Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Public Consultation Meeting

Over the past year a lot of dedicated hard-working people three of whom are club members have been working very hard on the project below this may have a huge impact on the future of our club I would encourage everyone to go have a look and listen to what is on display, and have your say ask questions.

Press Release;

Duleek, Bellewstown & District Community Facility Steering Committee will host a Public Consultation Meeting on Monday 21 Nov 2016 in Duleek Courthouse, Duleek from 16.30 to 21.00.

The Duleek, Bellewstown & District Community Facility preliminary layout plans will be on display with members of the Steering Committee in attendance to explain the exciting plan and to answer any questions. In addition, suggestions, observations and comments will be recorded on the night, reviewed following the meeting and incorporated into our plans going forward, as appropriate.

All local groups, organisations, businesses and interested individuals are encouraged to come along and get behind this local Recreational & Social Initiative.

Any immediate queries or comments can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards,

Oliver Cudden

Chairperson

Duleek, Bellewstown & District Community Facility

 

Dublin Marathon

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

Through a combination of racing, pacing and spectating the green footprints were inextricably intertwines with this year’s Dublin city marathon. The event, now in its 36th year proved to be a record breaking day for the race. From modest beginnings in 1980 and a race field of just shy of 1,900 athletes the race has grown exponentially whilst maintaining the jovial atmosphere that has become its trade mark. This year, a field of over 19,500 went to post for the largest ever event. In the main there were two factors which accounted for the sharp annual rise in subscriptions. Firstly, the race was moved to Sunday to cater for the hordes of travelling athletes who participate in the race. Secondly, the centenary year of the state and an impressively designed commemorative medal served to further whet the appetite of potential participants. Decadence has increased through the decades.

The race route was identical to previous years and meandered, slalomed and wove its way through the capital city and its hinterland. Fitzwilliam Street at shortly after 9 am was the place to be as the nervous anticipation and excitement unleashed itself on the course. Temperatures of 12 degrees and no cross wind to contend with made for near perfect running conditions as the various waves set off. The race made its way down the quays before crossing the Liffey and into the Phoenix Park for a number of miles. Exiting the park at Chapelizod and re-crossing the Liffey the race made its way through Kimmage, Templeogue and Belfield before finishing in Merrion square. Large crowds thronged the route all round and each athlete was roared on by vociferous home support. The overall men’s race was won by Dereje Tulu in a mightily impressive 2 hours and 12 mins with the womens race taken by Ehite Bizuayehu in an equally impressive 2 hours and 32 mins.

There was a record Duleek contingent of 27 athletes. Included in this total were 11 who were taking on the 26.2 mile distance for the very first time. The clubs adult head coach and seasoned marathon runner was one of the race pacers and his mornings work involved setting an appropriate tempo, cajoling and encouraging the  vast group around.  Karen O’Sullivan and Laura Donohoe made light of the fact that this was their maiden voyage over the 42km distance, both running great races. Deborah O’Sullivan and Susan Walsh also benefitted from an intensive 18 week training programme and put in great performances. Paddy Lennon has had a brilliant season and rounded off his first marathon with a smashing performance. Eric Devine and Alan McKeown have both had marvellous debut seasons and rounded it off in fine style by running excellent negative splits.  Kevin Durkin showed no sign of fatigue from his Iron man endeavours earlier in the year to run a spectacular time whilst Anita Lenehan ran an excellent first marathon.

Some of the clubs more experienced marathon runners also showed their mettle by bettering their previous attempts over the distance. Anita Carolan put in another sparkling performance coming home in a time of 3 hours 45 minutes. Ken Brady followed up an excellent performance in the Dublin half marathon by beating his previous best by over 7 minutes.  Sandra Cassin ran a super race as did Shane Reid. Amanda Noone has got stronger as the season has progressed and saved the biggest performance for the biggest day by knocking in excess of 15 minutes off her previous best. Sam Power ran a great race and came agonisingly close to ducking under the 4 hour milestone. Susan Durnin put some recent injuries behind her and showed no ill effects whilst Stephen Burke and Anne Hamilton also put in performances that fully merited the coveted finisher’s medal. 

