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Weekly News – 20th January 2020

Indoor Combined Events: Congratulations to Yemi Talabi and Nelvin Appiah on their fine performances at the National Indoor Combined Events in Athlone IT on Saturday. Both showed great versatility and athleticism across 5 different events over a long day of competition. Highlights for Yemi was the 1st place in the long jump and a 2nd in the 800m. Her efforts earned her a superb silver medal in the junior women’s category with a total score of 3023 points. Nelvin’s highlights included 1st in the high jump as well as a 2nd place in the 1000m. An overall points total of 3324 saw him win a brilliant bronze in the junior men’s category on a very successful day for the club. Other events the duo had to take on included the shot putt and the hurdles. We wish both along with Aaron Kelly well for this weekend when they each compete at the National Junior Indoor Championships in AIT.

Cross Country: The National Juvenile B, Juvenile Relays (4 x 500m) and Masters/Intermediate cross country championships take place in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow on Saturday February 8th. Any interested Longford AC members (registered for 2020) who wish to enter please email longfordac@gmail.com by Thursday night, January 23rd.

Annual Awards – Juveniles: Well done to all award winners at our event in the Longford Arms Hotel on Sunday evening last. Many thanks to all who attended including our club sponsor Eoin O’Boyle from O’Boyle & Co Accountants. Presentations were made to our junior members Yemi and Funmi Talabi, Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah on their achievements at national level in 2019 (see separate article). We awarded some of our juveniles for their excellent achievements in 2019 – Gospel Idahor, Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Rachel Keenan, Jack Gallagher and Killian Rawle. The awards for Club Boys of the Year went to Max Gallagher and Sean Grealy. Club Girls of the Year recipients were Sian Gallagher and Aibhe Foley.

Annual Awards – Seniors: Outstanding senior member awards were presented to Adrianna Mulligan, Niamh Kiernan, Donal Mulligan, Paddy Sharkey and Barry Sheil for their performances on the roads and on cross country. Sinead Nolan and Stephen McDermott were recipients of the most improved senior member awards. Presentations were also made to Paddy McPhillips, Leslie Finnan and Michael O’Hara for their tremendous contribution to Longford AC over the past decade.

Millrose Games: Among the presentations made were to Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah who have both been invited to compete at the Millrose Games in New York on February 8th. This is a fantastic honour for the two athletes and our club and is great reward for their achievements to date. Cian will compete in the mile against the top US high school athletes whilst Nelvin will compete in the high jump. We wish the two all the best in their preparation ahead of New York.

Connacht Medalists Honoured: At the awards event, presentations were made to our 24 athletes who won Connacht medals in 2019. Well done to Ruth Dennigan, Lauren McArdle, Emma Brennan, Max Gallagher, Clara Forbes, Rachel Keenan, Funmi Talabi, Sarah McPhillips, Adeyemi Talabi, Killian Rawle, Cian McPhillips, Gospel Idahor, Nelvin Appiah, Jack Gallagher, Kate Hagan, Paul Idahor, Kaela Brady, Siog Reilly, Tara Crossan, Regina Rawle, Aoife Maher, Donal Mulligan, Declan Newman and Barry Sheil. Sprinter Aaran Kelly was also recognised for his performances competing for Maynooth University.

Training: Juvenile training continues on Friday at 7pm on the astro pitch with Little Athletics taking place in the sports hall. As the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships are fast approaching on February 22nd / 23rd, it is important that all competing juvenile members (born in or before 2009) attend training on Friday in the Mall.

Couch to 5k: Begin the new year with the Longford AC ‘Couch to 5k’ six-week initiative. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. The programme is based out of two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Join us at the Mall on Mondays at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 8am. On Thursday mornings, our Operation Transformation Beginners run group meets at the Mall at 8am. Sessions in Moyne take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am. The €30 per person fee includes full-year membership to Longford AC. Further details can be found on our Facebook page. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice to help all participants in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Senior Members: The Tuesday evening coached sessions for members consist of 10 minutes warm up followed by a 30-40 minutes intervals workout finishing with a warm down. The session begins at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm at the Mall, the group run 5-8 miles at a comfortable pace. On Saturday morning, the group meet at the Mall at 8am for a longer run of 10+ miles. New members welcome. Club senior membership for the year remains at €30. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment.

