Dunboyne AC Senior Running

50 Shades of Blue !!!

Well we knew if nothing else, we knew this heading would certainly capture your attention! We are taking orders for the SS15 (Spring/Summer 2015 collection) Dunboyne AC club kit collection next Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of March at the Club house between 19.00 & 21.00 hrs. On the night we will have samples of the leisure and racing wear to try for size. As this is classified as a bulk order with ONeills we can avail of discounts that are not available when buying directly from the ONeills website in smaller quantities. The next bulk order will be for the AW15/16 collection and will not be until October/November. So in order to show you just how good our collection is, how fantastic it looks on, and how your performance can be enhanced by it (ok maybe we are getting slightly carried away!) - we arranged a photo shoot with some of the people that you know from around the track and field and who feature regularly in our race reports! Click on the links below also to see what takes your fancy, then you can decide - what shade of blue suits you?
Website last updated: Tuesday 3rd March


Juvenile Photoshoot

Well with great gusto Dunboyne AC proceeded with its fashion shoot with some of our juvenile and Fit4Youth athletes for our Spring/summer collection that will be for sale in the club house on the 2nd and 3rd of March! We wanted you all to see how good this kit looks on and how practical the kit is and how good our athletes look in it...seriously good let me add. So you can imagine our surprise and disappointment - when on such a beautiful morning we got such an extremely heavy downpour just minutes before our photo shoot! But as you all know we have strong and hardy athletes who would not let this "little" shower hold them back and show us how they can "work it" for the camera as well as on the track and field! You will see from our story board some of the most popular lines of the O'Neills leisure wear - the Marlon full zip top, the Marley hoodie and Marley squad top. The new lightweight Ronhill racing singlets got an airing also on this cold and wet day by our brave athletes and don't they look well! Well we hope that you will enjoy looking at our SS15 fashion shoot as much as we did making it! Many thanks to the following models Aoife, Créa, Lucy, Jessica, Aoibheann, Doireann, Kate, Anna, Jack B, Jack H, Marc, Conor, Cian, Dillon, Evan, Ben, Ethan, Charlie, Patrick,and Ciaran. Their parents and of course to Heather and Keith juvenile coaches who assisted with props and instructions - foot out, chin up and arm higher which were just some of the commands! Check it all out here on Facebook.

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!

Sean Hughes breaks National Shot Putt Record

Saturday, 28th February

16 year old Dunboyne AC athlete Sean Hughes set a new Irish Senior Paralympic National Record at the Dunboyne AC Winter Throws Meet. His throw of 7.29m was an improvement of 80 cm over the past year. His coach Declan Nyhan explained Sean will have to find another 80cm to qualify for the Paralympics in Rio next year but given his age and rate of improvement this is very possible! Dunboyne are hopeful that between Sean Hughes and Sara Treacy we might have two athletes competing in the Olympics in Rio. Many congratulations to Sean, his proud family, his dedicated coach Declan Nyhan and the other athletes in Declan's throwing group including Declan's son Jack who have encouraged Sean at every weekly training session. As AC/DC used to sing it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock'n roll but Sean is well on the way!

Dunboyne AC Winter Throws Meet

Saturday, 28th February

Dunboyne AC's Winter Throws Meet was one of many events taking place at the track on an electric Saturday for the Club. The event attracted over 60 throwers from around the country. The men's Shot Putt was won by Dunboyne junior athlete, Jack Nyhan who threw a pb of 14.26m. Second in the competition was veteran Celbridge AC Athlete Kieron Stout who threw 12.76m and third was Andre Liadov also from Dunboyne who threw a pb of 10.58m. Shane Nolan from Dunboyne also finished with a PB.

The performance of the day in the Shot circle came from Paralympic Athlete, world junior number two Sean Hughes from Dunboyne who at aged just 16, added to his Irish Senior men's Shot Put record in Paralympics Athletics. Sean set his existing record last September aged 15, and broke this record 5 times out of 6 attempts to finish by adding 0.8m to establish a new Senior Men's record. Quite a feat for this young man who now has his eyes fixed on the Irish Senior Indoor record next week in Athlone.

A total of 24 male and 18 female athletes competed in the hammer event, and the winner Adam King of Iveragh AC, Co. Kerry had a best of 62.45m. Adam had journeyed the round trip of more than 600 miles from Ballyskelligs to Dunboyne. Second was James Williams from Co. Cavan. The ladies hammer was won by Alice Akers, Marian AC in Co. Clare. Her distance was 52.02m.