2016 Dublin City Marathon

2016 Dublin city marathon we had a blast what a day what a great atmosphere along the streets of Dublin 27 club members headed out in the wee hours to run in the national marathon and 27 return home safe and sound well done guys you are all fantastic a credit to the club. A very special shout out to the great support we had from the club members non club members family friends all brilliant thank you so much.

 

Marathon Preparations

Duleek and District athletic club

 

Falling leaves can only mean one thing in a running context. And so it has proved over the past weeks with marathon preparations reaching fever pitch in Duleek and District athletic club. There will be 28 green vests taking to the start line of the Dublin city marathon this year, many of whom will be tackling the 26.2 mile distance for the very first time. The level of interest in this year’s Dublin city marathon have surpassed all previous years. Entry levels have exceeded 17,000 with the fact that this year’s race is being staged on a Sunday and that it is occurring in the centenary year being the main contributory factors to this popularity.

Training and preparations have been going well and the journey which commenced in June with the Glenmore 10 mile race is now on its final leg. Over the past weeks the clubs athletes have fought though training runs which have peaked at 22 miles as well as midweek speed and tempo sessions to build speed endurance. With the onset of October the countdown to the big day begins in earnest. From this point onwards tapering well and truly begins and the upcoming 20 days will be filled with carb loading, Epsom salt soaking and getting the all important mental preparation right. With the majority knuckling down to their endurance training a number of the clubs athletes have utilised selected races as an intermediate goal on their route towards the Dublin city marathon. One such race is the Longwood East of Ireland ¾ marathon, which provides a valuable temperature check on stamina and endurance. Four Duleek athletes took to the South Meath village to join a large field. Longwood proved once again to be a happy hunting ground for Derek Reilly as he ran a spectacular 2 hours and 18 mins for the 19 mile event. Paddy Lennon is shaping up nicely for his first sojourn over the marathon distance and continued an excellent year with an impressive 2 hours and 49 mins. Eric Devine continues to go from strength to strength and put in another excellent performance which was rewarded with a time of 2 hours and 38 mins.

Whilst marathons are nothing new to Adult head coach and seasoned marathon runner Ray Cassin he has put in some great performances over the past weeks.  Rossmore Forest Park in Monaghan was the spectacular setting for the Monaghan Phoenix AC back to back marathon event where athletes ran marathons on consecutive days clocking an almighty 52.4 miles in the space of 48 hours. Ray’s marathon experience as well as stamina and determination were to the fore as he completed the first in 4 hours 21 mins which was eclipsed by his performance on the second day where he clocked 4 hours and 20 mins.  A mere seven days later Ray showed no ill effects from this exertion as he completed the Lusk East of Ireland marathon in 4 hours and 17 mins. Barbara Lenehan is another who is building solidly for the last weekend in October. There was a Celtic twist to Barbara’s preparations as she took on and completed the Cardiff Half marathon who completed the event with her sister in an impressive time of 2 hours and 18 mins.

A weekend of firsts

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

It was another busy week’s action for Duleek and District AC with the clubs adult members out in force in Drogheda, Kenstown and the Phoenix Park. Firstly, it was off to Drogheda on a balmy September evening for the inaugural Harry Mallon 4 mile road race hosted by Boyne AC. The 2 x 2 mile loop race drew a large crowd with the late evening sunshine and large local support adding significantly to an impressive event. A very competitive field took to the start line with Freddy Sittuk from Raheny AC edging home Brian McCloskey of North East Runners in a tense and exciting finish. Simon Ryan of Raheny AC followed to take third place. On the night there were great performances from the Duleek athletes in the field Gary Moore, Sinead Donnelly and Maria Nestor.