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets so far for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw date and the proposed site’s location will be announced soon.

2020 Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st. The course will be the same as previous years. Registration will take place that morning in the Scouts Den building beside the Mall. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now available on Pop Up Races. The 5k includes a junior under 16 race and the 5k is also open to walkers. There will be cash prizes in the usual categories in the adult races with trophies on offer for the leading under 16 finishers. This year we’ve added a 2km run for Primary School children and this will take place solely in the grounds of the Mall. There will be a medal for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Weekly News – 13th January 2020

Club Awards: Our annual club awards will take place this Sunday January 19th at 4.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. The achievements of our juvenile and senior athletes in 2019 will be recognised as well as some other special presentations being made. We welcome all our club members and their parents to join us for this event. Refreshments will be served.

Training: The first session of 2020 for the Juvenile and Little Athletics groups will be on Friday January 17th at 7pm in the Mall. Training for our juveniles is held outside on the astro pitch with Little Athletics taking place in the sports hall. As the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships are fast approaching on February 22nd / 23rd, it is important that all competing juvenile members (born in or before 2009) attend training on Friday. Details of the upcoming training sessions at the indoor track in Athlone IT will be given at Friday’s training in the Mall.

Couch to 5k: Begin the new year with the Longford AC ‘Couch to 5k’ six-week initiative. Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. An information briefing will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on January 19th at 4pm. The programme will be based out of two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Sessions at the Mall start on Monday January 20th at 7.30pm. The first session in Moyne will also be on January 20th starting at 9.30am. Registration will be available at the Longford Arms Hotel on January 19th or at either of the first sessions. Full details can be found on our website and Facebook page. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice to help all participants in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Senior Members: The Tuesday evening coached sessions have re-commenced after the break and consist of 10 minutes warm up followed by a 30-40 minutes intervals workout finishing with a warm down. The session begins at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm at the Mall, the group run 5-7 miles at a comfortable pace. On Saturday morning, the group meet at the Mall at 8am for a longer run of 10+ miles. New members welcome. Club senior membership for the year remains at €30. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment.

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets so far for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw’s date will be announced soon. Many thanks to all those who gave up their time to sell tickets at our stand last weekend.

2020 Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st. The course will be the same as previous years. Registration will take place that morning in the Scouts Den building beside the Mall. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now available on Pop Up Races. The 5k includes a junior under 16 race and the 5k is also open to walkers. There will be cash prizes in the usual categories in the adult races with trophies on offer for the leading under 16 finishers. This year we’ve added a 2km run for Primary School children and this will take place solely in the grounds of the Mall. There will be a medal for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our website and Facebook page.

Weekly News – 6th January 2020

Registration: The 2020 registration evening for both the Juvenile and Little Athletics groups takes place on Friday January 10th at 7pm in the Mall. New members welcome. Our Little Athletics programme is for all children aged 6-8 and focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement in a fun, exciting and non-competitive environment. The first session for the Juvenile and Little Athletics groups will be on Friday January 17th. For all Under 18 members, the annual membership fees remain the same as 2019. One child: €25. Two children in same family: €50. Three children in same family: €60. Four children in same family: €70. The link for the pre-registration form, which parents are requested to complete on behalf of their child, has been posted onto our website, Facebook page and the group text. Completing this form in advance of January 10th will greatly help speed up the registration process.

View juvenile members form

Senior Registration: The seniors registration evening also takes place on January 10th in the Mall. The pre-registration form link is available on our website and Facebook page and is to be completed by existing senior members and those interested in joining as senior members. Club senior membership for the year remains at €30. We are always looking for new members and now is a great time to consider joining the club. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment. Come along to our registration evening for more information.

View senior members form

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets so far for the draw to raise funds for our proposed indoor facility. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! The details of the draw’s date will be announced soon.

Awards Night: Details of our annual awards night will be announced in next week’s notes. This event will recognise the excellent achievements of our juvenile and senior athletes in 2019.