The ladies Shot Putt winner was from the Fingallians AC in Dublin, Anne-Marie Torsney having a winning throw of 11.57m. In the Discus Eoin Sheridan of North Westmeath, continued his winning ways with a best of 48.23m, while in the Women's Discus the winner was Sophie Parkinson of Gowran AC with a best of 40.55m. In all more than 60 competitors took part in the highly successful Dunboyne AC promoted Winter Throws Meet.

    Men's Hammer:
  • 1st Adam King Iveragh AC 62.45
  • 2nd James Williams Shercock AC 56.37
  • 3rd Robert Moffet Ballymena AC 56.27
    Women's Hammer:
  • 1st Alice Akers Marian AC 52.02
  • 2nd Seodhna Houi Portlaoise AC 47.89
  • 3rd Jade Williams Shercock AC 47.80
    Women's Shot Putt:
  • 1st Anne-Marie Torsney Fingallians AC 11.57
  • 2nd Lauren O’Keefe Donore Harriors AC 8.14
  • 3rd Michelle Pilkington Dunboyne AC 6.84
    Men's Shot Putt:
  • 1st Jack Nyhan Dunboyne AC 14.26
  • 2nd Kieron Stout Celbridge AC 12.76
  • 3rd Andre Liadov Dunboyne AC 10.58
    Sean Hughes Dunboyne AC Irish Paralympic Record 7.29 - see further notice on Sean's achievement
    Men's Discus:
  • 1st Eoin Sheridan North Westmeath AC 48.23
  • 2nd Marco Pons D.M.P AC 45.07
  • 3rd Sean Mockler Moycarkey Coolcroo AC 38.45
    Women's Discus:
  • 1st Sophie Parkinson Gowran 40.55
  • 2nd Anne-Marie Torsney Fingallians AC 38.47
  • 3rd Emma Owens St Pauls AC Wexford 34.22

C25K and Beyond 5K

11am Saturday 28th February

Has it really only been 8 weeks since our intrepid but enthusiastic Couch to 5K participants bravely walked up the clubhouse stairs to sign up for a daunting 5K and 4-mile challenge? Watching 90 of the class in action on Saturday, we could be forgiven for thinking you were seasoned pros. Folks, you almost made it look like twelve and a half laps of the track was no big deal at all, a mere formality before collecting your medals. However, those of us who have been around for a while, know from experience that 5K is a very big deal and 12 and a half laps is, perhaps, the toughest possible way to complete it. It is psychologically difficult to complete multiple laps (not to mention keeping count, lol.)

Huge congratulations to each and every one of you for achieving your 5K goal in considerable style and picking up your hard-earned medals. You can all be extremely proud of yourselves. Us longer-term club members are delighted for you, if a little miffed you all made it look so easy. Kinda ups the ante for the rest of us! Your times are recorded below for your own reference. We said it before, and we really can’t stress it enough; if you like what the clock said, that is absolutely fantastic and if you don’t, ignore the clock completely. Achievements know no time-limits! We know some who wanted to complete the 5K challenge just couldn’t make it on Saturday. You will have a second opportunity to complete the 5K at training on Tuesday night. The medals are just waiting to be presented to you!!

On behalf of both the club and the class of 2015, sincere thanks are due to Eleanor for her dedication in leading the programme so far and to the regular support team; Angela, Bernie, David, Heather, Lyndon, Margaret, Orlaith, Patricia, Rory and Susanne. No doubt we have missed someone here so please know we are very grateful. You are all clearly playing a blinder! Thanks also to those who provided the extra help needed on Saturday and supported the C25K athletes. Yeah, that’s right, you are all athletes!

...AND BEYOND This week we will proceed to phase 2 of the programme; getting ready for the Dunboyne Annual 4-Mile Road Race and Fun-Run at 3pm on Sunday 29th March 2015. This will be the easier phase BY FAR!!! The past 4 weeks have been very intensive with serious “ramping up” involved. 5KM is 3.1 miles. With new and improved fitness, adding less than a mile over the next 4 weeks will hardly trouble you now that you’ve mastered pacing!! The evening training sessions will become more varied and less intensive and we will practice the 4-mile route for the next 3 Saturdays. At the moment, you may feel the track is your “safe place” but you will find it far easier to walk and run on the road than to complete several laps of the track. You’ll enjoy the change. Trust us; we haven’t misled you so far and we’re not about to start now!

