Juvenile

Happy Christmas and New Year To All!

Wishing a very Happy Christmas and New Year to all our members and their families. Thanks to all who attended training during the year and hopefully you enjoyed and benefited from running with a group.

Many thanks to our coaches for their time and effort given in 2020.

New membership and renewals will be available in the New Year ahead of the resumption of training.

Details regarding registration for 2021 will be confirmed in early January.

Training

Juvenile Training will not go ahead tomorrow Friday 18th December due to COVID restrictions.

Training for seniors continue and members are asked to refer to the club WhatsApp group for updates.

We will confirm details regarding 2021 member registration in early January.

Club AGM 2020

The club AGM took place via Zoom on Sunday evening last, November 29th. Thanks to all who attended.

In his Chairperson’s address Donal extended thanks to all the club coaches, volunteers, the Facilities Task Force, parents and athletes for their efforts in a challenging year. Gratitude was also expressed to all who helped with the fundraiser for the proposed indoor facility. Also, thanks to the Longford Leader for their support throughout the year with the coverage the club received in print and online editions.

The committee of elected officers for 2021 is:

  • Chairperson: Donal Mulligan
  • Vice-Chairperson: John Fitzpatrick
  • Secretary: Edel Nolan
  • Treasurer: Barry Sheil
  • PRO – Juveniles: Paul Grealy, PRO
  • Seniors: Barry Sheil
  • Registrar: Colman Reilly
  • Children’s Officers: Sinead Creegan & Sean Crossan.

Training to Resume

Following the easing of restrictions, training for juvenile members will return on Friday, December 4th at 6.30pm on the astroturf. Members will be allocated to the same pods as previously. Parents are asked to please complete the online health questionnaire form on behalf of their child.

Training for seniors resume on Thursday, December 3rd and members are asked to refer to the club WhatsApp group for updates.

Annual General Meeting 2020

The club Annual General Meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday November 29th at 6pm. For those interested in joining the meeting, please email longfordac@gmail.com in advance of the 29th to receive the log in details. To nominate oneself for an officer role on the club committee, please state the position of interest in the email.

Cheptegei Challenge for Juvenile and Senior Members

Calling all juvenile and senior members to try out this challenge…

The ‘Cheptegei Challenge’ is based on the world records set this year in both 5,000m and 10,000m by Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei.  In August, he ran 5k in 12 minutes 35 seconds. Earlier this month, he broke the 10k record with 26 minutes 11 seconds.

chet challenge

How far can you run in the time he ran?!

** Juveniles are to run for 12:35 and seniors for 26:11 **

Over 3 weeks, it is a chance to try improve upon the distance you cover each time.  Complete the run at any stage during the weeks of:

  • Week 1: October 26 – November 1
  • Week 2: November 9 – November 15
  • Week 3: November 23 – November 29

After each run, please take a photo of your watch (or a screenshot from a fitness app) showing the run details and share it with us by direct message or by email to pro.longfordac@gmail.com

These will be collaged and posted onto the page to show off our collective weekly efforts!

**Runs don’t have to be for the exact durations shown above, but close enough will also do!

***Members are welcome to try the challenge every week until December if they prefer!!

Juvenile Training – COVID19 Update

Following the raising of restrictions to Level 5, the committee and coaches of Longford AC have taken the difficult decision to cancel juvenile training until further notice.

Our aim is always to coach our athletes in a fun and safe environment. We feel, however, that it is increasingly more challenging to ensure adequate distancing measures are met at training whilst also taking into consideration the travel restrictions imposed upon us all, despite the exemption in place regarding the latter.

We will review the decision in a few weeks based on the public guidelines in effect at that time.

In the meantime, we encourage our members to keep active and practise the exercises that they have learnt at training over the past six Fridays.

Check out our Facebook page this weekend when we will post our first running challenge for members to attempt in the coming weeks!

Cross Country Information – Autumn 2020

As I’m sure you are all very aware things have changed regarding Covid restrictions at Level 3 that affect the Connacht cross-country fixtures. There is no certainty that these races will be able to go ahead but planning is in progress in case restrictions are lifted at the end of October\ November. With this in mind we need to submit the list of Longford AC athletes that want to take part so that the Connacht committee can look at overall numbers that want to participate. The dates are not set but we are requested to submit our entries so this is more like ‘expression of interest’ to take part. 

We might be able to snatch a quick opportunity on the weekends of Oct 31\Nov 1st, Nov 7\8th or Nov 14\15 11th when allowed but we really are just playing by ear. As soon as any specific information is available I will update you.

Please send an email to the Club account (longfordac@gmail.com) with your name, date of birth and race age group that you want to enter.  You are allowed to enter both Even Ages and Uneven Ages – one will be your correct age group and the other moving ahead 1 year. If enough enter in the same age group we will form teams as well.

Deadline for entry: Sunday October 10th

Even Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in  Sligo

U12 Born 2009 & 2010 = 2000m

U14 Born 2007 = 3000m

U16 Born 2005 = 4000m

Girls U18 (Born 2003) = 4000m     Boys U18 (Born 2003) = 6000m

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

Uneven Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in Galway

U11 Born 2010 & 2011 = 1500m

U13 Born 2008 = 2500m

U15 Born 2006 = 3500m

U17 Born 2004 = 4000m Girls \ 5000m Boys

U19 Born 2002 = 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

Weekly News – 5th Oct 2020

Cross Country: Dates for the Connacht cross country have been tentatively listed as October 25 or 26 (Sligo venue) and November 8 (Galway venue). Events to be confirmed closer to the time in compliance with HSE/AAI guidelines. In the meantime, Mullingar Harriers host an open event at Belvedere this Sunday October 11. Full details on their club website.

Juvenile Training: Training for juvenile members is every Friday from 6.30pm at the Mall. Parents are required to complete the online health screening form, on behalf of their child, ahead of each session. Due to restrictions on training group sizes, we have reached capacity in terms of our juvenile membership for 2020. New membership available from January. It is hoped to resume the sports hall Little Athletics, for children aged 6-9, in 2021. 

Senior Training: Our weekday training sessions for senior members continue with Fit 4 Life on Monday, intervals on Tuesday and the two groups on Thursday. Please check the club WhatsApp for updates. Before attending each training session, members must fill out the health screening form. 

Good Luck: Best of luck to club member Fiona Gettings and the Ballymore team in the Leinster final on Saturday.

Weekly News – 28th Sept 2020

Cross Country: Dates for cross country are set to be soon confirmed for Connacht and National competition. More details in next week’s notes.

Juvenile Training: Training for juvenile members is every Friday from 6.30pm at the Mall. Parents are required to complete the online health screening form, on behalf of their child, ahead of each session. Due to restrictions on training group sizes, we have reached capacity in terms of our juvenile membership for 2020. New membership available from January. It is hoped to resume the sports hall Little Athletics, for children aged 6-9, in 2021.

Senior Training: Our weekday training sessions for senior members continue with Fit 4 Life on Monday, intervals on Tuesday and two groups on Thursday. Please check the club WhatsApp for updates. Before attending each training session, members must fill out the health screening form.

Sympathy: The club extends its deepest sympathy to the Doyle family on the recent sad passing of Seamus. May he rest in peace.