Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships 2018 Entries Deadline – Tuesday 23rd January.

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The Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships will be held on the following days:

(Click each day for relevant timetable)

  • Day 1 Friday - 2nd February (Even Age Relays & Girls Shot Putt)
  • Day 2 Friday - 9th February (Uneven Age Relays & some field events – see timetable)
  • Day 3 Saturday - 10th February (Days 3 & 4 on the same document)    
  • Day 4 Sunday - 11th February                 

We are now accepting individual entries, which must be submitted by Tuesday 23rd January.  Please print the entry form (Click for form), complete as apparent and return it to your coach or email it to dsdindoorentries@gmail.com. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Entry forms must be completed in full or they will not be accepted.  Also, entries received after Tuesday 23rd January will not be accepted.

The Dublin Indoor Championships are the qualifying rounds for the National Indoor Championships from U12 up wards.  U9, U10 and U11 are Dublin only events.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS:  Like all Dublin Athletic events the Dublin Athletics Board require each club to put forward volunteers to help officiate each day.  For this reason, a parent of each athlete will be required to give at least one hour of their time to officiate at these Championships.  Unless we provide officials we run the risk of our athletes being excluded from the competition.  Please include your name, email and preferred day on the form. 


Dublin Indoor Championships – Relay Trials Irishtown 13/01/18 12pm


Please note the Dublin Indoor Championships Relay competition is taking place on Friday 2nd February (Even Age) and 9th February (Uneven Age) 6.30pm to 9.30pm. 

Relay trials for age groups from U10 (born 2009) to U15 (born 2004) will be held this Saturday 13th January in Irishtown from 12pm to 1pm.  All members are welcome and encouraged to try out for a team.  The trials are a guide for coaches to select competitive teams for each age group.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Only athletes who turn up for the trial will be considered for a relay team.  If an athlete genuinely can’t attend the trials, they must advise their coach in advance of Saturday, alternatively email

Athletes hoping to make 4 x 200 relay teams in ages U.16 to U.19 please attend training in Irishtown on Sunday at 11 am. (Liz)





We're delighted to announce our popular Couch to 5k programme starts on Tuesday 16th January in BCS.



Who is this for?  This programme is aimed at first time runners or those who have not run in quite some time. In other words although it is definitely a challenge it is designed to be achievable for all. The fun and support of training with a group is really motivating.

When and where? The sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm. We meet in Ballinteer Community School for a warm up and then we head out around the area on our walk/run programme. We will start with 20 minutes of walking/jogging and build up to running for 5k without stopping by the end of the 10 weeks.

What do I need to wear/bring? Gear you can move comfortably in and a bottle of water. Layers are best so you don’t get too hot/cold during the session. A high viz top/vest is compulsory to keep everyone safe and seen when out running.

How do I sign up? You register as a member of the Meet and Train Group (choose the option of 2 Volunteering Days which will cost €70.) This cost covers both the Couch to 5K programme and gives you membership of our very friendly Meet and Train Group until September. We are always delighted when people progress on to the main group after completing the Couch to 5K programme. (Note: We only ask people who join the main group for 1 volunteering day for 2018).

What next? Once you have registered please email Edel at dsdcouchto5k@gmail.com to say you are all signed up and ready for our first session on Tuesday 16th January!

Any other questions? Feel free to email Edel at dsdcouchto5k@gmail.com





Training details are as follows:

  • Training in Irishtown will re-commence on Saturday 6th January.
  • Training in BCS will re-commence on Tuesday 9th January.

There is training for the following groups over the holidays:

  • Donal & Eddie's Group will be training in Marlay Park on Wed 27th, Thurs 28th, Sat 30th at 11 am,  Sun 31st at 10.30 am. Tues 2nd  & Thurs 4th at 10.30 am.
  • Liz's Group will be training in Marlay Thurs 28th, Sat 30th, Sun 31st, Tues 2nd at 11 am. Training in Belfield on 3rd January to be confirmed. Thurs 4th at 11 am in Marlay. 
  • David Bradshaw's Group will be training in Marlay Park Sat 30th at 11 am,  Sun 31st at 11 am. Tues 2nd  & Thurs 4th at 10.30 am.  
  • No evening training for any Groups until Tuesday 9th.

Jack Takes National Novice C.C. Title!

