The great motivator! A magazine cover and article featuring Sportsworld head coach Emily Dowling in 1984 and who has been continuously coaching Sportsworld athletes for 35 years now!



1997 Leinster Novice in Gowran Kilkenny. From right: Joe Byrne in the white Sportsworld tshirt who was on the winning Sportsworld team. Beside him one Myles Nugent (704) along with Tommy O’Neill, Jack Tyrell and Brendan O’Connor. Myles and the lads won masters gold wearing those blue Dublin vests.



We are back with Sportsworld coaches Emily Dowling and Myles Nugent at the World Masters Championships in 1999!



Thanks to Sandra Gowran for these photos from the club trip to Lanzarote in 2004! See you on the plane on Saturday!




One week to go! Rachael Morgan racing in Lanzarote back in 2008!



The 2013 Leinster Intermediate Cross-Country Champions! From left: Gavin Finlay (thanks for the photo!), Gareth Murran, Karol Cronin (who won the race) and Paul Duffy (who along with Gav raced 13 days after the Dublin marathon!).



For the week thats in it, Paul Duffy on his way to capturing the Sportsworld marathon record by finishing in 20th place at the 2012 Dublin marathon in a time of 2 hours 29 min and 48 seconds!



Best of luck to all those running the marathon this Sunday! I hope you are all looking as relaxed and fresh after 23 miles as Anna Delaney and Brenda Egan did in 2013!

Club Social night in Birchalls of Ranalgh Sunday evening from 7.30pm!




Throwback Thursday: Coach Myles Nugent beating Packie Enright at his own game in Lanzarote in 2007! For all those going to La Santa next month you need to register yourselves in advance for the races here: Click here



Two of Sportsworlds fastest ever men, Paul Duffy (2.31 marathon time – like his race number!) and Phil Kilgannon  (2.33 marathon time) racing in the 2009 Autumn Open Cross Country (then called the Gerry Farnan CC).

The 2016 Autumn Open starts at 2pm this Sunday at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.




Thanks to Lucy D’Arcy for finding this. Sportsworld head coach Emily Dowling on Ireland duty in Brisbane!!!



The 2013 Dublin Novice Cross Country team getting their strides in pre-race! The 2016 Dublin Novice is on this Sunday 2nd October in the Phoenix Park. Sportsworld have two full teams competing, ladies 4k race at 2.15 and the mens 6k race at 2.45. Get out and support your clubmates!



Mick and Emily Dowling with Sportsworlds team warm weather training in Portugal in 2007. Photo bomb by Dermot Bates!



Throwback Thursday: The 2010 Dublin Novice Cross Country teams, who will be in the 2016 photo in 3 weeks time!

Cross country training this Saturday in the Phoenix Park!




We are going all the way back… 2 weeks ago as the Brouder sisters where featured in the Limerick Leader after their recent cross country success! Well done again ladies and thanks to our Munster correspondent Packie for the photo!



With the upcoming cross country season we have Paul O’Connell and Myles out on the Phoenix Park course at the 2009 Dublin Novice. See you all there in October!



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Harry Gorman, who is currently in Rio at his 15th Olympics in a row, is waiting at the finish line for the winner of the Terenure 5 mile race in the mid-2000’s along side spritely looking Sportsworld runners Martin Keenan and Joe Byrne!




Thanks to Packie Enright for digging out this great photo of the 2005 Streets of Galway crew!


Back row L-R: Ray Carpenter, Dave Clarke, Nichola Bennett, Dermot Bates, Ilaria Sasscini, Noel Keenan, John McCormack, Eileen Walsh, Eimear Power (nee Martin), Amy Fitz, ?, Lisa Singleton, Seán Singleton, Nick Greaves, Tony McGann.

Middle row L-R: Packie Enright, Ronan Merrick, Elaine Caul, Aileen Greaves, Rachel Morgan, Conor Kenny (giving Emily a nice shoulder massage!), Kathleen Horgan

Front row L-R: Michael O’Grady, Lucy D’arcy, ?, Ruth McGann, Emily Dowling


Club chair Sandra Gowran and Lucy D’Arcy getting in some warm weather training in Monte Gordo, Portugal back in 2007!




The 2009 Sportsworld Burren Half marathon team taking in the sights of Co. Clare ‪#‎culturevultures‬

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With the success of her daughter Carla at the U20  World Championships yesterday; this week we have Ann Sweeney showing her how its done on the home straight at the 2011 Mini Marathon!

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For the day thats in it, Paul O’Connell on his way to winning the old Docklands 8k in 2009! 35 Sportsworld runners will be taking on the newer 5k course tonight! Post race refreshments in the Ferryman after, see you all tonight!



Photo by By David Bradshaw



Sportsworlds Helen White in action at the European Mountain Running Championships held in Austria in 2009!
Photos by by Gerry Brady
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The 2010 Sportsworld 5 Mile Classic (now Terenure 5) winning teams being watched over by Mick Dowling! Clockwise from top left: Aoife Brady, Lucy D’Arcy, Crona Brady, Jean Wilson, Trevor Sweeney, Phil Kilgannon, Paul Duffy, Paul O’Connell

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Throwback Thursday: The winning 4x400m relay team at last years club championship! This years race is THIS SATURDAY at 9am in Tallaght. Help is required so if you can’t run come along to give a hand. Tea, coffee and food will be put on by the club during the prize giving afterwards. Post race drinks in the The Odeon on Harcourt Street in town from 8pm. See you all Saturday!




