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A look back at DA’Camp 2014

With just one DA’Camp class remaining in 2014 (this Wednesday 17th December at 9.45am – last chance folks!!) we can safely say that we loved every minute of our intro to circuit training and body conditioning. Over 80 people, members and non-members alike, can’t be wrong; gluttons for punishment, possibly, but wrong, never. Over the past 10 weeks we have added squatting, jumping, crunching, laughing, boxing, striding, grimacing, planking, lunging, throwing, joking, twisting, groaning, smiling and rope-climbing to our fitness repertoire. Some of us were so hooked we just couldn’t wait for the weekends; we needed a mid-week Wednesday fix. Thankfully Rory obliged. Congratulations to all the enthusiastic participants who made the first DA’Camp course a massive success and great fun, worked hard on fitness and contributed to the club’s finances in the process. Winners all round.

Sincere thanks to our 3 fantastic Saturday coaches who put us through our paces with good humour, great encouragement and a different format every single week. All-rounder Paul Gannon got the programme successfully off the ground with Rory; seeing to every aspect as only Paul could. John O’Malley was a late call-up and an absolutely inspired choice; we couldn’t imagine DA’Camp without him. And as for the main-man himself, Rory Kavanagh; we bow to the master and his encyclopaedic knowledge and delivery of circuit and core work. Congrats Rory, DA’Camp was an absolute triumph, so much so, we’ll be doing it all again with you in January to kick-start 2015. Classes start back Wednesday 7th January and Saturday 10th. As always, we will promote this well over the next week or two but nothing beats word-of-mouth, so if you enjoyed DA’Camp, please tell everybody about it and don’t forget to come back yourself.

Team Bronze for Dunboyne AC's Sara Treacy

Sunday 14th December

A phenomenal run from Sara Treacy - making up 9 places in the second half of the race was the clincher in Ireland winning the team bronze medal at the European Cross Country in Somokov, Bulgaria today. The race was held at altitude, 1,350m, and Sara ran an intelligent conservative first half, deliberately not going into the red too early in the race. She soon started picking off places, moving from 23rd, to 17th and finally finishing in 12th and contributing with the most impressive Irish run of the day. Well done Sara! A great run and we're all so so proud in Dunboyne AC.

Vodafone BHAA 5km Combined Cross Country

Sunday 14th December
Four of our BHAA regulars made their way to Marley Park for the Vodafone XC race on Sunday over 5kms in what were reasonable conditions for this time of year. First Dunboyne runner home, first in his category and 5th in his category was the ageless (he'll love that) Phelim Glynn. We'll be looking for similar stuff next Sunday from Phelim at the Meath Senior. The Inspiration Cycling Clubs annual bash was on Saturday night but that didn't stop Ray Mitchell burning the candle at both ends getting up early for this one finishing well up in his category. Next in for us was Paul Gorey, just a week after his Clonakilty marathon, and two after his last BHAA which seen him take a nasty fall in Santry. Good to see Paul back at it. Not far behind was our sole F4L representative, Pat Ryan, who is a BHAA regular, and a regular team prize winner. Today was no different, Pat's team picking up a prize again.

Not present today but someone who had intentions to run this race was Club Registrar and Juvenile Do-all-er-er from the home business house, Vodafone - Keith Eglington. Keith had intentions to run, but a new arrival during the week, Clara, meant that he was otherwise engaged. Congrats Keith and Michelle, and welcome to the Club Clara!

Fit4Life at the Annual Aware 5k and 10k Run

Saturday 13th December

With thanks to Angela Egan (aka envelope Angela) for her feedback which has been shamelessly cut and pasted into our Fit4life report below The severe frost of Saturday morning did nothing to cool Fit4Life enthusiasm. It was business as usual for the home crowd seeing out the final Saturday DA’Camp class at the track (just one Wednesday class left at 9.45am this week.) Meanwhile, our away team headed to the Phoenix Park for the Aware 5K and 10K runs. It is great to see the Fit4Life light is still burning brightly in the closing stages of a great year for us.

