St Peter’s had two athletes competing in the national U20 indoor championships in Athlone at the weekend with both Cian Gorham and Niamh Brady competing in the respective 1500m races.
Cian had a fantastic run in what was regarded as a stacked race with all the top U20s in the country on the start line. The billing proved accurate considering the first four finishers were inside the previous championship best time. Cian put himself in contention from early on and had a storming finish to take the national silver medal and obliterate his previous PB in a time of 3.52.47.
Niamh Brady had a strong run in her season opener and will build on it for the season ahead.
On Sunday, Bellurgan Park was the venue for Glenmore AC’s annual cross-country event, the Kearney & McBride, which also included the Louth masters’ championship. The event included a juvenile programme which was well attended and great for juveniles to get back into action. Aoibhe Kelly had a super performance in the girls’ U10 race, leading from gun to tape, leaving her fellow competitors for dust. Her sister, Anna, also had a good run in the girls’ U12 race, narrowly missing out on a medal. Ellen McCourt, Sadhbh Sheelan and James McCourt all performed well in their respective races.
The final race concerning St Peter’s AC was the senior women’s race which included the U18 girls. Dearbhla Allen along with her fellow Louth U18 athletes, Eimear Cooney and Sholah Lawernce, showed the high quality of juvenile athletics in Louth as all three formed a break away group early on with Dearbhla leading home the trio for her first senior cross-country race victory.
The previous weekend, Dermot Plunkett got his reward for increasing his training when he stormed to victory in the national masters’ over 50 60m sprint.