21.10.2019

Race Reports

Round 3 of the juvenile league last Friday in Rathdrum saw some excellent performances from our younger members (and their siblings).

The evening got off to a great start with the first of the three Hanly sisters, Ella, making her debut run in the girls U6’s with a fine run, well done Ella!! Following this Niamh Graham had a super run yet again to finish 2nd in the Girls U8’s.

In the Girls U10’s Lucy Hanly running cross country for the first time also had a fine run finishing in the middle of a very large field, Ryan Egan and Oisin Whelan both had great races in the Boys U10s with Ryan going on to win this race and Oisin placing well.

Next up were the girls U12’s where Kate Hanly had a super run to finish 2nd and Saorlaith Kieran also had a great debut cross country run. In the boys U12’s Aaron Egan, Samuel Whelan and Adam Craxton all had great runs in a large field of 29 boys. Aaron went on to finish 2nd, Samuel 10th and Adam 20th, great runs from all the boys.

The final girls race of the evening saw Eile Kennedy produce a super win in the Girls U14’s and in the final boys race Dara McGrandles also put in a fine performance.

It was a great nights running with all of our athletes showing lots of enthusiasm and camaraderie towards their club mates. Thanks to all the parents who brought their children to this event and cheered them on. I do believe some of our debut cross country runners may have caught the love of cross country!!

I'm attaching a copy of the official results so you can see for yourselves.

Round 4 of the juvenile league will be 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

The last round will be held by Bray Runners on December 6th at 7pm in Bray Emmets Even ages

Last Wednesday October 16th saw 5 of our secondary school athletes compete in the Leinster Schools Combined events in the NIA. In this event the athletes have to compete in 5 different events both track and field, these are: long jump, 60mH, high jump, shot putt and the 800m. Eleanor Foot, Niamh Murray, Jennifer O’Dwyer and Eile Kennedy all had great performances in the minor girls competition but the result of the day has to go to Grainne O’Sullivan, our very own KJT had a fantastic day to claim the gold medal in the junior girls competition with 3 pb performances in the shot putt, high jump and 800m. Grainne now goes on to compete in the National Schools combineds next month, best of luck Grainne!!

The following are the athletes entered for this Satudays Leinster cross country race in Gowran Co. Kilkenny

U16 Girls:

Hannah Kelly,

Niamh Murray

Eleanor Foot

Hannah Foot

U14 Boys:

Bobby More

Finn Campbell

Rian Anafi-Fitzgibbon

Matthew Daly

Fionn Begley

U12 Boys:

James Foot

Aaron Egan

Samuel Whelan

U12 Girls:

Kate Hanly

Roisin Murray

Kripa Kissanthomas

Catherine O'Neill

U16 Boys:

Dara McGrandles

For all those wishing to avail of it there is a bus leaving from Shanganagh Park at 9am which should be back by approx 3.30pm.

The very best of luck to everyone running.

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.

Details of the Sunday run will be posted on the What’s App groups this week. 

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

14.10.2019

Race Report: Day 2 County Cross Country Championships

A big well done again to the 18 Bray Runners A.C. juvenile athletes who competed so well at day 2 of the Wicklow county cross country championships in Avondale yesterday.  The heavy rain of the early morning stopped just before the first race began making for good cross-country racing conditions on a challenging course.  All our athletes put in fine performances again, demonstrating their determination and toughness. 

Our first runner of the day was Sophie Mackle who again got the day off to a great start finishing 7th out of a field of 32 U9 athletes. Sophie was followed by the boys U9’s where Feidhlim Harvey followed his day 1 3rd place with yet another 3rd place finish, well done Feidhlim!!  Oisin Whelan followed close behind having another fine run finishing 10th.                                                                          

Jenna Daly and Isla Graham both had good runs in a large girls U11 field both finishing well up the pack in 16th and 23rd places respectively.  In the boys U11’s Aaron Egan and Samuel Whelan both had excellent runs finishing 3rd and 5th respectively, well done boys, super runs!!

The only team from our club competing yesterday was the girls U13’s, where all 4 girls came in the top 10 claiming the team gold medal a long way ahead of their nearest competitors. Roisin Murray (3rd), Catherine O’Neill (4th), Eile Kennedy (5th) and Mia McEntee (10th) all put in superb performances and demonstrated what cross-country racing is all about – teamwork!! In the boys U13’s James Foot running out of his age followed up his excellent win on day 1 with another superb win yesterday.  Bobby More and Adam Craxton both had fine runs finishing 5th and 15th respectively.

In the girls U15’s Hannah Kelly had a superb race taking home the county gold medal.  For all our younger athletes Hannah is a great example of an athlete who has been working away for a number of years and yesterday took her first county cross-country individual gold.  In the boys U15’s Matthew Daly and Finn Campbell both running out of their ages had superb races finishing 4th and 6th and Dara McGrandles made an excellent debut performance on the cross-country scene.

Well done to all who took part and a big thanks again to all the mums, dads, brothers and sisters who came along for support.  Looking at these results it again goes to show that all the hard work and dedication put in by your children is paying off and it also shows particularly for the older athletes that the additional training sessions on a Thursday and Sunday are making a huge difference to the athlete’s endurance and stamina.  