De-icing the car, the temperature was registering -2 but felt more like -8. Our winter warriors arrived at the Park and started slipping and sliding their way to the event. The roads and paths were treacherous and every step had to be carefully planned. Both the 10K and 5K were delayed in the hope that there would be some improvements. There were constant announcements about running slowly and safely and cautioning against attempts for a PB. That was music to some ears but not to Lyndon Thomas who doesn’t get out of bed for anything less than a PB these days ;-) Lyndon made a wise decision to pull out of the race to avoid the risk of injury which makes perfect sense for a weekly competitor who has suffered a knee injury in the recent past.

Even with a man down, Fit4life still boasted some of our most dedicated 5K and 10K fun-runners and racers, charity supporters and Fit4Youth mentors (always there and always impressive!) clocking great times as you can see below. Clare McCarthy pulled a great performance out of the bag to lead the 10K crew home in 59.17 and Annette Finlay successfully “followed that” in the 5K clocking 26.59. Congrats to you and the gang that followed close behind! Super performances by everyone and for a worthy cause too. If we have missed anyone, please let us know as club names were not listed in the results.

We’ll let Angela have the final word on the day, since she said it so much better than we could. “Despite the bitter cold it was great to be out. The sun was shining and the roads and pathways were glistening and shimmering in the sunlight. It felt fresh and healthy and good to be alive.”

  10km Results
  • Clare McCarthy 59.17
  • Ger Ryan 1.00.40
  • Jacinta NiChonghaile 1.03.05
  • John Cotter 1.17.00
  • Margaret Rowan 57.50
  • Marie Gilmartin 1.11.16
  • Patricia Gallagher 1.02.55
5km Results
  • Angela Egan 29.33
  • Annette Finlay 26.59
  • Julieann Finlay 30.07
  • Pauline Singleton 28.27

Seniors at the Annual Aware 5k and 10k Run

Saturday 13th December
There's a week between the Jingle Bells 5k and the Aware 5k and 10k and until recently both were ran over the same course. Donore Harrier took the Jingle Bells out of the Furry Glen and the route for last weeks race and is the better, safer and faster for it. Ice was present at the Aware Run this morning which caused the start to be delayed but by the looks of things the lads didn't let the terrain, conditions or hanging around in the cold impact too much on their runs. We'd one of our 7pm group in each of the Aware races today and both ran to the good form they've shown of late.

In the 10k Kevin Clancy was the first home in the blue and white in a time of 39:19, over 2 mins faster than his last 10k which was this same race last year. He placed 24th of a field of 1124. Nice to see Kevin carry on from his good run in the Jingle Bells 5k.

In the 5k Dave Galbraith was first Dunboyne man home in 19:03, finishing just off the podium in 4th place overall in a field of 576 runners. His time 15 seconds up than his last run over this distance in the Docklands Run last September which is flatter and more forgiving than the Aware 5k. Dave's been progressing well since DCM and running good times in the Tuesday League of late. We expect he'll go sub 11 on Christmas Day over the 2 mile trip having ran an 11:20 recently.

Its nice to see this event attract 1600+ finishers, which probably means over 2000 entries. Well done to all who ran and well done to Aware. Full results are available on Precision Timing.

Results of Winter League Race 5

Tuesday 9th December
We have 5 races complete of the two mile league, with 1 more race to go next Tuesday – be sure to come along if you can and stay for tea, coffee and prizes in the clubhouse afterwards. If you haven't competed yet, at this stage you won't be counted as part of the league, as you need to have done 4 races. However you can still join in next Tuesday as a training run.

