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"No more injuries!" - 7pm 12th July 2021

DSD distance runner and physiotherapist Matt Bergin will host a seminar with his top tips to reduce your risk of injury - all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you are new to running, coming back to training after a break or a seasoned racer, you will pick up something useful from Matt. When: Monday 12th July 7pm Where: Zoom Interested? Try the DSD Member's Facebook Page or contact John Eves (jleves@gmail.com) directly to get the Zoom link.

2021 Dublin Championship T&F Results.

Parent/Athlete, Well done to all the athletes who competed in the recent 2021 Dublin T&F Championships. It was stretched over 11 competition days and thankfully DSD had a strong presence at the Championships throughout and number of great performances. So big congratulations to all athletes you did yourselves and DSD proud! Parents, I’m sure you will join me with a big thank you and congratulations to the Coaches for their unending dedication and enthusiasm in preparing all athletes to give their best performances on the day. Their work isn’t done just yet! Attached are the full results on the 11 days (Click here for Results). DSD Athletes are highlighted and those highlighted in green are the All Ireland T&F Championship qualifiers. It should be noted it is assumed all qualifiers are available to attend the All Ireland Championships which are scheduled on 7th, 8th and 14th August. If any athlete is unable to attend, they should email damiendsdac@gmial.com immediately to withdraw from their event. Withdrawals need to be notified by tomorrow (Wednesday 21st July). To date we don’t have the schedule of events for these days, and the Venue is yet to be confirmed but we will issue a notice once that information becomes available. Finally, thank you to all parents for your support over the previous year. It has been challenging in many ways but thankfully and hopefully we are past the worst of it. Most groups are taking their summer break now, except those who qualified for the All Ireland who will continue with their preparation for the National Championships. I will sign off with some other good news regarding the development of the DSD AC’s future home, the work on the new track has started and fingers crossed it will be ready by the summer of 2022. Full details can be viewed here (https://www.dsdac.com/post/dsd-dream-coming-true) On behalf of DSD I wish to thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you after the summer. Yours in sport. Damien Moran – DSD AC

2021 Vhi Women's Mini Marathon goes Virtual!

DSD Events, which owns and operates the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, made an exciting announcement on 8th March, International Women’s Day. The 2021 Women’s Mini Marathon is going virtual! The 2020 virtual experience was highly successful and, in light of the continuing pandemic and the restrictions that will inevitably remain in place for large gatherings - and the WMM is the most populated road race in Ireland - they have decided to go virtual once again. Hopefully we will see the streets of Dublin thronging with participants in the 2022 Women’s Mini Marathon! In the meantime, let’s make the 2021 Virtual Mini Marathon a success as there are so many worthy charities on the island of Ireland that depend on it for their fundraising campaigns. Here is the text of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon’s announcement: "We’re delighted to announce that we will be going virtual again for the second time, following the success of last year’s event, which saw over 20,000 women participate. The 2021 Vhi Virtual Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in September. We have some very exciting plans for the virtual event this year, and we hope you’ll be able to join us later in the year. We’ll be letting you know all the details in the coming weeks, so watch this space! The 2021 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will not go ahead on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The health and safety of our participants is always our highest priority, and it is with this in mind that we have taken this tough decision. Anyone who already has an entry for this event (rolled over from the cancellation of last year’s race), has a choice of options for their entry. Option A: Do nothing! If you wish to join us next year, your existing ticket will secure your place for the long awaited 2022 event. Simply ignore this mail and we will automatically roll it forward. Option B: Apply for a full refund. If you can't wait, we understand. To request a refund, please email us at info@vhiwomensminimarathon.ie no later than Wednesday 31st March, and we will organise the refund. Best wishes, The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon Team"

Bronze for Pappy in Santry!

Well done to our small group of athletes in action at the weekend at the National Junior and U.23 Track & Field Championships, in Santry. We had several of our athletes missing because of Leaving Cert. Patrick Tucker returned from a year away from athletics, to win bronze in the Junior 400m, putting in a great effort in the finish straight. Molly Hourihan finished 4th in the U.23 200m and 5th 400m. Cian Dunne, recovering from injury, ran a very good leg with the national 4 x 400m team, seeking qualifying time, on Saturday. He then won his heat in the 400m on Sunday, and despite a very good start in the 400m final the effort got the better of him and he ran out of steam in the finish straight dropping back to 6th position. Results: U.23 Molly Hourihan 200m 4th 25.23; 400m 5th 59.10 (57.69 H) U.20 (Junior) Shane Gevaro 9th 100m 11.15 (PB) 400m Patrick Tucker 3rd 51.20 (50.76 H) Cian Dunne 6th 52.41 (51.43 H) 50.04 (4x400m) 3k Walk Ciara Wilson Bowen 5th 17.11.47 (u.17) Molly Mullally 26.97 (PB) Heat (into strong wind U.17) Well done to all! Elizabeth McDonagh (22 June 2021)