Registration is already open for the 4-mile Race & Fun-Run. Register early to secure the discounted €20 fee by clicking on this link. Please, please, PLEASE specify Dunboyne AC as your club name so that we can retrieve your results afterwards. Our annual run is the highlight of the year for our Club, so please join us and share in the fun and stay on the journey. Don’t stop now when you’ve come so far! Times are on our C25K page and lots more photos on our Facebook page.

More C25K and Beyond class complete 5K

Tuesday 3rd March
Congratulations to a further seven C25K participants who completed their 5K challenge at the track on Tuesday night. Well done folks for refusing to let this 5K challenge pass you by. Fantastic performances from everyone and well-earned medals! Congrats to Aileen Patel who, having already done Saturday’s 5K, also took part in this one to support pal Trish Bacon, and shaved 3 minutes off her time in 3 days. Impressive stuff from one and all!

Aileen Patel 31.30
Eilish McGarrell 29.57
Emma Yourell 28.25
Eoin O'Toole 27.35
Grace O'Neill 28.18
Nigel Dunne 27.56
Susan O'Neill 36.38
Trish Bacon 31.30

800m Race at Dunboyne AC Track

1pm Saturday 28th February
The last of the stragglers and helpers were just about to leave the track on Saturday afternoon when we noticed John Holian setting up the clock for an 800M race. Rory Kavanagh was the only athlete confirmed in the line up. Some of the more competitive juveniles happened to be still about and, unable to turn away from a challenge, decided to give him a run for his money.

Rory lined up as the hot favourite it must be said and he lived up to the hype with a decisive victory. Juveniles Conor Leane, Marc Leane and Cian Smith and Fit4Youth newcomer Gavin Smith also headed to the line; full of enthusiasm, club-spirit and chocolate milk – lactic acid at the starting line doesn’t bode well for the rest of the race but the mean Leane running machines managed to turn out impressive well-paced performances regardless with Conor finishing second and Marc taking third. Not their best work, but still very, very good under the circumstances! The chocolate milk wasn’t sitting as well with the less experienced Smith brothers who had both gone out a little too hard, but they battled through and were neck and neck 50 metres from the finish line until younger brother Cian pulled away finishing 2 seconds ahead.

Club vice-chairman Teresa Smith egged on 2 of her fellow C25K participants Ryan Allen and Kate Fagan to join her in two laps of the track and John Cotter, as usual, needed little encouragement (but the less said about that the better). These four didn’t really feel they could stop Rory’s gallop, but in the spirit of participation were willing to give it a bash. The three C25K graduates and model/actor John Cotter turned in impressive 800M performances and their times, as shown below, were none too shabby either.

Unfortunately, the photo we took at the starting line didn’t turn out. This will be a disappointment to some and a very great relief to others :). Well done to all for a very sporting race and great club-spirit. Great fun altogether!

Cian Smith 3.32
Conor Leane 2.41
Gavin Smith 3.34
John Cotter 4.57
Kate Fagan 4.36
Marc Leane 3.12
Rory Kavanagh 2.17
Ryan Allen 4.57
Teresa Smith 4.38

5K Race at Dunboyne AC Track

10am Saturday 28th February

28th February was a big day for the C25K Class of 2015, but we did promise that every section of the club could enjoy a piece of the 5K action at our open 5K challenge at 10am. After coaching DA’Camp from 9-10am, Rory Kavanagh togged out for a tempo run on Coach Tony’s advice targeting a time of 18.00. Naturally, he clocked 17.57. As this is approx 3 minutes outside his PB, it was never going to be a bother to him, and Rory being Rory, had enough energy and consideration to offer encouragement to his Fit4Youth and Fit4Life students every time he lapped them (many times!). There’s also a lesson here for us lesser mortals. Don’t take yourself more seriously than an elite athlete! We don’t have to strive for a PB every time we tog out, we should just get out there to train, participate and enjoy! Needless to say, Rory won the challenge and the prize for 1st Senior Man.

