News Update


Our summer fartlek kicks off next Monday 27 May at 19.00 at the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s a gut-wrenching, muscle-straining, body-aching, masochistic way to spend a Monday evening. But seriously, fartlek is a very structured training programme with hills, sprints and intervals. It’s a great complement to standard training for pretty much any run, particularly the longer distances. Thanks to Steve Connolly for taking this again; if anyone would like to help out with the odd session, please let Steve or myself know.

DFR 5k Pride Run

Hard to believe we’re now only one month away from Friday 21 June! Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out on the day – we have enough stewards etc for the moment, so I strongly urge every other DFR member to sign up as soon as possible. It’s your club’s run! You each have to make it a success.

Please also encourage friends, family, colleagues to sign up as well. Why not enter a workplace team for a little competitive edge? A gentle, flat 5k run on a fine summer’s evening* is a very achievable target for most people.

While we can’t register minors under 16, they’re very welcome to participate on the evening if under parental supervision and responsibility.

* fine summer evening not guaranteed. No refunds!

Cultural night out

“What am I to do for high culture, now that the Gay Theatre Festival and Eurovision are over?” I hear you ask plaintively. Well, yet again, our music maestro Seamus is to the rescue with a suggestion for an evening out in the National Concert Hall. In his own words:

Dear Frontrunners, dear friends

The final concert in the National Symphony Orchestra season takes place on Friday week, 31st May in National Concert Hall at 8pm. The concert is a really, really good one i.e.

Tchaikovsky, 1st Piano Concerto – big, bold, hear of sleeve melodies – virtuoso piano playing by soloist Kirill Gerstein. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 – dramatic masterpiece, bold intensity and striking contrasts – fantastic music!

If you are free and fancy coming along, just go online to to book a ticket. We generally go to choir balcony, tickets are only €10. Book soon if going as this one will be popular!

Meeting in Conrad Hilton across the road from 7pm for a drink in advance (downstairs bar) or else in Foyer of NCH (beside Music Box CD shop) at 7.50.

Concert ends 9.45pm or so – plenty of time for us to paint the town red afterwards!!

Grateful if you could let me know if going.

Your in running and in music!!


International Frontrunner events

Our fellow Frontrunners in England and France have asked me to bring some events to your attention:

Northern Frontrunners Newcastle 5k Fun Run on Friday 19 July. Info at

Marseilles Frontrunners EuroPride: 5k and 10k on Friday 19 July, and beach volleyball on 12-14 July. Info at


Don’t forget you must use the manual entry form, and put DFR as the club to avail of the discounted E40 entry fee.

Other events

If you’re running the Women’s mini-marathon (10k), consider supporting, an organisation to integrate people with disabilities.