Dunboyne AC Senior Running
Website last updated: Sunday 5th April


Fit4Life, Fit4Youth, C25K, Juveniles & St Peters

As phenomenal as the Senior performances were in our 4 miler, they didn’t have a monopoly on being totes amazeballs on Sunday! Just a little further down the field, a record number of club entrants were giving it their all, gunning for glory, on slightly different terms, but glory all the same, and the unfavourable blustery conditions weren’t going to stop the gallop. We had a total of 143 participants registered under “Dunboyne AC” with additional club members among the 23 entered as “St Peter’s College.” We have included times for both the club and the school below. (The science bit: Times shown here are the net chip times meaning the clock didn’t start until you crossed the starting line. All results can be found here. If we have missed your name and time here it may be that you didn’t select Dunboyne AC when registering. If so, just let us know by commenting on Facebook or email aoiffekerrigan@outlook.com and we will be delighted to include you. We have included the Senior times also; times to work towards perhaps?)

Fit4Life were out in force as usual this year; just another weekend race for some who compete every other weekend, albeit a special one on home turf; and a rarity for those who only tog out on the very special occasions. Despite the tough conditions, course PB’s of over 10 minutes were achieved by some; believe it or not. It just goes to show what a year’s training at Dunboyne AC can do! A special mention to 2 who narrowly missed out on the age-category prizes; John Cotter (3rd) and Angela Egan (4th). We loved, loved, loved Angela’s profile in the Race Programme. What an advertisement for the club, C25K, Fit4Life and just giving-it-a-go! And let’s not forget that Gerry O’Reilly’s journey to Meath Half-Marathon Gold also started in Fit4Life! A few of our older juveniles made an exception to run in this, our home race, to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and local support and to run the legs off their parents before leaving them behind in many cases. They impressed us with both super speed and powerful endurance and made it look far too easy. Well done folks, great stuff!

Our Fit4Youth (and secondary school entrants) showed us that real talent is being developed in our club with contenders to fill Rory, Luke and Sara’s shoes in the future. The stand-out performance was from Maeve Dunne who was 3rd Junior; a rising star in the group. She was chased all the way by the always-impressive (despite leaving cert studies) Emily Ryan in 4th. Crea Farrell, who recently moved up from Juveniles is going from strength to strength and she clinched 5th, having made Emily work hard for 4th. Fantastic girl-power! They must have been inspired by Sara Treacy’s amazing performance. On behalf of the Fit4Youth group special congratulations to coaches Luke Forde and Rory Kavanagh for their amazing 9th and 10th placings respectively and for leading the men’s team to victory with Loughlin and Morgan. Incredible stuff lads! Well done and well deserved!

And of course, 29th March was D-Day for the 2015 class of “Couch to 5K and Beyond.” Exactly 100 had aced the 5K challenge on 28th February. This left just 3 Saturdays to ramp-up and practise the 4-mile route but that was all they needed as the Class of 2015 lined up in their droves to see the challenge through to the very end. Some had even rolled up their sleeves on volunteering duty that morning, such is their dedication to the club a mere 3 months after joining us. Conditions were about as tough as they get but the class showed true-grit and pushed through. They were buoyed by the fantastic support of friends, family, local spectators and our stewarding clubmates along the route. Massive congratulations to each and every one of our 4-mile finishers on an incredible achievement. You have come such a long way and many of you have surprised yourselves. We hope you are as proud of yourselves as the club is. Massive thanks once again to Eleanor Allen and the large team of C25K volunteers for their dedication in getting you from the Couch, to 5K, and beyond that to 4 miles! We look forward to welcoming you into Fit4Life now. As C25K training sessions have mirrored the Fit4Life sessions for the past month, the transition won’t faze you in the slightest folks!

