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Reports - January 2017

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31 January 2017

The Geraldines GAA club provided the perfect setting for the annual Blackrock AC Cross Country event which took place on Sunday last. This was a very enjoyable event and great credit goes to the Blackrock club for this very well organised event. The St Peters club had good turnout with a total of twenty two athletes competing over the various races in the programme.

Harry O’Reilly won the under eleven race for the second year in a row with a real gutsy display which he led from start to finish, Ben McKeown had his best ever run to date and showed that hard work pays off with his attitude to training lately with a fourth place finish.

The first race with St Peters athletes in action was the girls under 9 in which twins Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly both had great runs to finish 4th and 5th in a large field.

The club had four athletes in the girls under eleven race and were led home by Dearbhla Allen in eighth place and was closely followed by Orla McLoughlin, Catherine Carey and Mia Finnegan.

The girls under thirteen race was a well contested race and the four St Peters athletes in action really packed well to earn the team a silver medal position Niamh Brady led the team home with a hard fought third place finish closely followed by Lucy Smith, Ellie Smyth and Isabeal Fitzpatrick.

The boys under thirteen race was another real good spectacle, the club had four athletes in action and all four really performed well to win the gold team medals, the team was led home by Sean Allen very closely followed by Mark Litchfield who had his best run since joining the club, Jack McLaughlin and Padraic Tinnelly who are both under 12 also ran well to clinch the team gold.

The final race of the day was the fit for life 2.5K and club coach Eilish Brady put her toe on the line and set great example to all of the juvenile athletes in attendance.

Shot putter Tom McGrane was in action overseas when he travelled to Glasgow to take part in the Scottish Indoor Championships, Tom who loves to compete threw 9.12, which left him in eighth place.

This week the athletes return to training and focus will be on the upcoming Leinster Indoor Championships. However before that Oldbridge will be the venue with the Rás na hÉireann Cross Country event hosted by Dunleer AC.

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24 January 2017

On Saturday last the club had major reason to celebrate as the club star juvenile athlete was honoured at Athletics Leinster star awards which was held in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow. Gabriel Bell who last year enjoyed another fine season and his fantastic performances at both the outdoor and indoor Leinster Championships and various track and field events merited him the Louth juvenile star award at the gala dinner. This was no more than this fine young athlete deserved for his dedication matched with his natural Athletic ability. Gabriel is also well known throughout the county as a very capable footballer and lines out with St Josephs and last year was an important member of the Louth under 15 team.

On Sunday last some of our younger athletes made the short journey to Cushinstown to take part in their annual indoor sports day. In total the club had fifteen athletes compete all aiming to be as good as Gabriel Bell in the future. Twins Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly were the first into action with both qualifying from their respective heats and running well in the under 9 60m final. Orla McLoughlin started off her year in fine form with a silver medal in the under ten 60m sprint and 3rd place in the Long jump out of age with a jump of 3.09. Dearbhla Allen ran well in the under 11 60M heat and narrowly missed out on a final place. Harry O’Reilly ran a very strong heat in the boys under 11 to qualify for the final and was unlucky not to medal.

The girls under twelve the club had three athletes competing and all did well for their first outing for the season Ellie Smyth, Isibeal Fitzpatrick and Lucy Brennan all performing well as did Jack McLaughlin in the boys under 12 events. Niamh Brady was the shining light for the girls under 13 when she collected three medals with a 2nd place finish in the 60m hurdles, 2nd in the Long jump with a leap of 3.90m and third in the high jump out of age with a jump of 1.31M. Julie McLoughlin and Lucy Smith both performed well with both making the finals of the sprints and hurdles. The boys under 13 were also on form with both Sean Allen and Ronan Deerey making the finals of both the 60M sprints and hurdles with Sean finishing 2nd in the hurdles final and Ronan 3rd. Ronan then finished off the day by finishing 2nd in the shot putt with a throw of 8.03M.

This week training continues and our athletes will be in action in the local Blackrock AC Cross Country event which will take place at The Geraldines GAA club starting at 12 noon.

Athletes and parents are reminded that registration for 2017 is now due and Athletes cannot compete or train with the club if they are not registered members.

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17 January 2017

With Christmas well and truly over the 2017 season got underway last Sunday when the Leinster Masters and Intermediate Championships took place in Dunboyne Co Meath. The club was represented by veteran campaigner Andrew Rogers. Andrew has recently moved into the new category and is really enjoying is running currently. There was a massive field in the men's masters race on flat but challenging course. Andrew had a strong run and just finished outside the medals in his category narrowly missing out on the bronze medal when he finished 4th over 60.

The juvenile section of the club are all back training now and the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Next Sunday it all kicks off with the Cushinstown AC indoor meet followed by two Sunday's of Cross Country events with the Blackrock AC meeting on the 29th of January and Rás na hÉireann hosted by Dunleer AC on the 5th of February. The following weekend Athlone IT will host the Leinster Indoor Juvenile championships. The following Thursday the 16th of February the club will travel to Armagh to compete in the annual Road Races. Athletes are reminded that registration is now due and that Athletes must be registered in order to compete.

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