CHECK YOUR ENTRY - Dublin Even Age Cross Country Entries

Please check your entry. Any errors or omissions should be sent to dsdjuventries@gmail.com before 9pm on Thursday 7 October 2021. Note: It is your responsibility to check your entry is included. Click here to view the entries. Final chance to enter. If you have forgotten to submit your entry, you have one final chance to enter before 9pm on Thursday 7 October 2021. Please submit your entry to dsdjuventries@gmail.com And remember to include ALL of the following information 1. Athlete Name 2. Date of Birth 3. Gender Entries received after this date WILL NOT be accepted. For full Championship details please refer to our earlier notice: https://www.dsdac.com/post/dublin-juvenile-even-age-cross-country-championships-submit-your-entry-now

CHECK YOUR ENTRY – Dublin Uneven Age XC Championships

Parents, Click the link below to view the provisional entries list for the Dublin Uneven Age Cross Country Championships. If you have not submitted your entry, please do it NOW as matter of Urgency. Entry extended time is 9pm this evening (Wednesday 20 October 2021). Full details are available on our website (see links below) and in our previous ClubForce Notice. I already submitted my entry? Please check your entry is included, if not follow the entry process set out in our previous post linked below. Link · DSD Provisional Entry List. · Entry Process found here! FINAL CHANCE TO ENTER – 9pm Wed, 20/10/21

Campus update (20 Aug 2021)

It has been a busy four weeks! The contractor came on site in mid July, and has been hard at it since. Great progress has been made stripping the soil before we dig out the track. DSD has regular meetings with the contractor to keep things humming nicely. The car park has had its initial plate testing completed and ducting and stone can now start in the next few weeks. A lot of time has been put into agreeing the details with the ESB on rerouting of cabling underground: the result will be less electricity poles on site, meaning a more open and safer place for athletics. Overall pace is good. However, it's a marathon and keeping a steady pace is key to getting this phase over the line. Tadhg Sullivan DSD Development Team

Campus update (21 Sep 2021)

Well, the weather gods have been good to us on site allowing the contractor to complete the excavation of the track. Some 36,000 cubic metres of material have been moved to provide the base for the track installation and over the last weekend the contractor started to put down the initial layer of stone. Once the stone is in place, we have the base to start installing the retaining walls that surround the track and then get going on the drainage. Elsewhere (the entrance and car park areas) the drainage works are well on their way, and the ESB diversion works are about to start (re-routing a 38Kv line under the whole site). Campus Development Team

Cross Country League 1 - Sunday 26th September, 2021

Cross Country League 1
Ballyboughal, North Co. Dublin
Sunday, 26th September, 2021 The first of the three Cross Country Leagues will take place at Ballyboughal, North Co. Dublin this Sunday, 26th September, 2021

The Leagues are open to all registered members from U9 upwards and are a great introduction to a competition event in a relaxed fun setting.

You don’t need to pre-register for the League, just turn up, look out for the DSD Flag and register with a DSD Official to receive your race number. · 1st race at 11am (note times are approximate) · Register and get your number at the DSD flag · Please be there at least an hour before you race to allow registration and warm up · Club Singlet must be worn (Please let us know if you DO NOT have a singlet) · Be prepared for all types of weather · Bring food and drink as delays can happen Please refer to the attached documents for directions, race schedule and age categories (please note charge for car park). Directions Race schedule Age categories Wishing all athletes the very best of luck! Volunteers/Officials Clubs are required to provide volunteers at all events. In order to ensure that our coaches can concentrate on their athletes we look to parents to help when required and your co-operation will be much appreciated. Please let us know if you are available ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Lusk AC who are hosting the event PARKING Please note there will be a €2 charge for parking a car at the cross country course on Sunday. There is no parking outside the site, you will be ushered in and directed to a parking location. Please have €2 in change ready to drop in the bucket inside the field (no change given). This fee will go towards the payment for the use of the private field. The field is stubble from a recent grain harvest, so wear appropriate footwear (it is not Grass). Please follow the directions of the volunteers guiding the parking. Please drive slowly while on site, the terrain is agricultural. PARENTS & ATHLETES Please arrive at the course from 9.30am onwards. Access to the centre of the course is for anyone that is called for their race only. Access is possible all around the course on foot. Please listen to the volunteers for instructions throughout the event. Respect everyone, respect the environment. Love our race and leave no trace! Thanks, Lusk AC Wishing all DSD Athletes the best of Luck! Go DSD Go! Yours in sport, Carol Healy Juvenile Head Coach carolhealydsdac@gmail.com

Cross Country League 2 Tymon Park, Tallaght Sunday, 10th October, 2021

The second of the three Juvenile Cross Country Leagues will take place at Tymon Park, Tallaght (at the Basketball Arena side of the park) this Sunday, 10th October, 2021

The Leagues are open to all registered members from U9 (born 2013) upwards and are a great introduction to a competition event in a relaxed fun setting.

