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Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards 2018

The Annual Longford Sports Star Awards for 2018 take place this Friday evening, November 16th at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. This is the 2nd year Ganley’s have sponsored the Awards which are organised by the Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader to recognise the achievements of Longford athletes in a wide variety of sports from local level progressing to provincial, national and international platforms.

It was fantastic to see several Longford Athletics Club members, Adrianna Melia, Issy Masterson, Yemi and Funmi Talabi, all selected in the monthly categories. Congratulations to both Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips who will be presented with a memento on the night for being voted as one of the monthly winners. Several of the juvenile coaches will be in attendance on the night and are all looking forward to hear Guest of Honour John Treacy, the CEO of Sport Ireland, Irish Olympian and cross country World Champion.

There will be great anticipation on the night to hear who has been selected Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year, Hall of Fame inductee and Sports Ability Award.

ganleys 2018 awards

ganleys 2018 awards

Great Success at the Dublin Marathon 2018 for Longford AC

Congratulations to all our Longford AC runners in the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon which also hosted the Athletics Ireland National Marathon Championship, many achieving new PBs on the day. Conditions were near perfect for marathon running; a cold day with no wind and it stayed bright and dry. Longford AC had a large contingent of runners participating this year and as the results show it was an incredibly successful day for our small club.

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Longford AC members and friends before the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Pride of place goes again to Adrianna Mulligan in the women’s race and Paddy Sharkey in the men’s race. Adrianna, running in the elite woman’s field, ran an incredible race to better her pb by over 5 minutes and come home in 2:52:20. Competition was hot at the front of the race this year, along with the international athletes that always compete in Dublin, the race also doubled as the European Police Championships resulting in extra quality upfront in both the men’s and women’s races. Adrianna came home a fantastic 14th woman overall and 5th Irish women in the National Championships. This achievement now sees Adrianna ranked 10th Irish woman over the marathon distance for 2018 on the Athletics Ireland Top 20 Performance list.

Paddy Sharkey ran another great race to come home in a new pb of 2:37:51 and finish 85th overall and 9th man in the Over 40 category. Paddy has been clocking impressive results over the past few months. Since finishing 2nd in the Longford half marathon in August with a new pb at that distance, Paddy has also competed in the Berlin Marathon in September along with fellow Longford AC athlete Barry Sheil. Both ran impressive times in Berlin; Barry finishing in 2:33:29 and Paddy in 2:39:46. It was good to see Barry out on the course in Dublin at the 25th mile make supporting all the Longford runners. Paddy doesn’t rest on his laurels for long and is already planning his next marathon.

Kevin Ward was next home for Longford AC with a new pb and great time of 2:47:25. Kevin finished 24th man in the Over 45 category. Following in behind Kevin was Donal Mulligan who came through strongly in the second half to pb in 2:54:49 and finish 39th man in the Over 45 category. Declan Newman who completed Ironman Sweden only a couple of months ago ran strongly to finish next not too far off his pb in 2:55:23 and inside the top 100 men in the Over 40 category. This made it five Longford AC runners inside the 3 hour barrier.

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Declan Newman, Donal Mulligan, Niamh Kiernan, Adrianna Mulligan and Claire Wynne before the marathon start

Juraj Karcak was the next man home in 3:09:50. The 26.2 mile marathon must have felt like a short run for Juraj who regularly races in distances of over 100 miles. Niamh Kiernan running only her second marathon was the second Longford woman home with a super pb improving her time by more than 10 minutes when finishing in 3:09:52. This excellent time puts Niamh as the 60th woman overall, 19th woman in the Over 35 category and 26th woman in the National Championships. Colin Beades crossed the line just behind Niamh to hit his race goal and finish with a big new pb of 3:10:03. Sinead Phelan was Longford AC’s third woman home in a time of 3:17:53. Sinead was using Dublin in her build up to the New York Marathon which takes place next weekend and we all wish her well. Sean Crossan came home with a new pb of 3:19:58 only three weeks after completing Ironman Barcelona. We are waiting on his time but reports are that Enda Coffey also ran a fine marathon only three weeks after he also completed the Ironman Barcelona. Must be time for a well-deserved rest now lads. Derek O’Neill ran strongly to follow closely behind Sean in a time of 3:20:59. Ann Brady running her first marathon in 4 years had a super run to finish with a massive new pb in 3:31:38 and 63rd woman Over 35 category. Finishing close together in good times were Colman Reilly 3:34:03, Michael O’Hara 3:35:58 and Joseph Carolan 3:36:55. Sicino Dube was next home in 3:45:05 followed by Seamus Murtagh who was completing his 27th marathon in 3:48:28. Stephen Mc Dermott came home well under the 4 hour barrier in 3:50:15. Erin Barrett was back to her best, running strongly to finish inside the 4 hour mark in 3:58:19. Christiaan Snell hit the 4 hour mark on the head when finishing next in 4:00:54. Ray Brogan finished in a very good 85th position in the men’s Over 60 category when finishing in 4:13:50. New member Tom Quinn finished well in 4:16:09. Claire Wynne running her first marathon ran consistently to finish strongly in 4:41:15. Another new member Gerard Sheehan came home next in 4:51:41. Apologies if anybody was missed, getting the correct information was a little difficult with some of the number changes. If there are corrections please let us know.

