Dunboyne AC Senior Running
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Sara goes under the Olympic 3000 S/C QT

Sweden was the venue for another crack at the Steeplechase tonight for Sara and she produced another fantastic performance, running a time of 9:44:35. It was a stop-start race with more than its fair share of close contact, with Sara on the receiving end of an elbow or two at times. Sara should be delighted with the performance however she will be disappointed that it's agonisingly short of the 9:43:99 that would've put her on the plane to the Worlds in Beijing. She's still time to get there however and we know she's got the character to pull off a Worlds QT performance before August 10th. Well done Sara, onwards!.

Sara posts Olympic qualifying standard

Sara Treacy posted an Olympic qualifying standard in the 3000m steeplechase in Letterkenny this evening. Her target was 9:45 and she sneaked under it clocking a time of 9:44.14. Wonderful running Sara, congratulations from all at Dunboyne AC! Thanks to Jumping The Gun for the photo. Check out Sara at 1 minute and again at 3.05 here.

Dunboyne AC Summer Camp 2015

Hope you all enjoyed the Summer Camp this year. Check out our Facebook Album here.

Clonee 10k

Thursday 25th June

The dust is just settling on the inaugural Clonee 10k and what an evening everyone had! A pan-flat, sheltered, left-handed course on a beautiful route. Safe, well marshaled, great support and a wonderful spread afterwards. Well done to all our teams: registration, catering, promotions, the team on the sponsorship drive, Paul Gorey and his marshals, MC Noel Leonard, our Race Director Tommy, our hosts the Grasshopper Inn and most importantly local Councillor Damien O'Reilly as main sponsor and a whole host of associate sponsors who supported us. Above all we'd like to thank the 200+ people who took part tonight, you made this happen, you are the reason we are a little bit closer to where we want to be with our Club. We know you had fun and we look forward to having you with us next June for the 2nd running of the Clonee 10k. It is one that will grow legs if feedback, particularly that received from outside of the Club, since is anything to go by.
  • Fastest, most sheltered 10k course about? Probably.
  • A race we'll see 300+ at next year? Probably.
  • The 4 Mile, the BHAA 5 Mile, the Duathlon, this 10k, and the 6k Trail Race in Carton in September – a series of top class races to be extremely proud of as a Club? Definitely.
And here are the photos. Thanks to our photographers Rob Webb, Claire Clifford, Anne Marie Sheehan and Ken McDonagh. Read our Race Reports on our Senior and Fit4Life Pages.

Clonee 10K Main Sponsor Cllr. Damien O'Reilly

Clonee 10k Associate Sponsors

Edel Giblin, pictured with Club Captain Tommy McDonnell has generously come on board. A NU U, located in the village of Clonee, provides a full range of beautician services at the keenest of prices - check out their website at www.anuu.ie. Dom and Mace have served the parish for more years than probably he or us care to remember! Cheapest fuel in the parish and a super shop with plenty of familiar faces we know from Dunboyne working there.

Clonee 10k Sponsors

Along with the participants and helpers, the support of our sponsors and the local businesses in the Clonee area has been critical to the success of the inaugural Clonee 10k. Without this financial support the race would not be viable and the Club wouldn't be so close to the end point in its aim to put in a new all weather tartan track. The track development is one that will benefit the whole community it serves and it was apt that we hold a race in Clonee given the large membership we have in that end of our catchment.

We would ask our membership to reciprocate the kind donations of our sponsors listed below by supporting the sponsors who backed our 10k event. We look forward to having them back in June 2016 for a bigger and even better Clonee 10k Road Race, Fun Run and Walk.
  • Clonee Auto Parts
  • Clonee Pharmacy
  • Dominos Pizza, Ongar
  • Emagine Hair Group, Clonee
  • Grasshopper Inn, Clonee
  • Printagraf, Kilmartin
  • Rafael Hair Design, Littlepace
  • Rendezvous Coffee House, Ongar
  • sé jim motors, Bracetown
  • William Brennan Kitchens, Blanch
  • Windsor Motor Group, Clonee
  • Civil Defence


What do the gurus say about DA'Camp?

