Wicklow Masters C/C.

The Wicklow Masters C/C was held in Shanganagh today, Sunday, 6th Jan. Underfoot conditions were reasonable, considering our recent weather. In the ladies race, Suzanne Foot, Noelle Thorpe and Denise O,Leary were the 1st 3 athletes over the line, each winning their respective age categories. Siobhan Butler took silver, Grainne Cunningham, bronze and Mary Hourahan put in an excellent performance to take the silver medal in her age category. The ladies team of, Suzanne, Noelle, Denise, Siobhan, Grainne, Andrea Murphy, Carmel Murphy and Mary Hourahan took team gold.

In the mens race the very impressive Finbar Kirwan was a clear winner, Joe Cawley 2nd and Dominic Horan was 5th. Finbar was 1st O/40, Joe 2nd O/40. Dominic, 2nd O/45. Martin Frances,1st O/50. Richard Kavanagh, 1st, O/55, Bernard Quinn 2nd O/55. Sean Clifford, 1st, O/65. Finbar, Joe, Dominic, Martin and Jason O,Connor took gold in the 35 to 49 team event and Richard Kavanagh, Sean Clifford and Bernard Quinn took gold in the 50 plus team race.

  This is the link to today's photos https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s99430womq2cmxk/mYVwjHaXXm   courtesy, Tom Cavanagh

News, Sunday 6th Jan.


Great team effort today between runners, supporters and stewards, to say nothing of the team who set up the course and most of whom subsequently ran.

Despite many being unavailable through injury, etc, Bray Runners won both main team prizes and the mens 50 + team event, so well done to all for turning out for the club so soon after the holidays.

The course and the stewarding were both faavourably commented on by competing clubs.


Hope Staunton MISCP, is kindly giving up her evening to give a talk on stretching , core exercises etc in Bray Head Tce., starting promptly at 8pm, hopefully we will have a big turnout, light refreshments afterwards.. We once again ask all members to attend, if at all possible, for what is certain to be a most informative evening. 

THURSDAY 10th JANUARY 6 30 2013

We had a dozen out last thursday evening, which was great for a holiday period,  we expect the usual complement of 25 + this Thursday 10th Jan., for a fartlek session.


While not endorsing any particular races, Ferrybank, Co. Wexford have an inaugural 5 mile race, at a low entry fee, in aid of local charities. It may suit some as a warmup for Raheny a fortnight later, details on their website. Training as usual on Sunday, 9.30, Shanganagh front gates.        

                                                                                    Sean, Chairperson.



Training resumes Thursday 3rd. Jan at 6.30pm in Ballywaltrim, hope to see you all there.

Wicklow Masters C/C takes place in Shanganagh on Sunday next, 6th Jan., Distances, Men 6k, Women 4k. Masters are 35 and over.Womens race will start at 11am, mens race will follow shortly after womens race. In order to help with the smooth running of the event, we need all athletes to check in between 10.30 and 10.40, no later, please. If you are not running, please come along to steward, mark course , etc. Helpers please check in with Sean at 10am. 

Presentation on Strengthening and Stretching by Hope Staunton, miscp, in clubhouse, Bray Head Tce, on Wednesday next, 9th Jan., at 8pm, all welcome. We would ask all our athletes to make the effort to attend. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Finally, Happy New Year to one and all. 


2012 was a very successful year for the club, here we list some of the achievements of our athletes.


Wicklow Masters C/C, Noelle Thorpe 1st woman home in womens and Joe Cawley 1st home in mens race.

Catagories, Men; O/40, 1st Joe Cawley, 2nd Finbar Kirwan, 3rd Gary Condon.  O/50, 1st Martin Francis. O/55 2nd Bernard Quinn. O/65 1st Sean Clifford.  Team event, Bray Runners 1st.

Women; O/50, Noelle Thorpe, 1st.  Team, Bray Runners, 2nd.

Tom Brennan Memorial 5k, Vincent O,Sullivan 3rd, 15.41.

Raheny 5mile, 21 B.R. took part with Vincent O,Sullivan leading them home in 25.38.

Dungarvan 10 mile, fine performances by Joe Cawley 56.05 and Finbar Kirwan,56.31.


National Masters C/C, Sean Clifford, 3rd O/65.

Urban Trail Series, Bernard Quinn, 1st O/50.

Enniscorthy 10k, great runs by Lar Doyle,33.27, and Ian McGrath, 33.41.


Ballycotton 10mile, Sean Clifford, 68.04, 1st O/65, Noelle Thorpe, 73.47, 2nd 0/50. Finbar Kirwan, 56.23, Gary Condon 58.37, both well inside the exclusive top 100. 14 Bray Runners took part, all playing their part in making it a great event for our club.

Kinvara Half Marathon.  Joe Cawley, 1hr.16.32, 3rd O/all and 1st O/40.


National 10k Road C/ships, Noelle Thorpe, 3rd O/50.

Wicklow  Road /Cships, 5k.  Senior Women, Suzanne Foot 1st.  O/45, Elaine Nuzun, 3rd. Teams; Senior, 2nd. Masters, 3rd.

