Weekly Notes – 24th May 2022

Connacht Schools
Congratulations to Emma Brennan of Moyne CS on winning the minor girls 800m at the Connacht Schools finals in Athlone last Thursday. Emma set a new best time for the distance with 2:26 and can look forward to the All-Irelands on 4 June. She also featured in the Moyne 4 x 100m relay team alongside Kelly Davis, Mia Kiernan and Martha Miney that also qualified for Tullamore following a good second-place finish.

Roads Round-up
The Enfield 5k last week produced plenty of fast times with Paddy Sharkey first Longford runner home in an excellent 16:17 for third place in his age category. Ciarán Madden clocked a quick 16:20 and Declan Newman finished in 18:09. Adrianna Mulligan ran a superb 17:12 and was followed by Fiona Gettings whose swift 17:49 earned her third for her age category. Edel Mooney recorded another good time with 18:21. Adrianna, Fiona and Edel’s strong runs combined for a fine third-place finish in the women’s team standings. Fiona backed it up with a third-place finish at the Aisling Murphy 4 Mile in Tullamore on Sunday in 23:44.

In Ballina on Saturday, John Scott was back racing over the half marathon setting another good time in 1:24.

Track & Field
The Connacht Juvenile Track and Field Championships will take place over two days at IT Sligo. On Saturday 11 June, competition will be for the Children’s Team Games and Under 12-13 age groups while Saturday 18 June is when the Under 14 – 19 competition is scheduled. The Connacht Senior, Junior and Masters event will be in Athlone on Sunday 12 June.

Yemi Success in USA

Yemi Talabi continued her superb form Stateside last weekend with a couple of big personal best performances at a track event in Louisiana. The University of Texas Arlington athlete ran an excellent 11.44 seconds for the 100m and, in doing so, took a massive 0.33 off her previous best. She crossed the line in fourth place at the Sun Belt Championships in Lafayette running strongly from lane two. This fantastic time moves 19-year-old Yemi to seventh in the all-time rankings for Irish women over 100m. The national record of 11.28 was set by Phil Healy in 2018.

In the 200m, Yemi also ran a new best with 23.82 to go sub-24 seconds for the first time and set the second fastest time by an Irish woman this year. Her performances have ensured qualification in both distances for the NCAA Regional Championships in Arkansas next week. In only her first year on scholarship in Texas, she is really progressing well as an athlete as part of the track and field programme at UTA. Hopefully Yemi’s good form will continue over the coming weeks, and we may see her in action at the National Championships in Dublin at the end of June.

Co. Longford Primary School Relays 2022

Hosted by Longford Athletics Club
Clonguish GAA, Newtownforbes – 29 April 2022

The 8th annual Co. Longford Primary School Relays took place in Newtownforbes on Friday with the event making its return having been last held in 2019. On a perfect evening for running, a record 612 children from across the county took part which was great to see.

17 national schools were represented: St. Patrick’s, Killeen; Stonepark; St. Matthew’s, Ballymahon; Melview; Scoil Samhthann, Ballinalee; Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes; St. Guasacht’s, Bunlahy; St. Teresa’s, Killoe; Fermoyle; St. Columba’s, Mullinalaghta; St. Mel’s, Ardagh; St. Mary’s, Edgeworthstown; St. Mary’s, Drumlish; St. Patrick’s, Ballinamuck; St. Patrick’s, Dromard; Scoil Mhuire, Clondra and Tashinny.

This was the highest ever number of schools to take part in the event. Well done to the girls and boys who ran at what was a great evening of races and many thanks to the schools and parents.

St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown with the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall

St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown with the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall

Congratulations to St. Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best performing school overall. A points tally of 27 ensured that they took home the trophy for the fifth successive time. Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes finished runner-up with 23 points with Melview NS in third place on 14 points.

Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes finished runner-up

Melview NS in third place

Relay Races Results – 4 x 200 metres

 1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
2nd Class GirlsNewtownforbesEdgeworthstownKilloe
2nd Class BoysMelviewEdgeworthstownEdgeworthstown
3rd Class GirlsNewtownforbesMelviewEdgeworthstown
3rd Class BoysNewtownforbesBallymahonDromard
4th Class GirlsArdaghEdgeworthstownBallymahon
4th Class BoysMelviewEdgeworthstownNewtownforbes
5th Class GirlsNewtownforbesEdgeworthstownMelview
5th Class BoysKilloeEdgeworthstownBallymahon
6th Class GirlsEdgeworthstownArdaghBallinalee
6th Class BoysFermoyleEdgeworthstownNewtownforbes
3rd / 4th Class Mixed *    FermoyleKilleenMullinalaghta
5th / 6th Class Girls *    TashinnyKilleen 
5th / 6th Class Boys *    TashinnyKilleen 

* race for smaller schools (3 or less teachers).

 

Subs Races Results – 200 metres

2nd Class Girls 

1. Katie Smyth, Drumlish; 2. Falén Delaney, Melview; 3. Lauren Walsh, Melview.

2nd Class Boys

1. Aidan McDermott, Killeen; 2. Mark Reilly, Ballinalee; 3. Stephen McDonagh, Newtownforbes.

3rd Class Girls

1. Lena Sadowska, Melview; 2. Scarlett Crozier, Dromard; 3. Suzanna Dzarnik, Edgeworthstown.

A special mention to Shauna Mahon of Newtownforbes who deservedly received a warm reception from all in attendance as she finished. Well done Shauna.

