Weekly News – 25th Oct 2021

Cross Country: There were plenty of excellent performances by the girls and boys from across the county that took part at the Connacht Primary Schools races in County Sligo last Saturday. Melview’s John Fitzpatrick ran strongly to win bronze in the 3rd / 4th class boys 1000m. Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes, led by Sophia Carey in fourth place, finished second in the team standings of the 5th / 6th class girls 1200m. Alisha Manning, Darcey Brady, Isobel Gacquin and Cara Dorr all placed well to ensure the team silver medals. Good luck to our 23 juvenile and 4 senior athletes competing in Ballina this Sunday.

Mid Term: There will be no Juvenile and Little Athletics this week. Athletics resumes on 5 November.

Weekly Notes – 18th Oct 2021

Cross Country: Good luck to the 100 children from County Longford taking part this Saturday at the Primary School’s finals in Co. Sligo. The first race starts at 12 noon. Club coaches will be present to hand out race numbers/safety pins. Connacht Even Ages takes place in Ballina on 31 October. Entries to be submitted on 21 October. Entries for the Uneven Ages in Galway on 7 November to be submitted by 28 October.

Friday Athletics: This Friday, 22 October, is the final evening of athletics before the mid-term break. Cross-country training will take place on Sunday at 10am. Athletics training will then resume on Friday 5 November.

Fun and non-competitive weekly athletics for children and young people with additional needs will begin on Friday, 29 October. The session will take place in the sports hall in the Mall from 6.15pm-7.00pm. Places are limited. To book, call/text Michaela on 086 6021716 or email mfarrelly@longfordcoco.ie

Sympathy: The club extends its condolences to the family of Sean Dooner, Ballyhaunis. Originally from Kenagh, Sean was a member of Longford AC completing half marathons when into his 80s and was always great company when meeting him at road races. May he Rest in Peace.

Connacht Juvenile Club Cross Country 2021

Next Saturday’s school’s cross country in Co. Sligo is the start of a busy few weeks of racing. The following two weekends are then the turn of provincial club competition:

Sunday, 31 October: Connacht Even Ages (U12/U14/U16/U18) – Belleek, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Sunday, 7 November: Connacht Uneven Ages (U11/U13/U15/U17/U19) – Galway venue.

** Entries can be emailed to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

*** The closing date to submit entries for the Even Ages event in Ballina is this Thursday, 21 October.

The ‘one year up’ entry policy applies meaning a child can run on both days if they are interested. For example, a child in the Under 12 age category (year of birth = 2010) can also run in Under 13. The Under 11 race, in Galway, is open to Under 10’s (children born in 2012). This is the youngest age group permitted in 2021 events.

These Connacht races are also qualifiers for the All Irelands which take place later this year.

Among those pictured is Longford AC’s Emma Brennan during the Under 12 Girls race at Abbottstown in 2019.

Important Changes to Juvenile and Little Athletics Friday Training Sessions

From 15 October until the end of 2021, Friday evening athletics will take place on the astro over two separate one-hour slots: 6.30pm to 7.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

This change is required due to reducing daylight hours along with there being no floodlights on the grass pitch on which the older children have been training over recent Fridays.

The groups, in each hour, are already assigned on the following basis:

6.30pm to 7.30pm:

  • Little Athletics – all children in the five Little Athletics groups and
  • Juvenile Athletics – those children in Juvenile Athletics who have a sibling(s) in Little Athletics.

7.30pm to 8.30pm:

  • Juvenile Athletics – all other children. That is, those children with no sibling(s) in Little Athletics.

Apologies for any inconvenience this change may cause. It is however necessary to enable us to safely conduct training under the floodlights of the astro whilst keeping numbers at a manageable level across both hours. The 6.30 – 7.30 slot is now full.

 

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2021

3rd/4th Class Girls 1000m Results

3rd/4th Class Boys 1000m Results

5th/6th Class Girls 1200m Results

5th/6th Class Boys 1200m Results

Primary Schools races – Top 3 Teams

Connacht Qualifiers

Post-Primary Results

Please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com with any queries.

Weekly Notes – 10th Oct 2021

Schools Cross Country: Well done to the over 400 children that took part at the Schools Cross Country at Moyne CS on Sunday last. Great to see so many schools represented. Team results and qualifiers for the Connacht primary schools finals will be communicated to schools this week. Many thanks to everyone that assisted with the staging of the event. Full report in next week’s paper.

Cross Country Fixtures: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League – Sligo venue. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League – Mayo venue. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League – Galway venue.

Friday Athletics: On 15 October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics at the Mall. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members and are outlined on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Fit 4 Life / C25K: Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Notes – 4th Oct 2021

Schools Cross Country:
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS this Sunday, 10 October. Registration will begin at 3pm and the first race starts at 4pm. The distances are 1000m for third and fourth classes and 1200m for fifth and sixth classes. There will also be a race for Secondary school children who are preparing for the Connacht clubs. Entry is €3 per child.

Results:
The cross-country season got underway for club members on Sunday with the Mullingar Harriers Open event at Belvedere. Sophia Carey had a super run for first place in the Under 12 girls with Alisha Manning third. Rachel Keenan ran strongly for second in the Under 14s whilst Keeva Manning was fourth in the Under 10. Well done girls.

Conditions were favourable at the Galway Bay Marathon on Saturday. John Scott again covered the 26.2 miles just a week after his efforts in Tralee and showed no weariness running a 3:14 personal best. Kevin Ward and Christaan Snell also completed the distance in good times.