Festive Roundup: The Christmas road racing period was a busy one with the annual MS Christmas Day Run, Shane Brennan 5k and the Ardagh Challenge taking place locally. Well done to all from Longford AC who competed. The club was well represented in each event and some podium finishes as well as age category wins were recorded. Many thanks to all the race organisers and those who helped in any way. On the track, Sarah McPhillips was the club’s sole entrant at the North West Games in AIT on December 28th. Sarah continued her good form with a time of 8.53 in the under 16 girls 60m.

Senior Registration

The senior registration evening takes place on January 10th in the Mall from 7 to 8pm. The pre-registration form  should be completed by existing senior members BEFORE the registration evening and those interested in joining as senior members. Club senior membership for the year remains at €30.

We are always looking for new members and now is a great time to consider joining the club. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment. Come along to our registration evening for more information.

The link to the senior members form is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoOtOYTkBNzceE1GDayYp_TpP37XyGwO5vAqi2kermEZqt5A/viewform

Weekly News – 23rd December 2019

Happy Christmas: Wishing a very Happy Christmas to all our members and their families. We hope to see plenty of Longford AC representation at the road races, parkrun and junior parkrun taking place locally over the festive period!

Cian McPhillips competing at National Indoor Arena

Results Roundup: Nelvin Appiah kicked off the indoor season at the Baseline event in AIT on December 11th. He came 5th in the 60m in a time of 7.22 and followed that up with a time of 17.10 in the rarely run 150m. At the NIA Live event in Abbotstown on December 17th, Sarah McPhillips was first in the girls U16 60m in 8.43 and later finished third in the U16 200m. Cian McPhillips finished first in the men’s 1000m in a superb 2:24.13. This is the fastest indoor 1000m by any Irish athlete in 2019 and places Cian in tenth place in the all-time senior Irish rankings. Well done to all three on such strong runs to open the indoor season.

Registration: The 2020 registration evening takes place on Friday January 10th at 7pm in the Mall. The first session of the new year for both the juvenile and Little Athletics groups will be on Friday January 17th. Our Little Athletics programme is for all children aged 6-8 and focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement in a fun, exciting and non-competitive environment. All registration fees for the year ahead must be paid for in order to participate in the sessions. A pre-registration form will be made available over the Christmas/New Year period for parents to complete on behalf of their child. The link to this form will be posted onto our website and Facebook page. Completing this form in advance of January 10th will greatly help speed up the registration process.

Senior Registration: The seniors registration evening also takes place on January 10th in the Mall. An application form must be completed in advance of registering by existing senior members and those interested in joining as senior members. All new or existing members who wish to avail of the ‘Good for Age’ entry at the 2020 Dublin Marathon must be registered and have their monies paid to either Michael O’Hara or Colman Reilly by 1st January. The senior members registration fee for the year remains at €30.

The link to the senior member’s form is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoOtOYTkBNzceE1GDayYp_TpP37XyGwO5vAqi2kermEZqt5A/viewform

New Members: 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Longford Athletics Club. The performances of our juvenile and senior athletes in recent times on a national and international scale shows the great athletic talent within the county. We are always looking for new members and now is a great time to consider joining the club. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment. Come along to our registration evening for more information.

Fundraiser Raffle: We will continue our efforts to raise funds for our proposed indoor athletic facility at events over the festive period. Our raffle tickets make for a great Christmas present for family, friends or staff plus you are helping fund a great local cause. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets to date. The draw will take place in the New Year. Tickets are available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Also, many thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets at the Shopping Centre last Wednesday.

Upcoming Road Races: December 25th – MS Christmas Day Run (Newtowncashel to Lanesborough) at 12.15pm. December 26th – Shane Brennan 5k, Newtownforbes at 1pm. December 28th – Ardagh 10 mile and 5k at 1pm.

Weekly News – 16th December 2019

Little Athletics & Juvenile Athletics: We will have our final session before the Christmas break this Friday December 20th from 7pm in the Mall. The first evening back in the New Year will be the registration evening on January 10th. The first session of 2020 for both Little and Juvenile Athletics will be Friday January 17th. All registration fees for the year ahead must be paid for to participate in the sessions.

