Juvenile Weekly Athletic & Running Challenges

Our weekly athletic and running challenges start today for all our juveniles. Return our registration form by Monday afternoon (Feb 8th) to be included.

Fill out this form to be included

Longford AC Virtual Ireland Run

It’s 6 Weeks to our St Patrick’s Day Virtual Ireland Run.

Set a goal, pick your distance and get ready to do your Virtual IRELAND RUN from anywhere in the world.

And you’ll be supporting grassroots Irish voluntary club athletics.

Register here

longford ac virtual run

Indoor Training Facility – Plea for Funding Assistance

As you are aware, Longford AC has spent over two years fundraising to build our own indoor training centre in Longford. Our efforts have culminated in us:

– raising €120,000 in our club raffle
– securing €500,000 in LEADER funding
– securing planning permission for our facility in the grounds of St Mel’s College Longford
– successfully tendering for a building contractor (who is ready to start)

As of January 2021, in order for this project to succeed we need to secure an additional €280,000. Our finance committee has exhausted all avenues of securing this additional funding. As such we hope that a basic loan scheme – in the form of repayable bonds – will help us secure this additional finance.

We have a long list of people who have brought us this far and to whom we are very thankful – club members, the people of Longford (at home & abroad), Longford County Council, councillors, LCRL, TDs, senators, lovers of athletics and sport in general… But the reality is we need one final push to ensure the project will be a success. So please – we really need YOUR help.

How You Can Help

  • Longford Athletics Club will sell bonds as a way of raising the final sum required for this project. A bond is simply a loan to Longford Athletics Club
  • Each bond has a value of €2,000. Of course, any loan above the minimum amount would be greatly appreciated. We know this is alot of money, and it’s hard for us to ask for such a sum at this difficult time. But this is an investment in our town and young people… and you will get your investment back.
  • The club guarantees to repay each bondholder €200 per annum over the 10 years from the issue of the bond.
  • There will be a legal agreement signed by Longford Athletics Club to ensure bond holders are guaranteed repayment of their bond.
  • All bond holders are in with a chance to win €200 every quarter over the 10 year term.

If you are interested in assisting with this incredibly important project, or discussing the scheme, which will have such a positive impact on our community, then please contact one of our committee members. Be assured, there will be no hard sell.

Donal Mulligan – 089 2346530
John Fitzpatrick – 087-2334600
Sean Crossan – 087 2639825

How to Purchase a Bond

1. Download the Bond Scheme Application Form

2. Print it off , complete and sign the application section at the bottom.

3. Email a scanned copy back to us at bonds.longfordac@gmail.com or post to

Longford AC
C/O Donal Mulligan
Ardagh Village
Co Longford
N39 A6F7

4. You will then receive details for completing your bank transfer.

5. Following confirmation of your bank transfer you will receive a signed copy of your Bond Certificate.

Level of Urgency

Please note that there is a level of urgency on obtaining this funding. Our LEADER funding criteria stipulates we need to have a certain level of funding in our bank account before we start development – hence the request for this loan. We would ask that if you can assist us that you contact us immediately (and by 26th February at the latest).

All Hands on the Track/Deck

Finally.. the club has only a finite number of club members – seniors and juniors…. Please do not leave it to others… Everyone needs to play their part. Please contact Donal, John or Seán if you can help us.

Donal Mulligan – 089 2346530
John Fitzpatrick – 087-2334600
Sean Crossan – 087 2639825

Our Vision

New Indoor facility (circa 80m x 20m) with Tartan running surface to include changing rooms, toilets, meeting room and storage areas with a small outdoor car park

Indoor facility with dedicated field event equipment such as throws area, high jump and long jump

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.


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!