Category Archives: Races

Kinvara & Run-A-Muck

Last weekend was a busy one for lots of DFR’s, Kinvara, Run-A-Muck, My1000Hours and Hague.

Check out the galleries for some pics – Kinvara Run-A-Muck

Place Name Race Result
31 » Jason BRADSHAW Kinvara 10km 55:53
1135 » John COTTERELL Kinvara 10km 45:48
1253 » Tony FLYNN Kinvara Half Marathon 1:35:52
337 » Timothy HURLEY Kinvara 10km 47:08
1535 » Damien MOLLOY Kinvara Half Marathon 1:39:30
1611 » Thomas OCONNOR Kinvara Half Marathon 1:32:45
615 » Karin OSULLIVAN Kinvara 10km 54:22
872 » David PRENDERGAST Kinvara 10km 47:27
645 » Declan REDDY Kinvara 10km 51:59
1701 » Aidan RODGERS Kinvara Half Marathon 1:40:13
1762 » Michael SMYTH Kinvara Half Marathon 1:35:51
1782 » kieran TIERNEY Kinvara Half Marathon 1:47:55
882 » Declan TREANOR Kinvara 10km 43:00
564 Sandra Galvin Run-A-Muck 5K 46:12
565 Regina Byrne Run-A-Muck 5K 46:13
573 Siobhan O’Brien Run-A-Muck 5K 46:17
576 Claire Goss Run-A-Muck 5K 46:19
580 Angela Gallagher Run-A-Muck 5K 46:24
581 Anna Marie Lillis Run-A-Muck 5K 46:25
614 Martin Smyth Run-A-Muck 5K 47:09
621 Martha Cahill Run-A-Muck 5K 47:15
702 Joanne Neilan Run-A-Muck 5K 48:19
705 Maria Calnan Run-A-Muck 5K 48:20
709 Julie Anne Valois Run-A-Muck 5K 48:23
710 Susan Reillt Run-A-Muck 5K 48:24
711 Olwen Griffith Run-A-Muck 5K 48:24
256 Declan O’Reilly The Hague Half Marathon 1:38:58
113 Robert Dempsey My 1000 Hours 10k 45:13
381 Mark Armstrong My 1000 Hours 10k 51:06
34 Dermot McCarthy My 1000 Hours 10k 42:04
144 Damien Callaghan My 1000 Hours 10k 46:24

BHAA Race Calendar 2015

The Business Houses Athletics Association have released their race calender for 2015, they have cross country, road, trail and beach races.

You can sign up individually for a race or join as a member and get a reduction on each race, full details on their website.

Check out the ESB beach race in May, and also the Irish Life cross country at the end of November.


Park Run & Dublin Race Series Half Marathon

It’s a busy Saturday this weekend, with the Dublin Race Series Half Marathon on in the Phoenix park, good luck to all the DFR’s running. Meeting point is the Papal Cross at 9:15am for a 10am start, don’t forget to weather your club t-shirt or singlet.

Due to the half marathon there will be no DFR run in the park on Saturday, instead we’ll be travelling to St. Anne’s Park in Raheny for the Park Run. If you need collection from the Dart station let Ronan know and we’ll try to org anise lifts, also if you’re driving and can offer a lift.

We’ll meet at the Red Stables coffee shop in the park at 9am and return there afterwards for breakfast.

DFR News 18th August

Coaching Updarte Wednesday 20 August

Following the success of our first 5k coaching session last week, we’ll be continuing with Richard’s programme this week, aiming for the 5k Park Run on 20 September.  Even if you missed last week, there’s still plenty of time to catch up, so give it a go.

Our usual runs will also continue.

Richard’s programme for week two is:

Group 1 (Beginner) WEEK 2 (5 weeks to race)

Monday – Day off

Tuesday – 6 Mins jogging / 10 mins walking / 6 Mins jogging

Wednesday – Coaching session

Thursday – Day off

Friday – 12 mins jogging

Saturday – 25 mins jogging with club

Sunday – 30 mins walking

Group 2 (Intermediate) ~Week 2 (5 weeks to race)

Monday – Day Off
Tuesday -35 Mins running

Wednesday – Coaching Session

Thursday – Day off

Friday – 25 Mins Running

Saturday – 10km Long Run with club

Sunday – Day off

All very achievable with plenty of mutual support and encouragement from your club-mates!

Saturday 23 August

Due to the Frank Duffy 10 mile event, we will move out of the Phoenix Park and will meet in the car park of Irishtown athletics this Saturday at 10.00 for our usual coaching and runs.  It’s beside Ringsend Park, just off Strand St/Pembroke St in Irishtown.

