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Reports - February 2018

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27 February 2018

On Sunday the fantastic National Indoor Arena on the National Sports Campus was the venue for the Leinster Juvenile indoor relay championships. The St Peters Club who always encourage participation had five teams compete.

The highlight was the girls under fourteen team who ran a fantastic heat in which each of the four girls ran their hearts out to storm to victory and claim their place in the final. The final was a very tight affair and there was very little between all six teams and unfortunately for the girls they narrowly missed out on medals. This was a great lesson to all the club athletes on the importance of substitutes on relay teams as all five girls ran excellently between the heat and final, Judith Bell, Julie McLoughlin, Isibeal Fitzpatrick and Niamh Brady ran the heat but unfortunately for Isibeal she sustained an ankle injury so was replaced in the final by Ellie Smyth who fitted in equally as well.

The boys under fourteen team had a strong run too and missed out on a final place by .25 of a second, the team was made up of Mark Litchfield, Cian Gorham, Ronan Deery and Sean Allen with Conor Litchfield waiting on the wings as a willing and able substitute if called upon.

The first team into action for St Peters Club was the girls under 13 team which really ran well and definitely added to the drama of the day as Lucy Brennan who was running the anchor leg having made great ground having received the baton in third position had moved into second and was battling for first a meter from the line when she fell badly and sustained a bad skin burn but nothing too serious, Lucy was aided by her team mates Isibeal Fitzpatrick, Ellie Smyth and Dearbhla Allen.

The Boys under fifteen team also gave it their all and although they didn’t reach the final they made a good account of themselves with Mark Litchfield, Calum Grant, Sean Allen and Rory McLoughlin.

The youngest team for the club on the day was the girls under 12 team which was great for the club’s younger athletes to gain valuable experience of running in the National Indoor Arena, Catherine Carey, Abby Fanning, Orla McLoughlin and Dearbhla Allen all gained valuable experience.

Next up for the St Peters Club is day four of Leinster indoor championships next Saturday in Athlone IT.

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20 February 2018

On Thursday last the St Peters AC club traveled in force by coach to the City of Armagh for the Annual Armagh AC road races. This is a fantastic event which range from 7 year old beginners to the very best elite athletes.

The first race involving the St Peters Club was the boys Under 9 were Liam McKeown had a great run to finish 14th out of a massive field. The girls under nine race had three aspiring athletes with Niamh Allen, Grace Carey and Aoibhinn Boyle doing themselves proud in their first big race.

Ruairi Carpenter had another great run and indeed led for a long period only to fade late on to narrowly miss out on a top ten trophy. The girls under eleven race was a highlight for the club with four athletes in action, Orla McLoughlin had a very strong finish to capture a well-earned trophy for a seventh place finish, Catherine Carey ran very bravely from the gun and was unlucky not to make the top ten, Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly also ran well which was the first time running over such a long distance.

The boys under 13 race had six athletes compete with Cormac McKeown leading home the six closely followed by Conor Litchfield and Ben McKeown, Michael O’Brien was next across the finish line , the club also had two athletes making their competitive debuts David Shevlin and Jack Smyth and both gained valuable experience. The girls under thirteen race also had three St Peters Athletes in action with Dearbhla Allen leading home the club contingent closely followed by the Knockbridge duo of Ellie Smyth and Isibeal Fitzpatrick.

The boys under fifteen race had five strong competitions from the Saint Peters Club with four inside the top twenty finishers. Mark Litchfield had a great run and earned himself one of the coveted top ten trophies, Mark was closely followed by his club mates Cian Gorham, Sean Allen and Rory McLoughlin, Callum Grant who has just returned from injury was also in action and ran very strongly in his first race back. The final race involving the St Peters Club was the girls under fifteen, Lucy Smyth had arguably her best race for the club to date and found herself in the mix for a long time only to narrowly miss out on a top ten finish, Niamh Brady and Julie McLoughlin also had strong runs.

On Sunday it was back to a more local event with the famous Rás na hÉireann taking place at the Battle of the Boyne site in Oldbridge. Niamh Allen was the sole representative in the girls under nine and had a strong run. Catherine Carey and twins Emily O’Reilly and Hannah O’Reilly ran in the girls under 11 race all gained valuable experience in running in races with a big number of competitors. Ruairi Carpenter continued his good start to the 2018 season when he ran really bravely in the boys under eleven race.

Dearbhla Allen was unfortunate not to medal in the girls under thirteen race when she finished eighth closely followed by Ellie Smyth. Harry O’Reilly was agonizingly close to a medal in the boys under thirteen race when he finished seventh and missing out on an individual medal by one position, Ben McKeown also had a good run finishing not far behind Harry. The last race involving St Peters AC was the boys under fifteen race with Cian Gorham and Sean Allen both making decent accounts of themselves finishing in seventh and eighth place respectively.

The busy start to the season continues next weekend when the St Peters Club will have no fewer than six teams compete in the Leinster indoor relay championships.

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13 February 2018

The indoor Championship Season kicked off on Saturday last when Day 1 of the Leinster Juvenile Championships took place in Athlone IT. A small contingent of St Peters Athletes made the journey to the midlands venue with most of the Athletes events not taking place until day 2.

Niamh Brady was the shining light for the St Peters club with an excellent performance in the U14 girls High Jump. Niamh has worked hard recently in her high jump training under the watchful eye of coach Brendan Rogers and her hard work paid off. Niamh managed to break her PB twice in the competition to set a new best of 1.40M to earn her a bronze medal, indeed all three girls who stood together on the podium had 1.40m as their best jump on the day with first being shared by the other two girls and Niamh just missing out on gold or silver on count back.

Judith Bell was also in the same high jump competition and perform very well putting her recent injury woes behind her to jump a very respectable 1.25M, this was very pleasing for Judith as she came through the event pain free and can now kick on with her season. Lucy Smyth who is also U14 took part in the 60M sprint the and was unlucky not to make the final.

The boys under 14 shot putt had two St Peters Athletes compete. Kilkerley natives Dean Murtagh and Ronan Deery both performed well with Dean throwing 9.84M Ronan throwing 9.67M to finish 4th and 5th place respective, this qualifies Dean for the national championships. Dean also took part in the 60M sprint and in the U14 high jump.

Lucy Brennan and Isibeal Fitzpatrick took part in the U13 Long Jump, this event had over fifty competitors and took a long time to complete, Lucy Brennan however kept her composure and focus throughout and leaped to a very impressive 4.28M to finish in fourth place to qualify her for the national championship. Isibeal also performed well with a best on the day of 3.37M. Isibeal also took part in the 60m sprint just missing out on a place in the final.

This coming week is a busy one for the St Peters club, the AGM will take place on Tuesday night at 8pm after training with all members and parents of juvenile athletes encouraged to come and have their say, then on Thursday night the club will travel to Armagh City for the annual road races and then on Sunday the Ras ns hÉireann Cross Country event hosted by Dunleer AC will take place at the picturesque Battle of the Boyne sight at Oldbridge.

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