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Reports - September 2015

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29 September 2015

The 27th Star Of The Sea Cross Country meeting took place in Stamullen in County Meath on Sunday. This event would be the tratditional Cross Country season opener with clubs from all over Leinster and parts of Ulster in attendance. As in previous years the standard of talent on view was of a very high standard on a very chalanging course. The St Peters club had a total of fifteen athletes competing between age groups under 9 to under 12. The club had three medal winners and some very high finishers and all athletes gained valuable experience with the upcomming Louth Championships in mind.

The boys and girls under 11 races were the highlight for the club with Sean Allen having a fantastic run to win the boys race over the 1000M distance with a very strong run to race clear of the field from around 300m to go. Dean Murtagh also had a good run in the same race and had a very good second half which saw him move well up through the large field of competitors. In the girls race Niamh Brady had her usual fine run and found herself in a battle for first and second with girl from Rathoat Ac, both of these girls had a great battle and in the end Niamh had to settle for second place. The ever improving Julie McLoughlin had a fine run to finish 10th after a slow start and was followed by Judith Bell and Lucy Smith.

Harry O'Reilly who seems to suit the cross country had a great run to finish in 6th position and collect his first cross country medal. Dearbhla Allen had a strong run in the girls under 9 as did Katie Mulligan, Lucy Brennan and Katie O'Reilly in the girls under 10. Justin Cooney and Cormac McKeown battled in the under 10 boys as did Jack O'Reilly and Rory McLaughlin in the boys under 12 race.

On Saturday evening the Blackrock 4 mile road race took place. This was a very well organised event which attracted some of the countries top athletes in memory of the late Stephen Carroll. The St Peters club was well represented. The first of the Club Athletes to cross the line was Mark Rogers followed by Caoimhin Garavaglia, Brendan Rogers, Andrew Rogers, Catriona McKeown and Catherine Rogers. Earlier in the day Luke Finley competed in the Dundalk Park Run were he ran a very comfortale race to finish second.

Attention is now focused on the County Cross Country Champioships which will commence this Sunday with evan age groups in juvenile and Intermediate in adult, which will take place at Bush with the adult races commencing at 11 oclock and the juvenile at 12 midday.

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22 September 2015

With the cross country season fast approaching some of the St Peter's athletes got to represent their schools in the Louth Cross Country Primary Schools event which took place at DKIT in glorious sunshine last Wednesday. The event was from 3rd class to 6th class inclusive. The club had two winners and some high finishers in the various races which all had large fields of competitors.

The club's two winners came from the 5th class races where Niamh Brady led the girls' race from start to finish with a very powerful run to be followed by her training buddy Sean Allen who won the boys' race when he made his move with 100m to go sprint to victory.

Rory McLoughlin had fine run to finish in 5th position after a stumble at the start. Cian Loy also running for the St Peters NS also had a strong run in his first cross country race as did Dean Murtagh and Ronan Deery who were represeting Kilkerley NS.

The ever improving Julie McLoughlin ran a great race to finish 3rd in the 4th class girls’ race followed by St Peters AC newcomer Lucy Smith in 10th position. Lorcan Finnegan showed great promise with a strong run in the boys’ fourth class race. Pearse Grimes showed his potential with a good run in the boys’ 3rd class race as did Lucy Brennan and Katie Mulligan who both worked their way through the large field of competitors in the 3rd class girls’ race.

Luke Finley also took part in the Dundalk park run on Saturday were he had a third place finish with a comfortable run of 19:57.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday of this week as the traditional Cross country season opener Star of the Sea takes place on Sunday and it is hoped the St Peters club will have a strong representation there.

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15 September 2015

As the St Peters AC athletes recvover from their fantastic trip to Liverpool training has resumed for all athletes as the club prepares for the upcommng cross-country season. However the club had athletes in action in the Inagural Dromiskin Fit Club 5k on Saturday and the Carrick Aces Juvenile track day on Sunday.

Just three of the juvenile Athletes made the short journey to Carrickmacross for the Carrick Aces track event however the three athletes returned home with a grand total of six medals winning two medals a piece. Star of the show was yet again Niamh Brady firstly winning gold in the under 12 eighty meter sprint and then followed this with an emphatic victory in the 500M race. Sean Allen’s rich vein of form continues as he ran very well in the under 12 boys 80m final to finish third in a very close finish between the first three across the line. Sean however had an excellent run in the 500M race and raced to victory by a considerable distance. Both Niamh and Sean were running out of age at this event as both are currently under 11. Lucy Brennan also added to the medal haul with a very strong run in the under 10 girls 60M final to claim the silver medal and followed this by winning a bronze medal in the 300M. Lucy has recently returned from injury and is getting stronger every week.