1 Catherine Kelly 12.16 14 John O'Malley 12.58
2 Rory Kavanagh 10.22 15 Kevin Deery 11.35
3 Gerry Reilly 11.05 16 Jonathan Martin 12.11
4 Abdullah Mohammed 10.51 17 Alan Doyle 13.49
5 Warren McIntyre 12.10 18 Emila Dan 12.11
6 John Curran 14.21 19 Sean Manning 14.13
7 Morgan McDonagh 10.51 20 Ann Gorman 15.26
8 Luke Forde 10.23 21 Ahmed Abdi 11.24
9 Lyndon Thomas 13.32 22 Tom Barry 16.20
10 Michael Cornyn 12.49 23 Norma Farrell 14.21
11 Ciara Devitt 13.30 24 Seamus Dunne 14.22
12 Kevin Clancy 11.46 25 David Galbraith 12.25
13 Geoff Hamilton 14.02 26 Paul Gorey 16.40

Annual Dinner Dance & Awards Night

Friday 21st November

The 2014 edition of Dunboyne AC's Annual Awards Night was predictably a sell out as 160+ members and distinguished guests made the short trek to Dunboyne Castle to celebrate what has been a fantastic year for the Club. Food and drink was foremost on the mind of most of our crew at 8pm and the buffet dinner laid on by the hotel was excellent. We had just been handed our coffee's when MC Paul Gorey asked for our attention in order to begin the task of handing out the annual awards to the deserving winners.

First up on the night was a special award, for one of the most generous acts of the year, when Dave Galbraith and Mick Foy got the crazy idea that they'd run a marathon on the track on the annual fun day. Dave and Mick raised a staggering amount, well over a grand, for the betterment of Club facilities, and richly deserved to be singled out for credit at the awards night.

It was onto the Fit4Life awards then, and there was a new award category within Fit4Life in 2014 - Fit4Life Newcomer of the Year. When the considered a brand new award for Fit4Life Newcomer of the Year, 2 people immediately came to mind as the main contenders. Both started in “Couch to 5K and beyond” in early January and completed their first 5K at the track on 1st March. They completed the “and beyond” part of the challenge at our 4-mile race at the end of March. From April on both could be seen at every training session and racing most weekends. Neither were shy in volunteering for the club and they both fully embrace the positive spirit of the Club and Fit4Life. With great achievements by both, we awarded Fit4Life Newcomer of the Year jointly to Angela Egan and LyndonThomas. It was the 4th year the Club has awarded a Fit4life Athlete of the Year Award and it is always a difficult decision with a number of potential deserving winners in a large group. F4L marches to a slightly different beat and don’t apply the same points system as the Seniors, so the award is not necessarily for the fastest person in the group. We also consider factors such as improvement and participation at training, in races and fun-runs, and in club events. This year’s winner has been a Fit4Life member for the past 2 years. Her dedication has resulted in fantastic improvement; reducing her 10K PB by 13 mins. She won her category in many races in 2014 and it may be one of those years, that had we applied the Seniors points system, she would have emerged as the outright winner anyway. Of course, we have to credit some of her success to her second training group Fit4Youth, their coaches Luke and Rory and their fantastic team of mentors. As a committed and very active member of the Fit4Life group also, Emily Ryan was chosen as the Fit4Life Athlete of the Year.

It was onto the Junior Section of the Club next, with awards being handed out for best Junior Track, Field and Road & Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Up first was Junior Track Athlete of the Year, and this years winner, Niall Cornyn stood out above the rest. A 55 second 400 man, he won many significant races at both schools level for St. Peter's and for the Club. He played a key part in the Club's successful National League season. This all whilst combining it with triathlon, his studies and even dabbling with the Discus! Junior Field Athlete of the Year for 2014 is Michael Hanlon. Michael has put in some fantastic performances at the top end nationally of his throwing disciplines and like Niall, was an integral part of our successful National League season. We look forward to both Hanlon's joining up with the athletics squad again in 2015 as the Club hopes to podium in that competition. Abdullahi Abdulle picked up the final Junior award of the year - Junior Road & Cross Country Athlete of the Year. This was an easy choice to make, Abdulle has been sensational in 2014. He goes about his business with a smile, and little fuss or fluster. He puts in the hard slog, working with Tony, and doing reps with the best of our seniors. He's too many podiums to mention over the past two years, we don't expect that to change any time soon.

