Niamh bags a bronze in Gowran
A brave crew of eight St Peters AC athletes made the journey down the M9 to Gowran in Kilkenny for the Leinster Even age Cross Country Championships.
Niamh Brady and Dearbhla Allen were once again the star St Peters performers. Niamh who has enjoyed a fantastic season had another super performance in the girls under sixteen race, going out with the lead group from the start, the tough course didn't effect her and she held on for a fantastic bronze medal and helping Louth to the team bronze as well, this was even a bigger achievement as Niamh is still under fifteen.
Dearbhla Allen who like Niamh moved up and age to compete in the girls U14 also had a really strong run in a field of 112 athletes, Dearbhla has really upped her performances this year and was once again was in the business end of the race from the off, Dearbhla battled to the end and held on for twelfth place, she like Niamh will take her place on the Leinster team for the upcoming national Championship next month. Dearbhla was also on the Louth team that secured bronze.
Ellie Smyth also had a strong run in the same race and will also represent Louth at the national Championships. Cian Gorham and Sean Allen both had strong runs in the boys under sixteen and both will benefit from this run for their own U15 age group in two weeks time.
Harry O'Reilly and Ben also moved up an age to compete in the boys U14 age group, both boys had good runs and ran the race almost stride for stride together with only a second between them at the finish, which Ben will take great encouragement from. Hannah O'Reilly was the first St Peters athlete in action moving up from under eleven to race in the girls under twelve race, this race will stand her in good stead for her own age group in two weeks time.
Next weekend the Louth Juvenile Cross Country relay championships take place in Drogheda and it is hoped the club will field as many teams as possible in the various age groups.