W/C 7th Nov : DCH Competition & Training Update

Competition Update

Another great weekend of racing from the club’s perspective with two senior team titles!! (Memories of the good old days about 30 + years ago, when this was a common occurrence). Well done, Ladies!

On Saturday at the Leinster Senior’s club championships in the Mountain View Golf Club in Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny, the Ladies team romped to our 3rd team title of the current season! Claire led the team home in 7th from Aislinn (10th), Sinead (11th), Sorcha (debut in blue with only one shoe, in14th), Ellen (17th), Christelle (30th), Aoife C (32nd), Niamh (34th) and Aoife D (43rd). DCH with 42 points, led home Tullamore Harriers in 2nd with 57 points and Dunboyne 3rd with 87 points.

At the Scottish Short Course championships in Kirkcaldy on Saturday, Niamh Carr (20th overall in 13.50) got the better of her sister Aoife (28th in 13.58) – two excellent runs at the National Seniors!

Also, on Saturday at the English National XC Relays in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, Lucy led the Charnwood B team to 20th overall (from 139 finishing teams).

On Sunday at the Dublin Senior XC championships in City West Dublin, the ladies in blue retained the Jim McNamara Team Cup with Faye (3rd), Jodie (4th), Alison (6th), Cliona (7th), Eimear (19th) and Aoife (24th) – a magnificent team performance with great packing up front! DCH with 20 points were convincing team winners from DSD in 2nd with 37 points and Raheny Shamrocks 3rd with 42 points – our 4th team senior team title of the season! All these performances augurs well for the National Seniors!

In addition to these great runs over the weekend, the DCH junior U19 ladies team placed 3rd behind MSB and DSD with Cliodhna 5th, Clair 12th and Summer 16th.

In the Junior Men’s race, Alex finished an excellent 15th on his DCH debut with Christopher a few places back in 20th. In the Senior Men’s race over 10km, Pierre outsprinted Emmet Jennings (DSD) to finish an excellent 2nd overall behind the winner Efrem Gidey (Clonliffe).

In the US, Ailish Hawkins finished 2nd over 3 miles at the Marmonte Finals in Agoura, California – with a time of 17.33 for the distance!  

Training Update

Wednesday’s nights weekly circuits session continues at the Cabra Parkside Community Centre – starting at 7.30pm sharp (2 mile warm up and cool down recommended).

This week’s training continues with 2 weekly sessions – Tuesday & Friday OR Saturday. We train as per normal at TUD on Tuesday, followed by the Universities Relays in Maynooth on Friday for some of our University based athletes and a regular tempo reps session on Saturday morning from DFS (to start at 10.30am at latest). After this session, we WILL MEET as a group at the HITW for a quick meeting to finalise plans for the National Seniors XC championships in Rosapenna, Donegal on Nov 20th

Wk 16 (Nov 7/13): Easy running 3 days, one longer run at talking pace on Sunday, 1 x repetitions session on Tuesday, 1 x tempo run at LT pace / race pace + 2 x personal S&C sessions + ONE COMPLETE REST DAY [Sessions: Tuesday & Saturday] Please check team email for session details.