Dunboyne AC Senior Running
Dunboyne AC Senior Running
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Fit4Life at Raheny 5 Mile

Sunday 25th January

To the best of our knowledge this is the first time Fit4Lifers took on the Raheny 5-mile, but this year 10 of the gang were anxious to get a good 5-miler under their belts in January. So many races to get to in 2015 and so little time! Purely coincidentally, rumours of generous goody bags also filtered through…not that we would have our heads turned by “free stuff.” Ringleader Viv relayed the feedback to us. “It was a fantastic race, so well organised, great atmosphere, support, volunteers and an amazing goody bag. Really great course with lots of downhill, but unfortunately what goes down has to come back up again. Couldn't say enough good things about this one. We will definitely be doing it again (and Viv always means what she says, so notice has been served!!!) All ran excellent times and we had great support from Paul Gannon, Sean Conroy and Seamus Brady.” Bet they didn’t get a whiff of the goody bags though!

Congratulations to Pat Ryan who was first home for Fit4Life in a super time of 41.42. Siobhan Campbell and Jackie Brannigan gave him a run for his money, finishing within 10 seconds in 41.50 and 41.52 respectively. Well done to these two ladies who maintain a very high standard of fitness year-round. Viv Lennon’s great form continued and she clocked a very impressive 43.54. San Sebastian Supremo Ana Quigley was in action again finishing in 47.15 (you didn’t think she’d miss it, did you?) Louise Taylor, another regular on the circuit, ran a great race in 48.27. This was a short race by Louise’s recent standards. Lyndon Thomas and Angela Egan were our most prolific racers in the second half of 2014 and devoted all their efforts to 5K’s. 5-mile racing is a new experience for them but one they clearly mastered clocking 48.10 and 49.42 respectively. Angela was 5th in her age category in this highly competitive field. We are delighted to have Liz Harte back with us after a year-long injury lay off. Liz wasted no time seeking out a race and her efforts were justly rewarded with 49.09. Special congratulations to Philomena O’Sullivan who completed her first ever 5-miler in a fantastic time of 50.35. Well done Philomena, super debut! Those extra training runs are clearly standing to you. Fantastic running from everyone today and a few PB’s to add to an already bulging goody bag. We reckon this one will catch on for Fit4Lifers. Viv had us at “amazing goody bag.”

Seniors at Raheny 5 Mile

Sunday 25th January
January brings with it a new set of challenges, new goals, a renewed focus and enthusiasm towards training and racing among our runners. Cross country isn't the welcomed beast it was in October and the return of the road season is anticipated with the same fervour as the cross country was three months ago. The first big road fixture of the year on most peoples radar, whether they run it or not, is the Raheny 5 Mile. Raheny is a chance to see where you and everyone else is at. Has the slog of cross country season brought the strength that we were so promised? Has the post Christmas focus started reaping a reward, the extra miles, the cleaner diet, the sessions spend striving for a breath in the thin air? What would racing on the road be like again? What's race pace now? Raheny reveals all. Like Trim next week, Bohermeen and our own race its a race runners pass through on route to PB form come springtime.

Injuries, illness and goals outside of road racing meant the Club seniors weren't fielding with the depth it did in 2014. We saw Club President Sean and Seamus Brady there but we knew they hadn't been doing the volume of late to warrant entry on this particular day. They were there to survey, as was Loughlin Senior. He hadn't the runners with him either but he maybe another we might see about getting out in the blue & white. The three men's masters we did have, Phelim and the two Sean's, we put in with the Senior pairing of Loughlin Jnr. and Dave and hoped for a similar result to last January. Emilia, our sole female representative from the 7pm group led the ladies masters, with many of our 8pm'rs stepping up to the plate, willing and ably filling in the spots on the DAC team.

Like our own race its a 3pm start in Raheny, with 1000+ entries, a 'nice' 5 miler which, similar to Dunboyne, affords spectators a chance to view the race at four or five different times, adding to the atmosphere, support and 'race feel' for participants. Near to St. Anne's is the race but the furthest thing from a St. Anne's Parkrun you'll experience. The start's lively, getting a good spot near the tape equally so. All our runners made it to Mile 1 around the corner looking comfortable, but not too comfortable. Splits noted. The next vantage point on the course is a hop across St. Anne's Park to Mount Prospect Ave., the 3 Mile mark. Form fades for runners and groups have broken up at this stage. Fast starts cursed as splits are checked again. Our crew are feeling the newness again of running on the road, legs loaded with lactate. Its about hanging on for many now as they find out what race pace is. Christmas splurging cursed. Loughlin leads our bunch, back after a long enough break from racing, caught between two groups with not much to work with. In-form Phelim isn't far behind, showing form we hope to see in Tuam next week. Not much between Sean K and Emilia, similar to 2014. Next through is Dave, then Sean M.

