Congratulations to the Bray Runners girls Under 16 4x200 relay team, who won bronze at the National Indoor C/ships on 6th April. They recorded an excellent time of 1min 47.2 sec. A great achievement by the girls and their coaches and mentors.
Well done all our athletes and friends who have been racing over the past few days. These are the results we have to hand. At the Berlin Half Marathon Ian McGrath ran a fine 74.09 and finished an excellent 4th in his age category. In Rotterdam, Sharon Bailey ran 50.08 in the quarter marathon, and in the Rotterdam Marathon Ross Kelly ran 3.47.49. At the Manchester Marathon Mark Messitt ran an excellent 3:07:45.
On Saturday, 6th April, at the Bray Cliff 10k, Paul Allen finished in 6th place in a time of 39.55.
On Saturday 30th March, at the DCC (BHAA) 4mile, Bernard Quinn continued with his excellent early season form, running 28.01 and was 1st 0/65. Well done to ALL our athletes who took part in the Shanganagh Parkrun on Sat., Darren Cullen, having his first run as a Bray Runner, was first athlete home in 18.07. Well done to our fellow Sli Cualann athlete, Catherine O'Connor, who ran a fine 3.04.42, 5th in age category, at the Manchester Marathon earlier today. Great run also from our good friend Cathy Mitchell who smashed her Pb by over 8 minutes, running 3.28.19 also in Manchester. Well done also to Graham Bailey who ran and completed his first marathon in Rotterdam today
We had a fantastic session Saturday 6th April with world champion Joe Gough leading our master class in middle distance running. Joe’s session was fabulous and got all of us doing things we didn’t think we could do. It was clear that Joe keeps things very simple, but what he does do, he does skillfully, thoroughly and properly. Thanks so much Joe, you’re a legend and a gentleman. Really enjoyed the Q&A after too.
Well done to our athletes who took part in the Wicklow Half Marathon and 10k on March 24th 2019.
Maureen O'Rourke ran a fine 2.01.50 over what is a very tough course. Paul Gannon, fresh from his 10k at the K Club on Saturday, ran 2.12.45.
In the 10k, Joe Eustace had a great run, recording a time of 46.55, 14th overall and 2nd 0/50.
Reminder; Thursday next will be our final Training session from St Annes Church carpark until November. Tuesday and Thursday training returns to Shanganagh from Tuesday 2nd April. We have a room booked in the resource centre on Thursday from 7.30 to 8.30, where we will have an informal chat about our next block of training. We may even have tea and biscuits.
The Bray Runners 2018 Awards were held on Friday 22nd March, the recipients were...
Athlete of the Year, Jean O'Kennedy.
Master Athlete, Dominic Horan.
Most Improved, Paul Allen.
Personality, Tom Cavanagh.
Special Merit, Mary Hayde.
Pat McCourt Award, Ian McGrath
Barry Keane Award, Gaye Enright
League Winner, John Ashworth
Club 5k H/cap, Ana Molina.
A special presentation was made to Dermot Brennan who stepped down from committee after almost 30 years of service. Jean O'Kennedy and Andrea Murphy were both recognised for their work over the past number of years. Photographs from the event can be found here. Congratulations to all.
Well done to all our athletes who were racing on 23rd March 2019. At the K Club 10k, Ian McGrath continued his great form and his preparations for the Berlin Half Marathon with an excellent 32.42 (almost certain that is a new Pb). Ian was 1st 0/45. Garrett Kelly ran 40.10, also a new Pb. Gerry Keaty ran 42.17 also recording a new Pb . Bernard Quinn had an excellent run, running 42.55 and was 1st 0/65. Jean O'Kennedy ran 45.05 and was 1st in her age category. Mary Hayde 45.52 and Dario Zanchetta 50.02 both recorded new Pbs. Paul Gannon ran 50.59 and Peter Doran ran 52.25. Sandra Brady ran 53.59 her best 10k in 4 years and Mary O'Connor 55.22, took over a minute and a half off her previous best for the distance.
Jenny Lawler took part in the IMRA Maurice Mullins Memorial Run and completed the 25.5k mountain run in just under 3hrs. There was a big turnout of runners and supporters at the Shanganagh Parkrun 4th birthday run today. Well done to ALL who took part which included new Pbs from Conor Boyle 19.32 and Caroline McBride 26.47. Also good to see Richard Hourihan record 19.47, will not be long until he is back to his previous best. These are the results we have to hand.