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Rory wins Championship GOLD!!!

Sunday 20th April
Kildalkey was the venue on Sunday for the 5 mile road championship of Meath held in near perfect conditions. A field of 160 faced the starter for the 44th staging of this annual race which was promoted by Fr Murphy AC. Right from the start it was Dunboyne athlete Rory Kavanagh who cut out the pace. He went by the 1 mile marker in 5 minutes followed by Derick Crowe Bohermeen, after this he went on to increase his lead to cross the finish line in 26.16. It's been a while since we won championship gold and it is a just reward for Rory who has been putting in some effort over the past couple of years - well done Rory! Chairman Michael Cornyn had another good run in this 5 mile coming 44th overall and 5th M50 in a time of 33:24. Well done Michael.

Boston Marathon 2014

Monday 21st April
The blue & white was on display in the historic Boston Marathon for the first time in as long as any of us can remember as Paul O’Donnell took to the start line in the world’s longest running marathon. Naturally this was a poignant and emotional race given the unfortunate events that materialised at the 2013 marathon. Paul made the start line, and despite issues with his pelvis and groin, he ploughed on through the worsening pain which affected his pace in the 2nd half of the marathon. This was Paul’s 14th marathon, and another major, and fuelled by Gatorade and numbed by Nurofen he finished in 3hrs 45mins, a time Paul would’ve gladly taken before the race given his injuries. Early reports suggested it wasn’t the easiest run either given the volume of runners and the hot conditions, so extra kudos given that, and onwards to No. 15 in Autumn! Best of luck with the recovery!

Leinster 10 Mile Road Race Championships

Monday 21st April
Dunboyne had three competitors in Raheny at the Brian Boru Battle of Clontarf 10 Mile incorporating the Leinster 10 Mile Road Race Championships hosted by Raheny Shamrock AC, and two of them managed to bring home medals on the day. Emilia Dan was, as usual, out in front contesting the top end of the race with Donore’s Anne Curley. Both were head to head and a long way clear of 3rd until the halfway point when Anne pushed on. Emilia ran the last half of the race unchallenged to finish 2nd female overall and claim silver in the championship in a time of 64:22. Sean Kinnane continued his recent return to form and at this unfamiliar longer distance won championship gold in his age category in a time of 63:00, 12 seconds ahead of 2nd. Paul Gannon also completed the race in a time of 60:59.

Fit4life Trio at Half-Million Half-Marathon

Good Friday 18th April
Joan Hodgins, Siobhan Campbell and Vivienne Lennon lined out for Ray D’Arcy’s Half-Marathon on Good Friday in aid of LauraLynn. Siobhan was taking on her 3rd half-marathon while Viv and Joan were on their 4th. All 3 ran a PB on Friday despite the sudden spike in temperature and a challenging route that looped through the Furry Glen twice. We were concerned it may have been too hot for comfort but all 3 women reported a beautiful day, a fantastic atmosphere and fantastic crowd support en route particularly from our own volunteering clubmates. 3 women, and not a complaint between them; was it the sunshine, club-spirit, charity, Easter or Ray D’Arcy that made them so happy? Whatever it is, if we could get our Fundraising Committee to bottle it and sell it we’d have a tartan track within a month!

Ever obliging, our ladies finished in alphabetical order by first name; exactly how we report on our Fit4Life participants. They know the drill. First home was Joan Hodgins in 1.52.23. In the concluding episode of our 2-part drama, Joan had root canal treatment on her abscess on Tuesday and was sufficiently recovered to achieve this PB by Friday. At this stage we’re almost immune to Fit4Lifers triumphing over adversity, but Ray D’Arcy and Bressie were so touched by her story, they tracked Joan down to get photos and pointers. Next up was Siobhan Campbell in her PB time of 2.02.32. Siobhan is one of our most regular participants over all events and distances and we can’t help but admire her style. Despite being one of our most committed, she’s also one of our most laid-back. The Precision Timing finish-line video shows Siobhan casually and modestly easing over the line with a PB in the bag. No showboating for Siobhan, no arms raised - unlike Joan and Viv. Vivienne Lennon followed close behind in 2.11.20 to complete the clean-sweep of PBs. Viv trained hard for the Bohermeen Half-Marathon and was disappointed to miss it due to illness. She dusted herself off, registered for this one instead and kept up the training. Viv is flying high at the moment and has recorded a PB in every race she has run in the past 2 months. She’ll have to let us in on the secret!