From Drogheda the action moved inland to a wet and windy Kenstown for the Kenstown National schools 5k. The race returned to the calendar this year and the event was not diminished by the atrocious weather conditions. Whilst the wind and rain put paid to fast times a very well organised event ensued nonetheless as the left handed course took the athletes on an attractive loop out of Kenstown before crossing the Navan road and finishing at the school. Four Duleek and District athletes lined up at the start line with Anita Carolan proved she is as adept at competing in races as she is in organising them by taking an excellent second place in the ladies race. Anita managed to squeeze this race into a hectic Dublin city marathon training programme. She made light of the testing conditions to run an excellent PB of 22.34 which augurs well for the upcoming Dublin city marathon. Derek Sheridan continues to improve and put in another very solid performance. The performance of the day was undoubtedly from Rena Grogan who completed here first 5k. David Doyle took third place in mens race.

With all roads leading to the Dublin city marathon for a number of the clubs athletes cleared the penultimate hurdle in inclement conditions at the Phoenix Park. The half marathon is always a popular event in the Dublin race series. This year it proved more popular than ever, borne out by the fact that the event sold out and the largest ever field of in excess of 9,000 athletes took to the start line. It was a day of notable firsts for some of the clubs newer members with Sandra Loughran and Mary Molloy completing the 13.1 mile distance for the first time. The clubs more experienced members were not found wanting either. Kevin Durkin continues to go from strength to strength and set an excellent PB of 1 hour 35 mins. Shane Reid is building nicely for the big day at the end of October and shaved over 2 minutes off his previous best over the distance. Joe Martin showed no signs of fatigue from the recent Dingle half marathon and clocked another impressive time.  Susan Walsh is having a great season and her good form shows no sign of abating as she came home in 2 hour 14 minutes. Barbara Lenehan continues to show good form with another impressive outing here and Amanda Noone, Alan McKeown and Deborah O’Sullivan also ran great races.  However the performance of the day was undoubtedly that of Ken Brady who lowered his previous PB by over 16 minutes and is shaping up impressively for the end of October.

Duleek 10k & A Smile for Ryan

 

Duleek & District AC are delighted to present the “A Smile for Ryan” fund with a cheque for €1500.00 which was raised at our annual 10k road race in August 2016. Along with the money collected through the bucket collection on the day of the event €468.00. Also, there was a previous donation of €500.00 made to the fund for Ryan earlier in the year and so Duleek & District AC are delighted that the total raised to date by the club is €2468.00.

We are delighted to have contributed in this small way to the fund for Ryan and hope to do so again in the future.
We wish Ryan and his family all the very best for the future, he is an inspiration to us all.

Declan Foran

Chairman on behalf of: Duleek & District AC, Duleek, Co Meath.

Drogheda, Dundalk & Ratoath

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

A combination of placings, back to back marathons and a scramble for league points made it an interesting weekend’s action for Duleek and District AC. First off was the Sosad 5k in a wet and blustery Drogheda where Peter Hearty put in another excellent performance to finish second overall in a competitive field. Equally impressive was his time of 17.13 which was narrowly outside his PB but a great effort nonetheless considering the inclement conditions. With the bar for the weekend set very high the challenge was met by Derek Reilly as the East of Ireland bandwagon rolled into the sleepy south Meath village of Longwood.  Over a tough course in the 20 mile event Derek ran a great race with a negative split finishing just outside his previous best over the distance with a time of 2 hours and 35 minutes. On the same day and in the same location Ray Cassin ran the first leg of his back to back marathon weekend with an equally impressive 4 hours and 19 minutes. A mere 24 hours later Ray was on the roads again to repeat the same feat as he completed the second leg of his 52 mile weekend at the inaugural Dundalk marathon. Ray finished in an excellent  4 hours and 42 minutes.

All roads then led to Ratoath for the Ratoath AC 5k. This local race carried the added significance of being the final race in the captain’s series.  As league points were eagerly sought a large Duleek contingent took to the start line. The race was run over a rural circuit in slightly blustery conditions with both the course and the conditions facilitating lots of fast times and great performances. Alan McKeown flew the green flag with aplomb as he powered home in 20.58 followed closely by Stephen McKee in 21.13. Lisa Chambard and Graham Byrne finished side by side in just under 23 minutes. Olive Wall made an impressive return to action clocking a time of 29.55 and Maria Nestor has had a great captain’s series and rounded it off very impressively. Orla Hillman clocked a PB to earn some valuable points for her team. Paddy Lennon is in great form this year and this continued here and Celena Tierney ran an impressive 28.30. There is now an anxious wait until the upcoming club captain’s night where the winners of a massively successful league will be announced.

