Senior

Virtual Relay

Well done to all club members, senior and juvenile, who took part on Saturday in our 15-hour long Dawn to Dusk Virtual Relay. We had almost 90 members all over the county run/jog for 30 minutes each, within their 2km radius, including 35 juveniles who all did great. The future is bright. It was brilliant to see so many families take part in this fun event and the good weather provided perfect running conditions all day. Our club Facebook page has the full story of the day including photos of most of our relay participants.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Do It For Dan fundraiser which we ran in conjunction with the relay as well as other fundraisers which people were welcome to donate to either.

Our North Longford vs South Longford distance challenge proved to be very closely contested! Each side had 37 members whose distance covered in the 30 minutes counted towards the overall total. Incredibly, there was less than a kilometre in the difference at the end. Team North Longford covered 213.68km whereas South Longford’s total was 212.74km. Victory for the northern half of the county!

Maybe we will do it all over again soon!

Dawn to Dusk Virtual Relay

All senior and juvenile club members are encouraged to join us this Saturday, May 2nd, for a fun event in which we can participate together, albeit apart, and all for a good cause. Between 6am and 9pm, run/jog for exactly 30 minutes within your 2km radius of home. We hope to have at least 2 club members doing their own run/jog at any one time to create a 15-hour long virtual relay!

Senior Members: An email with the relay timetable has already been sent for members to select the 30-minutes time slot in which they can run/jog. Please select your time on the form if you haven’t done so yet. If you haven’t yet received the email, please send us a message or email pro.senior@longfordac.com

Juvenile Members: Our juvenile members, accompanied by an adult, are also very welcome to complete the 30 minutes run/jog in a safe setting within the 2km radius of home. Parents of any interested juvenile member are asked to send us a message or email pro.senior@longfordac.com

For a bit of fun, we will have a North Longford vs South Longford distance challenge. Using the location of St. Mel’s Cathedral as a dividing point to split the county in two, members will be assigned to a team based on their home address! From the distances recorded by everyone on the day, we will find out if the northsiders or the southsiders have covered the most ground in total!

In conjunction with the relay, Longford AC has joined the tremendous nationwide support of the Do it for Dan fundraising campaign by setting up a Go Fund Me page.  This great fundraiser has reached its overall original target, yet we would like to keep it going a little longer and show our support. All donations are very much appreciated.

 

Weekly News – 16th March 2020

Training Cancelled: All club training sessions are cancelled until further notice. We will notify members/parents of any updates when this situation changes. The National Juvenile Indoor Championships have been postponed until the end of April / early May. It is advised that all members strictly follow the HSE guidelines regarding Covid-19 to protect themselves and others.

Indoor Facility: Once again many thanks to all who supported our fundraiser for the proposed indoor facility. The club is also very grateful to all those that donated prizes for our recent draw. It took a massive effort to sell so many tickets over the past few months and thanks to all the ticket sellers. Well done also to the members of the Fundraising Committee for all their hard work. The club currently awaits news on the application for Leader funding as well as the approval of the plans for the facility at St. Mel’s College.

Weekly News – 9th March 2020

Fundraiser: After many months of ticket selling, the draw for our fundraiser took place last Friday night in the Longford Arms Hotel. The prize winners drawn were:

1. Luke Wilson, Ballinalee – €20,000.
2. Mary Canning, Newtownforbes – €1,000 Center Parcs Voucher.
3. George McDonald, Legan – B&B for 2 nights at Waterfront Hotel Baltimore Cork.
4. Gerry & Barry McHugh.
5. Ray Flynn.
6. P. Creamer & P. Hynes.
7. Mark Windsor.
8. Ray Brogan.
9. Ella McDonnell.
10. Claire Greene.

Sellers prize winners:
1. Cllr. Micheal Carrigy.
2. Sinead Nolan.
3. Adrian Watson.
4. Mick Wall.
5. Niamh & Eoin McCormack. 

Full details of prizes on our website. Many thanks to Fr. Tom Healy who helped conduct the draw. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and to the many people who gave up their time to sell tickets as well as all who donated prizes.

Planning Application Lodged: Last week we lodged our application to the relevant authorities for our planned development of an indoor facility at St. Mel’s College that will be of major benefit to the people of county Longford.

