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Results of Winter League Race 2

Tuesday 18th October
We have two races complete of the two mile league, with 4 more races to go, finishing on 16th December with a prize giving at the clubhouse. If you haven't competed yet, you can still join in next Tuesday as your best 4 races will be counted. The races use a handicapping system, which means the league is open to everyone from Fit4Life to Seniors to Fit4Youth. The races are timed and managed by Liam & Josephine Murtagh. Be sure to turn up at 7.10pm to register and the whistle will blow promptly at 7.30pm. It's great fun and a great way to measure your improvement over the weeks so we recommend it to everyone to take part. For more info on the league and how to join in, chat to Liam or Josephine who are there on Tuesday nights organising the race. Best of luck to all!

1 Carol Howard 12.14 20 Anne Gorman 15.09
2 Paul Gorey 14.25 21 Rosemary Higgins 17.20
3 Catherine Kelly 12.51 22 Kevin Clancy 11.46
4 Claire Ni Fhearchaillaigh 12.25 23 Jonathan Martin 12.13
5 Geoff Hamilton 14.12 24 Rory Kavanagh 10.40
6 Dave Galbraith 11.20 25 Ray Mitchell 13.41
7 Ger Solen 11.16 26 Abdullah Mohammed 10.52
8 Paul O'Donnell 13.33 27 Paul Gannon 10.53
9 John O'Malley 12.42 28 Gerry O'Reilly 11.44
10 John Curran 14.58 29 Keith Eglington 12.00
11 Ahmed Abdi 10.59 30 Fiona Reid 11.56
12 Ciara Devitt 13.45 31 Caroline Reid 13.47
13 Tom Barry 15.47 32 Merilla Herghelegiu 14.23
14 Sean Manning 13.58 33 Mick O'Baille 15.29
15 Michelle Robson 14.09 34 Emilia Dan 12.01
16 Norma Farrell 13.50 35 Eddie Reid 16.51
17 Shay Dunne 13.51 36 Warren McIntyre 12.17
18 Aoiffe Kerrigan 14.12 37 Jonathan Sibley 17.27
19 Alan Doyle 13.33 38 Annemarie Sheehan 18.32

Meath Athletics Awards – Seniors

Sunday 16th November










Dunboyne AC had a fantastic night at the Meath Athletics Annual Awards in the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan last Sunday 16th November. The evening started off with an excellent dinner, followed by awards aplenty for our athletes. Dunboyne AC had some 30 members and supporters in attendance. Reflecting a highly successful year for the club, our adult members were well represented in the awards and at each Dunboyne presentation the roof was raised with the applause from the Dunboyners. Congratulations to all!
  • SENIOR TRACK MALE - Rory Kavanagh
  • UNDER 19 - Abdullahi Mohamed Abdulle
  • MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY - Emilia Dan
  • SENIOR LADIES - Sara Louise Treacy
Participated in a Major International Championship:
  • SARA LOUISE TREACY - European Cross Country Championship
  • SEAN HUGHES - IWASF 10th World Junior Games
  • Best Senior Club Cross Country Championships - DUNBOYNE AC
  • Best Senior Club Track and Field Championships - DUNBOYNE AC
  • Men’s Novice Cross Country Championships - DUNBOYNE AC

Meath Athletics Awards – Juveniles & Fit4Youth

Sunday 16th November
















The Meath Athletics Awards took place at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan on Sunday the 16th of November, and the Dunboyne AC Juvenile and Fit for Youth section took more than their share of the spoils.

Nicola Duffy attended the awards on Saint Peters College's behalf to collect the 'Best Girls Secondary School' for the Track and Field awards. Much to her surprise she collected a special award for when she medalled at last years All Ireland Cross Country Championship and later in the night she collected ' Best Female u14 to u16 Cross Country Athlete' for when she was representing Dunboyne AC in 2014.

Tadhg O Muircheartaigh was also presented an award for his exploits when he won numerous All Ireland in various Track and Field All Ireland events. Tadhg collected a team prize on behalf of his clubmates when he went on stage to accept the 'Best u11 to u13 Boys Team', which was no surprise given the volume of individual and team medals this age group won representing the club. Much to the delight of his family members present, Tadhg walked forward again when he was announced as the winner of the 'Best u11 to u13 Male Field Athlete'.