Vantage point 4 is at about the 600m to go mark, where the course loops frustratingly close to the finish. Like Pearse St. on marathon day the call of the commentator can be heard, heads turn right in hope but the finish line is nowhere to be seen. By now our crew have had to deal with the sea breeze from the half mile on the coast road and the turn left up the hill that follows. The tank is empty, splits have gone out the window and nobody is looking comfortable. How did our crew do, well, happy to finish, mostly happy with times, even a PB or two. Delighted to have gotten over that 'first race back' and equally happy with the infamous Raheny goody bag that they have to tie together with cable ties. Parkrun it definitely isn't.

Loughlin finished 27 flat, 7 seconds outside of Raheny last year but a time he'll be happy with, a marker for more to come. Phelim had a monster run, 27:03, 2nd only in the M50 category to the great Mick Traynor. The two lads are likely to lock horns again in Tuam at the All Ireland Masters Cross Country Championship in two weeks time. Next in his debut for the club was Owen Fletcher with 29:38, a fantastic time and a PB, well done Owen! 8th in the M50 category in 30:31 was Sean Kinnane, a super run, Sean's not long back at it. Emilia was disappointed with her run of 31:28 but such are her high standards that it still netted her a 2nd place. Good going Emilia. Another who said they were looking for better and showed signs of good form in training was Dave, with a 32:44. The Enniscorthy 10k in two weeks time, a race PB'd in previously will be his focus now. Alan Doyle was next in, running 37:40, a new PB, well done Alan. Sean Manning has been racking up the races of late and ran a PB over the 5 Mile distance in a time of 39:30. We'd one of our Juvenile coaches in action on the day as well, Mairtin Thornton showed his kids who performed so well in the Cow Park that he's also got plenty of running in him, picking up in 2015 where he left off in 2014 with a run of 40.51.

Times are available at http://www.tds-live.com/. Quality photos from Feidhlim via Loughlin's camera on the Jumping the Gun page: http://tinyurl.com/pv7vyv8

All Ireland Junior & U23 Indoor Championship

Sunday 25th January
Dunboyne AC had only one athlete in action at the All Ireland Junior and U23 Indoor Championship which took place in Athlone on Sunday last. Daniel Hanlon was competing in a hotly contested Triple Jump competition. Daniels two trials of 12:13 and 12:23 show significant improvement and development since his 12:08 in the National Seniors last August but unfortunately it wasn't enough to put him among the medals. Such performances however will be enough to earn Dunboyne high points in the National League this summer where brothers Michael and Daniel are key scorers.

West Leinster Secondary Schools Cross-Country

Wednesday 21st January
There were a large number of Dunboyne AC athletes in action at the West Leinster Secondary Schools Cross Country held in the Phoenix Park on Wednesday the 21st of January 2015. We had representatives not only the local Saint Peters College Secondary School, but many other school teams such as Castleknock CC, Mount Sackville, Belvedere but to name a few. Again our athletes took their fair share of places on the podium both as individuals and team members. Members of the Dunboyne AC's Juvenile Section, Senior Section and the Fit for Youth Section were in action on this cool morning with many qualifying for the Leinster Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship. The highlightts of the day's racing were as follows:

In the opening race of the day, the Girls Minor race, the club's emerging pool of talent was highlighted when Lauren McConnell in the Saint Peters' colours took bronze in a hotly contested sprint for the finish line. Lauren led her schoolmates and some club mates Aideen Jones, Amy Bermingham, Katy Bermingham, Aoibhin Ni Fhlatharta and Sarah Hayes to silver in the team competition. Aisling Lyons was a member of the Mount Sackville team who won gold in this race. In the Girls Junior race the Saint Peters team were receipt ants of more medals when Sarah Wall, Grainne Eager, Zoe Fox, Chloe O Reilly, Alison O Sullivan and Orla Flannagan took bronze in a field of very talented athletes. The Girls Intermediate race saw Jennifer Bodgan step up on the podium to claim an individual bronze, while Nicola Duffy also in the Saint Peter's singlet qualified as an individual for the Leinster Championship. As always there was a good showing by the Senior Girls Saint Peters contingent where Emily Ryan, Lauren O Sullivan and Susan Culhane ran strong races to qualify for the Leinster Championship next month.

There may have been no medals for the male members of the club, but that should not take away from the fine performances that saw Sean Ryan in the Junior Boys race as well as Niall Cornyn and Mark Buckley in the Saint Peters Senior Boys team who qualified for the elite Leinster Secondary Schools Cross Country Championship. Well done to all the above mentioned athletes who medalled and who qualified for the Leinster Schools Championships, and well done to all others who represented their schools and did the club proud last Wednesday.