It was onto the Senior awards next, again, three awards in the categories of Track, Field and Road & Cross Country. Our winning Senior Road & Cross Country Athlete of the Year was a popular homegrown winner. Ever-present in results, on the podium, winning medals or envelopes, always winning our admiration. Ever-present on the road every night of the week and on the track too. He knows the value of hard work and has been patient, persevered and won some richly deserved prizes. The 2014 winner of the Senior Road & Cross Country Athlete of the Year is Rory Kavanagh. Onto the Senior Track Athlete of the Year. The Club received a massive boost this year when we got word Sara was to join us as her Club folded. Moynalvey's loss this year was Dunboyne AC's gain. The Birmingham based Bud Baldaro coached athlete had an exceptional season by anyone's standards, but was unfortunate in one sense not to qualify for this years Euro's. We looked on at the Euro's and seen that a time of 9:47 that Sara set in Leuven, Belgium would have put her through from the heats of the 3000m S/C. It wasn't to be, however with 9:44 set as the qualification standard for Worlds next year we're all delighted to have one of our own to cheer on in a World Championship. Our Senior Field Athlete of the Year has turned out for Dunboyne AC in Meath, Leinster and National Championships across up to 5 field disciplines on a regular basis in the past few years, and in most championships won medals of one colour or another. Michelle Pilkington Street has been at the top of her game consistently and brought great success to the blue and white, which we hope continues.

Onto the Masters awards, again, three awards in the categories of Track, Field and Road & Cross Country. Our Masters Field Athlete of the Year had one of his best years throwing Javelin in a long time, consistently throwing just short of 50m throughout the Championship season. He was a regular full points scorer on our National League team in not just Javelin but 56lb WFD too, outscoring Senior athletes in every round and the final. The worthy winner of this award in 2014 is Denis Delany. Our Masters Track Athlete of the Year was none other than our own Chairman Michael Cornyn. Michael competed at Masters level in Meath Championships right through to International level, in the recent Euro's in Budapest, at distances from 200m to 1500m. Despite injuries he consistently podiumed in his category and looks forward to a similar season in 2015. Our Masters Road & Cross Country Athlete of the Year is the Evergreen (not not Emilia) Phelim Glynn. Phelim came into 2014 off the back of 2:43 debut marathon. He's a tough nut, made of stern stuff, and goes about his business with little fuss. When we ask Phelim what he's doing and he tells us 30-40 miles a week, we know to double it. His hard work ethic is the reason he's had so much success and will continue to.

Interestingly enough all of the nine Junior, Senior and Masters award winner were All Ireland medal winners in 2014. A remarkable achievement and indicative of the level of success the Club has had in 2014.

It was then onto the main three awards of the Year. We alluded to her above, with the word 'Evergreen', we've often alliterated with 'Envelope' but the truth is we are constantly running out of superlatives to describe this woman, you know who we're on about! Dunboyne AC's Athlete of Year for 2014 is Emilia Dan. Yeah, she's bloody successful, she even won two spot prizes in a raffle on Friday night! Success is often over attributed to talent, and whilst talent helps, guts and determination and a will to be the best is what has Emilia where she is. If you've five minutes in Emilia's company ask her of how her involvement with running began and you'll hear that it was right at the beginning, jog-walking, tipping away, bit by bit. Emilia has done it all, and the Club are immensely proud. She is ever smiling ever friendly and ever willing to put in the hard graft for the Club at all our events, epitomising the Dunboyne AC spirit.

