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Reports - February 2017

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28 February 2017

The annual Leinster indoor championships drew to a close last weekend when days 3 and 4 took place at the new National Arena in Abbotstown Dublin.

On Saturday the club had four relay teams compete in the under twelve and thirteen age groups. This was a fantastic opportunity for the younger athletes of the club to experience running in this fantastic new venue.

The relay programme commenced on Saturday morning with the uneven age groups and the club fielded teams in both boys and girls in the under thirteen age group. The girls were first out and were really in the mix until an unfortunate error on a baton change caused them to finish third in their heat and miss out on a final place. The team really recovered well and learned some valuable experience in relay racing. The team members were Judith Bell, Julie McLoughlin, Lucy Smith and Niamh Brady.

The under thirteen boys team had no such mishaps and the quartet of Ronan Deery, Cian Loy, Dean Murtagh and Mark Litchfield put in a real brave performance in what was the fastest of the three heats to qualify for the final as one of the quickest runner ups. The final was fast and furious and the team performed well with excellent baton passes to finish just outside the medals.

In the afternoon the boys and girls under twelve team teams were in action. There was a total of 26 teams entered so qualifying for the final was going to be a really tough proposition as there were no semifinals. Unfortunately for the four girls they just came up short in their gallant effort but couldn't be faulted for their efforts in this really competitive heat. The team consisted of Ellie Smyth, Katie Mulligan, Dearbhla Allen and Lucy Brennan.

The final team in action for the St Peters Club was the under twelve boys and again this team competed really well and all four boys performed well. The boys were very unfortunate not to make the final as they missed out by less than a second. The team consisted of Jack McLaughlin, Padraic Tinnelly, Conor Litchfield and Harry O’Reilly.

Gabriel Bell was back in action also on day three and followed up his medal winning performances on days one and two by winning a bronze medal in the under seventeen high jump with a jump of 1.65M.

On Sunday the curtain came down on the provincial indoor championships and the club had four athletes compete. Emily Rogers was yet again on top of the podium and although her performance wasn't just as good as previous weeks her jump of 1.70M was enough to win the senior high jump competition.

Her brother Mark Rogers was also in action with mixed fortunes, his first event was the 200M which wouldn't be an event he would be familiar with but ran a strong heat to finish second and finished 6th in the final however Mark wasn't as fortunate in the 400m event which he is more use to as he had to pull up with a suspected hamstring tear.

Conor Durnin was in action in the senior triple jump and collected a silver medal with a jump of 13.16M. Tom McGrane celebrated his birthday with a season best throw in the Senior shot putt competition of 9.13 to finish 4th and then threw 9.91 in the over 50 masters category to win a silver medal.

With the Leinster indoor season now compete, the club now will focus on upcoming National indoor competition starting next weekend for masters and juvenile over the following three weekends.

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21 February 2017

The new state of the art indoor facility at Abbotstown Dublin was the venue for the National senior indoor championships on Saturday and Sunday last. The St Peters club had three athletes in action. High jumper Emily Rogers who is once again having a fine season jumped an impressive 1.75m to win the silver medal. Emily was just two centimetres short of her PB and will take confidence that her existing PB will soon be broken as her training is going really well and hopefully National senior titles will soon follow.

Emily's brother Mark Rogers was in action in the 400M and was unlucky to just miss out on a place in the final having won a bronze national medal the previous week in the combined events. Veteran thrower Tom McGrane was also in action in the Shot Putt and although Tom would be eligible to compete as a master athlete he opts to compete as a senior and on Sunday threw 8.95M for a ninth place finish. All three athletes will return to the same venue next Sunday for the Leinster indoor championships.

On Thursday the younger athletes of the club made their now annual trip to the Armagh road races. The under nine girls race had two of the clubs athletes compete and both came home with trophies as Emily O’Reilly finished in fourth place and Hannah O’Reilly in 6th with the first ten receiving awards.

The boys under eleven race had two St Peters athletes with Harry O’Reilly finishing in third place in a very competitive race with Ben McKeown finishing just outside the top ten in the very large field. The girls under eleven race produced the performance of the night from a St Peters perspective when Dearbhla Allen announced herself as an athlete when she finished a very impressive third place, Mia Finnegan and Catherine Carey also completed the 1400m course which was a step up in distance for the two girls who are eligible for the same race next year.

The girls under thirteen had the largest contingent from the club with Lucy Smith leading home the St Peters charge closely followed by Ellie Smyth. Judith Bell, Julie McLaughlin, Niamh Brady and Isabeal Fitzpatrick also all battled their way through the large numbers. The boys under thirteen was also a keenly contested race and the inform Mark Litchfield had an impressive run and deservedly got his reward with a ninth place finish, Jack McLaughlin was unlucky not to make the ten but had a good run as did Padraic Tinnelly, Conor Litchfield and Cormac McKeown. Sean Allen had to withdraw after 500M with a recurrence of a knee injury sustained the previous week.

Rory McLaughlin had a very strong run out of age in the high standard boys under fifteen race with his season best to date performance. The last race of the night concerning the club was the girls under 15 were Dearbhla Tinnelly in her first road race performed really well against her more experienced opponents.

The indoor season continues for Juveniles next weekend too with the Leinster indoor relays which will take place in Abbotstown. The club will have under twelve and thirteen teams do battle in both the boys and girl races.

