Website last updated: Friday 19th September

Marathon Track Challenge a Huge Success

Sunday 14th September

Two of our senior runners, Mick Foy and Dave Galbraith completed a marathon (26.2 miles) ON THE TRACK! as part of the Family Fun Day to raise extra funds for the club. That's 106 laps of the track!! They started their challenge at 11am on the Sunday morning and finished in just over 4.5 hours. Well done!

Mick and Dave would like to thank everyone who supported them on their epic 106 laps of the track. They were seriously overwhelmed by the response. If there is any sponsorship outstanding we would ask for it to be paid online here. Remember all funds go towards our track re-development, so please support their fantastic effort!

The lads also organised spot prizes! Thanks to Kevin and the lads in Amphibian King Ashtown and Lidl, the lads drew names at random from the completed sponsors list for the prizes. below are the winners. Prizes will be available for collection at track on Tuesday evening.


Vintage Fit4Lifers at Croagh Patrick

Saturday 13th September

A group of 11 Fit4Life ladies headed into the West on Saturday to climb Croagh Patrick and enjoy a rare night away in the company of some of the earliest Fit4Life members. When we say early, we mean eminent and distinguished; not old, obviously. It was also a real who’s who of the Fit4Youth coaching assistants. Ann Kennedy, Bernie McGrath, Ger Fagan, Ger Ryan, Kay Gilmartin, Margaret Leddy, Margaret Rowan, Patricia Gallagher, Ruth O’Dwyer, Sheila Coyne and Susanne Heavey all made the trip on a glorious sunny day that offered spectacular views of the mountain and scenery all round. This was a maiden voyage for 6, 2 had ventured before and Mayo natives Ann Kennedy, Ger Ryan and Margaret Rowan learned to walk on Croagh Patrick. Our years of Fit4Life fitness came to the fore and we scaled the summit in 1 hr 50 minutes even after several stops to enjoy the fabulous scenery, have the chats, take photos and have a few nibbles halfway up. Sure you know what we’re like, and we’re no different on tour! The climb was challenging, but thanks to our excellent Fit4life training, we were more than able for it and were rewarded with fabulous clear views at the top.

We wasted no time heading to the chapel to pray for a fine day for the Family Fun Day, for Mick and Dave to complete their marathon challenge safely and for all club members and our fellow Fit4Lifers to generously sponsor them at training this week for their incredible achievement. Amen! (and God forgive us!) And then it was feeding time again until Kay MacGyver Gilmartin started inflating balloons with a pump produced from her rucksack. Ger Ryan disowned her loudly on behalf of us all; thanks Ger! In Kay’s defence, they were for the Jack and Jill “climb a hill” appeal that some of us registered for in advance, the rest of us will donate retrospectively. We made our way back down the mountain again through a combination of walking, strutting (Fit4Life outing remember), zig-zagging, skidding and sliding. The descent was less strenuous than the climb, but definitely more tricky. We had 5 nurses amongst us ready to cater for any medical emergency... thankfully there were none. And then it was back to Westport for dinner with Christine Bleakley at the hotel (sort of, well she was there). She left Frank Lampard at home; didn’t trust him around us! A great night out was had by all.

Many thanks to Ger Ryan for organising every aspect of the trip superbly for us. You’ve earned yourself an annual gig Ger. There’s already talk of a 2-nighter in Kerry next year. Bring it on! Well done ladies on a great achievement.

Paul Gannon triumphs at OPW BHAA 5K Trail

Saturday 13th October
Paul Gannon was Dunboyne AC's sole representative at the inaugural OPW BHAA 5k Trail race in sunny Trim on Saturday morning. This was almost a home race for Paul and he made a successful trip to the Porchfields winning the race in a time of 17:28. Congratulations Paul! Full results on

Athlone Half Marathon

Saturday 13th October
Our coach Gary O'Hanlon's winning streak continued on Saturday when he won the Athlone Half in 69:55, its been a phenomenal few weekends for Gary, winning the Dingle marathon last weekend and the Tullamore Half the previous one. Fantastic achievements! Luke Forde led the Dunboyne contingent home on a very hot day in a time of 1:18:49, nothing close to his phenomenal run in the National Half two years ago but Luke has been on a break recently following an excellent track season. Gerard Plante broke the 1:40 barrier and was next home for the Club in a time of 1:39:19, super going from the big Corkman! Sisters Clodagh Dunphy and Norma Farrell, the latter our sole F4L representative in the race, picked up where they left off in Bohermeen and ran PB times of 1:52 a piece, well done ladies! Full results on Precision Timing, and photo's, as always, on Peter Mooney's flickr account. Thanks Peter & Rory!