The Athletics Ireland National Championship team results have not been completed yet but provisionally it looks like our senior women’s team of Adrianna Melia, Niamh Kiernan and Ann Brady just missed out on the bronze medal by a few minutes. Their combined time will probably place them in 4th or 5th team position from what will probably be 100’s of women’s teams. In fact this year’s team race was extremely competitive and their time would have seen them medal over the last number of years. Quite a performance for a small club in an extremely competitive competition. Something to aim for next year.
Congratulations to Gary O’Hanlon who finished second in the National Championships. Gary coaches a number of Longford AC members and has Longford connections with his partner Paula Moran coming from Edgeworthstown.

Congratulations to all our members on not only completing the considerable challenge of running 26.2 miles but also on achieving you own goals and producing many fine performances. Longford AC is a small club and nearly all the current registered senior members ran in this year’s Dublin Marathon. There were many more Longfordians running in Dublin and Longford AC would be delighted to see these runners register with us in the future and run races under the Longford AC banner.

Cross Country Fixtures 2018

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, includes a race for 1st\2nd year secondary school students  (NO senior race this year)

Saturday 29th September 2018 at Moyne Community School. Races start at 5pm sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 800m, 5th/6th Class 1000m (1st/2nd  year Girls 1600m, Boys 2000m)

Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

Saturday 13th October 2018 at Bushfield, Loughrea, Galway. Races start at 12 noon sharp

Distances: 3rd/4th Class 1000m, 5th/6th Class 1200m.

AND Senior Leg 1 Senior league, women and O65 men 4km, men 8km, start time approx. 1.30pm women, 2.00pm men. From the AGM in 2017 it was decided to include a separate masters club team category alongside the open team category. It was felt that the age for the masters would make a better competition if it were increased to 40. When entering the League athletes must declare their category and then they cannot change it for the rest of the competition and they are only eligible to point in that category. All athletes must be over 18 to run in the league. Men over 65 can choose to run 4km as an individual or 8km to point for a team. Novice- must not have previously won an individual medal in the Connacht competition. Senior/Open- must be over 18. Masters- over 40.  No entry on the day.

Connacht Even Ages (U12 born 2007, U14 born 2005, U16 born 2003, U18 born 2001)

AND Senior Leg 2 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 4th November 2018 at Sligo Racecourse, races start at 12 noon

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U12 (born 2007) – 2000m U14 (born 2005) – 3000m

U16 (born 2003) – 4000m U18 (born 2001) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 6000m

Connacht Uneven Ages (U11 born 2008, U13 born 2006, U15 born 2004, U17 born 2002)

AND Senior Leg 3 approx. 2pm women (likely in conjunction with the U18’s), 2.30pm men. Same info as Leg 1.  No entry on the day.

Sunday 11th November 2018 at Belleek Woods, Ballina, County Mayo

For Club Team: 4-6 athletes to run with 4 to score, County Team: 6-10 athletes to run with 6 to score

Medals: First 12 individuals plus first 3 teams

U11 (born 2008) – 1500m U13 (born 2006) – 2500m

U15 (born 2004) – 3500m U17 (born 2002) Girls – 4000m, Boys – 5000m

 Cross Country Nationals:

Sunday 25th November 2018, National Even Ages, Seniors, Juniors Cross Country, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin

Saturday 15th December 2018, National Uneven Ages, Novice Cross Country – Navan Adventure Centre, Navan racecourse

Sunday 3rd February 2019, National Intermediate, Masters, Juvenile ‘B’ Cross Country and Relays, at National Sports Campus,  Abbottstown, Dublin

Longford AC Celebrating Achievements of 2017

Longford Athletic Club celebrated their most successful year of competition to date at their Annual Awards Presentation held in Kenagh Community Centre on February 10th, 2018. It was an opportunity to recognise Connacht and National achievements of 2017 at both Juvenile and Senior level.

Five Senior athletes were commended for their performances during last year in half and full marathon, ultra-endurance and ‘last man standing’ events. Sinead Phelan ran 12 marathons in 12 months, finishing as 1st female in several races across the year. Adrianna Melia made the Athletics Ireland 2017 Performance List twice with her sub 3 hour marathon in Barcelona in March 2017 where she was 7th European finisher and also for her Half Marathon time of 1:20:49 in Laois in December.

Barry Sheil displayed excellent form throughout the year competing in track, cross country, 10K and marathon distances with the highlight being his 9th place finish in the M35 age group at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October. Paddy Sharkey’s top 15 performance in the M40 category at the same event helped teammates Barry Sheil and Kevin Ward rank a very impressive 9th place out of 417 teams. Juraj Karcak’s ultra-endurance races that included kayaking, mountain running, cycling and distance running from 50 miles up to 200K stood out from the rest and impressed all in attendance.