All of our participants were extremely grateful for the vocal support of our clubmates en route and greatly appreciate that many who would have liked to compete on Sunday selflessly stepped out for our benefit. Of course, many of our racers also covered pre- and post-race shifts themselves, supporting the race on every front. Extra congratulations to Rory Kavanagh and the men’s winning team from Rory’s many other students in Fit4Life, C25K and DA’Camp. As there is a rather large female contingent in our sections of the club (or so the Seniors tell us), it was a real thrill to see the ladies race being won by Sara Treacy also. Congratulations to Race Director and part-time Fit4Life coach Sean Kinnane on another great race and to the Race Sub-committee that includes more of our Fit4Life favourites Paul Gorey, Paul Gannon, Teresa Smith and Aoiffe Kerrigan among others. If you want a job done right!!!! A separate thank you note will be posted to cover volunteers but the Race Sub-committee are such a modest lot, they might forget to mention themselves.

Folks, members, parents, friends, family and locals; join us at a celebratory 80’s Disco on Saturday 11th April, 8pm in Slevins. €10 admission. Finger food included. All welcome! Congratulations once again to all our Fit4Youth members and our friends in St Peter’s, our Juveniles, Fit4Life and C25K/C24M class of 2015. If this was your first time to take part in the 4-miler, how did you find it? If you had competed before, how did this year’s experience compare? How does it compare to other races and fun-runs out there? As always, the “non-Senior” sections of the club are particularly open to congratulations and compliments from clubmates, coaches, friends, family, S3A, strangers and even ourselves. Self-praise IS praise! Some great photos here with thanks as always to Rory and Peter Mooney! Great photos also on our Facebook Album, with a big thank you to Rob Webb for taking these photos. And lastly photos also on our Facebook Album, with thanks to Clodagh and Norma.