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.

 Details of the Sunday run will be posted on the What’s App groups this week.

Upcoming Events

Following the county champs. we now look forward to the Leinster Cross Country Champs. Details will follow next week of proposed teams for these events.

Saturday 26th of October - Leinster Cross Country (Evens) - Gowran Co. Kilkenny

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

Thanks again to the parents who recently 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 100 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.

07.10.2019

Race Report: Day 1 County Cross Country Championships

A big well done to everyone from Bray Runners A.C. who competed so well at day 1 of the Wicklow county cross country championships in Roundwood yesterday.  It was the perfect day for racing with excellent underfoot conditions.  All our athletes put in fine performances demonstrating their determination, toughness and teamwork. 

We had 5 new athletes racing cross country for the club for the first time all having fine runs.  3 of our newest and youngest members Sophie Mackle and Nicoleta Captari got the day off to a great start finishing 10th and 22nd in a large girls U10 field of 42 athletes. These were followed by the boys U10’s where another of our newer athletes Feidhlim Harvey had a great run finishing third.  Oisin Whelan and Adónai Sugrue both also produced fine runs finishing 18th and 14th respectively.

Next it was time for our u12s to shine, where both the boys and girls teams won team gold medals with superb displays, the girls enjoyed a 1-2 finish and not to be outdone the boys had a 1-3 finish. Both Róisín Murray and James Foot won their individual age group titles for the 4th year in a row, with Catherine O'Neill (2nd) also making the girls' individual podium for a fourth consecutive year. Aaron Egan running out of his age and only recently returning from a foot injury came a superb 3rd.  Huge credit to the rest of the girls team, with another great run from Kate Hanly (5th) and Kripa Kissanthomas (9th). Meanwhile, there was a really gritty run from Samuel Whelan (12th) and another of our first time cross country racers, Adam Craxton (20th) in the boys race. 

Our u14 boys fought bravely to win silver medals bunching nicely in the top 12 with 6th, 8th, 11th and 12th places going to Finn Campbell (another first time runner for the club), Matthew Daly, Bobby More and Fionn Begley respectively. Unfortunately, there was no full u14 girls team from Bray Runners this time, but there were some really outstanding performances particularly from Éile Kennedy improving from 10th place last year to finish a brilliant 4th this year and only missing out on a medal by the narrowest of margins on a sprint finish, Jennifer O'Dwyer and Mia McEntee both also put in excellent performances finishing 6th and 9th respectively.   

In a race where the U16, U18 junior and novice women ran together 13 year old Niamh Murray led the charge with a superb win running an incredible time of 15.58 for 4km. Niamh was ably supported by Hannah Kelly who had a great race just missing out on a podium position finishing fourth, Eleanor Foot 5th and Ciara Murray 7th.  Both Hannah and Eleanor were also running out of their ages.  These results meant the girls claimed team gold for the fourth time in 5 years. Well done all and a big thanks to all of the mums, dads, brothers and sisters who came along for support.

Looking at these results it just goes to show that all the hard work and dedication put in by your children is paying off and it also shows particularly for the older athletes that the additional training sessions on a Thursday and Sunday are making a huge difference to the athletes endurance and stamina.  

Unfortunately we will not have the team medals from the county board on time to hand out at training tomorrow night, but should have them soon.

 

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.

No Sunday run this week due to the cross-country event in Avondale. 

 

Wicklow Cross Country Championships Day 2

The second day of the county cross country championships take place this Sunday.  Again, we will have a Finnegan’s bus leaving from the main gates at Shanganagh park at 9:00am and returning at 1:30pm approx.  Athletes and parents are welcome to travel on the bus, or alternatively (of course) make their own way.

 A check-list of things to bring includes:

  • Bray Runners t-shirt /singlet
  • Running spikes (if you have them)
  • Spare shoes / socks / tracksuit bottoms
  • Rain jacket
  • Towel
  • Food / drink

These championships are very important for the club and every athlete should make every effort to compete (or at least support their club mates). We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday.  All our registered members are eligible to participate and are encouraged to do so, particularly as this is a team event.    

Date:                Sunday October 13th
Venue:             Avondale, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

Start Time:       11.00 am.

Distances:     

Boys and Girls 

U/9 800m (b. 2011)

U/11 1500m (b. 2009, 2010)

U/13 2500m (b. 2007, 2008)
U/15 3500m (b. 2005, 2006)
U/17 Girls 4000m (b. 2003, 2004)

The following cross country teams have been put together for this Sunday, if your child has not been included they are of course more than welcome to compete the better the chance each team has.  For teams the first 4 athletes are scoring athletes.  Please let us know if you child has been listed and isn’t competing.

