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Reports - December 2015

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15 December 2015

The St Peters club was in a celebratory mood this week as many athletes, parents and supporters turned up at training on Tuesday night to welcome home the recently crownded National under eleven Cross Country champion Sean Allen and his club mates Niamh Brady who also acheived a fantastic feat by winning an individual medal by finishing eleventh in the girls under eleven race and Julie McLoughlin who was the third scorer on the Louth team; each had achieved the goals they had set for themselves and the club came out in force to show appreciation.

As the year draws to a close the club finds itself facing a new dawn. No longer regarded as just a club for field events and Multi eventers there is a new found optimisim around the Dromiskin based club following the hugely succesfull Cross Country season were club athletes won medals at both provincial and national level and ultimately having a national cross country champion that the new breed of athletes comming through the St Peters ranks will be in a position to challange for medals at middle distance races in the comming season on the track.

This week the athletes will finish off their season with more relaxed training sessions as the athletes recover from tough but succesful season as we wind down to the christmas break. When trainig resumes in the new year focus will be on the upcomming Leinster Juvenille indoor Championships which will take place in Athlone IT areana on the 13th and 14th of Febuary. The club will also have its awards night in January at a date to be arrranged. All the athletes and coaches are looking foward to the new year as the recent successes have really lifted the spirits of everyone involved at the club and as the saying goes success breeds success. Athletes are also very keen to train on our new 60M tartan track facility which was completed recently.

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8 December 2015

On Sunday last the 6th of December the All Ireland Novice and unevan age juvenile Championships took place in Dungarvan Co Waterford. This was to be a fantastic day for the St Peters club who had three athletes competing all in the under 11 age category. Thankfully the weather on the day was fine however the previous days rainfall had left the under foot conditions very heavy.

The first race of the ten race programme was the girls under eleven race. Niamh Brady who is undoubtely the best under eleven female athlete in Louth ran a very a courageous race and really set her stall out from the start. Niamh was part of a small lead group and was in second place for a long duration of the race. Towards the end of the race Niamh tired slightly but this brave young girl dug deep and held on to win an individual medal with an eleventh place finish, one of only two Louth Athletes to win an individual medal on the day. Niamhís fine run helped her Leinster team to win gold in the Inter Provencial Championship which rounded off a very succesfull year for this fantastic young athlete.

In the same race the ever improving Julie McLoughlin also represented the Louth team. Julie has really hit form towards the end of the season and ran very strongly to finish in 59th position out of almost two hundread competitors, Julie was the third scorer on the Louth team behind her club mate Niamh Brady who led the team home to a ninth place finish. This was Julieís first National event and the experiance will hold her in good stead for next year.

The second race on the programme was the boys under eleven race. This is a race that will be remembered for a long time by everyone involved in the St Peters club and those spectators present from all Louth clubs. St Peterís AC woudnít be renouned for Cross Country running in recent years however the younger St Peterís athletes are in the procress of changing this perception.

Sean Allen made history for the club when he stormed to a very impressive victory to become the All Ireland under eleven Cross Country Champion. Sean got his tactics right from the very start of the race when he sat at the back of a lead group and at the half way mark he found himself in a very comfortable sixth, as the race progressed Sean moved into third place with about six hundread metres to go. Sean kept his focus and discipline and waited for the right time to make his move which he did with about 350M out from the finish, he just moved up another gear and pulled away from the rest and stormed to an emphatic victory by at least 30M. This was a fantastic achievement for both Sean, St Peters AC and Louth Athletics. Sean also led the Leinster team home to glory in the inter Provencial Championship and collected his second All Ireland gold medal for the day. This victory is no more than Sean deserves for his efforts in training and his attitude through out the year.

Training resumes on Tuesday night at 6.30 when all our athletes will welcome the return of indoor training as the curtain finally comes down on a very succesfull Cross Country Season with the St Peters club having won numerous medals in the county also competed and won medals at provencial level and at national level and the icing on the cake producing a national champion!

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1 December 2015

On Sunday last the curtain came down on the County Cross Country Season in Louth. St Peterís club stalwarts Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers provided the course on their farm in Togher. The womenís race was over a 3K distance while the men ran a 5K race. The course was a mixture of challenging in places and some good running in other places. The same canít be said of the weather as the wind and rain added to challenge.

The St Peterís club had athletes competing in both races and had teams in both the womenís over 35 and menís over 50 competitions. Some of the athletes were running Cross Country for the first time and they will hardly get a tougher day for running again. The womenís team was led home by Sarah McCann in 25th place and the trio of Lorraine Young, Mary Reade and Sheila Carey came in in 32nd, 33rd and 34th respectively which earned a sixth place finish for the team. In the menís race the club had five athletes in action the first across the finish line was Andrew Rogers in 39th place closely followed by Patrick Murray in 40th and Brendan Rogers in 41st. Kenneth Reade and Tom Kierans completed the club challenge, finishing 45th and 46th respectively. When the results were finalised the St Peterís club over fifty team found themselves in third place and the trio of the Rogers brothers and Tom Kierans collected their hard earned bronze medals.

On Saturday night the Athletics Louth awards night took place in the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda. The club had many athletes nominated for the various awards and had three winners. The three winners were Niamh Brady who was a double winner as she collected the winning trophies in both the Cross Country and Track and Field in the girls under 9-11. Sean Allen collected the Cross country athlete of the year in under 9-11 and also nominated in the track and field section. Luke Finley also collected the under 17-19 track and field athlete of the year and was also nominated for the cross country award. Others to be nominated and narrowly miss out on the awards were Eoghan Smyth, Destiny Ogbeni, Gabriel Bell, Katie Murphy and Chloe Finley. There was also recognition awarded for national juvenile medals won this year and the club had three recipients Gabriel Bell, Martin McGrane and Katie Murphy. The final award from a St Peterís club perspective was the Deirdre McGrath cup which is awarded to the best performer of the Junior, Senior and Masters Louth Track and Field Championship which was awarded to Olivia McDonald for her performance in the Javelin at the meet, the second occasion this fine athlete has won this award.

On Sunday next all roads lead to Dungarvan, Co. Waterford for the final day of the National Cross Championships in the current year. The club will have three athletes competing in the under eleven age group. Niamh Brady will lead the Louth team into battle and will be accompanied by club mate Julie McLoughlin who has also earned a place on the county team, Niamh will also be part of the Leinster team. In the boys under eleven race Sean Allen will take his place on the start line and will also be part of the Leinster team however unfortunately for Sean Louth will not have an under eleven team as he is only one of two athletes from the Wee County to have qualified.

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