Abigail Carrick 34:47
Ahmed Abdi 22:34
Aisling Heavey 36:40
Alan Kennedy 30:20
Alan McKernan 23:54
Alan Norman 35:39
Amanda Boland 43:25
Ana Quigley 38:44
Angela Egan 37:46
Ann Garrett 34:50
Ann Marie Gralton 36:05
Anne Hickey 45:57
Antje Rooney 38:59
Antoinette Howlin 28:00
Aoife Glynn 31:36
Aoife Hyland 35:14
Barbara Carolan 39:43
Ben Manning 31:53
Ben McBrien 29:23
Bernadette Carr Deens 48:21
Billy Brannigan 37:17
Brian Clare 43:49
Brid Scott 43:26
Cameron Magee 30:31
Caroline Clarke 39:06
Carolyn Kelly 43:22
Catherine Boughton 40:46
Ciara Keenan 36:36
Ciaran Clarke 28:18
Claire Clifford 43:38
Claire Duncan 46:11
Clare McCarthy 36:07
Colette McNulty 39:14
Colm Quinn 27:58
Con McCormack 30:37
Crea Farrell 30:29
Darragh Finlay 26:33
Darragh Quinn 33:21
David Brady 31:34
David Byrne 34:33
David McCullough 31:20
Deborah Mangan 58:46
Declan Farrell 33:55
Derek Finlay 32:19
Doireann Peacock 43:46
Donna Byrne 40:34
Eileen Soraghan 34:25
Eilish McGarrell 42:00
Eimear O'Brien 38:39
Emilia Dan 24:59
Emily Glynn 34:15
Emily Ryan 30:02
Emma Yourrell 36:08
Fiona Tobin 40:19
Fiona Walsh 43:25
Geoff Hamilton 29:01
Geraldine Ryan 36:30
Gerry Walsh 36:42
Glen McCormack 32:07
Grace O'Neill 36:08
Grainne Eager 30:59
Heather Harold 36:09
Helen McCarthy 47:00
Isobel McCullough 38:51
Jack Brown 28:25
Jackie Brannigan 32:13
James Brennan 30:30
Jan Rice 40:53
Jean OMalley 37:25
Jessica Clarke 36:09
Jim Lineen 28:56
Joanne Doyle 52:41
Joe Travers 31:32
John Carney 31:18
John Cotter 47:42
John Curran 28:03
John Eager 34:21
John Mills 30:03
John Mitchell 28:21
John Parkes 37:08
Jonathan Martin 26:31
Karen Dolan 42:18
Keith Eglington 25:46
Kevin Culhane 29:01
Laura Smith 31:46
Lilian Lascu 33:58
Lisa Lord 37:54
Loughlin Campion 21:41
Louise Taylor 36:34
Luke Forde 20:56
Lyndon Thomas 33:43
Maeve Dunne 29:30
Mairtin Thornton 30:00
Margaret Rowan 40:18
Maria Hughes 45:14
Maria Murphy 53:31
Maria Reeves 37:39
Mark Connolly 31:00
Mark Gannon 30:04
Mark Walsh 27:11
Martin Dillon 37:47
Martina Cox 39:28
Matthew Curtis 26:30
Matthew Norman 33:27
Maura Baker 63:27
Michael Ahern 36:16
Michelle Eglington 40:17
Michelle Higgins 48:11
Mick Foy 27:06
Morgan McDonagh 21:53
Niall McNulty 28:55
Niamh Devenney 45:31
Nick Cosgrave 32:33
Noel Leddy 43:43
Norma Farrell 30:31
Olive O'Donnell 43:06
Orla Brady 34:16
Orlaith Leane 35:27
Owen Fletcher 23:21
Pamela Byrne 41:57
Paul Lord 28:31
Pauline Singleton 35:15
Peig Griffin 43:00
Phelim Glynn 21:59
Rachel Norman 33:04
Raymond Mitchell 27:58
Rory Kavanagh 21:12
Ruth O'Neill 40:45
Sara Treacy 21:32
Sarah Faulkner 34:53
Sarah Jane Sheils 38:42
Sarah Marie Hamilton 39:44
Sean Bailey 31:35
Sean Collins 35:43
Sean Cox 39:27
Sean Manning 32:00
Sean Murphy 53:30
Sean Nealon 29:29
Sharon Kearns 36:23
Sheila Coyne 40:15
Sinead Armstrong 35:47
Sinead O'Gorman 31:07
Sinead O'Reilly 45:18
Siobhan Campbell 36:04
Siobhan Murphy 38:03
Sondra Cullen 42:51
Sonia Taylor 46:10
Stephen Griffin 27:27
Tara McCormack 41:11
Terry Byrne 33:28
Tina O'Reilly 41:19
Tom Barry 34:08
Tom McCarthy 47:52
Tricia Keenan 41:01
Valerie Hickey 40:17
Zoe McConnell 40:53

Dunboyne 4 Mile

The 46th edition of the Eirgrid Dunboyne AC 4 Mile Road Race took place in sunny but blustery Dunboyne on Sunday. The largest road race in Leinster as usual attracted a field of quality and quantity with athletes travelling from the four provinces to take part. The men's race featured last year's winner Tomas Fitzpatrick of Tallaght AC, National Intermediate Cross Country champion Liam Brady of Tullamore AC, Mark Christie of Mullingar Harriers AC and 2012 Olympian Mark Kenneally of Clonliffe Harriers. The women's race featured two of Ireland's Cross Country team that clinched bronze last December in Bulgaria, home favourite Sara Treacy and Letterkenny's Anne-Marie McGlynn, DSD's Irish International marathoner Sarah Mulligan. MSB's Kate O'Neill as well her training partner and last years winner, an Irish legend that needs no introduction, Catriona McKiernan. The race is traditionally supported by the top athletics Clubs around Leinster with many sending athletes in search of team as well as individual honours.

It was the four aforementioned men who took on the race from the start. Their quality was evident and at the 800m mark as the race passed through the village for the first time they'd made 20m on the rest of the field. At the halfway point Kenneally and Christie themselves opened up a gap of 20m on Brady, with Fitzpatrick just behind. Christie and Kenneally were neck and neck until the former made a break for it with just over a mile to go. The gap opened quickly enough, with 80m between first and second when they came into the village and the finishing straight for the last time. The 1,2 was to finish as it was, with last years winner Fitzpatrick overtaking Brady in the final mile to claim third place.