Leinster Cross Country – thanks to Dunboyne

Sunday 18th January

An email from Catherine Duffy
Thank you to everyone at Dunboyne AC who worked hard behind the scenes leading up to the event and on the day to make it the successful event it was on Sunday. From the staff at the local community centre, to the course markers, the commentary, the course officials, everyone who broke the course down, provided food on the day and everyone in between - the day went very well with absolutely no complaints received. Please pass on my thanks on behalf of Leinster Athletics to everyone who was involved.

An email from Evelyn O'Reilly
Hi All in Leinster. Thank you all for an excellent day's competition today, you did a fantastic job and got the weather right too. Special thanks to Tom on PA who gave the visiting teams a great shout out at the start which is so important especially to the younger teams. Also please pass on our thanks to the Dunboyne club and especially the staff in the community centre who were most helpful to us. All told our visitors seemed very happy with the day. Thanks again.

Leinster Cross Country Juvenile Relays

Sunday 18th January

Sunday the 18th of January saw the Dunboyne AC juveniles in action for the first time in 2015, and they got the new year off to a good start. Seven teams made up of our youngsters made the short trek down to the Cowpark, Dunboyne for the Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Relays. Despite an early morning snow fall, the crisp local course held up well and was the scene of some entertaining races throughout the day.

We had two teams in the opening race of the day where the under 12 girls (red team) Aoife McCormack, Aideen Reilly, Sophie Dolan and Rachael Norman led the under 12 girls (green team) Niamh Sherlock, Kate Griffin, Holly Conlon and Lorena Harrison home, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place (for the 3rd time in Leinster over the last twelve months- their day as a team is not far away). Next up were the under 12 boys consisting of Ross Lyons, Killian Thornton, Cian Smith and Matthew Dolan who were off to a flying start and stayed with the pace throughout the race to finish third and claim bronze. To make this performance even more special, two of the boys were making their debuts for the club.

Dunboyne AC claimed another place on the podium when under 14 girls quartet of Lauren McConnell, Doireann Ni Fhlatharta, Victoria Knox and Emma Lyons finished ahead of the second Dunboyne under 14 girls team (blue team) made up of Aoibhin Ni Fhlatharta, Nicole Frazer, Abigail Knox and Chloe Frazer. Again the girls took bronze and a special mention was earned by Lauren who ran a superb leg to put the girls in contention. Half of both teams are under age again next year, so we hope they will be making a habit of collecting medals. There were no medals for the under 14 boys representatives, Conor Leane, Jack Brown, Adam Conlon and Jack Hayes though they finished a creditable 6th. Again three of these boys are underage again next year and will no doubt be in the running next time around.

Our last group to the start line were the boys under 16 team who as a favour to the coaches swapped their more glamorous place amongst the sprint group to line out for the hardship of a cross country event. DJ Byrne, Cormac McGinn, Luke Phelan and Thomas Thornton finished up 5th in their first Leinster Cross Country (and for most probably their last judging by the dirty looks they gave coaches after!). Well done to all, and thanks to all the coaches and parents who helped out.

Leinster Cross Country Championships

Sunday 18th January

Dunboyne AC maintained its tradition of hosting top class Cross Country Championships at County, Provincial, National and now International level at The Cow Park. This time around the Club hosted the Leinster Cross Country Championships – Juniors & Seniors, along with Juvenile Relays. The Celtic Games, an International tournament featuring the best U17, U20 and U23 runners from Ireland, Scotland and Wales was also held in conjunction with this Championship. The weather gods played along this time, the sun was out and the ground held up quite well for mid January. The schedule of events kicked off at 12 noon with the underage relays which were very successful for the club - full report to follow.

At 1pm we'd the first of the adult races, the Junior Ladies race, which also held incorporated the Celtic Games U17 & U20 competition, over 4kms. The race was won convincingly by Avril Deegan of Ballyroan Abbeyleix. Next up it was the turn of the Junior Men's race which saw the Celtic nations U17's and U20's take each other on over 6kms. Dunboyne AC had one athlete in this race, Abdullahi Abdulle, who finished 6th overall in the Leinster competition among a strong line up, the race being won by Peter Lynch of KCH. Abdulle was a scorer on the Meath men's Junior team that secured gold on the day, congrats Abdulle!

The penultimate race of the day was the Senior Ladies race over 5kms incorporating the Celtic Games U23 competition. Dunboyne unfortunately were one short of a team who would have made the podium had we a No. 4 runner. The three ladies ran excellently Emilia, Karen and Claire finishing well up in the field in 8th, 11th and 14th respectively in a race won by Irish International marathoner Sarah Mulligan. Whilst we missed out on silverware with the Club there was a 'silver' lining for our trio of ladies - they made up 3 of the Meath team that won silver in the Leinster Championship - well done ladies!

