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Reports - September 2014

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30 September 2014

As is now traditional, the Star of the Sea AC Open Cross Country Meet, which was staged near Stamullen in County Meath last Sunday, signalled the start of the local cross country season. St Peter’s AC was represented by two young athletes, both of whom performed very well.

Lucy Brennan got the day off to a good start when she finished 10th in the U9 Girls’ race. Then, shortly afterwards, Seán Allen stormed to a great victory in the U10 Boys’ race. Both these athletes, along with several others from the Dromiskin-based club, are expected to contest the Louth Cross Country Championships in Meadowview, Drogheda, next Sunday and in DkIT the following Sunday.

The Finley family were well represented once again in the parkrun 5km race over the cross country course at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge on Saturday morning.

First of the family to cross the finishing line was Luke Finley, whose time of 21:02 was also good enough to win the U18 category. Next to finish was Daniel Finley in a time of 25:06, just two seconds ahead of his younger sister, Chloe Finley. David Finley, father of Luke, Daniel and Chloe, registered a time of 31:06.

Seven athletes from St Peter’s AC have been selected to train with the 2014-15 Leinster Performance Squad, which includes the province’s most promising young athletes in the U16 to U19 age groups. This is the biggest representation in the squad from any club in County Louth.

The athletes selected are Conor Durnin, Lauren Finegan, Chloe Finley, Daniel Finley, Martin McGrane, Orlaith McMahon and Mark Rogers. They will participate in regular training sessions in Santry, Dublin, over the coming months, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday week, 11th October.

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23 September 2014

Four athletes from St Peter’s AC were in action last Saturday and, once again, there were some fine performances by the members of the Dromiskin-based club.

Catherine Rogers placed well up the field – 26th out of 98 finishers in the Over 50 Women’s category – in the Dublin Half-Marathon in the Phoenix Park. This was Catherine’s first time to race this distance and she came agonisingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier with a finishing time of 2:00:50.

The Finley family were well represented in the parkrun 5km race over the cross country course at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge.

Luke Finley crossed the line first in the Under 18 category, and third overall, in a time of 20:17, a big improvement on his performance in this parkrun event the previous Saturday.

Chloe Finley, who recorded a time of 26:13, was the first female finisher in the Under 18 age group, while David Finley, father of Luke and Chloe, was placed 4th in the Over 50 Men’s category in a time of 30:27.

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16 September 2014

James Meenan, who is a member of St Peter’s AC in Dromiskin and St Therese’s Special Olympics Club in Dundalk, received great news last week when he learned that he has been selected to represent Ireland at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

These Games will take place from 25th July to 2nd August in Los Angeles in the United States, and James will be part of a team of six athletes representing Ireland in athletics. A total of 89 sportspeople are due to represent Ireland across the 25 sports in the Games.

This has been a long and exciting journey for James, which has seen him compete for St Therese’s Special Olympics Club in the North Leinster Athletics in Navan in 2012, the Special Olympics Leinster Regional Games in Kilkenny in 2013, and the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Limerick earlier this year.

James was a member of Team Leinster at the Ireland Games, where he won two gold medals, running 12.83 seconds for the 100m and 25.74 seconds for the 200m. He has also impressed in the colours for St Peter’s AC and, along with Conor Durnin, Daire Boylan and Mark Rogers, was part of the team which set the club record for the 4x100m relay in 2013.

In the lead up to the World Games James will attend monthly training sessions with the rest of Team Ireland.

Meanwhile Seán Allen, Niamh Brady and Lucy Brennan made the short trip to Carrickmacross last Sunday to compete in the juvenile races which preceded the Carrick Aces 5K Road Race. All three were in action in the Under 10 400m races. They performed most impressively with Seán winning the boys’ race and Niamh leading Lucy home to secure a St Peter’s one-two in the girls’ race.

Last Friday evening husband and wife Brendan Rogers and Catherine Rogers were in action the SOSAD 5K Road Race in Drogheda along with more than 500 other runners. Both did very well with Catherine clocking a new personal best to finish 22nd in the female category with a chip time of 24:44 (and a gun time of 24:46). Meanwhile Brendan finished 27th among the men with a chip time of 22:07 (and a gun time of 22:10).

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9 September 2014

The nine athletes from St Peter’s AC who competed in the Ardee & District AC Open Sports last Sunday week produced a host of excellent performances which resulted in them winning no fewer than ten gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Niamh Brady was the star of the show as she won three events in the U10 age group – the 80m, 200m and Long Jump (3.16m). The club’s other U10 athlete, Seán Allen, was also in fine form, taking gold in the 200m, silver in the 80m and bronze in the Long Jump (3.26m). Young Lucy Brennan starred in the U9 events, storming to victory in the 60m and battling strongly to take the bronze in the 200m.

Katie Murphy moved up an age group to contest the U15 Shot Putt. She enjoyed an excellent victory with a massive throw of 11.64m with the heavier 2.72kg implement. Ava Brennan performed very well in the U14 age group despite finishing just outside the medals.

The Dromiskin-based club dominated the U19 events in Ardee. Chloe Finley was in a class of her own in winning both the 100m and 1500m. Her brothers Luke Finley and Daniel Finley were also in top form. Luke won the 1500m and finished 2nd behind Daniel in the 100m, while Martin McGrane’s bronze in the 100m made it a clean sweep for St Peter’s in that event.

With the 2014 track and field season now at an end, several club members and parents spent last Saturday packing bags for shoppers in Tesco, Longwalk Shopping Centre, Dundalk. The success of this fund raising venture is due to the generosity of Tesco's customers, the support of the store's management and staff, and the efforts of those from the club who came along on the day. All at St Peter's sincerely appreciate the contribution of all those involved.

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2 September 2014

The focus of competitive activity in St Peter’s AC shifted from the track to the road recently with athletes from the club in action in road races in Dublin and Kilkerley.

Last Saturday week Catherine Rogers, who has been training with the Team Carrie squad, had a fine run in the Frank Duffy 10 Mile Road Race in the Phoenix Park. She was 18th fastest of the 66 finishers in the Over 50 age category, crossing the line in a chip time of 1:31:17 and a gun time of 1:37:16.

Catherine’s next competitive outing is expected to be in the Dublin Half-Marathon on Saturday fortnight, which will also be staged in the Phoenix Park.

Fourteen-year-old Craig Murtagh, better known as a promising young shot putter, took to the roads of Kilkerley last Friday night to run in the Kilkerley Emmets GFC 4 Mile Road Race. He crossed the line in a time of 36:09 to finish in 54th place. This time was over four minutes faster than he had run in this race last year.

Nine-year-old Dean Murtagh, Craig’s younger brother, was also in action in Kilkerley. He showed some promise for the future, as he finished in 81st place in a time of 56:25.

St Peter’s AC athletes and parents are reminded that the regular club training sessions will resume this Thursday (4th September) after the usual end-of-season break. These sessions will continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the facilities of St Joseph’s GFC in Dromiskin.

Several club members will be bag packing in Tesco, Long Walk, Dundalk this coming Saturday and the support of the wider community for this fundraising venture will be very much appreciated.

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