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Reports - November 2015

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24 November 2015

On Sunday last the biggest Cross Country event of the year took place in Santry Demense North Dublin, the Glo Health Inter-Club National senior Cross Country and even age Championships. The St. Peters Club had two athletes competing in the under twelve section. Niamh Brady and Sean Allen had both qualified from the Leinster Championships with fine individual displays. Niamh was the only Louth Athlete to qualify while Sean was part of the Louth team which won the Leinster inter County Championships.

The first race of the busy programme was the girls under 12 race which had 150 competitors. Unfortunately Niamh has being ill lately and had to miss the recent Glenmore Cross Country race which took place the previous Sunday and it was obvious to the many Louth Athletics supporters in attendence that Niamh didntít have her usual energy levels and her trade mark finishing kick. However this fine athlete could not be faulted for effort and represented her club, county and provience with pride finishing in a creditable 72nd place. The experience of the big race and the run itself will help get Niamh back to her best when she competes at her own age under eleven in two weeks time in Dungarvan Co Waterford.

The second race on the programme was the boys under twelve race, Sean Allen who is also an under eleven wore the St Peters Singlet in this race were there was a total of 161 athletes. Sean got off to the worst possible start and looked to be out of the race from very early on. However this young athlete is a very focused and worked his way through the large field of athletes, at the half way point Seanís position was in the high fourtys but he just picked off each athlete one by one , with around 400m to go Sean was up to 21st and then some how found another gear and raced up the home straight passing athletes right up to the finishing line to come in 14th place. This was a fantastic run by Sean to finish just outside the individual medals in a National event especially out of his age. Sean however got his just rewards when the team postions were announced, Louth had won bronze with Sean the second scorer on the team and the Leinster team had won silver with Sean the third scorer on the provence team. So although he didnít win an individual medal to collect two All Ireland Medals out of age is a fantastic achievement. Sean will also be competing in the under eleven National Championships in Dungarvan the Sunday after next.

This week its the turn of our more experienced athletes to take to the cross country fields in the Louth Masters Championships which will take place in Brendan Rogersí and Andrew Rogersí fields in Togher it is hoped the club have teams in all catagorys. The previous night our younger athletes will be anixously waiting for the various athlete of the year awards at the annual Louth Athletic Awards night which will take place in West Court Hotel Drogheda.

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17 November 2015

On Sunday, 15 November the Louth juvenile Cross Country season drew to a close with the deferred Glenmore AC meeting which took place at Bush. St Peterís had a smaller than usual squad in attendance but nonetheless those who made the short trip represented the club with pride. The races were for the uneven age groups with the first ten to medal.

The first race was the girls under nine race and Dearbhla Allen who was the clubs only representitive in the race ran very well and worked her way through the field after a bad start to finish ninth and collect a well earned medal. Next up was the ever improoving Harry OíReilly who finished off his fine year with a very strong run in the boys under nine to finish in second place.

The girls under eleven race was next and the club had three girls competing, Elle Smyth who is still under ten was the first of the girls home and was very unfortunate to be just outside the medals closely followed by her training partner Isabell Fitzpatrick and Judith Bell.

The boys under eleven race was the final race with St Peterís club involvement for the day and the club had three athletes competing with two making the medals. Sean Allen led the club challange but for the second week running lost out by the narrowest of margins with most of the various supporters watching undecided as to picking the winner it was left to the line judges to decide and unfortunately for Sean he was awarded second place. Dean Murtagh finished off his season in style with a very comfortable 4th place finish following on from his strong run in the Leinster Championships the previous Sunday, Cian Loy also had a good run and was unfortunate to find himself just outside the medals.

Although the local season has come to an end next Sunday the club will have two representitives in the National under twelve cross country championships which will be over a two km course in Santry. Niamh Brady and Sean Allen who are both under eleven will make the short journey to the North Dublin venue. Niamh qualified with a fine tenth place finsih in Moyvalley in the Leinster Championships and will be the only Louth Representitive on the Leinster team. Sean will aslo take his place on the Leinster team as he finished in third place in the Leinster Championships however Sean Will also be part of a Louth team which won the Leinster inter county team competition.

