ULTRA RUNNING; Nat 50k C/ship. Garda Cross country

The National 50k C/ships were held yesterday (16th feb), at Donarea Forest, Co. Kildare. The race was run over 10 x 5k laps, on a mainly gravel trail, which was very muddy in parts. 107 competitors set out, of which 91 completed the 50k course. The race was won by Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham, in a time of 3hr 05min 02 sec. The womens race was won by Olwyn Dunne, Crusaders, in a time of 4hr 00min 28sec. Ian McGrath finished 7th, 3hr 27min 13 sec, (5ksplits, 21.37;20.22;20.42;20.53;20.43;20.39;20.37;20.36;20.07;20.57) Gary Condon finished 8th in 3hr 27min 55, ( 21.37;20.23; 20.42;20.52;20.43;20.40;20.37;20.36;20.42;21.05). Dominic Horan finished in 56th place and 4th O/45 in a time of 4hr 39min 17sec. ( 24.25;23.13;22.58;22.43;22.41;22.55;23.46;25.30;39.37;51.28;) Well done to all, expecting a full report from Dominic soon.

       Another race held yesterday was the BHAA, Garda Cross Country. The mens race was run over 4 miles, Neil Wiktorski finished 5th in 23.20, Bernard Quinn finished in a time of 31.20. Full results on www.bhaa.com

                                                                         BARCELONA HALF MARATHON.

The Barcelona half marathon was held on Sunday 17th Feb. Mary Dawson put in a fine performance to finish in 1hr 32min 41sec.

Enniscorthy 10k. Wins for Suzanne and Sean, PBs for Robert and Leanne.

A field of over 500 took part in the Enniscorthy 10k today (10th Feb). Bray Runners was well represented with 11 of our athletes taking part. The race is run over a tough hilly course, conditions were reasonably good for racing. The mens race was won by Thomas Fitzpatrick, Talllagh AC, in 30.13, with Maria McCambridge winning the ladies race in 33.38. First of our athletes home was Neil Wiktorski in 13th place, in a time of 33.35. Martin Francis was next, 38.39, followed by Robert Quinn, 39.38; new PB; Richard Kavanagh, 39.47; Suzanne Foot, 40.33, PB and 1st O/40; Sean Clifford, 42.18, 1st O/60; Diarmuid Potts, 42.48; Noelle Thorpe, 44.31;. Leanne Geraghty, 47.32, new PB. Grainne Cunningham, 48.50; Denise Cox, 65.44, If we have missed anyone or if there any other results we do not have, please forward them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Richard Owens in action in new indoor track in Athlone.

Fit4life League Leage Fixtures.


Round 1

Jan 24th






Round 2


Feb 21st






Round 3


Mar 20th






Round 4


Apr 25th






Round 5


May 23rd





Wicklow Town

Round 6


Jun 19th






Round 7


Jul 31st






Round 8


Sep 5th






Round 9


Sep 22nd






Round 10


Oct 20th






Round 11


Nov 17th










Thursday Night News

Training continues on Thursday evenings from our new headquarters at Bray Head Tce. Attendance remains healthy, with almost 20 athletes taking part last night. Two groups, both doing 90 second hill repeats. Please note that we will continue to use Bray Head Tce. on Thursday evenings, until we can return to Shanganagh. Next Thurday nights session will be a 5k tempo run for group 1 and 3k tempo for group 2. Our training over the next 7 weeks will be aimed at the Wicklow Road Race C/Ships (5k), which will be held on Wednesday 3rd April, Ashford at 7.30.

Enniscorthy 10k normally attracts a large number of our athletes, this year seems to be no different, if you are taking part or taking part in any other race over the weekend, please forward your result to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also forward a race report to the same address.

Jason O,Connor will lead an informal group on Saturday 9th Feb. at 9am, meeting in carpark at top of Corbawn Lane, Shankill end. Pace will be app 9 minute  per mile, all welcome.

Results and News

A couple of recent results from Richard Owens;

27/1/2013, AAI Games, Indoors, 1500meters, 3.59.77, 5th, Athlone.
1/2/2013, Intervarsity, Indoors, 1500meters, 3.57.86, PB, 3rd, Athlone.

Please forward all your results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                  

Thursday Training.

Please remember we will meet at our clubhouse at Bray Head Tce, until we are able to return to Shanganagh.  

Round 2 of Fit4life league will take place on Thursday 21st Feb  @7.30  in Rathdrum. Distance to be confirmed.                                                                                                                                                                                                  






Raheny 5 mile, Dungarvan 10.

A number of fine performances by our athletes at todays Raheny 5 mile race. The race was won by Joe Sweeney in a time of 23.53. The ladies race was won by Mary Cullen in a new course record for women, 25.55. The mens record is held by Gerry Curtis, 22.39, set in 1987, the fastest 5mile time run by an Irishman. It remained dry throughout the race but the final mile was extremely difficult, straight into the very strong wind and partially uphill. First of our athletes home was Neil Wiktorski, 30th, 27.04. he was followed by Robert Quinn, 31.48, PB; Richard Kavanagh, 32.08; Suzanne Foot, 32.31 pb; Helen Barry, 32.39 pb; Mary Dawson 32.55; Noelle Thorpe, 35.17 pb 2nd O/50; Grainne Cunningham, 38.26; Leanne Geraghty, 37.59; Charlotte Stevens, 39.39; Edel Woods, 42.03; Denise Cox, 51.45. If we have missed anyone please let us know. A gallery of photographs can be viewed on www.rahenyshamrocks.ie , some great images of all our runners.  

In todays other big race, Dungarvan 10 mile, Finbarr Kirwan put in another great display to finish 2nd O/40 in a time of 57.16 and 27th overall. Finbarr was followed closely by Ian McGrath (36th) 57.39; Gary Condon, 58.37; Dominic Horan, 64.37. The mens race was won by Gary O,Hanlon, Clonliffe, in a time of 51.21 and Lizzie Lee, Leevale, won the ladies race in 57.35. Full results and photographs on the running in munster website.

Fit4life, 2ml, Greystones.

First home in the mens race was Niel Wiktorski, 10.45. Valerie Brown was first lady home in a time of 12.34. Gary Condon was 4th, 10.53; Mary Dawson 13.07; Tom Cavanagh 13.51; Charlotte Stevens 15.23; Mark Kierans 15.36; Susan Dowd, Lorraine O,Rourke 16.20; Elaine Nuzun 19.07; Ana Molina 19.09; Mary Hourihan 21.48. Full results on www.slicualann.com .Could be one or two of our runners mixed up on full results list. Please check. 

Can anyone who ran any of the above please send us your report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Upcoming Events

Below is a list of some C/ship races plus a couple of other interesting events.

Wed. 3rd April, Wicklow Road Race C/ships, Distance, 5k. Venue, Ashford. Time 7pm. (Senior plus Masters).

Sun. 14th April, National 10k C/ships, in conjunction with Great Ireland Run. Venue Phoenix Park. (Senior plus masters).

Mon. 5th Aug, National Half Marathon, in conjunction with Rock and Roll H.M. Venue, Dublin. (Senior plus Masters).

Sat. 6th April, Bray Head 10k Trail, (Greystones to Bray). info @ www.gaelforceevents.com

22nd/23rd June. The Wall. 69 mile ultra. Carlisle to Gateshead (west coast to east coast). info and video @ www.thewallrun.com



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