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DA’Camp ***Midweek*** Classes

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

DA’CAMP is da bomb!

Saturday 4th October

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

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

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

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

Noel Duffy shines at Great Birmingham Run

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

Fit4Life's Ana Quigley at La Clasica 15km

Sunday 19th October

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

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

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

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

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

Dunboyne Veterinary Clinic Sponsorship Deal

Dunboyne Athletic Club team, who have qualified for the Athletics Ireland National League Final, received a generous sponsorship deal under a community support programme entered into by Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital. Presentation from Charles Cosgrave, Dunboyne Vet Clinic to club captain Tommy McDonnell and Chairman Micheal Cornyn with Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital staff and Dunboyne AC National League squad members. Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital are running a loyalty programme for any members of the Club. They will launch their loyalty scheme in September. Please see update on our website and facebook page at this stage. The scheme is worth up to approximately €15,000 in total so the more Dunboyne AC members mention our Club, the more of the loyalty fund goes back into Dunboyne AC. More details of the scheme here.

Club Notices

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

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

Direction are:

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

Under 12 boys team:
  • Mark Leane
  • Conor Leane
  • Jack Brown
  • Ross Lyons
  • Benjamin Manning

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

Under 14 girls individual:
  • Nicole Frazer
  • Lauren McConnell

Under 16 girl individual:
  • Nicola Duffy

Meath Teams for Leinster
Even Ages Cross Country

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

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

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

Under 14 Girls:
  • Lauren McConnell
  • Nicole Frazer

Under 16 Girls
  • Nicola Duffy

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

Meet & Train Cross Country League
Is that we get some of our ladies out to run. This event is NOT an elite event and all female club members should be encouraged to run, not just the first race but all races in the league.
  • 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 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 Name to follow for Fit4Life.

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

Fit4Lifers - a few extra miles?
A group of Fit4Lifers will be meeting before training to do an extra few easy miles. Pace and distance depends who's there, but if there's a few people the group can split up - no one will be left behind! If you're interested come along at 7.30. Also, Ciara Barry has set up a Facebook Group to help organise runs outside training. Some people meet at the weekend, some meet after school drop off during the week - but the Facebook group makes this easy to organise. There'll always be somebody available to run with. If you want to do a few miles before training, come along at 7.30 tonight. If you want to join the Facebook group and see posts about arranging runs, get in touch with Ciara.

Family Fun Day & Car Boot Sale a huge success, thanks to all who supported us and to our volunteers
The weather Gods adhered to our many prayers for good weather as the sun shone on both events over the weekend which involved the inaugural car boot sale on Saturday which attracted many traders and customers. Indeed Del Boy himself would have been proud of the selling and buying skills shown by all. After its success this may become a regular event in our event calendar. This was followed on Sunday by our Annual Family Fun which may prove to be the most successful to date.

It all started at 11AM with Mick Foy & Dave Galbraith commencing their fund raising marathon challenge involving them running 106 laps around the track. Seamus Dunne accompanied the lads for a few miles of their journey along with our President Sean Conroy taking up the invite to start with them. Not to be satisfied with this Sean quickly set off, leaving all in his wake as he rolled back the years reenacting his marvellous running ability that brought him so much previous success. The lads crossed the line 4.5 hours later to rapturous applause from the many supporters acknowledging their achievement who were all absorbed into their quest through the encouragement of Noel on the microphone in conjunction with Seamus Brady who lap by lap cleared the path for the lads to run freely by their erected Gazebo with supporting team and lap counter in toe. The lads look like they will raise substantial funds from this and people can still donate. It can be hard to do one mile on a track but the lads ended up doing over 27 which is incredible and highlights their great dedication to the club.

The day continued with the many volunteers manning their positions providing enjoyment and refreshments for all. The many attractions this year included Bucking Bronco, Bubble soccer & Sand Treasure Hunt which was organised and ran by our 11 year old club member Eleanor Geoghegan which all proved to be very successful.

The dunk tank proved yet again to be a major success with many volunteering for this saturated torture including local TD Helen McEntee & Senator Thomas Byrne. This year also brought about the opening of the 'Fun Day Food Court, where people could enjoy a Burger from 'Blackwells Burger Bistro' along with a coffee & cake from 'Envelope Emilia Dan's Diner'. People could sit and enjoy the atmosphere or even purchase a book adjacent to the food court and relax at the facilities provided. Although we did run out of sauce - Alan McKernan after instruction from his wife Nicola - engaged in a mission to seek additional supplies in 'Operation Red Sauce - Code name 'Save The fun day' which was executed with perfection showing the dynamic capabilities of the club to adapt to all emergency situations. Every event has a hero and indeed we have found ours.

These were just some of the attractions on the day which brought record numbers who looked like they really enjoyed it. All this would not be possible without the numerous volunteers all working tirelessly over the weekend led by Noel & Teresa to ensure its success. There are too many people to thank but a massive well done to all who helped ensure its success by volunteering on the day as well as providing goods, baking & equipment. This event has been in planning for weeks and a lot of work was undertaken to help raise funds for the club as well as provide enjoyment for the Dunboyne community and it cannot succeed without the combined efforts of our members who provide the events biggest asset and requirement which is members time.

Well done to all involved!!!

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

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

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