The Dublin Intermediate Cross Country team who got silver medals on October 15th 2000 in Tymon Park! Thanks Paddy Lynch for digging this one out!




What else people, what else did you expect? The final sprint to the finish line by the BHAA Division D 1200m Champ back in 2015. Such a monumental moment the BHAA actually retired the 1200m distance for 2016.

As graceful as a gazelle sprinting across the plains of the Serengeti one international commentator was overheard saying. A terrible beauty is born said another. The 2016 BHAA Trinity College Track Races are NEXT WEDNESDAY at 7pm on the grass track out front of the Pavilion Bar. See you there!




This week we have Myles Nugent finishing the 1987 Belfast marathon in 2hrs 39min! He returned in 1988 to run 2:36 and finish 17th!




This week we have new Sportsworld committee members Killian McMorrow (94) and Aileen Melody (5) racing in Wexfords Kilmore Quay 10k road trip back in 2008! Running along side Killian is Susan McDonnell (19).




After sending in his first race report in 7 years yesterday from Jamaica we will stick with Trevor Sweeney. After running a PB in the 2009 Dublin marathon of 2 hours 48min, Trevor won a hair straightener for his efforts at the cake sale the following month! Trevor is back for a holiday in June to tell you ALL about it.




Some previous winners of the Terenure 5/5 Mile Classic! In 1993 we had the World 5000m Champion Ismael Kiriui run 22:07 for the distance, a world record at the time. And in 1994 Irelands own Catherina McKiernan ran 25:43!

Other great winners where:
1986 Ailish Smyth 26:50,
1988 Jill Hunter 25:24,
1989 Jerry Kiernan 23:06,
1991 Eamon Martin 22:17,
1994 John Treacy 23:06,
2000 Magdalen Chemjor 26:13.




We are only going back a year this week to the 2015 Terenure 5! This will give you some impression of the crowds that will descend on Terenure in 10 days! Don’t miss out this year, enter the 2016 edition here: Click here

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With Novembers plane to Lanzarote filling up it had to be a La Santa photo this week! The Sportsworld Team photo after completing the International Running Challenge in the early 2000’s!




Throwback Thursday: Phil Kilgannon after finishing his leg at the National Road Relays in 2009! Phil will be racing in the same event THIS Sunday afternoon in Rahney!  Photo by David Bradshaw.




Myles Nugent appears on YouTube on his way to finishing 6th in the Sunday World New Years Day 10k in 1990 in the Phoenix Park! Great to hear the comments at the end about how tough the Kyber pass was back then too! Below are screenshots of Myles and RTE coverage of the race with commentary by George Hamilton!

Myles appears in a yellow singlet at 1:00  to 1:17 sec and again at 2:40 to 2:49.







Throwback Thursday: For some inspiration for returning to track training this Saturday; this week we have two more of the clubs most successful athletes, Aoife & Crona Brady (running a PB that day), in 1500m action at the National Senior Track & Field Championships in Santry in 2009!



Totally forgot to post last week and we had this great photo picked of Sportsworlds Lucy D’Arcy and Helen White in St Patricks Day green, racing the 2012 British & Irish Masters CC! Better late than never!

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As we leave the cross country season behind we have a picture this week of Dave Clarke and Pat at the National Half Marathon circa 2004!


We have another Sportsworld legend this week with Jean Wilson in cross country action! Thanks to Sandra Gowran for sending it in!

Jean features in a number of places on the clubs records listings here: Records



Two of the fastest people to wear the Sportsworld vest. Eimear Martin (494) who holds the clubs women’s 5k record of 16:58 and Bernadette White (492) who holds the 400m record in 63:02!



With the week that’s in it, with Sean O’Byrne writing the club history (click here), here is a picture of Sean, Mick Dowling, Paddy Lynch and Dave Clarke in 2005 standing outside the brand new clubhouse!

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After a brief hiatus last week (i.e. I forgot) we are back with another classic Sportsworld picture. This week we have Sean O’Byrne and Paddy Lynch down the track with what appears to be a stop watch and a pint of Guinness!!!



Sportsworld legend and long serving member Shelia Champion in T&F action and with Emily at last months cake sale!

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The Sportsworld Clubhouse from 1983 – 2005 until our current home was built!



Sportsworld President Mick Dowling boxing Cuban Orlando Martinez at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico city and the two men sparing again in Havana, Cuba in 2015!



Head Coach Emily Dowling eyeing up the competition back in the 1980s!



Dave making his new years resolution back in 2009! Ok its really the post race party after the Sportsworld mens senior team won the Dunshaughlin 10k in 2009. Happy New Year!



The Sportsworld crew out for their St Stephens Day run in 2001!



We weren’t having such mild weather this time back in 2010!



Lucy D’Arcy tearing it up at the 2008 Mini Marathon!



Sportsworld crew at the log where we start training in Bushy Park back in 1992

Group Photo around 1992


Thanks to Will Greensmyth for digging out this photo showing some youthful looking club members from the 2007 Lanzarote trip!



Sportsworld 1984!

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Lucy Darcy, Helen White, Eimear Martin & Sandra Gowran with coach Emily Dowling at the 2004 European Clubs 15km Road Race, Italy



Paddy Lynch & Mary Whelan racing for Sportsworld in the 1988 Dublin Marathon


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Sportsworld Head Coach Emily Dowling on her way to winning the 1981 Dublin Marathon

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