Weekly Notes – 19th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
The mile begins at 7pm on Wednesday evening, 21 September, at St. Mel’s College. Registration opens at 5.45pm at the Longford indoor athletics centre on the College grounds.

Schools Cross Country
The Schools Cross Country takes place this Sunday 25 September. Moyne Community School hosts the event with the first of four races for Co. Longford Primary Schools starting at 5pm. These will be followed by Post-Primary School races open to schools in or outside Longford. More information on www.longfordac.com

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 36-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Results
Another good performance over 26.2 miles by John Scott for a third place finish at the Medieval Marathon in Kilkenny on Saturday clocking 2:55. It was the half marathon distance for Charlie Barone on Saturday at the Dublin Half. Charlie paced it well for a sub-2 hour run in the Phoenix Park.

Weekly Notes – 12th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
To mark 40 years of Ray’s status as Ireland’s fastest-ever miler, the Ray Flynn Mile returns on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Registration is open at the Pop Up Races website. Ray will be there on the evening during his visit back to Longford from his home in Tennessee. The mile will be held in and around the grounds of St. Mel’s College where Ray’s running story began.

Schools Cross Country
In a change to the originally scheduled date, the Schools Cross Country will now take place on Sunday 25 September. Moyne Community School hosts the event with the first of four races for Co. Longford Primary Schools starting at 5pm. These will be followed by Post-Primary School races open to schools in or outside Longford.

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 36-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country 2022

** Please note change of date to Sunday 25th Sept **

Longford Athletics Club host the Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country on Sunday, 25 September at Moyne Community School starting at 5.00 pm.

There will be four Primary Schools races on the evening:

EventDistance
13rd / 4th Girls 1000 metres
23rd / 4th Boys1000 metres
35th / 6th Girls 1200 metres
45th / 6th Boys1200 metres

There is no limit on the number of athletes entered from a school in each race. Children can run as individuals and, if there are enough from the same school, they can also form a team with the first 4 finishers counting towards the team score.

Medals will be presented after each race to the first finishers. Once the full results are finalised, team medals will be awarded.

The races also serve as qualifiers to the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country which takes place at Moyne CS on 22 October.

Following the Primary Schools races in Moyne on 25 September, there will be races for Post-Primary Schools which are open to all schools in or outside Co. Longford.

Junior race: 2000m / Senior race: 3000m.

Registration begins at 4.00 pm with an entry fee of €3 per child.

Primary Schools are requested to complete their registration sheets and have money collected for one representative (teacher or parent) to hand in at the registration desk.

Download the registration sheet.

Post-Primary School students can enter individually on the day.

Over 400 children from across the county took part in last year’s event and we look forward to another fun evening of races on 25 September.

Please send any queries to: pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Weekly Notes – 5th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
To mark 40 years of Ray’s status as Ireland’s fastest-ever miler, the Ray Flynn Mile returns on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Registration is open at the Pop Up Races website. Ray will be there on the evening during his visit back to Longford from his home in Tennessee. The mile will be held in and around the grounds of St. Mel’s College where Ray’s running story began.

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 38-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Juvenile Training
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns in September. Information has been sent by email to parents of club members. With group sizes now at capacity, no new membership is currently being taken.

Schools Cross Country
The Schools Cross Country will take place on Saturday September 24 at Moyne Community School.

Weekly Notes – 29th Aug 2022

Longford Marathon
Making a welcome return on Sunday, the Abbott Longford Marathon again attracted a good entry with participants travelling from far and wide. Many club members also lined up taking in distances ranging from 5k to the Marathon and well done to all.

Colin Beades and John Scott both recorded top-10 finishes over the 26.2 miles with 2:56 with Colin first local man home and sixth overall. Anne Brady paced it well for 3:42 to be the seventh place lady and first Longford runner. Barry Sheil and Paddy Sharkey made the podium in the half marathon with Barry first in 1:11 and Paddy third with 1:13. In the 5k, Ben Quinn took the win in 17:55 just ahead of Ross Gannon in a close finish. Another superb run by young Rian McCaffrey for fourth place in 18:08.

longford ac marathon participants

Many thanks to all involved with the staging of the event at what was another great Longford Marathon. We look forward to it’s 20th edition next year.

