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DA’Camp ***Midweek*** Classes

Starting Wednesday 22nd October 9.45-10.45am
Our weekend DA’Camp classes have proved such a hit, we have been asked to run them mid-week as well. Starting this Wednesday 22nd October at 9.45am, Dunboyne AC’s circuit and conditioning expert, Rory Kavanagh will coach our mid-week enthusiasts. Classes will operate on a pay as you go basis; €6.50 for members or €8.00 for non-members. We hope 2 offerings a week will cater for most members and friends of Dunboyne AC. Please come along on Wednesday morning, bring a yoga mat (approx €5 in Dunnes or Penneys) and bring some friends. We hope demand will be sufficient to run these classes for 9 weeks until 17th December. So if you’d like to have a mid-week option, please share on Facebook, spread the word, come along and encourage others along. We are doing our utmost to get you and your friends in great shape for Christmas!!

DA’CAMP is da bomb!

Saturday 4th October

We have lift off! Our DA’Camp fitness classes got off to a flying start on Saturday with 50 enthusiastic students; club members and newcomers alike. A very special welcome to our newcomers! We hope you enjoy your Dunboyne AC experience and if there’s anything we can do to improve it, just let us know. Coaches Rory Kavanagh, Paul Gannon and John O’Malley introduced us to circuit training and conditioning; a new world for most of the class (and our muscles). Rory demonstrated the 9 station-exercises explaining the standard version, cheat-version and die-hard version of each. Relief all round! The fit (or foolish) could go hell-for-leather and those who wanted a gentler pace didn’t have to get swept up in any madness . All 3 coaches were on hand at the stations to repeat the demonstrations and offer encouragement. Rory led us in conditioning and stretching exercises to wrap up our first official DA’Camp class.

The class was really great fun and we seemed to have a lot of happy DA’Campers (sorry) at the end of it. We felt we’d had a really good workout and as we’re in unchartered territory, hoped suffering wouldn’t set in later . A word from our coaches: “We hope you enjoyed the session and we recommend a long soak in an Epsom salt bath for any weary aching muscles.” Reading between the lines, they seem to expect a little soreness, so that’s all good. Massive thanks and congratulations to our 3 coaches for a fun, expert, well-organised and professional session; seriously impressive stuff lads! Our teachers clearly know their stuff and cut no corners in planning or executing the class. Of course it also helps that Rory Kavanagh is a ninja!

As always with a Dunboyne AC initiative, there was great teamwork involved to get the programme off the ground. Thanks and congratulations to the entire team; Aoiffe Kerrigan, Gary O’Hanlon, Ger Fagan, Joan Hodgins, Kay Gilmartin, Nicola McKernan, Norma Farrell, Roisin Bell, Ruth O’Dwyer, Sean Kinnane, Tony O’Neill, Vivienne Lennon, all who did the leaflet drops and those who road-tested the class with the coaches last week and gave invaluable feedback...and as always, those we’ve forgotten to name here. Thanks everyone!

Finally, thanks to all the participants who got us off to a fun and good-humoured start on Saturday. Great to start as we mean to go on, with a positive attitude that is guaranteed to get us the fitness results we’re all after! We won’t claim to have abs of steel just yet, but we’re on our way and we’ve 9 more weeks to perfect them! See you all again next Saturday at 8.45 and no doubt some new faces will come along to register for the course or avail of the pay-as-you-go option. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one and if not, improvise with a bin-bag or whatever! Check out our photos courtesy of Vivienne Lennon on Facebook. Viv assures us she only captured our best angles :)

Noel Duffy shines at Great Birmingham Run

Sunday 19th October
Congratulations to Noel Duffy who knocked 17 minutes off his recent Race Series Half Marathon in Dublin. Noel came home in 2.08 at the Bupa Great Birmingham Half Marathon. Well done Noel!

Fit4life at Longwood 5K & 10K

Sunday 19th October

Lyndon Thomas and Angela Egan reporting...

