News 4th May

Bon soir mes amis, as promised, here’s a (sanitised) update of our recent trip to Nice….

Nice half & 10k

Front Runners Nice April 2014Nice Front Runners kindly hosted about a large contingent of international Front Runners from Dublin, Marseilles, Frankfurt, Cologne and Paris for their local half-marathon and 10k last Sunday (27 April).

We had 26 representatives from DFR travelling (including non-running supporters), which was a fantastic turnout and it created a great impression of DFR and Dublin.

Our results were:

Nom Prénom Course Résultat
Chambers Andy 21 km 01:34:47
Bamming Patrick 21 km 01:35:08
Van der Worp Joachim 21 km 01:39:24
Prendergast David 21 km 01:40:25
Coterell John 21 km 01:41:54
Buckley Ray 21 km 01:51:35
Tierney Kieran 21 km 01:52:11
Hughes Alan 21 km 01:53:36
MacMuiris Ronan 21 km 01:53:38
Fox Eddie 21 km 01:54:00
Curran Gregory 21 km 01:55:09
Da Silva Luiz 21 km 01:58:37
McLoughlin Seamus 21 km 02:02:51
Crowley Tom 21 km 02:07:48
McCarthy Dermot 10 km 00:45:58
Kennedy Richard 10 km 01:01:51
Lonergan Pat 10 km 01:04:39

Lots of first-timers at the distances above, a few PBs, a few carrying injury, so well done to all, and congrats to Andy and Dermot as first DFRs home.

The men’s half was won in an incredible time of 1.01.31 by the Kenyan Kenedy Kipyeko, the women’s in 1.11.01 by Kenyan Janet Kisa.

The men’s 10k was won in 31.12 by Daniel Nash (not a Kenyan!) and women’s Karima Kherroubi in 36.53.

After a great club dinner, we adjourned to local club Glam for an after-race party hosted by Nice Front Runners, and embarrassingly walked away with lots of the prizes on offer, for first Front Runner home, ultimate (as in last, not extreme) Front Runner home and a few other categories.  After a few quiet sherries, everyone was home and in bed by midnight….

What goes on tour stays on tour; however it it is worth noting that notwithstanding 40+ years of EU membership, millions of litres of Beaujolais consumed, and French Leaving Cert, a near-catastrophic linguistic misunderstanding took place when no fewer than five supposedly intelligent DFRs, tired after their race, failed to translate a warning sign in the hotel lift that stated “max 3 personnes 225kg”, with the result that a cute but very disgruntled lift technician had to be called out on a Sunday for an emergency lift rescue.  You can guess who it was….

Thanks to Nice Front Runners for hosting, and to our supporters who lined the route to cheer us on, all made for a brilliant weekend away.

Roll on our foreign trip 2015!

Social nights out

We’re provisionally looking at two informal nights out:

Gay Theatre Festival: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at the New Theatre on Saturday 17th May at 9pm. Tickets are EUR 15.00

The Big Gay Sing on Sunday 15th June. Tickets from EUR 20.00

If you’re interested, please make your own booking and no doubt the DFRs will gather afterwards over a few pints to critically appraise the performances.

The Anima Chamber Choir (with our own Seamus Sreenan) and the Danish Canto Novo present a concert of Choral Music in the University Church on St Stephen’s Green, also on Saturday 17 May at 7.30pm. Tickets E10 at the door.


An update on our weekend away to Nice for the half marathon and 10k last weekend will follow shortly (well, some basic information anyway. What goes on tour stays on tour…. apart from the elevatorgate scandal.)

Samsung Dublin 10k Night Run Sun 27 Apr

Well done to:

Mick Smyth 39.33
Sean McKeown 46.48

Men’s winner Peter Somba 30.10
Women’s winner Siobhan Doherty 35.37

Wexford half marathon Sun 27 Apr

Congrats to:

Mark Armstrong 1.58.57

Men’s winner Tom Hogan 1.10.26
Women’s winner Jacky Carthy 1.23.33

If you’re taking part in an event, please let us know so we can share your achievements!

DFR Gear

Dublin Frontrunner T shirtsA reminder that if you want a fantastic new DFR t-shirt, please order immediately from Val. They’re E22 each (subsidised by the Club), and in distinct men’s and women’s fit in S M L and XL, in blue only.

A bientot!