Crea Farrell, who recently transferred from Juveniles to the Fit4Youth section of the club, ran a phenomenally strong race, leading the women from gun to tape claiming the prize for 1st Junior Lady. She was hotly pursued by 2 of our Women’s Meet & Train heroes, Heather Harold and Joan Hodgins, but never seriously threatened, despite Heather’s trash talk, “I’m gaining on you, Crea!” No you weren’t Heather! Joan “can do, will do” Hodgins was “fresh” from a one hour DA’Camp session. Heather managed to hold Joan off by a mere second to be crowned Winner of the Senior Ladies Race, 8 seconds behind Crea. The athletics purists might have awarded the Senior title to Crea, but we deemed Junior and Senior categories to be equal in this challenge (to give the oldies a fair crack at the whip!).As there were no Junior Men in this challenge, the prize for 1st Junior Man was unclaimed. We hope to see a few contenders next year. 29 people took part and all of the performances were remarkable in their own way. Here are a few of the highlights (in no particular order): Special congratulations to Martina McGoldrick and Patrina Reilly who ran their first ever 5K. Patrina is Ray Mitchell’s sister, but don’t hold that against her :)

Fit4Youth members Jessica Clarke, Alannah Eager and Laura Byrne also togged out to represent their group with pride. Jessica put it up to Mom Heather Harold and set an example to Dad Aidan Clarke. Alannah gave good chase to Mom Aoife Glynn Eager, finishing just behind her. (Yes, sister and niece of club stalwart Phelim Glynn, so small wonder they did well.) Laura Byrne tracked her Fit4Youth mentor Ger Ryan finishing immediately after. Well done Ger for flying the flag for the Fit4Youth mentors. Pat Ryan also ran so that he wouldn’t miss out on any publicity. We blame ourselves for creating a monster! (This is irony, obviously. Pat would love, just once, to go under the radar! Fat chance Pat!). Senior, and juvenile coach, Stephen Griffin finished 2nd in the race, proving that he doesn’t just specialise in “pretend” photoshoot races. Well done for redeeming yourself Stephen and setting an example of participation to the kids.

Maree Barry and Teresa Cassidy, relative novices at the 5K distance, ran companionably together to help each other over the line in a dead heat. With a little more 5K experience behind them, Niamh Kieffer and Maria Kavanagh did likewise until near the very end when Niamh pulled out her secret weapon. Her kids grabbed a hand each and led her towards the line in a sprint finish. Club newcomers Ann-Marie Gralton and Sarah Faulkner ran very impressively, clocking great times also. Jan Rice was the third “can-do” member of the victorious Women’s Meet & Train team to tog out. Fourth member Norma Farrell was on photographic duties instead.

Marathon runners Geoff Hamilton and Eileen Soraghan proved that no distance is too great or small. 5K wasn’t quite far enough for Annette Finlay, so she ran 5.4K instead. Well done Annette on this new PB over the 5.4K distance. Lol! Shea McGovern, also “fresh” from his DA’Camp session impressed with his 5K. Shea didn’t want to be outdone by wife Margaret in the 11am challenge. C25K mentor Margaret Rowan set a great example to the C25K group that would follow at 11. Anne Hickey enjoyed her Operation Transformation 5K so much, she togged out for her second 5K in a week. Tara McCormack had picked up a few distance running tips from All-Ireland Champion daughter Aoife and put them to great use. Aoife was eager to take part (and would have aced it!), but her coaches advised her to rest ahead of Sunday’s race. Geoff Hamilton offered encouragement to wife Sam everytime he lapped her. Sam says this almost makes up for being ditched at the starting line.

Aidan Clarke from the C25K group made a special request to run this earlier race as daughter Jessica wanted to run with her Dad (until she ditched him to finish 30 seconds ahead! Well done Jessica, all’s fair in love, war and competition!). Aidan clocked an amazing time of 24.47, making him the fastest C25K participant of the day. Aidan stayed to encourage his classmates in the 11am challenge as one of our “official supporters.” Well done to everyone who participated in this 10am 5K with great club-spirit. It was wonderful to see the track buzzing with members and visitors on a Saturday morning. Some of our enthusiastic participants have asked us to hold a similar “club-wide event” at the track a few times a year, so that’s definitely on the to-do list. Anything’s possible, once enough members are keen enough to join in and give it a bash! Lots more photos on our Facebook album.

