St Peter’s AC stars enjoy a good weekend
St Peter’s AC had a number of athletes competing in Athlone and Carrickmacross and Dundalk last weekend.
Athlone IT was the venue for days one and two of the National Indoor Juvenile Championships where the club had four athletes in action.
While most people struggled with losing an hour in bed, three of the club’s athletes were in action at 10am. This meant an early start with the clock changing!
Niamh Brady took her place in the U13 girls high jump competition and jumped 1.25m. At the same time, Ronan Deerey and Dean Murtagh were in action in the U13 boys shot putt competition where Ronan threw 9.31m and Dean threw 7.61m.
All three represented the club with pride and although not in the medals on the day, these three athletes have bright futures in athletics and the experience of competing in the national competition will hold them in good stead for the future.
In the afternoon, the club’s brightest talent, Gabriel Bell, was in action in the boys U17 long jump but unfortunately for Gabriel it was just one of those days where nothing went right, resulting in a below par jump of 4.84m.
Gabriel knows that if he had performed to his capabilities, as he has done many times in big competitions before, he would have won gold but this fine athlete will now concentrate on regaining his jumping form for the outdoor season.
The indoor season comes to a close this weekend and the club will once again be represented by Niamh Brady, Ronan Deerey and Sean Allen in the U13 60m hurdles and Gabriel Bell in the 200m.
Carrick Aces Juvenile Races
On Sunday, three of the club’s athletes made the short journey to Carrickmacross for the Carrick Aces juvenile races which preceded their 5k Run.
Mark Litchfield had a brilliant performance in both the 100m sprint and the 800m middle distance race by running very impressively to land double gold medals.
Jack McLaughlin had a fantastic race to win the boys U12 500m event and he was joined on the podium by his club ate, Conor Litchfield, who ran very well to finish in second place.
This is no more than these three athletes deserve for their dedication and effort in training and hopefully will give them confidence going into the outdoor track season.
Elsewhere, on Saturday, club veteran Andrew Rogers took part in the inaugural 5k run in aid of St Oliver’s Hospital which was a very well organised event in aid of a very good cause, Andrew finished well up the field with a time of of 22.18 mins.