Results Roundup: A few of our members made the trip to Meath on Sunday to run in the Bohermeen half marathon. A mid-race downpour didn’t hamper spirits too much as some good times were recorded. Declan Newman and Donal Mulligan paced it well to come home in 1:20. Fiona Gettings was next in with 1:25. Sinead Nolan ran 1:34 and Niall Nolan finished in 1:37. Closer to home, Gary Brady won the Killoe 10k with Barry Sheil and Seamus Murtagh completing the top three. Well done to Jack Gallagher on his strong run at the very competitive All Ireland school’s cross country in Santry on Saturday.

Training: Training for Little Athletics returns on March 13th at 7pm with the Juveniles outside on the astro. Senior training is on Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Mall. Full details of the weekly senior training group schedule are on our website.

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

Draw Winners

Thank you to everyone who helped make our draw such a success. We are pleased to announce the following winners for the draw which took place in the Longford Arms Hotel on the 6th March 2020.

1st Prize – €20,000

Luke Wilson
Ballinalee, Co Longford

2nd Prize – Longford Forest Center Parcs break

Mary Canning
Newtownforbes, Co Longford

3rd Prize – The Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore – 2 Nights B&B plus €300 spending money

George McDonald
Legan, Co Longford

4th Prize –  1 year Family Membership Coral Leisure Longford

Gerry & Barry McHugh
Moyne, Co Longford

5th Prize – Kilronan Castle or Lough Rynn – 1 Night B&B plus Dinner

Ray Flynn
USA

6th Prize – Viewmount House €200 voucher

P Creamer & P Hynes
Longford

7th Prize – Keenan’s Tarmonbarry €100 voucher

Mark Windsor
Bray, Co Wicklow

8th Prize – Spirit Clothing Menswear €100 voucher

Ray Brogan
Longford

9th Prize – Smartphone

Ella McDonnell
Strokestown

10th Prize- 10″ Tablet

Clare Greene
Rathcline
Lanesboro

 

Seller’s Prizes

1st Prize
Michael Carrigy

2nd Prize
Sinead Nolan

3rd Prize
Adrian Watson

4th Prize
Mick Wall

5th Prize
Niamh & Eoin McCormack

Weekly News – 2nd March 2020

National Indoors: The highlight of the Irish indoor athletics calendar took place in Abbotstown last weekend with the National Senior Indoor Championships. Four of our young athletes were in action and well done to all in competing in what was for most of them their first national seniors. Cian McPhillips, having won his heat on Saturday, finished an excellent 4th place in the men’s 1500m on Sunday in a time of 3:49.63 in a race won in a championship best-ever performance. Yemi Talabi had a busy weekend commencing with Saturday’s women’s long jump in which her 5.13m jump saw her finish 13th. On Sunday, Yemi lined up in the 60m. A superb 3rd place in her heat in 7.53 earned her a spot in the final. Lining up against many experienced sprinters, Yemi placed 7th with the exact same time. Reaching the final for someone so young is a fantastic achievement and bodes well for another big year ahead. Aaron Kelly was in sprints action over both days. Saturday’s 200m saw him run 24.01 and he followed up with a 7.43 in Sunday’s 60m in solid performances. Nelvin Appiah entered the fray on Sunday in the high jump. In a close contest, Nelvin was edged out of a medal on count back finishing 4th with a best effort of 1.95m. No doubt had Nelvin not had to have been at the Athletics Ireland awards in Tullamore late on Saturday night, he would have stood a better chance of performing to his best. It was still however a great placing for a junior athlete. One must really have to question the wisdom of Athletics Ireland in scheduling an annual awards night in Tullamore on the same weekend as the national senior indoors in Dublin. 

