Dunboyne AC Senior Running

50 Shades of Blue !!!

Well we knew if nothing else, we knew this heading would certainly capture your attention! We are taking orders for the SS15 (Spring/Summer 2015 collection) Dunboyne AC club kit collection next Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of March at the Club house between 19.00 & 21.00 hrs. On the night we will have samples of the leisure and racing wear to try for size. As this is classified as a bulk order with ONeills we can avail of discounts that are not available when buying directly from the ONeills website in smaller quantities. The next bulk order will be for the AW15/16 collection and will not be until October/November. So in order to show you just how good our collection is, how fantastic it looks on, and how your performance can be enhanced by it (ok maybe we are getting slightly carried away!) - we arranged a photo shoot with some of the people that you know from around the track and field and who feature regularly in our race reports! Click on the links below also to see what takes your fancy, then you can decide - what shade of blue suits you?
Website last updated: Wednesday 25th February


Meath Community Games Cross Country

Sunday 22nd February

It was another away trip for the Dunboyne AC juvenile and Fit for Youth athletes when they travelled to Ballinacree's Saint Brigids AC grounds. A corner of Meath that is not for the faint hearted, this muddy field ll of fast declines and testing hills. As always the Meath Community Games Cross Country meet was well organised, except for cold and wet conditions which was not a desired part of Sunday's proceedings.

We had Duracell Bunny Ciaran McCormack lead the under 9 boys race from start to finish to set the standards at a very high level for the clubmates representing both Kilbride and Dunboyne Community Games areas in the following races. He took gold in his age group for the second year running. Both our two under 10 boys representatives Luke Flaherty and Mathieu Keiffer were also in the medals for neighbouring parishes in a race that was run at an incredible pace for such youngsters.

We had a huge contingent in the under 12 girls race, all aiming to steal a place on the Meath Cross Country team which will be taking part in the inter county cross country relays at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone during the Summer. In the biggest field of the day Aideen Reilly was in the green of Kilbride challenging Lucy Eglington, Kate Griffin, Niamh Sherlock, Rachael Norman, Aoife McCormack, Doireann Ni Fhlatharta and Abigail Knox in Dunboyne's blue and white. Dunboyne came out with bragging rights as Doireann led the field home to retain her Queen of Ballinacree title as she remained unbeaten at this venue in her sixth visit. Abigail, Rachael and Aoife also raced very well to medal and earn a place at the Nationals.

In the boys' under 12 race, Ross Lyons went with the pace from the off and took silver in a race where he contested against athletes normally in an age group above him and did not even seem out of breath at the finish line. He will be travelling to Athlone for the second Summer in a row, this time as part of a talented county team. Killian Thornton was also well up the field in this race, and finished just outside the medals.

Anna Griffin was our sole athlete in the girls u13 race, which was the longest race of the day. Much to the delight of the coaches present, she just had a fighting attitude and just got on with the race, fighting through the pain barrier as she won bronze and another slot on a county team heading to the midlands this Summer.

The last two girls in action on Sunday the 22nd of February 2015 were the ever talented Lauren McConnell and Victoria Knox who made it three from three for the Fit for Youth Group, with both making the podium. Lauren was impressive in winning her first Community Games title and Victoria also booked her spot on the inter county relay team heading to the AIT venue in August by fighting all the way to the line, claiming bronze.

This outing saw eight athletes qualifying for the National Community Games Finals this Summer, and a Dunboyne AC member winning a medal in every race they contested. Well done to all. As always a big thanks to the coaches and parents who travelled and were the most vocal of all parishes to bring a fun element to a bitter and overcast day.

National Indoor T&F Championships, AIT

Sunday 22nd February
We had three athletes in action in the National Indoors in AIT on Sunday for the premier event on the National Indoor calendar. Morgan McDonagh was back in track mode after the XC season, this time in the 800m. Morgan ran a 2:05:86 time which unfortunately wasn't enough for him to progress from his heat. Michelle Pilkington, the Club's leading female thrower, was also in action in the Shot, finishing 4th with a 3rd round throw of 6.95m with the 4kg weight. Sara Treacy was back in action 24 hours after her 3000m effort in Birmingham. The fatigue was clearly in Sara's legs as a hectic period of racing caught up with her. She still managed to finish just outside of the medals in fourth in the 1500m. Her time was 4:27 in a race won in 4:16, a time Sara ran for the distance on her last outing. Full results available on the Athletics Ireland website.

