02.12.2019

Race Report

A massive congratulations to Grainne O’Sullian who along with her 3 Irish team mates won the team bronze medal at the Schools International Combined Events. Grainne had an excellent competition setting 2 personal bests in the 60mH and the high jump.

 

Sleep and Nutritional Advice

As the uneven XC Nationals approach we hope that those competing are taking onboard our advice about the importance of sleep and nutrition. Both are so important when racing and particularly at National level in order to give the athletes the best possible chance of perfoming at their best. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper sleep and nutrition and its effect on performance.

Proper sleep, especially during the week of the race is so important. We would suggest getting an extra hours sleep each night for a week leading up to the race and not just the night before. Proper Nutrition plays a huge part in the development of young athletes and again good habits are so important.

We would suggest that after each training session or race, athletes refuel within an hour of exercise (ideally within 20 mins). It is scientifically proven that the first hour after training/race is the vital time in managing an athletes recovery.

We would suggest that after training on a Tuesday or Thursday or after a race that the athlete has a glass of milk or some nuts (protein) with some carbs (say a banana or peanut butter sandwich or a healthy cereal with fruit).

Staying hydrated before and after sessions is also very important. Please talk to the coaches if you need any further information or advice.

 

Training

Tuesday training will continue in Woodbrook College tomorrow from 6.50 – 8.00pm.

Thursday training will be on the promenade in Bray, meeting at the boathouse coffee shop 7-8pm (Southern end of the prom). This session is open to all athletes born in 2008 or earlier

Please keep an eye out on the Whats App groups for details of the Sunday run

 

Upcoming Events

1. Round 5 of the juvenile league will be hosted by Bray Runners this Friday at 7pm in Bray Emmets. This is an even age event. As we are hosting this event it would be great to see as many of our athletes compete as possible, particularly our younger athletes. The distances are:

Boys and girls U6 – 200m

Boys and girls U8 – 400m

Boys and girls U10 – 800m

Boys and girls U12 – 1200m

Boys and girls U14/15 – 1600m

These races are a great introduction to crosscountry, with a certificate awarded to each athlete on race completion. The emphasis is on athlete participation rather than on winning.

2. Irish Life Health National Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country in Cow Park, Dunboyne December 15th.

3. Xmas party and awards night: December 17th in Bray Bowl 7-9pm (instead of training). Please bring €5 as we will be having pizzaWe will then be taking a break until Tuesday January 7th.

4. Athletics Wicklow Indoor Championships, NIA, Blanchardstown, Saturday 4 January, 2020, 1 pm - 5 pm, Entry €5 (three events) U7 upwards. Please let us know by email if your child will be competing in this event. We do not have an official schedule for this yet but last year it included 60m sprint for all ages, middle distance, high jump, shot putt and long jump.

25.11.2019

National Evens XC Race Report

A massive well done to all 15 of our athletes who competed yesterday in the National even ages XC in Abbottstown.  Each one of the Bray contingent ran their hearts out for club, county and province. First to race were the U12 girls - Roisin Murray, Catherine O’Neill, Kate Hanly and Kripa Kissanthomas.  The girls put in an outstanding effort and were justly rewarded with team silver for Bray, which is a first for our club at national level!!. Both Rosin and Catherine secured individual medals (10th and 12th Place) and were also part of the Leinster team which took gold. Kate was just outside the medals and Kripa not far behind.  Their united effort won them 2nd Club team overall and for that they will all receive a silver National medal.  

Next up was James Foot and Aaron Egan. Aaron placed a very impressive 58th in a field of 172, running up an age category. James Foot ran a brilliant but very tough race against very talented competition to win the first National individual Gold for Bray. He is also part of the Leinster team which took gold yesterday.

Our talented Boys U14 team of Matthew Daly, Finn Campbell, Rian Anafi-Fitzgibbon and Bobby More all finished in the middle of the very competitive national field and all within sight of each other.  Three of the boys were competing for the first time at national level and Bobby was running out of age. This is a very impressive result and we have great hopes for this group of athletes as a team along with Fionn Begley who was unfortunately injured for the Leinsters and therefore couldn’t compete.

Next was the girls U16 race. Three of the girls Niamh Murray, Hannah Kelly and Eleanor Foot were running out of age and together with Hannah Foot and Ciara Murray they put in gutsy performances all around on terrain that was becoming an ever increasing sea of mud with every race. Niamh Murray (29th) fought hard to secure a top 30 position in a field of 139.  Hannah Kelly (51st) and Eleanor Foot (75th) with Hannah and Ciara not far behind also put in impressive performances.  The 3 younger girls will also be racing on 15th Dec in the Uneven Ages National XC in Dunboyne    

 

Regitrations

All athletes must be registered in order to run outside. This is for the athletes own safety as we are training on the roads. If you are not registered you will not be allowed to run outside but you can remain in the hall.

