A great glimpse into the past from Brian White, Bray Cualann Historical Society:
On researching the first caretaker and Manager of the Carlisle Grounds, Bray in 1862 John Levett an English Athletic Champion , author of a book “How to Train for Athletic Exercise” and inventor of a device to learn how to swim; On 7th September 1862 a large crowd gathered on Bray Seafront to witness a selection of running races, chief competitors were John Levett, Edward (Teddy) Mills another English Champion and Deerfoot a native American Indian and described as the fastest man on earth.
In 1861 George Martin the coach of the English Athletic team and promoter invited Deerfoot a chief of Seneca tribe on a 20 month tour of England and Ireland. On 27th July 1861 they took the steamship “City of Washington” on a 12 day voyage to Liverpool . The final leg of the 20 month tour was a visit to Dublin and Bray. On Bray seafront on 7th September 1862 Deerfoot ran a four mile race in 20 minutes.
The Shanganagh GOAL mile this year will be virtual, you can still make a difference by doing your own mile and making a contribution.
You can also support GOAL this year by making a donation to the Shanganagh Pk GOAL Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dominic-Horan1
Well done also to those who came out to support and encourage the athletes.
The following are the results we have to hand.
Ashling Smith, 2.32.
Well done also to Dominic Horan who did a fine job pacing Catherine O'Connor to an excellent new Half Marathon Pb of 84.28.
The Committee and members of Bray Runners AC would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Pat's family, friends and members of Raheny Shamrock. An ever-present, larger than life figure at athletics events up and down the country, with words of encouragement for everyone he met. Pat you will be missed.