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23rd Jan National Junior and U23 Championships Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Members of DCU Athletics Club got the year off to a perfect start at last weekend at the 123.ie National Junior and U23 Championships in Abbottstown.

The large contingent from DCU took home twenty-nine medals back to campus across a wide range of events.

There was a number of standout performances throughout the day including in one of the first track finals on the programme as Kelly Breen (North East Runners) won her first ever national title, taking gold in the U23 1500m.

Having led from the off Breen kicked for home with 200m to go leaving her opponents in her wake, as she took victory by a comfortable margin.

The DCU success continued in the Men’s races as Seán McGinley (Finn Valley AC) won gold in the U23 category. McGinley, who finished 12th in the U20 race at the European Cross Country Championships in December, showed his class as he stormed to gold. Colin Smith (Mullingar Harriers) crossed the line in second.

Ciaran Carthy (Dundrum South Dublin) was an incredibly impressive winner of the U23 400m. Carthy got to the break with a lead of a couple of metres and managed to hold his form well all the way to the line to take the title.

Matthew Glennon (Mullingar Harriers) also made it to the top of the podium winning the U23 3000m walk.

There were also numerous gold medals in the field events. Katie Nolke (Ferrybank AC) took gold in the Junior Long Jump. Jordan Knight (St. Joseph’s AC) also impressed in the event taking U23 gold, with a leap of 6.93m.

In the U23 Triple Jump there was wins for Aisling MacHugh and Leon Sweeney, both of whom were representing Naas AC.

Decathlete Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) had an extremely busy day winning gold in the U23 Shot Put and High Jump, while also winning bronze in the Long Jump. DCU women’s captain Ciara Kenneally (Killarney Valley AC) took the U23 High Jump title, with Roisin Kellegher (Annalee AC) winning bronze.

There was a DCU one-two-three in the U23 women’s Shot Put as Ciara Sheehy (Emerald AC), Aoibhinn McMahon (Blackrock AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) all medalled. Sheehy also took home silver in the Weight for Distance.

Elsewhere at the Athletics Northern Ireland Jumps and Throws meet in Jordanstown on the same day Lauren Callaghan (Finn Valley AC) moved to fourth on the Irish All-Time list indoors with a sensational 6.24m effort in the Long Jump. It represents a massive 32cm PB for the Donegal athlete and will no doubt give her plenty of confidence going into the season ahead.

It promises to be a busy few weeks for club members with some competing at the National Combined Events and Indoor League in Athlone next weekend before the Intervarsity Indoors in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown in just less than two weeks’ time.

Full list of DCU medallists:

Junior (U20)

Gold

Katie Nolke LJ 5.59m

Aimee Doherty 4x200m Relay


Silver

Roise Roberts 1500m 4:45.21


U23

Gold

Ciaran Carthy 400m 48.53

Kelly Breen 1500m 4:41.39

Sean McGinley 1500m 3:52.78

Matthew Glennon 3000mW 12:51.69

Jordan Knight LJ 6.93m

Aisling MacHugh TJ 10.90m

Leon Sweeney TJ 13.15m

Ciara Kennelly HJ 1.74m

Jack Forde HJ 1.85m

Ciara Sheehy SP 13.55m

Jack Forde SP 12.57m


Silver

Niamh O’Neill 60mH 8.84

Colin Smith 1500m 3:54.11

Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain PV 2.50m

Jack Murphy PV 3.10m

Aoibhin McMahon SP 12.78m

Ciara Sheehy WFD (28lb) 6.22m


Bronze

Niamh O’Neill Women’s 60m 7.93

Erin Taheny 200m 26.36

Caoimhe Cronin 400m 56.30

Finn Woodger 800m 1:54.89

Jack Forde LJ 6.29m

Roisin Kellegher HJ 1.55m

Niamh McCorry SP 10.97

Euan Canniffe SP 10.51m

Niamh McCorry 4 x 200m Relay


 

23rd Jan Forde and McCorry take national titles Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Two national senior titles return to Glasnevin this week after DCU Athletics Club members Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) won their respective multi-event titles in Athlone.

Both athletes competed across a gruelling two day schedule and rose to the top winning their competitions with relative ease.

Forde made the step-up to the senior ranks and showed his class in the heptathlon. The Wexford man, who is a second year Actuarial Mathematics student, won silver medals for DCU in the multi-events both indoors and outdoors in 2022 and having excelled in the multi-events from a young age was always going to be difficult to beat.

