The Athlone Half Marathon was held today, 14th Sept. Conditions were perfect for running, the course is quite flat but never the less very demanding, as most found out. The mens race was won by John Byrne, Mayo AC, in 1hr.11.39, with Maria McCambridge, Letterkennny AC, first lady home In 1.15.21. We had 3 ladies taking part, Helen Barry, making her half marathon debut, and Suzanne Foot, taking over 7mins off her last half marathon, finishing in the same time of 1.32.12 and equal 4th O/40, and Emer Hynes, also very impressive, ran 1.53.51. In the mens section, Ian McGrath ran 1.15.48, and 2nd O/40, Lar Doyle ran 1.21.20, both athletes are just returning from injury. Gary Condon 1.16.04, 3rd O/40, took over a minute off his old PB, Joe Kelly, as he continues his preparation for Dublin, ran a very impressive 1.22.48, also taking over a minute off his old PB. Diarmuid Potts, also recorded a new Pb, running 1.33.04, a half minute off his previous best. Race organisation was excellent, from registration, start and out on the course itself. Well done to all who took part. Full results on

Also today the Kilmore 10k took place. The winner was Freddy Keron Sittuk, Raheny, in 30.54, with Jackie Carty first lady in 36.43. Dominic Horan finished in a fine 10th place overall, and 2nd O/45, in 36.00 (Masters Pb). Full results on

Bill Porters 50th

Billy Porter has been a great stalwart of Co Wicklow running for as long as I can remember and thats about 30 years give or take -- during that time he took on a nasty cancer and has got the better of it hence his particular interest and committment to the Wicklow Hospice 

Whether going to his party or not Billy would welcome any donations to the hospice fund where means allow -- bank a/c details on the hospice website or as Dr Paisley has said Billy  wont turn down a collection provided its silent

Fit4life 5k, Thursday 5th Sept., Results

A field of almost 100 took part in Thursday nights Fit4life 5k in Shanganagh. First home was Risteard O'Hannachain in 17.19. First lady home was Noelle Thorpe in 21.01. Noelle was running in O/50 category, which she obviously won. Dominic Horan, 17.26, was 2nd overall and 1st. O/40. Bill Stanley, 18.27; Christy Maloney, 20.07, PB; Tom Cavanagh, 20.40; Paul Humpries, 22.15, Pb; Siobhan Butler, 22.38, 1st O/40; Liam Casey, 22.58; Paddy Ryan, 23.10; Dolores Gilliland, 24.06, =Pb; Diana Doll, 24.11; Michael Galligan, 25.22; Elaine Norton, 26.58; Dave Carraher, 27.33, Elaine Nuzun, 29.36, Pb, Ana Molina, 29.36, Pb; Mary Hourihan, 32.30; Lorraine O'Rourke, 32.34; completed the Bray line up. Well done to all.

                                           GREAT PERFORMANCES FROM OUR JUVENILES.

The Fit4Life 5k race last Thursday, hosted by the club, proved a great success, with some fantastic performances by club juveniles. Thomas Quill was the first juvenile to cross the line in a great time of 20:18, mixing it with the top senior athletes over the first km before dropping back to a more realistic pace. Thomas was followed by Cian Galligan, Ben Adams, Jack Parker, Matt Nalty and Adam Walsh and Dave Carraher all with very impressive performances for so early in the season.
Once again the girls blazed the trail however with the top three juvenile girl positions all claimed by Bray runners. Sadbh O'Loan held off an incredible finishing charge from Shauna Galligan over the final 200m. Both athletes recording the same time at 22:08 but with Sadbh awarded the honours in a photo finish. Hannah Greubsch (11) came in third, showing signs of her potential - definitely an athlete for the future. Great performances also by Natasha Stanley, Emily Greubsch and Siobhan Carroll all looking comfortable over the 5k distance.
It has been very rewarding to see the progress this group has made over the first few weeks of training and to see signs of them starting to train and compete as a team. We are looking forward with great expectation to the season ahead.

Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to all those who came along to help out and support the athletes.



Bray Runners To The Fore In Blessington.

At todays, Saturday Sept. 7th,  Lakes 10k in Blessington, our athletes put in some great performances to take prizes in a number of categories.. The race was won by Freddy Keron in a time of 31.06, with Maria McCambridge, first lady home in 34.42. Niel Wiktorski finished 6th overall and 3rd senior in 34.39. Gary Condon was just 2 seconds behind Niel, running 34.41 and 7th overall. Lar Doyle finished 12th in 35.34. Suzanne Foot, continued her very impressive season, by winning the O/35 section in a fine time of 39.49. Grainne Cunningham, making a great return to racing, finished 3rd O/45 in a time of 50.30. Well done to all who took part.


The following are the dates and venues for the Wicklow C/C Championships for 2013. 


Novice Men / Ladies and Even Ages.    Kilcoole 6th October 11.00am.


Intermediate Men / Ladies and Uneven Ages.   Rathdrum 13th October Avondale 11.00am.


Senior Men / Women.  Junior Men / Women.    Rathdrum 1st December 11.00am.


Master Men / Women.   Shanganagh 5th or  19th Jan 2014 (to be confirmed)11.00am.



Round 1 Rathdrum. Friday 27th September.

EVEN AGES U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.  There will be a toddlers race if required U/6.

Start  6.45pm.   Registration 6.30pm.


Round 2 Bray Emmets. Friday 1st November.

Un-EVEN AGES U/ 9, 11, 13, 15.  There will be a toddlers race if required U/7.

Start  6.45pm.

Registration 6.30pm.


Round 3 Roundwood.Friday 6thDecember.

EVEN AGES U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.  There will be a toddlers race if required U/6.

Start  6.45pm.

Registration 6.30pm.

Results and Races

On Sunday 1st Sept the first running of the Leopardstown 8k was held. The race was won by Myles Gibbons in 26.20, the ladies race was won by Rachel Wisdom in 33.11.  On his return from injury, Bernard Quinn finished in a very impressive 10th place in 34.33.

Some races for your diary during September;

5th Sept;   Fit4life 5k, Shanganagh,  Reg, 7pm,   Race, 7.30. 

7th Sept;   Lakes 10k, Blessington, 11am.  www.precision

                Kilkenny Half Marathon, 10am.            ..

8th Sept;   Rennicks Cup, 5ml, Bohermeen, 12noon.

14th Sept; Athlone Half Marathon; May be sold out.

15th Sept; Ratoath 5k;  11am.

21st Sept; Marconi half marathon,  Roundstone to Clifden.

22nd Sept; Balbriggan 10k, 9.30am

28th Sept;  Moone Kilomarathon, 26.2k, 11am

29th Sept;  Tipperary Ladies Mini Marathon, 10k,

29th Sept;  Rathfarnham 5k,

17th Nov;   Stook Hill 10mile Road Race,  Gowran; 12 noon.   Great Race.


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