 

Training

Tuesday training will continue in Woodbrook College tomorrow from 6.50 – 8.00pm.

Thursday training will be on the promenade in Bray, meeting at the boathouse coffee shop 7-8pm (Southern end of the prom). This session is open to all athletes born in 2008 or earlier

The Sunday run will resume this weekend and we will advise on time and venue on the Whats App groups over the coming days.

Upcoming Events

Xmas party and awards night: December 17th in Bray Bowl 7-9pm (instead of training).  Please bring €5 as we will be having pizza.

Round 5 of the juvenile league will be held by Bray Runners on December 6th at 7pm in Bray Emmets Even ages

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Uneven Ages Cross Country in Cow Park, Dunboyne December 15th.

 

Volunteers

Thanks again to the parents who have volunteered to help out at training. Without your assistance we would not be able to keep accepting new members. We will keep the appeal going for parental assistance, every week we keep growing with 108 registered juveniles with the club and in order to maintain the smooth running of our training sessions we need help. You do NOT have to be a runner, all you have to do is provide encouragement and support to our young athletes. Please feel free to speak to any of our coaches about volunteering.

 

Good Luck!

This Saturday Nov. 30th Grainne O’Sullivan will represent Ireland when she competes in the Schools Combined International at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. We wish Grainne the very best of luck.

11.11.2019

Race Reports

National Schools Combined Event

Firstly, a massive congratulations to Grainne O’Sullivan on winning silver in the National Schools Combined events at the AIT last Saturday.  Grainne will now be the first ever juvenile Bray athlete to represent Ireland.  She will be competing at the Schools Combined International at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on November 30th.  All her hard work and dedication over the past number of years is paying off. We are all very proud of Grainne.

Leinster XC Uneven ages

We had another amazing turnout for the Leintster Unevn Ages XC last Saturday in Ferbane, County Offaly with 15 of our Bray athletes toeing the line.  The weather held for the event and despite the heavy rain the previous night, the course was in relatively good condition and not as mucky as we anticipated. However, there was a large scattering of cow pats and various steep hills to be negotiated by the athletes.   We had some very impressive individual performance as well as some great team efforts on the day.  The U11girls race kicked off at 12 noon and Saorlaith Kieran competing for her first time at Leinster level, ran a fine race and was undaunted by the experience. Well done Saorlaith!  Next up was the Boys U11, where Aaron Egan fought hard to finish in an impressive 3rd spot to win a Leinster bronze medal. We had 5 girls running in the Girls U13 race with 3 of the 5 running up an age group. The standard in this race was very high and Roisin Murray was first of the Bray athletes in 21st position followed by Kate Hanly in 28th, Catherine O’Neill was 32nd.  Mia McEntee and Eile Kennedy also ran very well against stiff competition. Overall the Bray girls were the 7th club team home and Wicklow were the 5th county team. Next we had Bobby More and James Foot in the boys U13 boys race. This was another very competitive race.  James in a very tactical race had to use all his race experience to date to try and hold his nerve by tucking in behind the lead group of 5 boys and then managed to pull off a sprint finish with 200m to go to secure another Leinster gold.  Bobby came in in 16th position and together they secured a place for Wicklow in the Nationals on the 15th December.  Noah Harris of Ashford finished in 4th and Malachy Kenny of Kilcoole finished in 7th which made 3 wicklow athletes were in the top 12. In the girls U15 race we had 4 athletes – Niamh Murray, Hannah Kelly, Eleanor Foot and Jennifer O’Dwyer, Jennifer was also running out of her age group in order to complete the Bray team.  Niamh Murray in typical form left nothing on the course to finish in an amazing 6th position. She was closely followed by Hannah Kelly who is narrowly missed out on a medal by coming in a very impressive 14th.  Eleanor and Jennifer also had fine races and the Bray team were 5th overall and the girls will now form part of the Wicklow team who have qualified for the Nationals by being the 4th County team. Hannah Foot was the final of our athletes to race in the U17 race. Hannah is returning to fitness after a rest period from running and racing and was using the race to improve her fitness for the Nationals on the 24th.  Well done to all our athletes.  

