Results & Reports

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.

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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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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Longford AC 10k – some more pictures

Here’s another picture set for our recent 10k courtesy of Peter Mooney.

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Longford AC 10K Road Race – Video

OK folks, here it is, the Video of our 10K Road Race held on 18th March 2013.

Longford AC 10K 18th March 2013 – Results

POSITION NAME TIME
1 Peter Mooney 00:33:54
2 Rory Mooney 00:33:59
3 Richard Gorman 00:34:24
4 Graham Allen 00:36:51
5 Eamon Flynn 00:38:35
6 Lorcan Gearty 00:38:50
7 Cillian Beirne 00:39:33
8 Juraj Karcak 00:39:35
9 Padraig Corcoran 00:39:46
10 Paddy Sharkey 00:39:57
11 Sinead Phelan 00:40:17
12 Aine O’ Reilly 00:40:39
13 Dermot Washington 00:40:49
14 Oliver Kelly 00:40:58
15 James Cribbin 00:41:23
16 Ken Smith 00:41:28
17 Niall Nerney 00:41:35
18 Ross Gannon 00:41:41
19 Barry Kerr 00:42:35
20 David Hanley 00:42:36
21 Sean Crossan 00:42:45
22 Malachy Flanagan 00:42:47
23 Michael O Mara 00:42:48
24 Alan Wheelan 00:43:01
25 Liam O Reilly 00:43:04
26 Michael Byrne 00:43:10
27 Monica Denneny 00:43:17
28 Declan Brien 00:44:30
29 Karol Farrell 00:44:35
30 Seamus Murtagh 00:44:37
31 Aidan Brady 00:44:43
32 Eamonn Mc Evoy 00:45:08
33 Thomas Thornton 00:45:08
34 Michal Krzak 00:45:25
35 Rodney Murray 00:45:29
36 Gary O’ Reilly 00:45:39
37 Paul Whitney 00:46:18
38 Gearldine Mcweeney 00:46:28
39 Martin Munnelly 00:46:32
40 Aideen Keenan 00:46:32
41 Cathal Lee 00:46:39
42 Frank Murtagh 00:46:40
43 Damien Kelly 00:46:43
44 Chabane Amghar 00:46:46
45 Seamus Malin 00:46:48
46 Paddy Joyce 00:46:59
47 John Masterson 00:47:08
48 Paul Comerford 00:47:09
49 Brian Hannifin 00:47:20
50 Johanna Smith 00:47:24
51 Billy Thorne 00:47:27
52 Maria O Loughlin 00:47:29
53 Derek O Neill 00:47:45
54 Gerard Slattery 00:47:57
55 Joseph Mcweeney 00:48:37
56 Ann Marie Cox 00:48:38
57 Aishling Brennan 00:48:38
58 Adeline Galligan 00:49:10
59 Brendan Lynn 00:49:26
60 Mark Mandarano 00:49:33
61 Mari Walsh 00:49:49
62 John Clarke 00:49:59
63 Gearldine Jones 00:50:32
64 Brenda O Connell 00:50:41
65 Clare Robinson 00:50:42
66 Mafee Reiney 00:50:47
67 Brian Crossan 00:51:12
68 Finbar Brady 00:51:16
69 Michael Doyle 00:51:19
70 Clair Miney 00:51:35
71 Padraig Murphy 00:51:48
72 Shona Matthews 00:51:56
73 John Muldowney 00:52:06
74 Richard Daniels 00:52:16
75 Christopher Cribbin 00:52:19
76 Robert Grehan 00:52:20
77 Larry White 00:52:20
78 Eddie Quinn 00:52:54
79 Catriona Hayden 00:52:55
80 Karen Washington 00:53:15
81 Aidan Fagan 00:53:18
82 Kathy Beirne 00:54:02
83 Lorraine Kenny 00:54:21
84 Aoife Dorr 00:54:38
85 Helen Conefrey 00:54:40
86 Erin O Brien 00:54:53
87 Anne Rooney 00:54:57
88 Emer Carey 00:54:57
89 Paul Cox 00:55:05
90 Rose Hennigan 00:55:13
91 Caroline Mc Hale 00:55:13
92 Anne Mc Dermot 00:55:36
93 Marie Dolan 00:55:44
94 James Byrne 00:55:49
95 Pat Barden 00:55:56
96 Marion Merriman 00:56:14
97 Deirdre Brady 00:57:21
98 Fiona Lyons 00:57:33
99 Monica O Tool 00:57:55
100 Irene Byrne 00:58:02
101 Raymond Brogan 00:59:04
102 Nina Barden 00:59:18
103 Ken Cummins 00:59:22
104 Pauline Kelly 01:00:23
105 Joanna Whitney 01:00:45
106 Gary Mccawley 01:01:19
107 Steve Rafferty 01:02:03
108 Teresa Farrelly 01:02:23
109 Annette Rogers 01:02:57
110 Brigette Lynch Scott 01:03:02
111 Susanne Rafferty 01:03:34
112 Georgina Goonery 01:04:03
113 Catherine Smyth 01:04:06
114 Kate Sexton 01:05:17
115 Melissa Canty 01:05:20
116 Orla Kane 01:05:22
117 Miriam Hopkins 01:07:09
118 Connie Mandarano 01:07:17
119 Tricia Kelly 01:07:29
120 Breeda Corcoran 01:07:31
121 Frances Glass 01:08:20
122 Mary Glass 01:08:21

Local Winners in successful Summer Running Series 10K Race

The second race in the Longford AC Summer Running Series 2012 was the 10K race which was held on Sunday 29th April. The weather was certainly cooler for this race when compared to the 5K event held in March but this did not deter anyone from turning up for the event. Weather conditions were sunny with a strong breeze which certainly helped the competitors in the finishing straight, not sure if it was a help any where else along the course.

For the first time in this series, there were two local winners and this bodes well for the future of athletics in the club and region. Donal Mulligan won the men’s race in fine style in a time of 37 minutes and 35 seconds, over a minute quicker than the second placed finisher. Donal certainly has the talent and is looking forward to the next race. He was never in trouble throughout the race.

Second home was John Ryan in a time of 38 minutes and 42 seconds and third finisher was the fast improving Lorcan Gearty in a time of 38 minutes and 48 seconds. Lorcan races all distances from 5K to marathons.

A very impressive winner of the women’s event was Michelle McGee in a quick 39 minutes ad 16 seconds and she had over 4 minutes on the second place finisher. This was a fantastic run by Michelle and shows she was a rich talent for the event and no doubt we will hear more from Michelle in the near future. Second was Imelda Martin in a time of 43 minutes and 28 seconds and Veronica Reilly was third in a time of 43 minutes and 31 seconds.

75 competitors ran the event and everyone was pleased with their performance. There was the usual post race refreshments in the club house after the race and these were well appreciated by everyone. A number of the organizers certainly enjoyed the fare on offer. Finally the club would like to thank everyone who was involved in the organization and running of the race, without these loyal helpers, these races would not take place, thanks everyone