You don’t need to pre-register for the League, just turn up, look out for the DSD Flag and register with a DSD Official to receive your race number. · 1st race at 11am (note times are approximate) · Register and get your number at the DSD flag · Please be there at least an hour before you race to allow registration and warm up · Club Singlet must be worn (Please let us know if you DO NOT have a singlet) · Be prepared for all types of weather · Bring food and drink as delays can happen NOTE: Please note Coaches will be on hand to warm-up athletes and will also walk the course at least 40 minutes before race start time. It is important that you be on-time as Coaches are unable to wait to start warm-up and walk the course. Please refer to the attached documents for directions, race schedule and age categories. Links: Race Map & schedule: Age categories Volunteers/Officials Clubs are required to provide volunteers at all events. In order to ensure that our coaches can concentrate on their athletes we look to parents to help when required and your co-operation will be much appreciated. Please let us know if you are available PARKING The race venue is at the Basketball Arena side of Tymon Park. However, you are asked not to park at the Arena and to please Park in official SDCC car parks as in the car park spaces at the Basketball Arena are reserved for their users and do not park along the entrance road to the Arena. League 1 Results: (and some pictures from the day) Click here to view the League 1 Results. Each athlete is awarded 10 points for finishing the race and the first 20 athletes to cross the Finish Line receive bonus points. The points are accumulated over the three League races to determine the overall winners. The top 12 scoring athletes receive a trophy/medal at the end of the League. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OUR ATHLETES! Yours in sport Carol Healy Juv. Head Coach. carolhealydsdac@gmail.com

Cross-Country League 3

Well done to our 52 young athletes who turned out in Tymon Park yesterday for League 3. Some photos below, taken at the final league races of the season, which were enjoyed by all.

D.S.D Men take Individual & Team Titles

The missing ingredient of ‘head to head’ confrontation in sport reappeared in abundance, at the National Cross Country Championships on Sunday, in Santry. A titanic battle between the competitors for places on the Irish teams for the European’s. This erupted from the gun in the Senior Men’s race, with the main protagonists forging to the front in the battle for supremacy. Favourites Hiko Tonosa (D.S.D.) and Darragh McElhinney (U.C.D) were joined by Paul O’Donnell and Emmet Jennings, both D.S.D. With 10,000m to cover it was essential to conserve energy for a good finish and yet be competitive. At half way Paul O’Donnell decided to test the opposition, as he surged to the front, followed through by Hiko and Darragh, with Emmet Jennings hanging on for dear life. It was now strictly a four man contest, with only three being guaranteed automatic qualification for the Europeans. At this stage Darragh and Hiko pushed to the front with Paul and Emmet striving to keep the gap down to manageable proportions. Darragh, recent winner of the Autumn Open, and Hiko double winner 5,000m/10,000m National Track Championships, were locked in battle, with the finish line in sight. With 300m to go Hiko’s high tempo changed to a sprint, which carried him to a great victory, and ensured he would lead the Irish team, at the European Championships in Abbotstown in December. Paul O’Donnell, who was 2nd to Hiko in the National 5,000m, finished strongly for the Bronze medal, with Emmet Jennings producing the run of his life, to finish 4th. He will be disappointed if this stellar display does not gain him selection to join his D.S.D. team mates in the green vest of Ireland for a first time, at the upcoming prestigious championships. Rounding off a magnificent team performance for D.S.D., was Matt Bergin in 15th place. Killian Mooney 39th and Robert Corbally 74th also put in fine performances. Meghan Ryan just missed out on a place in the Women’s Team, as she finished 12th in a top class race over 6,000m. Meghan was placed close to the top ten throughout the race as she battled all the way to the finish line. Emma McEvoy, a recent convert from swimming, astounded the running fraternity, with an impressive front running display to lead the Junior Women’s race, only to give way over the last 100m, for a 2nd place finish in the Junior race and taking 1st place U.18 Championships. She will qualify for Junior category for two more years. Senior Men (Team 1st) 1 Hiko Tonosa 30.32 3 Paul O’Donnell 30.47 4 Emmet Jennings 30.51 15 Matthew Bergin 31.38 39 Killian Mooney 32.30 74 Robert Corbally 33.44 Senior Women 12 Meghan Ryan 28.35; 61 Niamh Devlin 31.39 Junior Women (Team 4th) Emma McEvoy; Isabella Tomkin Beddy; Emma Goddard; Saoirse O’Brien Congratulations! Report by Eddie McDonagh Thanks to Lindie Naughton for action shots!