ATHLETICS | Andrew roars to Over-60 title on familiar ground

St Peter’s young stars preparing for pre-Christmas cross country

The curtain came down on the Louth cross country season on Sunday last when the annual Louth Masters Cross Country Championships were held in Togher.

The event was hosted by St Peter’s AC and was held on the farmlands of brothers Andrew 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 St Peter’s was, indeed, the host, Andrew, who capped a great season off by winning the Over-60 category. His brother Brendan also had a strong run to finish fourth in the Over-55 category.

National Cross Country Championships

The club had seven athletes competing in Abbottstown at the National Cross Country Championships for even ages the previous weekend.

Dearbhla Allen and Ellie Smyth were part of the Louth U12 team and both ran well while Harry O’Reilly and Cormac McKeown battled hard and did well in a large field in the U12 boys race. The club also had three athletes competing in the boys U14 race as part of the Louth team; Cian Gorham, Sean Allen and Calum Grant wore the Louth singlet with pride.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays with all athletes currently being coached in preparation for 2018.

Some of the club’s athletes are still in training for cross country, however, as the club will have a number of athletes competing at Waterford IT on Sunday, December 17th in the National Cross Country Championships for uneven ages.

Dearbhla Allen, Ben McKeown, Harry O’Reilly, Sean Allen and Cian Gorham will all make the journey south as part of the Louth teams that will take part.

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