DSD Twilight Team Challenge: Getting Sandyford running again

Fintan Hourihan (DSD Board member) has bravely taken on the task of making the DSD Twilight Team Challenge happen once again. This team-based 5K takes place in Sandyford on Thursday, September 28th at 7:30pm, and Fintan is determined to make it even better than last year!

 

"The race is now in its third year and it’s a crucial fundraiser for DSD as we are planning to have state-of-the-art track and field facilities built on the St Thomas’s site which was acquired by the club."

 











To find out more about the race please visit the new Twilight website www.twilightteamchallenge.com


But, Fintan, can I enter, and what can I do to help?

"Yes, it’s for all level of runners. Please invite your friends, family and work colleagues to take part. It’s a fantastic event with a great atmosphere, and it’s for a great cause, the Ross Nugent Foundation.

Everyone who finishes will receive a signature medal as well as a technical tee shirt and a goody bag, plus refreshments.  A great night's fun is guaranteed.  Check out the wonderful video from last year's Challenge to see just how much fun we had.

As ever, the organisers wish to thank all those club members who volunteer to put on such a great event and if you'd like to volunteer and help them build up our club then be sure to raise your hand.  A big thanks also to our main sponsor in the Spirit Motor Group plus our friends in the Sandyford Business District and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council."

You will see regular updates on the Twilight Team Challenge Facebook page and on the Twitter feed.

 

For questions, please contact info@twilightteamchallenge.com and they’ll get back to you pronto!

It takes all sorts: The Women's Mini Marathon appeals to all

Did you know that DSD (when it was Dundrum AC) started the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in 1983?   And we’ve been involved in the event ever since!   It is now the biggest all women’s event in the world - in its first year it attracted almost 9000 participants, and had its maximum in 2013 when a staggering 40,717 took part!  The idea has been copied in several European cities, with Liverpool, Oslo and London now putting on all-women events.

Now with VHI as the main sponsor, this year’s event was another phenomenal success, with nearly 33,000 women from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe taking to the streets to run, walk and jog the 10Km route, raising much needed funds for hundreds of charities around the country.  The Mini Marathon has become an important part of Irish culture and a celebration of Irish women aged 14 to 70 plus.  Last year there were 380 participants over 70 years of age!

DSD volunteers, along with their family and friends, were out in force both on the days leading up to the event, at number collection points, and on the day itself - situated at water stations, baggage area, medal distribution and as junction stewards.  Well done to you all!   A special word of congratulations has to go to Rob Corbally for his Trojan work in drumming up volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the event.  No enviable task!  Well done Rob!! Hope you’ve recovered by now!!

Kathy and her WMM team

Kathy and her WMM team

Many people, however, are unaware of the fact that there is a Mini Marathon team working behind the scenes for months, some of them year round, before the big event. The Mini Marathon team comprises up to 10 office and marketing staff and a larger operations team of up to 15 people who manage the race on the day.  The office staff are present in the Sandyford office for most of the year with the Operations and Marketing staff coming on board in October.  The team is led by Kathy Endersen who took over as Mini Marathon CEO in 2016 from her predecessor Pat Coyle.  Up until that point, Pat Coyle had given an incredible 25 years of his life to supporting the event voluntarily, in all administrative aspects.  Two of Kathy’s children are members of DSD and previously her three children trained with DSD in Irishtown where she helped with coaching during that time.  From March to May each year the Mini Marathon team promote the event through various channels, but in particular they run as a team in 6 different Parkruns wearing special promotional T-shirts.  Hearty congrats to Kathy and her team on rolling out another successful event this year!

The Mini Marathon is special in that it attracts such a range of fitness standards, from elite athletes to women who have barely walked more than a couple of kilometres before they started preparing for the event.  This year our own Laura Shaughnessy ran a superb 34:27 second only to Letterkenny athlete Ann Marie McGlynn.  DSD were well represented in the top 10 finishers with Linda Byrne in 8th place (36:47) and Niamh Devlin in 10th (37:08).