A peek through the curtains early on Sunday morning revealed a damp, grey and windy scene. Time to creep back into bed for ordinary mortals, but not for us intrepid road racers. So it was a light breakfast, tog up, and meet up for the trip to Longwood, Co. Meath, with Luke Forde aboard for inspiration. Ominous grey skies, strong gusts and short showers punctuated the journey but seemed to lessen as we arrived (more a product of our relentless optimism than any meteorological improvement). The 5K course had been billed as “fast & flat” (now where have we heard that before?) and the thought began to take hold – could a PB be possible after all? Meeting up with fellow F4L member Fiona Tobin, we made our way to race registration which was efficient and friendly (good facilities were made available by Longwood GAA club before and after the race). After a warm up, we made our way to the start line in “downtown” Longwood. Turnout exceeded expectations and a good size field formed up.

We wished Luke good luck in the 10K and lined up for the 5K start, trying to ignore the worryingly strong headwind and we were off. A short lap of the village and then we were out into the country for a long straight stretch. The wind was now from our left and a good amount of shelter helped make this a reasonably comfortable spell of running, but all good things come to an end and just before the 2K marker we turned left into the headwind on an undulating 1K section of Boreen road. We were severely tested but made it through and finally made a turn into shelter once again. A long undulating section followed before the finish came into view and a very enthusiastic crowd applauded us in.

We were delighted to have the opportunity to cheer Luke Forde as he ran in for second place overall. The post-race hospitality was excellent with a great spread of sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee laid on which was very welcome after such a tough outing. There was a short delay in getting the results, but finally the presentations began, with Dunboyne well represented. Luke Forde took second place overall. Angela Egan achieved a new PB and collected another envelope. Lyndon Thomas finished third in the over 50 category. [Congratulations Lyndon from the “editor.” You rather overachieved on your Top-10 goal set just last week.] Fiona Tobin placed a very impressive 5th in her age category. All-in-all, a great finish to a day which started with little promise of a good outcome (there’s a lesson there somewhere).

Seniors at Longwood 5K & 10K

Sunday 19th October
Dunboyne had athletes from all sections of the Club at the Longwood GAA 5k and 10k held on Sunday last. Whilst Lyndon and Angela were flying the flag as always for the Fit4Lifers, our underage and senior group had representatives in both races. In the 10k we'd Luke Forde competing. Luke finished in 2nd place overall, in a time of 34:07 – well done Luke! Luke will be looking towards the National Intercounties now on the 23rd November. In the 5k father and son Ray and John Mitchell were in action, Ray finishing in 23rd place (6th in his category) in a time of 21:36 with son John 38th in a time of 23:03 (no Junior categories yesterday). Well done lads!

Results on Precision Timing and of course photos on Peter Mooney's Flickr account – thanks Peter! This coming weekend will see most of the Clubs athletes in action in either Avondale on Sunday or Dublin on Monday. Good luck to all!

Fit4Life's Ana Quigley at La Clasica 15km

Sunday 19th October

Ana Quigley reporting at La Clasica 15km, San Sebastián, Spain...

Second race at home. Registration was booooring, no beer this time. T-shirt wasn't as ugly as I thought so so far so good. Iñaki (my brother in law) said his leg was ok after the 10km and he was going to run the 15km with me again (YES!). The day before, I had some panic attack combined with hysteria when I discovered the temperature was going to reach 30 degrees. I asked in every forum and blog I found what I could do. Everyone said drink lots of water before, during and after.

D-day...We did a 'little' bit of warm up. This time people did look a lot more professional and fit than the 10k run last week. I was all the time thinking, these are from a team, these are from a group... they all have the same t-shirt. Then I thought in Ireland I am from a group - Dunboyne AC, these are no better ;o))) First the Breast Cancer race started, then the 'ground bikers', then the Rollers, and then us. Of course back to the very end of the line. Weather was hot but not as hot as I was expecting, suddenly max was going to be 25 degrees 'only', not 30 as predicted the day before. It was 21at that time.