D.S.D athletes came home laden with medals from the National Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, in Waterford I.T.  It was a golden moment for Jack MacGabhann, who returned from his studies in Holland to win his first individual gold medal at senior level, when he crossed the line in first place in the National Novice Championships.  Jack did not have it all his own way for most of the 6,000m course of clinging deep mud, as D.S.D., club mate Paul O’Donnell, shared the race lead all the way to the last 400m, when Jack put in a great surge to the finish line.  Paul secured a terrific 2nd place for a great 1st/2nd for D.S.D.  With four to count for team success Ruadhán O’Gráda 35th and Mark Molloy 38th ensured a golden harvest for D.S.D.  They were well supported by Diarmuid Meldon.

Earlier in the day Niamh Carey seemed to glide over the muddy ground as she was closely pressed by Shauna Doellken, Kenmare A.C.  Once again Niamh showed her class as she forged clear over the last 300m to the finish line.  This was an astonishing performance from an 18 year old, who is also on the Irish U17/U20 hockey teams.  Niamh fired shots over the heads of those whose first love is cross-country, as the sky is the limit if she concentrated solely on athletics.  D.S.D., were the dominant force in the team competition again winning gold, with Grace Dervan supporting Niamh in 9th place, Roseanne McCullough 19th; Aisling King 23rd and Lucy McCann 25th.

Gold seems to be the preferred colour for D.S.D. athletes these days as Alex Flynn and Morgan Clarkson were members of the winning Dublin U.15 team.

Saoirse O’Brien finished a great 9th place (running out of her age group) in the U.15 Girls race with Eimear Maher (suffering from a chest infection) in 12th; Éabha Nally 47th; Amelia Hauer 71st; Aimee Kenna 81st; Sophie Burns 90th and Emily Bradshaw 97th,  resulting in bronze medals for D.S.D.

Jamie Byrne dug in for 9th place (U.13 Boys) in the biggest field of the day, with 164 finishers.

Well done to all!


Uneven Age All Ireland Cross Country Championship – Waterford IT Sunday 17th December 2017


Click here for the list of juvenile DSD Teams and individuals competing in the National Uneven Age Cross-Country Championship this Sunday 17th December, 2017, which are held at Waterford IT, Carriganore, Co. Waterford.  Click here for the Race Timtable.  The first race starts at 11.30am, all athletes should be on course at least 1 hour and 15 minutes before their scheduled race.  Please note race times are subject to change.  When you arrive at the course, check-in at the DSD tent to receive your number.  Club Singlets must be worn.


Best of luck to all competing!

Great Run by Sophie in Slovakia!


Sophie Murphy (D.S.D/Iona College) ran a brilliant race in the Junior Women (U.20)  European Cross Country at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.   Sophie was in the lead group from the start and fought courageously all the way to the finish line, for a top ten finish.  Her 10th placing was far in advance of her previous 54th and 38th positions.  Sophie can now look forward to a Christmas break at home, and we look forward to seeing her back at training in Marlay Park.   Well done also to Jodie McCann 34th, and Bethanie Murray 38th U.23 race.


Indoor Results

The Indoor athletics season got under way in America and D.S.D. athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Villanova) was on the score sheet.  Siofra ran her first race over 3,000m and finished a brilliant 3rd, at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, recording a time of 9.37.48 (PB).

Meanwhile at home 17 year old Abbie Taylor ran an outstanding 9.36.02 (3,000m) at Abbotstown Indoor Arena.  This is 20 seconds faster than she ran last year, to finish 2nd in the Senior race to Amy O’Donoghue.

Well done to both!


Weekend Results

D.S.D., were in action at many venues over the weekend, which yielded very  positive results for the club.

Maria McCambridge had a great victory on Saturday at the Waterford Half Marathon in 77.45.  The friendly rivalry with husband, Gary Crossan, finishing behind Maria in 37th place in 78.12, will continue on another day!

A big breakthrough for Mark Molloy saw him with his first championship gold, with victory in Tymon Park at the Dublin Intermediate Championships.  Leading from the gun, Mark forged further and further ahead as the race developed, and his margin of victory was 22 seconds from Michael McCarthy of Liffey Valley.  Diarmuid Meldon also had a good race in 19th place followed by Paul MacGabhann in 58th position.

