Website last updated: Monday 21st July

Sean Hughes continues winning streak

In preparation for the upcoming World Championship Sean Hughes competed in the 2014 UK National Junior Athletics Championships in Coventry last Saturday to get a taste of International Competition.Despite competition being very strong Sean still won the under 16 Shot putt in his category and was second in a very hot discus competition with a new pb 1.71m greater than his previous best. His next competition is the Jamie Boyle Games in Tipperary on Saturday 26th and then after that will be the highlight of his career to date when as National Champion he take his place in the throwing circle for the IWAS World Junior Games on August 2nd to 8th in the UK. Well done yet again from Dunboyne AC.

Fit4Youth & Fit4Life at Fingal 10K

Sunday 20th July

The Fingal 10K, the second of the Airtricity Race Series, attracted some of Fit4Life’s finest to Swords on Sunday in warm humid conditions to join a field of almost 3,000. As usual our gang were on fire and once again the firebrigade had to do the honours en route!

Joint Fit4Youth and Fit4Life member Emily Ryan topped the podium for the second time this month. She ran yet another superb race to finish first female Junior in a fantastic time of 48.32. Fresh from his mid-week BHAA race, Dad Pat (48.40) ran alongside until close to the end when Emily kicked for home. Well done Emily, you are in flying form. We are running out of words to describe your wins. Congratulations!

Well done to Joan Hodgins who was first home for Fit4Life in a great time of 48.16 despite having just returned from holidays. Ana Quigley (1.01.16), Annette Finlay (1.00.59), Aoife Hyland (57.29 & PB) and Julieann Finlay (1.00.56) are becoming regulars on the racing circuit and practice is clearly making perfect with great performances all round from these ladies. Nicola McKernan (1.04.10) showed why she was joint Fit4Life athlete of the year in 2013 by pulling a performance out of the bag that amazed even herself, knocking 6 minutes off her PB. Full credit to you (and nobody else) Nicola! C25K graduate and relative newbie to the racing circuit, Pamela Byrne ran a stormer to finish in 1.02.24. Terrific running Pamela! Former training duo Ellen Holian and Evelyn Merriman, who took some time off running over the past year, have just reformed and made their racing comeback at Swords clocking 1.13.13. Well done ladies, great to have you back!

Congratulations to one and all on super performances in the 10K and good luck to those who are striving for race 3 of the series; the Frank Duffy 10-miler. If you have any questions about your preparation, feel free to ask Paul or Gary. They’ve got the answers and will be happy to share them with you.

Ana Quigley (1.01.16)
Annette Finlay (1.00.59)
Aoife Hyland (57.29 PB)
Ellen Holian (1.13.13)
Emily Ryan (48.32, 1st female Junior)
Evelyn Merriman (1.13.13)
Joan Hodgins (48.16, 22nd in F40)
Julieann Finlay (1.00.56)
Nicola McKernan (1.04.10, PB)
Pamela Byrne (1.02.24)
Pat Ryan (48.40)

Seniors in Killarney Half Marthon

Saturday 19th July

Well done to our group of seniors who travelled to Killarney at the weekend, all running the half marathon. Heading down a mountain from Molls Gap, it all seemed good on paper, but with plenty of uphills thrown in and humid conditions, it proved a bit tougher than everyone thought!

Envelope Emilia finished first lady overall in 1.28! Saving herself for the Rock 'n' Roll in 2 weeks time, she didn't run a PB, but still managed a win! Claire finished in 1.31 with a new PB, knocking a minute off her Bohermeen time from earlier in the year, and 5 MINUTES off her half marathon time from last year. Claire also finished 3rd Senior and 6th lady overall! Next in was Shay Dunne, planning a 1.40 run finished in 1.34. Well done Shay. Aoiffe aiming for 1.38, finished in 1.39 (still a 30 second PB on her Bohermeen time)! Next in were Antoinette and Dave in 1.46. Anne finished in 2.04, an improvement on her recent halfs. Well done Anne, keep doing what you're doing!

