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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.

Longford Indoor Athletics Centre – Opening September

Club activity will resume in September at the new indoor centre located on the grounds of St Mel’s College. The centre’s opening follows many years of hard work towards providing an athletics facility for Longford. Club coaches and committee are busy putting the final touches to the interior of the building ahead of September.

With moving indoors, the scheduling of athletics will change to it being held for smaller group sizes over different times of the week. Further information on the centre and the timetable will be communicated to parents in late August when parents can select their child’s training slot.

In preparation for this new scheduled approach to weekly athletics, membership for children born in or after 2010 has now been capped at its current number for the remainder of the year. We are unable to accept new registrations of children born after 2009 until next January.

Please note that club membership is by calendar year with all existing memberships in effect until 31 December.

We would very much welcome new coaches/assistant coaches and volunteers to join our team for the move indoors. An Athletics Leader coaching course for all interested will take place prior to the return of Juvenile and Little Athletics and will be advertised closer to the time.

Wishing all our club members and their family a great summer.

Longford Athletics Club Coaches and Committee

New Couch 2 5K Group

couch to 5k

New Couch 2 5K group starting for 2022. Join us on Tuesdays at 7:30pm and Thursdays at 7pm in the Mall. Start together, train together and support each other. Advice and weekly programme provided.

Register through the link below.
https://forms.office.com/r/XU4Gviacix

2022 Club Membership

2022 club membership is available now and is processed only via the Athletics Ireland website.

Member renewals can be completed at:
https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/useraccount-check.html

New members are welcome and this can be processed at:
https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/joinclub.html

Many thanks to all who have renewed membership already. The funds contributed to the club will go towards the completion of the facility and for new equipment.

Club AGM

The club AGM will now take place via Zoom Saturday 11th December from 6pm. Link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83350397623

The meeting will not take place at St. Mel’s College as originally planned.

Apologies for the late notice and for any inconvenience this change may cause.

All are welcome to join the meeting particularly senior club members and parents of our juvenile members.

With the opening of our indoor facility in the New Year, 2022 will be a big year for Longford Athletics Club. 

AGM – Officer Nomination Deadline

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 11th December at 6pm. Nominations of officers to the Committee Executive must be emailed to longfordac@gmail.com before 27th November.

Report from All Ireland Cross Country Championships

Santry Demesne hosted the All Ireland Cross Country Championships on Sunday on a perfect day for running under clear blue skies in the capital. Qualifiers from the four provinces and also Dublin gathered for the Juvenile Even Ages races on a good firm course following the recent dry spell.

The U12 Girls 2000m started the day’s programme of races and produced the club’s standout performance as Sophia Carey ran superbly for an eight place finish out of 181. Sophia paced it well moving through into the top 10 on the second and final lap. As third finisher from the Connacht team of six, she helped secure a team bronze medal in the provincial competition. A big congratulations to Sophia. Alisha Manning, Keeva Manning and Blaithin Coffey also ran well in a very competitive race.

\It was great to see nine club members in the U12 boys 2000m with strong runs by Rian McCaffrey, Daniel Higgins, Timothy Sheridan, Oisin Dillon, Odhran Crossan, Evan Maher, John Fitzpatrick, Conor Brennan and Ronan Grealy.

Emma Brennan, Rachel Keenan, Robin Og Murphy, Lucy Maher and Ella Duignan gave it their all for good runs in the U14 girls 3000m with Emma the first Connacht finisher. Emma and Rachel have also qualified for the U15 All Irelands in Kilkenny in two weeks.

Well done to all our Juvenile members for performing so well today and for their dedication to training over the past few months. We now look forward to indoor competition in February.

A very strong field assembled for the Junior (U20) men’s race with both National glory and securing a spot on the Irish team for the upcoming Europeans on the line. Cian McPhillips, running in the UCD colours, ran strongly to finish in fifth place. He certainly showed his range, following his summer track exploits over 800 and 1500, in moving up in distance for 6000m of hard running on cross country. Well done to Cian. Athletics Ireland will confirm the Irish team in the coming days for the European Cross Country Championships, to be held in Dublin on 12 December, and hopefully Cian will be selected.

The final race at Santry was the Senior men’s 10,000m taking in six energy-sapping laps as Barry Sheil placed 72nd of 192 finishers.

Gold for Cian

Saturday, 17th July 2021, was a hugely momentous day in the young life of Cian McPhillips with his fantastic run to win gold in the 1500m at the European Junior Championships. Everyone involved with Longford AC was so very proud to see all his hard work and dedication to training over the past few years pay off.