Victoria Knox got a pleasant surprise when she was named as 'Best u11 to u13 Female Athlete of the Year' for an excellent year in various competitions in the club colours.

From the throws group Sean Hughes was selected for a special awards for his fantastic achievements when representing Ireland on several occasion during the Summer.

Ian Taylor from the throws group was another Dunboyne AC athlete who won a special award for winning a medal at the All Ireland Track and Field Championship when he made the podium in the under 16 hammer competition.

Dunboyne AC juveniles won another prize on the night when they were announced Division 2 winners of the Meath League following some fine performances in Navan and Cushionstown during the Track and Field Season. Not to be outdone by the females, the male contingent from Saint Peters College also won an award, with club Chairman Michael Cornyn collecting the 'Best Male Secondary School' in the Track and Field awards.

Fit4Life at Meet & Train Cross Country

Sunday 16th November


After a week of torrential rain, the Fit4Life ladies were thankful to catch a couple of dry hours for the Women’s Meet and Train Cross-Country League at the Cowpark. The sun even emerged for a while filling our seven contenders full of optimism and enthusiasm. Ana Quigley, Heather Harold, Joan Hodgins and Niamh Geran were making their cross-country debuts, Ciara Devitt was embarking on her second and Norma Farrell on her third, making teenager Emily Ryan our most seasoned competitor with four cross-country races under her belt. Lambs to the slaughter; every one of them, as it turned out!

Our clubmates who set up the course on Saturday described the going as “soft.” That Tony O’Neill is a funny guy! A more accurate description might have included the words “marshy, puddly, muddy, squelchy and slippy.” We have to give the lads credit for redirecting the course away from the downright “flooded” spots. It could have been worse. We think all of our ladies were amazed not to have a Cinderella moment; only less dignified! Our experienced Senior clubmates assured us that they have never experienced tougher conditions, so we took great comfort from that. Misery loves company and thankfully the remaining 3 races in the league will be run in parks and what’s the likelihood of that weather recurring? The only way is up!

If we were inexperienced and slightly shell-shocked by the tough conditions, we sure as hell didn’t show it and our ladies fearlessly got themselves in the thick of the action. Kudos to Ana and Niamh who, having entered as individuals, would have been perfectly justified in turning around and going home. Ana experienced a change of scenery from San Sebastian and finished in 19.08 (123rd) following a 12-mile training run on Saturday. Niamh joined us merely weeks ago and last week’s Remembrance Run is her only racing experience. She didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to finish in 14.45 (51st). Amazing stuff Niamh; one to watch!

The other 5 ladies along with yet another newcomer, Jan Rice, are proudly representing Fit4Life as a team in the 4 races of the league. This is a first for Fit4Life and a cause for celebration. Thank you ladies for accepting the challenge to represent us and thanks to Viv for the recruitment drive and organisation.

Ciara and Norma led the Fit4lifers home finishing together in 14.17 (29th and 30th). Ciara is obviously well recovered from her marathon and Norma was flush from a great performance in the club’s 2-mile league during the week. Emily ran a strong and mature race, gave good chase and finished just behind her teammates in 14.32 (45th). Heather, also seemingly recovered from her marathon, finished next in in 14.57 (55th) hotly pursued by Joan Hodgins in 15.10 (64th) one week after Remembrance Run and one day after DA’Camp.

The homesoil may have been wet but it was also filled with incredible support from our clubmates and stewards. There are far too many to mention here, so we will simply refer you to the large group photo that will soon grace the Irish Runner. The ladies say a massive thank you to everyone who stayed to support on a day when support was desperately needed! And didn’t our ladies use it to great effect! Stellar performances all round in very tough conditions. Congratulations! Then it was back to the clubhouse for tea, coffee, war stories, cakes, biscuits. Thanks to the catering crew for the treats. Again, please see the photo.

Ladies, let’s see if we can’t romanticise the Cross-Country experience somewhat. Lads, you might want to stop reading here! We are reminded of Jane Austen’s heroine Miss Elizabeth Bennett, whose cross country exploits were immortalised in Pride & Prejudice. The caustic Bingley sisters (rivals for Mr Darcy’s affection) got their claws out for Elizabeth after her cross-country trek from Longbourn to Netherfield Park:

“I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild. I could hardly keep my countenance. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the country? Her hair so untidy, so blowsy!"

"Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain; and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office."

"Your picture may be very exact, Louisa," said Mr Bingley; "but this was all lost upon me. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well, when she came into the room this morning. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice."

"You observed it, Mr. Darcy, I am sure," said Miss Bingley, "and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see your sister make such an exhibition."

"Certainly not."

"To walk three miles, or four miles, or five miles, or whatever it is, above her ankles in dirt! what could she mean by it? It seems to me to show an abominable sort of conceited independence, a most country town indifference to decorum."

"I am afraid, Mr. Darcy," observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper, "that this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes."

"Not at all," he replied; "they were brightened by the exercise."

Check out the photos of our ladies, knee deep in mud, eyes brightened by the exercise. Mr Darcy would have been spoiled for choice! (Lads, we did warn you, if you continued reading, you only have yourselves to blame!) Super stuff ladies!

Seniors at Meet & Train Cross Country

Sunday 16th November






Even though we had a lovely dry morning for our first Meet and Train race, a week of rain left conditions very tough. If our ladies were shocked by the 'glue like' mud and the mini lakes, they didn't let it affect performances. Competing for the top places were Carol Cullinane and Claire NíFhaircheallaigh. Carol, in flying form of late and just after a 3.16 marathon, took 5th place. Carol was followed by Claire in 6th place who wasn't sure she would run due to an ongoing injury so good going Claire. Well done girls... these are fantastic placements! With 3 more races to go, we're sure you might creep up a couple of places... no pressure! A fantastic placement also by Mirela Herghelegiu finishing in 25th. Mirela had a terrific run all the way round, with a sprint finish keeping off the competition on all sides! In 47th place was Aoiffe (must train harder) Kerrigan :-) A really good run also by Anne Gorman who finished is 109th position. Well done Anne.

Running as individuals were Sarah Meegan, Michelle Robson (21st) and Annemaire Sheehan (100th). It would have been great to have thought about our A team a little better, as Dunboyne could have won top team on Sunday if we had! (We live and learn). The remaining 3 races in the league will be run in parks, a little less muddy hopefully! We just need 3 more girls to register a 2nd team. Aoiffe will be recruiting before our next race on January 4th in Bushy Park, so please try to run if you are available. The remaining races for your diary are:
  • 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
Well done to all our ladies. We will be unrecognisable as the same people this Friday night at the dinner dance! Congratulations to the Fit4Life team, who ran brilliantly. We will be trying to steal you for the Senior group with those performances! Our ladies were thrilled to have the support of our clubmates and stewards, who seemed to be at every point along the course. A massive thank you to everyone who supported and helped out on the day. Thanks to Tony for setting up the course and co-ordinating everything, and Dee, Emila and team for the tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits afterwards, and anyone else we may have forgotten... Thank you!

Movember 5k and 10k, Phoenix Park

Saturday 15th November


The Club had three members taking part in the 'Movember Run' in the Phoenix Park last Saturday. Sean McDonnell managed to pick up a prize for us too! Of a different kind, and perhaps a first kind of first place for the Club. By the looks of pics on Sean's Facebook he may have won 'tash of the day! Well done Sean, some going, and it only half way through the month. Sean is raising money for a fantastic cause feel free to donate here http://ie.movember.com/mospace/9072529. Caroline Reid was out for a jog, a shuffle, 10km is a just a warm up relative to some of her past efforts! Caroline was accompanying Sean on a couple of laps of honour with his well earned award. Siobhán Murphy took part in the charity run and had a great run. Siobhan is a Fit4Lifer who has made fantastic progress since starting in C25K in January. Apologies if we've missed anyone, again this wasn't one we could filter members easily for. If you took part and weren't listed here do let us know! http://ie.movember.com/mospace/9072529


 

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 :)

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

Juvenile Cross Country Training
There will be Cross Country training this Saturday the 22nd of December 2014 at the Cowpark for the under 11 and under 13 athletes who have qualified for the All Ireland Cross Country Championship. Training starting at 9.45am.



