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

 

16.09.2019

No racing news this week but the important thing is a change of venue for THURSDAY training!! See below:

Training

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

Change to Thursday training: 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 weeks Sunday run with Inbhear Dee will be in Avondale which will give all athletes a great opportunity to get together and run there before the upcoming county cross country champs., meeting at 9.20am for a 9.30am start.  It would be great to see 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).   Lifts are available for those requiring one, please speak to Joe, Suzanne or Emma.  

As the cross country season is rapidly approaching 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.

There are still a pair of size 6 spikes in excellent condition looking for a new home.  If anyone is interested in these please speak to Ciara at Tuesday or Thursday training.

 

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.

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

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

Thank you so much 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 97 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.

09.09.2019

Recent Results

We had a fantastic turnout of athletes at the club 5km and 3km H/Cap Championships last Thursday, it was a great evening with over 60 athletes in total taking part. There were many superb performances which bodes well for the upcoming cross country season.  Two standout performances in the 5km were by Matthew Daly who ran a great time coming home just inside 20 minutes and Hannah Kelly who ran a superb 20.47.  First, second and third in the 5km went to Hannah Foot, Hannah Kelly and Aoife Carter.  

5kmH/Cap Results

Athlete

Gross Time

H/Cap

Net Time

Hannah Foot       

28.06

2.30

25.36

Hannah Kelly

28.17

7.30

20.47

Aoife Carter

28.30

3.30

25.00

Eile Kennedy

29.06

6.30

22.36

Grainne O'Sullivan

29.07

5.30

23.37

Jennifer O'Dwyer

29.16

6.30

22.46

Matthew Daly

29.29

9.30

19.59

Ciara Murray

29.32

6.30

23.02

Con McCann

29.35

4.30

25.05

Fionn Begley

29.48

8.30

21.18

Eleanor Foot

31.46

9.30

22.16

Niamh Murray

31.46

9.30

22.16

The 3km also produced some great results with everyone running really well.  Young Aaron Egan put in a great performance as too did James Foot only a week after his superb time in Meath.  It was great to see Mia McEntee, Adam Craxton and Dara McGrandles being awarded with trophies coming home in first, second and third respectively.

3km H/Cap Results

Athlete

Gross Time

H/Cap

Net Time

Mia McEntee

15.26

2.00

13.26

Adam Craxton

16.00   

0.00

16.00

Dara McGrandles

16.04

0.00

16.04

Charlie Geelon

16.19

4.00

12.19

Catherine O'Neill

16.25

4.00

12.25

James Foot

16.56

6.30

10.26

Krippa KissanThomas

18.00

4.00

14.00

Bobby More

18.07

5.00

13.07

Aaron Egan

18.09

6.00

12.09

Samuel Whelan

18.56

5.00

13.56

Well done to all our athletes who took part in this event it was great to see so many athletes racing in the park and to all the parents and friends who provided vocal support it really was a fantastic event.

Training

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

Thursday training Shanganagh Park 7-8pm open to all athletes born in 2007 or earlier meeting by the astro pitch.

This weeks Sunday run with Inbhear Dee will be in Glendalough, meeting at the Woollen Mills carpark at 9.20am for a 9.30 start.  It is going to be a fun-run followed by a swim and picnic.  It would be great to see 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).   Lifts are available for those requiring one, please speak to Suzanne or Emma.  

As the cross country season is rapidly approaching 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.

There is a pair of size 6 spikes in excellent condition looking for a new home.  If anyone is interested in these please speak to Ciara at Tuesday or Thursday training.

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.

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

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

Thank you so much 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 98 registered juveniles with the club and in order to maintain the smooth running of our training sessions we really need more 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.

02.09.2019

Recent Results

Huge congratulations to James Foot who last Friday evening won the 3km Tara Road race.  James put in an incredible performance breaking away from the pack at 2km to win in a brilliant time of 10.05, beating competition a lot older than him. 

Shanganagh Park Masterplan

 

As most of you are probably aware a draft Masterplan for the development of Shanganagh Park was issued on 1st July 2019. The closing date for observations on this Masterplan is 15th September 2019.  As part of this draft Masterplan a provision has been made for a 100m 4 lane sprint track and the ‘potential’ for long jump and triple jump pits.  While we are generally supportive of the Masterplan we are concerned that in comparison to some of the other sports catered for in the park that ours is still being "left behind".

As you are all aware in the winter months, the juvenile section of the club train in Woodbrook College with limited facilities and at a significant financial outlay, or on the surrounding roads. While in the summer months they train at Shanganagh park again with no formal facilities. Young athletes from our club have won Provincial and National medals in a wide area of the sport including long jump, high jump, middle distance and relays.  If they can do this without any formal training facilities imagine what their potential could be with somewhere specific to train.  Providing a safe environment for our young athletes is paramount.

We feel that based on this growth the need is warranted for a track and the provision of lighting for the Winter months.  We plan to outline this in a submission to DLRCoCo in conjunction with other local community groups.

We are asking you for your help.  We would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to ‘Give your view’ on the online survey which can be found here:

This is a very short survey (4 questions) looking for your views on the draft Masterplan (also at the above link).  If you or any other members of your family use Shanganagh park to run in please ask them to complete this survey. 

Training

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

NO THURSDAY TRAINING THIS WEEK DUE TO THE CLUB 5 km & 3 km H/CAP CHAMPIONSHIP.  For those taking part we will meet at the main gate of Shanganagh park at 6.45pm for a warm-up before the event begins at 7.10pm.

This weeks Sunday run with Inbhear Dee will be in Brittas Bay, meeting at Brittas Bay beach North at 9.20am for a 9.30 start.  It is going to be a fun-run followed by a swim and picnic.  It would be great to see 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).   Lifts are available for those requiring one, please speak to Suzanne or Emma.  

As the cross country season is rapidly approaching 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

Thursday Sept. 5thBray Runners Club 5km and 3km Handicap Championships.  There will be trophies for the first 3 juvenile athletes in both distances.  Anyone wishing to take part please use the Whats App groups to let us know.

October 6th: Wicklow County Cross Country EVEN age Championships - venue TBC

October 13th: Wicklow County Cross Country UNEVEN age Championships - venue TBC

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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