News 31st March

News 31st March

Here’s our latest news update, lots going on with races, trips away, our new gear, update on the Pride Run and lots more.

Great Ireland Run

Sun 6 April

We’re still waiting on details from the AAI on team structures.  If you have a spare DFR singlet or DFR t-shirt you’re willing to temporarily loan out and are not running in the event, please bring it along on Monday, Wednesday or Saturday as we will probably need additional ones for team participants.  We expect all team runners to wear a DFR t-shirt or singlet.  We promise to return it laundered!

Annual Quiz

Our quiz takes place in the Front Lounge on Wednesday 16 April.  This year, the proceeds from the raffle will go to BelongTo, our charity partner for the Pride Run.

If you or your employer can provide small prizes or donations or sponsorship for the raffle, we’d be grateful – and so will BelongTo.

I’d encourage all members to attend with friends, family and colleagues!  Table entry fee is E40 for a team of four people, with cash prizes.  Our quiz mistress is none other than Minnie Melange. Table entry fees go to the club, it’s our only fundraiser for the year.


Winter track training in Donore is now finished.  Thanks to Andy and Anne Marie for their input over a long, cold, dark winter.  The hard work paid off though, we had lots of improvements in times recently.

Fartlek will now take place every Monday at 19.00 (finally, daylight!) from the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.  Please let Andy or Anne Marie know if you’d be willing to help out with the odd session.

Couch to 5k

We’ve had some members enquire as to whether we’re doing this programme again in advance of the 2014 Pride Run.

Last year, a small number of volunteers gave a considerable amount of time to run this over the 8-10 weeks in advance of the 2013 Pride Run.  While a good number of participants did successfully complete the run, it was somewhat disappointing that we only had two join DFR afterwards (and great to see that Dave and Darran are still with us!).

For 2014, we’re running the programme again starting on April 12th, and Joachim has volunteered to act as coordinator with some other volunteers, we could always do with more so let us know if you can help out one of the weeks.

Pride Run 2014

The third Pride Run 5k will be held in the Phoenix park on Friday 20 June – that’s only three months away!  A lot of behind the scenes planning and work has already gone on, and we’re meeting with charity partner BelongTo shortly to get the promotional side underway.

One element critical to the success of the run, and vital to ensure a fair return to the charity, is sponsorship.  We’re preparing a proposal document setting out a range of sponsorship options the Run can offer companies.

For example, in the last two years we’ve had blue chip sponsors such as PwC (title sponsor in 2012 and 2013), but also Irish Ferries, Microsoft, Arthur Cox and Total Produce, so  the event has significant credibility.

If you think your employer or other company you have connections with could be interested in partnering with us, please let Race Director Andy Chambers or myself know as soon as possible.

Nice trip

We have a good crowd travelling to Nice for the half marathon and 10k on Sunday 27 April.  Flights are still apparently available at a reasonable cost, but hurry if you plan on going.  Don’t forget you need a medical cert to race in France.  See

If you are going and are interested in a group meal out on the Sunday night after the race, please let me know ASAP so I can gauge numbers and approach a restaurant with a booking.  We did this after Rotterdam last year, and had a brilliant night out with 33 DFRs for dinner and more…

Committee meeting

A DFR committee meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday 2 April.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let Club Secretary Kieran know by Monday 31st March.

DFR Gear

We’ve now received our fabulous new DFR jackets (thanks Martha!) so if you haven’t paid for yours yet, please do so now.  Val has them for distribution; orders may be placed for additional jackets now that you’ve seen how great everyone looks.

We’re also looking at new club t-shirts and singlets.


We’re looking to expand our race calendar for the rest of the year, but upcoming events with DFR participation include:

6 April – Paris marathon
6 April – Great Ireland 10k (and AAI championship)
21 April – Boston marathon
27 April – Nice half marathon & 10k
4 May – Hamburg marathon
31 May – Stockholm marathon

Table Quiz 2014

DFR Quiz 2014 FlyerTable Quiz

It’s our annual table quiz supporting Dublin’s LGBTQ Running Club.

Tables €40, four people per team, please bring your friends and family.

On the night we’ll have a raffle with some fantastic prizes, in aid of our Pride Run charity BeLonG To.

Minnie MelangeAnd out fabulous quiz mistress this year is Minnie Mélange.

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.


Targets 2014


Here are the targets I discussed at Fartlek the last 2 nights, these are mine for last year and this year, if you’re interested in setting some as well send me on the times and if there are enough submissions I’ll put these up on the website for some motivation.