Cian lined up in the 1500 metres final against many of Europe’s top junior middle-distance athletes all chasing a championship medal in the heat of Tallinn. Positioning himself in second place on the shoulder of long-time leader Kane Elliott (Great Britain), Cian was perfectly set going into the final crucial 400 metres lap. On the back straight, Britain’s Henry McLuckie and Rick Van Riel of the Netherlands moved into contention, but Cian responded and led around the bend coming into a thrilling final sprint. Showing great strength, Cian made one last push for the finish line ahead of Van Riel to win in a time of 3:46.55.

Cian showed just what a class athlete he is with a 54-second last lap in the 30 degrees Tallinn temperatures which was certainly worthy of any gold medal 1500 metres win. To do so, whilst holding off high calibre opposition, is testament to his excellent preparation and shrewd approach to racing. Incredibly that was only Cian’s third race of the outdoor track season, but he showed no lack of sharpness.

Congratulations to Cian and to his proud parents Paddy and Laura and sister Sarah. Paddy and Laura are great supporters of Cian and Sarah’s athletics pursuits. Unable to be trackside in Estonia to celebrate the victory, they were in Athlone IT to support Sarah in her 100 metres at the Connacht Championships in which she ran just 15 minutes after Cian won gold. Credit to Sarah for putting in a good run so soon after watching the dramatic finale in Tallinn via the live stream on her phone.

It was a great to hear the public address in Athlone announce the news of Cian’s victory to the assembled crowd. Many of the people present had watched Cian enjoy much success at Connacht and National events over the years and the applause that rang around AIT made for a very special moment. We look forward to celebrating and marking Cian’s achievement when and where possible. Many thanks to all who have contacted us through different means to extend their congratulations. In an exciting year for our club, with the development of our indoor facility continuing at great pace, Cian’s success has given us an extra boost and brought joy to many. The future is bright!

Saturday’s gold medal win can also be very much attributed to the superb work done by Joe Ryan. Kilbeggan-native Joe is now one of the country’s leading coaches guiding many of Ireland’s top middle-distance athletes. Well done also to Oisin Lane (Mullingar Harriers) who finished in sixth place in the 10k Walk in Estonia. Oisin, who recently completed his Leaving Cert at Mercy Ballymahon, did great completing the distance in a personal best time of 43:33. It was a fantastic European Championships for Ireland with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) winning double gold in the sprints and Nicholas Griggs (Mid-Ulster AC) winning the 3000m as well as many other brilliant performances.

Predict Your Time 5k

Next Tuesday, June 22nd, we hold a club members 5k which will replace the interval session that evening.

The route takes in almost the full lap of the Canal loop.

All are asked to assemble beside the gate at the Town end of the Canal to begin the run at 6.45pm.

Feel free to park at the Mall and jog up as a warm-up or to park somewhere closer, such as Market Square or Earl Street.

No watches or phones are allowed! These can be left with me before beginning your run.

There will be staggered starts and I will record all start/finish times.

Predicted times are to be confirmed to me on Tuesday evening just before the run starts.

The person who completes the distance closest to their prediction will win a Sports Direct voucher.

Best of luck!
Barry

Anyone yet to process membership for 2021 can do so at:
https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/useraccount-check.html

Weekly Notes – 7th June 2021

Connacht Track & Field

The Connacht Junior, Senior and Masters Track & Field championships took place on Bank Holiday Monday in Dangan, Galway. Five club members competed in what was for most their return to competition for the first time in over a year and all five recorded podium finishes.

Yemi Talabi was first in the junior womens 100m having earlier placed second in the long jump. Gospel Idahor set the fastest time in the senior womens 200m and was second in the 100m. Also doubling up in the sprint events was Aaron Kelly with second fastest in the senior mens 100m and third in the 200m.

New member Mitko Kozhuharov took on two field events finishing second in both the senior mens javelin and shot put.

Barry Sheil was first in the masters 3000m.

Well done all. Thanks to the organisers and event officials, including our own Paddy McPhillips, for the staging of the meet.

Juvenile T&F:

The Connacht Juvenile T&F Outdoor Championships have been tentatively set for July at Athlone IT. July 10 is the opening day which is for the under 11 age group two-event ‘Team Games’ (for children born in 2011). The under 14 – 19 age category events (children born in or before 2008) will be held on July 17. On the following day, July 18, competition for under 12 / 13 events will be staged for children born in 2010 or 2009. An expression of interest email has been sent to parents to confirm if their child wishes to participate.

For children intending on competing, an additional weekly training session will take place on Sundays at 10am at the Mall from June 13 for the weeks leading up to the Connachts. Attendance at this session is essential to help better prepare for competition.