Men.  Senior, Ian McGrath, 2nd.  O/40, Joe Cawley, 1st, O/45 Dominic Horan, 3rd, O/55 Bernard Quinn, 3rd, O/60, Pat McCourt, 1st,and O/65, Sean Clifford, 1st.  Teams, Senior, 2nd, Masters, 2nd.


Leinster Road Race C/ships. Women,   O/50, Noelle Thorpe, 1st. Dolores Gilliland, 3rd. Sandra Brady, 4th. Teams, (Sli Cualann) 2nd, Inter County, Wicklow, 2nd.

Men, O/55, Richard Kavanagh, 3rd.  Team, Sli Cualann, 2nd.

London Marathon, Joe Cawley, 2hr.36.21.

St. Patricks Day 5k, Charlotte Stevens, 23.34, 2nd O/50 and a new PB.


Lorcan Murphy stole the headlines in June. Competing at under 19 level he was 3rd in the Leinster 100mtrs (11.68), 7th in National 100mtrs, 2nd Leinster High Jump, and then went on to win National High Jump C/Ship. Just a few of his many achievements this year.

Parkwest 10k, Bill Stanley achieves a goal of breaking 40mins.


Clontarf Half Marathon, Lar Doyle wins. in 1hr17.51.

Kinnegad 5k, Gary Condon 16.58,and Rachel Gilliland 20.00, both set new pbs.


Longford Marathon, Martin Francis, 2hr 57, 03, 1st O/50.

Longford Half Marathon. Joe Kelly, 84.07, 1st O/40, pb. Bill Stanley, 89.15 also a new pb.

Frank Duffy 10mile, Martin Francis, 60.53, 1st O/50.


National Half Marathon, Noelle Thorpe, 1hr 37.46, PB, 2nd O/50. Gary Condon, 1hr.17.16 pb, Jason O,Connor 1hr 41.00 pb.

Berlin Marathon. Ian McGrath, 2hr 38,14. Lar Doyle, 2hr 49,06. Joe Kelly, 3hr 05,28.

Derry Half Marathon, Pat McCourt, 1hr 47 01, 2nd O/60.

Dublin Half Marathon, Martin Francis, 1hr 20, 29. 1st O/50.

Rathfarnham 5k, Large contingent from the club, Noelle Thorpe, 20.43, pb, 2nd O/50. Bill Stanley, 18.25, a massive pb.

Kilcock Kilomarathon, Gary Condon, 1hr 38, 32, 1st O/40.


Leinster Novice C/c, Valarie Brunton, 8th. Also on County team that won Bronze medal.

Leinster Masters C/c, Noelle Thorpe, 1st O/50.

Wicklow Novice C/C,  Men, Gary Condon, 3RD, Women, Noelle Thorpe, 2nd. Womens team,bronze, (Noelle, Charlotte, Collette,Ana, Mary and Lorraine).

Wicklow Inter C/C,  Lar Doyle, 2nd. Dominic Horan, 7th, Bill Stanley, 16th.

Cork to Cobh, 15mile, Martin Francis, 1hr 32, 24. 1st O/50.

National Marathon C/Ships, (Dublin Marathon) Martin Francis, 2hr 49, 39, 1st O/50.

Gary Condon 2hr,43,21. Joe Kelly, 3hr,05,16 and Jason O,Connor, 3hr, 45,03., all recording Pbs.


National Inter Counties C/C. Valerie Brunton on Wicklow team that wins gold medal.

Mo 5k in the Park. Suzanne wins womens race, 21.39 (course long).


Wicklow Senior C/c C/ships.   Women. Suzanne Foot, 3rd, (only Fionnuala and Una Britton ahead of her). Team, Silver medal.

Men;    Ian McGrath took the silver medal, the team took gold. (Ian, Niel, Finbar, Gary, Joe C, Martin, Dominic and Bill).

Streets of Wicklow 5k, Finbar Kirwan, 16.50, 5th, leads a large group of Bray Runners home. Elaine Nuzun 30.37, records a new pb.

      A selection of some of the great results and performances by our athletes in 2012. 





Streets of Wicklow 5k

Almost 500 runners took part in the annual Streets of Wicklow 5k, held on St Stephens Day and organised by Inbhear Dee A.C and Wicklow Rugby club. The heavy rain that fell did not dampen the spirits of the runners or indeed those spectating. We had 7 Bray Runners competing, Finbar Kirwan, 5th, 16.50, Joe Cawley, 8th,17.11, Dominic Horan, 13th, 17.56, Richard Kavanagh, 19.32, Rachel Gilliland, 20.37, Ana Molina, 30.37, Elaine Nuzun, 30.37, pb.  The race was won by Jonathan Phillips, 15.55, the womens race was won by Roisin McGettigan, 17.55. Full results can be found on www.inbheardee.com

Message from our Chairman

Thank you for making 2012 one of our most successful years ever, with over 30 medal winners at national, provincial and county level, and with record numbers regularly turning out for training.

Next outing is Christmas morning, 9.30, Shanganagh, for those who can make it. Thursday training resumes on 3 January,and the next big club committment being the Wicklow Masters C/C (4k women, 6k men,masters are 35plus) in Shanganagh at 11am on 6 January.

Finally, on behalf of all the committee, may I wish all our members, their families and friends a very happy Christmas, and looking forward to 2013 being an even better and bigger year for our club.


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