The ever-popular road races in Tarmonbarry returned on Sunday and was a very enjoyable and well-organised event by St. Barry’s GAA. In the 8km, Edel Mooney continued her good form with a win in 31:33 whilst Jack Gallagher was first junior. Good runs also from Edel Nolan, Maureen Fallon and Teresa Blake. A few club members lined up in the half marathon with Barry Sheil first home and strong runs also from Adrian Wrobel, Enda Coffey, Michael O’Hara and Collette Brennan. Longest run of the day from the club was by John Farrell who covered the three-quarters marathon distance with an evenly paced run.

Fit 4 Life / C25K: Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Athletics: On 8 October, there will be Little Athletics only at the Mall. From 15 October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members.

Weekly Notes – 27th Sept 2021

Results: A busy weekend of events with a highlight of two silver medals achieved by Longford athletes at the Community Games National finals in Carlow. Emma Brennan in the Under 14 800m and Funmi Talabi in the Under 16 100m each secured a podium spot, and both were unlucky not to win gold for their brilliant efforts with extremely close finishes. El’Nathan Okah placed fourth in the Under 10 200m.

Michael O’Hara was third in the Breffni Challenge Half Marathon with Enda Coffey and Seamus Murtagh not far behind whilst Little Athletics coach Edel Brady ran well in the 10k. Edel Mooney finished seventh in the womens race at the Mullingar Half Marathon in 1:30. Gary Brady and John Farrell put in good runs too. Little Athletics coach Maureen Fallon also completed the distance for the Virtual Longford Half Marathon on the roads of Longford. John Scott ran strongly at the Tralee Marathon in 3:29 and even had to complete an extra mile due to a marshalling error. Ciarán Madden finished an excellent third place at the Triathlon Ireland Olympic Distance race in Westport which included a 10km run in 35:33. Evan Radavicius covered some 46km at the Eco Trail Race in the Wicklow Mountains.

The Be Active Night
The Be Active Night 5km glow run and walk was held on Saturday in association with Longford Sports Partnership. An enjoyable event with participants of all ages looking great in different fluorescent attire to illuminate the Canal loop of a mild late-September evening. Several club members took part with plenty of good runs particularly from Daniel Higgins as first boy and Ciara Crossan as first girl. Colin Beades and Little Athletics coach Sharon Foley were the club’s first senior man and woman home.

Schools Cross Country
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. Registration will begin at 3pm and the first race starts at 4pm. The distances are 1000m for third and fourth classes and 1200m for fifth and sixth classes. There will also be a race for Secondary school children who are preparing for the Connacht clubs. Entry is €3 per child.

Cross Country Fixtures
Other upcoming cross-country events: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League – Sligo venue. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League – Mayo venue. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League – Galway venue.

Fit 4 Life / C25K
Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Athletics
In mid-October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics at the Mall. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members.

Juvenile Cross-Country Competition 2021

The County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Moyne CS on 10 October kicks off the cross-country season. This event also serves as a qualifier to the Connacht schools finals in Sligo on 23 October.

Provincial club cross-country races will then take place on the subsequent two weekends:

Sunday, 31 October – Connacht Even Ages (U12/U14/U16/U18), Ballina

Sunday, 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages (U11/U13/U15/U17/U19), Galway

Below is the breakdown of age categories and the distances ran in each.

The ‘one year up’ entry policy applies meaning a child can run on both days if they are interested. For example, a child in the Under 12 age category can also run in Under 13.

Furthermore, the Under 11 category is also open to Under 10’s (children born in 2012). This is the youngest age group permitted in 2021 events.

The Connacht races are qualifiers for the Nationals which take place in late-Nov / early-Dec.

Sunday Training

A new Sunday morning training session at the Mall will begin on 3 October at 10am to help with preparation ahead of the these cross-country competitions.

Sunday morning is of course when Junior parkrun takes place and we encourage members, aged 14 and under, to do Junior parkrun as it is in itself very good preparation for the distances ran in cross country. The 10am session can merely be a short supplementary run on grass for those children that do Junior parkrun. For those not doing Junior parkrun, they can run a little longer!

The Sunday morning session will take place on October 3, 17 and 24.

Entries for both Connacht club events – October 31 and November 7 – will be finalised at training on October 17 so attendance on that morning is required.

Juvenile Age Categories – 2021
Category / Year of Birth

Cross Country Distances for each Category

The wearing of spikes is recommended, although not essential, for children who are interested in cross-country races. Spikes can be purchased online and can cost in the region of €30 with no major difference in quality among the usual brands.
Some shops, such as the Sports Outlet in Mullingar, may have them in stock. They should come with 9mm spike pins/studs which is the preferred length for cross country.

Weekly Notes – 20th Sept 2021

Be Active Night 5k: This Saturday evening, 25 September, a 5km run/walk will take place in Longford in association with Longford Sports Partnership. The ‘Be Active Night – Ready, Set, Glow’ event starts and finishes at Longford Slashers GAA taking in a lap of the canal loop. Entry is free and registration is to be completed online in advance of the evening. Registration details can be found on the Longford Sports Partnership and Longford AC Facebook pages. The run includes a chip-timed option (entry fee €2.50) and starts at 7.30pm with the walk starting at 7.45pm. Participants are encouraged to glow from head-to-toe wearing neon clothing!

Couch To 5k: A beginners Couch To 5k programme has begun on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships: The County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. The first race starts at 4pm. Races are for children in third class and older. Full details on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Cross Country: Other upcoming cross-country events: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League. 21 November – National Even Ages, Junior, Senior. 5 December – National Uneven Ages, Novice.

Community Games: Good luck to all Longford athletes competing at the National finals in Carlow this weekend.

Sympathy: The club extends its condolences to the Ó Murchú family, Moneylagan, on the sad passing of Mícheál. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.