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Reports - October 2017

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31 October 2017

The annual Leinster Juvenile Championships kicked off in Navan on Saturday. The venue was excellent both for accessibility and parking and course was an excellent Cross Country course. The St Peters Club were well represented from the non Championship under 10 races to the boys under 14. The top performers from St Peters were Harry O’Reilly, Dearbhla Allen and Cian Gorham.

The event started with a non championship under 10 races hosted by Meath Athletics, the club had four representatives and all four would have gained valuable experience in competing against such big fields of athletes. Catherine Carey, Hannah O’Reilly and Emily O’Reilly and Mia Finnegan all acquitted themselves well.

The first of the championship races was the girls under 12, St Peters had three athletes compete over the 2000M course. Dearbhla Allen had an outstanding run, Dearbhla who is still under eleven battled her way through the large field to finish in sixteenth place, Dearbhla was the fourth scorer on the Louth team which finished third earning Dearbhla her first provincial medal. Both Ellie Smyth and Isabeal Fitzpatrick also battled well in the same race.

The boys under twelve race was another strongly contested race and the St Peters club had good representation with a four man team that battled well. Harry O’Reilly had a great run and was agonisingly close to an individual top twelve medal when he finished 13th. This was a really strong run by Harry who is still under eleven was the third scorer on the Louth team that finished second which won Harry a very deserving provincial silver medal. Harry was well supported by his St Peters team mates of Cormac McKeown, Pádraic Tinnelly and the ever improving Ben McKeown.

The girls under 14 race had one representative from St Peters, Dearbhla Tinnelly who is better known as a boxer didn't look out of place and showed great stamina over the 3000M course.

The boys under 14 race also ran over a 3000M course Cian Gorham led the St Peters challenge and also managed to make the Louth team that finished third to win his first Leinster medal, Seán Allen was the seventh Louth Athlete, both of the boys are still under 13. Calum Grant running is first Leinster Championship had another strong run and for someone who is new to athletics will have gained valuable experience.

The club was represented on Sunday at the Dublin City Marathon when Andrew Rogers at the age of 60 completed his first marathon. Andrew has enjoyed a great season on the local circuit and came in a very respectable 4 hours 25 mins.

This week our athletes return to training with the Louth Cross Country Relays taking place next Sunday followed by the Leinster uneven age championships the following weekend.

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17 October 2017

On Sunday the annual Glenmore Juvenile Cross Country Meeting took place along with the Kearney Cup 5K road race. The Saint Peter's Club had a great turn out with a total of twenty athletes competing over the various age groups.

The first race was the girls under 9 race which once again had both Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly in the medals. Both of these girls ran neck and neck throughout the 500m course and both were in the medals with seventh and ninth place finishes respectively.

The boys under 9 race was next and again the St Peters club had two representatives and both ran really well. Liam McKeown and Cian Murtagh who are both under 8 showed great enthusiasm for the sport and their bravery will stand them in good stead for next year.

The girls under 11 race which was ran over 800M had three St Peters Athletes, Dearbhla Allen who is enjoying a great Cross Country season was once again amongst the medals with a sixth place finish, both Orla McLoughlin and Catherine Carey who are both under 10 ran very well and finished high up the large field of competitors.

The boys under 11 race which was also ran over an eight hundred metre course, Harry O’Reilly had another great performance and showed great resilience to hold off a late challenge to claim 2nd place, Harry was joined in the medal podium when the ever-improving Ben McKeown put in another strong run to finish seventh, Ruairi Carpenter in only his second competitive race also produced a good performance and was unlucky not to medal.

The girls under 13 had four representatives from the St Peters club which was run over a 1500m course Niamh Brady led the St Peters challenge with a solid performance to be amongst the medals, both Ellie Smyth and Lucy Smyth ran the race almost stride for stride together and looked very comfortable and were unfortunate to finish outside the medals, the ever reliable Judith Bell followed closely with another strong run.

The boys under 13 race had five St Peters athletes competing Mark Litchfield had a powerful run and looked to be back to himself, Cian Gorham had another good performance coming in in fourth closely followed by Sean Allen in fifth, Dean Murtagh who never lets the club down had another strong run and was unlucky not to medal and Conor Litchfield returned to competition after his recent injury lay off.

The final race involving the St Peters club was the boys under 15 race where Calum Grant who is still under 14 ran his third race in three weeks which is also his third race ever and ran a very strong 7th place to collect his first individual medal which was very much deserved.

As the curtain comes down on the local cross country events, concentration now focuses on the upcoming Leinster Championships; the first fixture will take place on Saturday, 28 October, in Navan.

