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Reports - December 2017

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19 December 2017

The curtain finally came down on the 2017 cross country season for St Peterís AC when six of the clubís young athletes made the long journey to Waterford to compete in the National Cross Country Championships for uneven ages on Sunday, 17 December.

Harry OíReilly finished another good season on a high by winning his first national medal, adding to an already impressive collection. Running a very strong race in a very competitive field over challenging conditions, Harry finished 19th overall and was the sixth scorer on the victorious Leinster team that won gold in the interprovincial championship. Harry was also part of the Louth team - which included two of his St Peterís clubmates - that finished in sixth place. Ben McKeown enjoyed a really good run in his first national cross country race and although he got boxed in during the first half of the race, he made up lots of ground in the second half and finished very strongly. Ruairi Carpenter also made his national debut and ran very bravely. Ruairi is still eligible to run at U10 and will have gained valuable experience from this event.

Another to wear the red singlet of Louth was Dearbhla Allen in the girls U11 race where she was part of the county team that finished in fifth place, being the fourth scorer. Dearbhla didnít enjoy a great start but she battled her way through the large field to finish in 45th position.

The boys U13 race had two St Peterís athletes competing as part of the Louth team. Cian Gorham had a good run to finish a respectable 57th position and his clubmate Seán Allen - who had a terrible start - improved as the race progressed, going from near the back of the large pack to finish in the middle.

The next event on the local calendar is the St Stephenís Day Kris Kindle Race which is a 5K race through Dundalk in aid of a much-needed athletics ground in the town. Entries can be made on the eventís Facebook page or on the day itself. The race will commence at 11am and the registration and number collection will take place before the race at the Tesco Extra car park.

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5 December 2017

The curtain came down on the Louth cross country season on the first Sunday in December when the annual Louth Mastersí Cross Country Championships were held in Togher. The event was hosted by St Peterís AC and was held on the farm lands of brothers Andrew Rogers and Brendan Rogers. Due to the inclement weather the course was quite challenging or, as some traditionalists would say, real cross country. The highlight for the St Peterís club was indeed the host Andrew,who has enjoyed a great season, and capped it all off by winning the over 60 category. His brother Brendan also had a strong run to finish 4th in the over 55 category.

The previous weekend the club had seven athletes compete in Abbotstown at the National Cross Country Championships for even ages. Dearbhla Allen and Ellie Smyth were part of the Louth U12 twelve team and both ran well. Harry OíReilly and Cormac McKeown battled hard and did well in the large field in the U12 boys race. The club also had three athletes compete in the boys U14 race as part of the Louth team; Cian Gorham, Seán Allen and Calum Grant wore the Louth singlet with pride.

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday with all events currently being coached in preparation for 2018. However some of our athletes are still training for cross country as the club will have six athletes compete in Waterford IT on Sunday, 17 December, in the national uneven age championships. Dearbhla Allen, Ben McKeown, Harry OíReilly, Seán Allen and Cian Gorham will all make the journey south as part of the Louth teams in the U11 and U13 age groups.

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