Athletics History

St Peter's Athletic Club was founded in 1958. The original committee was: Bobby Carville, Jimmy McKerr, Seamus Carville and Packy Mallon. Packy is still a working member to this day and only recently was recognised for 50 years service to sport in the area by Craigavon Council at their annual sports awards. Much of the Athletic Club's success, at individual and team level, can be attributed to his commitment and endurance.

Shortly after the Athletic Club was established a long list of regional, national and international honours followed. Listed below are only some of the success stories:

1963: two Ulster Champions in javelin and long jump - Michael McVeigh and Rodney Creaney.

1979: Charles Carbery obtained an All Ireland Intermediate medal in the 5000 metres;

1985: team success in the Lisburn Cup.

In addition, lots of titles were won, including Susan Beattie who won an All Ireland in 1500 metres; Helen Gourley won All Ireland in both 400 metres and 100 metres hurdles; Jaclyn Murray won All Ireland at under 14 and under 16, and went on to represent Ireland in the International Schools competitions.

Others to note include:

1976 - Harry Martin represented and won the over-50s marathon in Derry.He also went on to complete over 20 marathons all of which were achieved in under 3 hours; and 1997 - Gemma Lavery won the All Ireland triathlon and went on to represent Ireland in this event.

The Club today continues to develop in line with the standards of the Irish Athletic Association.