“Rorys' preparation and planning for DA'Camp is excellent. Each exercise is carefully thought out and the schedule changes week by week, keeping the interest, and building strength & fitness levels for all participants. There are 3 different intensity levels for each exercise so the challenge is laid out for all abilities and all members of the club from F4Y, F4L and Seniors alike and indeed non-members. The seniors had a run for their money on Thursday night and clearly found the sample session to be a tough one - Imagine what a full program over 10 weeks will do to your fitness and strength levels?” - John O’Malley, DA’Camp assistant coach and member of the Senior group…...or at least he was up until now!

“Circuit training improves overall fitness, strength and core stability whilst also improving flexibility and joint range and strength - these combined will make you a better runner who is less prone to injury.” - Paul Gannon, Fit4Life Coach and former DA’Camp assistant coach, turned participant. Having coached two courses, Paul tells us he is not missing out on this third one.

“Prevention is better and cheaper and less painful than the cure. Need to keep the body balanced. Replace one easy-run day a week with a full body workout for better balance." - Tony O’Neill, Senior Coach and future attendee of DA’Camp classes

Gary O’Hanlon asked Rory to put both Seniors and Fit4Life through a few circuit exercises at training last Thursday and told us he recommends DA’Camp to strengthen our cores and improve our running. At every DA’Camp session to date Rory Kavanagh told us that, among other things, circuit and core training “improves sporting performance and improves physical appearance.”

Need we say more? See you all at 10.15am on Saturdays folks. Bring your neighbours, family and friends and spread the word!

Advance Stewarding Commitments for 2015

This one is very important folks in light of the development plans of the Club; it’s a fundraising effort that we're expecting every member of the Club to participate in this year. As all members know each year the club asks that you help out with stewarding at various races. It is important to note that assisting at a number of these races represents a vital source of funding, in that the race organisers make a contribution to the club. These payments assist greatly in the running of the club and help reduce the financial burden on members. Without this revenue stream we might have a situation where the annual subscription would have to be increased significantly, something which the committee is anxious to avoid. Furthermore, funding for the club means that there is more funding available for the track development, the club's general athletic activities, for example to assist with the costs of juvenile athletics, funding for equipment and funding towards race entry fees for the clubs athletes as well as many other costs.

Generally the recruitment process is that a week or two before every event some Committee members will go looking for people to assist and these pleas go out in group emails, on Facebook, training announcements and notices at the Clubhouse. Whilst we do fill our assigned spots in the day or two before the event they invariably get a poor response well ahead of time which leads to many last minute panic calls and texts with pleas to the same old reliables who continually help fill the numbers at these races. This quite simply is wholly unfair that the same people are constantly turning up at races, as well as John Holian - who is creating this fundraising opportunity for us and is responsible for filling these slots as Head Marshall. At most of these events it is the same people who are also the individuals who give so willingly and freely of their time on a voluntary basis to Dunboyne AC day in day out as coaches, committee members and so forth.

We are, therefore, appealing to you through Facebook and the website and asking that each member of Dunboyne AC, or parents of members in the case of U-16's, commits on some level from the event list below. Please note you can commit your friends & family too should they wish to volunteer for the Club. We hope that this appeals to the great Club spirit that exists within Dunboyne AC. Athletics Ireland have created a link on their website, posted below, where members can commit to their chosen races. We are hoping to perhaps assist in this by having a ‘stewarding or volunteers page’ on our website which would be updated regularly. We will also accept emails sent to dunboyneac@gmail.com from members stating their intention to volunteer and we can carry out online registration for them if they do not have the facility to do so. The events which the club is committed to for 2015 start as soon as the 7th March so we really need you to act on this message this weekend and get signed up.

