National Uneven Ages C/C C/Ships

This Sunday is a historic day for the club, as it sees a full Bray Runners A.C. team line up at a national juvenile cross country championship race for the very first time. The club is extremely proud of our u13 girls who have qualified for this event: Ciara Murray, Hannah Foot, Hannah Kelly, and Gráinne O'Sullivan. The race takes place at 11:50 am at Dundalk I.T. Best of luck girls, no doubt it will be the first of many.

Wicklow League Races and Leinster Squad Day

We have had a number of future stars emerge in 2016 with some super performances and results along the way, and it seems like they are really enjoying their athletics.  The final league race of the year took place in Bray Emmets GAA club this past Friday evening. 
Many of our newly found stars were racing on Friday, so well done to Síofra Belgley, Róisín Murray, Ferdia O'Sullivan, Bobby Moore, Kyle Harte, Niamh Murray, Nathan Harte, Rían Anafi-Fitzgibbon, and Fionn Begley. It is clear that Bray Runners has a bright future based on the performances this year - it just a case of sticking to it and building it up each year.
Speaking of athlete development, we had 5 athletes attending the Leinster Squad Day in the fabulous AIT Arena this past Saturday. Órla O'Callaghan, Hannah Kelly, Gráinne O'Sullivan, Eleanor Foot, and Aoife Carter between them participated in workshops on middle distance, hurdles, and high jump. The girls really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from some Olympians and Ireland's top coaches. The next squad day takes place on 07 January, again at AIT Arena.

National Even Ages Cross Country Championships - this Sunday!

 
Our own Eleanor Foot will be competing against the cream of the crop at the national u12 cross country championships at the national sport campus in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin this Sunday. Anyone who has seen the juvenile provincial races (especially at the younger age groups) will appreciate what a fantastic achievement it is to even qualify for this event.
 
Since the event is on so close to home (location: goo.gl/0c7h1j), we're encouraging club members and parents to come along and support. The u12s girls race takes place at 11:30am sharp on Sunday. It would be great to see some of you there - look out for our orange Bray Runners A.C. flag.

Clontarf Half Marathon and 5mile

Well done to those who took part in the Clontarf 5mile on Saturday last 19th Nov. Ciara Carter, 37.45; Mary Deery, 44.25 Pb and Mary O'Connor 48.38 Pb. Great running from all. (Those Thursday night hills are paying off)
Jean O'Kennedy ran 1.45.59 in the Half marathon, a good run from Jean as she winds down from a very impressive year.

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Leinster Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships

Well done to all our athletes who competed in the Leinster Uneven Ages Championships in Tyrellspass, Co. Westmeath yesterday.

First up, we had Róisín Murray finishing an amazing 2nd place in the u9 girls race, to follow up on her 1st place in the Wicklow Championships a few weeks ago. Next were Rian Anafi-Fizgibbon and Fionn Begley, who both showed their massive recent improvement and finished well up in the top half of a very competitive boys u11 race with over 150 entrants!

Extraordinarily, five of our u13 girls qualified for the National Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships at Dundalk I.T. on 11 December, and only narrowly missed out on Leinster team medals. Well done to Aoife Carter, Gráinne O'Sullivan, Hannah Kelly, Hannah Foot, Ciara Murray and Eleanor Foot. Well done to all; a fantastic day for the club.
 
International Crosss Country.
 
It was once again a fantastic day on Sat for Team Ireland at the British & Irish Masters CC Champs hosted by Scottish Masters in Tollcross Park, Glasgow. Our own Charlotte Stevens, with Bridget Duffy, Parnells AC were part of the Irish team and both put in excellent performances in their event. Mick Byrne, Parnell AC, finished in an excellent 2nd place in the O/55 cat race.
For full set of results, please see www.scottishmastersathletics.webnode.com   
 
World Masters T/F   
 
World Masters Marathon and Half Marathon were held in Perth, Australia, on Sunday 6th Nov.. Conditions were tough, very very hot. Course was flat but there was no shelter from the sun anywhere on the route. Joe Cawley finished in 7th place in the O/40 Caegoryt in a time of 2.58.25, a indication of how tough conditions were. Richard Kavanagh finished in 9th place in the 0/60 category in the Half marathon in a time of 1.38.26. 2 Irish athletes took home medals, Cathy McCourt won silver in the W35 Half Mar and Sean Cooney won Gold in the O/75 category in the Marathon.
In the team competition, JOE CAWLEY, was a member of the Irish team who took the bronze medal behind Poland and Australia. Congratulations to Joe, a well deserved medal.
 
Frankfurt Marathon
 
A number of our athletes took part in the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday 30thOct. Pbs and excellent performances were the order of the day. Neil Wiktorski set a new pb running 2.25.32. Joe Kelly also ran an excellent new Pb of 2.57.51  Suzanne Foot, another to run a PB, a fine 3.05.37. Gordon McWilliams, 3.12.28 and Georgina Devlin, 3.20.02, also posted new Pbs. Andrea Murphy ran 4.19.59.
 
Leinster Novice and Even Ages C/C 
 
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Gary Condon Wins Fionnuala McCormack Kilomarathon

Congratulations go to Gary Condon, winner of the inaugural Fionnuala McCormack Kilomarathon (26.2K) on Saturday 10th Sept. Gary ran an excellent time of 1hr.34.16 to finish just over 1 minute ahead of John Travers, Donore Harriers.
Joe Cawley, 1.51.12, and Dominic Horan 1.59.46 were both on pacing duty today. Richard Kavanagh, 2.04.17 and Paul Allen 2.10.20, both of whom were happy to get a nice long run in. A well organised race over a really good tough course.

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