Dunboyne AC Senior Running
Website last updated: Wednesday 25rd March

4 Mile online registration closes 6pm Friday!


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!

Club Notices

Club Kit Collection
Please be advised that the O'Neills club kit will be available for collection on Thursday the 26th at the Club house between 19.00 and 21.00 hrs. We are awaiting confirmation from Ronhill for their delivery date. Fingers crossed this will be available prior to the Dunboyne 4 mile - as you know this will contribute to plenty of PB's on the day!! We will keep you updated as soon as we have more news!

Just a reminder...
Just a reminder that Day 1(B) of the Meath League will take place in Cushionstown AC's indoor facility on Wednesday the 25th of March 2015. There will be events for juveniles in the under 9 (60m sprint and long jump), under 11 (60m sprint and long jump), under 13 (60m sprint and high jump) and under 16 age groups (60m sprint and high jump). The athletics programme will start at 7.15pm sharp however athletes are asked to be there earlier to warm up etc. This is a local, friendly and ideal competition for our younger athletes to come along and have a go. The following athletes are also asked to attend this gathering as there was a fault with the timing equipement for some of the 60m sprint heats and no results were recorded on day 1 (a) of the Meath League.

  • Under 12
    Cian Smith, Ross Lyons, Thomas Lonergan, Kate Griffin, Lucy Eglington, Mia Duffy, Rachael Norman and Lorena Harrison
  • Under 14
    Jack Hayes
  • Masters
    Paul Gannon, Stephen Griffin, Norbert Smith, Keith Eglington and John O Malley

We need you...
Members, family of members, past members and members of the local community. As you will know our annual road race, the Dunboyne 4 Mile, is fast approaching. This is the biggest road race in Leinster outside of Dublin, on a course with more junctions than most. As a consequence it is a massive logistical operation and requires all hands on deck.

How can you help?
We know that a lot of our members will want to run this race, its the goal race for our C24Milers as well as our Fit4Lifers. We'd like to wish you guys the best of luck! If you can at all, please volunteer for duty on Saturday or Sunday (before or after the race). We've set up volunteer slots that can be as short as two hours, so, at some stage, please make time to lend a hand. Seniors, we're racing week in week out. It's a general, 'unwritten rule', that Club runners, aside from those scoring on the Club team, don't run their own race. If you can, please, step out and give a dig out on this one, in whatever slot(s) you can. We might get a trip down to Tinryland together this summer, for their 4 Mile, so we can all get a time against our name, in August, when we're really motoring! We're issuing this request by email, to the web and to Facebook. Please get back to us sooner rather that later on this one, particularly in relation to the stewarding requirements. Its no use just arriving on the day with a high viz. In order for this race to go ahead we must assure the relevant authorities that our race is adequately safe to go ahead, one rule of which is a stewarding plan being presented in the next short while.

How do you volunteer? Where and when will you be on duty?
Paul Gorey (yes, he's back and leading as head steward again, welcome back Paul, straight into the deep end!) will be taking names for preparatory work on Saturday and course stewarding on Sunday. Please give him your name, reply to the post on Facebook, reply to the email issued, or put it on the list he has on the Clubhouse door. You can also mail the club and we'll pass on your name. Teresa Smith will be leading the catering team who will be feeding the masses. You can contact her in a similar way.

Please get in touch sooner rather than later on this one guys. The scale of this race is such that we can't just rely on the usual suspects, we need 100+ pairs of hands working together on this in order for the day to go as well as it has in the past.

We need cake...
Attention all members - any donations for cakes, biscuits, bars etc and any home baking for our 4 Mile Race next Sunday (29th) would be greatly appreciated. Please leave anything you can upstairs in the kitchen in the clubhouse. Thank you!

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Are you entitled to use the track?
If you have not paid your membership fee for yourself or your child (Jan-Dec 2015) then you are not entitled to use the club's facilities. To enforce this we will be holding random gate checks to make sure that anyone entering the club has paid their membership fee. We must enforce this because you/your child are not covered by our insurance policy in the event of an accident of some sort (and accidents can and do happen). If you have any difficulty in paying your fee, please don't hesitate to approach your coach or captain to discuss this. Register and pay by clicking on the link above.

Meath Co. Board Minutes
4th February 2015

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!

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

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