Morgan Clarkson was in action for his school, Coláiste Eoin, in the C.B.S. Championships in A.L.S.A.A on Saturday over 1500m, beating the national 800m champion from St. Josephs Drogheda, in a pulsating sprint to the line.  This was Morgan’s first national gold medal, as he finished 3rd at Nationals last year.  Alex Flynn also had his best race to date finishing 2nd in the Intermediate boys race (3,000m).  Alex is only 14 years of age and he and Morgan will race together with the D.S.D. U.15 in the National Cross Country Championships in Waterford on the 17th December.  Peter Duffy returned from injury to pick up silver in the U.16 4,000m competition.

Well done to all!

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Cross-Country League 3 – Tymon Park, Sunday 3rd December. Maps & Race Timetable.


Again, we’d like to encourage all our Juvenile athletes to take part in the Cross-Country League.  The Leagues are open to all registered athletes from U9 up.  League 3 will be held in the Tymon Park Sunday, 3rd December, 2017, first race at 11am.  If you didn’t take part in League 1 or 2, you're still welcome to take part in League 3.  

·         No need to register before, just turn up on the day register and get your number at the DSD tent. 

·         Please be there an hour before to allow registration and warm up.

·         Club Singlet must be worn. (Please note singlets will not be on sale at this event.)

·         Be prepared for all types of weather.

·         Bring food and drink as delays can happen.

Parents please note, each club is required to provide help at these events.  The coaches are not in a position to officiate as the athletes need to be coached.  For this reason we look to you to help officiate, if asked please be kind enough to make yourself available. Your co-operation will be much appreciated.

Pedestrian route from the car park to the XC course.

Race Timetable (times are approximate, athletes should be there at least 1 hour before).

Course Map.

National Senior and Juvenile Cross Country Championships

The largest contingent of D.S.D., athletes for a long time, turned up at Abbotstown for the National Cross Country Championships on Sunday, and reaped a harvest of medals.

Joe Sweeney and Maria McCambridge, the most senior members of the teams, led D.S.D., to bronze and silver medals in top class men’s 10,000m and women’s 8,000m events.  Joe was making an incredible return to racing after more than a three year break from competition and looked like his old self (4th place finisher at European Cross Country), as he charged to the lead after two laps.  Due to his lack of racing, the early pace caught up on him, and he finished a gallant 7th.  He was followed home by Killian Mooney 20th; John Eves 25th; and Robert Corbally 26th, to ensure a place on the podium behind Raheny Shamrocks and Kilkenny City Harriers.

Maria McCambridge mixed it with the leaders in the Senior Women’s race finishing in 9th place, and was well supported by Linda Byrne 11th; Bethanie Murray 12th; Fiona Clinton 14th; Meghan Ryan 20th; Sarah Mulligan 21st and Niamh Devlin 30th, for a 2nd place team finish.  Bethanie had the added bonus of being the first U.23 and was duly selected to lead this age group at the Europeans.

Jodie McCann led the D.S.D. Junior (u20) team to 1st and their 17th successful title. The team now qualifies for the European Clubs Cross Country finals in March 2018.  Jodie will also qualify for the European Cross Country Championships in December.   Niamh Carey just missed out selection finishing 7th, followed home by Abbie Taylor; Grace Dervan; Roseanne McCullough and Sadhbh O’Loan.

The Junior Men (U.20) saw Paul O’Donnell and Luke McCann prominent from the gun in the largest field of the day, finishing 8th and 10th respectively, just behind the lead group.

It was great satisfaction for D.S.D., to again, claim medals in Junior and Senior categories.

In the Juvenile Cross Country Championships Eimear Maher won a phenomenal silver medal in the U.16 girls race 3,000m, as she moved up an age group and will now look forward to her own category in December. 

The U.16 girls team finished 2nd; and U.14 girls 3rd.


