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Reports - November 2012

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27 November 2012

Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC had three young siblings in action in the juvenile events at the recent Dunleer AC Cross Country races in Darver. At the start of the day Pádraig Tinnelly showed great promise for the future with a fine run to finish 4th in the U7 Boys’ fun run. Shortly afterwards Dearbhla Tinnelly came home in 11th place in the U9 Girls’ race, and then Alanna Tinnelly rounded off a busy day for the family with a good run in the U11 Girls’ race.

Next Saturday Mark Rogers will make his third appearance in an Irish vest when he represents his country in the Anglo-Celtic Schools’ Pentathlon International in Glasgow. This will be the inaugural indoor athletics competition to be staged in the brand new Commonwealth Arena, which is located next door to Celtic Park in the East End of the Scottish city. Mark previously represented the Irish Schools’ team in indoor internationals in Cardiff and Glasgow in early 2011.

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20 November 2012

Last Sunday two athletes from Dromiskin-based St Peter's AC made the short journey to Darver to compete in the Noel McGuill and Sandra Floyd Memorial Cross Country event. This is an annual event promoted by Dunleer AC which, in recent years, has been staged at the Louth GAA Centre of Excellence in Darver.

Niamh Fussey and Áine McKenna both had good runs in the Senior Women's race for the Sandra Floyd Cup, which was contested over a distance of 3000m. Afterwards Niamh expressed herself as being "very pleased" with her performance. She is currently training hard in preparation for her main event, the hurdles, in which she plans to return to competition when the indoor season gets underway in the New Year.

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13 November 2012

There was an excellent turnout of athletes, parents and coaches from St Peter's AC at the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk last Friday. There was broad agreement among those in attendance that it was a very enjoyable night. It was also an great opportunity for everyone present to socialise with their colleagues from clubs throughout the county away from the usual pressures which are encountered in the competitive arena.

Two athletes from the Dromiskin-based club received awards to mark their international achievements in 2012. These were Conor Durnin, winner of the U18 Triple Jump at the Celtic Games in Aberdeen in August, and Lauren Finegan, runner-up in the U16 Javelin at the same competition, which is a annual match between Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sister and brother Chloe Finley and Daniel Finley made it a great family double by winning the Athlete of the Year trophies in the U15 to U19 Track and Field categories for Girls and Boys respectively. Chloe won four national medals in 2012 – silver in the U15 Pentathlon and inter-county 4x100m outdoors, silver in the Shot Putt indoors, and bronze in the Shot Putt outdoors. Daniel won a national bronze in the U17 Shot Putt indoors.

Four other St Peter's AC athletes were nominated for Athlete of the Year awards, and each of them received a certificate to mark this honour. Gabriel Bell and Katie Murphy were nominated in the U12 to U14 Track and Field categories for Boys and Girls respectively. Gabriel won double gold in the U12 High Jump and Long Jump at the Irish Juvenile Development Championships, while Katie took the U12 Shot Putt title at these same championships.

Brother and sister Mark Rogers and Emily Rogers were nominated in the U15 to U19 Cross Country categories. Although both are better known as formidable track and field exponents, Mark won the Louth U17 Cross Country title this year, with Emily finishing 4th in the U19 contest.

Three athletes from the club were presented with Leinster medals on the night, as they had been members of the Louth U16 teams which did so well at this year's Leinster Inter-County Championships. Martin McGrane received a gold medal as part of the winning Boys' team, while Chloe Finley and Heather Rogers received bronze medals as part of the 3rd placed Girls' team. Chloe had finished 2nd in both the Long Jump and Shot Putt, and also helped Louth to 3rd place in the 4x200m relay. Martin and Heather were both in action in the Shot Putt, finishing in 3rd and 5th places respectively. All three will still be eligible for the U16 age group in 2013.

Catherine Rogers took to the stage to present special merit awards to two St Peter's AC athletes in recognition of their great commitment to the club. These were Elizabeth Bell and Pádraic McGinn, and their commitment was particularly exemplified by their gutsy performances in last month's Louth Cross Country Championships. Angela McGinn then presented a special award to 18-year-old Emily Rogers to mark the end of her career in the juvenile ranks.

Last, but by no means least, St Peter's received three trophies as a result of the outstanding efforts of all the club's juvenile athletes who competed in the Summer Track and Field League. The impressive Fairways Perpetual Trophy for the best overall club in the U14 to U19 age groups was regained, while the club also took home trophies for being the 2nd best club in the Throws and the 3rd best in the Track events.

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6 November 2012

Last Monday week Aoife Coleman (née McCarthy) of St Peter's AC moved up in distance to tackle the classic 42.195km course in the Dublin City Marathon. Along with over 12,000 other runners she successfully negotiated the streets of the capital city to cross the finish line in a chip time of 4:08:36 (and a gun time of 4:08:50).

This fine performance earned Aoife 90th place in the Senior Women's age group in the 2012 Irish Marathon Championships, which were incorporated in the Dublin City Marathon. She was third best of the County Louth athletes in this category, behind the North East Runners pair of Mary Laverty and Cathriona Faulkner.

As a juvenile athlete Aoife starred for the Dromiskin-based club in the 800m and 1500m events. Upon her comeback last year, she once again ran some middle distance races on the track, but this year she has favoured longer races on the road. Last August she had a good run to finish 7th in the Senior Women's category at the Glenmore AC 5K road race in Carlingford, recording a time of 23:15.

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