If driving from town, fork sharp left at the Irishtown House pub, keep left and it’ll be on your left after 200m.  Bus 1 or 47 from town stop nearby.  (If you reach Sean Moore Rd or the Clanna Gael GAA grounds, you’ve gone too far.)  We’ll be in Sandymount afterwards for brunch.

DFR hike Sunday 24 August

We’re off to the mountains again for our annual hike!

Thanks to Shay Foody for organising this with Aidan Rodgers.  Full info here:

Important: No specialist equipment is needed, but be mindful of the vagaries of an Irish summer and bring appropriate clothing and provisions as advised by Shay in the link above.  We’ll finish up with a meal back at the Glenmalure Inn.

Please confirm if you plan to attend; if you need transport; whether you can offer carpooling from the meeting point in town; or if you’ll meet up at the start point in Glenmalure.  Email Aidan at no later than this Wednesday (20th).

Events & results

Well done to all who did the Duleek 10k last Sunday 17 Aug (including your Chairman…).  A fantastic run by Dominick who came 18th overall, 14th in category.

Dominick Branigan 37.26 (18th overall)

Liam Nulty 43.03 (top 100 finish)

Aidan Rodgers 44.29

Ronan MacMuiris 46.03 (PB; watch me cross the finish line here!:

Gregory Curran 46.51 (PB)

Men’s winner was Gary O’Hanlon 32.28 (winner of our 2013 Dublin Pride 5k)

Women’s winner Patricia Vlodarczik 37.25

Good luck to the large number of DFRs doing the Frank Duffy 10 mile in the Phoenix Park this Saturday 23rd.  The suggested meeting point for DFRs before the race is at the Papal Cross at 09.15/09.20 for the 10.00 start.  I’d encourage you all to wear a DFR t-shirt or singlet.

Dingle half is on Saturday 6 September.  If you’re travelling and want to join a DFR meal after the race, please email Gregory Curran at

We’re encouraging every member to do the 5k Park Run in St Anne’s Park, Raheny on Saturday 20 September (coaching sessions with Richard are under way as above!).  No entry fee, but you must register in advance here and print your own bib/barcode.

Amsterdam trip

Mick Smyth has compiled our Amsterdam contingent:

Andrew Harkin 8km
Brian Carter Marathon
Brian Young Half Marathon
David Prendergast Half Marathon
Declan McShane Half Marathon
Declan Reddy 8km
Dominick Branigan Half Marathon
Jason Bradshaw Half Marathon
Joe Keena Half Marathon
John Cotterell Half Marathon
John Keane 8km
Kevin O’Riordan Marathon
Luiz da Silva 8km
Mark Armstrong Half Marathon
Martin Smyth Half Marathon
Michael Smyth Marathon
Nelson Moody Half Marathon
Sean Dunne Half Marathon
Tom Crowley Marathon
Vincent Hibbert Half Marathon

All have booked for the DFR dinner after the race, kindly organised by Mick.

If you’re going to Amsterdam but not on the list, or any details are incorrect, please let Mick know at

I appreciate there’s a lot there, but worth the read!


Wicklow Way Relay 2014

The Wicklow Way is a long-distance tail heading south from the edge of the city through the Wicklow Mountains to the farm yards and boreens of south Wicklow. For most it is a 6 day trek. However, for team Frontrunners last Saturday it was to be all done in one day, at the IMRA Wicklow Way Relay race.  This year’s event was confirmed rather late. With the event getting sold out within hours of entry opening, we had a small window to recruit a team and fit in reconnaissance trips to Wicklow.
Race day arrived. Getting up at 5:30am early runners were greeted by heavy rain. Claire kindly provided car support for leg 1,2 and 3 runners – Shay Foody, Damien Molloy and Anne Marie Lillis respectively. At 06:30, excitement was building up at the foggy start car-park at Kilmashogue near Rathfarnham. After a short briefing, the marshal blew his whistle at 07:00 and 29 leg runners disappeared into the mist – running up over the Dublin Mountains into Co. Wicklow. Fog lingered for leg 2, which took runners on an expedition around the top of Powerscourt Waterfall and onto the highest point of the route (630m) on the shoulder of Djouce mountain. In the dense fog Damien when slightly off track and lost a bit of time back tracking onto the route. Well done to Damien here for getting back on track – this served as a reminder of the big challenge facing runners at this event. Atmosphere at changeover points was great where teams gathered to wait for their runner to come through and share stories of their adventures. Weather improved after the leg 2, and good solid running from Anne Marie and Philip got the team to Glendalough – where early runners were able to get some lunch. Meanwhile Vincent Hibbert took the Glendalough to Glenmalure leg – the second half of which follows part of the DFR hike route from last summer. From Glenmalure the route is less trodden. Fergal Buckley ran leg 6 in a good time, over a big hill to Iron Bridge and handed over to Patrick for the 21km (yes, there was a half marathon thrown in the mix!) leg 7. Excellent time of 1hr 45mins from Patrick who was up against all the strongest runners. Finally Martha ran the last 10km to the cross the finish line in the beautiful village of Shillelagh, where we celebrated our achievement with drinks and dinner.
Team Frontrunners finished the 127km course in 10:43:43, putting us in the 25th position. Considering we were a team of mostly mountain/trail running novices, up against strong athletic clubs who have been taking part in this event for many years, we did extremely well. A huge thanks must got to drivers Philip, Martha and Claire – especially Claire who was on the road from 6am until 6pm.
Time to get planning for next year!
Leg 3-4 changeover: Anne Marie and Philip
Patrick smiling after his half marathon, Martha ready to give it socks for the final leg.
The Wicklow Way

