Newsflash April 2014
Happy Easter everyone! We will be taking a 2 week break from training at Scoil Uí Mhuirí and the track in Dunleer on Tuesday nights for Easter.
Well done to all the juveniles who competed in the Louth Sports on April 12th and to the men's and ladies' teams who were 3rd and 2nd respectively in the the Patsy Kelly 5km. Well done to Karen Costello and Nicola Welsh on comfortably breaking 20 minutes!
All in Dunleer AC wish Tomás Cotter well as he soon embarks on a National warm weather training camp in California in preparation for the track and field season. Tomás was nominated for the Sports star of the year competition for 2013 and is looking forward to getting some fast times in 2014.
Congratulations to Darragh Greene on winning the Dundalk 10k in a time of 31.10. Brilliant stuff.
Congrats Oisín Cheshire on second place in the Great Ireland Run -
Dunleer AC had a good outing to the Dunboyne 4 Mile Road Race on Sunday last with the Dunleer AC ladies finishing 3rd in the team competition, led home by Karen Costello in 26.37, with Áine Cotter, Aileen Carrie, Jacqueline Matthews, Orla Faulkner and Audrey Murray making up the team. The ladies scored 143 points to put them 3rd behind first placed Donore Harriers Dublin on 100 points and 2nd placed Tallaght AC on 141 points...
Team gold for boys under 13 at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Development Cross Country in Dunboyne.
National Indoor Senior Championships 2014
Dunleer AC had a great weekend at the National Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone. On the eve of the Rás, there was a breakthrough run by 16 year old Garry Campbell (Dunleer AC) who ran a new PB of 1.55 in the senior men's 800m. Garry progressed to the finals on Sunday finishing 6th. On Sunday Darragh Greene earned himself a National bronze medal in the 1500m, in 3.54 having won his heat the day before. Brilliant running by both guys and Dunleer AC is very proud of their performances.
Armagh International Road Race
Juveniles and ladies shine for Dunleer AC at the famous Armagh International Road Race, bringing another Week of Sport and Culture to a close.
Report and Results here
Coca Cola Rás na hÉireann 2014
There was Polish dominance in the senior men's 6km Coca Cola Rás na hÉireann on Sunday 16th February as Krzysztof Zebrowski who flew in from Warsaw on Saturday finished in first place in 18.40, with his compatriot Marek Skorupa in second place in 19.07, well ahead of first Irish finisher Conor Duffy from Glaslough Harriers in 19.47. In the juvenile section, Dunleer AC showed both individual talent and team work at the Coca Cola Rás na hÉireann 2014. The juvenile programme had a golden start with the host Club Dunleer AC providing the winners of the first three races, with Erinn Leavy winning the girls under 9, Matthew Fitzpatrick winning the boys under 9 and Grace Fitzpatrick winning the girls under 11. The boys under 13 had a Dunleer AC winner in Kian Leavy, while in the boys under 15, Dunleer AC winner, the unstoppable Jack Mc Cullough ran to a clear victory......More news here
Once again we remembered the great contribution of Larry Mc Guill to Rás na hÉireann. Larry was the driving force behind the Rás for 40 years, bringing International athletes to the event and securing sponsorship from Coca Cola. We are delighted that Coca Cola were on board once again in 2014 supporting this sporting initiative. Larry pictured below with Kenyan athletes Leonard Mucheru and Charles Kamathi and Siobhan Woods from Coca Cola. (Rás 2000)
Au revoir Oisín agus Fionn
We said goodbye to two of our juvenile boys last week as they set off on an adventure in Australia for a year. Best of luck Oisín and Fionn, have a great time, keep training and we hope to see you again soon.
National Masters Award
Congratulations to Geraldine Finegan who has won a National Masters Award from AAI, the highest honour in Ireland from the Association and a first for Dunleer AC. Geraldine will be presented with her award on Wednesday in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Dublin.
Well done to Dunleer AC athlete Aonghus Rooney who ran a brilliant 2:50:51 on Sunday 20th Oct in the Chicago marathon! Great running Aonghus.
Dunleer AC Travel to the US and come home with 7 individual medals!
The 7th Ocean State Cross Country Invitational Cross Country event took place last weekend at Goddard Park, Warwick, Rhode Island and the Dunleer AC 19 man team came home with a record 7 individual medals. See Report
Sophomore Carl Dunne set a new Abbey Course record, shattering the previous time as he completed the 8K course in 25:37, for a career second-
"I'm really happy, I still can't really believe that it's happened," said Dunne. "I was thinking last night about how it would be really cool if I could win at home in front of everybody, but I didn't really think it would come true. The support today was great. All of the students, friends, and family that came out was amazing. You could just hear people shouting all around the course, and it was really something special. Coming down the finish was definitely a moment I will never forget."
Training times have changed slightly. Thursday session moves to Sunday. Tuesdays remain the same however. See details on training page.