Senior Men:   Joe Sweeney 7th; Killian Mooney 20th; John Eves 25th; Robert Corbally 26th.    TEAM 3rd          

 (32nd Patrick MacGabhann; 34th Jack MacGabhann; 50th Mark Molloy)

 Senior Women:  Maria McCambridge 9th; Linda Byrne 11th; Bethanie Murray 12

 Fiona Clinton 14th.    TEAM 2nd

 (Meghan Ryan 20th; Sarah Mulligan 21st; Niamh Devlin 30th)

Junior Men:         Paul O’Donnell 7th; Luke McCann 8th;  Ruadhan O’Gráda 25th; Christian McKenna 32nd;   TEAM 2nd     

(Aaron Donnelly 45th; Conor Halpin 53; Luke MacGabhann 57; Brian Maguire   93rd; Ben Jones 115; James Lenehan 117; Liam Blackburn 119; Ross Mossop 135)

Junior Women:   Jodie McCann 3rd; Niamh Carey 9th; Abigail Taylor 16th;

Grace Dervan 17th.  TEAM 1st

(Roseanne McCullough 49th; Sadhbh O’Loan)

U.16 Girls Team 5th:  Eimear Maher 2nd;  Faye Dervan;  Eabha Nally;

Corinne Kenny; Sophie Burns; Emily Bradshaw

U.14 Girls Team 3rd:  Saoirse O’Brien ; Christine Horan; Isabelle Tompkin Beddy;                           Ella O’Donohoe ; Ciara Kelly; Amelia Hauer       

 U.12 Girls:                    Grace Prenter 23rd

U.16 Boys:                     Adam Harvey 58th; Morgan Clarkson 59th

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Cross-Country League 1 & 2 Results. League 3 – Tymon Park 3rd December, 2017


Click here for League 1 & 2 Results. 

Again, we’d like to encourage all our Juvenile athletes to take part in the Cross-Country League.  The Leagues are open to all registered athletes from U9 up.  League 3 will be held in the Tymon Park Sunday, 3rd December, 2017 at 11am.  If you didn’t take part in League 1 or 2, you're still welcome to take part in League 3.  

·         No need to register before, just turn up on the day register and get your number at the DSD tent. 

·         Please be there an hour before to allow registration and warm up.

·         Club Singlet must be worn.

·         Be prepared for all types of weather.

·         Bring food and drink as delays can happen.

Parents please note, each club is required to provide help at these events.  The coaches are not in a position to officiate as the athletes need to be coached.  For this reason we look to you to help officiate, if asked please be kind enough to make yourself available. Your co-operation will be much appreciated.

Course Maps will be posted later in the week, once received from the Dublin Athletics Board.


This Sunday the biggest event on the cross country calendar takes place in Abbotstown. The National Cross Country Championships is the place where every top distance athlete from across the country comes to try claim the title of National Cross Country Champion and every club team fights for the team title.  

DSD has had a great history at these events including on 2 occasions where we managed to sweep up all 4 team titles.  This year we have great strength in depth with complete teams across both Junior and Senior.  These races also serves as a selection for the European Championships in December and for the European clubs competition in February so there is a lot up for grabs for these teams. 

Bring your wellies, coats, scarves and gloves and come out to support our Senior and Junior club athletes as they battle with the best in the country to be able to take those National titles home to DSD once more!!!

The action kicks off with the Junior women at 1pm in Abootstown

Senior Women

  • Meghan Ryan
  • Maria McCambridge
  • Sarah Mulligan
  • Fiona Clinton
  • Bethanie Murray
  • Linda Byrne
  • Niamh Devlin

Senior Men

  • Joe Sweeney
  • Robert Corbally
  • Patrick MacGabhann
  • Jack MacGabhann
  • Mark Molloy
  • Killian Mooney
  • Matt Bergin
  • John Eves
  • Sam Knee-Robinson

Junior Women

  • Abbi Taylor
  • Grace Dervan
  • Roseanne McCollough
  • Sadhbh O'Loan
  • Jodi McCann
  • Niamh Carey
  • Lucy McCann
  • Aisling King

Junior Men

  • Paul O'Donnell
  • Luke McCann
  • Christian McKenna
  • Ruadhann O'Grada
  • Conor Halpin
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Luke MacGabhann
  • Roly Mossop
  • Ross O'Toole
  • Nathan Doyle

National Juvenile & Senior Even Age Cross-Country Championships – Abbotstown Sunday 26th November

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Below is the list of the juvenile DSD teams and individuals competing in the National Even Age Cross-Country Championships this Sunday, 26th November, 2017.  Click here for the Race Timetable.  The first race starts at 11.30am, athletes should be on the course at least 1 hour before their race.  The following are the times athletes should be on course, any queries please contact your coach.

·        U12 to U14 should be on course at 10.30am

·        U16 should be on course at 11.15am

·        U18 should be on course at 11.50am


When you arrive at the course, check-in at the DSD tent to receive your number.  Please remember you must wear your DSD Singlet.