Ray in action at Rás na hEireann

Sunday 22nd February
Ray Mitchell was Dunboyne AC's sole representative at the Dunleer AC-hosted Rás na hEireann on Sunday in picturesque Oldbridge, the site of the Battle of the Boyne. It's a race that's in its 45th running this year, ran for over 40 years by the great Larry McGuill. It always attracts a strong field and has had a number of Dunboyne AC winners in the past including Val Ledwith and Tommy McDonnell. It wasn't a particularly pleasant day for running but Ray ran well, buoyed on by the support of Eddie Reid among other familiar faces. Both were full of praise for the race and its organisation. Full results not available as of yet, Monday 23rd February.

Sara Treacy at Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Saturday 21st February
Sara Treacy was in action in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon where she was competing in a world class 3000m field. The goal for Sara was a 9:00 qualifying time for the European Indoors in Prague. It was a choppy race with plenty of pushing and shoving as is often the case in Indoor competition. The field was paced, but poorly enough, and after 2k it was left to Sara to push the pace of the second half of the field, much of which she had competed against and beaten last week in Sheffield. Her solo effort fell just short of qualifying unfortunately, but with Sara still finishing in an excellent time of 9:08. Full results available on the British Athletics website.

British Indoor Athletics Championships

Sunday 15th February

Sara Treacy was guesting in the 3000m at the British Indoors Athletics Championships on Sunday, in a stacked field, ran the race of her life, and won! áNo gold medal, but major scalps and another positive step in the direction of a European Indoor qualifying time of 9:00. Post race interviews saw the best of British make their excuses after Sara ran a 66 last 400 and a 23-second last 200 to take victory by 4/100th's of a second from Edinburgh Cross winner Emilia Gorecka. The field also included Hannah England and Jessica Judd among other stars. Sara's 9:06:23 is 6 seconds faster than her 9:12 performance in the AAI Open Games two weeks ago. Another 6 seconds this Saturday evening where Sara will compete in a star studded meet at the Birmingham Grand Prix and she'll be there. Check out the absolutely thrilling video here. You'll be at the edge of your seats cheering Sara on! You may need to to sign up for an account with Vinco to access the video but it'll only take a moment and it's worth it - go Sara Treacy!

Juveniles Leinster Indoors

Sunday 15th February

It was a short journey for our juvenile athletes on Saturday the 14th of February 2015 to celebrate Saint Valentines with their true love - athletics. The scene was the AIT Indoor track in Athlone, and for the first time in an age the weather conditions were not going to be a factor. We had one individual and four relay teams in action on day 1 of the Leinster Indoor Track and Field Championship, with many athletes competing indoors foe the first time.

Our under 12 girls team made up of Aideen Reilly, Lorrena Harrision, Sophie Dolan, Lucy Eglington and Rachael Norman finished second in their heat to qualify as a fastest loser for the final of the 4 x 100m. The girls who have shown great improvement over the last twelve months finished up 6th out of the 25 clubs who entered the competition. Our under 12 boys team consisting of Cian Smith, Ross Lyons, Thomas Thornton, Killian Thornton and Matthew Dolan also finished second in the heats, again qualifying for the final as a fastest loser. This talented bunch gave it their all in the final, and were pipped on the line for a place on the podium, a photo finish needed to separate them from from third. This bunch were gutted, but their day will come in the near future. Our under 13 boys won their heat with ease registering the fastest time in the heats. Conor Leane, Cian Smith, Marc Leane, Jack Brown and Davin Ryan carried on their excellent form from 2014 when they won bronze in a very exciting final to claim their place in the All Irelands in March. Our last group passing the Baton in Athlone were Victoria Knox, Doireann Ni Fhlatharta, Emma Lyons, Nicole Frazer and Aoibhin Ni Fhlatharta. Despite setting the pace in their heat at the early stages the girls finished third in their heat and missed out on a place in the final as a fastest loser by 0.3 seconds.

