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. 

Weeks News

THURSDAY EVENING 13th DEC

Training as usual at 6 30, Ballywaltrim,  fartlek session, with all running ccs taking it easy .
Our Christmas Drinks, H/Cap 5k presentation and some medal presentations will be held in Duffs at 9pm on Thursday evening, friends, partners, non members who help out during the year and  potential new members are all welcome.
As in previous years we will take up a modest collection for the Southern Cross clubhouse caretaker George who unfortunately has been let go and who can do with our small donation as a result, more so now than in previous years 

Wicklow C/C C/ships, SUNDAY 16th DEC

Kicks off at 11 00 with junior races, but we need to be there before that to set up the course and organise stewards etc.
Need at least a dozen stewards, so if not running please come along and help, partners and friends are very welcome. Would, ON ARRIVAL, all male athletes check in with Sean, and female athletes check in with Richard. This will ensure the smooth running of registration, confirmation of teams etc. This year we look to have not only our strongest teams in recent years but also the largest numbers competing for many a year. 4 races in all, with the possibility of future European champions taking part.

CHRISTMAS MORNING RUN @ 9 30 sharp
For those who can make it, set yourself up for the day, meet Shanganagh main gate for a run in the park.

Ballycotton 2013 - Final Reminder.

The annual Ballycotton, 10mile, Road Race takes place on Sunday 3rd March 2013. As most of you know we had a group of 20 in Ballycotton in 2012 and a great time was had by all. If you are intending to run, but have not already entered or made arrangements to do so, now is the time to get organised. Entry forms, for club athletes, can now be downloaded from www.ballycottonrunning.com BUT MUST BE RETURNED TO BE RECEIVED BY 18TH DEC. No late entries will be accepted. In this instance we enter as Sli Cualann A.C..We will have entry forms at thursday training. 

 

Club H/Cap.

Tonight, 6th Dec, we had our annual club H/Cap race. Unfortunately the weather turned nasty, with rain and a strong wind making it a very difficult night for running. The bad weather seems to have kept some from racing but we still had a good turnout for the event. We had an equally good turnout of helpers, Dermot on the leadout bike, Sean, Bernard, Mark, Dolores and Noelle at the start, finish and helping with the post race refreshments and Richard Hourahan out on the course making sure nobody took a wrong turn. Thanks to all who brought mince pies, biscuits and sandwiches and to Ciara and Denise for supplying the home baking. Some excellent times were recorded, Mary Hourahan 32.02 over 2 minutes off her pb, Lorraine O,Rourke 31.28, 1.28 off her pb and the ever improving Siobhan Butler also lowering her pb to 22.30. Fastest time of the night was recorded by Finbar Kirwan, 17.01. Here are some of the results, full results can be found on the results page.

5k H/Cap results. 1st Lorraine O,Rourke (31.28), 2nd Mary Hourahan(32.02). 3rd Suzanne Foot (19.47). 4th Elaine Nuzun (31.10)        5th Ana Molina (30.11).   all times, net.

Fastest Times, Men. 1st Finbar Kirwan,17.01. 2nd Gary Condon, 17.11, 3rd Joe Cawley, 17.34.

Fastest Times, Women. 1st Denise O,Leary, 21.18. 2nd Siobhan Butler, 22.30. 3rd Charlotte Stevens 23.41.

Guests, 1st,  Helen Barry, 20.21.

Catagories. Women O/40, 1st Andrea Murphy, 24.16.  0/45, 1st Carmel Murphy 26.56.

MEN. 1st O/40 Bil Stanley, 19.01. 1st O/45 Dominic Horan, 18.27. 1st O/50 Tony Branigan,26.28. 1st O/55 Tom Cavanagh, 21.30.     1stO/60 Pat McCourt, 23.53.

Presentation of prizes will take place next Thursday, at our Christmas drinks night, in Duffs from 9pm. Usual format, bring a small gift to be used as prizes for race and spot prizes. 

Ballycotton Update.

From 2pm tomorrow Friday 7th Dec, app 1,000 slots will be available on line at www.ballycottonrunning.com , when they are gone entry forms will be available to download, these are for club runners only, and will be accepted up to the 18th Dec. only.

Weekly News

ANNUAL HANDICAP THURS 6th
Richard, Noelle and Dermot have all the handicaps sussed,  first off, at 6 30 prompt, will be Mary and Lorraine, with the rest of us to follow at regular intervals. 
There will probably be more ladies than men, so the men will consequently be evicted from the larger changing room for the night to facilitate the ladies.We will have tea / coffee afterwards, so bring along a packet of biscuits,cakes,or even something healthy. We need half a dozen to man the start, finish and provide bike support (at least one out front and one at the back) so if not running please come along and help out. Timeframe, Registration @ 6.10 to 6.20, Briefing, 6.25, Race start, 6.30.  

CHRISTMAS DRINKS THURS 13th

Duffs will reserve the area to the right of the entrance for us, ON THURSDAY 13TH DEC., for 9pm. We will train as usual at 6.30, that evening. Normally thos,e who took part in the H/cap race bring along a small gift to be used as prizes for the race (value no more than 10 euro). We also have some team and individual medals to present.

SUNDAY TRAINING

Some have said we have seen enough of the C/c course for the moment, so we will arrange a change of scene to Djouce next Sunday, first carpark 9.30. Anybody who needs directions call  Sean at 086 2593023.There will,probably, be some athletes in Shanganagh, as usual, if Djouce does not suit.

SENIOR CC 16th

We have the new Bray Runners tent for the event, and future events, for changing, bad weather etc. If all who say they will run turn up we will have around 30 competing, our biggest turnout ever.We will need about a dozen stewards on the day, so if not running please help out.

Ballycotton 2013 update.

Application forms should be available for all club runners by the end of this week. We will keep you informed on this website.

 

Waterford A.C. Half Marathon.

Waterford A.C held their annual half marathon in Dungarvan today, 1st Dec. Ian McGrath put in a fine performance to finish 10th, in a time of 1hr 14mins 01 sec. Dominic Horan was next Bray Runner home in a time of 1.26.19. Susan Dowd ran 1.52.59, a personal best, for Susan. The mens race was won by Philip Harty in 1.07.29, Angela McCann took the womens race in 1.20.32.

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