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10 November 2015

On Sunday last the St Peters AC athletes made the long journey to New Ross, Co. Wexford for day three of the Leinster Cross Country Championships. The club fielded two teams in the boys and girls under elevan age group. The girls race commenced the championship programme and the club had six athletes competing on the 1500M course in atrocious conditions. Niamh Brady led home her club and county team with a fantastic run to finish in third place and collect a well earned bronze medal. Julie McLoughlin was next of the St Peters home with a brave run to finish in 40th place and 7th from Louth, Elle Smith who is still under ten was next home in 89th place, Judith Bell followed in 101 st place the team was completed with Lucy Smith in 115th and Isibeal Fitzpartick in 131st.

The boys race followed and the club had four brave athletes. Sean Allen had a very strong run and for the second time in two weeks had a podium finish in Leinster cross country Championships when he lost out in a photo finish for glory and had to settle for the silver medal, Dean Murtagh was next home in 58th place and also made the Louth team as he was the 5th Louth man home, the team was completed with Cian Loy and Ronan Deery in 106th and 119th respectively. The club is very proud to be fielding teams at this level and the experiance will be invaluable to the young athletes in the future.

The previous day Gabriel Bell travelled to Athlone for the National School Combined events indoor Championships. Gabriel has enjoyed a fantastic season but unfortunately for this fine young athlete it just wasnít his day. The day started off with a below par longjump which would be Gabrielís strong event which was a blow to his confidence. However Gabriel can be proud of his achievments in this memorable season and with his attitude this will only be a blip and he will bounce back when the new season starts in the new year.

Next weekend the curtain comes down on the local season with the anual Glenmore cross country event and it is hoped the club will have a strong representation. The season however will continue for Sean Allen and Niamh Brady as both have qualified on an individual basis for both the under 11 and 12 national championships and it is hoped that Julie McLoughlin will be part of the Louth under eleven girls team that will contest the National under eleven after the county team had a fourth place finish in the Leinster Intercounty team competition.

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3 November 2015

After a hectic week in which St Peterís had athletes competing at provincial level it was back to competing at a local level this week for the Dromiskin based club with the Louth Juvenile Cross Country Relay races. This was the penultimate day of the Louth Cross Country Championships.

St Peters had four teams in action with both boys and girls teams in the under ten and under twelve age groups. The first race was a very close affair and the four girls ran their hearts out but unfortunately just missed out on the medals with a fourth place finish. The team consisted of Katie Mulligan, Elle Smyth, Isobel Fitzpatrick and Lucy Brennan.

The second race was the boys under ten and again the four boys were cruely denied medals after a valiant effort. The first leg was led out by Harry OíReilly who passed the batton to Jack McLaughlin and the final two legs were ran by Cormac McKeown and Lorcan Finnegan.

The girls under twelve race followed and St Peterís entered a team which are all eligible to run under eleven, the four girls ran a great race and were rewarded with a second place finish holding off the more fancied teams of Dunleer and Blackrock. The team consisted of Julie McLoughlin, Niamh Brady, Judith Bell and Lucy Smith.

The final race involving the St Peterís club was the boys under twelve and like the girls the entire team consisted of under elevens. The first leg was ran by the inform Dean Murtagh who passed the batton to Sean Allen and final two legs were ran by Cian Loy and Ronan Deery. Just like the previous teams the four boys ran their hearts out and were rewarded with a third place finish and colloected thier bronze medals.

Next weekend the club will have teams competing in the Leinster under eleven cross country Championships in Newross Co Wexford in both the boys and girls races and the club is very optimistic of doing very well . The majority of the athletes will have gained valuable experiance last week when they took part in the under twelve Leinster Championship in Moyvalley Co Kildare.

The previous day Gabriel Bell will be in action in the All Ireland Schools combined events indoor Championships at the Athlone IT indoor arena. Gabriel recently won the Leinster title and has fine tuned his events in preparation for what will be a much bigger test.

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