Cross Country Cross Country Cross Country!!!
Welcome back everyone to the autumn/winter season and to cross country season. The Indoor Championships will be around the corner in January, but for now it is all steam ahead for cross country season. This season will be particularly exciting as we will be celebrating the 50th Rás na hÉireann in February 2019. We are going to put a lot of effort into the preparations for this event, with training and organsiation. Anybody who has had any connection with Rás na hÉireann over the years will be invited to support and seek support for the event to make it the best yet! Watch this space!
National Senior Track & Field Championships
Well done to Garry Campbell and Nicola Welsh on representing Dunleer AC at the National senior Championships in Santry in the 1500m. Garry had a particularly good run with 6th place in the final, while Nicola also ran very well but was unfortunate not to make the final on this occasion.
National Juvenile Championships
Karlis competed for Dunleer AC in the National Juvenile Championships and pulled off a remarkable feat with 3 National titles in throwing events. Karlis competed in the shot putt first of all and secured the gold with a putt of 14.86m under 14 and followed that up with a very impressive 55.63m in the javelin. Karlis and his dad and coach Santis were absolutely thrilled with the result and in particular the fact that he achieved a National record in the javelin. The following weekend Karlis achieved the unimagineable with a third gold medal, this time in the discus. Karlis has been working hard at training all year and Dunleer AC Chairperson Jacqueline Matthews is very proud of him as are all of the committee members.
Dunleer AC hosted an Athletics Ireland Summer Camp, from July 9th to July 13th. The camp ran from Monday to Friday 10 am -
The annual Dunleer AC 4 Mile Road Race was held in Dunleer on Sunday July 15th at 3pm. The race honoured the memories of two Dunleer AC Clubmen, Ollie Brennan and Seán Carrie, who sadly passed on some years ago, but whose families remain committed to Dunleer AC with their children and grandchildren competing for the Club. The race provided an opportunity to local people to come out and run/jog and walk together around the 4 Mile loop, but there was also the serious end with Club runners from all over the country competing for honours and in particular attempting to smash the course records, held by Tomás Cotter and Fiona Roche.
A nice sprinkling of rain was very welcome at the Dunleer AC 4 Mile road race on Sunday 15th July, an event which remembers Ollie Brennan and Seán Carrie, two great Clubmen who have passed away in recent years, but whose families continue the great tradition of athletics.
The men's race was won in 21.37 by Rathfarnham athlete Paul Fleming, with Turlough Conway in second place in 21.44, and Michael Fox of Armagh AC in third in 21.53.
The ladies race had a famous face and winner in Catherina Mc Kiernan, a great supporter of the race over the years and of course winner of Rás na hÉireann and world silvers at cross country. Catherina romped home in 22.45, with Karen Costello of Dunleer AC running a great race once again and finishing second in 23.59. Ilona Mc Elroy was third in 24.28.
The Club was delighted to win both the men's and women's cups for first place in the Club team competition.
Happy Easter Everyone! Dunleer AC held their AGM in March 2018 and the committee was elected, with Jacqueline Matthews elected as Chairwoman. Details here
Child Welfare Safeguarding Statement
Registration for the new athletics year is now overdue. Please print and download a form and put your form and money in an envelope, and bring the envelope to the next training session.
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Find the Registration Form here
Adult Training Group News
We hosted a new member/registration night for adults on Thursday January the 11th at 7.30pm at our track in Dunleer. This is suitable for ALL levels of athletes, including complete beginners. We cater for all abilities and we have coaches there to guide and advise.
In March 2018, Naomh Mairtin GFC asked for our assistance with a Wellness group aiming to run 4 miles by July 15th -
Rás na hÉireann 2018
Results and Report here
January News 2017
Happy New Year to all!
2016 was a fantastic year for the Club. The final month of December was a special one with
Karen Costello capturing both the Louth senior ladies and masters ladies titles at cross country and finishing 12th in the National Ladies Novice event, and Erinn Leavy rounding things off with a National title under 11 in Dundalk at the National cross country championships. Tiernán Rowley led the under 13 boys to National team bronze also. Truly a great end to a great year.
Jack Mc Cullough's nomination for Drogheda Independent Sports Star of the Year culminates on January 28th when the votes are counted so buy the Drogheda Independent and get voting!
Our next big event on Sunday February 5th is the Larry Mc Guill Rás nahÉireann which Dunleer AC will host at Oldbridge,Drogheda, the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
After that we will be engaged in Indoor Championships, with Road Races and Track and Field all part of our year round schedule. Training recommences in Dunleer for Juveniles on Tuesday January 10th, with training for older juveniles and seniors on Wednesday 11th January at the Lourdes stadium in Drogheda and Fit4Life training on Thursday 12th January in Dunleer.
Registration for 2017
National Cross Country Championships
What a super ending to 2016 at the National Juvenile Cross Country Championships with Erinn Leavy winning the girls under 11 in fine style and Tiernán Rowley earning an individual medal and leading his team to team bronze.
