2012, YEAR IN REVIEW

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

                                                January

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.

                                                  Febuary.

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.

                                                 March.

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.

                                                 April.

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.

                                                  May

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.

                                                  June

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.

                                                  July.

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

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

                                                 August.

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.

                                                 September.

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.

                                                October.

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.

                                              November.

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).

                                            December.

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.

This Weeks News

Great turnout last Thursday for our Christmas drinks, thanks to all who attended, brought prizes and also contributed generously to our caretaker collection.

Well done to all our athletes who performed so well, in the Wicklow Senior C/C C/ships, our men winning gold, as would our ladies, were it not for the  very welcome intervention of Fionnuala Britton, European C/C champion and her equally talented sister Una. 
But silver a great outcome for a team most of whom had never run a C/C race before. Congratulations to both Suzanne and Ian on their bronze and silver medals in the individual event. Full results and link to a gallery of photographs in earlier post.
Great turnout of club helpers and stewards --- all in all, club in very good health given number of runners, supporters and helpers.

                                                                                                                                        SEAN.

Masters C/C C/ships.

Next big race for our club is the Wicklow Masters C/C C/ships, which will be held in Shanganagh on Sunday 6th Jan at 11am. This race is open to ALL athletes 35 years of age and upwards. Medals will be awarded in all the usual catagories, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, etc etc. There will also be a ladies team section and in the mens team event there will be 2 sections, 35 to 49 and 50 plus. We ask all eligable athletes to make every effort to take part. Last year Noelle was 1st lady home and Joe Cawley was 1st male athlete to cross the line. In order to help speed up parerwork please let us know, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or inform Richard or Sean, if you intend running.

WHAT TO STRETCH AND WHAT TO STRENGTHEN, TUMS AND BUMS TIME.

A Talk/Demonstration by Hope Staunton,MISCP, BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Sports Medicine, PostGrad Dip CardioResp Physiotherapy.

The talk will take place on Wednesday 9th Jan. at 8pm, in our clubhouse on Vevay Road. We would encourage all our athletes to attend what is certain to be a very informative evening.  Hope is a member of our club and she is held in very high regard in the field of strengthening and stretching for athletes. If you have a yoga mat please bring it along. There will be light refreshments served after the talk.

Reminder; Thursbay 20th Dec, training 6.30 Ballywaltrim, Thursday 27th Dec, No Training. Training resumes Thursday 3rd Jan.

   

 

Wicklow Senior C/C C/ships

 

In todays C/C C/ships both our senior mens and womens teams performed way above expectations. In the mens event Ian McGrath, with a great run, took the silver medal and with great support from, Neil Wiktorsk (5), Finbar Kirwan (6), Gary Condon (7). Joe Cawley (12),Martin Francis (16), Dominic Horan (17) and Bill Stanley (23), Ian led the team to the team gold medal.

There was a treat in store for athletes and spectators alike in the womens event, as Fionnuala Britton, European Cross Country Champion and one of the best C/C runners in the world, put in a magnificient display to take the Gold medal. Her sister Una took silver and our own Suzanne Foot, ran the race of her life to take bronze. The womens team took the silver medal. In the team event Suzanne was well supported by Helen Barry (5), Noelle Thorpe (6), Denise O,Leary (11), Siobhan Butler (13), Charlotte Stevens (16), Leanne Geraghty (18), Grainne Cunningham (22), Andrea Murphy (23), Susan Dowd (24), Elaine Norton (26), Fiona Moran (27) and Lorraine O,Rourke.

Thanks to Michelle and Susan for their help in getting our teams registered.

A brilliant gallery of 80 photographs, courtesy of Tom Kavanagh, can be viewed by clicking on the link below,

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s99430womq2cmxk/mYVwjHaXXm

NEWS UPDATE

Fionnuala Britton.

After her recent sucess in the European C/C C/ships,and indeed the Irish team success, there will be a welcome home party in Druids Glen Resort on Sunday 16th Dec. at 6pm. All are welcome especially children.

Another large turnout at our thursday evening training session, those taking part in sundays C/C took it easy, while the rest of the group did a 45min fartleg session. Also last night we had our Christmas Drinks in Duff lounge in Bray. There was a great turnout for what was a most enjoyable evening. We had the presentation of prizes for our Club H/Cap, we also had a few words from our Chairperson, in which thanked those who gave their time and effort during the year. He also noted the many successes, at National, Leinster and Wicklow C/ships and many other races,at home and abroad, during the year. He paid particular tribute to Noelle Thorpe, who medalled at all levels during the year.

Training, Thursday 20th at 6.30. Thursday 27th, no training. Thursday 3rd Jan. 2013, 6.30.

IMPORTANT NOTICE. Round 3 of Athletics Wicklow Juvenile League, scheduled for Rathdrum this Friday 14th Dec, has had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged course.

Finally, Fiona Minogue, one of our regular thursday athletes, would like to wish all her training partners a Happy Christmas.Due to a minor illness, Fiona haas been advised to take a few weeks off from running, but will be back with us early in the New Year. 

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