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Reports - January 2018

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30 January 2018

On Sunday some of the Saint Peters Athletes made the short journey to Cushinstown AC indoor meeting at the Kilmoon Cross venue. This was great event and was great preparation for athletes doing the indoor championships next month.

Grace Carey got the ball rolling for the club when she won her first individual medal with a second place finish in the girls under 9 race. Her older sister Catherine Carey also had a very good run in the girls under 10 race finishing just outside the medals.

Orla McLoughlin ran a brilliant heat in the girls under 11 leading the way from start to finish and a strong run in the final missing out on a medal by the narrowest of margins, Orla also had a really good jump in the girls under 12 Long jump competition. Dearbhla Allen ran very well in the girls under 12 sprint and had a decent jump in the under 12 Long jump.

In the girls under 13 the club had three girls compete Lucy Brennan led the charge by winning her heat in the sprints and finishing second in the final to collect a silver medal, both Ellie Smyth and Isibeal Fitzpatrick were unlucky not to qualify for the final as both finished third in tough heats and only two qualified from each.

Niamh Brady had a successful day when she collected medals in both the under 14 Hurdles with a third place finish and then followed that up with a silver medal in the under 15 high jump.

Sean Allen was the only boy to compete for the club on the day and managed to pocket three medals for his efforts with a third place finish in the boys U14 Hurdles, a third place finish in the boys under 14 Long jump and third place in the boys under 15 shot putt.

Training continues on Tuesday night as our athletes prepare for the upcoming Leinster Indoor Championships.

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23 January 2018

It was a busy weekend for the Saint Peters Athletic Club at the weekend with athletes in action on both Saturday and Sunday. Five of the club’s athletes made the first of many journeys of 2018 to Athlone IT for the national combined events. Although none of the athletes medaled they all gained valuable experience in their first time to compete over the five discipline event.

The club had three girls compete in the girls under 14 with Judith Bell, Niamh Brady and Julie McLoughlin all making good accounts of themselves. Unfortunately for Judith she picked up a recurring heel injury but was determined to finish all five disciplines regardless of her obvious pain. Both Niamh and Julie were in contention for a medal up to the last event which was the 800M. Julie looked like she was going to make the podium as she led the 800M race going into the last of the four 200M lap but had to pull up with a knee injury she sustained when she stumbled on a bend.

On Sunday 13 of the clubs athletes braved the inclement weather to compete at the Blackrock AC hosted Cross Country event which was held at the Geraldines GAA grounds. This was a very enjoyable event and all the Athletes from all clubs deserve great credit for taking part as do the Blackrock AC club for taking the decision to proceed with the event.

Aoibhinn Boyle and Niamh Allen made their debuts for the club and both could hardly have asked for a tougher day to start their athletic careers but neither complained and both coped with the conditions admirably. Liam McKeown showed that he’s made of tough stuff when he fought off some stiff opposition to hold on to sixth place and claim his first athletics medal. Twins Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly ran very strongly out of their age in the girls under 11 race. Ruairi Carpenter had his best race to date for the club when he ran really bravely to finish in the medals for his first individual medal which hopefully is a sign of thing to come.

Dearbhla Allen continued were she left off last year with another very strong run to finish among the individual medals in the girls under 13 race, Dearbhla is still eligible for under 12. The best race for the club was the boys under 13 were the club had a team of three athletes Harry O’Reilly who is an under twelve athlete led home the team challenge with a fourth place finish closely followed by the returning Jack McLaughlin in sixth and Ben McKeown (also an under 12) in tenth to win a sliver team medal with twenty points.

Niamh Brady and Sean Allen experienced the extreme opposite of conditions from indoor on Saturday to the extremely heavy under foot conditions on Sunday but both ran comfortably with both finishing in fifth place, Cian Gorham who is always willing to pull on the blue singlet of St Peters also ran very well in the same race and came in just ahead of Sean in fourth, all three are eligible for under 15 again next year.

The season continues next weekend with the Cushinstown indoor meeting taking place next Sunday.

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16 January 2018

The 2018 season kicked off for the St Peters club when five of the club athletes made the journey to Donboyne Co Meath were the Leinster Master, Intermediate and Juvenile relay Championships took place. The club had a boys under 14 team in the 4 X 500M event which was run over the challenging course. The four boys ran really well considering they had only returned to training this week after the Christmas break. The race itself was a keenly contested affair with no fewer than twelve teams taking part. The St Peters lads were in the mix from the Start and really acquitted themselves well there efforts fully deserved a medal but unfortunately for the St Peters team they had to settle for fourth place. For the four boys it was very unlucky as they just narrowly missed out on a podium finish considering they were almost 100M clear of the fifth place team.

The club had better fortune in the Leinster masters Championship when club veteran Andrew Rogers ran a great race to finish second in the over 60 category to win a much coveted provincial silver medal.

The 2018 season continues this weekend when athletes from the St Peters club will be in action on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the club will have athletes in action in the National indoor Combined events in Athlone IT and then on Sunday Blackrock AC will host its annual Cross Country event in the Geraldines GFC which will see most of the club athletes in action for the first time in 2018.

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