Another under 14 athlete competing on the blue tartan in Athlone was Lauren McConnell who qualified for the final of the 800m by winning her heat in style. The pace of her final was incredible, with a new Irish record being set, and Lauren almost held onto a place on the podium, just falling short as she was passed on the final approach to the finish line. Meath athletics looks to be in a very healthy place with superb performances from Ratoath, Dunshaughlin and Cushionstown Athletic Clubs bringing medals galore home to the Royal County. Well done to all. A big thank you to all our stressed coaches who traveled, as well our ever growing number of supporters who roared our stars on. Lots of photos on our Facebook album.

Leinster Junior, U23 & Masters Indoors

Sunday 15th February

Following on from the Juveniles' fine showing in Athlone on Saturday we'd both Masters and U23 athletes in action in the Leinster Indoors on Sunday. Leading the way was Club Chairman Michael Cornyn, running 62 flat in the 400 to win a silver medal in his category and following up with a 4th place in the 800m, just a fraction off another podium, all despite a less than ideal run in to the Championship. This performance bodes well for the Nationals next month. Making her Championship debut today in the 60m and 200m was Rosemary Higgins who ran excellently. Rosemary was 5th in the 60M (10.79sec) and 3rd in the 200M (38.06sec). In the U23 competition Daniel Hanlon took part in the Triple Jump, again one place outside the medals in 4th position. Full amended report when results are published. More photos on Facebook.

Donadea 50k

Saturday 14th February

Yes, 5 zero, 50k, it's not a typo! A doddle for our own Caroline Reid though, a veteran of 24hr races and sure she is fond of an aul 132km ramble (course record holder actually) on the Wicklow Way. It's not off the ground she licked it of course, every Monday Eddie would do 50k, 13 mile in the morning, 18 mile in the evening with Tommy in tow; and a day's work in between! turn, and she finished well up there in the women's race, despite not getting in the volume beforehand she'd hoped to and also carrying an ankle injury. From the photos we can see it was all done as ever with a smile on her face.

Leading the pack of course, was Gary. His win doesn't surprise us, neither does the fact that in winning he also broke the Irish National record on the 10 x 5km lap trail course. To add to that it's the fastest time run over the distance in 2 years. Some shape! We'd great support over there for the guys, we won't name everyone in fear of leaving someone out, but we're sure every shout of encouragement helped over the arduous distance. Full results on www.redtagtiming.com. Loughlin was on camera duty with JTG - log onto their Facebook for some excellent photos. As ever the Mooneys were in Donadea, well done to Peter on his 3rd place overall, full set of photos on his Flickr too.

Fit4Life at Duleek 5K

Sunday 15th February

Angela Envelope Egan had to spend the week begging Lyndon's forgiveness after last weekend's 10K stunt. Lyndon finally agreed to let bygones be bygones when she offered to support him in the Duleek 5K as an olive branch. Lyndon donned the Dunboyne AC club gear that he spent two hours choosing before Christmas. He was looking good and he knew it. This was going to be his day and his alone. He was touched when his supporter Angela also decked out in the club colours in support especially as she'd been out socialising the night before. Angela wished him luck at the starting line and said goodbye, promising to enlist a full cheerleading squad around the halfway mark. Lyndon felt 10 feet tall.

The starter fired his pistol and off they went. 500m in, Lyndon knew he was in the top quarter of the field and allowed himself a backward glance to pity those who had already fallen victim to his fast early pace. His eye was immediately drawn to a blue and white singlet and Lyndon marvelled at a West Waterford athlete travelling all the way to Duleek for a 5K.....no, wait.....it's a Dunboyne AC singlet and the athlete reminds him of........ nnooooooooo........it couldn't be!!!! Yes folks it was! Angela Envelope Egan had struck again. Incensed, Lyndon put his foot down and swore revenge. Fuelled by this latest betrayal he clocked a PB time of 26.01 to claim 9th place in his category. Incredibly his time was 58 seconds faster than his previous PB set at the fast Jingle Bells course in December. Well done Lyndon, that'll teach her!! - surely? Angela held a little back by her recent standards to finish in a time of 30.29, 2 minutes outside her PB. Such is Angela's pedigree that she still managed to scoop 2nd place in her category even after a late night and a last minute decision to enter and take it handy. We can only assume she learned nothing at all!