 Best of luck to all competing!


U14 Girls

Soairse O’Brien

Ella O’Donohoe

Christine Horan (Dublin Team)

Isabella Thomkin Beddy (Dublin Team)

Niamh Doyle

Ciara Kelly


U16 Girls

Eimear Maher (Dublin Team)

Corine Kenny (Dublin Team)

Eabha Nally

Faye Dervan

Sophie Burns

Emily Bradshaw


U18 Girls

Jodie McCann

Abbie Taylor (Dublin Team)

Grace Dervan (Dublin Team)

Roseanne McCollugh (Dublin Team)

Sadbh O’Loan (Dublin Team)


U18 Boys

Aaron Donnelly (Dublin Team)

James Lenehan (Dublin Team)

Brian Maguire (Dublin Team)

Liam Blackburn (Dublin Team)

Ben Jones

William Kinsella


Representing Dublin individually

U12 Girls

Grace Prenter (Dublin Team)

Georgia O’Keeffe (Dublin Team)


U14 Boys

Jamie Byrne (Dublin Team)


U16 Boys

Morgan Clarkson (Dublin Team)

Adam Harvey (Dublin Team)

Contract Position at WMM


The Women's Minimarathon has an opening for a part-time Office Assistant based in its offices Sandyford Office Park for a 6 month temporary contract from 4th Dec 2017 to 3rd June 2018.

Reporting  to: Office Manager

Hours : 20 hrs p/wk including some afternoons in busy periods

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.     Main point of contact for charities

2.     Processing Postal entries

3.     General office duties

For further details or to send your CV, please email aisling@womensminimarathon.ie by close of business on Friday, 24th November 2017.

Abbie Sparkles in Milton Keynes!

The 2nd round of the British Cross Country Challenge took place in Milton Keynes on Saturday.  A group of 39 athletes and officials from D.S.D., used this race in their build up to the National C.C. Championships in Abbotstown in two weeks time.  It turned out to be a real challenge for D.S.D., as many British and European champions turned out to test themselves on one of the toughest courses available.

Abbie Taylor was the stand out performer for us, with a 2nd place finish in the U.17 girls 5,000m race, which was run in conjunction with the U.20.  Khahisa Mhlanga, Chelmsford A.C., (European 800m champion) set off at a blistering pace up the first hill and Abbie sat in her slipstream in 3rd/4th position for the first lap.  Sixteen year old Abbie, giving away age and experience, looked at home at this tempo and maintained contact for ¾ of the journey.  Ella McNiven, Liverpool Harriers (U.17 SIAB champion of last year) had to battle all the way to the line to beat Abbie for gold.  An incredible 4th place finish in the combined U.20 race was the reward for a jubilant Abbie, as she claimed 2nd in the U.17 race.  Niamh Carey came in a gallant 14th in this class field.  It was great to see the D.S.D colours so prominent at the finish as Grace Dervan 30th; Roseanne McCullough 45; Lucy McCann 48th; Corrine Kenny 52nd and Sadhbh O’Loan 69th supported our top two finishers.

D.S.D., also had a big contingent in the U17/20 men’s race, with Paul O’Donnell leading the team home, supported by Conor Halpin 39;  Ruadhan O’Grada 46; Aaron Donnelly 49; Roly Mossop 59; Luke MacGabhann 66; Liam Blackburn 80; James Lenehan 83; Brian Maguire 88; Ross O’Toole 113 and William Kinsella 123rd.

A great run from Alex Flynn and Morgan Clarkson ensured 10th and 11th placings in the biggest field of the day (U.15 Boys).  Both D.S.D. boys were in contention in the top ten until the last 400m, with Muhamed Ali (Ethiopian born) showed a clean pair of heels to the 150 who finished this race.  Cian O’Sullivan found the top pace a little hot, but produced a great sprint finish to come home in 27th place.

In the U.15 girls race, Eimear Maher was in the leading group from the gun, but the last hill found her out as she battled to finish in 18th place, supported by Saoirse O’Brien 24th; Faye Dervan 46th; Aimee Kenna 48th; 49th Ella O'Donohoe;  Eabha Nally 55th; Emily Bradshaw 59th; Amelia Hauer 66th; Caoimhe Ni Eachain 68th and Niamh Doyle 70th.


Well done to all!