Girls U9 Sophie, Lily, Sofia

Boys U9 Feidhlim, Oisin

Girls U11 Jenna, Saorlaith, Nicoleta, Alannah, Isla

Boys U11 Aaron, Samuel, Adónai, Ryan

Girls U13: Catherine, Kripa, Mia, Eile

Boys U13: James, Reuben, Con, Bobby, Adam                                 

Girls U15: Hannah, Eleanor

Boys U15: Sam, Dara, Rian, Fionn, Matthew, Finn

  

Upcoming Events

Saturday 26th of October - Leinster Cross Country (Evens) - Gowran Co. Kilkenny

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

Thanks again to the parents who recently 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 100 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.

30.09.2019

Training

Tuesday training will be returning to 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 2007 or earlier.

No Sunday run this week due to the cross-country event in Roundwood. 

 

Wicklow Cross Country Championships Day 1

The first day of the county cross country championships take place this Sunday.  We have a 24 seater Finnegan’s bus leaving from the main gates at Shanganagh park at 9:00am and returning at 1:30pm approx.  Athletes and parents are welcome to travel on the bus, or alternatively (of course) make their own way.

 A check-list of things to bring includes:

  • Bray Runners t-shirt /singlet
  • Running spikes (if you have them)
  • Spare shoes / socks / tracksuit bottoms
  • Rain jacket
  • Towel
  • Food / drink

These championships are very important for the club and every athlete should make every effort to compete (or at least support their club mates). We hope to see as many of you as possible on Sunday and the following week!  All our registered members are eligible to participate and are encouraged to do so, particularly as this is a team event.  

For those of you driving turn left just before Roundwood village, cross the reservoir and keep left. Here is the location on Google maps

Distances:

U/8 boys 500m (b. 2012)

U/8 girls 500m (b. 2012)  

U/10 boys 1000m (b. 2010, 2011) 

U/10 girls 1000m (b. 2010, 2011)

U/12 boys 2000m (b. 2008, 2009) 

U/12 girls 2000m (b. 2008, 2009) 

U/14 boys 3000m (b. 2006, 2007)

U/14 girls 3000m (b. 2006, 2007)

U/16 boys 4000m (b.2004, 2005)

U/16 girls 4000m (b.2004, 2005) 

The following cross country teams have been put together for this Sunday, if your child has not been included they are of course more than welcome to compete, the more the merrier and the better the chance the team has.  For each team the first 4 athletes are scoring athletes.  Please let us know if you child has been listed and isn’t competing.

Boys and girls U10 no teams

Girls U12: Roisin, Kate, Catherine, Kripa, Jenna and Anna.

Boys U12: James, Aaron, Samuel, Reuben and Adam.

Girls U14: Jennifer, Eile, Mia, Evie and Nessa.

Boys U14: Fionn, Rian, Matthew, Finn, Bobby, Charlie Con and Dara.

Girls U16: Eleanor, Hannah, Niamh, Ciara and Grainne.

Boy U16 no team.

 

Upcoming Events

Day 2 of the Wicklow Cross Country Championships

Don't forget that the second day of the cross country championships take place on Sunday October 13th for the uneven age groups. Again we are planning on organising a bus to the above event.  Could you please let us know if your child is running by posting in the What’s App groups and let us know if they wish to have a place on the bus.  Again parents are more than welcome to travel with athletes on the bus.

Date:                Sunday October 13th
Venue:          Avondale, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Start Time:    11.00 am.

Distances:     

Boys and Girls 

U/9 800m (b. 2011)

U/11 1500m (b. 2009, 2010)

U/13 2500m (b. 2007, 2008)
U/15 3500m (b. 2005, 2006)
U/17 Girls 4000m (b. 2003, 2004)

Saturday 26th of October - Leinster Cross Country (Evens) - Gowran Co. Kilkenny

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

24.09.2019

Training

Training will continue this Tuesday from 6.50-8pm for all athletes, meeting by the astro pitch in Shanganagh park.  

Next week’s Tuesday training i.e. October 1st will be returning to Woodbrook College 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 2007 or earlier.

This week’s Sunday run with Inbhear Dee will be on home ground in Shanganagh Park meeting at the main gates at 9.20am for a 9.30am start.  With only a week to go to the first cross-country race of the season it is important that as many of our athletes turn out as possible. This is open to anyone running U12's and up.  There will be a 30 minute run for the younger athletes and a 45 min run for the older athletes (with a warm-up and warm down). It is important for all athletes to take part in at least one of the weekly Thursday or Sunday runs in addition to the Tuesday training.  

For our younger athletes we would encourage you to take part in the junior parkrun (2km) held at 9.30am each Sunday morning in the Peoples Park in Bray.

Upcoming Events

October 6th: Wicklow County Cross Country EVEN age Championships – Roundwood start time 11am. Boys and Girls U/8 500m, U/10 1000m, U/12 2000, U/14 3000m U/16 4000m.

October 13th: Wicklow County Cross Country UNEVEN age Championships – Avondale start time 11am. U/9 800m, U/11 1500m, U/13 2500m, U/15 3500m.

We are planning on organising a bus to the above events.  Could you please let us know if your child is running by posting in the What’s App groups and let us know if they wish to have a place on the bus.  Parents are more than welcome to travel with athletes on the bus.

Saturday 26th of October - Leinster Cross Country (Evens) - Gowran Co. Kilkenny

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

 

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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!