This is more or less a true story of Fit4Life's terrific twosome who have already earned their stripes as 2015 C25K coaches and inspirations. Only the facts have been changed (slightly). Well done Lyndon and Angela. One fact is indisputable; you are both simply awesome!

Garda BHAA XC, Phoenix Park

Saturday 14th February
Kevin Deery was the sole Dunboyne AC representative in action over 4 miles on the Munich hills on Saturday morning. Despite the hills, a cold and some quality at the top end of the field Kevin performed very well, as recent form in training had led us to believe he would. We'll be hoping Kevin will play a role in the Dunboyne team for the National Masters Road Relays in April. Full results on www.bhaa.ie.

Club Notices

Sara Tracey LMFM Interview
Sara Tracey won the British Indoor 3000m Championships last week and she caught up with Gerry Kelly to speak about the win and the future with Rio in mind. Listen to the interview here.

Track Action this Saturday 28th February
Good luck to our "Couch to 5K and beyond" group who will tackle their 5K challenge this Saturday at 11am. Eleanor and the C25K team are fully confident in your ability and they've never called it wrong before. Folks, please arrive before 10.45 to register. Bring your family and friends along to support. We'll have tea and coffee afterwards, so cancel all other plans and bask in your own glory over a cuppa. The 11am 5K is strictly for C25K registered participants ONLY but fear not folks, nobody will be left out of a 5K challenge. At 10am, we are holding an open 5K for all club members. All sections of the club are welcome and are actively encouraged to take part -good for a race or a training run! Entry is FREE. Please arrive at 9.45 to register and warm up. After the 10am 5K, why not stay to support C25K in their challenge and meet them over the cuppa. There will also be a top class throwing competition on the infield, so this is a great opportunity for us track and road athletes to experience another side of athletics. As always, we would welcome a few volunteers that morning, so if you can spare an hour or two, please let Eleanor, Viv or Ger know. Good luck to all! It will be a great day!

Are you taking part in the Bohermeen Half Marathon? If so, ensure you are registered as a club member!
Bohermeen AC host their Half Marathon Road Race on Sunday week, 8th March This race also doubles as the Meath Half Marathon Road Race Championship. Bohermeen always put on a good show and we would like to encourage all our members to enter this race or the 10k race that takes place in conjunction with the Half Marathon. Bohermeen AC and the Meath Athletics Board have asked that all athletes state clearly their Athletic Club on their race entry, and of course, to be eligible for the championship all athletes must be registered with the Club.Athlete's have had ample time and opportunity to register for 2015 so far. The link to registration for those who haven't yet registered is below.

The club would like to entend its condolences to Bridie Thornton, one of the juvenile coaches, whose father Francis Patrick (Paddy) Hallinan of Cloonen, Dromore West, Co. Sligo passed away. Full details on RIP.ie

Meath Co. Board Minutes
4th February 2015

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Throws Meet at Duboyne AC
Saturday 28th February

Saturday 28th February sees the return of the annual Winter Throws Meet at Dunboyne AC. The all weather track with Olympic standard throwing cage is the venue for this prestigious event, and participants should register online here. Dunboyne AC is located on the Rooske Road in Dunboyne and car parking is available.

  • Hammer Men 10.30 Women 11.30
  • Shot Men 11.30 Women 12.30
  • Discus Men 12.30 Women 1.30

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2015 Online Registration
2015 online registration is now open! It is now February!!... so we ask that all members register as soon as possible. Just click on the “Club Membership” buttom here and choose your plan and the payment options. Many thanks.

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!!!
  • 5km
  • 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!

Sara Treacy named alongside Fionnuala Britton for Team Europe

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