He won six out of his seven events in the competition, achieving four PB’s. His hurdles were particularly strong, with the technique work he has done with Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics in DCU, being evident. He clocked a time of 9.07s for the event.

His other PB’s came in the 60m (7.52s), Pole Vault (3.80m) and 1000m (2.57.24). In total he amassed 4,624 points which moves him up to 15th on the Irish All-Time list for the event. It also put him well over 1000 points clear of Evan Hayes (Waterford AC) who won silver.

McCorry took the intervarsity title in Athlone twelve months ago and was looking to build on a series of good performances at the National U23 Indoor Championships the week before.

She opened her pentathlon with a time of 9.68s in the 60m Hurdles, just shy of the 9.65s she had ran in Abbottstown the weekend before. In the Long Jump she equalled her PB of 4.60m, before a PB throw of 11.18m in the Shot Put.

Impressive performances followed in the High Jump (1.52m) and 800m (2.42.94), as McCorry finished with a total of 3,018 points, nearly 1000 points ahead of the silver medal winning athlete.

In winning the national title, McCorry and Forde become the first athletes from their respective clubs to achieve the feat, a massive achievement and something they will no doubt remember for the remainder of their athletics careers.

Both will return to action this coming weekend at the IUAA (intervarsity) Indoor Championships in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown where they will compete in the pentathlon.

DCU Athletics are expected to announce a strong team for the event on Tuesday with a host of European and national medal winning athletes expected to feature.

National Junior and U23 Championships

Posted 23rd Jan
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Members of DCU Athletics Club got the year off to a perfect start at last weekend at the 123.ie National Junior and U23 Championships in Abbottstown.

The large contingent from DCU took home twenty-nine medals back to campus across a wide range of events.

There was a number of standout performances throughout the day including in one of the first track finals on the programme as Kelly Breen (North East Runners) won her first ever national title, taking gold in the U23 1500m.

Having led from the off Breen kicked for home with 200m to go leaving her opponents in her wake, as she took victory by a comfortable margin.

The DCU success continued in the Men’s races as Seán McGinley (Finn Valley AC) won gold in the U23 category. McGinley, who finished 12th in the U20 race at the European Cross Country Championships in December, showed his class as he stormed to gold. Colin Smith (Mullingar Harriers) crossed the line in second.

Ciaran Carthy (Dundrum South Dublin) was an incredibly impressive winner of the U23 400m. Carthy got to the break with a lead of a couple of metres and managed to hold his form well all the way to the line to take the title.

Matthew Glennon (Mullingar Harriers) also made it to the top of the podium winning the U23 3000m walk.

There were also numerous gold medals in the field events. Katie Nolke (Ferrybank AC) took gold in the Junior Long Jump. Jordan Knight (St. Joseph’s AC) also impressed in the event taking U23 gold, with a leap of 6.93m.

In the U23 Triple Jump there was wins for Aisling MacHugh and Leon Sweeney, both of whom were representing Naas AC.

Decathlete Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) had an extremely busy day winning gold in the U23 Shot Put and High Jump, while also winning bronze in the Long Jump. DCU women’s captain Ciara Kenneally (Killarney Valley AC) took the U23 High Jump title, with Roisin Kellegher (Annalee AC) winning bronze.

There was a DCU one-two-three in the U23 women’s Shot Put as Ciara Sheehy (Emerald AC), Aoibhinn McMahon (Blackrock AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) all medalled. Sheehy also took home silver in the Weight for Distance.

Elsewhere at the Athletics Northern Ireland Jumps and Throws meet in Jordanstown on the same day Lauren Callaghan (Finn Valley AC) moved to fourth on the Irish All-Time list indoors with a sensational 6.24m effort in the Long Jump. It represents a massive 32cm PB for the Donegal athlete and will no doubt give her plenty of confidence going into the season ahead.

It promises to be a busy few weeks for club members with some competing at the National Combined Events and Indoor League in Athlone next weekend before the Intervarsity Indoors in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown in just less than two weeks’ time.