Aidan Clarke 24.47
Alannah Eager 24.15
Anne Hickey 35.00
Ann-Marie Gralton 27.59
Annette Finlay 29.59
Aoife Glynn Eager 23.46
Crea Farrell 23.17
Eileen Soraghan 27.12
Geoff Hamilton 22.43
Ger Ryan 28.20
Heather Harold 23.25
Jan Rice 30.40
Jessica Clarke 24.17
Joan Hodgins 23.26
Laura Byrne 28.28
Maree Barry 32.08
Margaret Rowan 30.07
Maria Kavanagh 33.28
Martina McGoldrick 31.03
Niamh Kieffer 33.22
Pat Ryan 24.20
Patrina Reilly 31.24
Rory Kavanagh 17.57
Sam Hamilton 31.47
Sarah Faulkner 26.34
Shea McGovern 28.03
Stephen Griffin 22.10
Tara McCormack 32.02
Teresa Cassidy 32.08

All Ireland Juvenile Inter XC Country Relays

Sunday 1st March

It was a quick spin up to the picturesque Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co. Down for three Meath Juvenile Cross Country teams to contest the All Ireland Juvenile Inter County Cross Country Relays. The sun was to be seen, but the conditions were cool as athletes arrived at the hill side venue, but much to the delight of the athletes the course was predominantly flat.

Our Under 12 Girls were competing in the opening 4 by 500m race of the day: Doireann Ni Fhlatharta, Abigail Knox, Emma Lyons (all Dunboyne AC) were joined by Aimee Doherty and birthday girl Lily O'Connor (both from Ratoath AC) to represent their county. The girls ran a steady race finishing fifth overall on the day, and a special mention being deserved by Aimee who ran a fantastic leg to keep her team in contention for medals.

The toast of the day's racing were the very talented under 12 boys. Tom Kilgannon, Oisin Kelly (both Ratoath AC) joined forces with Dunboyne's terrible twins Conor and Marc Leane as well as Marcus Clarke from Navan AC to lead the second race of the day from start to finish - opening up an unbelievable lead over the various legs to destroy the field and leave many an eyebrow raised amongst the spectators. Their performance was one of the year's cross country seasons highlights as it showed what a pool of talent the Royal County has at present.

Our under 14 girls quartet, namely Victoria Knox, Nicole Frazer, Lauren McConnell (all Dunboyne AC) were joined by Sarah Bateson from Dunshaughlin AC for the county's final race of the day. All these girls are under age again for next years competition and were in a very impressive field of athletes: the girls dug deep as they relayed their way around this fast course, finishing fifth overall. Well done to all who competed, and a big thanks to all who travelled to the far away hills to support our youngsters. Lots more photos on our Facebook album.

Meath League Day 1(A) in Cushinstown

Wednesday 25th February
As was the case last year, day one of the Meath League was split in two to allow an indoor competition take place. As the wind howled and the rain lashed down outside the juvenile and fit for youth athletes were in the cosy environment of the Cushinstown AC Indoor facility where the new Photo Finish System secured by Meath Athletics was in use for the first time.The Dunboyne AC contingent were easily supervised with the introduction of a Call Up Room to proceedings, making coaches lives a lot easier.

Our under 10 troops - Alice Griffin, Lilly O'Malley, Amy Frazer, Sophie Brown, Darragh Harrison, Ciaran McCormack, Jack Arthurs and Matthieu Keiffer contested the first few heats of the 60m sprint before heading off to the long jump. There was bucket loads of talent from this group on show in what was the first indoor competition for many of them. As the heats were timed by the photo finish system there were no overall results on the night but judging by the coach's comments on Thursday these guys are made of stern stuff.

Our under 12 girls group made up of Niamh Sherlock, Holly Conlon, Lorena Harrison, Lucy Eglington, Rachael Norman, Kate Griffin, Ruby McFeat and Mia Duffy may have outnumbered the under 12 boys dynamic trio, aka Ross Lyons, Thomas Lonergan and Cian Smith, but the boys also earned a tally of scores for the club for the 2015 league in their 60m and long jump competitions. Both in the boys and girls races the blue and white was very prominent at the front end of the races. The girls' long jump skills would also have to be complimented after some fine results in their second competition of the night.