Trail Run Series
Newcastle Woods was the setting for the final evening of the Trail Run Series on Wednesday last. Another pleasant evening for running with good entry numbers. Thanks to all that helped out with the organising of the series during August.

Ray Flynn Mile
The next local race will be the Ray Flynn Mile on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Ray will be present on the evening and online registration is open at the Pop Up Races website.

Royal Canal Camino Walk
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 38-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Juvenile Training
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns in September. Information has been sent by email to parents of club members. A waitlist is in place for interested new members.

Cross Country Fixtures
September 24: Co Longford Schools – Moyne CS.
October 22: Connacht Primary Schools and Senior – Moyne CS.
November 6: Connacht Even Ages and Senior – Leitrim.
November 13: Connacht Uneven Ages and Senior – Roscommon.
November 20: All-Ireland Even Ages and Senior – Donegal.
December 4: All-Ireland Uneven Ages and Novice.

 

Royal Canal Camino

The club are organising a Camino walk along the Royal Canal for Saturday 1st October. This is a big fundraiser for the club, and it will help us with costs for finishing off our new training facility. Please support the walk by taking part and/or spreading the word.

Full details of the walk are on our Royal Canal Camino website.

Weekly Notes – 16th Aug 2022

Double Gold for Longford Athletes at Community Games Finals
There was brilliant gold medal success for County Longford athletes Emma Brennan and Joe Rooney at the Community Games National finals in Carlow on Saturday.
Emma Brennan, of Drumlish/Ballinamuck, executed a perfectly paced 800 metres to claim victory in the Under-14 girls event in a new personal best time of 2:22. In the very hot conditions, Emma moved into first place past Cork’s Rachel Ledwith approaching the final bend before finishing strongly for the win at the end of the two-lap race.

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Emma with her gold medal

Further National success for Longford came when Mostrim’s Joe Rooney sprinted to gold in the boys Under-8 60 metres. Joe showed quick feet after a superb start and was the clear winner crossing the line first with his terrific run. He was soon greeted and congratulated by fellow Edgeworthstown native Jimmy Connell who was the event MC.

El’Nathan Okoh, of Longford South, was the county’s other top-four performer. He claimed a fourth place finisher’s medal for his fast run in the Under-12 boys 200 metres.

Having qualified from the Regional finals held recently in Clones, a number of other athletes from the county took part at Saturday’s finals held at the impressive SETU Carlow sports campus. Many excellent performances were recorded, with some narrowly missing out on the medals, on a testing day for competing in such high temperatures.

Longford AC athletes taking part in the national Community Games Finals

Longford AC athletes taking part in the national Community Games Finals

National Masters
The National Masters Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore with two medals achieved by Longford Athletics Club members. Fiona Gettings won silver in the F40 3000 metres clocking an excellent 10:28 in the very warm conditions. Following her good results in road races of late, Fiona ran strongly on her track debut and continues to excel having performed with distinction on the GAA fields over many years.

Peter Duffy won gold in the M75 5000 metres race walk. The temperatures, along with the twelve-and-a-half laps, provided a true test of stamina but Peter stuck to the task to claim the age category win.

Congratulations to all Longford medallists and well done to all that competed in Carlow and Tullamore in such hot temperatures.

Longford Trail Series
The Longford Trail Run series of 5km events continues on Wednesday 17 August at 7.30pm with Derrycassin Woods the venue. Following this, the remaining evening will be Newcastle Woods on 24 August. Registration is open at the MyRunResults website with further information on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Results Roundup
The second evening of the series saw 123 participants for the Corlea Bog 5k in very warm conditions last Wednesday. Plenty of good performances by club members including juvenile athlete Rachel Keenan as leading female finisher in 20:14. John Scott made the trip over to the Isle of Man to take in the marathon on Sunday and put in another strong run over the distance for ninth place in 3:01. Seamus Murtagh proved himself to be an Ironman in Cork on Sunday at the 140.6 event in completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Well done all.