And off we went... about 5000 people. I met some of my friends that came over to support, race was good, shaded quite a bit... steady... same speed as last week... maybe a bit too fast? Today I was going to beat any record. Mine, of course! At 3km I felt a little 'thing' on my heel but nothing that was going to stop me, we spoke a bit along the way, at 4km, there was my family and Iñaki's family cheering... We were advised to drink at both water stations, so arriving to 5.5k it was the first one, got the bottle of water and I realised 3 things... the amount of bottles on the floor meant the amount of people already passed, no shade anymore and the first runner was already coming back and he was at 11k. Oh well, we had to cheer for him!! Somehow at 8k Iñaki tripped and injured himself again but it did not stop him. I was a bit worried and felt a bit guilty, but he insisted he was fine. Heat was strong overall in the areas there was no shade. Someone had a hose and helped a bit. Red Cross bikers were passing by asking people who were walking if they were ok and had bottles of water just in case. 2 ambulances already passed us. We got to 11k, more water and more cheering and it was the last road back... at 12k I had enough. Race wasn't bad but the areas where the sun was shining was a bit too much for me, and I told Iñaki I was going to walk for a bit. I was not allowed ;o) We slowed down a bit, he said it was going to be worse if we stopped. So 'suave suave' (soft, soft) we kept going and the 14k arrived. We were at the Stadium, we had to do a lap to a running track, get into it and another lap inside. More people being taken away by ambulances, that was a bit worrying... my sister came out of nowhere bringing us drinks and sweets for the 'just in case'.

And 14.6... we were at the gate of the Stadium and according to a friend of mine we were going to be in the big screens, everyone cheering!... Well, no screens, which is just as well, and only 20 people who were supporting the last runners arriving, ie my family and a couple more. At the same time, the Champions were at the podium so we shouted and congratulated them, and 'like bullets' crossed the Finish line. 1.33.44 - Simply fantastic! We got the results in the newspaper in a couple of hours and who was just before me? A lady called Norma Moore from Kilkenny ;o)) No idea who she is but what a coincidence!! That was the end of my 'home experience'. Really good!!!!

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

Dunboyne AC Track Redevelopment Update 22nd October 2014
Click here for update. Many thanks to the Track Redevelopment Committee. Every member of the club is strongly encouraged to attend committee meetings, the AGM or any EGM that is announced, to find out more information and to contribute their views. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 6th November.

Information for Juvenile athletes attending the Leinster Even Ages Cross Country Championship,
Sunday 26th October

Venue is Avondale, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. Races starting at 11am sharp. However we are meeting up there at 10am for number distribution, warm-up, jog course etc. (Watch out for our teardrop Flag). There are only two coaches travelling to this event so parents will need to have their lift organised with other parents if they are stuck. See teams below for your information. Meeting up at Clubhouse Carpark- to be on road for 8.15am.

Direction are:

  • Direction are Take M50 and head toward Wexford onto N11
  • After 42.08km from Dunboyne, continue forward onto the N11 (signposted The Southeast)
  • 49.3km Glen of the Downs
  • M11
  • 60.4km At Junction 14 continue forward onto the M11 motorway (signposted Wexford)
  • R772
  • 65.34km Leave the M11 at junction 16, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto Tighe Avenue - R772 (signposted Rathnew, Wicklow)
  • 66.6km At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Main Street - R772 (signposted Wexford N11, Rathdrum)
  • R752
  • 67km Continue forward onto the R752
  • 71.79km Continue forward onto Glencille - R752
  • Entering Glenealy
  • 79.37km Bear left onto Lower Street - R752
  • Entering Rathdrum
  • 80.48km Turn left
  • 81.8km Turn right
  • 82.09km Finish on unnamed road

Under 12 Boys Team:
  • Mark Leane
  • Conor Leane
  • Jack Brown
  • Ross Lyons
  • Benjamin Manning

Under 12 Girls Team:
  • Abigail Knox
  • Chloe Frazer
  • Emma Lyons
  • Aoife McCormack
  • Rachael Norman
  • Niamh Sherlock
  • Lucy Eglington
  • Kate Griffin

Under 14 Girls Individual:
  • Nicole Frazer
  • Lauren McConnell

Under 16 Girls Individual:
  • Nicola Duffy

Meath Teams for Leinster
Even Ages Cross Country

The following Dunboyne AC juvenile athletes have been selected to represent Meath (as well as the club) in the Leinster Even Ages Cross Country Championship which are being held in Avondale, Rathrum, Co. Wicklow on Sunday the 26th of October 2014 (races start at 11am). Well done to all.