Our ever talented Fit for Youth section had Bonnie McFeat, Lauren McConnell, Nicole Frazer, Anna Griffin, Victoria Knox, Jack Hayes, DJ Byrne and Cormac McGinn in action on this first night of the league and they made their own contribution to our score tally when they contested in their under 14 and under 15 60m sprint and High Jump competitions. One comment made by a coach was that the high jump competition was more like personal duel between the Dunboyne AC athletes than a inter club competition as they seemed to end up as spectators rather than competitors.

Well done to all who attended Cushinstown, ye got the club off to a fine start in this year's Meath League and hopefully the high numbers attending will continue thus keeping a momentum towards the top of the 2015 League. Thank you to all the coaches and parents who attended and helped out. Day 1 (B) is on the 25th of March 2015 in Cushinstown where our under 9, under 11, under 13 and under 16 athletes will be in action.

Lismullen 10k & 3k, Navan

Sunday 1st March

The Club had four of its Senior group in action in wet windy and generally not too pleasant Lismullen, just outside of Tara, on Sunday over the 10k distance. Antoinette and Ray finished within a couple of seconds of each other with Aoiffe and Mirella just behind. The ladies team were second overall - well done ladies!!! The race was won by Celbridge AC's Barry Murphy. In the 3k race John Mitchell was 10th overall. Full results available on Precision Timing.

Club Notices

Are you taking part in the Bohermeen Half Marathon? If so, ensure you are registered as a club member!
Folks, we're still very short of names for volunteering for the first of the AAI marshaled events, the Bressie 5k/10k event on Saturday, and we need the full list of names by 9pm tomorrow night (Thurs). You can register your name by commenting below, messaging us or by putting your name on the list on the Clubhouse door. John Holian will email everyone registered with event details on Friday. The copy of our original post explaining all this is below. Please step up and do your Club Day! (Online registration is now closed for Saturday's event but you can put your name down for any of the other events this year)

Are you taking part in the Bohermeen Half Marathon? If so, ensure you are registered as a club member!
Bohermeen AC host their Half Marathon Road Race on Sunday week, 8th March This race also doubles as the Meath Half Marathon Road Race Championship. Bohermeen always put on a good show and we would like to encourage all our members to enter this race or the 10k race that takes place in conjunction with the Half Marathon. Bohermeen AC and the Meath Athletics Board have asked that all athletes state clearly their Athletic Club on their race entry, and of course, to be eligible for the championship all athletes must be registered with the Club.Athlete's have had ample time and opportunity to register for 2015 so far. The link to registration for those who haven't yet registered is below.

Membership Button
2015 Online Registration
2015 online registration is now open! It is now February!!... so we ask that all members register as soon as possible. Just click on the “Club Membership” buttom here and choose your plan and the payment options. Many thanks.

The club would like to entend its condolences to Bridie Thornton, one of the juvenile coaches, whose father Francis Patrick (Paddy) Hallinan of Cloonen, Dromore West, Co. Sligo passed away. Full details on RIP.ie

Meath Co. Board Minutes
4th February 2015

Sponsorship for the 4 Mile Race
Members, each year a small number of people work hard in the months leading up to our 4 mile race on the 29th March to request advertising or sponsorships from local businesses. This is a very significant part of our fundraising for the club and with a little help from the overall membership this year we're hoping to do better than ever. If you have any contacts through work connections, family, friends, or neighbours etc. who may be interested in sponsoring our race please contact Martin Cahill (dunboynerun@gmail.com) or any member of committee. There are a number of options available, ranging from small advertisements in our race booklet (given free to every race participant - over 1,000 last year) through to becoming an associate sponsor - full details available on request. Members, if you'd like to help the work of the sponsorship team, please let us know. Finally, and most importantly, if you are a business and are interested in sponsorship or advertising please contact us for more details, and be part of one of the best events on the Irish running calendar!

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!

Message to members from Fiona Reid
Hi all. A colleague has asked me could I send this to members of the club. She's a UCD psychology student and this is her final project - a study called: Perfectionism and mood states in athletes. The survey is here. Please complete the survey IF you are aged over 18 and not have had an injury in the last 6 weeks.

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!!!

  • 5km
  • 4 Mile
  • 10km
  • 10 Mile
  • Half Marathon

Date for Diary...
We have provisionally booked Slevins for 11th April for an 80’s disco, to celebrate the road race and the end of C25K. Save the date!

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