Dunboyne AC's Person of the Year for 2014 is Paul Gannon. Jack of all trades! He should really home in on something and make it his own, maybe in 2015 eh!?!? Paul loved every minute of it this year and has worked with a great crew - Ger, Tommy, Roisín, Michael, Tony, PG1, Rory, John, Fergal and many others. Dunboyne AC's a fantastic Club to be involved in and associated with and any involvement in always more than rewarding. [EDITOR's NOTE: Paul wrote this report and what he mentions about his own award doesn't really give us the whole story! So we thought we should expand it a little: Choosing a worthy recipient for this year's Club Person of the Year award was really very easy this year: one person stood out from the crowd for going above and beyond a normal volunteering role. Paul Gannon took over coaching the Fit4Life group last year and has done a superb coaching job, encouraging and including all members of the group. Not satisfied with one coaching job he is also a driving force in Rory's new Da Camp fitness classes - another very successful club initiative which is getting very good feedback. Aside from coaching, Paul is our club PRO, producing these race reports on seniors races and general club events which inform and entertain us all every week. Aside from our web and Facebook reports, Paul also writes for the local newspapers on club events, churning out a report on our weekend's racing activities to Sunday night deadlines. Not content with his coaching and writing work Paul also helps organise our stewarding duties at races throughout the year, encouraging participation and organising the logistics, as well as usually turning up himself to help out. No club event is left unsupported by Paul: if he's not racing he's on the sidelines, encouraging and motivating us all. Speaking of racing - he's not a bad athlete either! A key part of this year's National League team, Paul was instrumental in winning the points to get the team to the final, on one occasion arriving in Sligo after a wedding the day before and competing in a killer event, the 400m hurdles and then running in the 4x 400m relay team afterwords. A regular at cross country, road races and other track events throughout the year, Paul's dedication to his training saw him deliver an extremely impressive 2.46 marathon in Frankfurt in October, before finishing the year (so far!) representing Meath with a plucky performance at the Intercounties last weekend in Dundalk. A fantastic athlete, and an unassuming volunteer whose dedication to the club is unsurpassed, we congratulate and thank Paul Gannon - Dunboyne AC Person of the Year 2014. - END of EDITOR'S note, back to Paul's report:]

Saving the best for last, well, almost last, was the Hall of Fame / Special Contribution to the Club award for 2014. The winner, and most deserving of it, with 50 years service to the Club is Noel Leonard. All 160+ guests were awestruck when the contribution that Noel has made to the Club was read out. Instrumental in getting the Club back in shape in the early 60's, Noel served as Chairman on two separate occasions for 15 years in total. He was massively involved in the last track development and has constantly been involved in generating revenue for the Club through various fundraisers every year. Of course his contribution to this part of Meath wasn't limited to the Athletic Club, he has left his mark on the town throughout a lifetime of service. Noel spoke eloquently and lovingly of his times in Dunboyne AC and dedicated his award to the late Dano Cannon and Sonny Dowdall, two stalwarts of the Club in times past.

We said almost last - we'd a couple of special awards in 2014, the first being for Ray Mitchell, A Club Spirit Award. It might come as a new one in Dunboyne AC but its not a new award for Ray in Dunboyne, his involvement in any Club he is linked to is always remarkable and generous. A keen competitor, always taking time out to have a chat, have the craic and give abuse if warranted! He's a great guy to have about training and races and if we don't stop writing we'll give him a swelled head, so we will! Seriously though, fair play Ray! Last but not least was another special award. What can we say about this man that Social Media doesn't already know from one post or another during 2014. He's specially deserving and unique, thankfully! Alan McKernan as due a grilling / going over and unknowns to him he'd lads lining up to present him with this award. True to form he was as cool as ice and took it like a man! Every Club needs an Alan. The Club maggot. Loves acting the you know what, giving grief out in droves. What mightn't come across to those who don't know him as well as those inside the Club is that he's a big softie with a heart of gold, always looking out for the rest of us. A credit to the Club. He burst though that sub 3 wall in Rotterdam despite managing a heavy workload, studying most evenings and chairing the Sylvanian Families Fan Club of Ireland.