Weekly Notes – 8th Aug 2022

Longford Trail Series
The 5km series continues on Wednesday 10 August at 7.30pm with Corlea Bog in Kenagh the venue. The remaining evenings this month are Derrycassin Woods (17th) and Newcastle Woods (24th). Registration is open at the MyRunResults website with further information on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Results
The opening evening of the series saw 121 participants for the Royal Canal 5k. Thanks to all that took part and helped out. Great to see many fine performances by club members, both juvenile and senior, including an excellent 18:39 by 12-year-old Rian McCaffrey for fifth place overall.

On Friday evening, Fiona Gettings recorded another superb run with a second place at the Streets of Athboy 5k in 17:23.

Barry Sheil and Paddy Sharkey both achieved top-10 finishes at the Kilbeggan 10 mile on Sunday with Barry third in 53:13 and Paddy clocking 56:21 for ninth.

Couch to 5k
A beginners 8-week Couch to 5k programme began on Tuesday 9 August at the Mall from 7.30pm. Participants are provided with a programme along with support and advice to help build fitness in a fun way. New members welcome. Registration information is on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Longford Minors
Hard luck to the Longford minor footballers, including club members Sián Gallagher, Funmi Talabi and Caoimhe Crossan, on their defeat in last week’s All-Ireland final. Sián put in a player of the match performance scoring 2-1 from midfield.

Community Games
Best wishes to all the Longford athletes taking part at the Community Games National finals in Carlow on Saturday.

Weekly News – 1st Aug 2022

Longford 5k Trail Series
The Longford Trail Run series takes place in August, in conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership and Longford Tourism. Beginning 3 August at 7.30pm, these timed 5km events will be at a different location on four Wednesday evenings in the month. The Royal Canal loop in Longford town provides the opening setting followed by Corlea Bog, Derrycassin Woods and Newcastle Woods. Registration is open at the MyRunResults website.

Results
A number of club members took on the Breffni Challenge in Arva on Saturday. Colin Beades ran strongly to take the win in the half marathon in 1:22 with John Scott a close second. Fiona Gettings was first woman home in the 10k with another sub-40 mins clocking. Anne Brady was the club’s other podium finisher with a third place in the half. Fiona had the previous weekend ran well for fourth place at the Mullingar 10 mile. In the men’s race, Paddy Sharkey was sixth in 55:55 while Michael O’Hara and Charlie Barone also recorded good times.

Well done to the many children from County Longford that performed so well at the Community Games Regional finals in Clones on Saturday. Quite a number of Longford athletes qualified for the National finals to be held in Carlow on 13 August. Highlights included gold medals won by Izzy Masterson, Sophia Carey, Emma Brennan, El’Nathan Okoh and Joe Rooney. Congratulations to all qualifiers.

Couch to 5k
A beginners 8-week Couch to 5k programme starts on Tuesday 9 August at the Mall from 7.30pm. Held in association with Longford Sports Partnership, a weekly programme will be provided for participants along with support and advice to help build fitness in a fun way. Registration information is on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Excellent Experience for Yemi Talabi at World Athletics Championships

Yemi Talabi and her Irish teammates achieved an eighth-place finish in their 4 x 100 metres heat at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

Joining Longford Athletics Club member Yemi in the Irish relay quartet were Joan Healy, Lauren Roy and Sarah Leahy to register a time of 44.48 seconds. Yemi ran the second leg on the back straight having taken the baton from Leevale athlete Healy.

Although the performance was not enough for the team to advance to the final, it was an excellent experience for the 19-year-old to compete on the world stage in what was a high-quality heat.

Edgeworthstown’s Yemi became the third athlete ever from Longford to wear the Irish singlet at the outdoor World Championships joining Ray Flynn (1983 and 1987) and Aisling Molloy (1991 and 1995).

It was a fitting way to end a superb track season in which she has reached new standards in particular when running a 11.44 seconds personal best over 100 metres for the seventh fastest-ever clocking by an Irish woman. Yemi will return to the US in late August to resume her studies at the University of Texas Arlington where she is on scholarship.