Ardee 5k

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

A wet and windy Ardee was the setting for the penultimate round of the Duleek and District ac club league. With the top of the table having a congested look league points and pbs were keenly sought after at the annual Seamie Weldon 5k event hosted by the Ardee and District athletic club. Despite testing conditions an excellently organised event was hosted by the Ardee club with the event also doubling up as the Louth 5k championships. Over a rolling course the mens race was won by Freddy Sittuk of Raheny shamrocks with local favourite Brian McCloskey coming in second and Simon Ryan from Raheny shamrocks taking third place. The ladies race was won by Denise Toner from Clones AC with Drogheda and District athletes Mary Leech and Pamela Howard taking second and third place resepectively.

A total of 20 Duleek athletes took to the start line. First home for the ladies was Lisa Chambard who continues to go from strength to strength in an impressive time of 23.27. Orla Crosby and Jean Wynne put in great performances after completing the Couch to 5k programme earlier in the year. The aim of the programme was to enable the athletes to complete a 5k and they both followed up on the Tara AC outing with consecutive 5ks in 2 weeks. Sandra Cassin and Anne Hamilton have also been busy of late taking time out of a hectic marathon training schedule and following up on the Rossin rovers 5k to run great races. Tara Dillon made an impressive debut for the club with a 28.17 time and Celena Tierney and Anita Lenihan ensured the green flag was flying high. Not to be outdone it was also a great day for the clubs male athletes with Peter Hearty leading home the charge in an impressive 17.49. John Wall also impressed with a 24.07 and Michael Coleman and Ken Gorman also ran great races. It is all to play for in the final round of the league at the Ratoath 5k. Elsewhere, Joe and Connie Martin represented the club at the annual Dingle half marathon. The 13.1 mile event which took place around the breathtakingly scenic Dingle peninsula attracted a large crowd of both domestic and international runners. 

Local Races

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

Despite atrocious conditions, a number of Duleek and District athletes successfully scaled the latest obstacle en route to Dublin city marathon 2016 in the Phoenix Park on Saturday.  The latest instalment of the Dublin race series was the Frank Duffy 10 mile event with all roads leading to the Phoenix Park. The race, which always has an electric atmosphere is self contained within the roads of one of Europe biggest public parks. However, on the morning of the race the inclement Irish summer weather struck again. As the wind howled and the rain sheeted down just under 4,000 competitors took to the start line for this eagerly anticipated race. Not deterred by the conditions there were some great performances from the Duleek contingent. Kevin Durkin is shaping up nicely for the October bank holiday weekend and was first home for the club in a very impressive 71 mins and 12 seconds, closely followed by Alan McKeown in 74 mins and Shane Reid in 81 mins.

Deborah O’Sullivan was another to make light of the conditions as she romped home in 1 hour 41 mins as did Sean and Sandra Cassin. Anne Hamilton is having a fine season and finished in 1 hour 40 mins with Barbara Lenehan following closely behind in 1 hour 41mins. Training for the Dublin marathon has now reached the half way point and over the coming weeks the mileage will steadily increase as the athletes look to add endurance without compromising speed. Elsewhere, in the Rathkenny AC 5k road race Peter Hearty continued his recent return to form taking 6th place overall and 2nd male senior in a time of 17.13 which is narrowly outside his personal best.  

