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,

27th, April,  RTE,    5mile,

4th,   May,  Leixlip  5k,

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

21st, May,   Enfield 5k, 

28th, May,  Dunboyne 5mile,  (very popular with Bray Runners)

8th,   June,  Bohermeen 5k,

22nd, June, Dunshauglin 10k, (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

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  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
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.

Web Magazine, courtesy Dominic

Running on the Web: Issue #3.


Spring Marathon News

Paris April 7th: Tola and Jepkirui the Favourites for Paris Marathon:

Rotterdam April 14th: Top athletes fight for course record:

Boston April 15th: Meb Keflezighi Withdraws From Boston Marathon:

London April 21st: Injury and illness force Kabuu and Tsuchida out:


Athlete Interviews (Molly Huddle)

Olympic finalist, US champion, Molly Huddle admits she's a "grade A weenie" on a daily basis. How does this self-proclaimed "worrier" perform like a warrior when she's on the track, becoming the fastest American of all-time, making the Olympic final, and winning the US Championships? Molly writes and shares her tips on how to best prepare for your next race and become "Race Brave", no matter where you fall on the worrier to warrior spectrum.

Sports Psychology

If you struggle with race day nerves, motivation or need some tips on how to cope when the going gets tough in a race, sports psychologist Victor Thompson gives his thoughts:


Resident nutritionist at Runner’s Connect Abby Housefield asks ‘Can Chia seeds help you run longer and faster?’



As we head into April showers, here’s a review of 12 running jackets:


































Magnificient Performance From Niel, and PBs all round.

At tonights Wicklow 5k Road Race C/Ships, Wed 3rd April, Neil Wiktorski put in a breathtaking performance to win his first Wicklow Senior Road Race C/Ship. Neil pulled away from the pack towards the end of the first kilometre and was never seriously challenged from there to the finish. Gary Condon, with another great run, finished 2nd, Joe Cawley, in his final race before the Boston Marathon, finished in the top 5, and the final member of our Senior team Dominic Horan, finished well inside the top 20. Due to a problem with the chip timing, official results were not available on the night, as soon as we receive them we will put them on the website. The story of the night did not end there, as athlete after athlete posted new PBs. While official times are not available yet the following is based on unofficial times. Suzanne Foot was first woman home, with Helen Barry not too far behind, both running new Pbs. Bill Stanley smashed his previous best and Diarmuid Potts was another to record a new Pb. Charlotte Stevens reduced her 5k best for the 5th time in a row, dipping under the 23min mark for the first time. Colette Mason, Emer Hynes, Siobhan Butler, Andrea Murphy, Edel Woods, Ana Molina, Elaine Nuzan, Diana Doll, running her first race for the club, the ever improving Mary Hourihan, Des O,Hare, Paul Humpries all recorded new Pbs.  Our mens Over 50 team of Sean Clifford, Pat McCourt, Tom Cavanagh and Richard Kavanagh, all performed admirably on the night.

On behalf of your Chairman and Committee we would like to thank all those who participated in tonights race and those who came out to support our athletes. I am sure when we get the results Bray Runners will be to the fore in both the Individual and team categories. Finally a big thank you to Ashford A.C. for a great post race spread. We hope you all enjoyed tonights race and perhaps some may consider taking part in the Leinster Novice and Masters road race on 6th May in Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, 6k for men, 3k for ladies.


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