Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jubilant Juveniles

A week later, everything changed. The turkey and trimmings were replaced by Toblerone and the glad rags for games as the Juvenile’s in Duleek and District Athletic club had their awards night for 2015. One week after the adult awards, the juvenile night was held in the parish centre. Whilst the menu may have varied the main course of surpassed expectations, celebrated success and future optimism was served up again.

And what a year it has been for Juvenile athletics in the club. The club now boasts 120 Juvenile members across its Little Athletics and Juvenile Track and Field programmes. The juveniles increased the size of the clubs footprint on local and regional athletics as the little green vests were marked present at numerous local events with the club sending bigger numbers than ever before. Collectively, the main success of the year was in Track and Field where the club cemented second place in its division in the club league which was an improvement of 4 places on last year. At an individual level there were numerous county medals across the various Track and Field disciplines with a particularly talented group of girls under 9s securing Leinster medals .

Whilst silverware and success is welcome it is not the raison d’être of the programme. The ethos of Juvenile athletics in the club is to teach children the basics of athletics in a fun and social environment. Now in its fourth year the structure is beginning to pay dividends. Little Athletics, where children aged 4 to 6 are nurtured in the basics of athletics proving an ample breeding ground for Juvenile track and field. At juvenile track and field the children aged 7 upwards broaden their athletic horizons and participate in a variety of running, jumping and throwing disciplines. The emphasis is very much on inclusion and participation and the success this year is a testament to the excellent work put in by the children and their dedicated team of coaches.

Elsewhere in a windswept Howth Ray Cassin put in a great performance in the latest in East of Ireland marathon series. The race, which contained 4 laps of an undulating course was made significantly more difficult by the atrocious weather conditions. On the same weekend with storm Desmond showing little festive spirit by blowing a gale through the phoenix park there were strong performances by Peter Hearty and David Doyle in the Jingle Bells 5k. 

Statement from Club Chairman


Declan Foran; Chairman, Duleek and District Athletic Club.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing chairmanMr Greg Dixon, and all of the outgoing committee members for all their hard work and commitment to the club over the last 12 months.

The club is entering into its fourth year in existence; so along with the help and support of all club members, the 2016 committee should:

  • Aim to facilitate our adult and juvenile coaching teams with the support, tools and equipment, to cater for all aspects of the club and its members.
  • Endeavour to create a firm platform to allow Duleek and District Athletic Club to consolidate its present member base and also attract new members in 2016.
  • Take on board our members needs and wishes.( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This club is about people and for people and we should not forget that, we are all of equal importance to the club and to its future.

Here’s to a successful year for Duleek and District Athletic Club

Committee members for 2016

Chairman:                          Declan Foran

Assistant Chairman:          Daire McDevitt

Secretary:                           Mechelle Clarke

Assistant Secretary:           Miriam Donnelly

Treasurer:                           Maria Ludlow

Assistant Treasurer:          Graham Byrne

Registrar:                           Karen O’Sullivan

Assistant Registrar:           Liz Carolan

PRO:                                  Sean Cassin

Assistant PROs:                 David Doyle

                                         Laura  Donohoe

Adult Coach:                     Ray Cassin

Juvenile Coach:                  Samantha Power

Assistant Juvenile Coach:   Philip Meehan

Training Officer:                Sinead Donnelly

C.W.O( )                            Rena Grogan

                                             Fran Power

First Aid Officers:               Sean Cassin

                                             Lorna Fields

                                             Sam Power


Club Captains for 2016


I would like to introduce our two captains for 2016


Lorna Fields


Ruairi Nestor



The role of the club captain is to be a friendly face for new and existing members, and to represent any concerns or issues they may have to our coaches and committee. With the role being slightly expanded to “social event organisers”


Along with the support and assistance of the committee in their roles, they hope to make the coming year, eventful and fun for all of our members.


Awards night 2015

The committee and I would like to congratulate all of the award winners from our annual awards night. The awards night is the clubs social event of the year and this year did not disappoint.

Congratulations to all of our award winners


Athlete of the year                Sarah Mc Kenna

Club Person of the year        Samantha Power

Fit for life                    

Male                                     Graham Byrne

Female                                  Laura Donohoe

Most improved male            Joe Martin

Most improved Female        Orla Hillman

Meet and Train

Male                                      Derek Reilly

Female                                  Helen Lynch

Most improved male             Derek Sheridan

Most improved Female         Sinead Donnelly

Awards Night 2015 Winners

Awards Night 2015

The club would like to congratulate all award winners from this years awards ceremonary. Each of you has done yourselves and the club proud throughout the year. The full list of award winners is as follows:

Fit4life most improved athlete

  • Female - Orla Hillman
  • Male - Joe Martin

Fit4life athlete of the year

  • Female - Laura Donohoe
  • Male - Graham Byrne

Meet & train most improved athlete

  • Female - Sinead Donnelly
  • Male - Derek Sheridan

Meet & train athlete of the year

  • Female - Helen Lynch
  • Male - Derek Reilly

Club Captains 2016

  • Fit4life - Ruairi Nestor
  • Meet & train - Lorna Fields

Club athlete of the year 2015

  • Sarah Mckenna

Club Person of the Year 2015

  • Samantha Power

Awards Night 2015

Awards Night 2015


Another year full of achievement was celebrated in style as Duleek and District held their annual awards night at the Thatch in Drogheda. A hugely enjoyable night was had by all in what is one of the major events in the clubs social calendar. The fledgling club has had another momentous year and there were lots of major achievements during the year. The night was hosted by the clubs head coach Ray Cassin who did a fantastic job as MC for the evening and each of the award winners were worthy and deserving of their prizes.

The club now boasts a combined adult and juvenile membership in excess of 220 members which is a significant increase in last year. New members at both adult and juvenile levels have brought a new energy and dynamism to the club and some of the clubs newer members (Laura Donohoe, Helen Lynch and Derek Reilly) were recipients of awards within the various categories.  At adult level the club attended many local races en masse and the green vests were marked present at all local races during the year with the Boyne 10k, Meath half marathon and Star of the Sea 5k proving particularly popular. The club was represented by its largest ever contingent of 20 on the start line of the Dublin marathon.   In addition to the staple diet of local road races the club spread its wings and took part in new distances and disciplines and had runners in both the National 24 relay championships and the national 50k championships.

The club also had a very successful track and field year with a number of the adults finishing on the podium at the Meath Track and Field championships. The club also had a great Meath Track and field league campaign and finished second in their group. At the Meath road relay championships the Ladies team finished second in their category with the men’s team winning theirs. The Indaver Duleek 10k once again proved to be a huge success and is fast becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated dates in Meath road racing. This year, in excess of 400 athletes took to the scenic countryside of Duleek to take part in the race. The post race hospitality, goodie bags and children’s races all helped to make the day a huge success.

However, the major success story of the year was the huge strides taken by the clubs Juvenile athletes. Juvenile membership and participation rates significantly increased and the club watched and beamed with pride as the children scaled new heights and gave the club several great days to remember.  Most notable among these were the Meath Juvenile track and field championships where there was an unprecedented medal haul Meath track and field league where the club significantly bettered last year’s finishing position.  In addition, the club was represented on the podium at the Leinster track and field championships also. These achievements are a tribute to the tenacity and dedication of the children and there was a huge cheer when juvenile head coach Sam Power was nominated as Club person of the year and added to the clubs roll of honour.

The awards night also celebrated the numerous notable individual performances across the year in both the Meet and Train and Fit for Life categories.  There was an equally vociferous roar moments later when Sarah McKenna was announced as the club athlete of the year. Sarah has run a number of terrific races this year and has represented the club with distinction, culminating in a fantastic performance in the Dublin city marathon. As the book closes on a fantastic 2015 for Duleek and District AC the new season is just around the corner. There are new pages to be turned and chapters to be written. The feeling that it will be bigger and better than what has gone before is inescapable.

Racing, Pacing and Spectating

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Headline – Racing, Pacing and Spectating


Through a combination of racing, pacing and spectating the 35th Dublin city marathon had the green of Duleek and District AC tinged all over it. The club sent its largest ever contingent to the marathon.  A total of 20 green vests lined up on Merrion Square on Bank holiday Monday to commence the 26.2 mile route around Dublin.  Having endured an intensive training programme throughout the summer and autumn the Duleek athletes, a number of whom were completing their first marathon put in great performances on the day.

In testing conditions and with plenty of club support at regular intervals throughout the course to encourage the athletes around it was a very successful day for Duleek and District AC.  First home for the club was Fran Power in an impressive time of 3 hours 29 minutes followed closely by marathon debutant Derek Reilly who ran an excellent 3hours 43 mins. The first lady home was Anita Fields in a very impressive 3 hours 45 mins with marathon debutants Lorraine Noone and Helen Lynch hot on her heels. Sinead Donnelly ran a great first marathon as did Sarah McKenna, Susan Durnin and Sarah Carley. There were also excellent races ran and times posted by Aishling Scully, John Wall, Ken Brady and Amanda Noone. In addition, it was also a noteworthy day for club athlete Ray Cassin who had the honour of pacing the 5 hour group home.

Elsewhere on the same weekend Peter Hearty rounded off a very impressive year in the Frankfurt marathon. In Germany’s financial capita he did the business and and sealed the deal despite being hampered by an injury to get around the course in a fantastic time of 3 hours 10 mins.


Duleek and District Athletic Club


As the saying goes ‘Build it and they will come’ and that was enacted in Duleek on the 16th August for the Indaver Duleek 10k. The race which is hosted by Duleek and District AC arrived after weeks and indeed months of meticulous planning. The race, which is in its third year attracted almost 400 runners and there was an international flavour to this year’s race with athletes from Spain, Germany and the USA taking part as well as some of the best road athletes in North Leinster. Conditions were favourable for the event with temperatures on the day reaching the low twenties and ensured hectic activity at each of the water stops. The race headquarters was Duleek Bellewstown GAA club, where the race started and finished.

From early morning there was a hive of activity as the finishing touches were put to the event as athletes started to arrive. There was the customary warm up at 10.30 with athletes making their way to the start line to tackle the 10k course.  In the glorious sunshine the men’s race was won by Paul Stephenson from Rathfarnham in an impressive time of 33.11 followed closely by Colm O’Connell from Donore Harriers and Paul Smith from Drogheda.  The first female home on the day was Mary Hanley from Na Fianna followed closely by Zofia Paduchowicz and Anne O’Brien. Drogheda and District AC rounded off a very successful day at the event by scooping both men’s and ladies team prizes.  However the loudest cheer of the day was reserved for Susan Gleeson from Duleek and District AC who took second place in her category. From there it was on to sample the post race hospitality and cheer on the kids in the ever popular juvenile races.


Rock n Roll Half Marathon

Duleek and District Athletic Club

In excess of 20 athletes from Duleek and District AC rocked and rolled their way around the capital as they took part in the recent half marathon on the streets of Dublin. The 13.1 mile distance commenced and finished on the quays in Dublin taking in the Phoenix Park and lots of other tourist attractions along the way. The race was the culmination of weeks of hard training which paid dividends on the day with all of the athletes acquitting themselves brilliantly. Special mention goes to a number of them who were tackling the distance for the first time. There were great performances on the day from Deborah O’Sullivan, Maria Ludlow, Derek Reilly, Lisa Chambard, Joe Martin and Barbara Lenehan. 

The next few weeks promise a hectic and exciting schedule of activities for the club commencing with the Indaver Duleek 10k at 11am on 16th August. There have been big turnouts for both of the dry runs and a record breaking field is anticipated. You can register for the race on www.precisiontiming.ie or you can obtain more information on www.duleekac.ie.  Marathon training continues with the clubs marathon group upping their mileage and gathering momentum by the week.  There are a number of high quality local races that the club will be represented at and the adult and Juvenile cross country season is just around the corner.


Busy Weekend

Duleek and District Athletic Club


It was another action packed weekend of action for all at Duleek and District athletic club with the running season now in full swing and lots happening on and off the roads. First up was the first Indaver Duleek 10k dry run where there was a great turnout on the day with athletes getting an opportunity to sample the course prior to race day. The second and final dry run will be held on Thursday 6th August with the race itself  being held on Sunday 16th August. You can register for the race on www.precisiontiming.ie  or visit www.duleekac.ie for more information. Next up was the Waterfront Ultra marathon in Courtmacsherry in county cork where Endurance running specialist Ray Cassin put in a great performance to make light of the 39.3 mile distance and arrive home in an impressive time of 6hours and 11 mins.