Senior Members: The registration evening for senior members also takes place on January 10th. An application form must be completed in advance of registering by existing senior members and those interested in joining as senior members. The link has already been made available in the club members WhatsApp group and can also be below. All new or existing members who wish to avail of the ‘Good for Age’ entry at the 2020 Dublin Marathon must be registered and have their monies paid to either Michael O’Hara or Colman Reilly by 1st January. The senior members registration fee for the year remains at €30.

Senior members, and interested new senior members, must complete the form in the link below before they register for 2020.
OPEN REGISTRATION FORM

New Members: 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Longford Athletics Club. The performances of our junior and senior athletes in recent times on a national and international scale shows the great athletic talent within the county. We are always looking for new members and now is a great time to consider joining the club. Avail of top class coaching, have fun and benefit from training in a group environment. Come along to our registration evening on January 10th for more information.

Fundraiser Raffle: Thank you to all who supported our fundraiser draw in recent days at both the Longford Arms Hotel and the Shopping Centre. We will have our stand again at the Shopping Centre on Wednesday December 18th. We will continue our efforts to raise funds for our proposed indoor athletic facility at events over the festive period. Our raffle tickets make great Christmas presents for family, friends or staff plus you are helping fund a great local cause. Be in with a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets to date. The draw will take place in the New Year. Tickets are available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Also, many thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets at the stand over the past week and thanks also to the Longford Arms and Longford Shopping Centre.

Upcoming Road Races: December 25th – MS Christmas Day Run (Newtowncashel to Lanesborough) at 12.15pm. December 26th – Shane Brennan 5k, Newtownforbes at 1pm. December 28th – Ardagh 10 mile and 5k at 1pm.

North West Games 2019 – for Athletes 10+

The 5th Annual NORTH WEST INDOOR GAMES takes place on Saturday December 28th, 2019 at AIT Indoor Arena. All Clubs in Connacht have been invited to take part. 

View following document for more details:

https://ireland.entry4sports.com/wp-json/view/60554/1573811261

Important:

Note that the organisers for the event are only allowing particular counties take part in the u12 60m sprint and u12 60m hurdles. Longford AC children can NOT take part in these events. 

Please note that last years event was a very long day. We had close to 10 athletes taking part, and many were there from early morning until late evening. This is a particular problem if your child is taking part in sprints and then has to hang around for a middle distance event typically held later in the day.

The first event starts at 10am, detailed timetable and order of events will be issued a few days before. The Events are based on 2019 age groups (*you can move up a year for more challenge!)

Deadline for Longford AC entries is 9pm on Thursday December 12th.

If your child is interested to compete please email longfordac@gmail.com with child’s name, date of birth and events they want to enter (maximum is 3 events).

This competition is optional and is a pre-season warm up!

Raffle Tickets Sales in Longford Centre

Longford Centre are kindly allowing to sell raffle tickets this Saturday 7th December. We sold close to €2000 worth of tickets here in one day last month – so this is a great opportunity for the club to raise funds for our indoor training facility. Can any member or parent with a spare hour or two on Saturday please contact Edel at 086 0824499 if you can help out.

Club AGM

Club AGM Sunday December 1st at the Longford Arms Hotel at 6pm

The Club is expanding and this is the opportunity for ALL our members to give their input for planning the year ahead. More adult volunteers are essential for coaching and administrative roles for 2020. Please get involved!

NIA Live – Indoor Athletics for Juniors & Seniors

NIA Live returns to the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, next Tuesday, 3rd of December for the opening night of what promises to be another brilliant series in Indoor Athletics.

For more information see https://www.sportirelandcampus.ie/nialive

NIA LIVE JUNIOR

We have a variety of events for both boys and girls between the ages of 10-16. These events include:

  • 60m
  • 200m
  • 600m
  • Relay (4 x 200m – mixed team)

NIA LIVE SENIOR

We have a variety of events for both men and women of all ages. These events include:

  • 60m
  • 200m
  • 400m
  • 800m
  • 1 Mile
  • Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Shot Put