Ratoath 5K

Sunday 14th September

Rory Kavanagh made it a trio of wins for coaching staff on Sunday morning at the Ratoath AC 5k Road Race. The race took place as part of the annual Ratoath festival. Rory won this race in 2013 and won it again this year, unchallenged, leading from gun to tape to win in a time of 16:18. Not far behind for Dunboyne AC was Ratoath native Rory O'Neill who was 6th overall in a time of 17:49. Just on Rory's shoulder, in 7th place and 2nd in his category was Gerry O'Reilly, in a time of 17:56, just 8 seconds shy of a PB. Ratoath's race was a chance for our ladies to shine in the sun too, and it didn't disappoint. Emila led the ladies home and was first in her category, 4th overall, in a time of 19:08. Just one position behind Emilia, 5th lady, was Claire Ní Fhaircheallaigh in a time of 19:44.

Fit4Life, Fit4Youth and Juveniles didn't fail to impress either. Congratulations to Emily Ryan who led the charge taking silver in the Junior race in a fab time of 23.28. Mairead Reilly ran a stormer just behind clocking 25.49, 37th in the competitive ladies' senior race. Fantastic progress Mairead. Lyndon Thomas was in 5K action once again and had another great run finishing in 29.59. Our youngest entrant, 10-year old James Dillon, clocked the exact same time as Lyndon (29.59) pipping dad Martin Dillon (30.01) in the final sprint. It was neck and neck until the very end. Well done James, hard luck Martin;-) James honed his sprinting skills at our Summer Camp. James and Lyndon were on the men's team that placed 5th. Angela Egan was on the rampage yet again, claiming 2nd place in her age category in 31.08. Well done Angela; we're losing count at this stage. I'm sure Angela won't mind us sharing this. She told us she joined C25K in January as she felt her walking was slowing down. Lol :)

Well done to all sections of the club on a very successful club outing and congratulations to Ratoath AC on a great event. Congratulations from Fit4Life to Coach Rory Kavanagh on his win ;-) All our coaches were on a gold rush this weekend; congrats lads on the treble!

Fit4Life's David Dolan at Maynooth 5K

Sunday 14th September
Well done to David Dolan, our only representative at the Maynooth 5K on Sunday. The course between Kilcock and Maynooth was billed as fast and flat. David didn't fail to capitalise, clocking a PB of 23.21, almost a full minute faster than his National Sports Campus outing 2 months earlier. David placed an impressive 48th in the race. Congratulations David, the consistent training is paying off.

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
Race this Saturday

The next juvenile Cross Country Training session will take place on Saturday the 20th of September 2014 where athletes will take part in a 3.5 km hill race being held in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Numbers are limited, so only those who have trained since August can be facilitated. Please wear Dunboyne AC colours. Leaving club at 7.30am sharp.

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.

Track Upgrade
We are forming a sub committee for the track development project. We have 6 members so far on the sub committee. If anyone would like to get involved and share any skills/expertise they may have it that area, please let Tommy McDonnell know. Many thanks!

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!!!

Sean Hughes selected to represent Ireland in the IWAS World Junior Games
Sean Hughes was selected to represent Ireland in the IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, this week. Once again Sean produced an outstanding performance showing superb results against top competition. In Shot Sean came 2nd setting a new Irish Senior Mens record, seeing Sean come 4th in the javelin and 5th in Discuss. There is no doubt about Seans ability in becoming one of Ireland finest throwers in the coming years. Obviously Sean and his coach Declan are putting huge efforts in training. Sean is no Doubt one of Dunboyne AC's & Irelands top stars and we are confident that he will be a Para Olympician in the coming years. Well done yet again from Dunboyne AC.

Fun Athletics Camp
Last week seen the first ever Fun athletics camp in the beatuiful sunshine at Dunboyne AC. The camp was a great success with nothing but positive feedback from it. The camp catered for 7-13 year olds and offered a wide range of activities throughtout the week. The children got to try out all disciplines under the guidance of our 3 coaches, Luke, Rory and Laura and helpers, Patricia, Heather, Siobhan, Teresa, Rachel, Matthew, Pauric and Paul. After four days of perfecting their skills they all went on to compete in a Mini Olympic style competition on Friday. The athletes turned up in thier nations colours ready to do battle. This was a fun filled day with all members of the six teams competing in all events to maximise their score for their team. As the day progressed it was evident how much talent these groups of athletes had. Well done to all the athletes who showed true team spirit and cheered on their team members. After the final score was totted up, Spain were in 3rd place, France in 2nd and Germany were yet again the victorious team. The day would not be complete without the typical Dunboyne AC tradition of post event refreshments and Marion was on hand to provide hot dogs and goodies for all the children. We would like to thank Aoiffe for once again producing a very eye catching flier which got the camp off the ground. To all the coaches, helpers and children a very big thank you for making the camp a very enjoyable week. Please see lots of photos on Facebook

Due to popular demand, we are continuing Fit4Youth through the Summer months (except Bank Holiday Monday 4th August) We always welcome new members, and past members who have lapsed due to other commitments. Fit4Youth is a fun way of keeping fit and healthy while meeting new friends. Don’t feel that you have to be fit to join – you will feel fitter in a short time. For those of you who would like to run competitively for the club, please let the coaches or volunteers know and we will guide you in the right direction. So come and join us on Monday & Wednesday 8pm – 9pm at Dunboyne Athletic Club track, Rooske Road. Any queries, please call Kay on 087-2313167

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

Membership Button

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.