Road Race: Our annual road race took place on Sunday last with a great turnout of runners in each of the distances. The recent inclement weather gave way to blue skies which was most welcome. Well done to all who took part in the 5k and 10k and also to the 129 primary school children who did the 2k fun run. Many thanks to all who helped with the staging of the event and to those who provided refreshments including McCarrick’s Cash and Carry, McDonalds and Centra Tarmonbarry. We are also very grateful for the help of the Gardai and Civil Defence as well as the Mall/Longford Scouts for the use of the facilities. Prize winners: 5k Men: 1. Andrew Nevin, 2. Derek Nugent, 3. Jack Gallagher. Women: 1. Therese O’Connor, 2. Hazel Jones, 3. Sian Gallagher. O/40 Men: 1. Gary Brady. O/40 Women: 1. Madeline Doyle. Under 16 Boys: 1. Jamie Dorr, 2. Daniel Higgins, 3. Senan Macken. Under 16 Girls: 1. Rachel Keenan, 2. Lucy Hogan, 3. Caoimhe Crossan. 10k Men: 1. Paddy Sharkey, 2. Niall Smith, 3. David Sheridan. Women: 1. Sinead Whitelaw, 2. Aine Kiernan, 3. Fiona Gettings. O/40 Men: 1. Krzysztof Kulej. O/40 Women: 1. Bernie McAdam. Winning the trophy for the school with the most participants in the 2k fun run was St. Teresa’s NS, Killoe (29 participants). Full results for the 5k and 10k are on:

https://www.popupraces.ie/race/longford-ac-5k-10k-2020/

Juvenile Star Awards: Congratulations to Nelvin Appiah whose excellent performances in 2019 were recognised at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star Awards in Tullamore on Saturday night. Nelvin was the award winner for County Longford and it is a fantastic honour to receive. He is certainly a great representative for our club and always entertains with his prowess in the high jump.

Fundraiser: The draw for the fundraiser raffle for our proposed indoor athletics facility at St. Mel’s College will take place on Friday March 6th at 9pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. All are welcome to attend. Music on the night by Colin Galligan. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the Longford Arms on Friday night ahead of the draw or can be bought in advance on www.longfordac.com. Be in for a chance to win the €20,000 first prize!

Training: Due to the sports hall in the Mall being unavailable there will be no Little Athletics this Friday March 6th. Juvenile training will take place as usual on the astropitch. 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.

Upcoming Races: March 8th – Killoe GAA 5k / 10k. March 17th – Mullingar Half Marathon. March 28th – Ros Run, Roscommon.

St Patrick’s Day Parade: The club will be walking in this year’s parade. We would encourage all members to take part. Please email your child’s name to pro@longfordac.com if you will take part, and include your phone number.

Weekly Notes – 24th February 2020

Road Race: The annual Longford 5km/10km road race will take place this coming Sunday March 1st at 11am. Registration will be available that morning in the Scouts Den building. Online pre-entry at a reduced rate is now open on Pop Up Races. Medals for all finishers in each distance. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

2km Primary Schools fun run: We fun run will take place this Sunday March 1st in conjuction with our road race. The run takes place in the Mall and starts at 11am. There is a prize for the school with the most participants.

Seville Marathon: Six of our members swapped the miserable Irish weather for blue Spanish skies last weekend to run in the Seville Marathon. After a winter of training in dark evenings it certainly made for a pleasant change although the rising temperatures did make the latter miles that bit tougher. Well done to all with great times ran on the day. Barry Sheil finishing in 2:28, Paddy Sharkey 2:30, Donal Mulligan 2:34, Kevin Ward 2:51, Colin Beades 3:00 and Claire Wynne in 4:23. Thanks to Michelle who was a great vocal support out on the course for the group.

Connacht Indoor Championships: Longford Athletics Club made their presence known at the two day Provincial Indoor Championships with 40 members competing from U12 through seniors. The athletes medalled in 16 events with ten of these in the sprint category of 60m, 200m, hurdles and relay. We’ll have full details on the club website.

Club News: Juvenile and Little Athletics resumes on Friday February 28th at 7pm in the Mall. 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. Well done to Cian McPhillips who followed up his recent Millrose Games win with victory at the NIA Live men’s mile in Abbotstown last week in 4:13. Best of luck to Yemi, Nelvin and Cian competing this weekend at the National Senior Indoor championships. Our new club gear is available to purchase on the Masita online shop. Search ‘Longford AC’ for the full selection.

Fundraiser: The draw for the fundraiser raffle for our proposed indoor athletics facility at St. Mel’s College will take place on Friday March 6th at 9pm in the Longford Arms Hotel. All are welcome to attend. Music on the night by Colin Galligan. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in the Scouts Den on Sunday and can also be purchased on our website www.longfordac.com. Be in for a chance to win the €20,000 first prize!

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.