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Lauren Flood, 3rd in age category in 4-Miler!

Sunday 30th March
Congratulations to Fit4Lifer Lauren Flood who was placed 3rd in her age category at our Dunboyne 4-Miler on Sunday 30th March. Lauren clocked an incredible time of 30.37. A registration error meant Lauren’s date of birth wasn’t input so she wasn’t presented with her prize on the day. It wasn’t Lauren’s fault or the club’s fault. The error has been rectified and the official results on Precision Timing have been corrected. Paul Gannon presented Lauren with her overdue prize at training on Tuesday 15th April. Well done Lauren. Great achievement.

National Road Race Relays

Sunday 13th April
The cream of Irish road running descended upon Raheny on Sunday 13th April to contest the National Road Race Relays. Dunboyne AC had a team entered in the Mens Senior Race over 4 legs of 2 miles, 1 mile, 3 miles and then 2 miles again. Luke Forde took to the start line to run the first leg in 10:09, and passed onto Junior Ahmed Abdi, who raced the 1 mile leg in 4:50. Next up was in form Rory Kavanagh who ran an excellent 15:37 for the penultimate 3 Mile leg, before finally passing to Morgan McDonagh who clocked 11:04 for the final leg, giving a total time overall of 41:40, to put Dunboyne AC in 8th overall out of 17th teams. Well done guys.

ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon

Sunday 13th April
Dunboyne AC had 5 runners in the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday - they were among a large Meath / Irish contingent that took the trip over to the fast flat course in search of PB's and prizes and the Club's athletes did their fair share in order to contribute to that.

First home for the Club today was Donal Cashin in the low 2:49's (PB), a time that Donal more than showed promised of with a 2:54 in difficult conditions last October in Dublin. Donal has showed nice progression with his times every six months and still a relative novice to marathon running. Next home for Dunboyne was Alan McKernan, who travelled to Rotterdam with a goal of sub 3hrs and went well beyond that in finishing in 2:57 (PB). Alan, along with Donal have been regular category road race podium finishers for the Club in recent times and the time is reflective of that.

Next home in his 2nd marathon to date was Greg McLoughlin in another PB time of 3:14. Greg more that merited this time and will perhaps now have half an eye on that 3hr mark in a year or two. Scott Willoughby brought home the last of the finishers in 3:37. Antoinette Howlin unfortunately picked up an injury after 5kms and had to pull out after half way. Dunboyne AC wish Antoinette a speedy recovery. Also running in Rotterdam was Club coach Gary O'Hanlon who PB'd in 2:22 and was 2nd overall in his age category.

Last, but by no means least, was Aoiffe Kerrigan who made her international debut in the Rotterdam 10K smashing her PB with a super time of 44.47 in her first 10K in two years. Anne Gorman also ran the 10K, but just as a training run to enjoy the atmosphere. Well done everyone!

K Club BHAA 10km Road Race

Saturday 12th April
Dunboyne AC were in action at the K Club 10km BHAA Road Race in Straffan. Rory O'Neill led the Club home in a fine return to form after a period out injured in a time of 35:58. Next in was Gerry O'Reilly in a time of 38:14, followed home by Paul Gannon in a time of 38:46. Finishing alongside was Emilia Dan, who had a great battle with eventual 1st lady home over the first 6kms of the course before Charlotte Kearney just got the upper hand. Emilia nevertheless battled to run an impressive 38:47 and 2nd lady overall. Also in action for the Club was juvenile coach Stephen Griffin finishing in a time of 41:19 and Pat and Ger Ryan from the F4L group. The race was won by Clonard's Peter Mooney.

Fit4Life at Women’s Meet & Train

Sunday 13th April
Just when we thought Fit4Life had already achieved it all, our ladies managed to go one better by teaming up for the Women’s Meet & Train Summer League on Sunday. This is the first time Fit4Life has fielded a team for any event and hats off to the women who enlisted to represent us. You’ve started a new Fit4Life chapter for us! Those with the best availability for the 4 races formed the team. They were bolstered by a few more ladies who ran as individuals on Sunday. Sunday’s race at Griffeen Park, Lucan was 5K. Conditions were dry but windy. The field, comprising club-runners, was stronger than we usually encounter at the mass-participation fun-runs, but our ladies more than held their own and were in the thick of the action with great performances all round. In a field of approx 100 runners, our ladies achieved some seriously impressive placings.

