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All Ireland Juvenile T&F Champs, Tullamore

Saturday & Sunday 26th-27th July

On Saturday the 26th of July 2014 Tullamore Harriers held the second day of the Individual Juvenile Track and Field All Irelands, with a total of six Dunboyne Athlete's travelling to the Midlands in search of glory. There was an early shower on the morning, but the expected cooling effect did not follow with conditions remaining hazy and very humid.

The dynamic duo of Ian Taylor and Evan Mitchell renewed their friendly rivalry early in the morning when they competed in the boys under 16 hammer competition. This was Evan's first time competing at the All Irelands, and his first time competing in a wet throwing circle and with their School's coach officiating the pressure was on. Ian Taylor with his growing experience adapted better to the conditions and threw a new PB of in excess of 44 metres to take silver at national level, while Evan finished a respectable fifth.

The next two athletes on show in Tullamore were from our talented under 12 age group. Tadhg O Muircheartaigh took his third All Ireland medal of the year when he won gold in the High Jump Competition, when he cleared 1m and 35cm much to the delight of a the large group of family supporters who had travelled to support him. In the boys 600m race, Conor Leane wore the club colours proudly when he went to the start line, and ran his heart out to run a new PB of 1 min 45 seconds to finish fifth in an explosive and often bumpy race.

In the final hammer competition of the day Eoin Sweeney was in action in the under 18 boys group where he was amongst a very talented field of athletes where a new Irish record was set and was not far off the distance thrown for bronze despite finishing sixth overall. Niall Cornyn was the final Dunboyne AC competitor in action on Saturday when despite being jet lagged after arriving back from his expoits on the far side of the Atlantic the night before, he ran a respectable 2 mins 05 secs to finish 8th in the boys under 19 800m competition.

On Sunday the 27th of July 2014 Dunboyne AC had two athletes in action in the final day of the individual juveniles All Irelands. Fresh from his Leinster record breaking performance Jack Nyham stepped into the circle for the boys under 15 shot putt competition where he ended up winning silver, the winner of the competition breaking the old championship record. Niall Cornyn was back for his second day of competition when he lined out for the boys under 19 1500m race where he was unlucky not to medal when he finished fourth in a time of 4 mins 26 secs.

Balla 10k, Mayo

Sunday 27th July
It was a glorious sunny evening at the 22nd running of the Balla races, hosted by Mayo AC. This 10k is the most keenly anticipated in the Mayo calendar and the tough course has provided challenges for all comers and all levels over the years. Dunboyne AC had one representative in the race, Noel Duffy who ran a strong race and was well up his category.

Fit4Life at Run for the Cure 5K

Saturday 26th July

It is just possible that 2014’s Couch to 5K class may be outclassing the old guard at Fit4life! Angela Egan and Fiona Tobin are proving to be real 5K racing enthusiasts. They took part in the Run for the Cure 5K in Navan last Saturday. This race was organised by Bohermeen's Sonya Reilly in memory of her father with all proceeds going to Cancer research. Both ladies ran excellent races with Angela finishing in 32.14, bagging a 1 minute PB and finishing 5th in her age category. Fiona also ran a super race finishing 22nd in her category in a time of 33.26.

Don’t worry folks, we’re not getting all serious about times and placings at Fit4Life; we’re still the “fun”-runners and walkers of the club and our number one priority is participation. However, the impressive times and placings that we have been enjoying recently remind us that we have come a very long way from where we all started, we are actually a pretty fit bunch (in every sense of the word, naturally) and we are ALL much better athletes than we think we are. This was Angela’s 3rd 5K this month and Fiona’s 2nd which is the greatest cause for celebration. Their excellent results are just the cherry on top! Well done ladies, fantastic performances.

Dublin Fire Brigade BHAA 5k, Marino

Sunday 27th July
The inaugural Dublin Fire Brigade BHAA 5k took place in Marino at the weekend and F4L BHAA regulars Pat Ryan and Ada Sinclair were at the start line as Dunboyne AC representatives running 23:31 and 30:08 respectively. Well done folks!

