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Reports - September 2017

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26 September 2017

The cross country season kicked off on Sunday with the traditional opener at Greenanstown, Stamullen hosted by Star of the Sea AC. St Peter's AC had nine representatives across the various age groups and all nine acquitted themselves well.

The first race of the busy programme was the girls under 9 the Saint Peter's Club had two athletes with both just outside the podium finishes with Emily O’Reilly finishing 7th and Hannah O’Reilly in 11th. This was the girls first experience of a cross country race with such big numbers and both would have gained valuable experience.

Orla McLoughlin ran very strongly in the girls under 10 after a bad start Orla made great ground on the second half of the race and was passing her competitors right up to the finish line which was a great boost for her confidence.

Orla’s training buddy Dearbhla Allen was next up in the girls under 11 race which was over 1000M. Dearbhla had a great run and was comfortable looking through out, she took the challenging course in her stride and took her place on the podium with a fifth place finish. Harry O’Reilly showed his potential when leading the boys under 11 race from the start, Harry has had a few injuries lately and it was great to see him having the confidence to take the race on and the was almost able to compete the job however he had to be content with a sixth place finish but it was great to see him back on the podium and hopefully he will enjoy a good Cross Country season.

The under 13 girls race which was run over a 1500M course the St Peters Club had two athletes compete over the challenging course both girls battled very well and finished strongly with Niamh Brady in 9th and Julie McLoughlin in 10th. The last race concerning St Peters was the boys under 13 which was 1800 M. Cian Gorham making his long awaited debut ran really well to finish third and was closely followed by Sean Allen in 4th. Both of the lads had really strong runs which is reward for their recent dedication to training.

Next Sunday is the opening day of the Louth Cross Country Championships which the St Peters Club will host at the Louth GAA centre at Darver. Day one will see the Novice women and men races followed by the even age under age races for juveniles. The programme kicks off at eleven o'clock with the juvenile races starting at 12.

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12 September 2017

On Saturday, 9 September, the Dromiskin 5K took place around the roads of the village. There was an absolutely massive turnout of runners of all abilities in an electric atmosphere. There was a field consisting of 447 finishers, which included former Olympians and international athletes along with fun runners, joggers and walkers.

The men's race was a hotly contested affair with a breakaway group of three athletes setting a brisk pace. The three stayed together for 3km but then Kenya’s Freddy Keron Sittuk moved up another gear to pull away for victory and, in doing so, set a new course record of 15:02. Freddy was followed home by two former Olympians. Valdas Dopolskas finished second in a time of 15:24. He represented his native Latvia in the Marathon in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and now runs with Balbriggan and District AC. In third place was former Irish Olympian, Shane Healy, in a time of 15:51. He represented Ireland in the 1500m in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. It was a truly fantastic occasion in Dromiskin to have a podium occupied by a Kenyan and two Olympians.

The women's race was also keenly contested affair. The evergreen Rose Lambe, who runs for Carrick Aces, led the women home in a time of 19:29. Rose, who herself is a former international runner at World Championship level, proved that age is just a number. Second place in the women's race went to Laura Mathews of North East Runners in a time of 19:48 and third place went to Star of the Sea athlete, Aoife Parrella, in a time of 20:08.

Caitlin Mulholland from Dundalk St Gerard's AC and Katie Mallon from Glenmore AC were first and second junior women respectively. In the women’s over 40 category, Dearbhla Greene from North East Runners won and Bernie Moroney from Dromiskin Fit Club was second. The women's over 50 winner was Anita Bolton from North East Runners, with Helen Cheshire from Dunleer AC in second place. The women's over 60 women's winner was Angela Baird from Magheracloone Fun Run Group and Eileen Jordon from North East Runners was second.

The men's category prizes were also keenly contested with Oisin Hughes from Blackrock AC in first and Ciaran Flynn from Glenmore AC in second in the junior age group. The men's over 40 was won by Declan Toal of North East Runners with Drogheda and District AC’s Shane Larkin in second. The over 50 men’s category was won by Chris Keeling of Balbriggan and District AC, followed by North East Runners’ Eamonn McMahon in second. The over 60 men’s was won by St Peter’s AC athlete Andrew Rogers ahead of Tommy Shields from Dunleer AC in second.

Team winners were North East Runners in the women's and Balbriggan and District AC in the men's.

The event was a major success as runners commented on the well-organised event, on a really good course which was very well marshalled in a brilliant atmosphere. The refreshments afterward were also very well received proving that this really was a community event with the two major sporting organisations in the parish St Peter’s AC and St Joseph’s GAA club working together to host this event.

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5 September 2017

With the track and field season ending last weekend this week the Saint Peter's Athletes now concentrate on the upcoming Cross Country season. Training has commenced this week and athletes have really bought into the hard work required and hopefully they get their just deserts with the emphasis on team as opposed to the track and field events which are more individual.

This week the club will be busy preparing for the upcoming Dromiskin 5K which takes place this Saturday at 7pm. The race will take place through the roads of the picturesque village. This is a joint venture with Saint Peter's AC and Saint Joseph's GAA club. This the third year of the event which was originally started by the Dromiskin Fit club.

The event has caught the imagination of the village and the roads around the village are constantly busy with walkers and runners for the past few weeks. Indeed the event has attracted a big interest from far and wide as runners look to the fast flat course for fast 5K times. It is hoped that are a large number will come out to watch the race as it promises to attract some of Ireland's finest road runners as well as catering for fun runners, first time runners and walkers, all are equally welcome.

Registration is available on line at St Peters AC or The Joes GFC websites or on the day at Cluskey park. There will also be a number collection and registration on Friday evening from 6-8 and on Saturday from 3. There is ample parking available at the GAA club and refreshments will be served, there will also be an after party in the Joes club house.

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