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Reports - October 2015


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27 October 2015

The athletes from St Peters took on the province of Leinster on three fronts this week . On Wednesday last , at the Leinster Schools Indoor Combined events in the Athlone IT indoor arena, Gabriel Bell, who was representing his school the De la Salle Dundalk, went into the event knowing that if he performed close to his capabilities then he would have a good chance of a podium finish and qualification for the national school event which will take place next month. Gabriel however went one better and won the gold medal. The day started with the hurdles were Gabriel ran 9.89 for a third place finish, he followed this with a throw of 9.82 in the shot Putt for a second place, the Long jump followed by a winning jump of 5.50M, he then won the 200M in 25.10 seconds and finished with a third place finish in the 800M in a time of 2m 19 seconds. Gabriel then had an axious wait as the judges totted the points but this turned to elation when Gabriel was anounced as the winner.

On Sunday Moyvalley hotel and Golf resort was the venue for the evan age Juvenile Leinster Cross Country Championship. The conditions were perfect at the county Kildare venue and St Peters AC had teams competing in the boys and girls under 12 races. Sean Allen had a fantastic run and was part of a four man lead group from the start over the 2km testing course. In the end Sean finished in third place just five seconds behind the winner. This was a really couragous run as Sean is still under eleven and to finish with a bronze individual medal out of a field of 115 finishers in a Leinster Championship is a great achievment. Sean was also part of the Victorious Louth team which won the gold medal in the Inter county competition. Rory McLoughlin had a good solid run along with Dean Murtagh and both battled their way through the large field to finish in the top half of the leader board. The team was completed with Jack OíReilly and Cian Loy who can be really proud of their runs as both are new to competing at this level.

The girls race had a total of 128 finishers and St Peters golden girl Niamh Brady who is an under 11, led home both her club and county team with an excellent tenth place finish, Niamh was very well supported by Julie McLoughlin and Lucy Smith who worked very well together through out the race and these girls were closely followed by Judith Bell to complete the team, all of these girls are eligible for the under eleven championships which will take place in two weeks time.

Training continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 as the club prepares for the concluding fixtures of the cross country season.

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20 October 2015

This week the Athletes of St. Peters returned to training after a succesful day one and two of the Louth Cross Country Championships were the club which would be better known as a Track and Field Club fielded teams in both Juvenile and adult level at the county Championships. The adult section of the club just like the Juvenile section is growing with new members joining continously and it is hoped that the club would have teams competing in the county masters category which will take place at end of November, this year like last year the masters Championship has a special link with the club as it will be held on the land of club stalwarts Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers.

This week the club athletes turn their attention to taking on the provience of Leinster on three fronts. On Sunday next our younger Athletes travel to Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort in Co Kildare which is close to the Meath border with Enfield. First up will be the girls under twelve team which will do battle with Leinsters finest, this wll be of invaluable experiience to the girls as they can all compete at under eleven also and will be full of confidence following their team under 11 county championship victory last weekend. The team will consist of double county champion Niamh Brady, Julie McLoughlin, Lucy Smith and Judith Bell.

This will be followed by the boys under 12 race and the club will also have a team entered. Like the girls the boys have worked very hard in training and are relishing the chance to run on the big stage. The team will consist of Sean Allen, Rory McLoughlin, Jack O'Reilly, Dean Murtagh and Cian Loy.

Before the young guns take to the cross Country fields, Gabriel Bell will compete in the Leinster School Combined events which will take place on Wednesday. Gabriel will represent his school De La Salle Dundalk. This young promising Athlete will hope to produce the form he is capable of as he has enjoyed a fantastic season. Gabriel is also a talented footballer and helped St Joseph's win their under 15 league final on Saturday.