The fast and furious local action continued with Duleek athletes prominent in 2 local 5k events. First up it was the regal setting of Tara and Skryne for the Tara AC 5k. It was a very well organised event which reflected all that is good about the vibrant local road running scene. The evening race was run in near perfect conditions through some of the most picturesque countryside in County Meath.  This race also marked the third round and midway point of the club league and this was reflected in the large turnout of 21 green vests that took to the start line. Despite and undulating and challenging course there were lots of excellent performances on the night. First home for the club was Peter Hearty in an excellent time of 17.02. Peter was also fourth overall and continued his excellent recent form. Amanda Noone smashed her PB, coming home in a time of 23.44. Paddy Lennon continued his excellent season with an impressive PB of 22.54. Paul Reilly and Maria Nestor both made light of the hills, finishing together in 28.33 and were closely followed by Orla Crosby and Sandra Loughran. However, the performance of the night was Derek Sheridan who clipped over 30 seconds off his previous best with a marvellous 22.09. The club was also well represented at the Rossin Rovers 5k with Anne Hamilton and Sandra Cassin flying the green flag and both running great races finishing together in a time of 29.26.

Indaver Duleek 10k 2016

Duleek and District Athletic Club

 

There was a momentous day in Duleek last Sunday for the annual Indaver Duleek 10k road race. The race has now become an annual fixture and one of the most eagerly anticipated road races on the Meath circuit. This year proved no different as the race attracted some of the region’s top road runners from many clubs dotted throughout the north east and beyond. From early in the morning the atmosphere built at the race headquarters at Duleek GAA grounds. The excitement was tangible as the runners began to arrive. The grounds were awash with the typical hustle and bustle of race morning as bags were dropped off, numbers were picked up, pleasantries were exchanged and warm up routines were completed.  At 11am anticipation reached fever pitch as after months of detailed planning and preparation the 4th running of the race got underway as the 350 participants set off.

Conditions were humid but ideal in temperatures of 16c as the race made its way out the Kenstown road for approximately 2k, before turning right at Mullaghfin. This took the athletes on a meandering journey for a further 3km before turning right on to the Downstown road which brought the athletes back via the outskirts of Duleek to the race HQ. Overall, whilst the race contained some undulating sections athletes enjoyed being put through their paces on a challenging, but always interesting course. At the head of the field the race was hard fought but it was Brian McCloskey from North East Runners who prevailed and took home the prestigious first prize in a very impressive time of 32 mins and 38 seconds. In doing so, Brian came tantalisingly close to also taking home the prize on offer for breaking the club record. Brian was closely followed home by Simon Ryan from Raheny Shamrocks who proved that Duleek is a happy stomping ground for him, having earlier in the year taken both the Mount Hanover 5k and Duleek National Schools 5k road races. In third place and with an equally impressive time was Turlough Conway from Rathfarnham. The ladies race was equally hard fought with Sonia Andrade from the Training Rey club proving a worthy winner in a time of 38 mins and 11 seconds. Sonia was followed closely home by Alison Kirwan from the Star of the Laune club with Olivia Martin from Bohermeen taking third place.  

With the colours of many clubs present and visible it was the Black and white of North East Runners that narrowly pipped the red of Drogheda and District to take the male team prize.  The female team prize went to a very strong Drogheda and District team with Balbriggan AC taking an excellent second place. Amongst the Duleek athletes there were some great performances on the day. First home for the club was Peter Hearty in a new PB of 36 mins and 12 seconds. Fran Power ran a great race to comfortably clear the 40 minute mark with 39.30. Derek Reilly broke the sub 40 barrier for the first time with a time of 39 mins and 51 seconds.  Eric Devine continues to go from strength to strength and romped home in a time of 42 mins and 53 seconds with Ray Cassin running a smashing PB of 43.50. Stephen Burke is improving all the time and added a time of 47.39 to some recent impressive performances. First lady home for the club was Susan Gleeson in a time of 49.18 followed closely by Aishling Scully and Amanda Noone. Orla Hillman was another who put in a great performance. Amy Devine followed up her Fingal 10k with another strong showing and Amanda Duff, Dawn Heeney and Martina Burke all ran great races.

As the dust settled on the adult road race for another year the shrieks of excitement were audible to all as the kid’s races proved to be a major success. Children across various age groups displayed their talents over the 60m course with medals and goodie bags presented to all children who took part. 

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