 

But what about the women on the other side of the running spectrum? Those who have done little, or no running ever, or who maybe have just lost their fitness over the years, for a variety of reasons?  

 

DSD began a new initiative several years ago to encourage such women to improve their fitness and to take on the mini-marathon challenge.  Read on to hear more about the programme and DSD Meet & Train member and newly-minted coach, Rachel Riordan’s experience in delivering the 2017 programme.  In April, Rachel took on the challenge of delivering a comprehensive training programme to prepare participants for the Women’s Mini Marathon. 

 

Here she shares her memories with us:
 
"The DSD Women’s Mini Marathon Training Programme began in Marlay on Tuesday, 4th April.  This is a 9-week coached training plan designed to get participants ready to run the 10km Women’s Mini Marathon.  This year there were about 15 ladies who signed up.  Most of these had previously walked the Mini Marathon and had set themselves the goal of running it for the first time.  A lot had previously completed DSD’s Couch to 5K programme and were keen to progress further with their fitness goals.  Many participants had only begun running in January of this year and marvelled at their progress as they racked up more running experience (and more kilometres!) as the weeks went by.  Confidence in their ability grew as new milestones were achieved (i.e. longest time running without stopping, greater distance run etc.)

The excitement was palpable on the day of the Mini Marathon itself.  The ladies surpassed their expectations and many surprised themselves with their running achievements during the race.  At the finish line there were hugs galore and exclamations of “I never thought I had it in me to run 10km!” and “now officially I consider myself a proper runner!”  Although to be honest, my favourite thing to hear from a number of the ladies was “I've caught the running bug!”
Keep on running ladies. Well done all!"

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We’ll second that!  And a big Thank You to Rachel for generously giving of her time for this programme.

You can see how DSD women got on in the 2017 Mini Marathon with this short video.

A blast from the past

By Eddie McDonagh

Did you know?

DSD athletes have held ten National Senior Records, with countless numbers of Irish Schools and Clubs records.



At this moment in time DSD still holds four National Records:

1. David Gillick (400m in 44:77 seconds)
Olympian; Twice European Indoor Champion; 6th in the World Championship finals; many times the National Champion; and still competes with DSD.

2. Deirdre Ryan (High Jump: 1.95 metres)
Olympian.  Achieved this great jump in Daegu 2011.  Has competed with distinction for DSD nationally and internationally for 15 years, winning numerous national and overseas titles.

3. Anita Fitzgibbon (Javelin: 54.92 metres)
Current National Champion and has held this title for a number of years.

4. Nicky Sweeney (Discus: 67.89 metres)
Olympian; World Championships participant and World Lead for short time; Golden League winner in New York; 4th in the European Championships.

Previous National Record Holders:

Carey May (Marathon in 2:28:03)
Twice Winner in Osaka, Japan; National champion until Catherina McKiernan’s great London Marathon victory, World Lead for a brief period after Osaka; Member of first Irish team to beat England in Cross-Country, with another of our athletes Carol Meagan, winning the race.

Derek O’Connor
First Irish athlete to revolutionise Irish sprinting, lifting it to International class; held Irish Record for 100m (10:51), 200m (20:75), 300m (32:00), 400m (45:75); held records for many years.  First Irishman to win Cork City Sports 100m and 200m; Six Irish Senior Championship Wins 100m amp 200m, (age 19,20,21) before departing from USA; Won Silver Medal at American C.A.A.A 400m (46:00), indoors.

Patricia Walsh (400m) 53:23
First Irish athlete to win a heat in the European Junior Championships, on the same day that Derek O’Connor became the first Irish male athlete to also win his 200m heat.


And now, back to the present! ……Luke McCann (1500m) and Mollie O’Reilly (400m) both have recently recorded “B” standard European Junior Times – we wish the best of luck to them in their present endeavours!

Athlete in focus: Maria McCambridge

"Maria McCambridge is the quintessential club athlete, having been in the Club from 14 years of age.  She had a most successful juvenile/junior career and, as her coach for four years, I can only remember one defeat in cross-country or track & field (1500m upwards).  The one defeat came after three games of hockey in that week!