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13 October 2015

Day 2 of the Louth Cross Country Championships took place in Meadowview Drogheda on Sunday last. St Peterís AC had a great turn out of athletes from under eight to the adult novice race. The story of the day was the team victory of the girls under eleven who claimed the team gold medals and in doing so became Louth Cross Country Champions. The team was led home by the brilliant Niamh Brady who completed a memorable double by claiming the under 11 gold medal a week after capturing the under 12 title. Niamh was followed by Julie McLoughlin who ran very strongly to finish in eleventh, Lucy Smith who is relatively new to athletics ran a great race to finish in 13th, Judith Bell got reward for hard work in training with a very strong run to finish in 15th and was very closely followed by Elle Smyth in 16th who had a fine run out of her age, Isobel Fitzpatrick also ran bravely and worked her way through the large field of competitors in the closing stages of the race. The girls then had an anxious wait as the officials totted the points but the tense atmosphere turned to jubilation when the team results were announced with a one point victory for the St Peterís girls.

The under age programme began with the under eight girls race and the club was represented with great running from Mia Finnegan and Orla McLoughlin and in the boys race Ryan Murtagh and Oran Garavaglia. Dearbhla Allen ran very strongly in the girls under 9 to finish in 8th position while in the boys under 9 Harry OíReilly and Matthew Durnin had a great battle to finish 2nd an third respectively, they were followed by Ben McKeown who was making his debut and Liam McQuillan.

The boys under eleven had seven athletes wearing the club colours, they were led home by Sean Allen who had to settle for second place, Sean was followed by Dean Murtagh in 8th position, Ronan Deery in 16th and Jack McLaughlin in 18th. This earned a bronze medal for the team who were closely followed by Pearse Grimes Murphy, Cian Loy and Justin Cooney. The under 19 boys race finished the under age programme and Luke Finley had a very strong run to finish in second place.

The day started off with the ladiesí and menís novice races. For the first time in many years the St Peterís club had teams entered in both races. The ladies team was led home by Niamh Fussey who looked very comfortable, Cathriona McKeown was next home closely followed by athletics veteran Maria Duffy and the final scorer for the team was Sheila Carey. The ladies were closely followed by Catherine Rogers and Siobhan Allen to secure a fifth place team finish. The men were led home by Caoimhin Garavaglia closely followed by Enda McKeown, Andrew Rogers and Eamonn OíReilly. It was really great to see the club being represented at adult level and hopefully this will continue.

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6 October 2015

On Sunday last day one of the Louth cross country Championships took place in glorious sunshine in Bush. St Peters had athletes competing in both the boys and girls under 10 and under 12 races. In the under 12 girls race Niamh Brady excelled and seemed to revel at the longer distance of 2000M as she broke clear of the rest of the field from around the half way point to race clear to the finish line by a considerable distance to win the gold medal. This was Niamhís first time running this distance and was a fantastic as Niamh was running out of her age and will attempt to complete a county championship double when she competes in the under 11 race this Sunday. Newcomer Lucy Smith also running out of age also had a great run and is getting stronger every week, Lucy was closely followed by Judith Bell who had a very strong finish and will also run in the under 11 next Sunday.

In the boys under 12 Sean Allen led the team to a silver medal, Sean ran a good tactical race and was part of the lead group from the start. As the race progressed the lead group was down to two athletes and Sean was in the thick of the action. Sean who was running out of his age eventually had to settle for a silver medal but ran very bravely and will hope to go one better next week in the under 11 race. Rory McLoughlin had a strong run and a particularly strong finish to be the second team member across the line. Rory was closely followed by Jack OíReilly who got his reward for his effort in training with a fantastic run, Dean Murtagh who was running out of age completed the team with a brilliants last 200M to seal the silver medal for his team.

The boys under 10 team were also in the team medals when they won the team bronze . The first of the team across the line was the youngest member when Harry OíReilly who is still under 9 led the team closely followed by Jack McLaughlin and Pearse Grimes Murphy, the three boys ran very closely for the duration of the race closely followed by Justin Cooney and Cormac McKeown.

The girls under 10 team also tried hard but were unfortunate to miss out on the team medals . The team consisted of Isobel Fitzpatrick, Lucy Brennan, Katie Mulligan and Katie OíReilly. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday as athletes for day two of the Cross Country Championships which will take place in Meadowview, Drogheda, next Sunday.

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