ATHLETICS | Promising start to the cross country campaign by St Peter’s youngsters

St Peter’s AC’s Julie McLoughlin, Niamh Brady, Harry O’Reilly, Sean Allen and Cian Gorham

The cross country season kicked off on Sunday last with the traditional opener at Greenanstown, Stamullen hosted by Star of the Sea Athletic Club.

St Peter’s AC had nine representatives in action across the various age groups and each athlete acquitted themselves very well.

The first race of the busy programme was the girls U9 where the Dromiskin club had two athletes finish just outside the podium places, Emily O’Reilly finishing seventh and Hannah O’Reilly in 11th.

This was the girls’ first experience of a cross country race with such big numbers and both will have gained valuable experience.

St Peter’s AC’s Dearbhla Allen and Orla McLoughlin

Orla McLoughlin ran very strongly in the girls U10 race. After a bad start, Orla made lots of ground up in the second half of the race and was passing her competitors right up to the finish line which was a great boost for her confidence.

Orla’s training buddy, Dearbhla Allen was next up in the girls U11 race which was held over 1000m.

Dearbhla had a great run and was comfortable looking throughout, taking the challenging course in her stride and winning a place on the podium with a fifth place finish.

Harry O’Reilly showed his potential as he led the boys U11 race right from the start.

Harry has had a few injuries lately and it was great to see him having the confidence to take the race on. He almost completed the job but had to be content with a sixth place finish in the end. It was great to see Harry back on the podium and hopefully he will enjoy a good cross country season.

St Peter’s AC’s Hannah and Emily O’Reilly

St Peter’s AC had two athletes competing in the U13 girls race, which was run over a 1500m course. Both of the girls battled very well and finished strongly with Niamh Brady in ninth and Julie McLoughlin in 10th.

The last race for the club was the boys U13 event which was run over 1800m. Cian Gorham, making his long awaited debut, ran really well to finish third and was closely followed by Sean Allen in fourth. Both of the lads had really strong runs which is reward for their recent dedication to training.

Louth Cross Country Championships

This Sunday is the opening day of the Louth Cross Country Championships which will be hosted by St Peter’s AC at the Louth GAA Centre of Excellence in Darver.

Day one will see the novice women and men races followed by the even age underage races for juveniles. The programme kicks off at 11am with the juvenile races starting at 12pm.

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