She was always intense about her training and qualified for the Olympics twice; World Cross Country and World Indoors.  Of course in Ireland she will be remembered for her victory in the Dublin City Marathon.  In DSD, she will be remembered for her dedication to Club competitions and the great example she shows to our younger athletes, making herself available at all times.  Hopefully we will have Maria as an important member of our teams for many more years!"

Eddie McDonagh


How did you get started in running?

I started running in 3rd year at school. I did the East Leinsters Cross Country and came 3rd, then went on to do the Leinsters and came 5th (there was no All Irelands for U14 back then), and I loved it!  Eddie and my mum got talking at the race and I went down to Dundrum AC training shortly after.  I was hooked from the start!

 

Tell us a bit about the path your running career has taken from the start, the challenges, and who the major influencers were.

I have been running a long time now, and I have had a number of coaches along the way, each one having a major influence on my career.  Eddie started me off, and I owe him so much.  His passion and enthusiasm is incredible, and is still as strong 20 plus years from when I first met him.  I love the way he insisted we get a good aerobic base of miles, something I really think is sorely lacking in a lot of training groups for kids, resulting in poor conditioning, and the hills...!!

"I love the way he insisted we get a good aerobic base of miles, something I really think is sorely lacking in a lot of training groups for kids, resulting in poor conditioning, and the hills…..!!"

I went off to Providence College on a Scholarship in 1994.  My injuries really started in my 3rd year there and I have always been my own worst enemy.  I wanted it so much that I wouldn't give in to injuries until it was far too late and I had to stop running completely. Being injured and away from home was really tough, but academically Providence is a great College, so I threw myself more into my studies during these times.

"I wanted it so much that I wouldn't give in to injuries until it was far too late and I had to stop running completely."

I came back to Ireland and I found it very difficult.  I had not been able to run in 6 months due to a femoral stress fracture.  I didn't know what to do with my life then, and it seemed everyone at home had moved on. Eventually I decided to go to UCD and do a Post-Grad and it helped me re-adjust.

I eventually got back running a year later and joined in with Jerry Kiernan’s group.

I met my husband Gary in 2002 and we just clicked.  We were married a year later and we just became a real running team.  I loved how he trained; he was so creative and inspiring, always finding new places to run and ways to challenge himself.  I wanted to join in more and more with the training he was doing, and so we started working together.  It was probably more just me trying to hang onto the back of his workouts really, but I loved it!  I was training harder than I had ever done in my life.

I got seriously injured, however in 2007, and didn't run for 9 months.  We were now living in Letterkenny, and when I did get back to running Gary wasn't really around for me to run with anymore due to his work commitments.  I found running life really hard up in Letterkenny initially.


"I did exactly what he said and for the first time I did easy recovery running.  At 38 I learnt and accepted the importance of this. I finally got it!"

Then the Marathon Mission started, a project funded by the Dublin Marathon to improve the standard of Irish Marathoning.  I started working with Dick Hooper and it was great to have a group to meet up with every few weeks and a new input into my, now marathon, career. 

I think I learnt the most from Chris Jones.  I think I was so ready to really listen and make a change.  In 2014 I got really sick and run down and was in a hole that I just could not seem to get out of.  I had a long chat with him and I was, for the first time, really open to listen.  He was so full of knowledge and so willing to share and communicate it.  I did exactly what he said and for the first time I did easy recovery running.  At 38 I learnt and accepted the importance of this.  I finally got it!  I really benefited from his training and ran my best marathon in Dublin 2014, narrowly missing the win, setting a PB of 2 hours 34 minutes on a strong windy day.  I was really sorry to see Chris leave Athletics Ireland and head back to Wales. 

 

Were you involved in other sports when you were younger?  Did you have to make a decision on this?

I played every sport I could as a kid, but my second love was definitely Hockey and I found that hard to give up after school.  I was really stepping up my training though after school, in preparation to head off to the States, and I knew it was time to start really focusing purely on running.