On Saturday the roads around the village of Dromiskin staged the inagural Dromiskin Fit Club 5K. This was a very well organised event and had up on one hundred participants of all levels including runners and walkers though the roads of the village. The St Peters club had a good represntation on the night. The first of the clubs athletes to finish was Luke Finley followed by Caoimhin Garavaglia and Andrew Rogers while Sarah McCann, Maria Duffy and Siobhan Allen all had fine runs on their home patch. Training continues for all athletes on Tuesday and Thursday.

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8 September 2015

The St Peter's club extended the track and field season by a week by travelling to Liverpool to take part in Southport Waterloo AC open meeting last weekend. This was a fantastic trip organised by Angela McDonald and Kathleen McConnell. The athletes were once again in fine form with each one of fourteen athletes bringing home at least one medal.

Ronan Deery had a fantastic throw in the vortex ball U11 throwing competition when he won gold with a throw of 26.40m and Dean Murtagh also threw PB of 23.48m to finish 5th.

Niamh Brady competing for the first time over hurdles had a great run to win the gold in the under 11 and followed this by setting a new PB in the long jump of 3.87 to win silver. Sean Allen also competing over hurdles for the first time won a silver but it was in Sean's more familiar event the 600M that he excelled with an excellent run to win gold also at under 11.

Rory McLoughlin ran very well to finish 2nd in under 13 800M and was third in the 200M sprint which was a great achievement as he was competing out of his age, Rory also got a PB in the long jump of 3.89M.

Gabriel Bell finished off his excellent season winning gold in the under 15 long jump and 800M and silver in the high jump. Katie Murphy also finishing off her excellent season with a double gold in the discus with a throw of 25.00m in the discus and 10.97m in the shot. Ava Brennan who has enjoyed a good finish to her season ran very well to win a bronze in the under 15 hurdles.

Eleanor Hoey who is a relative newcomer to athletics had a great day winning three medals in the senior ladies winning both 100M sprint and hurdles along with a bronze in the long jump.

Veteran club thrower Tom McGrane was also in action in both the shot put and discus. Tom won bronze in the discus with a throw of 20.75m but had to settle for a fourth place finish in the shot with a throw of 9.06m. Tom’s consolation however was that his son Martin McGrane collected the bronze with a throw of 9.19m.

The very successful day concluded with a double victory in the relays with the under 11 girls team consisting of Lucy Brennan, Katie Murphy, Judith Bell and Niamh Brady winning gold and then the boys under 13 team also obliging with a winning team of Ronan Deery, Sean Allen, Dean Murtagh and Rory McLoughlin. This meant that every athlete was going home with a medal from this very successful trip.

As the track and field season is now over for this year athletes will now concentrate on the upcoming cross country season with training re-commencing on Thursday at 6.30 for all athletes.

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1 September 2015

The Louth Juvenile Track and Field season drew to a close with a very enjoyable afternoon of Athletics hosted by Ardee and District AC. The ST. Peters AC were very well represented. Niamh Brady finished off her fine season in style winning gold in all three events in the girls under 11 section. In the 100M Niamh won both her heat and final leading from start to finish, she then produced her best jump ever in the long jump to record a new PB of 3.82M and rounded of f her day with an impressive victory in the 600 metres. Julie McLoughlin also had a good day, unlucy not to medal in both the 100M and 600M were she finished 4th in each Julie then joined Niamh on the podium with a third place finish in the under 11 long jump. Lucy Brennan had a good run on her return from injury with a third place finish in the final of the girls under 10 80M, Katie O’Reilly had a good run also and was unlucky not to make the final.

Sean Allen re-discovred his form when he won gold in the 100M and 600M. Sean led from start to finish in both his heat and final of the 100M but it was in the 600M were Sean was most impressive leading out from the start and winning by a considerable distance. Sean then helped his team mates win bronze in the 4 x100 under 11 relay along with Cian Loy, Ronan Deery and Cormac McKeown.

Rory McLoughlin cruised to win silver in the boys under 12 800M with a strong finish, his club mate Jack O’Reilly had a fine run in the same race and has made great prorgress this year. In the boys under 9 Matthew Durnin had a fine run to finish 3rd in the 200M just getting to the line a head of clubmate Harry O’Reilly in 4th and not too far behind them was Liam McQuillan. Dearbhla Allen ran well in her heat in the girls under 9 60M, just missing on a place in the final as did Orla McLoughlin in the girls under 8 60 M.

In the under 19 category St Peters had a 1,2,3 in the 100M. In a great battle which went right to the finish line with Chloe Finley claiming gold, Eleanor Hoey winning silver closely followed by her sister Derville Hoey who collected the bronze. Chloe then went on to win the under 19 1500M. Her brother Luke Finley won gold in the under 19 100M and finished 2nd in the 1500M.

This weekend the club will travel to Liverpool to compete in the Southport Waterloo open track and field meeting which will take place on Saturday , the athletes have trained hard and will put the final touches to their prearation this week in training.

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