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Weekly News – 17th February 2020

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. Medals for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Training: Due to the mid-term break, there will be no training for Juvenile and Little Athletics on February 21st. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of the weekly senior training group schedule are on our website.

Club News: Well done to Yemi Talabi on her second place in the women’s long jump at the Athlone Grand Prix indoor event on Wednesday last with a best effort of 5.67m. Best of luck to our 35 juvenile athletes competing this weekend at the Connacht Indoors in Athlone. Good luck and safe travels also to our 6 senior members running in the Seville Marathon on Sunday. Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

Fundraiser: The draw for the fundraiser raffle for our proposed indoor athletics facility will take place on March 6th at 9pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. Tickets are still available from club members and can be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in for a chance to win the €20,000 first prize! Club members are asked to please return any outstanding sold tickets to a committee member. Many thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets over the past two weekends. The facility will be located beside St. Mel’s College and we will announce further details regarding this in the coming weeks.

Club Gear

Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

Go to the Masita online shop

Weekly News – 10th February 2020

Millrose Games: Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips jetted to New York last week to compete at Saturday’s Millrose Games. Cian ran in the New Balance Boys Mile – a race which features the top high-school runners from across the United States. He ran a terrific tactical race to take victory in 4:10.95. It really was a wonderful performance. Footage of the race can be viewed on the Longford AC Facebook page.

cian mcphillips millrose games

Nelvin competed in the Jane & Gary Muhrcke Invitational 60 metres. He was unfortunate to have some bad luck which hindered his performance however he certainly gained great experience travelling to and competing at such a prestigious event.

Results Roundup: Yemi Talabi competed in the 60m at the AAI Indoor Games in Abbotstown on Sunday. She followed an earlier 7.59 seconds in her first run with a new personal best of 7.52 later in the afternoon. Best of luck to Yemi in the Long Jump at the Grand Prix meet in Athlone on February 12th. This is the first time a Longford AC athlete will compete in senior competition at the AIT Grand Prix.

Kate Hagan put in a strong performance at the National Juvenile B cross country in Wicklow on Saturday. She finished in 9th place in the under 17 3000m on a testing hilly course.

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Kate following her medal winning performance at the National Juvenile B cross country

Also on Saturday, John Farrell travelled to Donadea Forest in Kildare to run in the National 50k championships. Despite a knee injury, John put in a great show of strength and endurance to finish completing his tenth ever marathon in the process. Well done to all.

Training: The second club training session in Athlone IT will take place on Sunday February 16th from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Cost is €3 per child. Attendance is essential for any child competing on a relay team in the upcoming Connacht Indoors. Juvenile training and Little Athletics continue in the Mall this Friday February 14th at 7pm. Due to the mid-term break, there will be no training on February 21st. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings beginning at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of senior training on our website.

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Some of our juveniles who trained at AIT last weekend.

Connacht Indoors – Juveniles: The 2020 championships at Athlone IT take place over two days. Saturday February 22nd is for ages U12-U13 only (Born 2009-2008). Day two on February 23rd is for athletes from U14-U19. Timetable and more details are posted on the club website and will be emailed to all taking part. Entry is now closed. 35 of our club juveniles will take part over the 2 days.

Connacht Indoors – Seniors: The events for senior athletes at the Connacht Indoors will take place on the evening of Saturday February 22nd at AIT. Events include sprints, hurdles, jumps, middle distance and technical events such as the shot putt. Any interested members, please email longfordac@gmail.com for entry by February 13th detailing the event(s). 

Couch to 5k: The programme continues at two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. 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. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

Fundraiser Raffle: The draw for our fundraiser will take place on March 6th. Full details in next week’s notes. 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!

Club Gear: Our new club gear is now available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ on the Masita website for the full selection.

A selection of club gear now available to buy online.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Weekly News – 3rd Feb 2020

Trim 10 Mile: A large crowd descended on the Meath town on Sunday for the annual 10 mile race organised by Trim AC. We were well represented with excellent performances put in on a good honest test of a course. A headwind from mile 4 onwards made it slightly uncomfortable for runners but conditions were dry. Our mens team of Barry Sheil, Donal Mulligan, Paddy Sharkey and David Sheridan put in a strong showing finishing second in the team standings (out of 66 teams) with a combined score of 105. Donal placed 2nd in his age category. Ross Gannon and Colin Beades ran well to also place in the top 100 out of a total field of over 1500. Fiona Gettings and Sinead Nolan continued their good form with both in the top 30 women finishers. Niall Nolan and Stephen McDermott also put in good runs in this the opening race of the year for most of our members.

Connacht Indoors – Juveniles: All juvenile members born in or before 2009 who wish to compete at the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone IT on February 22 / 23, please email longfordac@gmail.com ahead of the February 7th deadline. Please include the child’s name, DOB, the events they wish to enter and include a parent’s contact mobile number. Entry fee is €5 per event (max 3 events) to be paid at training. In advance of the championships, two club training sessions will take place at the AIT indoor track on Saturday February 8th (1.30pm – 3.30pm) and Sunday February 16th (3.30pm – 5.30pm). For each of the training days, there is a charge of €3 per child. Full details on www.longfordac.com.

