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Reports - July 2017

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18 July 2017

Last Saturday was a fantastic day for St Peter's AC at both Morton Stadium Santry and Tullamore Harriers. Gabriel Bell made his international debut when he represented the Irish Schools at the SIAB international schools meet. This was a higher level than Gabriel would have competed at before but that didn't deter this fine young athlete as he produced his best ever performance as he leapt to a new PB of 6.64m.

As Gabriel was wearing the Irish singlet with pride some of his club mates were doing their club proud at national B Championships in Tullamore. The highlight from a club point of view was the girls under 13 Long jump were two Saint Peter's athletes occupied the top two positions on the podium. Niamh Brady was on top of the podium with a leap of 4.22M and beside her in 2nd place was her training buddy Judith Bell who also performed well with a jump of 3.98M.

Dean Murtagh who is making fantastic progress at his Shot Putt technique got his rewards for his dedication to this event when he threw 9.36M to win gold in the 13 competition. Both Lucy Brennan and Isibeal Fitzpatrick enjoy fantastic success in the under 12 Long Jump and high jump competitions respectively, Lucy leaped to a new PB of 3.93M to win silver and Isibeal jumped 1.15M to also claim a silver medal in the high jump.

Julie Mc Loughlin produced a good performance in the girls under 13 600M and although Julie finished 2nd in her race the heats were done on time so the end result had her finishing in fifth but Julie can take satisfaction in getting a new PB of 1.50. Rory McLoughlin was unlucky not to medal in the boys under 14 80m sprint when he finished in fourth place. Lucy Smyth had a good performance in the under 13 80M sprint and Sean Allen completed the Saint Peter's Club representation when he competed in the under 13 Long jump.

Club veterans Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers were in action in the annual Dunleer four mile the following day and both enjoyed success with Andrew winning the men's over sixty and his younger brother Brendan winning second place in the men's over 55. Another athlete who has recently returned from traveling who also ran in Dunleer was Niamh Fussey and it is hoped that Niamh will make a return to the Blue and Black singlet in the not too distant future.

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11 July 2017

A busy week for the Saint Peter's Club with the county Senior and Masters track and field championships, National Juvenile Championships and Northern Ireland Masters Championships.

On Saturday and Sunday Tullamore Harriers hosted the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships. Mark Litchfield having qualified in third place in the Leinster Championships took his place on the start line in the under 13 Boys 600M with confidence in his own form, having done great work all year in his training. Mark knew going into the race that he would have to run the race of his life if he was to medal, although he didn't actually medal Mark ran very well and produced another PB of 1.40. This is a fantastic time and indeed in previous years would have got a medal but this was no ordinary Championships where nearly every record got broke at middle distance. However, Mark has had a tremendous year on the track and has made massive progress since joining the Saint Peters club last year.

Ellie Smyth was also in action on Saturday when she competed in the under 12 girls high jump. Ellie who had just returned from holiday had a good performance in her debut national championships and is one to watch for the future as her technique is excellent and is a real natural when it comes to this event.

On Sunday Dearbhla Tinnelly was in action in the under 14 girls 2000M walk. This girl has a tremendous attitude and is really improving at the walking event. Her fitness base from her other sport which is boxing really stood to her in the closing laps. This was also Dearbhla's first time to experience a National Championships and with a sixth place finish in an event which is relatively new to her she would hope to be closer to the medals next year such is her competitive nature.

Ronan Deery was in action in the under 13 Boys shot putt and again Ronan produced a decent performance just short of 10M with a putt of 9.99M. Which saw him well up the leader board.

On Thursday the Louth Senior and Masters Championships took place at the Lourdes stadium in Drogheda. Club coach Eilish Brady ran in the fit for life mile and then decided to compete in the 100M sprint, this turned out to be a wise decision as Eilish tore down the track to win gold in her category. Brendan Rogers showed his class by collecting bronze in both the over 55 100M and 200M sprints.

Tom McGrane again had a busy week he competed as a senior at the Louth Championships where he won silver with a putt of 8.66M. Tom then traveled to the Mary Peters track in Belfast to compete in the Northern Ireland Masters Championships, Tom rediscovered is form by coming third in both the over 50 Shot putt with a putt of 9.90M and in the discus with a throw of 22.19M.

This week athletes who hadn't qualified for the national championships will get their chance to shine on the national stage when the B championships take place on Saturday in Tullamore while the National Juvenile championships day three will take place on Sunday.

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4 July 2017

On Saturday the National under 23 Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore, Mark Rogers put in a fantastically brace performance in the 400M hurdles final to finish second, Mark tore down the home straight neck and neck in what turned out to be a two horse race just to lose out by the narrowest of margins. However, Mark can be really happy with himself as he hurdled perfectly and the standard at this level is really high in this exceptionally tough discipline, he gave it is all and finished in a time of 56.52 seconds to earn a much deserved silver medal.

The same venue hosted the national Masters championships on Sunday and the ever green Tom McGrane was as ever present to fly the flag for the Saint Peter's Club. Tom was again on the podium when he won bronze in the over fifty shot putt with a putt of 9.88M, Tom also took part in the discus were he had a decent performance with a throw of 23.60M to finish 8th, Tom also competed in the hammer were he had a below par throw of 16.95M to finish fourth, however nothing could over shadow Tom's satisfaction at collecting a national medal.

This year?s season just seems to get better and better for Gabriel Bell who this week got his just rewards for his recent top class Long jump performances when he was selected for the Irish Schools team. The team will go into battle on Saturday the fifteenth of July in the Schools international which will take place at Morton Stadium, Santry.

This week club athletes who have qualified for the national juvenile championships will put the final touches to their preparations aided by their club mates.

Finally, the Saint Peter's Club will this year host a 5K road race around the scenic roads of Dromiskin village. This is an event co-hosted with Saint Joseph?s GAA club. This is the first time both clubs have worked together on an event like this, the motto is "Working together in Sport". Runners can enter on line by going onto the club website and follow the link.

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