Presentations were carried out by President of Meath Athletics Michael Heery and our own Club President Sean Conroy, two men that have given a lifetime of service to Athletics. We were delighted to be joined by TD Helen McEntee and Senator Thomas Byrne on Friday night, they have gone to great lengths in the past twelve months and assisted us in successfully applying for a sports capital grant of €90,000 towards our new track development. Whilst we were enjoying ourselves on Friday our Events crew of Nicola, Eleanor, Joan and Emilia were on the last night of over a months hard work, putting on the event. Also, on the night Anne put together the slideshow to entertain us all and Norma was Chief Photographer for the night (see our Facebook page for photos) We really appreciate the time and effort that went into putting on a top class event, there was nothing but great feedback from everyone there, so a huge thank you guys!

With a Club the size of Dunboyne's there's a massive workload on, and requires a massive effort on the part of a lot of members. Far far more than those mentioned in the speeches on Friday night, or far more than the Club can possibly give awards too. Truth be told those involved aren't there to receive awards or pats on the back, if it was that way not a tap of work would be done. Its a great Club to be involved in and most of those involved have forged friendships for life through the Club. Its evident that the efforts that have been made in the Club of late are reaping rewards. As we heard some of the Juveniles say "the future's bright, the future is blue and white". Our Vice Chairman has asked also us to mention those people who worked hard for the club all year, but are too numerous to reward individually. If we've left anyone out, we apologise and please let us know, otherwise find yourself here:
  • Alan Norman, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Angela Walsh, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Ann Kennedy, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Antoinette Howlin, Senior Registrar
  • Aoiffe Kerrigan, Website
  • Bianca Kennedy, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Bridie Thornton, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Christine Manning, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Ciara Lonergan, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Claire McCarthy, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Con McCormack, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • David Byrne, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants
  • Declan Nyhan, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Elaine Murphy, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Eleanor Allen, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants and Events
  • Fergal O'Flaherty, Juvenile and Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Fintan Crehan, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Gary O'Hanlon, Senior and Fit4Life Coaches and Assistants
  • Ger Fagan, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants and Fit4LIie Representative
  • Ger Ryan, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Geraldine Aherne, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Gerry O'Reilly, Track Development Advisor
  • Heather Harold, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Helen Lonergan, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Joan Hodgins, Fit4Life and Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants, Club Kit and Events
  • John Holian, Fundraising
  • John O'Malley, DA'Camp Coaches
  • Juvenile Coaches, Juvenile Representatives
  • Karen O Flaherty, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Kay Gilmartin, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Keith Eglington, Juvenile Registrar and Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Ken McDonagh, County Board Delegate and Senior Coaches and Assistants
  • Liam Burke, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Liz Mersseman, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Louise Taylor, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants
  • Luke Forde, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Martin Cahill, Assistant Treasurer
  • Michael Cornyn, Chairman
  • Michelle Wall, Catering Team
  • Nicola McKernan, Fundraising & Events, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants
  • Noel Arthurs, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Noreen McCrudden, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Norma Farrell, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Patricia Gallagher, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Paul Gannon, Assistant Secretary, PRO, DA Camp & Fit4Life Coach
  • Paul Gorey, Secretary, Fit4Life/C25K and Juvenile Coaches & Assistants
  • Roisin Bell, Facebook
  • Rory Kavanagh, Fit4Youth, Fit4Life and DA Camp Coaches and Assistants
  • Ruth O'Dwyer, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Seamus Brady, Development Officer and Facilities Officer
  • Sean Conroy, President
  • Sean Kinnane, Treasurer and Fit4Life Coaches and Assistants
  • Sean Manning, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Siobhan Campbell, Fit4Youth Coaches and Assistants
  • Siobhan Lavin, Catering Team
  • Stephen Griffin, Juvenile Coaches and Assistants
  • Teresa Smith, Vice Chairperson, Child Welfare Officer & Catering Team
  • Tom Muldoon, Singlets / Kit Man
  • Tommy McDonnell, Senior Captain and Senior Coaches and Assistants
  • Tony O'Neill, Senior Coach
  • Vivienne Lennon, Fit4Life and C25K Coaches and Assistants and Fit4Life representative
  • To all the many members and families who have given a club day or many in some cases, we would like to thank you for your help with stewarding, sandwich making, serving teas etc.

