47.48 is the club record in seconds for the 4x100m, set in Tullamore in 1999 and held by Striders' women
Dublin Striders AC has much to celebrate this week as the club has been the first to receive the newly launched Athletics Ireland Club Mark for excellence in safeguarding, coaching and management.
"This new Athletics Ireland Club Mark will help make our clubs safer, stronger and more successful, child welfare officer at Athletics Ireland Kieron Stout said. "Dublin Striders is the first club to receive the new Club Mark and they can be very proud of what they have achieved."
Dublin Striders AC was formed 40 years ago in Sundrive Park, and this has been the club's headquarters ever since. The club caters for boys and girls from aged eight upwards.
Some of the club's notable achievements include competing in the European Club Championships in 1995. Michelle Walshe (now Michelle Carroll) for many years held the national record for 100m that she set in Switzerland in 1984. The club's senior women's team hold the national club record of 47.48 seconds for the 4x100m relay – set in Tullamore in 1999.
Many other club members have competed for Ireland – including Michelle Carey (right) – winner of the national 400m hurdles title for the past six years. Michelle has also represented Ireland at two Olympic Games: Sydney and London.
Other club athletes who have represented Ireland at senior level are Bernie White (400m) and Anita White, who was a member until 2011. In 2006 and 2008, Paul Whelan was selected for Ireland in the boys' 100m.
Dublin Striders AC now has a new wave of young athletes coming through, from ages 10 to 18, and they are well looked after by club coaches Mary Whelan, Thomas Guinane and Bernie White.
Among the club's younger athletes making an impact are Katie Hynes (U-12), Luke O'Connor (U-12), Orlagh Paterson (U-13), Georgina Scanlon (U-14) and Fiachra Kenealy (U-14).
Dublin Striders is used to winning annual Dublin and national titles, and in 2012 and 2013, club athletes have won two silver medals and one gold – Joesph Finnegan Murphy in sprints and Simon Essuman in hurdles at the Dublin Championships. Essuman also won national gold in the 250m hurdles.
Club athlete Carole Agar finished sixth in the World Masters' Championships in France and Bernie White holds the indoor over-35 800m record. Bernie has represented the club at international masters' level at 800m and 1,500m, as well as cross-country. She has won many Dublin and national titles, as well as international masters' gold.
Mary Whelan is another master athlete who has won many Leinster, Dublin and national titles over 100m and 200m, as well as shot putt.
This year, at the Dublin Championships, the club brought home a haul of medals.
Three gold medals, one silver and one bronze were won by club athletes in the Dublin Juvenile Championships, as well as one bronze in hurdles and two very close fourth placings in the Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nenagh.
Dublin Striders also has two boys with special needs competing for the club – Stephen Cawley and Keith Whelan, who are also making great progress.
The future looks very bright indeed for the Dublin Striders AC. Check the club out at www.dublinstridersac.org
Chairperson and PRO Bernie White
Secretary Thomas Guinane
Registrar, child welfare officer Mary Whelan
Treasurer Liam White