Of course our seniors had to head out in Killarney afterwards and celebrate Emilia's win! Not sure what was worse the next day...the heads or the quads! There was some very weird looking walks going on. Hopefully we can organise another weekend again soon. Well done Killarney on a really well organised race. Great t-shirt, great prizes... and great scenery if you weren't too dying to appreciate it :)

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.

Club Notices

GloHealth All-Ireland Track & Field Championships
Morton Stadium, Santry
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July

The cream of Irish talent will descend upon Morton Stadium this weekend for the pinnacle of the athletics season, the event all our top Club athletes train for all year, the GloHealth All-Ireland Track & Field Championships. Athletics Ireland have produced a wonderful preview video which sums up what these Championships are all about.

The Dunboyne AC athletes competing are as follows:

  • Luke Forde – 5000m
  • Rory Kavanagh – 5000m
  • Morgan McDonagh – 800m
  • Michael Hanlon – Discus & Hammer
  • Daniel Hanlon – Triple Jump
  • Sara Treacy – 1500m & Steeple
  • Michelle Pilkington – Shot, Hammer, Discus
  • Denis Delaney – Javelyn
  • Padraig White – Hammer
  • Keith Doherty – Pole Vault

The full timetable for the events can be seen here. Please get out and support our athletes, it’s a great two days entertainment and no better venue than Santry on a sunny day. Tickets are €10 per day or €15 for a two day ticket, and available here or cash is accepted at the stiles on the day. U16’s accompanying an adult are free! An ideal way to relax on the day before, or pan out in the sunshine directly after the Fingal 10k. You can also join the athletes on the famous Morton mondo track for the GloHealth Mile Challenge at 11am on Sunday, please see below for more details on it. Finally, to our athletes, good luck form the rest of us, do us proud!

GloHeath Mile Challenge
Sunday 20th July - 11am to 12am

Ever fancied pitting your wits against the clock over the classic Mile distance, or perhaps just want to run a mile for fun and see what all the fuss is about? Now's your chance! Athletics Ireland, in conjunction with their new sponsors GloHealth, have made a new addition to the GloHealth Senior Track and Field Championships. The GloHealth Mile Challenge is a chance to run on the famous Morton mondo surface, the same track that the World Record for the Mile was broken by Herb Elliot in 1958. You can clock an official time / PB for the distance and then stay for the National Track and Field Championships, where there will be a host of top Dunboyne AC athletes competing. Entry to the Championships is included in the €10 cost of entry. Children under the age of 16 can enter the event free of charge. There will be plenty of Family Fun with Kids Athletics too. Entry details here.

Great news
Dunboyne AC has been awarded 90,000 euro towards the track upgrade in the Sports Capital Grant Programme! Thanks to the team who worked tirelessly to get the application right - your hard work has paid off. It's looking like a great year already for Dunboyne AC

The club would like to offer its condolances to Fit4Life's Eleanor Allen on the sad passing of her mother last week. Eleanor's mum had been ill for some time. May she rest in peace.

Members of Dunboyne AC are saddened to hear of the passing of Dunshaughlin AC athlete Robbie Mathews. We send our condolences to his family and friends on this sad occasion. Robbie was a phenomenal athlete that we all admired and looked up to. May he rest in peace.

The club would also like to offer its condolances to Senior runner Sean McDonnell on the sad passing of his mother a couple of weeks ago. She had been ill for some time. May she rest in peace.

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

National Half Marathon
Discounted rate extended

We would like to remind you the 2014 Championship event will again be incorporated into the Rock 'n' Roll DUBLIN Half Marathon on Monday 4th August 2014 in Dublin City Centre. Entry fee €25.00 per individual on the AAI website. There will be No entry on the day. A Technical T-shirt and finisher's medal will be given to all participants. Athletes competing in the National Championships must be registered to AAI for 2014. You can enter by clicking here. If you don't have your 2014 Reg. Card / AAI number please contact Paul Gannon at or Antoinette Howlin at for it.

€1,000 cash prize
The 2014 National Championship offers clubs the opportunity to win a €1,000 cash prize. For every ten club members that enter the national half marathon championships the club will be automatically entered into the draw. In order to be in with a chance of winning these prizes, as well as availing of reduced entry fees club athletes must enter at the link above before 5pm on June 30th.

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

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

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