A very successful summer track and field season for Dromiskin-based St Peter’s AC came to an end in the last week of August.
While several of the club’s older athletes were performing so well at the Tartan Games in Gateshead on Sunday August 25, Judith Bell kept the flag flying strongly closer to home. Competing at the Ardee and District AC Sports, she won silver in the U9 60m event and then went on to take bronze in the 200m.
Tom McGrane was in action two days later at the North Down AC Open Meet in Bangor. On a cool, damp evening, which was quite uncharacteristic of the summer of 2013, he won both the Senior Shot Putt and Discus with throws of 9.50m and 19.20m respectively.
Tom travelled north again last Saturday week to compete in the Northern Ireland Masters’ Championships at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.
He claimed silver in the Over 50 Shot Putt (10.16m), bronze in the Discus (24.31m), finished 4th in the Hammer (21.45m), and also competed in the Weight Throw events. Tom’s performance in the Hammer was a significant improvement on his previous personal best with the 6kg implement.
13-year-old Craig Murtagh has been showing some promise as a shot putter this year, but he took to the roads of Kilkerley last Friday week to run in the Kilkerley Emmets GFC Four Mile Road Race. He crossed the line in a time of 40:15, which saw him finish in 117th place, well within the top half of the field.
The members of St Peter’s AC are reminded that the club training sessions resume this week (on Tuesday September 10) and will continue each Tuesday and Thursday evening at the facilities of St Joseph’s GFC, starting at the usual time of 6:30 pm.
Congratulations to Dunleer AC’s Darragh Greene on winning the recent Clonliffe two mile race. On a tricky course, with an incline or two, Darragh completed the distance in a time of 9.28.Continuing in his current great form, Darragh won the Monaghan 5k on Friday night last in a brilliant 15:04. Well done Darragh! Well done also to ten year old Dunleer AC athlete Alannah Greene on a fantastic 5th place in the juvenile 2.5k in 12.26.