conor Leane was very impressive in winning his 1,500m race with Mark finishing close behind in fifth-and second Meath athlete home and there is no doubting that these boys are going to be a force to reckon with in Leinster this year.

Whatever the boys do, the stubborn under 12 girls always try and go one better. In the biggest field of the day Doireann Ni Fhlatharta earned her place on the podium as an individual having out sprinted Chloe Frazer to the line. Abigail Knox was not far behind and her good running helped the girls win bronze in the team competition. We had two boys running in the under 13 competition and though outside any medal position Jack Hayes was first Meath athlete home while Matthew Norman was the third Meath athlete home. The under 13 quintet of Nicole Frazer, Aoiblin Ni Fhlatharta, Crea Farrell, Jessica Clarke and Anna Griffin were also in good form, with Nicole Frazer winning an individual medal and the team taking silver in the overall competition.

Thanks to all the family members and coaches that travelled. Overall it is looking good for the upcoming Meath Championships.

Marathon Track Challenge a Huge Success

Sunday 14th September

Two of our senior runners, Mick Foy and Dave Galbraith completed a marathon (26.2 miles) ON THE TRACK! as part of the Family Fun Day to raise extra funds for the club. That's 106 laps of the track!! They started their challenge at 11am on the Sunday morning and finished in just over 4.5 hours. Well done!

Mick and Dave would like to thank everyone who supported them on their epic 106 laps of the track. They were seriously overwhelmed by the response. If there is any sponsorship outstanding we would ask for it to be paid online here. Remember all funds go towards our track re-development, so please support their fantastic effort!

The lads also organised spot prizes! Thanks to Kevin and the lads in Amphibian King Ashtown and Lidl, the lads drew names at random from the completed sponsors list for the prizes. below are the winners. Prizes will be available for collection at track on Tuesday evening.


Dunboyne Veterinary Clinic Sponsorship Deal

Dunboyne Athletic Club team, who have qualified for the Athletics Ireland National League Final, received a generous sponsorship deal under a community support programme entered into by Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital. Presentation from Charles Cosgrave, Dunboyne Vet Clinic to club captain Tommy McDonnell and Chairman Micheal Cornyn with Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital staff and Dunboyne AC National League squad members. Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital are running a loyalty programme for any members of the Club. They will launch their loyalty scheme in September. Please see update on our website and facebook page at this stage. The scheme is worth up to approximately 15,000 in total so the more Dunboyne AC members mention our Club, the more of the loyalty fund goes back into Dunboyne AC. More details of the scheme here.

Club Notices

Fit4Lifers - a few extra miles?
A group of Fit4Lifers will be meeting before training to do an extra few easy miles. Pace and distance depends who's there, but if there's a few people the group can split up - no one will be left behind! If you're interested come along at 7.30. Also, Ciara Barry has set up a Facebook Group to help organise runs outside training. Some people meet at the weekend, some meet after school drop off during the week - but the Facebook group makes this easy to organise. There'll always be somebody available to run with. If you want to do a few miles before training, come along at 7.30 tonight. If you want to join the Facebook group and see posts about arranging runs, get in touch with Ciara.

Dinner Dance
Dunboyne AC Annual Dinner Dance and Awards will take place on Friday 21st November in Dunboyne Castle. Save the date!!!

Track Upgrade
We are forming a sub committee for the track development project. We have 6 members so far on the sub committee. If anyone would like to get involved and share any skills/expertise they may have it that area, please let Tommy McDonnell know. Many thanks!

Family Fun Day & Car Boot Sale a huge success, thanks to all who supported us and to our volunteers
The weather Gods adhered to our many prayers for good weather as the sun shone on both events over the weekend which involved the inaugural car boot sale on Saturday which attracted many traders and customers. Indeed Del Boy himself would have been proud of the selling and buying skills shown by all. After its success this may become a regular event in our event calendar. This was followed on Sunday by our Annual Family Fun which may prove to be the most successful to date.

It all started at 11AM with Mick Foy & Dave Galbraith commencing their fund raising marathon challenge involving them running 106 laps around the track. Seamus Dunne accompanied the lads for a few miles of their journey along with our President Sean Conroy taking up the invite to start with them. Not to be satisfied with this Sean quickly set off, leaving all in his wake as he rolled back the years reenacting his marvellous running ability that brought him so much previous success. The lads crossed the line 4.5 hours later to rapturous applause from the many supporters acknowledging their achievement who were all absorbed into their quest through the encouragement of Noel on the microphone in conjunction with Seamus Brady who lap by lap cleared the path for the lads to run freely by their erected Gazebo with supporting team and lap counter in toe. The lads look like they will raise substantial funds from this and people can still donate. It can be hard to do one mile on a track but the lads ended up doing over 27 which is incredible and highlights their great dedication to the club.

The day continued with the many volunteers manning their positions providing enjoyment and refreshments for all. The many attractions this year included Bucking Bronco, Bubble soccer & Sand Treasure Hunt which was organised and ran by our 11 year old club member Eleanor Geoghegan which all proved to be very successful.

The dunk tank proved yet again to be a major success with many volunteering for this saturated torture including local TD Helen McEntee & Senator Thomas Byrne. This year also brought about the opening of the 'Fun Day Food Court, where people could enjoy a Burger from 'Blackwells Burger Bistro' along with a coffee & cake from 'Envelope Emilia Dan's Diner'. People could sit and enjoy the atmosphere or even purchase a book adjacent to the food court and relax at the facilities provided. Although we did run out of sauce - Alan McKernan after instruction from his wife Nicola - engaged in a mission to seek additional supplies in 'Operation Red Sauce - Code name 'Save The fun day' which was executed with perfection showing the dynamic capabilities of the club to adapt to all emergency situations. Every event has a hero and indeed we have found ours.

These were just some of the attractions on the day which brought record numbers who looked like they really enjoyed it. All this would not be possible without the numerous volunteers all working tirelessly over the weekend led by Noel & Teresa to ensure its success. There are too many people to thank but a massive well done to all who helped ensure its success by volunteering on the day as well as providing goods, baking & equipment. This event has been in planning for weeks and a lot of work was undertaken to help raise funds for the club as well as provide enjoyment for the Dunboyne community and it cannot succeed without the combined efforts of our members who provide the events biggest asset and requirement which is members time.

Well done to all involved!!!

We are looking for Senior/Fit4Life athletes or parents who would be interested in getting involved with Juvenile training. We have a large number of juveniles and it would enhance the training sessions if there was more adult help available. Training takes place Mon & Wed 7-8pm. Are you free? Only one hour per week!!!

If you have a skill, trade or expertise in a particular area e.g. painting, carpentry, catering, first aid etc. that you would be prepared to offer the club on accosions, we would be happy to add your name to our database. We are all volunteers and the more help we have the better the club will be. Please email Theresa at

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Online Registration
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