The Fit4Life Dream Team is: Clare Bexon (28.23, 70th), Helen Lonergan (wasn’t available for this race but will be joining us for the other 3), Joan Hodgins (23.46, 36th - not bad for someone with a tooth abscess), Noeleen Fallon (27.42, 67th), Norma Farrell (23.44, 35th) and Vivienne Lennon (26.24, 61st Team Captain & Co-ordinator). Lauren Flood (23.56, 42nd) ran a super race and will be joining the Senior ladies to form a Dunboyne AC A-team for the next 3 races. Unfortunately, the Seniors were unable to field a team today as some of their squad were on a junket to Rotterdam. Mirela Herghelegiu was the only other team member who could make Sunday’s race and she gave us newcomers a master-class, finishing 15th in a time of 22.21. How the teams work: There are 6 ladies per team. A minimum of 4 must run each race, and the top 4 count in results. We must field a team for at least 3 of the 4 races in the league. We had 3 more ladies who ran as individuals. Angela Walsh (26.06, 57th) showed us why she was awarded Fit4Life athlete of the year in 2011. The most impressive performances of the day came from 2 of our C25K ladies, a mere 3 months after taking up running. Martina Leonard (26.09, 58th) clearly has a natural flair for running that might not have seen the light of day but for our C25K programme. Fiona Tobin (35.35) found herself in a tougher race than she anticipated but she showed true-grit to see it through. Well done Fiona and rest-assured you’ll never run a tougher race than that!

Then it was back to Lucan Harriers’ clubhouse to enjoy their lovely spread and collect our prizes. That’s right, Clare won a cookbook in the raffle. Woohoo!!! We’ll expect great things from you Clare after Paul Gorey’s 5-Miler in May, so start practising those recipes! Brilliant stuff from our ladies once again and we wish them luck with the rest of the league. The second race of the league is a 3-miler at 7.30pm, Wed 7th May in Irishtown (hosted by Crusaders). It is open for all to enter each race as an individual; a snip at €7, so come along and join in the fun. It will help to spur on both teams. Talk to Vivienne Lennon if you are interested. Thanks to Deirdre Fitzsimons and Vivienne Lennon for organising us for the league. When word of our exploits reached Coach Gary O’Hanlon in Rotterdam, he was so inspired he ran his fastest-ever marathon in 2.22.50. We must also congratulate Alan McKernan, one of Fit4Life’s top-supporters, who smashed his 3-hour goal time to finish in 2.57. Well done to Gary, Alan and all our clubmates who competed in Rotterdam today. You did brilliantly, though not as well as us...obviously!!!
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Club Notices


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

If you remember, last year we volunteered at a couple of races, and earned some much needed funds towards our track development. We are very lucky to get this opportunity again this year, where we can earn 900 euro, but only if we can fill the spots! The two runs are:

  • Ray's Half Million Half Marathon for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice (Good Friday 18th April, 7:45am start, in Phoenix Park for 3 hours)
  • Samsung Night Run (Sunday 27th April, 7:45pm start, in the city, for approximately 2 hours)
AND we thought, why not organise a Club Social ahead of the Samsung Run on the evening of the race – an early bird meal in Ely, Grand Canal Square at roughly 5:30pm. (We'll confirm price soon). All are welcome to come, its a chance for us to socialise post 4 Mile, post Rotterdam Marathon, post C25K completion etc.

How do you volunteer?
  • Fill in your name on the volunteer list we have on the clubhouse door, by next Tuesday 15th at the latest!
  • Or comment on our post on Facebook that you would like to volunteer.
Anyone can volunteer, runners, parents, friends, family etc. So join us for the Samsung Run and Ely Restaurant, or Ray's Half Million Half Marathon for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice (a very good cause). Hopefully you can join us for both. It's a great way to get to know other people in the club :)


Coaching
We are looking for Senior/Fit4Life athletes or parents who would be interested in getting involved wit hJuvenile training. We have a large number of juveniles and it would enhance the training sessions if there was more adult help available. Training takes place Mon & Wed 7-8pm. Are you free? Only one hour per week!!!



Skills/Services/Expertise
If you have a skill, trade or expertise in a particular area e.g. painting, carpentry, catering, first aid etc. that you would be prepared to offer the club on accosions, we would be happy to add your name to our database. We are all volunteers and the more help we have the better the club will be. Please email Theresa at atsmith@eircom.net


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

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


Membership Button

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