The Juvenile members of the Club had a truly outstanding year winning Connacht medals in 48 individual events plus 15 relay teams all progressing to National competition in 2017. The huge collection of medals which includes 22 Gold, showcases the wide array of talent at Juvenile level across a variety of track and field events: 60m, 80m and 100m sprint, 200m, 800m, 1500m, hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt as well as cross country. Top Connacht medallists for the year were Nelvin Appiah (10), Brendan Finnan (9) and Killian Rawle (7).

Three Juveniles, Funmi Talabi, Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah, and both the U16 and U17 Boys 4X200m Relay teams saw their dedication and training pay off winning Athletics Ireland National medals in 2017. The last several years have seen Longford athletes gain experience and grow in confidence with every competition so these fantastic achievements are well deserved by athletes and coaches alike.

For five consecutive years Funmi Talabi has been the fastest girl in Connacht in her age group and her perseverance paid off in March when she won her first National medal, Silver in the U13 Girls 60m, and then finished 4th at the All-Ireland Outdoor Championships in July.

Nelvin Appiah made it to the All-Ireland podium three times during last year’s Indoor Championships, winning Gold in 200m and two Bronze in high jump and Combined Events as he fine-tuned individual events that are part of the pentathlon.

Cian McPhillips was the deserving winner of the Juvenile Athlete of the Year Perpetual Cup as he was selected for two International squads in 2017, excelling on both occasions to win Gold for Ireland on the track in Santry in the 800m at the Celtic Games, August 2017, and at the Celtic International Cross Country, January 2018 in Antrim. Cian is the National U16 Boys 800m Champion in both Indoor and Outdoor track, National U16 Boys 5000m Cross Country Champion and All-Ireland Silver medallist in 1500m. The Club was very proud Cian was named the Ganly’s Longford Sports Partnership Junior Sports Person of the year.

Training for the 2018 indoor season is well underway with the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships fast approaching at the end of February. This will see all juveniles from U12 and above take to the track at Athlone IT to try to get their name on the achievement list for this year.

5 & 10K Road Race

Longford AC are holding their popular 5 & 10K road race on Sunday March 4th 2018 from the Mall complex. Registration is now open at www.popupraces.ie.

Connacht Senior Cross Country Championship Medals and Half Marathon PB’s for Longford AC

November 19th 2017, report by Donal Mulligan

The third and final leg of the Connacht Cross Country league was held in St.Brigid’s GAA grounds, Kiltoom Co. Roscommon on 18 November 2017 what was a very good cross country course.

Adrianna Melia who had easily won race 1 and 2 again produced a fine performance running away from the Senior Women’s field to win race 3 by over 200 meters. Having won all three races in the Connacht Cross Country League series Adrianna was crowned Connacht Senior Champion and league winner. This might well be the first time that a Longford AC woman has won a senior Connacht Cross Country title. Adrianna continued her fine form by winning the Gingerbread Half Marathon the next day in a new PB of 1:20:49. This places Adrianna in 14th position on the Athletics Ireland top 20 list for all Irish women over the half marathon distance for 2017. It has been nice to see that Adrianna’s achievements have been deservedly acknowledged by bodies outside of Longford AC with the Longford Leader/Longford Sports Partnership selecting Adrianna in 2017 for two monthly sports star nominations and the March award. Congratulations Adrianna from all at Longford AC.

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Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships and Senior Race 2

5th November 2017, at Moyne Community School

Report by Donal Mulligan

Longford AC hosted the Connacht Juvenile Uneven Cross Country Championships and Senior race 2 on November 5th, 2017 on the grounds of Moyne Community School. Quite a bit of work went it to organising this event. Thank you to everybody that helped out. A special word of thanks to Moyne Community School and Club Chairman Paddy McPhillips for providing the venue and all the unseen work.

Longford AC had a small but dedicated number of athletes competing on the day. In the U11 girls 1500m both Rachel Keenan and Ciara Crossan ran with determination in what was one of the largest races of the day. Ciara battled all the way to finish well up in the field. Rachel who was running a year up in age got stronger as the race progressed,  passing other athletes to finish in an excellent 15th place just missing qualification to the All-Ireland finals…. [Read More]

Dublin City Marathon 2017

October 29, 2017

Congratulations to all Longford AC adult members that completed the 26.2 mile marathon distance in Dublin, it’s a fine achievement to get the required training done and make it to the finish line. Well done to everybody especially those new to the distance. There were some outstanding times and new Pb’s. Three Longford AC members managed to achieve impressive results in their age category finishing inside the top 15.

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Ray Flynn Tribute Mile, 2 October 2017

Longford AC Juveniles were out in force on Monday 2nd October to take part in the Ray Flynn Tribute Mile. The event was organised by Irish Runner and the Liam Fenelon of the Longford Marathon Committee to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish mile record that still stands today, 3:49.77 minutes set on July 7, 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games.

A large crowd of 122 runners, including Ray Flynn and Enda Fitzpatrick, took to the starting line on the Ballinalee Road finishing at the Cathderal.  Running a paced mile was a new experience for nearly all the juveniles, following more experienced pace setters at 5, 6, 7 and 8 minute times. Its not every Monday night that members of Longford AC get the opportunity to run with a local legend who is a 2 time Olympian and Irish record holder!

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5K / 10K Road Race Results

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