The weekend was rounded off in rather wet fashion for 18 of the clubs athletes in the Inaugural B5 5 mile road race in Bettystown hosted by neighbouring club Cilles AC. The Duleek contingent were not deterred in the slightest by the tough running conditions and there were great performances on the day from Peter Gilligan, Sarah O’Connor, Orla Hillman, Paul Reilly and Naoimi Walsh. 

Racing Season

Duleek and District athletic club

Headline – Racing season


It has been another very busy couple of weeks with the clubs athletes donning the green vests and competing in races up and down the country. First up were the Wicklow Hospice Foundation Marathon and 10 mile races in the very scenic setting of Avondale Forest Park. There was a great performance in the 10 mile event with Ray Cassin and John Wall doing the club proud.  From Wicklow it was southwards to Killarney for the next event where Derek Sheridan ran a great race in the Killarney half marathon. In humid conditions and on a testing course Derek put in a great performance in a time of 1.59.

From the Lakes of Killarney it was to Dunmurry on the outskirts of Belfast where the club had 2 teams competing in the Energia 24 hour team relay. Reminiscent of the Christy Moore song the athletes left on a Friday night with their tents and their groundsheets rolled up tight. The event was an overnight event commencing on Friday evening right through until Saturday evening and involved each athlete running a 2 hour leg with 6 hours recuperation. This cycle was repeated 3 times over a 24 hour period resulting in each athlete completing 6 hours on the track.  The event attracted teams from all over the country and the Duleek teams acquitted themselves brilliantly taking 5th and 7th place in the overall standings and completing a combined total of 306 miles between them.

From Belfast things moved a little closer to home as the club had 6 athletes competing in the FIngal 10k in Swords. The ever popular race which is part of the Dublin race series culminating in the Dublin Marathon in October attracted a field of over 5,000. There were great performances from the Duleek athletes on the day with Susan Durnin, Sarah Carley, Lorraine Noone and Helen Lynch all running very impressive times.

Juvenile National Championships

Duleek and District Athletic Club

Juvenile National Championships

A record breaking track and field season for Duleek and District AC was wrapped up in fine style in Tullamore on Saturday. Two Duleek athletes, Naoise Donnelly and Doireann Power who was a late replacement for Ciara McRoary took to the field in the All Ireland pairs Track and Field championships to compete in the Turbo Javelin event. The Duleek athletes who qualified recently through the county and provincial championships performed heroically in blustery conditions and amongst an extremely competitive field.  They obtained a highly impressive finishing place of 7th out of a field of 18 pairs. This brings the Juvenile track and field season to a close. It has been an extremely memorable one for Duleek and District and the club would like to thank all coaches and parents for their support during the season.  Juvenile training will continue in preparation for the cross country season which is just around the corner.

From Tullamore it was on to another landmark location in Irish athletics and the Phoenix Park for the annual 5 mile road race. The race, which marks the start of the race series and culminates with the Dublin city marathon in October proved as popular as ever with a field in excess of 3,000 taking to the start line. Intermittently dispersed amongst them were a number of Duleek and District athletes. Niall Doyle was first home for the club in a time of 36.25 which shattered his previous best over the distance. There were also great performances on the day from Susan Gleeson and Barbara Lenehan.

From the Phoenix Park it was on to Senchalstown for the South O’Hanlon 5k which is another popular race with the clubs athletes. On a balmy summer evening there were some more great performances from the Duleek contingent. Newcomer Lorraine Noone ran a storming race coming home in an impressive 23.56 and there were equally impressive performances on the night from Stephen McKee, Lisa Chambard, Derek Sheridan and Sarah McKenna.

The Indaver Duleek 10k will be held on Sunday 16th August at 11am. This year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Registration is now open on www.precisiontiming.ie For more information visit www.duleekac.ie or follow us on facebook.



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