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Reports - November 2014

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25 November 2014

Last Sunday, for the second time in 2014, a major national cross country event was staged in the grounds of DkIT. This time it was the turn of the Irish Juvenile and Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships to be held at the County Louth venue.

Gabriel Bell was the sole representative from St Peterís AC in action, as he contested the Under 14 Boysí race as a member of the Louth team. Better known as a track and field athlete, who has won several national championship medals in the Long Jump and Pentathlon, as well as coming very close in the High Jump, he battled strongly over the challenging 3000m course to cross the line in 116th place out of 156 finishers. The Louth team did well to finish in eight place overall.

This Friday night the St Peterís Awards Night takes place in the St Josephís GFC clubrooms, Dromiskin, starting at 7 p.m. This promises to very enjoyable family night for all club members, their parents and other relatives and friends. It is an excellent opportunity for all those associated with the club in whatever away to spend a few hours together in a relaxed setting away from the demands of training and the pressures of competition, and to celebrate the achievements of the club's athletes during the past year. All those wishing to attend should inform Angela McDonald as soon as possible. The cost per person will be just 5 euro, including food and a disco.

Next Sunday the Louth Mastersí Cross Country Championships moves to a new venue, as the event will be staged in Togher on the lands of Andrew Rogers of St Peterís AC.

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18 November 2014

There was an excellent turnout of athletes, parents and coaches from St Peter's AC at the annual Athletics Louth Awards Night in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, last Friday. There was broad agreement among those in attendance that it was a very enjoyable night. It was also a 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.

Five athletes from the Dromiskin-based club received the highly coveted Athlete of the Year trophies, while several others were also honoured for their achievements during the past year.

Conor Durnin, who has excelled as a triple jumper, long jumper and sprinter, was awarded the Junior (Under 20) Athlete of the Year accolade.

There was double cause for celebration in the Finley family. Chloe Finleyís achievements in competitions within County Louth earned her the Track and Field Athlete of the Year award for girls in the Under 17 to 19 age groups and Daniel Finleyís achievements in local competitions resulted in him winning the equivalent boysí award.

Gabriel Bell was honoured with the Track and Field Athlete of the Year award for boys in the Under 12 to 14 age groups and Niamh Brady was a deserving winner of the equivalent award for girls in the Under 9 to 11 category.

Seán Allen and Katie Murphy were also nominated for Track and Field Athlete of the Year awards. In addition, Seán Allen, Niamh Brady and Luke Finley were nominated for Cross Country Athlete of the Year awards. All the nominees were presented with certificates to commemorate this honour

The Deirdre McGrath Perpetual Trophy for the Athlete of the Meet in the Louth Junior, Senior and Mastersí Championships was presented to Conor Durnin, who enjoyed a great treble in this competition back in July. He won the Junior 100m, 200m and Long Jump titles with performances which surpassed the winning performances in these events in the Senior and Mastersí categories.

The night had begun with a new award for 2014 Ė the presentation of certificates to those athletes who had medalled in Irish Juvenile Championships during the year. Six athletes from St Peterís were duly honoured: Gabriel Bell, Conor Durnin, Lauren Finegan, Daniel Finley, Katie Murphy and Mark Rogers.

It should also be noted that the club also enjoyed considerable success in the older age groups in 2014, with Irish National Championship medals also being won by Aaron Finley at Under 23 level, by Olivia McDonald and Emily Rogers at the blue riband Senior level, and by Brendan Rogers at Mastersí level.

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11 November 2014

A number of St Peterís AC athletes have been attending Leinster Performance and Development Squad training sessions at the Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin, in recent weeks. These include Gabriel Bell, Conor Durnin, Chloe Finley, Daniel Finley, Martin McGrane and Orlaith McMahon. Conor has also been travelling to Nenagh to train with the National Jumps Squad.

As the Dromiskin-based clubís fundraising efforts continue, several St Peterís AC members and parents spent last Saturday packing bags for shoppers in Tesco Extra, 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, especially that of David Darcy, the Community Champion there, and the efforts of those from the club who came along on the day. Catherine Rogers deserves special credit for her organisational efforts. All at St Peter's sincerely appreciate the contribution of all those involved.

The annual Athletics Louth Awards Night will be held in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, this Friday night (14th November). Tickets for the event, which includes a meal, presentation of the awards and a disco, are priced at 25 euro for adults and 10 euro for juveniles. It promises to be a great night which all St Peterís AC members, parents and friends should thoroughly enjoy.

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4 November 2014

Last Sunday eight young athletes represented St Peterís AC in the Louth Juvenile Cross Country Relay Championships, which were held in conjunction with the Louth Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships in Monasterboice.

The Under 10 Boysí team enjoyed a great victory in their 4x500m race. Dean Murtagh started the ball rolling with an outstanding run on the first leg. Pearse Grimes, Ronan Deery and anchorman Seán Allen followed, and they all rose to the occasion to seal the gold for St Peterís in the shadow of the ancient round tower.

The Dromiskin-based clubís Under 10 Girlsí team of Judith Bell, Lucy Brennan, Niamh Brady and Katie Murphy also ran very well. They battled strongly to the end and finished just outside the medals.

Last Monday week, Kevin Mackin was in action in the Dublin Marathon, in which he dipped under the five hour barrier with a time of 4:59:15. This earned him 246th place in the 45 to 49 age group in the Irish Marathon Championships, which were incorporated in the Dublin Marathon. Through running the marathon, Kevin also raised a significant sum of money for St. Michael's House, which is now Irelandís largest provider of community-based supports for children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families.

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