Full list of DCU medallists:

Junior (U20)

Gold

Katie Nolke LJ 5.59m

Aimee Doherty 4x200m Relay


Silver

Roise Roberts 1500m 4:45.21


U23

Gold

Ciaran Carthy 400m 48.53

Kelly Breen 1500m 4:41.39

Sean McGinley 1500m 3:52.78

Matthew Glennon 3000mW 12:51.69

Jordan Knight LJ 6.93m

Aisling MacHugh TJ 10.90m

Leon Sweeney TJ 13.15m

Ciara Kennelly HJ 1.74m

Jack Forde HJ 1.85m

Ciara Sheehy SP 13.55m

Jack Forde SP 12.57m


Silver

Niamh O’Neill 60mH 8.84

Colin Smith 1500m 3:54.11

Caoilfhionn Ni Mhadagain PV 2.50m

Jack Murphy PV 3.10m

Aoibhin McMahon SP 12.78m

Ciara Sheehy WFD (28lb) 6.22m


Bronze

Niamh O’Neill Women’s 60m 7.93

Erin Taheny 200m 26.36

Caoimhe Cronin 400m 56.30

Finn Woodger 800m 1:54.89

Jack Forde LJ 6.29m

Roisin Kellegher HJ 1.55m

Niamh McCorry SP 10.97

Euan Canniffe SP 10.51m

Niamh McCorry 4 x 200m Relay


 

Forde and McCorry take national titles

Posted 23rd Jan
Author Rory Cassidy (Public Relations Officer)

Two national senior titles return to Glasnevin this week after DCU Athletics Club members Jack Forde (St. Killian’s AC) and Niamh McCorry (Raheny Shamrocks AC) won their respective multi-event titles in Athlone.

Both athletes competed across a gruelling two day schedule and rose to the top winning their competitions with relative ease.

Forde made the step-up to the senior ranks and showed his class in the heptathlon. The Wexford man, who is a second year Actuarial Mathematics student, won silver medals for DCU in the multi-events both indoors and outdoors in 2022 and having excelled in the multi-events from a young age was always going to be difficult to beat.

He won six out of his seven events in the competition, achieving four PB’s. His hurdles were particularly strong, with the technique work he has done with Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics in DCU, being evident. He clocked a time of 9.07s for the event.

His other PB’s came in the 60m (7.52s), Pole Vault (3.80m) and 1000m (2.57.24). In total he amassed 4,624 points which moves him up to 15th on the Irish All-Time list for the event. It also put him well over 1000 points clear of Evan Hayes (Waterford AC) who won silver.

McCorry took the intervarsity title in Athlone twelve months ago and was looking to build on a series of good performances at the National U23 Indoor Championships the week before.

She opened her pentathlon with a time of 9.68s in the 60m Hurdles, just shy of the 9.65s she had ran in Abbottstown the weekend before. In the Long Jump she equalled her PB of 4.60m, before a PB throw of 11.18m in the Shot Put.

Impressive performances followed in the High Jump (1.52m) and 800m (2.42.94), as McCorry finished with a total of 3,018 points, nearly 1000 points ahead of the silver medal winning athlete.

In winning the national title, McCorry and Forde become the first athletes from their respective clubs to achieve the feat, a massive achievement and something they will no doubt remember for the remainder of their athletics careers.

Both will return to action this coming weekend at the IUAA (intervarsity) Indoor Championships in the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown where they will compete in the pentathlon.

DCU Athletics are expected to announce a strong team for the event on Tuesday with a host of European and national medal winning athletes expected to feature.

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Sprints/Hurdles Training
Day:
Mondays
Starts:
17:30
Ends:
19:00
 Max:
100
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: DCU Sports Grounds Track (St. Clare's)

DCU Sprints/Hurdles Group Training 

DCU Sports Grounds Track 

Open to all!

Lead by DCU Athletics Sprints Coach Daniel Kilgallon

Distance Training
Day:
Tuesdays
Starts:
17:45
Ends:
19:00
 Max:
100
IN-PERSON
Activity
Location: DCU Sports Grounds Grass Pitches

DCU Sprints/Hurdles Group Training 

DCU Sports Grounds Grass Loop (Eircode = D09 FK50) 

Open to all from 800m to 10,000m and beyond!

Lead by DCU Athletics Distance Coach - Joe Ryan 

Sprints/Hurdles Training

Day Mondays
From 17:30, to 19:00
Cost FREE
Max 100 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: DCU Sports Grounds Track (St. Clare's)

DCU Sprints/Hurdles Group Training 

DCU Sports Grounds Track 

Open to all!