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10 October 2017

Day 2 of the Louth Cross Country Championships took place on Sunday at DkIT which was hosted by North East Runners. The busy programme included the Intermediate Championships for adults and uneven ages for juveniles.

The girls under 9 race started the juvenile programme and the St Peters Club had the O’Reilly twins compete over the 600M course in which the first 10 received medals, both girls had very strong runs with Emily O’Reilly coming in 4th place and Hannah O’Reilly in seventh.

In the girls under 11 the club had two athletes compete over the 1500M course, Dearbhla Allen had another great run and although she didn't have a great start she worked her way up through the large field to finish in fourth place, Dearbhla was followed by her club mate Catherine Carey who ran well considering she was out of age.

The boys under 11 race was a really great race for the St Peters club on two fronts, Harry O’Reilly got his just rewards for his training efforts when he finished a very strong second and he also led the St Peters team home to silver with ever improving Ben McKeown and debutants Ruairi Carpenter and Michael O’Brien.

St Peters also had a team in the girls under thirteen which was run over a 2500M course and the girls were also in the medals with a third place finish, Niamh Brady led the St Peters challenge closely followed by Julie McLoughlin, Ellie Smyth, Isibeal Fitzpatrick and Judith Bell.

The boys under 13 race Cian Gorham executed a very tactical race to win his first individual Cross Country Championships medal when he won bronze. Cian also led home the St Peters team to a silver team medal with Mark Litchfield just behind him closely followed by Sean Allen and the ever reliable Dean Murtagh.

New comer Calum Grant to his credit also took to the start line in the boys under 15 race and didn't look out of place over the 3500M course even though he was out of age and is new to the sport of athletics.

Earlier in the day the club had two representatives in the ladies intermediate race which was over the 4000M distance and both coped very well and set great example to our young athletes with Catriona McKeown and Sarah McCann representing the club with pride.

Next up is the Glenmore Cross Country meeting which will take place next Sunday for juveniles followed by a 5K road race for the adults. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm.

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3 October 2017

On Sunday the Louth Cross Country season kicked off with the Novice men and women races and the even age races for juveniles. The Saint Peter's AC club hosted the event on behalf of Athletics Louth in the perfect setting of the Louth GAA Centre in Darver.

Harry O’Reilly had an excellent run in the boys under 12 race when running out of his age to finish a brilliant third. Harry also led home the St Peters under 12 team who all ran really well to finish 2nd, Cormac McKeown responded to his late call up to closely follow Harry and just behind him was Padraic Tinnelly and Ben McKeown.

The boys under 14 team had a great showing with six athletes on the start line, from the outset it was clear that the team battle would be close between St Peters and Boyne AC. The St Peters team worked well together and their team work paid off as they became county champions with just two points to spare, the St Peters team was led home by Cian Gorham, followed by Sean Allen, Mark Litchfield, Rory McLoughlin, Dean Murtagh and Calum Grant.

The girls under 14 race was also keenly contested with all bar one of the St Peters team eligible to run under 13. The whole team did really well over the 3000M course which was led home by Niamh Brady closely followed by Lucy Smyth, Dearbhla Tinnelly, Judith Bell and Niamh Fanning.

The girls under 10 race started the juvenile championship proceedings and the St Peters club had a mainly inexperienced team that will have gained valuable experience consisting of Orla McLoughlin, Catherine Carey, Emily O’Reilly, Hannah O’Reilly and Mia Finnegan.

The girls under 12 race which was run over a 2000M course, Dearbhla Allen, who was running out of age, had an excellent run to lead the St Peters team home with a fifth place finish, Dearbhla was followed on the team by Ellie Smyth, Isibeal Fitzpatrick, Lucy Brennan and Abbey Fanning. The girls faced heart break when the team results were tallied as they were level on points with 2nd and 3rd place but unfortunately lost out on count back so the girls had to settle for 4th.

The juvenile programme commenced with a non-championship under 8 race that was hosted by St Peters. Niamh Allen represented the girls and Liam McKeown and Cian Murtagh doing likewise in the boys race with all three doing the club proud.

The busy programme of events commenced with the ladies Novice race which was run over 3000M. The St Peters club had a team take part and all of the women ran really well and set great example to our younger athletes, the team was led home by Catriona McKeown closely followed by Roisin Renehen, Patricia Smyth, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick and Maria Duffy.

Next Sunday it's day 2 of the Louth Cross Country Championships at DKIT were the intermediate races will take place for the adults and uneven age races for the juveniles.

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