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Reports - October 2010

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27 October 2010

Some athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC have been making their mark in recent local cross country events. The Drogheda & District Schools’ Cross Country Invitational attracted runners from secondary schools across counties Louth, Meath and North Dublin. Mark Rogers, representing the host school, St Joseph’s CBS, strode to an impressive victory in the Junior (Under 15) race. Earlier Lauren Finegan had taken bronze in the Minor (Under 14) event in the colours of Greenhills College.

At the Glenmore AC Cross Country in Bush Cian Duffy surpassed expectations to claim a medal with an excellent sixth place finish in the Under 13 race. His younger brother Oisín Duffy also had a good run in the Under 9 event, which attracted a very big field.

Meanwhile several St Peter’s AC athletes have been selected for National and Leinster squads. Javelin thrower Olivia McDonald will train with National Senior Throws squad, while high jumper Emily Rogers has been selected to train with the National Senior Jumps squad. Emily is also a member of the new Leinster Juvenile squad, as are her clubmates Niamh Fussey, Éamonn McManus, and her younger brother, Mark Rogers.

All St Peter’s AC members should note that there will be no club training session tomorrow (Thursday) night. However athletes are reminded that the second leg of this year’s Louth Cross Championships will be staged at Oldbridge (site of the Battle of the Boyne) this Sunday and that there will be training as normal next Tuesday night.

Another date for the diary is the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night, which moves to a new venue this year. It will be held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, on Friday 12th November, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event, which includes presentation of awards followed by supper and a disco, are priced at 25 euro for adults and 10 euro for juveniles.

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20 October 2010

Last weekend was a quiet one on the competitive front for Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC. However Tom McGrane did take part in the North East Runners 5km Handicap Road Race in Dundalk on Saturday morning. On an ideal day for running he crossed the line in 20th place, recording an actual time of 26:03, which was 17th fastest of the 30 finishers.

This was some way off Tom’s best time for the 5km distance, which he set a couple of years ago while training for the 400m. Nowadays his training is geared towards the Shot Putt, which is not so conducive to good performances at longer distances. In these circumstances he was quite pleased with his run on Saturday.

The regular club training sessions continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the St Joseph’s GFC facilities in Dromiskin. The sessions start at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m. Any prospective new members from 8 years old upwards will be made very welcome at this friendly, progressive athletics club. The members of St Peter's come not only from the Dromiskin and Darver area, but also from other areas throughout County Louth. Visit the club website for more details.

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13 October 2010

A small contingent of athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC travelled to the Drogheda last Sunday for the first instalment of this year’s Louth Cross Country Championships. The juvenile even age group titles were contested at the Meadowview Sports Grounds on the southside of the town.

Gabriel Bell had an excellent run to take bronze in the Under 10 Boys’ race over 1000m, while Adam Stewart also ran well in this event. Erin McGowan showed good form in the Under 10 Girls’ race, also over 1000m, and Dylan did well in the Under 14 Boys’ 3000m event.

Meanwhile St Peter’s AC athlete Mark Rogers has learned that he has been selected to represent Ireland in the Under 15 Boys’ Pentathlon at the annual Anglo-Celtic Schools’ Combined Events’ Indoor International. This event, which will be Mark’s first time to pull on the green vest of Ireland, will be staged at the famous Kelvin Hall arena in Glasgow on Saturday 4th December.

Mark recently won the Irish Schools’ title in the colours of St Joseph’s CBS, Drogheda, and is now relishing the prospect of going into battle against the best multi-eventers in his age group from England, Scotland and Wales less than two months from now. All in his club, school and home community in Togher will be wishing him the very best.

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6 October 2010

This coming Sunday sees the staging of the first Louth Cross Country Championship event of 2010. Meadowview in Drogheda will be the venue for the even ages (Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18) Juvenile Championships, which will be preceded by the Novice Championships starting at 11:00 a.m.

Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC will doubtless be represented and will be looking for good performances from some key individuals. When the original St Peter’s AC was founded in 1955, the club quickly established itself as a force on the cross country scene. Nowadays the club is better known for its outstanding record in the more technical events. However the comparatively fewer successes over the country in recent years mean that all athletes who do shine at this tough discipline are especially savoured by the club.

The Athletic Association of Ireland has increased the distances over which this year’s juvenile cross country championships will be contested, a move which some feel may discourage athletes who specialise in the sprints or the field events from participating this year, in the same way as several of them traditionally would have done.

Meanwhile St Peter’s AC members were delighted to see St Joseph’s GFC retain the county Minor Gaelic football title on Sunday. Athletics club member Ian McDonald, who regularly competes in the 100m, Long Jump and Javelin, came on as a sub early in the second half and played his part in their well-deserved win. All at St Peter’s AC value the good relationship between the two clubs, and particularly the availability of the St Joseph’s GFC facilities for athletics training.

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