Connacht Indoors – Seniors: The events for senior athletes at the Connacht Indoors will take place on the evening of Saturday February 22nd at AIT. Events include sprints, hurdles, jumps, middle distance and technical events such as the shot putt. Any interested members, please email longfordac@gmail.com for entry by February 9th detailing the event(s).

Training: Juvenile training (aged 10+) takes place in the Mall on Friday at 7pm on the astro pitch with Little Athletics (aged 6-9) in the sports hall. Senior training is on Tuesday evenings with the interval session beginning at 7pm at the Mall. This training is adapted to suit all levels of fitness. On Thursdays at 7pm from 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.

Couch to 5k: The programme continues at two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. 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. Our club coach will conduct the sessions providing support and advice in the lead up to the Longford 5k on March 1st.

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 location will be announced soon.

Good Luck: All at Longford AC wish Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah the very best at the Millrose Games in New York this Saturday February 8th. Good luck also to Kate Hagan at the cross country in Wicklow.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am. The course remains the same taking in the lap(s) of the bypass finishing at the Mall. Registration available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. A 2km Primary Schools fun run in the Mall will start at 10am with a prize for the school with the most participants. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

 

Weekly News – 27th January 2020

Record Breaker: Cian McPhillips got 2020 off to the best possible start with a blistering performance in the AAI Indoor League meet at the Athlone IT Arena on Sunday. Ten athletes took to the start line for the senior 1500m race of seven and a half laps of the 200m track. From the gun, John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) set a fast tempo in his role as pacemaker. He churned out successive 30-second laps with Cian tucked in behind. The duo were closely followed by Conall Hayes (Le ChéileAC) and Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen AC) in the lead group. At 1200m, Fitzsimons stepped off to allow the trio battle it out for the closing stages. Cian immediately kicked for home and covered the final 300m in 44 seconds to record a winning time of 3:44.85 to claim victory by three seconds. His time set a new Irish Junior (under 20) indoor 1500m record by over a second breaking the previous record, set by Colin Costello, that had stood since 2005. The time was also the fastest by a junior athlete in Europe so far this year over the distance. It also placed 17-year-old Cian comfortably inside the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the World Junior Outdoor Championships which will be held in Kenya in July. Cian’s coach Joe Ryan was delighted with the race and even felt that Cian still had a little left in the tank at the end. Congratulations to Cian, Joe and Cian’s proud family on such a fantastic record-breaking performance achieved in the colours of Longford AC. His next race will be at the world famous Millrose Games in NewYork on February 8th. Representing his school, Moyne Community School, Cian will compete in the American High School Mile which will take place before the Wannamaker Mile at the 5,550-capacity Armory Arena.

Double Indoor Gold: AIT Arena was also the venue for Saturday’s AAI National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships where Yemi Talabi and Nelvin Appiah both won gold medals to make it a super weekend for Longford AC. Having won her heat earlier in the afternoon, Yemi claimed gold in the Junior Women’s 60m in a new personal best time of 7.57 seconds. The victory margin was a mere 0.01 of a second ahead of Patience Jumbo-Gula (Dundalk St. Gerards AC). Showing her versatility, Yemi also competed in the Long Jump where a jump of 5.31 metres earned her an excellent 5th place finish out of 19 entrants. Nelvin was also involved in a close battle in the Junior Men’s High Jump before securing gold after clearing a height of 2.03 metres. He earned the win on countback ahead of Geoffrey Joy-O’Regan (Sun Hill Harriers AC) who had also jumped 2.03m. Nelvin ‘doubled up’ as well and ran in the 60m Hurdles winning silver in a superb time of 8.27 seconds which was only 0.07 seconds off gold. Next up for Nelvin will be the Millrose Games where he will compete in the High Jump. Congratulations to Yemi and Nelvin in representing their families, our club and the county so well winning national medals over the past two weekends. Well done also to Aaron Kelly who put in fine performances in the men’s under 23 sprint distances of 60m and 200m.

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. Deadline for entries is February 7th. In advance of the championships, two training sessions will take place at the indoor track in Athlone IT on Saturday February 8th (1.30pm – 3.30pm) and Sunday February 16th (3.30pm – 5.30pm). Full details on www.longfordac.com. Cian, Yemi and Nelvin are blazing a trail for the next generation of young Longford athletes who are training hard for the Connacht Indoors. These young athletes realise that success at the Connacht’s is the first step on the way to successes such as the ones we have seen at the weekend.

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.

Couch to 5k: The programme continues out of two separate locations – Longford town (The Mall) and North Longford (Moyne Community School). Walkers, joggers and runners are all welcome. 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. 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.

Fundraiser Raffle: Many thanks to all individuals and businesses who have purchased tickets 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 location will be announced soon. Thanks to all who gave up their time to sell tickets last weekend.

Schools Cross Country: Well done to the athletes from Mercy Ballymahon and Moyne CS who qualified for the Connacht championships taking place in February.

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place on Sunday March 1st. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now available on Pop Up Races. Registration will take place that morning in the Scouts Den building beside the Mall. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

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.