Event – National Concert Hall

Our resident classical aficionado Séamus is organising a night out at the National Concert Hall. From the man himself…

Dear Frontrunners, Dear Friends 
Fancy a night out in the National Concert Hall on Friday 20th February? 
There is a fantastic concert on that night as follows: 
- Beethoven: Fidelio Overture – beautiful overture to his only opera

- Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D – serenely eloquent!

- Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony – absolutely fabulous – monumental homage to elemental and unchanging nature. 
If you fancy coming along, just book yourself a ticket on the NCH website – choir balcony section is only €12 – fab value!

The concert starts at 8pm. If you are free to go for a drink before the concert, we will be meeting in the downstairs bar in the Hilton Hotel, just across the road from the NCH from 7pm onwards. 
Let me know if you are able to come along ( email Andy and he’ll pass on ) and very much looking forward to seeing you. 
Yours in music and in running!!

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.


DFR 10th Anniversary

DFR Logo Event Header - 10 YearsWe’re having a party!!!

2015 marks 10 years of Dublin Frontrunners. To celebrate the occasion we’re having a party (what else would you expect!).

The fiesta takes place in Viva tapas restaurant, there’ll be some bubbles, some food, and lots of dancing, partners and friends are welcome.

Tickets can be bought online only and places are limited.

We hope to see you all there
Dublin Frontrunners

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: http://www.gay-hiking.org/dublin-frontrunners-hike/2014/

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 aidan.rodgers@gmail.com 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!: http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2133)

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 gcurran@gcurrandesign.com.

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 http://www.parkrun.ie/stannes/ 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 mickdtsmyth@hotmail.com.

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