The women's race played out quite differently to the men's. Dunboyne AC's Sara Treacy, coming off the back of a phenomenal winter season including winning the British Indoor 3000m Championship and placing 12th in the European Cross Country Championship, came home from the UK to run her home race. She took the race on from the start, benefiting from running with some of the home Clubs lead male athletes in the first couple of miles, closely followed closely by the in form McGlynn who was coming off the back of a fantastic win over 5k during the week in Belfast where she ran 16:28. Not far behind were Mulligan, McKiernan and O'Neill. The race played out without any changes at the front with Sara pushing on at two miles buoyed by the home support to receive the biggest cheer of the day as she finished under the gantry in a time of 21:32, the first home winner in 36 years, the last being Josephine Murtagh in 1979.

The team prizes gave the home Club another reason the cheer soon after when the Dunboyne AC team led by Luke Forde, Rory Kavanagh, Loughlin Campion and Morgan McDonagh packed well to scoop the Senior Men's race for the first time since 1983 with a score of 48 points. The home Club packed over 130 runners into the race. Tullamore AC placed just behind Dunboyne AC in second with a score of 79 with Tallaght AC in third with a score of 104. In the women's team event Civil Service Harriers scooped team honours with a score of 63 points, Neighboring club DCH came second with a score of 76, Droheda and District, who traveled in their droves, with 42 finishers, claimed third with a score of 103 points.

The Eirgrid Dunboyne 4 Miler prides itself on the race experience it provides for all runners and whilst the big guns played it out for honours at the front, we'd over 700 other athletes from top Club standard right through to those who, last January, set their sights on completing the daunting challenge of their first road race over the distance. Each athletes received deafening cheers as they passed though the village on three occasions over the course of the 4 mile route and were treated to excellent post race entertainment and refreshments afterwards whilst the presentations were made.

Full results for the race are available on Precision Timing's website. Dunboyne AC would like to express its heartfelt thanks to all who ran, supported, sponsored, planned and catered for yet another successful 4 Mile Road Race and we look forward to the next two races in the Club race series, the Clonee 10k in June and the Carton Trail race in August. Some great photos here with thanks as always to Rory and Peter Mooney! Great photos also on our Facebook Album, with a big thank you to Rob Webb for taking these photos. And lastly photos also on our Facebook Album, with thanks to Clodagh and Norma.

Juveniles at 4 Miler

There was a fantastic turn out for the 46th Annual Dunboyne AC Road Races on Sunday the 29th of March 2015, where the dull skies above and intermittent showers did not dampen the spirits of the numerous young athletes that turned on the day. The opening race of the day was the fifteen years old and under 1 mile race which saw athletes from five different counties take to the line. There was a sea of pink as a group of Dunboyne AFC players ran in aid if the worthy Aoibheann's Pink Pie Charity among this talented field. There was battle from start to finish as Dunshaughlin AC club mates Thomas Reilly and Evan Butler battled it out for 2015 Top Miler Honour- with Thomas claiming glory this time around, Adam McMahon from Lusk AC claimed bronze having set the early pace. Dunboyne AC's Lauren McConnell was very impressive in claiming the girls title- keeping the top three boys on their toes all the way line. Fellow teammate Nicole Frazer also ran very well and came home second ahead of Niamh Cunnigham from Blackrock AC who fought hard on this flat course to deny the local club a clean sweep of the prizes. Our ever talented Dunboyne AC trio of Conor Leane, Marc Leane and Jack Brown claimed all the spots on the podium for the 12 years old and younger race- holding off a line of younger Dunboyne AC athletes who wanted to de-throne these previous race winners.