Vodafone Ireland Triathlon Awards 2014

Congratulations to Niall Cornyn who attended the Vodafone Ireland Triathlon Awards 2014 to collect his bronze medal for finishing 3rd in All Ireland U19 triathlon championships. Niall had a great first year at Triathlon and was due to attend trials for the Irish team this month however illness and injury has impacted on his availability for selection. Picture below is of Niall receiving his medal from Chris Kitchens CEO Triathlon Ireland at their awards ceremony.

Chris Street's success at Highland Games

Saturday 22nd November

Dunboyne AC masters athlete Chris Street competed in the Highland Masters World Championships in Inverness in Scotland recently. Chris came away with a host of medals to add to his collection from the All Ireland Masters Championships earlier this year. Congratulations Chris!

Dunboyne Veterinary Clinic Sponsorship Deal

Dunboyne Athletic Club team, who have qualified for the Athletics Ireland National League Final, received a generous sponsorship deal under a community support programme entered into by Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital. Presentation from Charles Cosgrave, Dunboyne Vet Clinic to club captain Tommy McDonnell and Chairman Micheal Cornyn with Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital staff and Dunboyne AC National League squad members. Dunboyne Veterinary Hospital are running a loyalty programme for any members of the Club. They will launch their loyalty scheme in September. Please see update on our website and facebook page at this stage. The scheme is worth up to approximately €15,000 in total so the more Dunboyne AC members mention our Club, the more of the loyalty fund goes back into Dunboyne AC. More details of the scheme here.

Club Notices

Juvenile Notice
Meath Senior Cross Country
Moyvalley, Sunday 21st December

The Meath Juvenile Cross Country Relay and Senior Cross Country are to take place at the Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Club just outside Enfield on Sunday the 21st of December 2014. There will be under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16 team events with 4 by 250m relays for younger athletes and 4 by 500m relays for the older athletes. Will all athletes intending on running, please meet up at Dunboyne AC carpark at 10am. Meath Senior Cross Country begining in Enfield at 11am, so we can warm up and support our senior mens and senior women's teams in their bid for glory. We would ask all athletes to meet in the carpark and not to go direct, as this a four person team event, and it would not be fair for a athlete or even three athletes to travel to find they have no team. We would like to enter as many teams as possible, the more that wish to compete the merrier. This will be the final outing for 2014. There will be no training after the 21st of December 2014 as we will give the young athletes a well deserved two weeks break with training resuming as normal on the 5th of January 2015.

Juvenile Awards Christmas Party
The 2014 Dunboyne AC Juvenile awards will be held at the Scouts Hall beside the Dunboyne AC clubhouse on Sunday the 21st of December 2014. Presentations will be from 6pm to 7.30pm. A juvenile Disco will follow the Awards ceremony and will finish at 9.30pm. We will hold a raffle on the night. All juvenile athletes are invited. Parents are welcome to attend the Awards ceremony.

The club kit has arrived!
If you ordered any Dunboyne AC leisurewear, we're happy to say that your order will be ready for collection at the clubhouse this evening (Tuesday) and/or on Thursday at 8pm.

Sara Treacy named alongside Fionnuala Britton for Team Europe

Dunboyne Community Charity Fun Run, St. Stephen's Day
On Friday 26th December (Stephens Day) in aid of both Pieta House & Aoibheann's Pink Tie the first Annual Dunboyne Community Fun Run/Walk takes place at 12pm (sharp) from St. Peters Dunboyne GAA Clubhouse. Registration takes place at 11am in the Clubhouse and is open to all ages including kids. The entry fee is €10 per person or donation per family and will be followed by refreshments back in the Clubhouse Bar which is open from 12-6pm on the day. More information to follow soon please like this page and spread the word on what promises to be a great occasion for two worthy charities. #dunboynecommunityfunrun Dunboyne-Community-Fun-Run Facebook Page

Development Club of the Year 2014
Some great coverage in The Herald Athletics column of the award the club won at the National Athletics awards last week. With many thanks to athletics journalist Lindie Naughton for singling us out among a large number of award recipients.