News 28th Feb

Pride Run charity

Thanks to those members who submitted a proposal for our charity partner for the 2014 5k Pride Run. Following evaluation of all nominations, the committee have decided to partner with BeLonG To.

BeLonG To is working to provide an empowering and safe community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, by building a society that supports, includes and accepts them for who they are.

See the attached or their website

We’re excited about working with them, and they’re keen to use their extensive network to promote the race.

Don’t forget the third annual race is on Friday 20 June; now that we have our charity partner, we’ll step up the promotion and planning! Further details will follow over the next while.

London Front Runners visit

A few visitors from LFR will be joining us for our run and breakfast this Saturday 1 March. We’ll be informally meeting up with them again in the Front Lounge from 9pm onwards, so if you’re in town, pop in and have a drink!

Great Ireland 10k/AAI Championships

The Great Ireland 10k on Saturday 6 April in the Phoenix Park is one of the biggest participation events in Ireland. It’s also the AAI 10k club championship, which pits AAI clubs against each other, and we’re looking to enter a men’s and women’s team to compete as DFR.

If we get enough interest – we need eight on a team – the club will cover the entry fee.

Please let David Lee know ASAP if you’re interested in competing for DFR.

Annual quiz

We’re finalising a date and venue, but provisionally keep Tuesday 15 April free! Start practising your Trivial Pursuit….Confirmation to follow.

Track training/fartlek

Training continues every Monday 19.00-20.00 at Donore Harriers, Chapelizod. No need for prior experience. no need to book, just show up. (Registered members only.)

Kinvara half marathon

Good luck to the big DFR contingent running this Saturday 1 March.

Nice half marathon Sun 27 April

We have a few members still expressing interest in travelling, if there is a vacancy in your hotel, please let me know.

Remember you need a medical cert signed by a doctor to fully complete registration (so can be done after entry). It’s your responsibility to have it, neither DFR nor the AAI can help. The form can be posted, faxed or submitted online in advance.

That’s it for now, see you Saturday.


ALSAA Race Series

The race series continues in ALSAA, beside the airport, I’ve run the 1 mile before Christmas and its a tough run but good opportunity to test your fitness.

When they shout go you run all out till you feel like dropping 🙂 I’ll be going again next Tuesday week, anyone interested in doing it let me know.


Tuesday 22st January         7.30pm            3000 metres

Tuesday 18th February       7.30pm            1 mile

Tuesday 25th March            7.30pm            3000 metres (Annual Peter Doody Memorial)

Tuesday 15th April              7.30pm            1 mile

Venue – ALSAA, Dublin Airport

Entry – €4 per race

News 24th July

News 24th July

Hi all,

Not that we’re complaining, but this hot weather wasn’t made for Irish runners, and we do have lots of other DFR stuff happening over the next while.  Our Wednesday and Saturday runs continue of course, but we’re staying in the shade as much as possible.  Remember to stay hydrated!

Gaze Film Festival Sat 3 Aug

Andy has been all cultured again and has come up with the following suggestions:

Right I’ve eventually read the program and chosen 2 movies, both are on Saturday 3 August at 8:30pm in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin 7:

Option 1 – Margarita
Option 2 – Let My People Go

Margarita has gotten better reviews, and that’s the one I’ll be going to, but people may prefer the other one. We’ll head to the Front Lounge for a few drinks afterwards and a debrief.

If you’re interested, the book the tickets yourself (see and just turn up!