In the girls race Doireann Ni Fhlatharta powered home to claim the girls title as Grace Fitzpatrick from Dunleer AC also looked comfortable in winning silver as Chloe Frazer in the local blue and white colours out- sprinted several team mates as she earned her place on the podium. Dunshaughlin AC claimed their second victory of the day as Fiach Hartigan held off Dunboyne's 'Duracell Bunnies' Ciaran McCormack and Adam Smith in the boys 9 years old and under race with our boys already talking of revenge in 2016. Our girls went on to claim back local bragging rights in the final race of the day as Sophie Dolan and Aideen Reilly renewed their rivalry as they were first two home in a very entertaining race ahead of our Dunshaughlin AC neighbour Molly O Connor. There was some parade of talent on show in all the days races, and it was very encouraging to see the volume of young athletes that showed up despite the inclement weather conditions. We were caught on the hop with the numbers who competed and ran out of goody bags and medals- apologies to anybody who left empty handed- if you message us on Facebook we will get a medal to your little champion. A big fair-play to all who helped out on the day with thankless jobs such as money collecting, marshalling, filling goody bags etc as ye helped a large number of young athletes have a fun filled and memorable day. Some great photos here with thanks as always to Rory and Peter Mooney! Great photos also on our Facebook Album, with a big thank you to Rob Webb for taking these photos. And lastly photos also on our Facebook Album, with thanks to Clodagh and Norma.

Seniors at 4 Miler

We’d lots to be proud of last weekend, some wonderful individual and team performances by our senior group in a road race that will outdo most road races for quality and depth. That feature of our event is a credit both to our race organisers and to the quality Club runners that travelled in big numbers to support us. We’d two historic victories this year. Luke Forde and Rory Kavanagh led by example finishing in 9th and 10th place respectively, first and second on the winning men’s team, claiming the Mattie McGrath memorial trophy. The last time we won the men’s team prize was when Georgie Hutton, in winning the race, led Dunboyne to victory in 1983. We packed well in this year and the two lads were closely followed by Loughlin Campion placing 14th, scoring third man on the team of four, with Morgan McDonagh fourth man in 17th place. Of course we’d the leading lady on the day too, Sara Treacy. Sara held off a stacked ladies field to take the Club’s first win in the ladies race since Josephine Murtagh’s win in 1979. She was made work for it, with the in-form Anne-Marie McGlynn hot on her heels right to the end. It’s a race that falls well between the end of the indoor season and the start of the T&F season for both elite men and women, so we hope we’ll see Sara back to retain her title in this fixture for many years to come.

Within a short distance of our leading men was Phelim Glynn, just back from illness having missed the National Masters Indoors. Phelim renewed his M50 battle from the National Masters Cross Country in Tuam with Mick Byrne of Slí Chulainn, with both of them placing themselves on the podium in their category. Sixth man for the Club and another who placed on the podium in his category was Ahmed Abdi. Not long back with us, he’s found form quick and is sure to find more. Ahmed worked well with Andrew Ledwith for long periods of the race. We’re delighted to see both back in action. Owen Fletcher is a new name to us this year and a great catch for us. Already flourishing in training Owen put in a solid display of running on Sunday. Alan McKernan carried on where he left off in Bohermeen, targeting a time and hitting in on a day when times largely went out the window because of the tough conditions. Emilia, as always, was another envelope winner, placing herself on the podium, second in her category to Catherina McKiernan and second lady overall for Dunboyne. Keith Eglington regaled us with a blow by blow account of how his race was won in Brady’s whilst Con McCormack kept him grounded with a reminder that he was outside the top 100. Still, as much as we don’t like telling him, he ran well. Sub 38 10k in early April for Keith. Mick Foy was next, splitting normally inseparable buddies Damo and Ivor. Mick was back to the form he was in here a couple of years ago and continues to improve this year. Stephen Griffin, without Keith, or Ruben, put an excellent time to the training he’s been doing, I’m sure he’s his sights firmly set on beating Keith in the next race. Ray and Antoinette paced together to Mulvany’s corner before racing instinct took over and Ray made a dash for it, pipping Antoinette on the line. John Curran, Paul Lord and Geoff Hamilton were comfortably under the half hour mark, even more so credible on the day that was in it. We then had the Juvenile coach crew come in, all five of them! Mairtin Thorton from the Kilbride end of the parish leading the way, from senior group novices Norma and Con, David Brady and Sean Manning.

