Robbie Mathews – Dunshaughlin Athletic Club – 4th November 1978 to 29th June 2014 - RIP

The very sad and untimely death has occurred of the quiet and popular Dunshaughlin athlete Robbie Mathews at just 35 years of age.


Robbie began his running career in his early teenage years in Kells and joined the local club where his highlight was in finishing 3rd in the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country championships in Wexford in 1998.


He drifted out of the sport for a period of time but never lost his love of running and came back into the sport in his mid 20’s where he rapidly started making up for the lost years. Under the guidance of his coach, Domo Moran, Robbie started to show the form that his early teenage years indicated and the titles soon started to mount up.


He won his first Meath Senior Cross Country title in Dunboyne in 2008 and followed that up with silver medals in the Leinster Novice Cross Country in Rathdrum in 2009 and the Leinster Intermediate in Tullamore in 2011 leading the Meath teams to victory on both occasions.


A cruciate ligament injury threatened to end his career but after almost 2 years of no running and 2 major operations Robbie summoned the will and courage to get running again and in 2013 he won over 30 races on the track, road and cross country. He won 2 out of the 4 Dublin Marathon race series (Irish Runner 5 mile and Dublin Half marathon) and set pb’s in almost every race he ran which ranged from 5k – 14.57, 4 miles – 19.36, 5 miles 24.46, 10k 30.57, 10 miles 50.57 and a half marathon best of 68.08.

He was also crowned Meath 3k track champion, 5 mile road champion and led the club senior mens team to their first Meath Cross country title in 10 years which meant a lot to him.


A quiet but focussed lad Robbie was a true and loyal club man and county man and he wore both singlets with pride and honour right up to the end. He was also very supportive of the young members in the club and was always on hand to offer advice and encouragement. He finished 5th in our club 10k last Saturday week going on to take victory in his final race, the Fore 5k last Wednesday evening.


Robbie’s legacy will live on as his organs were donated to many recipients and how lucky are the people that gets his heart and lungs.


Our sincere condolences go to his family, friends and clubmates at this sad time.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

FIXTURE LIST

Meath Athletics Board Officers 2013 - 2014

Honorary President

Michael Heery, St. Brigids AC

Chairman

Maggie Higgins, Na Fianna AC

Vice Chairman

P J McGrath, St. Andrews AC

Secretary

John Holian, Dunboyne AC

Treasurer

Bridget Clarke, Na Fianna AC

Assistant Treasurer

Don Mahon, Trim AC

Registrar

Philip Cogavin, Fr. Murphy AC

PRO

Tommy McDonnell, Dunboyne AC

Competition Secretary

Paddy Mangan, Dunshaughlin AC

Coaching Coordinator

Tom Clinton, Navan AC

Development Officers

Marie Matthews, Navan AC

 

Philip Cogavin, Fr. Murphy AC

Children's Officers

Eoin O'Beara, Ratoath AC

 

TBC

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