Mullingar 10 mile, Dalystown

Sunday 27th July

We had two runners in the inaugural Mullingar 10 mile on Sunday. Paul Gannon and Alan McKernan set off like Thelma and Louise on their road trip on the M4 cruising along taking it to the bridge listening to James Taylor. Podium Paul continued his great improvement adding a 10 mile PB to his recent 5k and 10k. Paul obtained a PB of over two minutes on a warm day on the undulating Mullingar course finishing 8th overall in an impressive time of 56:29 in a very strong field with Martin Fagan & Sean Hehir first and second. Paul has put himself in great shape as he now enters marathon training for his planned Frankfurt marathon in October. Alan in his first race after missing a couple of weeks training due to illness also got a PB finishing in 62:52 and now enters Dublin marathon training along with many fellow club members.

Well done to Mullingar Harriers who organised a superb race in which the lads were well fed afterwards with Podium Paul going for a strategy of tea, sandwich, jam Swiss roll, pink fairy cake and 5 Mikado's with Alan going for a more butch approach of coffee, chocolate fairy cake, custard cream, Mars bar and manly Rocky road. Well done lads and well done to Mullingar Harrier's on a great race on a good course which is definitely one to be considered next year by those targeting a good 10 mile race.

Griffeen Park Run

Saturday 26th July
A terrific run from Carol Howard (now Carol Cullinane!) on Saturday. Carol was 2nd lady home, but if that wasn't enough, she ran 20.03, a new PB! Your honeymoon has obviously done you the world of good Carol :). Sub 20 next!!!

Donadea 5k

Friday 25th July

Rory Kavanagh was our sole senior athlete in a strong field at the Donadea 5K last Friday night. It was a very hot and humid evening and the trail, run on a newly laid surface in Donadea Forest Park, proved tricky for all and times were representative of that across the board. Rory went with the pace set by a strong group early on and finished in 6th place overall in 16:25. The race was won by Olympian Mark Kenneally.

Rory’s Fit4Youth A-student, Emily Ryan, did Coach Rory (& Coach Luke) proud with an equally impressive performance finishing 25th in a strong ladies’ field in a super time of 24.09. There wasn’t a separate category for juniors. Great running yet again Emily!

This could be billed as a Fit4Youth outing as Fit4Lifers Ger Ryan, Kay Gilmartin and Ruth O’Dwyer also double up as Fit4Youth coaching assistants. Easy knowing they’re getting pointers from no less than 4 coaches as they turned in terrific performances in difficult conditions. Ger finished in 29.08 and was 6th in her age category, Kay ran in 29.36 finishing 8th in hers and Ruth clocked 27.57 taking 12th place in her category. Well done ladies on your well-deserved excellent results.

More photos on Facebook. We are very grateful to Peter Mooney for the use of his terrific action shots here. Full album on Flickr.

All Ireland T&F Championships, Santry

Saturday & Sunday 19th-20th July

Ireland’s fittest and finest lined up in their chosen events in Santry at the weekend and our Club's finest were amongst them. There were some outstanding achievements out there but the most significant for the Club was the phenomenal performance of Sara Treacy on Saturday in the 3000m Steeplechase. Sara led from gun to tape, unchallenged in the second half of the race, to win gold in a time of 9:59. Well done Sara! Spurred on by her success, Sara then turned out in the heats of the 1500m and ran a fantastic race, a 4:28 1/10th of a second behind Ciara Mageean to qualify for the final on Sunday. Morgan McDonagh lined out in the 4th heat of the 800m on Saturday and was just outside his season's best, failing to qualify for the final with a time of 2:05. Triple Jumper Daniel Hanlon jumped over 12m in two of his trials, with a best jump of 12.08m. Field athlete Michelle Pilkington Street was throwing the Discus and Hammer on Saturday with a best throw of 21.26 and 29.02 respectively.