Lead by DCU Athletics Sprints Coach Daniel Kilgallon

Distance Training

Day Tuesdays
From 17:45, to 19:00
Cost FREE
Max 100 attendees
Type IN-PERSON Activity

Location: DCU Sports Grounds Grass Pitches

DCU Sprints/Hurdles Group Training 

DCU Sports Grounds Grass Loop (Eircode = D09 FK50) 

Open to all from 800m to 10,000m and beyond!

Lead by DCU Athletics Distance Coach - Joe Ryan 

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Sat 4th Mar
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Fixture

IUAA Cross Country Championships Fixture

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IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Date:
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IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Fixture

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Location: Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Track
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IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Date:
Sat 22nd Apr
Start:
09:45
AWAY
Fixture

IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Fixture

IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club
Location: Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Track
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IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

IUAA Cross Country Championships
Date Sat 4th Mar
Start 13:00
Type AWAY Fixture

IUAA Cross Country Championships Fixture

IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

Location: University of Limerick Campus
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IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Date Fri 21st Apr
Start 14:00
Type AWAY Fixture

IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Fixture

IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

Location: Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Track
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IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Date Sat 22nd Apr
Start 09:45
Type AWAY Fixture

IUAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Fixture

IUAA Universities V DCU Athletics Club

Location: Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Track
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About Athletics Club

DCU Athletics Club

DCU Athletics club compete in the IUAA Road Relays, Indoor and Outdoor Intervarsity, Cross Country, Combined events and International competitions. DCU Athletics Club is one of the most successful clubs in DCU with a strong record of IUAA individual and team titles across the last 10 years. We are the current IUAA Outdoor Intervarsity Champions 2022/23 winning all available team trophies and titles. 

We promote the sport of Athletics to both students and staff and cater for Olympic pathway athletes right the way through participation level and everything in between. Athletics is a sport with many different elements, running, walking, sprinting, hurdling, throwing and jumping so if you'd like to get involved in the club and try something new make sure to get in touch. See below for the most up to date training times and make sure to follow our social media pages!!

Training Times Semester 1 2022/23

Sprints & Hurdles - Monday @ 5.30pm - DCU Sports Grounds Track, Wednesday @ 2pm - Morton Stadium Santry, Friday @ 3pm Glasnevin Campus Covered Track, Saturday 10am

Distance - Tuesday & Thursday meet @ 5:45pm - DCU Sports Grounds Pitches (Grass Loop/Track). Group easy runs/jogs at various times during the week. Follow on Instagram for times/locations. 

Throws (Discus, Shot, Javelin) - Wednesday 2-5pm - DCU Sports Grounds Track. Contact Dave Sweeney (field@athleticsireland.ie)

Throws (Hammer) - Contact Sean Egan (seanegan1980@gmail.com)

Jumps (High Jump) - Wednesday @ 5pm - DCU Sports Grounds Track. Contact Barry Pender (barryjpender@gmail.com) for most up to date schedule

Jumps (Long Jump & Triple Jump) - Tuesday @ 6pm - DCU Sports Grounds Track. Contact Colm Bourke (colmbourke1@outlook.com) for all up to date schedules. 

Walks - Every 2nd Wednesday @ 4.30pm - Albert College Park or Santry Demesne Park. Contact Michael Lane (oaklane111@gmail.com)

DCU Social Running Group 

DCU Social Runners is a participation focused running group for DCU students and staff. Come walk, jog or run with us in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere around the many running routes on Glasnevin campus, Albert College Park and the surrounding areas. Be as competitive or casual as you like, improve your overall health, fitness and wellbeing. No experience required! Try the group for free for the first couple of sessions. Thereafter all participants must be members of DCU Athletics Club

Meet at Pitches in Albert College Park @ 1pm every Tuesday & Thursday. 

Singlets/Club Kit 

DCU Joma bespoke men's singlet & women's singlet/crop top are available from the track office (LG10B - McNulty Building) for €35 each. All other club Joma kit is available to order and purchase via the online club shop HERE: https://www.jfsports.ie/product-category/club-shop/dcu-athletics/

Current Committee 7
Head of Athletics Paul Byrne
Chairperson Lauren Callaghan
Secretary Niamh
Public Relations Officer Rory Cassidy
Public Relations Officer Maeve Hayes
Men's Captain Michael Murphy
Sponsorship Officer Jack Raftery

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