Juvenile Safety
It has come to our attention that young athletes are leaving the immediate track/clubhouse area before parents/guardians arrive to pick them up. It is unsafe to have children walking around unsupervised in the car park, especially in the darkness and inclement weather. Those collecting athletes are reminded to collect athletes on time - coaches are not there to provide a babysitting service. All young athletes should be instructed to wait inside the gate until their lift arrives.

Sprint and Speed Clinic with
Ciaran McDonagh

Ciaran McDonagh (see for background) took Coaches and Athletes for a session at Dunboyne AC Track on Saturday 22nd December. Many of the Clubs eager coaches and athletes were given the chance to learn from a world leader in his field. Ciaran McDonagh most generously gave of his time and knowledge in the first of a number of sessions he'll be delivering to the Club. Ciaran is a long time friend of Declan Nyhan, who the Club must thank for arranging this opportunity. It was a real 'get involved' session and everyone there had a chance to coach and demonstrate a range of biomechanic drills in order to improve running economy. Ciaran brought a student, Stephen, to demonstrate perfect technique and the Club coaches and athletes then got involved practicing and perfecting drills. The session and drills (homework for the next three weeks guys!) were as follows:

  • Ankling - 10m, walk 5m, 10m, repeat x 3
  • High Knees x 3
  • Butt Kicks x 3
  • Skip x 3
  • Straight Leg Run over 30m x 3
  • 40m strides incorporating the above at 60-70% x 3
All drills carried out whilst focusing on the fundamentals Ciaran emphasised, toes pointed upwards, correct contact between the foot and the ground, working the arms, maintaining coordination, head upright, slight tilt forward, focusing on correct form etc. If you need to remind yourself of the correct way to carry out any of the above log onto Youtube to see the drills performed correctly. Unknown to us until the end of the session was the fact that we'd a 1:44 800m in our midst during the session, Ciaran had brought Andreas Bube of Denmark with him, Andreas was 4th in the final of the European Championships this summer. Many thanks to Ciaran, Stephen and Declan for going about putting on this session today, we really appreciate it and look forward to the next one which will incorporate some strength work, hurdle drills and plyometrics.

Dinner Dance Awards
Due to a motion from our AGM 10 months ago, this year's awards system has been amended. Please click here to view.

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.

Notice to Juvenile Parents
Dunboyne AC would like to remind you that registrations are from January – December each year. New members from September are now encouraged to register online at If you haven any queries, please see Keith at the Club on Mon & Wed at 18:50 or contact on 086 8144012 or email

Meet & Train Cross Country League
ATTENTION ALL LADIES! This fun league will be starting again shortly and the first race is in Dunboyne. We encourage as many of you to set up teams as possible - it's a great series, very well managed and very reasonably priced. This event is not an elite event and we encourage all female club members to run, not just the first race in Dunboyne but all races in the league. Come on DAC Ladies - let's show 'em how it's done!
  • Race 1 Sunday November 16th
    Dunboyne, Cow Park
  • Race 2 Sunday January 4th
    Sports World, Bushy Park
  • Race 3 Sunday February 8th
    Clonliffe Harriers, Santry
  • Race 4 Sunday February 22nd
    Bros Pearse, Ballyboden
All races are 2 miles, entry fee €20 for league or €7 per race. Start time is always 11am. Team of 6 with first 4 to score and best 3 races out of 4. You can enter as many teams as you like. If you wish to run or enter a team, please contact Aoiffe (Senior) or Vivienne for Fit4Life.

Dunboyne AC AGM will take place on 29th January 2015. We encourage all members to attend.

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.