 

What motivates you?

"I always believe in having a goal - short, medium and long term.  These running goals are what get you out the door in the cold and rain and what push you hard in the middle of a workout."

I always believe in having a goal - short, medium and long term.  These running goals are what get you out the door in the cold and rain and what push you hard in the middle of a workout.  But I love the simple pleasure of running.  I love how it feels and I need that.  No matter what, I will get that run in (unless sick or injured).  It is part of me.  It defines me, and I hate taking running breaks as I just hate that feeling of not having gotten that run in.  A break, of course, every so often is really important, though, as one has to let the body recover. 

 

What’s your favourite distance/event?

My first love is the track, and my favourite distances are the 3km & 5km. The marathon just prolonged my career.  I don't think I am naturally the best marathoner, but it was a new challenge and came at a time when I had to move on.  I will always do a track workout every week.  It’s my favourite surface, even when marathon training.  I believe strongly in speed and turnover throughout the year.

 

Tell us about what you regard as your greatest achievement(s) in your athletics career.

There are a number of achievements that I am very proud of;

A key one though, is the day I ran 15:05 in the 5000m in Belgium in 2004, securing an Olympic qualifying time. It was such a sense of self-satisfaction.  It had been a really frustrating period as I was under immense pressure to get the qualifying time in May or June, due to the fact that the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) had put an early selection date in place.  I knew I was capable of the 15:08 Olympic qualifying time - I knew I was in that shape.  I had run so many 5000m that summer and I kept running around the same time - 15:30, but I had been unable to find a high quality 5000m event before the OCI’s deadline.  

"DSD was amazing to me at this time! The whole experience though, seriously took its toll on me. No athlete should have to go through something like that."

After the deadline had passed I told myself it was not over until it was over!  I got into a suitable race after the Nationals, in Belgium, despite Gary advising me to take my break and to forget about it!  But I was determined to prove myself right!  I finally rested up and had the most perfect race ever - it just clicked!  It was for me!! I was thrilled!

What followed next was a tortuous three weeks of appealing to the OCI to allow me compete and awaiting a decision. There was uproar about it at the time. The whole country went crazy - fighting for me to go the Olympics and, thanks to a number of individuals (you know who you are and I will be forever grateful to you!), the OCI finally relented and added me to the team bound for Athens.  DSD was amazing to me at this time! The whole experience though, seriously took its toll on me.  No athlete should have to go through something like that. 

 

What about the lows? Were there times you felt like giving up?  If so, how did you get through it?

"I think as an athlete that you have to reinvent yourself every so often.  Find new challenges and goals." 

I have had many lows in the course of my career.  Too many to count!  I think as an athlete that you have to reinvent yourself every so often.  Find new challenges and goals. I changed coaches a number of times, mainly because I needed a change, a new approach, to keep things fresh.  Every coach has played a huge part in my life, but at times they just ran their course, and I got a bit stale.  It’s hard changing coaches, especially in Ireland as it is so small, but generally when I changed it was just that I wasn’t motivated to do the same thing for another training cycle.  At times I felt I had stagnated and had not improved and wasn’t inspired. This was mainly in my 30s and I was more self-aware then.  I was no longer this shy kid who couldn't speak up for herself.  I was always interested in coaching, and read everything on running and training, and towards the end of your career you realise you might not have many years left competing and ‘this is your life’.  So I picked up the courage to do something about it!


"I was a crock and still tried to train in the hope of getting the time. I was a train wreck that eventually crashed in May 2016 and I didn’t know how to get myself back up again."

The lowest point was this last summer, 2016.  I crashed mentally, physically and emotionally. Everything had gone wrong leading up to making a qualifying time for Rio - running into a dog 2 weeks before running the Frankfurt Marathon and then taking 6 months to properly diagnose and treat the injury, to then badly damaging my ankle when I stepped into a pothole out running.  I was a crock and still tried to train in the hope of getting the time.  I was a train wreck that eventually crashed in May 2016 and I didn’t know how to get myself back up again.  Nearly a year later and I am finally in a better place and have found joy again in my running.  I am not sure where it is going now, but I am enjoying the process of getting fit again and going down to the Club and joining in with the DSD girls. 