The events are as follows:
  • 7th March
    Bressies My1000 hours 5k/10k - Phoenix Park – Race Start 10am
  • 3rd April (Good Friday)
    Healthy Heart 5k/10k – Phoenix Park – Race Start 11am
  • 26th April
    Samsung Night Race – Dublin City Centre – Race Start 9pm
  • 9th May
    Pieta House Darkness Into Light - Phoenix Park – Race Start 4am
  • 13th May
    Grant Thornton 5k – National Sports Campus – Race Start 7:30pm
  • 28th May
    Central Park 5k – Leopardstown – Race Start 7:30pm
  • 13th June
    Sonia O'Sullivan 5k – Dun Laoighaire – Race Start 7:30pm
  • 1st August
    Rock & Roll Half Marathon – City Centre / Phoenix Park Race Start 8:30am
  • Date TBC
    Grant Thornton 5k – Dublin Docklands
  • Date TBC
    Witches & Wizards 2.5k/5k – Location TBC
  • Date TBC
    Remembrance Run – Phoenix Park

The link for registering is here and please enter Dunboyne AC in the address field so they'll know who you are! As this is a vital fundraising channel for the Club we are incentivising this scheme for members this year: the top 5 volunteers (subject to volunteering at 70% or more of events) will receive a piece of Club gear of their choice in the Winter 2015 order. Please sign up asap!

Club Notices

Would you like to volunteer at the Rock'n'Roll Half on Sunday?
The club will be paid for a number of volunteers who can manage the baggage area for the Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon on Sunday (2nd). If you're available please put your name on the list at the club house door. As stated at our recent EGM many of our peripheral fundraising events have been changed: however many members told us that they enjoyed stewarding races so we've kept a number of these on. We hope to get the numbers we need as they are well paid and there's a real buzz at these events. Thanks in advance for your help and we hope you enjoy the morning.

Preparation training for the upcoming Cross Country Season
On Saturday August 8th, the Dunboyne AC Juvenile section will return for preparation training for the upcoming Cross Country Season. Any Registered Juvenile Athlete who wishes to compete for the club competitively this year, please attend. These special training sessions will be tailored for Cross Country running only and will be Monday, Wednesday & Saturdays. Times & locations are subject to change. As always please keep following us on Facebook for regular updates. The 1st session will take place on Saturday 8th August at 10am in the Dunboyne Cow Park. Normal Training will commence on Wednesday 2nd of September for the remainder of the Juvenile section.

Cross Country upcoming events (Please Note, dates and venue are subject to change)

  • 27.09.2015
    Star of the Sea AC Annual Cross Country Meeting Greenanstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath
  • 04.10.2015
    Meath Even Age, Novice & Master Cross Country Championships, Meath County Board (Location – TBA)
  • 11.10.2015
    Meath Uneven Age, Junior & Intermediate Cross Country Championships, Meath County Board (Location – TBA)
  • 25.10.2015
    Leinster Cross Country Championships, Even Ages, Novice & Masters Leinster Athletics (Location – TBA)
  • 08.11.2015
    Leinster Cross Country Championships, Uneven Ages & Intermediate Leinster Athletics (Location – TBA)
  • 22.11.2015
    AAI Inter Counties & Even Age Cross Country, Athletics Ireland (Location – TBA)
  • 06.12.2015
    AAI Novice & Uneven Age Cross Country, Athletics Ireland (Location – TBA)
  • 20.12.2015
    Meath Senior Cross Country Championships & Inter Club Cross Country Relays, Meath County Board (Location – TBA)

Dunboyne AC EGM - Members Vote Yes to Move Forward with Track Redevelopment
A large turnout at the Dunboyne AC EGM last Tuesday night (23rd June) gave a resounding Yes to the plans for redeveloping the track and installation of a tartan surface. Presentation of clear and robust financial plans assured members that a tartan track development, put in place and paid for by Autumn 2016, was the way forward for the club. Yes votes outnumbered No votes by more than ten to one on the night. On top of this we received a significant number of commitments from members on one of the streams within the proposal to fund the tartan phase of the track redevelopment. If you're a member and didn't get to the EGM last night you can view the approved proposal shortly on our website. Once it's posted we'll invite members to ask any committee member in person to answer any further questions you may have on the development.