DFR summer hike Sun 25 Aug

It’s now a popular annual event, and we’re taking to the hills again on Sunday 25 August for a trek through the forest trails of Glenmalure in Co Wicklow.  It’s an easy enough walk, no hiking boots or specialist gear is needed.  Thanks to Shay Foody for organising and leading this.  Further details will follow.

DFR summer BBQ Sat 31 Aug

We’re in the Hilton Hotel Charlemont this year on Saturday 31 August.  It’s E20 per head, and booking is essential as capacity is restricted.  Please pay by bank transfer or to any committee member as soon as possible to book your place (and advise of any special dietary requirements).

DFR Committee meeting

We have a committee meeting coming up next week, so if you have any suggestions or issues you’d like to raise, please let club secretary Kieran Cooney know at no later than Saturday 27 July.

Dublin 10 mile road championship

The third race in the Dublin Series – the Frank Duffy 10 miles – takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sat 24 August.  This doubles as the AAI Dublin County Board team championship, so if you are entering please ensure you note DFR as the club, as all entrants score towards an overall club position.

Rock n Roll half marathon 5 Aug

We’re still keen to cobble together a team entry if enough are planning to run it… we only seem to have two at the moment, but need four, so if you’re planning to enter, let me know.

Other results and events

Well done on some recent events for which I have info:

Clontarf 5 miles: Olwen & Sandra (PB!)
Dublin Series Fingal 10k: Shane R & Ronan
Beast of the East Olympic Triathlon: Hugh, Gregory and Tim

The Great Pink Run 10k is on in the Phoenix Park on Sat 31 Aug.  Why not get the day of the BBQ off to a good start?  See

London Front Runners are hosting a 10k Pride Run on Sat 17 August. See

Check out Martha’s website for event listings and more.

If you’re considering raising sponsorship for any race you’re participating in, Marriage Equality ( and Clifden Lifeboat ( have asked to be considered.

Various Voices Festival 2014

Our German Dublin Front Runner Ingo Petersen has a request for help:

“As you are probably aware off, that the Various Voices Festival is in Ireland next year, exactly in Dublin. See the link below.

There will be some of us coming around the 13th-16th June 2014. I will have accommodation, but there are one, may be two gay couples who are looking for private accommodation for some days. They are all singing in the Munich Gay Choir, which is called “Philhomoniker”. And they will participate in the festival. If anyone from the running club could offer a place to stay. I know it is all a bit early, but you know, how organised Germans are. They need to know in time. And all the accommodation offered on the website is pretty much booked out.”

Thanks for sticking with me, I appreciate that’s a lot to digest, but there’s a lot happening!

Yours sunningly,


News 14th July 2013


Belated congrats to everyone who competed in Achill;

Alan Hughes
Brian Carter
Damian McCann
David Prendergast
Dermot McCarthy
Donal Cronin
Eddie Fox
Frank Macken (our newest member, who had the nerve to be first DFR home on his first outing)
Gregory Curran
Kieran Cooney
Kieran Tierney
Martin Smyth
Ronan MacMuiris
Seamus McLoughlin
Tom Crowley

There was also a 10k for the first time this year, and well done in particular to Mick Smyth who showed what he can do when not getting carted off to a Dutch hospital with a fantastic top 25 finish, but also to:

Jochen van der Worp
Michael Curtin

Comiserations to Pat Lonergan who unfortunately got injured the Wednesday prior to the half, but still travelled to support.

Wednesday Runs

Now that the concerts are over for another year, we’ll be back again at the Car Park from Wednesday night. We still have a Wednesday run outside of the park somewhere on the south side coming up, more details to follow.

DFR social calendar

A message from our busy socialite Andy:

Your social secretary has been hard at work over the last few days, after a successful Pride run we deserve a little socialising.

Summer BBQ

The Hilton hotel on Charlemont Place is booked for the Saturday 31 August for our annual BBQ, there’s a great outdoor area and we have part of the bar just in case the sun doesn’t shine.  It’s right beside the Luas Charlemont stop.

Cost is only E20 per person (thanks to a small subsidy from DFR!) and advance booking is required as capacity is restricted.

If you’re paying by online bank transfer, please be sure to note your name and event and adivse our Treasurer Davey.

Gaze Film Festival

The film festival is on in early August, once the program is out I will do some in depth research and pick something suitably artistic to go see, and a few drinks afterwards. I’ll probably skip the artistic film and watch something over 18’s myself 🙂

London Pride Run

London Frontrunners Pride run is on Saturday August 17th this year, if you’re interested in going let me know, it would be great if we could organise a few runners to represent the club. Details on their website;

Christmas Party

I know it’s a long way off but we’re provisionally looking at Saturday December 14 for our Christmas do, venue to be confirmed, put the date in your diaries.