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14 February 2017

Days one and two of Leinster juvenile indoor championships took place at the indoor arena at Athlone IT on Saturday and Sunday last. The club had a number of athletes competing over the two days.

Recently awarded Leinster star Gabriel Bell has already staked a claim on regaining that coveted award when he produced a massive leap of 6.39M in the under seventeen long jump to land himself another provincial gold medal and added to his already impressive medal collection the following day by winning bronze in the 200M sprint in very close finish between the top three. Gabriel had previously won his 200M heat with a bit to spare and could have a really good season ahead.

New comer to athletics Dearbhla Tinnelly, better known for boxing feats, took her place on the start line in the 1000M walk in the under fourteen category and won a hard earned bronze medal. Dearbhla should also be pleased with her performance in both the 60M hurdles and long jump in particular with a very impressive leap of 3.91M.

Ronan Deery produced his best ever shot putt performance when he threw a PB of just over 9M to win a provincial bronze and was unlucky not to follow that up when he just missed out with a fourth place finish in the hurdles.

Sean Allen who is beginning to show some of the potential that deserted him last year when he had a brilliant run to win his heat in the 60M hurdles and then followed it up by winning bronze in the final, the previous day Sean just missed the top eight cut in the Long jump and qualified for the final of the 600M only to get accidentally tripped by an opponent causing him to sustain an injury and retire from race.

Niamh Brady experienced heartache at these championships with a below par performance in the high jump and then after a very impressive victory in her 60M heat she narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the final by .02 of a second, indeed it took video evidence to clarify the result and the half hour wait was made even more painful when the result came back with a negative result for this fine athlete.

Lucy Brennan acquitted herself well at her debut indoor championships with decent performances in both high jump and long jump and just missed out on qualifying from her hurdles heat. Ellie Smyth ran very bravely in her 600 heat leading for two of the three 200M laps only to run out of steam on the third, both her and her training partner had decent runs in their 60M sprint heats with both qualifying for the semi-finals.

Jack McLaughlin and Padraic Tinnelly both gained valuable experience as they both had strong runs in the 600M and 60m sprints. Dean Murtagh got through three of the high jump rounds and also had a good performance in the shot putt.

Rory McLoughlin had a great run in his heat of the under 14 800M to win and was unlucky to get a bad start in the final and lost touch with the early pace setters in the final, Rory had a good performance in the high jump setting a new PB of 1.30M, his sister Julie McLoughlin also had a good performance in the high jump also setting a new PB, Lucy Smith had a good run over the hurdles and very narrow missed out on a place in the final.

On Friday at the same venue Mark Rogers and Conor Durnin set great examples to the clubs juvenile athletes when both won bronze at the national universities championships in the combined events and triple jump respectively. Mark racked up a total of 3073 points which was a considerable amount a head of 4th place while Conor jumped 13.44M which was a good result considering Conor has just recently returned to training.

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7 February 2017

The 2017 season is now well and truly underway with Athletes competing at both indoor and cross country competition over the weekend. The fabulous new national indoor athletics arena was the venue on Sunday for the AAI games and the St Peters Club had two athletes in action.

Emily Rogers who is enjoying a great start to her 2017 season was again in fine form when competing in the Ladies Senior High Jump. Emily who recently jumped a new PB of 1.77M was again clearing the bar at the first attempt and cleared 1.75M and was down to the final two. The bar was then raised to 1.80M and although Emily came close to a new PB had to settle for silver as her competitor cleared the 1.80M on her third attempt. Emily can be pleased with her consistency and hopefully this will continue for the season ahead.

Emily's brother Mark Rogers was also in action in the 400M and although Mark had a fantastic first 200M he just didn't manage to keep the same pace in the second 200 but the race will only help to bring him on and again like his sister Mark can look forward to the season with great optimism.

The club’s younger athletes were also in action at the picturesque venue of Oldbridge which is a much loved venue for runners of all abilities. The fine weather and decent underfoot conditions helped produce a very entertaining afternoon of cross Country running for all in attendance.

The O’Reilly girls were first out for the St Peters club and both produced brace performances over the 500M distance in the girls under 9 with Emily O’Reilly claiming another medal finishing inside the top ten with Hannah O’Reilly narrowly missing out.

Dearbhla Allen and Orla McLaughlin acquitted them themselves really well in the girls under eleven race which had a huge field, Dearbhla ran very well to finish fifteenth and Orla who was out of age closely followed. Harry O’Reilly was once again battling in the business end of the under eleven race and in a hard fought race finished fourth to earn a well-deserved medal, his training mate Ben McKeown battled well through the large field of competitors and finished very strongly.

The girls under thirteen was another keenly contested battle and the club had three athletes in action Niamh Brady led the St Peters club home closely followed by Ellie Smyth and Isabeal Fitzpatrick. The boys under thirteen race saw Sean Allen show signs that he may be returning to the level that he is capable of with a sixth place finish and was followed closely by Mark Litchfield who unfortunately narrowly missed out on the medals.

The final athlete in action was Rory McLoughlin in the boys under fifteen race but unfortunately an ankle injury caused Rory to retire.

This week the club athletes will put the final touches to their preparations for their various events and the upcoming Leinster juvenile Indoor Championships which take place at Athlone IT next weekend.

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