Sleep and Nutritional Advise

As we have two XC Nationals events coming up shortly, with the first in 2 weeks time, we would like to include a note on the importance of sleep and nutrition.  Both are so important when racing and particularly at National level in order to give the athletes the best possible chance of perfoming at their best.  We cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper Sleep and Nutrition and its effect on performance.

Proper sleep, especially during the week of the race is so important. We would suggest getting an extra hours sleep each night for a week leading up to the race and not just the night before.

Proper Nutrition plays a huge part in the development of young Athletes and again good habits are so important.

We would suggest that after each training session or race, Athletes refuel within an hour of exercise (ideally within 20 mins). It is scientifically proven that the first hour after training/Race is the vital time in managing an Athletes recovery.

We would suggest that after training on a Tuesday or Thursday or after a race that the Athlete has a glass of Milk or some nuts (protein) with some carbs (say a banana or peanut butter sandwich or a healthy cereal with Fruit).

Staying hydrated before and after sessions is also very important. Please talk to the coaches if you need any further information or advice.

Registration

Could all unregistered athletes please register on or before 12.11.2019 with the club as you will not be allowed to run outside if you are not registered.

Training

Tuesday training will continue in Woodbrook College tomorrow from 6.50 – 8.00pm.

Thursday training will be on the promenade in Bray, meeting at the boathouse coffee shop 7-8pm (Southern end of the prom). This session is open to all athletes born in 2008 or earlier.

Next Sunday we are hoping to check out the course in Abbotstown for the National Even ages XC due to be held there on the 24th November.   We are waiting for confirmation from Inbhear Dee that we are allowed to run on the grounds. If we are allowed, this would be very beneficial to all athletes especially those competing in the Nationals so please make every effort to attend, more details in the Whats App groups to follow.

Upcoming Events

**Round 4 of the juvenile league will take place on Friday, November 15th at 7pm in Roundwood Uneven ages**

U/7 200
U/9  400
U/11 800
U/13 1200
U/15 1600

These races are a great introduction to crosscountry, with a certificate awarded to each athlete on race completion. The emphasis is on athlete participation rather than on winning.

Location: An Tochar GAA club, drive through R/wood and keep right for Laragh and it’s on the lefthand side.  Emma Craxton will be there to register the athletes so look out for Emma.

Round 5 of the juvenile league will be held by Bray Runners on December 6th at 7pm in Bray Emmets Even ages

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country in Abbotstown on 24th November.

04.11.2019

County Selections For National Cross Country Champs Even Ages

Huge congratulations to the following athletes who in addition to competing for their club at the Nationals have also been selected to be part of the county teams. To be even considered for selection for this is very special and you should all be extremely proud of yourselves.

Girls U12’s

Kate Hanly
Roisin Murray
Kripa Kissanthomas

Catherine O'Neill

Boys U12’s

James Foot
Aaron Egan

Boys U14’s

Bobby More
Matthew Daly

Rian Anafi Fitzgibbon

Girls U16's:

Hannah Kelly

Niamh Murray
Eleanor Foot

Hannah Foot

The Irish Life Health National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country will be held in Abbotstown on the 24th November.

Leinster Cross Country Uneven Ages

The following are the athletes that have been entered for the Leinster cross country race in Ferbane, Co. Offaly this Saturday.

U11 Girls

Saorlaith Kieran

U11 Boys 

Aaron Egan
Samuel Whelan

U13 Girls

Kate Hanly
Roisin Murray

Kripa Kissanthomas

Catherine O'Neill

Eile Kennedy

Mia McEntee

U13 boys

Bobby More

James Foot

U15 Girls:

Hannah Kelly

Niamh Murray
Eleanor Foot

Jennifer O'Dwyer

U17 Girls:

Hannah Foot

Registrations

Could all unregistered athletes please register on or before tomorrow with the club as you will not be allowed to run outside if you are not registered.

Training

Tuesday training will continue in Woodbrook College tomorrow from 6.50 – 8.00pm.

Thursday training will be on the promenade in Bray, meeting at the boathouse coffee shop 7-8pm (Southern end of the prom). This session is open to all athletes born in 2008 or earlier.

Next Sundays run with Inbhear Dee is in Shanganagh Park and will be a shake out run after the Leinsters. The following Sundays run (Sunday 17th) will be in Abbotstown, for a run on the course before the Nationals, this will be invaluble to all athletes competing in the Nationals so please make every effort to attend, more details will be in next weeks email, or in the Whats App groups.


Upcoming Events

Saturday 9th of November - Leinster Cross Country (Unevens) - Ferbane, Co. Offaly

**Round 4 of the juvenile league will take place on Friday, November 15th at 7pm in Roundwood Uneven ages**

U/7 200
U/9  400
U/11 800
U/13 1200
U/15 1600

These races are a great introduction to crosscountry, with a certificate awarded to each athlete on race completion. The emphasis is on athlete participation rather than on winning.