 

What do you feel are the most important attributes of a successful athlete?

I believe a strong work ethic is vital to succeed in athletics.  It is a tough sport and you have to have the desire and drive to get the training in no matter what.  You need to surround yourself with a supportive team, whether that be your coach, parents, partner, training group etc.  
 

Can you give us an idea of a typical training week at the height of your athletics career?

At the height of my track training (2004/2005), I was running around 70 miles a week.  Tuesday and Friday were my workout days.  They were usually around 2-3 miles in total volume - very intense, Monday was a hard 4 miles followed by nearly an hour of drills, plyometrics and sprints.  These were gut wrenching!  My miles were fast typically 5:50-6:10 pace.  I did two double days am and pm and always followed on the third day with one run.  I think this helped me recover.  I now know this was too much intensity and I should have done easy runs but at the time I wouldn't listen to this.

During my best marathon days I would typically run 100 miles per week.  I followed a two-day break between workouts and often the long run would incorporate some sort of workout.  Under Chris Jones workouts were really long and by the time you had finished (warmup and cooldown included) you could have done 18/20 miles.  Under Dick Hooper workouts were generally 10km based and with a hard long run at the weekend.


Is there anything in particular you have learned in the course of your career that you want to pass on to other athletes, parents of athletes or coaches?

"If I had the courage, I would love to tell a good number of Parents to ‘back off’.  They are often too interfering and do not understand the bigger picture"

My advice to younger athletes is to try and understand that there is a bigger picture.  It is not just about the here and now.  I strongly hate the labelling of “the next big star” to anyone under 17.  All too many don’t make it past Juniors.  All too often I have seen the most talented kids unable to handle it mentally when suddenly they are no longer winning.  Kids don't understand patience and development.  That’s why it is so important that the coach has their overall development at heart.  They have growth spurts at different stages and their body has to be allowed adjust at these times.  They have to learn resilience and perseverance and a good work ethic.  If I had the courage, I would love to tell a good number of parents to ‘back off’.  They are often too interfering and do not understand the bigger picture.

 

So, what's next?

I would love to get more involved in coaching, particularly with young athletes someday.  I train the running section in two Triathlon clubs and I love it.  It’s really rewarding and they are a great bunch.

Upcoming events

Juvenile

  • Celtic Games Track & Field, 5th August,  Morton Stadium, Santry 


Junior

  • European U20 Athletics Championships, Grossetto, Italy, 20-23 July: A number of our athletes have been selected to represent Ireland ; Sean Roth (Pole Vault), Mollie O’Reilly (400m & 4 x 400m), Niamh Gowing (4 x 400m), Jodie McCann (1500m)
  • World Junior Mountain Running Championships, 30th July, Italy: Paul O’Donnell selected for Irish team

 

Senior

  • National Senior Track & Field Championships, 22nd & 23rd July, Morton Stadium, Santry
  • National League 2nd round, 30th July .
  • World Mountain Running Championships, 30th July, Italy: 2 of our athletes, Sarah Mulligan and Sonya McConnan, will be representing Ireland in Italy.
  • AAI Half Marathon 13th August
  • AAI League Final 20th August


Masters

  • European Masters Track & Field Championships 27th July to 7th August, Aarhus, Denmark.  A number of DSD Masters athletes are travelling to Denmark to represent Ireland at this event.

See Athletic Ireland's website for fixtures.

Our 5 Club Captains

DSD has five Captains.  Let's meet them now and find out what they do!

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Fiona Clinton

Senior Women's Track & Field Captain

The role involves co-ordination, selection and entry of senior teams for any of the Senior Championships such as the National Track & Field League, as well as communicating and responding to queries in relation to such events.

