Sean of Sherwood (Donadea Forest 5K – July 26th by Conor Kenny) Perhaps Sean O’Byrne is the closest Sportsworld will get to having our very own Prince of the Forest. Complete with a Buccaneers beard, a tough ‘never surrender’ attitude and a clockwork running style that never loses pace, this was to be Sean’s night. A night deep in the mystical mists of an ancient and beautiful woodland on the Dublin/Kildare border. Many of us have been enchanted by the enchanted woods, lake and forest at Donadea. It’s one of those beautiful places that not many know. When they do, it’s a secret they want to keep. For children, it has to be the enchanted forest full of fairies, goblins and magic. Even us grownups were a little bewitched. It was an easy decision for a few wandering runners and racers to set off on our merry way. Ashling Byrne, a cousin to Ruth McGann, was our kindly driver. On a thunderous evening full of spectacular dark grumpy clouds, Ashling collected yours truly, Stephen Willoughby and our regular racing partner from Raheny Shamrocks, Connor Jennings. In Donadea, we were joined by Dermot Bates and emerging calmly from the woods was Sean of Sherwood and Jill. The heat was battling with the monsoon downpours. The fields, trees and woods were draped in an eerie mist. It added to the sacred nature of these spectacular woods. We gathered and warmed up and the almost spiritual mood was broken by the Ibiza dance music at the start. It was a funny contrast but it hyped up the 300 runners. An interesting mix. We tore off down a mysterious trail that seemed to descend into worlds end. It was [...]
A list of the major races with club members taking part this past week. Apologies if anyone has been left out. No results in yet but today at Leinster Novice Road Race, Gowran our senior women’s team won gold for the club and county and the men’s team took bronze. Well done All Dublin Graded 800M 8 138 Dilworth, Orna Sportsworld A.C. 2.45.12 3000M 12 (A) 177 Kilgannon, Phil Sportsworld A.C. 9.01.8H 14 (A) 182 Duffy, Paul Sportsworld A.C. 9.10.9H 4 (B) 180 Murran, Gareth Sportsworld A.C. 9.31.4H 6 (B) 189 Finlay, Gavin Sportsworld A.C. 9.48.3H Marlay Park Run 4 Gareth MURRAN 17:58 SM30-34 72.17 % M 4 First Timer! 3 12 Jean WILSON 19:09 VW35-39 78.33 % F 1 Sportsworld First Timer! 1 52 Paul CASSIDY 21:51 VM45-49 66.97 % M 51 Sportsworld PB stays at 00:21:04 5 80 Stephen WILLOUGHBY 23:18 VM45-49 62.80 % M 72 Sportsworld PB stays at 00:21:34 6 192 Tony MC GANN 27:19 VM60-64 60.28 % M 134 Sportsworld PB stays at 00:26:40 4 Mary Finn ? Tallaght 5K 5 Phil Kilgannon Sportsworld M MS 413 16:07 7 Paul Duffy Sportsworld M MS 228 16:15 9 Gareth Murran Sportsworld M MS 419 16:55 78 Lynne Merriman Sportsworld F FS 222 25:53 Limerick Runs 6M 1630 Stephen Willoughby Male 101 M45+ 8 Sportsworld 00:43:23 114 00:43:11 155 3510 Conor Kenny Male 230 M55+ 3 Sportsworld RC 00:46:20 257 00:46:14 368 1/2 Marathon 7601 Kieran Foley Male 19 M45+ 1 Sportsworld 01:23:22 20 01:23:20 20 2892 Will Greensmyth Male 64 MOPEN 24 Sportsworld 01:31:29 69 01:31:27 72 2371 Aideen Downes Female 78 F45+ 7 Sportsworld 01:49:38 470 01:48:40 458 4422 Orna Dilworth Female 20 FOPEN 12 Sportsworld Terenure 01:39:57 207 01:39:38 [...]
This time three yeas ago Packie (the only person with his own name on his singlet) who has sadly gone south to Cork, was commissioned to write a short report on the graded track and field events that happen over the summer, and answer any common questions that people might have about them. He may have thought he was getting paid by the word, but the final result is a very complete explaination of these events. This years graded schedule is now up on the Dublin athletics site. The first race night is May 1st. Dublin Athletic County Board Graded T&F Meets. What? This presents a unique opportunity for club runners young and old with only a passing interest in the sport to test themselves against other club members of their own ability from around Ireland, but predominantly from Dublin clubs. Who can compete? Absolutely anyone of any age, race, colour or religion with any interest in athletics can compete. Is there an entry fee? The Dublin Athletic County Board has to live on something so yes there is an entry fee. You can pay separately on the night for one night (I think €8) where you get a temporary number. Better still you can register for the series at a reduced rate per evening (I think €45), hereby getting one number which you must bring with you to each subsequent evening. Are there medals/cash prizes? With the exception of the Dublin County Championship (Sat June 20th), these are non – competitive events. All you will gain is valuable experience. And a time/distance/height that is universally accepted and comparable to an athlete in Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong or Denmark. You can’t make such assertions with road or cross country events [...]
Date: Thursday 11th April @ 7.00pm Being launched by: Eoin O’Malley – Leinster Centre and Lucinda Creighton -Minister for European Affairs Members to wear club gear that night etc etc Need a big turn-out.
Sportsworld was represented well over the weekend races. Six members made the journey to Cork to compete in the Ballycotton 10. This race started in 1978 and it showed with faultless organisation and unique atmosphere. All members had strong runs in cool crisp conditions, but the stand-out performance came from Paul Duffy. With a goal of running faster than Emily’s legendary Ballycotton 56:00mins, Paul demonstrated his strength on the road by finishing a credible 13th and set new PBs across 5 miles, 10k and of course 10 miles. The Meath Spring 5k and Half Marathon was also run over the weekend and Sportsworld had eight members competing across the two distances. Some club members were using this race to gauge fitness for upcoming marathons whilst others were using them to test speed following the strength building winter. Well done to all runners. Results below. Meath Spring 5k Stephen Willoughby 20:48 Conor Kenny 21:33 Meath Spring HM Ed McEntee 1:19:14 Alan Dignam 1:28:12 Orna Dilworth 1:28:49 Ronan Murray 1:34:04 Stephen Moore 1:48:03 Ballycotton 10 Paul Duffy 53:41 Kevin Curran 1:01:19 Lucy D’Arcy 1:06:39 Peter Duggan 1:12:49 Ann Higgins 1:14:32 Breda Egan 1:15:07