Sprint and Speed Clinic with
Ciaran McDonagh

Ciaran McDonagh (see ciaranmcdonagh.com for background) has been booked for Saturday 22nd November at 2pm for a Sprint and Speed Clinic at Dunboyne track. Assemble at track at 1.45pm for warm up. Workshop for 1 hour 30 min. This is a great opportunity to meet an athlete who competed at the highest level. Any athletes and coaches from Dunboyne AC are welcome to attend.



All Ireland Cross Country Championships – U-19 and Seniors
The Dunboyne AC athletes listed from our Senior group will be heading to Dundalk IT to compete in the U-19 and Senior All Ireland Cross Country Championship on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. Athletes are asked to organise travel among themselves and be there for 11.30 am to support our Juvenile section members representing Dunboyne, Meath and Leinster. Further Information with regard to the event can be seen here

  • Sara Treacy
  • Emilia Dan
  • Carol Cullinane
  • Rory Kavanagh
  • Loughlin Campion
  • Luke Forde
  • Paul Gannon
  • Abdullahi Abdulle
  • Ahmed Abdi
  • Matthew Buckey


All Ireland Cross Country Championships – Even Ages
The Dunboyne AC athletes listed below will be competing in the All Ireland Cross Country Championship (Even Ages) in Dundalk IT on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. Races will begin at 11.30 am and athletes are asked to meet at Dunboyne AC car park at 8.45 am sharp. Best of luck to all.
  • Nicola Duffy representing Leinster in the under 16 competition
  • Conor Leane representing Dunboyne AC, Meath and Leinster in the under 12 competition
  • Marc Leane representing Dunboyne AC, Meath and Leinster in the under 12 competition
  • Jack Brown representing Dunboyne AC, Meath and Leinster in the under 12 competition
  • Ross Lyons representing Dunboyne AC and Meath in the under 12 competition
  • Chloe Frazer representing Meath in the under 12 competition
  • Doireann Ni Fhlatharta representing Meath in the under 12 competition
  • Aoife McCormack representing Meath in the under 12 competition
  • Niamh Sherlock representing Meath in the under 12 competition
  • Emma Lyons representing Meath in the under 12 competition



Dinner Dance Awards
Due to a motion from our AGM 10 months ago, this year's awards system has been amended. Please click here to view.



Coaches Christmas Night Out
Coach Stephen has suggested a christmas night out for coaches (and anyone else that is interested!) Meet in Bradys, Dunboyne on Saturday 13th for pints. As Fergal would say... spread the word!



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.


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 www.dunboyneac.com. If you haven any queries, please see Keith at the Club on Mon & Wed at 18:50 or contact on 086 8144012 or email keglington@gmail.com



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.


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.



AGM
Dunboyne AC AGM will take place on 29th January 2015. We encourage all members to attend.



Thank you to our Remembrance Run Volunteers
A massive thank you to those listed below - the fantastic news is that we reached our target of 30 volunteers on a hugely busy Sunday for Dunboyne Athletics Club. We with 170+ members active at various events that day!! Your efforts have guaranteed the Club a return of €900. Another phenomenal turnout, and another lump of money towards the Club's development - well done! The future is bright for the Club with such an active and involved membership. The Club would like to thank Race Coordinator John Holian, who has afforded us this opportunity.

  • 1 Seamus Dunne
  • 2 Ellen Holian
  • 3 Evelyn Merriman
  • 4 Noeleen Fallon
  • 5 Tom Fallon
  • 6 Annette Finlay
  • 7 Lyndon Thomas
  • 8 Teresa Smith
  • 9 Siobhan Lavin
  • 10 Michelle Wall
  • 11 Mick Foy
  • 12 Sarah Foy
  • 13 Kirsten Foy
  • 14 Mick Foy +1
  • 15 Mick Foy +1
  • 16 Donal Cashin
  • 17 Alan Mc Kernan (Donal has volunteered Alan - something about a lot of making up to do!)
  • 18 Geoff Hamilton
  • 19 Paul Gorey
  • 20 Jonathan Martin
  • 21 Ray Mitchell
  • 22 John Mitchell
  • 23 Michael Hanlon
  • 24 Daniel Hanlon
  • 25 John Dempsey
  • 26 Eoin Dempsey
  • 27 John O Reilly
  • 28 Michael Cornyn
  • 29 Gerard Plante
  • 30 Noreen Plante
  • 31 Pat Ryan


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


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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.