Email Fiona here

Joe Halwax

Senior Men's Track and Field Captain

I first joined DSD when I was just 11 years old, at a time when I had many other sports on the go like most young kids. Realising my passion for athletics, I eventually decided to focus my attention on it and I haven't looked back since.  From then to now, I have gone from the sprint hurdles to the 400m hurdles.

I was only just recently chosen as Captain for the men's track and field team and I was honoured to be given the chance.  This involves preparing, organising and helping out athletes in relation to entries and queries they have about any Senior Championships, such as the National Track and Field League. 

In recent years, the DSD men's team have done notably well in the National League, consistently qualifying for the final round.  We hope to do the same this year and are always looking for enthusiastic athletes and supporters to help us do so.

Email Joe here

Robert Corbally

Senior Men's Cross Country & Road Captain

My name is Robert Corbally and I have been a member of DSD since I was in my early teens.  During my time in the Club I have mixed it up between the mud and the flatter faster surfaces, having competed in cross country, track, mountain running and road racing.

I have been the DSD Senior Men’s Cross Country & Road Captain for the last 6 years.  This role involves coordinating the selection and entry of senior teams for championship races.  These races typically include the National Road & Cross Country Championships, Dublin Championships, along with the teams for the Novice and Intermediate Championships.  DSD has had great success in these championships over the year and I am delighted to captain these teams and always welcome new names who wish to compete for DSD teams in these championships.

Email Robert here

Meghan Ryan

Senior Women’s Cross Country & Road Captain

I have been a member of the club for the past 10 years and, having moved through the junior ranks, I now compete on the senior women’s cross country, and track and field teams.  I have been a Captain in DSD for the past 3 years.  During this time, I have worked with the club coaches to select and enter teams for the Dublin, Intermediate, Novice and National Cross Country Championships along with the National 10km and National Road Relays. 

We have achieved national success, with our junior and senior women’s teams qualifying for the European Club Championships, and we look forward to further success during the 2017 season. 

Email Meghan here

Denise O'Mahony

Masters Endurance Captain

I have been a member of DSD since I moved to Dublin and began training with the Women’s Mini Marathon group in 2009.  I progressed from there to the Adult Meet & Train Group, where I have gathered a few team medals for my efforts.

My captain’s role involves coordination of Masters (i.e. over 35) athlete entries to team endurance events e.g. National 10km, Dublin City Marathon, Masters Cross-Country, which is important to get correct so we can increase our chances of team success.

I work closely with other Club Captains to ensure that DSD athletes at all levels support each other during these events.

Email Denise here

Introducing Donal Hennigan, DSD Head Coach

Donal coaching Sophie Murphy

Donal coaching Sophie Murphy

It is an exciting time to take over as DSD Head Coach, with the Club engaged in an ambitious plan to develop a best-in-class athletics and general sporting facility as part of its grounds at St Thomas's.

I joined DSD AC in 1976 when I was but a young chap.  My interest in and love of athletics developed from there under the guidance of the ever present Eddie and Liz McDonagh. 

A lot has changed over those years but the one constant throughout has been the commitment to a coaching philosophy centred on the long term development of the young athletes in the Club’s care.  Of course we want our athletes to be successful, but most of all we want our athletes to enjoy their sport and to stay involved in it as they move through the teenage years and into adulthood.

The benefits that can be enjoyed as an adult athlete are in evidence at every training session through the Club's vibrant Meet & Train Group

During my tenure as Head Coach I hope to carry on the great work of recently-retired Head Coach Lucy Moore with a continued focus on developing all disciplines within the club and to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our athletes young and old(er). 

Of course the athletics objectives of the Club are dependent on the continuing commitment of our many volunteer Coaches, Coach assistants and all the other committed volunteers who work tirelessly to make it possible for our/your kids to run, jump and throw with DSD AC.

I look forward to working with all of you over the coming years.

 

"A coaching philosophy centred on the long term development of the young athletes in the Club’s care"

 

"Committed volunteers who work tirelessly to make it possible for our/your kids to run, jump & throw with DSD."