3rd Class Boys

1. Ethan Donnellan, Fermoyle; 2. Stephen Cox, Clondra; 3. Cormac McGloughan, Ballymahon.

4th Class Girls 

1. Ava Browne, Killoe; 2. Margarita Auztlizes, Clondra; 3. Rebecca Jacob, Killoe.

4th Class Boys

1. Eoghan Mulligan, Ardagh; 2. Darragh Clarke, Newtownforbes; 3. Luke Donohoe, Dromard.

5th Class Girls

1. Grace Hourican, Melview; 2. Shanaibh Flood, Killoe; 3. Layla Blessington, Bunlahy.

5th Class Boys

1. Timothy Sheridan, Ballinalee; 2. Toms Jekabsons, Melview; 3. Cian Caughey, Killoe.

6th Class Girls 

1. Skye Donnelly, Killoe; 2. Amy Reynolds, Ballinalee; 3. Layla Al Fuwers, Melview.

6th Class Boys

1. Michael Sorohan, Fermoyle & Szymon Dzarnik, Edgeworthstown (joint first); 3. Thomas Reilly, Edgeworthstown.

 

Many thanks to all that helped with the staging of the event, to the Civil Defence and event PA. We are very grateful to Clonguish GAA for the use of their excellent grounds. 

A big thank you to Paddy McPhillips as Event Co-Ordinator and to Leslie Finnan as MC for the evening. 

Please send any results queries or clarifications to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Weekly Notes – 25th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Royal Canal Run
Making a welcome return after 4 years, the Royal Canal Run saw big numbers across the different distances on Saturday last with many club members among the large entry. Fiona Gettings and Barry Sheil claimed first place finishes in the 10k and Edel Mooney took the win in the half marathon in 1:28. Seamus Murtagh and Adrian Wrobel covered the most ground when completing the marathon distance in good times. Well done to the race organisers on a very enjoyable event.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes on 6 May.

Sympathy
The club extends its sympathies to the Carberry and Murphy families on the sad passing of Robin, Kenagh. May he Rest in Peace.

Weekly Notes – 18th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Results
Plenty of good times were recorded by club members, both juvenile and senior, at the Noel McManus Run in Mohill on Good Friday. Emma Brennan, Ciarán Madden, Anne Brady and John Scott were among the podium place finishers. John wasn’t finished with his weekend racing as on Easter Monday he finished second at the Carney Half Marathon in Sligo. Showing no fatigue, his time of 1:24 was even quicker than Friday’s effort. Well done all.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes in early May.

Weekly Notes – 11th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Results
Congratulations to Emma Brennan, representing Moyne CS, who was the winner of the minor girls race at the All-Ireland Community Schools Cross Country in Dublin on Friday. Well done to Fiona Gettings and Colleen Norris who both ran well at the first race of the Roscommon 5k series.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes in early May.

Upcoming Events
April 15 – Noel McManus Run, Mohill.
April 23 – Royal Canal Run, Longford (sold out).
May 1 – Cairn Hill Challenge, Drumlish.
Check event Facebook pages for details of distances.

Primary Schools Relay

Following the Easter break, Longford AC will hold the county Primary Schools Relays on Friday, 29th April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes.

The relay event on 29 April will take place on the GAA pitch in Newtownforbes. Races are for all Primary Schools in County Longford for 2nd – 6th classes only. Four races will be solely for schools with smaller teacher numbers (i.e., schools with 3 teachers or less) in which two classes can combine to comprise a team.

schools relay

  • Each team must consist of 4 runners and can have up to 3 subs
  • A school can enter a maximum of two teams for each relay race
  • A child may move up one class to complete a team
  • Entrants are only permitted on one team and can only run one leg of a relay
  • Subs races allow all entrants the opportunity to take part on the evening
  • Participants do not need to be members of Longford AC

– Registration opens: 5.45pm
– First race: 6.30pm
– Race entry: €2 per child

** One representative (teacher or parent) from each school is requested to bring the completed registration sheet(s) and have money collected in advance to hand in at the registration desk.

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Medals will be presented to the first three teams in each relay and the three finishers in each subs race. The Ray Flynn Trophy will be presented to the best performing school.

It promises to be a fun evening of races on 29 April. Please send any queries to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Weekly Notes – 4th April 2022

Indoor Relays
The indoor season concluded on Saturday last with the National Juvenile 4 x 200m relays in Athlone when four teams represented the club having qualified from Connacht. First up was the Under-13 quartet of Sinead Fitzsimons, Alisha Manning, Sinead Masterson and Sophia Carey running strongly for a time two seconds quicker than the Connachts. The U15 team of Aibhe Foley, Robin Og Murphy, Mia Kiernan and Emma Brennan combined well for a quick 1:59. Bea Casey, Katie Duignan, Aine Murray and Amy Jordan gave it their all for a strong team run in the U17 race. In the U12 race, good runs from Leah Waters, Isabella O’Farrell, Sophia Smith and Sarah Connolly produced a team time two seconds faster than their Connachts race. A great experience for all with a high standard of clubs on show from all over Ireland. Well done girls.

Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools’ Relays will take place on Friday, April 29, on the pitch at Allen Park in Newtownforbes from 6.30pm. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older.

Friday Athletics
This Friday, April 8, will be the final evening of athletics before the Easter break.

Upcoming Races

  • April 15 – Noel McManus Run, Mohill
  • April 23 – Royal Canal Run, Longford (sold out)
  • May 1 – Cairn Hill Challenge, Drumlish. Check event Facebook pages for details of distances.

Upcoming Outdoor Track Competition

An expression of interest form will be emailed to parents of juvenile members soon regarding upcoming outdoor track competition. This will be for children born in or before 2013 which is the age group eligible to take part in club competition.

Weekly Training

Weekly athletics will continue during May and June.

If you are interested in helping with our club sessions, please let a coach know of a Friday evening. There should be two adults with all groups at each session and often this is not the case. All help much appreciated.

New Facility

Completion works are continuing at the club’s new indoor centre at St. Mel’s College with it’s opening to be this coming September. Many thanks to all involved.

Weekly Notes – 21st March 2022

National Juvenile Indoor Championships
Well done to all our club members who performed so well at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone last weekend. John Fitzpatrick enjoyed double success winning both the Under-12 High Jump, with a best leap of 1.38m, and also the Shot Put. All-Ireland medals are not easily won so two golds in the one afternoon was a fantastic achievement.

Sinéad Masterson did brilliantly to win a bronze medal in the U13 High Jump with an excellent 1.30m jump for a joint third-place finish.

Oisín Dillon also secured bronze with a well-paced run in the U13 600m where a strong final lap saw him win his heat in 1:42 for the third-fastest time overall.

Izzy Masterson and Funmi Talabi both reached the final of the 60m in their respective age groups and recorded top-six finishes. Robin Óg Murphy placed a very good fifth in the U15 1000m Walk. Ella Duignan, Leah Waters and Rian McCaffrey performed very well at the High Jump in their categories.

Congratulations to our medallists John, Sinéad and Oisín and to all our athletes on a very successful weekend. Following the relays on April 2, we can then look forward to returning to indoor competition in future when our club members will have had the benefit of training in our soon to open, fully-equipped, indoor athletics centre.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Many thanks to all our young members, their parents and our club coaches for their involvement in our participation at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather didn’t dampen our spirits, our club mascot put on a great show while Ronan and Ashlee sprinted to victory in the relay! We were delighted to be awarded the trophy for Best Overall Entry. Thanks to the Longford Chamber of Commerce for a very well organised and enjoyable event.

Mullingar Road Races
It was a bright and breezy St. Patrick’s Day morning at the Mullingar Half Marathon and 5k with club members among the large entry. Barry Sheil placed fourth in the Half with John Scott, Michael O’Hara, Anne Brady and Seán Crossan also running good times. The 5k was a new addition this year and included Sandra Donaldson and Marian Dennigan who both ran well.

Friday Athletics
Athletics at the Mall resumes on Friday March 25 for the 6.30 and 7.30 groups. This will be the final evening for the 7.30 group as all groups all will assemble at 6.30 for athletics from April 1.

Couch 2 5K
The Dromard C25K group continues on Saturday mornings at 8.30am at Páirc na nGael. New members welcome. Contact longfordac@gmail.com for more information. The 8-week programme include a weekly pilates session from M.O. Movement Flow.

Success at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships

A very successful weekend for Longford athletes at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone with four medals achieved. The fantastic double gold medal winning performance by John Fitzpatrick was the highlight as he secured top spot on the podium in both the Under-12 High Jump and Shot Put.

John’s successes began with a best leap of 1.38m which saw him the clear winner in the High Jump. Such was the quality of his jumping, he almost even set a Championship Best height for the age group. Talented John followed that victory with a win in the Shot Put (2kg). An excellent 9.18m, the longest of his six attempts, secured the gold medal and another convincing win.

Also on Sunday, Oisín Dillon secured bronze with a very well-paced run in the U13 600m. A strong final lap led him to win his heat in 1:42 which was the third-fastest time overall to achieve a bronze medal and a place on the podium.

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John & Oisín celebrating their success

The boys’ achievements followed that of Sinéad Masterson who on Saturday finished in an excellent joint-third place in the U12 High Jump following a best effort of 1.30m. A brilliant jump by Sinéad who only took up the event a matter of weeks ago!


Sinéad receiving her bronze medal

Many impressive performances were recorded by Longford athletes over the weekend with Ella Duignan, Leah Waters and Rian McCaffrey in the High Jump, sprinters Izzy Masterson and Funmi Talabi and also race walker Robin Óg Murphy all representing Longford Athletics Club with distinction.

The club will be able to return to indoor competition in future even more prepared when club members will have had the benefit of training in the soon to open, fully-equipped, indoor athletics centre at St Mel’s College.