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Bray Runners Invitational 2023

SAVE THE DATE: The Bray Runners Invitational will take place on Thursday 22nd June 2023 at the track in Greystones. More details to follow....

April Racing Round Up

In April we had plenty of opportunities to don the orange and black.
🟧 The Weekend of No 10k PBS 🟧
- Michael McElroy took to the hills for the Kippure 10k Trail Run. Not surprisingly, no PB there!
- Thomas Conway donned the racers for the National 10k Championships….no PB there either 🙄 less said about that one!
- Norbert Van Woerkom did however take a minute off his PB….in the Enschede marathon running a fabulous 3:57.25 even after the wheels came off. Well done Norb.
- PB to be confirmed but on this weekend Ken Kennedy ran a fab 3:20 marathon in Rotterdam.
⬛️ Wexford Half Marathon ⬛️
New members Amy Fitzpatrick, Jen McLoughlin, Louise Kelly had great runs in the Wexford 10k and Half Marathon and Maureen O’Rourke ran another sub 2 hours with 1:58:56, well done!
Thanks to Coach Bobby’s powers of persuasion (😬) we had an unprecedented turnout at the Raheny Road Relays with the club represented by 7 teams in total and 22 athletes across the junior, senior and master categories. A fabulous day out with tears of joy, frustration, and maybe a compass needed for new member Mark Corbett?! 😂
We finished the month out in style with again fantastic representation at the Leinster Master and Novice 3k and 6k Road Championships, many members experiencing these last two events for the first time.
We had individual and team representation across nearly all of the categories. Orla Phillips brought home individual bronze in her category as did Dominic Horan in his. Drew Donohoe and Antonia Vitori both had top 8 finishes in the fiercely competitive senior category.
Well done all and to our fellow Wicklow and Sli Cualann athletes.
Thanks to Bobby for driving the participation in all these races.Bobby has also had the brainwave of hiring a bus to travel to these events. Brains and beauty, we are a lucky club. We know which part Cathy provides…..we were superbly refuelled with her delicious chocolate covered energy balls post-race on Saturday, thank you so much Cathy!
Congratulations to Team Fit For Life of Maureen O’Rourke, Orla Phillips and Bobby for this initiative. We have seen quite unexpected numbers embrace this programme and the team have welcomed all in unflappable style.
Thank you and well done! The initiative has been a resounding success.
⬛️Paced Parkrun Shanganagh parkrun ⬛️ pacing duties this weekend, keep an eye out for:
30 mins Orla Phillips
28 mins Maureen O’Rourke
26 mins Noelle Thorpe
25 mins Norbert van Woerkrom
24 mins Richard Hourihan
22 mins Paul Allen
20 mins Paul Donohoe
Thanks all!
Don’t forget to get your entries in for this weekend and if not racing, perhaps you could consider volunteering at the track in Charlesland.

Racing Roundup 13.03.2023

🟧⬛️🟧Racing Roundup🟧⬛️🟧


Congratulations to all our athletes who raced this weekend.


🟧 First up was the Leinster Indoor T&F Championships where we had junior, senior and master success. In the junior section, Eleanor Foot, Niamh Murray, Bobby Moore and Max Singleton raced and came home with a selection of gold and bronze medals and a couple of PBs to boot.

⬛️ Drew Donohoe is proving to be a strong and canny racer, edging ever closer to the magic sub 2 min mark in the Senior 800m race (Drew is still very much u/23) with another shiny new PB of 2:00.3 🧡


🟧 In the Masters categories, Dominic Horan and Ashling Smith took home the honours with silver in their 1500m races. Later in the day, Ashling added gold in the F50 800m race.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this weekend happen. We couldn’t do it without you. 🧡


🟧⬛️🟧 Ollie Castle had a fabulous run in the National Canicross Series race, finishing second 🖤


⬛️ And in Bohermeen today, we had a small but fabulous contingent with Suzanne Foot finishing 3rd F50 in a super 1:31.16. Thomas Conway finished in 1:27.27 and was followed home by Lee Borland in 1:34.55, Kieran O’Leary in 1:35.32, Paul O’Dwyer in 1:36.24, Karol O’Loinsigh in 1:47.36 and Ciara Carter in 1:56.19. Well done all! 🧡


🟦🟧🟦 Finally congrats to our fellow Wicklow athletes in Sli Cualann! Brian Geraghty, Alan Duffy, Catherine O’Connor, Hannah Nolan, Debbie Griffin, Rachel Cole and the evergreen Mary Nolan Hickey all had fabulous runs in Bohermmen too💙🧡💙

Captain's Racing Roundup

⬛️🟧 Captain’s Racing Roundup 🟧⬛️


It was a busy and successful weekend for Bray Runners AC athletes in Athlone and Trim.


🔸National Masters Indoor Championships
Ashling Smith took home a national bronze in the 1500 metres in a time of 5:22.96.
The ever-present on national stage, Dom Horan, finished in 5th place in the 3000 metres in 10:16.44. Well done to both.
Congratulations also to our fellow Wicklow Master athletes who did the county proud.


🔸 Trim 10 mile
We saw a fantastic turnout of Bray athletes and an array of PBs to match. Thomas Conway, Dan Rakic and Paul Donohoe got deserved PBs, with another few runners not far away from their PBs. Suzanne Foot and Ciara Carter both made impressive returns to racing with Suzanne finishing a fantastic 3rd W50.


🔸 parkrun
As it was pacing week at Shanganagh, there was a strong turnout of Bray athletes, both as pacers and those going all out. A particular shout out to our good friend of the club, Shea Bubendorfer, who ran a PB of 25:27 - taking 7 minutes off his finish time at his first ever 5k only a few months ago. He should be expecting the tap on the shoulder any day now from Bobby.

Annual Awards 2023

Well done to all our award winners on Saturday 28th January at the Bray Runners AC Annual Awards, it seems like years since we had this in person! Thanks to Cyril for doing a splendid job of MC on the night. Thanks to Jackie, our social secretary, for orchestrating a fabulous evening with delicious food and cakes from Cathy


Special thanks to Niamh and Shea who came to present the inaugural Thomas Bubendorfer Award to worthy winner Paul Donohoe a day after what would have been his 53rd birthday 🖤🧡


Thanks as always to Debbie for taking the time to present our photos so beautifully. See comments for slide show

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About Us

Our Club was founded in 1983 primarily as a marathon running club, however over the years we have introduced a juvenile section and cover a wide range of athletic disciplines.

Bray Runners Athletics Club
Bray Head Terrace, Vevay Rd, Oldcourt, Bray, Co. Wicklow



Committee Members

Richard Hourihan Chairperson

Cyril J. Smith Hon. Treasurer

Orla Phillips Hon. Secretary

Collette Mason Child Welfare Officer

Jackie O'Neill Social Secretary

Emma Craxton Juvenile Representative

Kieron O'Leary Club Captain

Ashling Smith Committee Member

Maureen O'Rourke Committee Member


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Well done to all our athletes!