Recent DSD sporting highlights

Shane Sheridan wins silver for Ireland in Daegu, South Korea

The DSD Champion asked our coaches what they felt were the performance highlights from the last couple of months.  Here’s what they came up with:

Seniors and Masters

Performance of the year must go to Síofra Cléirigh Büttner, who won two major awards in the American Collegiate scene, being elected ‘Athlete of the Year’ in the Mid-Atlantic Division, following on her ‘Athlete of the Meeting’ while competing for Villanova University at the Penn Relays.

It is never a guarantee that a child prodigy like Síofra, who was unbeaten in Irish Schools competitions for six years whilst coached at DSD, will maintain improvement upon moving into the senior area – so good luck, Síofra – the Olympics beckon!

The girls are lording it at the moment with Sophie Murphy, now heading Stateside to Iona College, retaining her unbeaten record in cross-country (U20).  

Jodie McCann gave a prodigious display lately in Belgium, with a 4:22 in 1500m, ranking her 9th in the world at U17 level.

Congratulations to our three athletes, who were selected to represent Ireland in the European Team Championship in Vaasa, Finland; Sinéad Denny in the 400m, after a good win in Geneva (53:54); Sean Roth in the Pole Vault; and Sarah McKeever in the Pole Vault.  The team performed very well retaining their place in division 2. 

Laura Shaughnessy has been demonstrating top form of late on the road.  After a great 2nd place in the Women’s Mini Marathon (34:27), she has since raced an impressive victory in the 15th Irish Runner 5 Mile in the Phoenix Park (27:53) and retained her title from last year in the Dunshaughlin 10K (34:02) in difficult windy conditions. Well done Laura!

A great result came from our 14 athletes who competed at the Leinster Senior & Masters in Tullamore, bringing home no less than 23 gold and 4 silver medals.  Our Master athletes continue to win at national and international competitions and are a great example to all in the club.  A particular mention should go to Shane Sheridan who won a silver medal in the 200m in the M55 category in the World Masters Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea in March.   A superb achievement!

Courtesy of Eddie McDonagh


Juvenile

Amongst our younger athletes, Claudia Moran (U14) achieved a silver medal in the National Combined Events Championships in Santry at the end of May.  On a miserable day with the competition delayed for nearly 3 hours due to torrential rain Claudia was in 3rd place on the scoreboard going into her final event (800m), with just a 100-point difference between her and the 4th place athlete.  The fear was that the 4th place girl, who was expected to win the 800m, would knock Claudia out of 3rd.  Claudia, however, showed incredible determination during the 800m knocking 5 seconds off her previous PB, and reckoned she had given her best to hold onto 3rd place, but was stunned when she actually achieved 2nd place in the final result.

Claudia more recently topped the Dublin Track & Field League, together with 1st place in the 75m Hurdles and High Jump, and a bronze in the Shot Putt during the recent Dublin Track & Field Championships. Well done Claudia!

Check out the report on the in the News section of this website
 
Eva O’Donohoe (U16) achieved her first individual Dublin Track & Field medal in the Javelin with a winning throw and new PB of 22.18m.  Talent obviously runs in the family, as her younger sister, Ella (U14), came 3rd in the 1500m to achieve her first individual Dublin Track & Field medal.
 
While we have many rising stars in the club, two U10 boys, Cian Dunphy and Mathew McCarthy, are showing great athletic talent.  Winning most of their events in the Dublin Track & Field Leagues, both boys were in the top six over the 4 league meets.  Unfortunately, they were unavailable to take part in the Dublin (U9 - U11) Team Championships.  But watch this space!

Courtesy of Damien Moran, Juvenile Coach

 

DSD's Síofra Cléirigh Büttner was elected ‘Athlete of the Year’ in the USA Mid-Atlantic Division, following on her ‘Athlete of the Meeting’ while competing for Villanova University at the Penn Relays (University of Pennsylvania).

 

Claudia Moran (U14) achieved a silver medal in the National Combined Events Championships in Santry at the end of May.