Location: An Tochar GAA club, drive through R/wood and keep right for Laragh and it’s on the lefthand side.

Round 5 of the juvenile league will be held by Bray Runners on December 6th at 7pm in Bray Emmets Even ages

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country in Abbotstown on 24th November.

 

Volunteers

Thanks again to the parents who have volunteered to help out at training. Without your assistance we would not be able to keep accepting new members. We will keep the appeal going for parental assistance: We now have 103 registered juveniles with the club and in order to maintain the smooth running of our training sessions we need help. You do NOT have to be a runner, all you have to do is provide encouragement and support to our young athletes. Please feel free to speak to any of our coaches about volunteering.

Finally, the very best of luck to Grainne competing in the National Schools Combined events at the AIT this Saturday and good luck to all our cross country runners competing in Offaly.

28.10.2019

Race Report From Leinster Cross Country Even Ages

For those of you who may not have heard, each and every one of our juvenile athletes put in a great performance at the Leinster cross country last Saturday. On a challenging and mucky course our athletes showed their strength and resilience coming home with the most amount of medals from a Leinsters in one day.

In the Girls U12’s there were individual medals for Roisin (5th), Kate (8thand Catherine (9th) who together with Kripa won the club gold medal.

James won the gold medal in the Boys U12’s and together with Aaron and other Wicklow athletes they won the county gold.

The boys U14’s all ran fine races, Wicklow won the county silver medal with Bobby being part of the team.

In the Girls U16’sNiamh won an individual medal and together with Hannah K, Eleanor and Hannah F they won both theclub and county silver.

A massive congratulations to you all and thanks to the parents and supporters who travelled with the athletes.Many will now go on to run in the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country in Abbotstown on 24th November.

Leinster Cross Country Uneven Ages

he following are the proposed athletes to be entered in thLeinster cross country race in Ferbane, Co. Offaly on November 9th. All registered athletes are eligible to compete. 4 athletes are needed to make a team. Please let us know via the Whats App groups by Friday if your child intends on running as the closing date for entries is this weekend.  If there is enough interest a bus could be arranged again.

U15 Girls:

Hannah Kelly,

Niamh Murray

Eleanor Foot

Jennifer O’Dwyer

U13 Girls:

Eile Kennedy

Mia McEntee

Kate Hanly

Roisin Murray

Kripa Kissanthomas

Catherine O'Neill

U13 Boys:

Bobby More

James Foot

U11 Boys

Aaron Egan

Samuel Whelan

Registration

Could all unregistered athletes please register before next Tuesday with the club as from Tuesday November 5th you will not be allowed to run outside if you are not registered.

Training

Tuesday training will continue in Woodbrook College tomorrow from 6.50 – 8.00pm.

There will be no Thursday training this week as it is Halloween.

Details of the Sunday run will be posted on the What’s App groups this week. As we are not training on Thursday we would strongly encourage all those athletes taking part in the upcoming Leinsters and Nationals to do the Sunday run. The athletes doing this run regularly are showing their strength in the finishing stages of races, they are able to come through or hold their position in the closing stages. If we are to compete at nationals the long Sunday run is imperative.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 9th of November - Leinster Cross Country (Unevens) - Ferbane, Co. Offaly

Round 4 of the juvenile league will be on Friday November 15th at 7pm in Roundwood Uneven ages

Round 5 of the juvenile league will be held by Bray Runners on December 6th at 7pm in Bray Emmets Even ages

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Even Age Cross Country in Abbotstown on 24th November.

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Our Club was founded in 1983 primarily as a marathon running club, however over the years we have introduced a juvenile section and cover a wide range of athletic disciplines.


Bray Runners Athletics Club
Bray Head Terrace, Vevay Rd, Oldcourt, Bray, Co. Wicklow 0872930904 
brayrunnershs@gmail.com

 

 

Committee Members

 Richard Hourihan Chairperson

 Cyril J. Smith Club Hon. Treasurer

 Ashling Smith Honorary Secretary

 Audrey Whelan Child Welfare Officer

 Jackie O'Neill Social Secretary

 Ciara Carter Juvenile Representative

 Suzanne Foot Covid Safety Officer

 Dolores Gilliand Covid Safety Officer

 Jean O'Kennedy Club Captain

 Richard Kavanagh Club Captain

 Dominic Horan Committee Member

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Well done to all our athletes!