AAI Report here
Congratulations to Liam Connaughton and Garry Campbell, All Ireland Schools Champions 2016 in Javelin and 800m respectively.
Big well done also to National Clubs Champions Liam Connaughton and Karlis Kaugars in the javelin and to Aeyla Orr Bronze in the National Championships in the long jump
Congrats to Tailteann Games Winners Liam Connaughton in the javelin and Emma Cheshire in the 4x300m relay
International Schools Winner ....Liam Connaughton!
European Championships .....Tomás Cotter, representing Ireland in the 3km steeplechase
Lots of Fantastic Results and Performances over the Summer
National Results on www.athleticsireland.ie
Amazing Tomás Cotter
Senior athlete Tomás Cotter broke the magic 4 minute barrier for 1 mile at the Morton Games in Santry in 2015. Tomás went on to emphatically win the National Senior Men's 3000 metre steeple chase, also in Santry. While home this Christmas Tomás ran the fastest 3,000m of his life in Athlone IT, winning in 8.06.13. He is training hard to qualify for the Olympics in Rio and the European Championships. Anyone who would like to support Tomás can go to www.gofundme.com
Our juveniles competed in a broad range of events throughout 2015, winning many medals and titles at County, Provincial and International level. Dunleer AC was crowned Louth Juvenile Cross Country Club of the Year.
Liam Connaughton represented Ireland in the Celtic Schools International, competing in the javelin event.
Darragh Greene was crowned Louth Senior Cross Country Men's Champion 2015 and Karen Costello was awarded the silver medal in the Ladies senior race.
Nicola Welsh was nominated as Louth's senior award winner at the Athletics Leinster Star Awards.
Keiron Kelly won the Gael Force ultra event.
Other results on our results page.
See some of our young stars below:
Leinster Cross Country Champion Kian Leavy! Well done to all who competed in the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Moyvalley. Kian had a brilliant victory under 14, with Peter Meegan 5th. Erinn Leavy won the under 10 non Championship race, with Lucy Sheridan 7th. Tiernán Rowley was a brilliant 2nd in the under 12 boys race, with Patrick Farrell 12th and the boys under 12 finished top Club team and were part of the victorious County squad. Theresa Russell finished in the top 12 under 14, as did Jack Boylan and Diarmuid Mc Keown under 18. Danny O Brien and Conor Matthews helped Louth to 4th under 16 boys and all qualified for the National Championships.
US based Dunleer AC senior Tomás Cotter was Dunleer AC's star turn at the National Senior Championships, winning his second Track & Field National title. Tomás recently made the news with a fantastic sub 4 minute mile in the Morton Games and was competing again in Santry on Sunday 9th August, this time in the 3000m Steeple Chase, billed as the distance race of the Championships. Tomás had an emphatic win, leaving all opponents trailing in his wake.
Dunleer AC had one of its most successful summers ever, with Tomás at the top of his game at senior National level, Liam Connaughton winning National Club and Schools titles as well as an International Schools' silver in the javelin event under 16, as well as numerous successes at National juvenile championships, at National B Championships, Community Games, Provincial and County Championships, and also road racing success for Darragh Greene with his consistent wins at 5km. The summer camp was a huge success also and the Club continues to develop and evolve.
Middle Distance Heroics
In early July, Irish International and Dunleer AC athlete Tomás Cotter won the Men's 1500meters in the British Milers Club in Watford, London in an amazing 3:43. This was a PB for Tomás and a fantastic performance on the track. At Morton Stadium a week later, Tomás ran a life time best for 800m in 1.50 and then on July 12th Tomás won the Dunleer 4 Mile road race in a new course record 19.31. Tomás will run in the Morton Mile élite International on Thursday July 24th, hoping to be one of the few Irish men to run sub4 minutes for a mile. Thanks to Tomás and Garry Campbell who were at the July summer camp helping out with the sessions and enjoying the fun and games! Garry Campbell and Diarmuid Mc Keown have both been invited to run in the junior mile race. Thomas Barr will also be in action!
National Juvenile Track and Field B Championships
A huge well done to all of the Dunleer AC juvenile athletes who competed in Tullamore on Saturday last in the National B Championships. Five silver medals in total were won by the team, with silver for Grace Fitzpatrick in the 600m under 13, silver for Ciara Reilly in the 800m under 15, a super two silver medals for Ciara Matthews in the high jump and the shot putt under 15, and in the boys' events there was a great silver medal for Odhran Rowley in the shot putt under 14.
European Youth Paralympic Games
Well done Conor McBride, 3rd in the 200m at the European Youth Paralympic Games (Croatia).
Parents, check the Dunleer AC Facebook page for more details on upcoming events.
Larry Mc Guill Rás na hÉireann
A brilliant day was had by all at the Rás na hÉireann in Oldbridge. Thanks goes to sponsors Coca Cola and to the OPW as well as all athletes, stewards and supporters who made this a great day for everyone.
Special thanks to the Mc Guill family, the Floyd family and the Duffin family for presenting their memorial cups. Rás Results: