Weekend Results, PBs for Helen and Suzanne in KClub, Ian and Gary fly the flag in London.

On Saturday (20th April) the K Club was the venue for latest BHAA race. It is a 10k, held over good flat country roads, and with conditions being good for racing on Saturday, it was an ideal race to chase a fast time. Joe Kelly put in a fine run to finish in 38.11 and Suzanne Foot recorded a new PB of 39.45, almost a minute off her previous best (40.33) and as you can see her first time under 40 minutes. Helen Barry ran an impressive 40.40 and continued her sequence of recording a Pb in each race she has run this year. Full results will be published on www.bhaa.ie 

The Wexford Half Marathon was held today (21st April), the mens race was won by Ruairi O,Donnell, Ferrybank AC, in 1hr 15min 45sec. First woman home was Angela McCann, Clonmel AC, in a time of 1.22.20. We had a couple of athletes in the race, Susan Dowd, ran 1.52.56, and Colette Mason took almost 6 minutes off her PB to record 1.53.53. Colettes 2nd Pb in 4 days (see below). Full results on www.redtagtiming.com .

Also today the London Marathon was held. We had 2 Bray Runners in the field, Ian McGrath, who ran 2hrs 37min 05 sec, and Gary Condon, who ran 2hr 38min 50 sec. Ian knocked over a minute off his Berlin time from last year and Gary took over 4 and a half minutes off his previous best, recorded in Dublin last year. Well done to all who raced over the weekend, don't forget to keep sending in your results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Results, Fit4life 3k, Brilliant run from Colette.

The results of last Thursdays Fit4life 3k are now available. The race was run over a fairly similar course to last years race, a fast and flat course. Interesting stats from the race show a number of athletes making huge strides from last year. Dominic took 7 seconds off last years time, 10.06 to 9.59, Andrea Murphy took 1min 04 seconds off her 2012 time, 15.17 to 14.13, Mary Hourihan took 2mins 26 sec off her time, 21.27 to 19.01. Colette Mason took an amazing 3mins 23 seconds off her time from 12 months ago, 17.26 in 2012 to 14.03 on Thursday night.

Results; Dominc Horan, 9.59, 3rd and 1st O/40; Valerie Brown, 11.35, 1st Senior Women; Dave Carraher, 11.43; Des O,Hare, 12.14; Tom Cavanagh, 12.28, 3rd O/50; Shauna Gilligan 12.50, 2nd Juv Girls; S O,Loan, 13.00, 3rd Juv Girls; Charlotte Stevens, 13.20, 1st O/50; Siobhan Butler, 13.29, 2nd O/40; Cian Galligan,13.38, 5th Juv Boys; Georgina Devlin, 13.45; Colette Mason, 14.03; Andrea Murphy,14.13; Michael Aherne, 14.04; Dave Carraher, 14.54, 8th, Juv Boys; Emily Gruesbsch, 15.21, 4th Juv Girls; Fionn O,Loan, 15.37; Elaine Norton, 15.48; Karen O,Loan, 16.21; Dagmar O,Neill, 17.14; Elaine Nuzun, 17.40; Jackie O,Neill, 17.58; Mary Hourihan, 19.01; Lorainne O,Rourke, 19.09.  Well done to all who took part and apologies if we have missed anyone, let us know if we have.  Please send all your results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Race reports are always welcome.

European Athlete of the Month

Fionnuala Britton voted European Athlete of the Month for March 2013

The European Athletics website have just announced that Fionnuala Britton has been voted the European athlete of the month for March 2013.

The website said..."Britton was first European home in the senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz on 24 March and was an overwhelming favourite among voters for the female European Athlete of the Month."

Fionnuala also won a bronze medal in the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships at the start of March.

This is the third time that Fionnuala Britton has been named European Athlete of the Month. She has previously won it in December 2012 and December 2011 for her winning the European Cross Country titles

Fit4life, Thursday 18th April

Last night we hosted round 4 of the 2013 Fit4life league in Shanganagh. A few showers and a strong breeze made conditions tough for racing. We had 20 runners taking part and a similar number helping out at the start/finish and around the course. Padraig Lennon was 1st runner home in a time of 9.44, with Dominic a close third in 9.59. Great performances by all of our runners, it would be unfair to single any one out. Full results will be published as soon as they become available. Next race in the series will be on 23rd May in Wicklow town. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to those who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.  

Week, 8th/14th April News.

Fit4life 1mile, Greystones track. Results; Gary Condon, 4.54, 1st O/40; Bill Stanley, 5.18, 3rd O/40; Charlotte Stevens, 6.48 2nd O/50; Susan Dowd, 6.57, 4th Senior W; Ana Molina,8.38; Elaine Nuzun, 8.39. Well done to all who competed.

Parks Run, Marley Park, 13/04/13. Results; Gary Condon,16.41, 1st; Ian McGrath, 17.05, 2nd; Bernard Quinn, 21.01; Charlotte Stevens, 22.58; Emer Hynes, 24.21.

Thursday Training 11/04/13. With 30 athletes present, we were able to break into 3 groups for a fartleg session over the course that will be used for Thursdays Fit4life race. Nice to see some new athletes present, hope they enjoyed the session and will be back for more. Also nice to see Matt Hickmont back in full flight, and eager to don the club vest in the C/Cs come October. No official training this coming Thursday, as we are hosting Fit4life 3k in Shanganagh at 7.30pm. If you are not running please come along and help out.

REMINDER; On Monday 15th April, Siobhan Butler,OFA Instructor,RGN,RSCN, will deliver a presentation on basic first aid in our clubhouse on Bray Head Tce. The presentation will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome, see earlier posts for full details.

Upcoming Races. Some of the many races coming up over the next few weeks.

20th, April,  K Club, 10k,    www.bhaa.ie

27th, April,  RTE,    5mile,  www.bhaa.ie

4th,   May,  Leixlip  5k,      www.lecheileac.com

6th,   May,  Leinster road C/ships, Gowran. Novice and Masters. www.athleticsleinster.com

21st, May,   Enfield 5k,       www.nafiannaathleticclub.com 

28th, May,  Dunboyne 5mile, www.bhaa.ie  (very popular with Bray Runners)

8th,   June,  Bohermeen 5k,   www.bohermeenathleticclub.com

22nd, June, Dunshauglin 10k, www.dunshauglinac.com (another very popular race with Bray Runners)




Weekend 5th/8th April

On Friday evening, 5th April, over 200 athletes took part in the final round of Athletics Wicklow Juvenile League. On a bitterly cold evening we had over 20 athletes present, all of whom did the club proud. A joy to watch as their coaches put them through their warm up and drills before each race. Cyril Smyth and Dermot Brennan both ensured that each race started and finished without a hitch.

On Saturday, 6th April, the Dublin City Council, 4ml and 2ml road race took place. Brian Maher won the mens race (4ml) in a time of 19.06. Ian McGrath finished 4th in 21.22 and Sean Clifford won the 0/60 category in 26.23. The womens 2ml race was won by Kate O,Neill in 11.10. See Race Report section for more details. Full results on www.bhaa.ie

On Sunday, 7th April, the National Relays were held in Raheny. Suzanne Foot was part of the Sli Cualann masters team, Carol Costello and Jackie Patrick, Greystones AC, were also part of the team. The team finished just out of the medals, with Suzanne running the 2ml section in a time of 12.18, (6.04, 6.14). Well done to all.

Also on Sunday the Bray Cliff Run, 10k, was held. Over 300 athletes took part and first home was Neil Wiktorski, in a time of 35.01. Dave Carragher also put in a fine performance to finish 55 in a time of 44.41. Full results can be found on www.gaelforceevents.com  Well done to all our athletes who raced over the past few days. Please continue to send all your results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


On Monday 15th April, Siobhan Butler,OFA Instructor,RGN,RSCN, will deliver a presentation on basic first aid in our clubhouse on Bray Head Tce. The presentation will commence at 7.30pm.  Siobhan aims to keep it simple and will include everyday topics such as;

How to deal with an emergency.

The First Aid kit.

Calling the emergency services.

Heart attack.
Recovery position.
All members are invited to attend, what promises to be a most interesting and informative evening. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. For more information just go to www.firstaidforeveryone.ie
Fit4life; Next Fit4life  is a 3k race which will be held in Shanganagh on Thursday 18th April at 7pm. We would encourage as many members as possible to take part, especially those from Pat and Dermots Thursday group, but if unable to run please consider coming along to help ensure the smooth running of the event.


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