Weekend, 24th/25th March, Round up

The Shanganagh Parkrun celebrated it's 2nd birthday on Saturday last. Congratulations to Richard Hourihan and the marvelous team of volunteers who make this great event happen every week. The run was also part of our Bray Runners League.
Well done to all our athletes and friends who part on Saturday. Over 150 athletes took part and Gordon McWilliams was first man home in a new Pb of 18.14. 
Michael Knight continued his preparation for London Marathon by running a fine 20.37. John Ashworth ran 21.35, closely followed by Bernard Quinn who ran 21.41. Paul Gannon ran 24.43, Maureen O'Rourke ran 25.18 and Sandra Brady ran 25.41. Mark Duncan ran 25.42, Elaine Casey ran 27.04 and Mary O'Connor ran 27.12. Emer Hynes ran 28.34, Ana Molina ran 28.56 and Jackie O'Neill ran 29.03.
Fine runs also from Georgina Devlin 21.55 and Grainne Cunningham 25.00 as they both prepare for Rotterdam in a couple of weeks time.
On Sunday 25th March in the Wicklow Goalbreak Half Marathon, Sharon Bailey ran a new Pb of 1.49.26.

Ashling Smith wins Team Silver at European C/C

Congratulations, from all at Bray Runners, go to Ashling Smith who finished 4th in her age category at the European Masters C/C C/ships, held in conjunction with European Masters Indoors, in Madrid earlier today. Congratulations to Jackie Carthy who won Gold for Ireland in the same category. 
In the team event Ashling, Jackie and Catherine Diver won the Silver Team medal, just pipped by the hosts Spain. (Great achievement as both Ashling and Jackie were running in category lower than their own.)
Congratulations to all the Irish athletes who performed brilliantly over the past 6 days.

Ashling 5th in Madrid

Congratulations to Ashling Smith who finished 5th in the Final of the 3000mtrs at the European Indoor Masters C/ships on Monday 19th March. In a very tactical race Ashling ran 10.59. The race was won by an Italian woman in 10.50. Congratulations also go to Ireland's Jackie Stamp (Carthy) who was 2nd in 10.52. 

Meath Spring Half Marathon

Great performances from our athletes, friends and our fellow Sli Cualann athletes at the Bohermeen Half Marathon and 10k, which was held on Sunday 11th March.
Ian McGrath finished in an excellent 10th place O/a and was 2nd 0/40 in a time of 73.39. Gary Condon was 16th O/a and 3rd 0/45 in 74.36.
Suzanne Foot was 4th woman home in 87.18 and Helen Barry ran 89.17.
Michael Knight was 1st 0/60 in 93.22. Ciara Carter ran 1.41.48, Karol O'Loinsigh ran a Pb of 1.43.56. Mary Hayde also ran a Pb of 1.47.34.
Peter Doran, 1.55.43, was another to run a Pb. Marie Curran ran 1.58.30, Elaine Casey ran 2.02.04, Emer Hynes ran 2.02.09.
Gordon McWilliams, 82.26, smashed his Pb, Georgina Devlin ran 97.31, Grainne Butler ran 1.45.04 and Grainne Cunningham ran 1.55.44.
Fine runs also from our fellow Sli Cualann athletes, including Clive Quinn, 74.13;; Catherine O'Connor, 87.15; Anne Marie Kenny,1.44.03. Alan Dalton ran a fine 35.27 and finished 7th O/A in the 10k event.

The Sli Cualann Womens Team, Suzanne Foot, Catherine O'Connor, Helen Barry and Ciara Carter finished in an excellent 2nd place just pipped by a top class Donore Harriers AC team. The Sli Cualann mens team finished in 4th place.
These are the results we have to hand. Times are chip times.
At the Milton Keynes 20mile, Richard Kavanagh ran 2.42.57.

National Masters Indoors, Gold for Ashling, Silver for Dominic

Ashling Smith and Dominic Horan togged out in their Sli Cualann vests, on Saturday 10th March, at the Athletics Ireland Irish Life Masters Indoor Championships in Athlone.  Ashling ran a controlled 5:03.93 to take Gold in the W45 1500m, while Dominic running in the M50 3,000m finished strongly over the last few laps to take Silver in the last few meters in 9:54.52. Congratulations also goes to our fellow Sli Cualann medal winners, Carol Costello 1st, W45 in the 800m (2:44.60), Francois Kulik 1st M45 in the high jump (1.75) and PJ Doyle 3rd in the weight for distance event, these are the results we have to hand. We wish Ashing all the very best in her final week's preparation for the European Masters Indoors Championships in Madrid starting March 19th.

Thursday Training Cancelled

For Health and Safety reasons our Training session scheduled for Thursday 1st March has been CANCELLED.


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