Last but no means least was the grueling Senor men's race over 10kms. John Eves won this from Mark Kennelly in 2nd. This race also features the Celtic Games U23's. Luke led the Club home after a week of exams in 24th, with only 13 places separating him, Rory, Morgan and Phelim. Gerry also pitched in with a strong run on the day. Our four scorers on our Club team, not to be outdone by the ladies, also made up 4/6 places on the Meath team that won silver, led home by Dunshaughlin's Thomas Moran. Again, well done lads, that's Provincial and National medals won with Meath this XC season.

Full results including the Celtic Games available on www.precisiontiming.net. Photos on our Facebook Page. All roads lead to Raheny next Sunday for their 5 Mile. Pre reg only - check out their website for details. The Club would like to thank all who were involved today, yet another massive team effort carried out with great efficiency. Well done to all! Post race debriefing as always after a big event in Brady's around 9pm!

Club Notices

No Training
There will be no Senior or Fit4Life training on the night of 29th January so as to ensure that all members are available to our AGM. Couch25K and Beyond training will go ahead at the usual time of 9pm.

Membership Button
2015 Online Registration
2015 online registration is now open! We ask that all members register as soon as possible. We are encouraging as many members as possible to register online this year. If the registration is done online, it makes the job much easier for our registrars. Just click on the “ Club Membership” buttom here and choose your plan and the payment options. Alternatively, you can register upstairs in the clubhouse this week at training times. Many thanks.

Dunboyne AC AGM
Please take this as notice of the Dunboyne AC AGM in Mulvany's Fingal House on Thursday 29th January at 8pm. The purpose of the AGM is to:

  1. Review the year by means of reports from the President, Chairman, Captain, Treasurer, Registrar, Juvenile Rep, Fit4Life Rep & Fit4Youth Rep.
  2. Elect officers and executive committee members.
  3. Get members views on Club and Association policy.
  4. Consider Club policy and revise or endorse.
  5. Make submissions through motions to the County Committee on the framing of policy and dealing with the rules of the Association.
  6. AOB
A list of the 2014 Dunboyne AC office holders can be found here. Nominations and motions can be made either to Club Chairman Michael Cornyn via email michael@olympic.ie or the Club email dunboyneac@gmail.com in advance or will be taken on the night from the floor. We have secured 'The Sturdy Beggars' for post AGM entertainment - downstairs in Mulvany's - to help us celebrate a very successful year with some quality traditional music and a drink or two! NOTE: There will be no Senior or Fit4Life training on the night of 29th January so as to ensure that all members are available to attend. Couch25K and Beyond training will go ahead at the usual time of 9pm.

Trim AC 10 Mile Road Race Championship incorporating the Meath 10 Mile Road Race Championship
Trim AC host their inaugural 10 Mile Road Race on Sunday 1st February which also doubles as the Meath 10 Mile Road Race Championship. We would like to encourage all our members to enter this race. Trim AC always put on a good show and we should be aiming to have a few podiums in this Championship. In order to be eligible for the Championship, athletes must be paid their membership and be registered with the Club by this Thursday 29th January at the latest. MEMBERS SHOULD HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP PAID BY THE END OF JANUARY IRRESPECTIVE OF THIS. You can register and pay online on this page.

REGISTRATION AND NUMBER COLLECTION will be on Saturday 31 Jan from 4-7pm AND Sunday1 Feb from 9.30-11.30am at the Diocesan Hall, St Loman St Trim opposite St Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral. Please use public car parks in the town at Castle St, Haggard St, Emmet St, Watergate St and the Long term facility on the ring road. Follow this link for the REGISTRATION HQ. Directions on approach routes to the town: http://tinyurl.com/lnf3jvm. Best of luck to all our athletes taking part!

Are you racing in Tuam?
The National Masters & Intermediate Cross Country Championship takes place in Tuam Co. Galway on Sunday 8th February next. Timetable here. Can those interested in competing ensure that a) they have paid and been registered as club members by this Tuesday, and b) inform Tony/Tommy, or mail dunboyneac@gmail.com with your intention to run by Thursday 5pm at the latest.

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!

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!!!
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  • 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!

Club Kit
Good news... you can now order the club kit online here. However, please note that prices are slightly higher than the bulk order we did before Christmas. We will hopefully be doing another bulk order soon.

Sara Treacy named alongside Fionnuala Britton for Team Europe

There is no outrunning Sara Treacy this New Year. Check out this article on www.womenssportsjournal.com

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