Under 12 Girls:
  • Abigail Knox
  • Emma Lyons
  • Chloe Frazer
  • Aoife McCormack
  • Rachael Norman

Under 12 Boys:
  • Conor Leane
  • Mark Leane
  • Jack Brown
  • Ross Lyons

Under 14 Girls:
  • Lauren McConnell
  • Nicole Frazer

Under 16 Girls:
  • Nicola Duffy

Information for Juvenile athletes attending the Leinster Un-Even Ages Cross Country Championship,
Sunday 9th November

The final Leinster Cross Country will be taking place in Adamstown, Co.Wexford on Sunday the 9th of November 2014. Races are starting at 12 Midday sharp. However we are meeting up there at 11am for number distribution, warm-up, jog course etc. (Watch out for our Dunboyne AC teardrop Flag). The coaches have rallied the troops in search of a large medal haul and with a large number of athletes travelling the Club has organized transport. We will be meeting up at Clubhouse Car park to be on road for (early night is recommended). Athletes are asked to eat a healthy breakfast (eggs, porridge, brown bread-not sugared cereals), to bring a packed lunch and a snack (rice cakes, banana etc) to eat before race time as well as having plenty of water (not fizzy or sports drinks). Also we would ask that athletes wear warm clothing and to have a change of clothing including a towel. We hope to have a fun filled day, and no doubt will be as vocal in our support as ever, however athletes are to be on their best behaviour, and to be respectful towards the coaches and the parents travelling to help with supervision. In the interest of safety and crowd management no athlete will be permitted to leave the immediate cross country course area.


Under 11 Boys:
  • Ross Lyons
  • Killian Thornton
  • Adam Vaughan
  • Caoilean McGovern
  • Evan McCrudden
  • Adam Symth
  • Eoghan Dorian
  • Matthew O Neill

Under 11 Girls:
  • Aoife McCormack
  • Rachael Norman
  • Lucy Eglington
  • Niamh Sherlock
  • Laura Gavin
  • Serena Gavin
  • Mia Duffy
  • Sinead Magee
  • Jessica Malone
  • Holly Conlon
  • Kate Griffin
  • Aideen Reilly
  • Sophie Dolan

Under 13 Boys:
  • Conor Leane
  • Mark Leane
  • Jack Brown
  • Jack Hayes
  • Matthew Norman
  • Adam Conlon

Under 13 Girls:
  • Lauren McConnell
  • Doireann Ni Fhlatharta
  • Abigail Knox
  • Emma Lyons
  • Nicole Frazer
  • Aoibhin Ni Fhlatharta
  • Chloe Frazer
  • Anna Griffin
  • Jessica Clarke
  • Crea Farrell
  • Victoria Knox

Under 15 Girls:
  • Nicola Duffy

Notice to Juvenile Parents
Dunboyne AC would like to remind you that registrations are from January – December each year. New members from September are now encouraged to register online at If you haven any queries, please see Keith at the Club on Mon & Wed at 18:50 or contact on 086 8144012 or email

Meet & Train Cross Country League
ATTENTION ALL LADIES! This fun league will be starting again shortly and the first race is in Dunboyne.We encourage as many of you to set up teams as possible - it's a great series, very well managed and very reasonably priced. This event is not an elite event and we encourage all female club members to run, not just the first race in Dunboyne but all races in the league. Come on DAC Ladies - let's show 'em how it's done!
  • Race 1 Sunday November 16th
    Dunboyne, Cow Park
  • Race 2 Sunday January 4th
    Sports World, Bushy Park
  • Race 3 Sunday February 8th
    Clonliffe Harriers, Santry
  • Race 4 Sunday February 22nd
    Bros Pearse, Ballyboden
All races are 2 miles, entry fee €20 for league or €7 per race. Start time is always 11am. Team of 6 with first 4 to score and best 3 races out of 4. You can enter as many teams as you like. If you wish to run or enter a team, please contact Aoiffe (Senior) or Vivienne for Fit4Life.

Remembrance Run
The Remembrance Run is the goal race for Fit4Life for the second half of this year. Keep it in mind when you're training over the next few weeks and be sure to sign up in time - the race is on 9th November. It's a very well liked outing for our members and we're hoping to get a big crowd from Dunboyne AC on the day - one for the diaries folks!

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.

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
Members, we now have the facility to register online. If you click on this link, you'll see that prices have been reduced for the remainer of 2014. You must renew your membership again in January 2015.