We could almost borrow the Juvenile tag line on Sunday. The immediate future is looking bright for us with the Meath Road Race Championships, Leinster 10 Miler, National 10k as well as the National Road Race Relays coming up where we will be looking to pack teams. A big thank you to our coaching duo Tony O’Neill and Gary O’Hanlon for the past couple of months work: things look to be shaping up well for the summer. We’ve updated the senior leader board now, look out for your times and placings on the website over the next week or two. Anyone non-seniors who wish to be featured on the leader board just let us know and we’ll add you. Some great photos here with thanks as always to Rory and Peter Mooney! Great photos also on our Facebook Album, with a big thank you to Rob Webb for taking these photos. And lastly photos also on our Facebook Album, with thanks to Clodagh and Norma.

Times on Sunday: Luke Forde 20:56; Rory Kavanagh 21:12; Sara Treacy 21:32; Loughlin Campion 21:41; Morgan McDonagh 21:53; Phelim Glynn 21:59; Ahmed Abdi 22:34; Owen Fletcher 23:21; Alan McKernan 23:54; Emilia Dan 24:59; Keith Eglington 25:46; Mick Foy 27:06; Stephen Griffin 27:27; Ray Mitchell 27:58; Antoinette Howlin 28:00; John Curran 28:03; Paul Lord 28:31; Geoff Hamilton 29:01; Mairtin Thornton 30:00; Norma Farrell 30:31; Con McCormack 30:37; David Brady 31:34; Sean Manning 32:00

A big thank you to all who helped!

We have lots of people to thank, our participants who we’ve mentioned already, our sponsors, who we will thank in a separate post, but we should possibly reserve our biggest words of praise for those who made it happen on the day. Hosting a race of this magnitude is an enormous effort, with planning starting in mid 2014. Rather than praising everyone individually and letting you know of their individual contributions, we’d like to thank the various teams that made the race happen as well as the help we received from outside of the Club.

Firstly we’d our race organisers, who yet again delivered the perfect race. Thanks guys, your attention to detail means that our race remains ‘The Short Race with the Big Reputation’. Feedback since has been phenomenal. Our ‘Digital Duo’ yet again pushed the boundaries of what is humanly possible in a working month, our race was promoted excellently and our programme, we’re not ashamed to say, is a work of art. We’ll publish that in our thank you note to our sponsors soon. It really is an excellent read. The sponsorship drive was left to a very small team and it is tough and thankless work, but the figure raised was staggering yet again this year. Our Juvenile team hosted a record number of aspiring 4 mile winners in their three age group races. Along with this they filled the races full of our own young Club athletes, filling the podium places in all five races. Before the big day we’d a flyer drive, with the Flyer team hitting every post box in Dunboyne. Our race day set up team was out at dawn putting out signage, cones and barriers. We must thank Henry Management Services for their help with this too. Our registration and timing team’s attention to detail meant that there were no errors on the day, not an easy job. All results were swiftly delivered post race for the presentation before 4pm. Our start and finish area volunteers and marshals out on the course ensured that all the kids and adults were running safely and the traffic flowed freely through the diversions in place. The Gardai and the Civil Defence teams were in place at critical points to ensure crowd and participant safety. Dunboyne Motor Club again came up trumps and led and flanked the runners through and passed the many junctions on the course. The BHAA were on hand to help out at the start again this year.

Liam Moggin, Race MC, provided top class commentary throughout the day entertaining everyone with insightful coverage. Our PA set up crew meant everyone was able to know exactly what was going on. Our catering team’s numbers were huge, there were 722 finishers and far more besides to cater for. We must thank them; they fed the runners, their families and the volunteers. Probably the biggest task of the day. On that note we would like to thank those who baked for the race, a request went out and it seems like everyone spent their Saturday afternoon baking for the 4 Mile. We were entertained in the hall afterwards by our excellent local Comhaltas group. Our goody bag fillers and t-shirt team were extremely busy all Sunday morning. The local media were excellent to us in terms of race promotion and support and the locals, as usual came out to support in massive numbers giving our own runners in particular a massive lift. Our Club photographers took some fantastic pictures of both juvenile and adults races. Our members were particularly well decked out on Sunday, well done to the Club Kit duo for delivering for the big day. The less than fun post race clear up had to be done long after the buzz subsided and yet again it was finished without delay on Sunday evening.

Some photos are attached from the community centre (we'll get everyone next year!) and we have listed the majority, not all, of the people who played a role on the sidelines during the day. We’re sure to have missed someone, so please understand that with the number of volunteers contributing that this will happen. Along with that we had so many of our own 143 runners who played some part before or after the race, contributing sponsorship, baked goods, helping out with tasks before and after the race. We are so appreciative. Lots more photos on our Facebook Page.

Sean Kinnane, Paul Gorey, Teresa Smith, Michelle Wall, Martin Cahill, Roisín Bell, Aoiffe Kerrigan, Tommy McDonnell, Rob Webb, Paul O’Connell, Michael Cornyn, Sean Conroy, Seamus Brady, Liam Murtagh, Feargal O’Flatharta, Karen O’Flatharta, Keith Eglington, Michelle Malone , Con McCormack, Tara McCormack, Alan Norman, Con Doherty, Eddie Reid, Caroline Reid, Seamus Dunne, Noel Leonard, Liam Moggin, Ger Ryan, Maria Murphy, Helen McCarthy, Trish Bacon, Marie Tobin, Ana Quigley, Norma Farrell, Siobhan Lavin, Kieran Lavin, Laura Smith, Matthew Wall, Vivienne Lennon, Siobhan Campbell, Yvonne O’Donoghue, Angela Egan, Margaret Rowan, Nicola McKernan, Orla Brady, Marie Gilmartin, Ruth O Neill, Catherine Boughton, Amy Boughton, Kay Gilmartin, Susan Culhane, Ella Ni Mhaille, June Moore, Brid Scott, Noreen Geoghegan, Clare Doherty, Joan Hodgins, Norbert Smith, Liz Mersseman, Ciara Devitt, Martina McGoldrick, Angela Walsh, Roisin Whitty, Deirdre Mangan, Siobhan Carey, Geraldine Ahern, Susanne Heavey, Michelle Mitchell, Caroline Mitchell, Ray Mitchell, Veronica Stephenson, Siobhan Culhane, Harry Bugler, Luke Bugler, Norah Moffat, Mary Clarke, Betty Cunningham, Eleanor Allen, Ellen Holian, Evelyn Merriman, Ger Fagan, Heather Oldham, John Holian, Kate Fagan, Louise Taylor, Eleanor Geoghegan, Lauren Fowler, Cian Smith, Gavin Smith, Ryan Allen, Rosemary Higgins, Dee Fitzsimons, Tony O’Neill, Michelle Robson, Anne Marie Sheehan, Emilia Dan, Fintan Crehan, Warren McIntyre, Paul Gannon, Shirley O’ Hara , John Cotter, Gerry O’ Reilly, Gerard Plante, John Dempsey, Shane Nolan, Ruth Flood, Eoghan Ryan, Tom Barry, Lauren Flood, Pat Ryan, Orlaith Leane, Diarmuid Leane, Stephen Griffin, Aoife Glynn Eager, John O’Reilly, Neville Reilly, Helen Lonergan, Ian Durnin, Ger Solan, Aidan Keegan, Anne Gorman, Liam Burke, Angela Hayes, Roisín Johnson, Micheál ó Baille, Cian Mangan, Christy Dan, Martin Geoghegan, Ken McDonagh, Tom Muldoon, Kay McColgan, Ronan Doherty, Billy Jones, Frank McKenna, Kevin Deery, Sean McDonnell, Noreen Plante, Deirdre Travers, Patricia Keenan, Clodagh Dunphy