On Sunday Michelle was competing in the Shot throwing 6.71. Michael Hanlon was competing in the Hammer not long out of the Junior ranks. For a long time he held bronze position with a throw of 50.99 but was agonisingly etched out into 4th. He also competed in the Discus and threw 35.46. Luke Forde and Rory Kavanagh were two of 44 entries in a strong field in the 5000m. Such was the numbers that the race was split in two, based on seasons best times. Rory took part in race one and ran 15.15 having to push the pace from gun to tape himself. Luke was in race two and tucked in well before knocking out three 70 second laps at the end to finish in 15.01. Well done to both the lads, both logging PBs. Just a matter of time now before both are sub 15. In the women's 1500m final, Sara settled into her stride well in the final of the 1500m, in a stacked field, however it appeared that after 900m she was spiked or tripped in an incident which lost her places over the next 300m before she regained her composure to finish 8th overall, again in 4:28. The final athlete competing on the day was Denis Delany, who threw the javelin 47.83m in an event dominated by Meath Clubs. Well done to everyone who competed in Santry on behalf of the Club.

Club Notices

Notice for Volunteers
Rock'n Roll Half Marathon
Monday 4th August

First and foremost, a massive thank you from the Club for giving up your time for the Club. The good news is that we have recruited 55+ volunteers for Monday morning! This will generate a massive amount of money and the funds raised will go a long way in developing our Clubs facilities. Our Treasurer is currently working out how many metres of track 55+ volunteers pays for! We have reached our target of volunteers, but we can still take on more, so if you're free on Monday let us know, stick your name down!

Dunboyne AC will have two gigs at the Rock and Roll Half:

  • 15 of our F4Y members and their parents that have volunteered will be at a Water Station in the Phoenix Park under the stewardship of Paul Gorey.
  • The remaining 40+ are assigned to the baggage area at the start and finish area, under the stewardship of Paul Gannon.
We will edit this post to let you know who is assigned where either later today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) at latest.

Key information for those who have volunteered and are assigned to the water station in the Phoenix Park:

List of Volunteers assigned to Water Station:
  • Paul Gorey
  • Kay Gilmartin
  • Aoife Glynn
  • Alannah Eager
    (c/o Aoife) 087-2857354
  • Mick Foy
  • Sarah Foy
    (c/o Mick) 087-8592678
  • Kirsten Foy
    (c/o Mick) 087-8592678
  • Susan Culhane
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Blathnaid Peacock
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Kevin Culhane
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Lee Byrne
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Cleighton Byrne
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Laura Byrne
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
  • Maeve Dunne
    (c/o Mick) 087-2313167
When and where?
Please be at Water Station No. 5 at the Upper Glen Road in the Phoenix Park (Mile mark 11.38) at 8am. Once you arrive you will be given a high viz, a souvenir t-shirt and a goody bag.

What will we be doing?
Giving out water! Not just that though Once you get there 10 trestle tables should be placed on both sides of the road, cups that will be there will have to be put on the tables and then water has to be poured into cups. This will take some time, fill all the cups you can with water half full, there's almost 6,000 people taking part, it's a lot of water! Luckily the crowd will be quite dispersed at this stage, so they'll trickle through, the first of the athletes arriving at 9:25am and the last roughly about 11:55am. Afterwards please tidy up the discarded cups into the bins provided.

How do we get there and how will we get home?
With regard to transport for those assigned to the Water Station we suggest car pooling, leaving Dunboyne AC at 7:20am / 7:30am at the very latest, or else co-coordinating amongst yourselves and travelling directly, with parents on volunteer duty. Perhaps best to liaise with Kay Gilmartin or Paul Gorey if you're stuck, we'll find a way. Most people are familiar with the Park and various parking options around there, perhaps White's Gate Lane is best to park up at - its just 500m from Upper Glen Road.

Please return your high viz to Paul afterwards.

Key information for those who have volunteered and are assigned to the baggage area at the O2 and and finish area in the Phoenix Park:

List of Volunteers assigned to Baggage Area:
  • Paul Gannon
  • Paul O’Donnell
  • Joan Hodgins
  • Ger Fagan
  • Tommy McDonnell
  • Chris McDonnell
    (c/o Tommy) 087-2534833
  • Rory Kavanagh
  • Luke Forde
  • Abdullahi Abdulle
  • Ahmed Abdi
    (c/o Abdullahi) 089-9822359
  • Annette Finlay
  • Julieann Finlay
  • Seamus Dunne
  • Denis Delany
  • Tom Scanlon
  • Pat Ryan
  • Eoghan Ryan
    (c/o Pat) 087-9925895
  • Annemarie Sheehan
  • Orlaith Leane
  • Lyndon Thomas
  • Angela Egan
  • Christi Dan
    (c/o Emilia) 087-2382336
  • Janet Dan
    (c/o Emilia) 087-2382336
  • John O’Malley
  • Ken McDonagh
  • Damian McDonagh
    (c/o Ken) 087-6904253
  • Tom Fallon
  • Mirella Herghelegiu
  • Marian O’Leary
  • Marie Tobin
  • Fiona Tobin
  • Ciara Devitt
  • Ellen Holian
  • Tom Muldoon
  • John O'Malley +1
  • Brenda Crehan
When and where?
Please be at the baggage area near the O2 at 7am at the very latest. This is most important, everything else will fall into place once we're there on time. The baggage area will be signposted from all approaches to the start which is on North Wall Quay. You'll spot the friendly Dunboyne AC faces there. Once you arrive you will be given a high viz, souvenir t-shirt and a voucher for food and a voucher for the bus for the journey to/from the City Centre, should you wish to return there. You'll be told where you'll be assigned to, briefed on what you've to do and given a contact phone number should any issues arise.

What will we be doing?
Dunboyne AC have been allocated the important task of receiving baggage from the 6,000 race participants at the start area at the O2. There will be a high volume of bags to be handled so it's key that we're all in place on time. Please note that these bags will contain the clothes, valuables etc. of those runners participating, please treat them with care and attention. Once the baggage has been loaded onto trucks and the race started at 8:30am we will be bused from the start area to the finish area in the Phoenix Park, or you can drive there and park up. Please note that its likely that a lot of the Phoenix Park will be closed to traffic. Taking the N3 out of town via Gardiner St., Big Tree and Cabra is probably best to avoid the race route, and please park somewhere that is suitable for gaining access by foot to the finish line / baggage area where we will be stationed, which is near the roundabout on Chesterfield Ave. closest to the Castleknock Gate. The map showing the finish area in the Phoenix Park is here. At the Phoenix Park we will be distributing the baggage back to participants, the first of whom will start coming in shortly after 9:30am, the last around 1pm, so please don't delay in getting there from the start!

How do we get there and how will we get home?
With regard to transport we suggest car pooling, leaving Dunboyne AC at 6:20am / 6:30am at the very latest. We will edit this post with a full list of volunteers tomorrow (Friday) without contact numbers, however the list of volunteers with contact numbers will be posted on the Clubhouse door tonight (Thursday) in time for training. Please coordinate travel amongst you and if there is any free spaces in your car or if you need a spin into town just comment on Facebook or at the Club tonight and we'll get everyone in. Nobody will be left behind!

There are a number of early morning and 24 hour options for parking is available in the area, listed - please note that its a Bank Holiday and that weekend hours may apply and plan parking well in advance of your journey. The Club will recoup the cost of parking for anyone, please use the most economical option and please retain your receipt and bring it to training or to the Club on Tues/Thurs next week.

Please return your high viz to Paul afterwards.

We'll also have this information available on a note for volunteers to take home at the Clubhouse tonight (Thursday). A text will also go out to all members on Friday/Saturday to draw their attention to these arrangements should they not see it at the Clubhouse, on Facebook, or on the Website.

...and finally!!! Once again folks, we'd like to thank you for giving your time so generously. Such positive feedback particularly on a bank holiday weekend is very heartening. The Club spirit is alive and well!

Good luck Sean
Irish International Sean Hughes sets off to Stoke Mandeville this weekend to compete in Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin at the IWAS World Junior Games from the 3rd to 8th August. Sean's progress in athletics to date has been phenomenal. As highlighted previously his throws are at the top end of the international standard in his age group. This will come as no surprise to regulars at the track however. Sean's dedication to athletics and his pursuit of excellence hasn't gone unnoticed. He's at the in-field, night in night out, with fellow throwers and coach Declan Nyhan working on all aspects of his events in preparation for competition. The Club would like to take this chance to wish Sean the very best of luck in his events in the UK.

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

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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.