Thanks a million to our volunteering clubmates for fundraising on our behalf and for your very vocal support of our trio. You can share the credit for the PBs. Practice runs of Paul Gorey’s 5-mile race route will be led by Siobhan Campbell every Wednesday evening at 7pm, and by Joan every Saturday morning at 9am up until 27th May. Join them (at your own pace – fear not) and don’t forget your hi-viz. It’s rumoured Viv will make some cameo appearances also. Well done ladies for great running and for raising funds for LauraLynn. It’s not too late to sponsor, if anyone would like to donate to their collections next week. Well done ladies; so very classy of you to make a long hot run sound so easy! Us usual, more photos on Facebook.

Some Fit4Life action we missed last weekend

  12th & 13th April
Well done to friends, and C25K graduates, Johanna O’Driscoll and Maria Hughes who spurred each other on to participate in separate events last weekend. Johanna participated in the 5K Phoenix Park Aware run organised by Chartered Accountants Ireland on Saturday 12th April, finishing in 34.56. Ever modest, Johanna wasn’t sure we should “dwell on the time given there were 10K runners finishing at the same time.” We told her to put down the calculator, ignore the adverse variance, embrace our world of Fit4Life and dine out on it! Works for the rest of us!! Maria, being more concerned about her street-cred, ditched the boring accountants in favour of the Lismullen 3K Fun-Run on Sunday 13th April finishing in a time of 20.19. Maria has been so bitten-by-this-running-bug all it took was a flyer after our Dunboyne 4-Miler to get her on board for this one. The ladies were so modest about their exploits, we only found out accidentally. Well done and fair play for seeking out new challenges. You would have been forgiven for resting on your laurels after the Dunboyne 4-Miler. Pictured here is Johanna (left) and Maria (right).

Club Notices


Help your club AND join us for a food/drink get together before/after?
Sounds good? Read on...

Many thanks to those who voluneteered at the Ray's Half Million Half Marathon. The Club spirit is alive and well! As you may know, we have one more race that we have been very lucky to get, where we can earn much needed funds for our track re-development, but only if we can fill the spots! It's the Samsung Night Run (Sunday 27th April, 7:45pm start, in the city, for approximately 2 hours). AND we thought, why not organise a Club Social ahead of the Samsung Run on the evening of the race – an early bird meal in Ely, Grand Canal Square at roughly 5:30pm. (We'll confirm price soon). All are welcome to come, its a chance for us to socialise post 4 Mile, post Rotterdam Marathon, post C25K completion etc.

How do you volunteer?

  • Fill in your name on the volunteer list we have on the clubhouse door (by 27th April)
  • Or comment on our post on Facebook that you would like to volunteer.
Anyone can volunteer, runners, parents, friends, family etc. So join us for the Samsung Run and Ely Restaurant. It's a great way to get to know other people in the club :)


Coaching
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!!!



Skills/Services/Expertise
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 atsmith@eircom.net


Meet and Train
Provisional Dates for Women's Meet and Train Summer League Road Races
This year, they plan to have 4 races:
  • Sunday 13th April
    Griffeen Park Lucan @ 11am, 5K hosted by Lucan Harriers
  • Wed 7th May
    Irishtown @ 7.30pm
    3 miles
    hosted by Crusaders
  • Wed 21st May
    Phoenix Park @ 7.45pm
    4 miles
    hosted by Donore Harriers
  • Wed 18th June
    Cherryfield Park @ 7.45pm
    5km trail run
4 races for 20 euro or 7 euro per race. If you pay for the series you can be on a team, there are gold, silver and bronze categories, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, the prizes are of small value but they just break even. It is 6 for a team and you need 4 to race. and it will be the best 3 out of 4.

They are great races if you are targeting the mini marathon. Let Dee Fitzsimons or Aoiffe Kerrigan know if you are able to join the team (aoiffekerrigan@outlook.com).


Membership Button

Online Registration has arrived!
Members, we now have the facility to register online. If you haven't already registered, you must do so asap, OR ELSE YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO USE THE TRACK OR TO PARTICIPATE IN TRAINING. As online registration is a new facility, if you encounter any problems registering, please email martin.cahill@hp.com. Many thanks.