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

The club were very sorry to hear about Seamus Dunne's mum Josie, who passed away yesterday evening (4th April). Funeral details are here. We would like to send our condolences to Seamus, Tony, Cormac, Marina, Carmel and Irene, and all the Dunne extended family. Josie and her family became involved in the club around 40 years ago. She was a trojan worker and served on the club committee for around 20 years, and was club treasurer for around 10 years. May she rest in peace.

4 Mile Catering
If you brought refreshments for the race on Sunday in containers or on plates, they are now upstairs in the clubhouse for collection. That is the containers etc... no food left sorry! So S3A no point in you looking for some!

Juveniles & Fit4Youth Training
There will be no training for Dunboyne AC Juveniles on Wednesday the 1st of April, Monday the 6th of April and Wednesday the 8th of April 2015 to allow our athletes time to recover from a hectic start to 2015. Fit4Youth (including sprint group) will take a well earned break on Monday the 6th of April and Wednesday the 8th of April 2015. Happy Easter to all our athletes and coaches.

Request for Volunteers
Healthy Heart Run, Phoenix Park
Good Friday, 3rd April 2015

The dust has just settled on the big one, the 4 Mile, another successful race and one we all contributed to in some way, we really appreciate it folks. This coming weekend sees another new fixture on the race calendar, the Healthy Heart Run taking place in the Phoenix Park. As usual Athletics Ireland are offering us the opportunity of volunteering to steward at this event, with €30 per head being returned to the Club if you do. We only need 10 volunteers and two have stepped up already. This one would be ideal for our Fit4Youth members as we think you can give out the medals afterwards. So a few Fit4Youth's and a few other members and we're sorted. Members, family of members and past members and members of the local community, we are appealing to you to put your name down for this shift if possible. It's Good Friday morning, it's just up the road, hopefully the sun will shine but whether it does or not it will be a bit of fun up there. You can volunteer for this through the usual channels, a comment on Facebook, a name on the notice on the Clubhouse door or a mail to the Club email address. Ideally we'd like you to self register on this link, if you can, great, if you can't just provide your name and we'll do the rest. The shift won't have us out of bed too early, pop up to Furze Road and register your presence with John Holian at 9am and you'll be done for the day around midday. Many thanks!!

Membership Button
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.

Meath Co. Board Minutes
4th February 2015

Attention Fit4Lifers: Fancy your hand at a bit of race report writing?
Now that more and more of us are racing regularly the task of writing up weekly reports has gotten a little time consuming for one person, so we're looking to build a small team to share these between us. If you haven't done anything like this before don't worry - we'll provide guidelines, help and advice to get you started, and then you'd be the contact person to write one or perhaps two each week. If you attend races regularly then this will probably be even more useful as you'll have experienced the event and can talk about it first hand. No big commitment required, just a few minutes each week. So if you're interested or want to find out more then please comment below or send us a private message. It's great fun and it's a great way to help out with the club, in your own time, from your own keyboard, so take the plunge, go for it!

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.

Club Leaderboard Challenge 2015
We had some fun before with the Leaderboard Challenge and we've decided to run it again in 2015. We'll be recording performances from the seniors at the distances below in 2015, updating the table every few weeks and posting here on the club website. If of course you're not running with our 7pm group and you'd like to have your times posted on the leaderboard (all about the bragging rights innit?) just drop us a message on Facebook or to the dunboyneac@ericom.net and we'll include you on the table for 2015. Members only and it goes without saying that its for AAI Permit / officially measured races only. Good luck to all!!!

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  • 4 Mile
  • 10km
  • 10 Mile
  • Half Marathon

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.

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.

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