ATHLETICS | Evergreen McGrane wins national bronze for St Peter’s AC at Masters Championship

St Peter’s AC’s Tom McGrane (right) who was third in the Over 50 at the National Masters A Championship

The National Masters Championships were held in Tullamore on Sunday last where the evergreen Tom McGrane was as ever present to fly the flag for St Peter’s AC.

Tom again finished on the podium by winning bronze in the Over-50 shot putt with a putt of 9.88m.

He also took part in the discus where he put in a decent performance with a throw of 23.60m to finish eighth and also competed in the hammer where he had a below par throw of 16.95m to finish fourth. Nothing, however, could overshadow Tom’s satisfaction at collecting a national medal.

National U23 Track and Field Championship

The same venue played host to the National U23 Track and Field Championships last Saturday where St Peter’s AC’s Mark Rogers put on a fantastic brace performance in the 400m hurdles final to finish in second place.

Mark tore down the home straight neck and neck in what turned out to be a two-horse race only to lose out by the narrowest of margins.

However, Mark can be really happy with himself as he hurdled perfectly and the standard is really high in this exceptionally tough discipline. He gave it is all and finished in a time of 56.5 seconds to earn a much deserved silver medal.

Call-up for Gabriel

Elsewhere, the season just seems to get better and better for Gabriel Bell who got his just rewards for his recent top class long jump performances by being named on the Irish Schools team. The team will go into battle on Saturday, July 15th in the Schools International which will take place at Morton Stadium in Santry.

Juvenile Championships

This week, club athletes who have qualified for the National Juvenile Championships will put the final touches to their preparations aided by their club mates.

5K Road Race

Finally, the club will host a 5K Road Race around the scenic roads of Dromiskin Village on Saturday, September 9th at 7pm in an event co hosted with St Joseph’s GAA club.

This is the first time both clubs have worked together on an event like this. The motto is “Working together in Sport”. Runners can enter online by going onto the club website at and following the link.

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