Read our Track Redevelopment Booklet here

5 Marathons - 5 Days - 1 Charity
Club member Dave Galbraith has gone a step beyond his marathon on the track at the Family Fun Day last year, by deciding to run from Galway to Dublin! Yes… that's coast to coast, 225km in total, which works out at a marathon a day! Dave's run which takes place on 12th to 16th October, is in aid of Bumbulance, Ireland (and the world's) first interactive ambulance, designed to create a fun environment for sick children. Please show your support for Dave by Liking his Facebook page. To sponsor Dave, visit iDonate. All the funds raised will be donated to Bumbulance. We'll remind you of Dave's run nearer the time in case you would like to sponsor him. Thanks a mil :)

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Dunboyne AC awarded Athletics Ireland Club Mark for 2014/2015
Dunboyne AC was one of a small number of Clubs presented with the prestigious Club Mark by Athletics Ireland at their AGM in Santry. The award was presented in recognition of the Club's commitment to excellence in club management. Well done to those who worked on the submission for the award as well as those who work tirelessly in the background day in day out at Dunboyne AC in order to make the Club what it is. The future is bright...

Are you entitled to use the track?
If you have not paid your membership fee for yourself or your child (Jan-Dec 2015) then you are not entitled to use the club's facilities. To enforce this we will be holding random gate checks to make sure that anyone entering the club has paid their membership fee. We must enforce this because you/your child are not covered by our insurance policy in the event of an accident of some sort (and accidents can and do happen). If you have any difficulty in paying your fee, please don't hesitate to approach your coach or captain to discuss this. Register and pay by clicking on the link above.

Club Kit
Can't wait for the next Bulk Order? Order directly from O'Neill's here.

Members, don't leave any valuables in view in your car when you park up at training...
Following on from yesterday post on thefts from cars, this type of crime is a problem around the county. Since Christmas thieves have been busy targeting GAA club grounds, Shopping Car parks, Railway station car parks and Gym car parks to name a few. Phones, cash and tools have been easy pickings in many of them. Thieves will continue to carry out this type of crime once it is lucrative. To try and prevent the thefts from occurring avoid leaving valuables on display on or in the car. Lock and secure your car. It is worth remembering that thieves maybe watching you put valuables in the booth or under the seat when you arrive at your destination. If you leave any valuables on display in your car it is an invitation for thieves to break in so don't do it.

Brush Shiels in "The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner" part 1
Dunboyne AC's 801st member of 2014 kicks off his sprinting career - Give it socks Brush!!! Check out the video, it's just 2 minutes long.

Development Club of the Year 2014
Dunboyne Athletic Club received the ‘Development Club of the Year’ award at the Athletics Ireland annual awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza, Santry today. The club received the recognition for a number of reasons such as facilties available, Fit4life outlets as well as achievements by those wearing the club colours at provincial and national competitions. All aspects of the club are taken into account in the presentation of this award. Only one club is picked out of the 300 in the country and we’re delighted to be the one chosen. Tommy McDonnell says “I’ve been involved with Dunboyn AC for 50 years the club has grown so much I don’t know all the people involved. So many people have carried out work in the club and this reward is for them." There was also an award for Fr Murphy clubman Tony Ennis who won and outstanding award. Promising young Trim AC athlete Harry Purcell was also honoured. See more at www.meathchronicle.ie. Some great coverage also in The Herald Athletics column with many thanks to athletics journalist Lindie Naughton for singling us out among a large number of award recipients.

Incident Reporting
The fundamental goal of Dunboyne Athletic Club is to provide a positive Athletics experience for the Dunboyne and surrounding community. Despite the considerable efforts of our volunteer coaches and valuable support from our member families, it is an unfortunate fact that incidents impacting the Athletics experience can and do occur from time to time. Read our Policy on Incident Reporting which describes our efforts to avoid those incidents and the process for addressing them when they occur.

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 atsmith@eircom.net