1 Mile 3000m 5k 5 mile 10k 10 mile 1/2 mara marathon
2013 Target 00:05:30 00:19:00 00:31:00 00:39:00 01:05:00 01:33:00 03:20:00
2013 Actual 00:05:30 00:18:41 00:31:12 00:39:50
2014 Target 00:05:25 00:11:00 00:18:30 00:30:45 00:39:00 01:05:00 01:28:00 03:15:00

DFR News January 20th

Annual General Meeting

Thanks to all who showed up and contributed to our AGM last Thursday 16th, a copy of the DFR accounts for 2013 are available on request from Treasurer Dave.

The main decisions taken were:

New Committee

Andy and Dave Shaw stepped down after sterling service to DFR, a big thanks to them.  We welcome Bairbre and David Lee and will have lots of work for all to do!

Pride Run

Fantastic news – the AGM unanimously approved the club to go ahead with the third annual 5k Pride Run 2014.  Andy Chambers will be Race Director and more information will follow.

Runner of the Year

Congrats to those who, in the opinion of their peers and the committee, contributed significantly to the club during 2013:

Men: Seamus
Women: Sandra
Newcomer Men: Des
Newcomer Women: Patricia

Membership 2014

Is now overdue.  Please pay the E30 as soon as possible.  We will be registering with AAI soon, and after 31 January all non-members will be removed from email and private Facebook page.

Winter track training/fartlek

Has recommenced in Donore Harriers, Chapelizod every Monday at 19.00.  For insurance reasons, this is open to paid-up club members only.  Thanks to Andy and Anne Marie for their continuing work with this.

Club running gear

Courtesy of Martha, we have great winter hoodies available, see my last email for full details.  Please order from Val no later than Saturday 25 January to avail of a group discount.

New members night out

To welcome our new and newish members (and just an excuse for a night out), we’ll meet in Pantibar on Saturday 1 February from 21.00.  No need to book, turn up whenever, pop in, pop out, and have a great night out!  We finished 2013 with 144 members, our highest yet, and look forward to building on that in 2014.

And in the meantime, our Wednesday and Saturday runs go on!


DFR Warm Up Jackets

2014 will be the year of new DFR merchandise. We have secured a significant discount from Martha at for Newline Warm Up Jackets which include DFR logo printed on them. We will have samples of the mens and womens jackets available at the AGM.

We are also looking at a couple of companies in relation to new club t-shirts and singlets. Details of the new DFR Newline Warm Up jackets below.

Newline Women Warm Up Jackets

Womens Warm Up Jackets

Colours Red Blue Black
Sizes: XS S M L XL

Newline Men’s Warm Up Jackets

Mens Warm Up Jackets

Colours Red Blue Black
Sizes: S M L XL XXL

How to order:

Val will be available to take orders and collect money at the AGM on Thursday evening. Alternatively you can email Val to order the jacket and lodge the money directly into the DFR account. When ordering please indicate preferred colour and size.

Closing Date for Orders

To avail of this discount, we need to process this round of orders by next Saturday 18th January. Once we have final numbers we will organise to have our logo printed on them.

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

DFR News 19th Dec

Final news update before Christmas!

Runs over Christmas

Sat 21 Dec – usual time, usual place: Papal Cross at 10.00
Wed 25 Dec (Christmas Day) – no official DFR run
Sat 28 Dec – usual time, usual place: Papal Cross at 10.00
Wed 1 Jan (New Year’s Day) – no official DFR run

Some members may be organising  informal runs over Christmas; keep an eye on Facebook.  If you are arranging a run, please let people know via Facebook.

Back to normal then from Sat 4 and Wed 8 Jan to work off that Christmas excess….

Membership 2014

Annual subscriptions are now due: a mere €30 for the period to 31 December 2014.  This includes AAI insurance.  Only paid-up members can attend the AGM (see below).  All non-members will be removed from the mailing list and private Facebook page if not paid by 31 January, when we register with the AAI.

AGM 2014

The DFR annual general meeting will be held on Thursday 16 January 2014 in the Central Hotel, Exchequer St, D2 at 19.30.  Full details for the process for committee nominations will follow.  Nomination, attendance and voting is restricted to paid-up members only as of the date of the AGM.

We’ll make a night out of it afterwards, so why not come along

Christmas party

Thanks to Andy for organising a brilliant night out last Saturday 14th at our Christmas dinner in Brasserie Sixty 6, followed by dancing (twerking?) on the stage in the George by people who should probably know better….  A great way to finish a highly successful social year!

…and finally

To conclude 2013, to all our members on behalf of myself and your hard-working committee:

Happy Christmas/Nollaig Shona/Feliz navidad/Boa natal/ Счастливого Рождества/joyeux noel / Wesołych Świąt/ gelukkige kerstmis/Frohe Weihnachten.

(Please direct any inaccuracies to Google Translate. Or Joe Duffy.)