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Connacht Senior Cross Country League 2022, Leg 1 – Results

Date: Saturday, 22 October
Venue: Moyne Community School, Moyne, Co. Longford N39 T860

Womens: 4000m
Mens: 6000m

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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.

Cian Qualifies for Semi-Finals

‘They were on their feet in Longford’ alright! Standing up in admiration. Such a strong and assured run by Cian McPhillips at the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2021 to qualify in second place in his 800m heat in a time of 1:49.98. In 6th place with 250m to go, Cian showed his class to move up to a qualifying spot and looked very comfortable at the finish.

Cian will run in Semi-Final 2 tomorrow evening (Saturday) – start time 6.33pm (Irish time).

Well done to Mark English on qualifying from his heat as well.

Hard luck to Cian’s training partner John Fitzsimons on missing out but it was a great effort by him.

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Donal Mulligan Representing Ireland at Home Nation’s International

Look what the coach does in his “spare time”! Congratulations to Donal Mulligan earning a place on the National M45 cross country team to compete at the Home Nation’s International in Liverpool next month. We are all proud to see him bring home the green singlet to Longford.

Great Success at the Dublin Marathon 2018 for Longford AC

Congratulations to all our Longford AC runners in the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon which also hosted the Athletics Ireland National Marathon Championship, many achieving new PBs on the day. Conditions were near perfect for marathon running; a cold day with no wind and it stayed bright and dry. Longford AC had a large contingent of runners participating this year and as the results show it was an incredibly successful day for our small club.

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Longford AC members and friends before the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon

Pride of place goes again to Adrianna Mulligan in the women’s race and Paddy Sharkey in the men’s race. Adrianna, running in the elite woman’s field, ran an incredible race to better her pb by over 5 minutes and come home in 2:52:20. Competition was hot at the front of the race this year, along with the international athletes that always compete in Dublin, the race also doubled as the European Police Championships resulting in extra quality upfront in both the men’s and women’s races. Adrianna came home a fantastic 14th woman overall and 5th Irish women in the National Championships. This achievement now sees Adrianna ranked 10th Irish woman over the marathon distance for 2018 on the Athletics Ireland Top 20 Performance list.

Paddy Sharkey ran another great race to come home in a new pb of 2:37:51 and finish 85th overall and 9th man in the Over 40 category. Paddy has been clocking impressive results over the past few months. Since finishing 2nd in the Longford half marathon in August with a new pb at that distance, Paddy has also competed in the Berlin Marathon in September along with fellow Longford AC athlete Barry Sheil. Both ran impressive times in Berlin; Barry finishing in 2:33:29 and Paddy in 2:39:46. It was good to see Barry out on the course in Dublin at the 25th mile make supporting all the Longford runners. Paddy doesn’t rest on his laurels for long and is already planning his next marathon.

Kevin Ward was next home for Longford AC with a new pb and great time of 2:47:25. Kevin finished 24th man in the Over 45 category. Following in behind Kevin was Donal Mulligan who came through strongly in the second half to pb in 2:54:49 and finish 39th man in the Over 45 category. Declan Newman who completed Ironman Sweden only a couple of months ago ran strongly to finish next not too far off his pb in 2:55:23 and inside the top 100 men in the Over 40 category. This made it five Longford AC runners inside the 3 hour barrier.

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Declan Newman, Donal Mulligan, Niamh Kiernan, Adrianna Mulligan and Claire Wynne before the marathon start

Juraj Karcak was the next man home in 3:09:50. The 26.2 mile marathon must have felt like a short run for Juraj who regularly races in distances of over 100 miles. Niamh Kiernan running only her second marathon was the second Longford woman home with a super pb improving her time by more than 10 minutes when finishing in 3:09:52. This excellent time puts Niamh as the 60th woman overall, 19th woman in the Over 35 category and 26th woman in the National Championships. Colin Beades crossed the line just behind Niamh to hit his race goal and finish with a big new pb of 3:10:03. Sinead Phelan was Longford AC’s third woman home in a time of 3:17:53. Sinead was using Dublin in her build up to the New York Marathon which takes place next weekend and we all wish her well. Sean Crossan came home with a new pb of 3:19:58 only three weeks after completing Ironman Barcelona. We are waiting on his time but reports are that Enda Coffey also ran a fine marathon only three weeks after he also completed the Ironman Barcelona. Must be time for a well-deserved rest now lads. Derek O’Neill ran strongly to follow closely behind Sean in a time of 3:20:59. Ann Brady running her first marathon in 4 years had a super run to finish with a massive new pb in 3:31:38 and 63rd woman Over 35 category. Finishing close together in good times were Colman Reilly 3:34:03, Michael O’Hara 3:35:58 and Joseph Carolan 3:36:55. Sicino Dube was next home in 3:45:05 followed by Seamus Murtagh who was completing his 27th marathon in 3:48:28. Stephen Mc Dermott came home well under the 4 hour barrier in 3:50:15. Erin Barrett was back to her best, running strongly to finish inside the 4 hour mark in 3:58:19. Christiaan Snell hit the 4 hour mark on the head when finishing next in 4:00:54. Ray Brogan finished in a very good 85th position in the men’s Over 60 category when finishing in 4:13:50. New member Tom Quinn finished well in 4:16:09. Claire Wynne running her first marathon ran consistently to finish strongly in 4:41:15. Another new member Gerard Sheehan came home next in 4:51:41. Apologies if anybody was missed, getting the correct information was a little difficult with some of the number changes. If there are corrections please let us know.

The Athletics Ireland National Championship team results have not been completed yet but provisionally it looks like our senior women’s team of Adrianna Melia, Niamh Kiernan and Ann Brady just missed out on the bronze medal by a few minutes. Their combined time will probably place them in 4th or 5th team position from what will probably be 100’s of women’s teams. In fact this year’s team race was extremely competitive and their time would have seen them medal over the last number of years. Quite a performance for a small club in an extremely competitive competition. Something to aim for next year.
Congratulations to Gary O’Hanlon who finished second in the National Championships. Gary coaches a number of Longford AC members and has Longford connections with his partner Paula Moran coming from Edgeworthstown.

Congratulations to all our members on not only completing the considerable challenge of running 26.2 miles but also on achieving you own goals and producing many fine performances. Longford AC is a small club and nearly all the current registered senior members ran in this year’s Dublin Marathon. There were many more Longfordians running in Dublin and Longford AC would be delighted to see these runners register with us in the future and run races under the Longford AC banner.

Connacht Senior Cross Country Championship Medals and Half Marathon PB’s for Longford AC

November 19th 2017, report by Donal Mulligan

The third and final leg of the Connacht Cross Country league was held in St.Brigid’s GAA grounds, Kiltoom Co. Roscommon on 18 November 2017 what was a very good cross country course.

Adrianna Melia who had easily won race 1 and 2 again produced a fine performance running away from the Senior Women’s field to win race 3 by over 200 meters. Having won all three races in the Connacht Cross Country League series Adrianna was crowned Connacht Senior Champion and league winner. This might well be the first time that a Longford AC woman has won a senior Connacht Cross Country title. Adrianna continued her fine form by winning the Gingerbread Half Marathon the next day in a new PB of 1:20:49. This places Adrianna in 14th position on the Athletics Ireland top 20 list for all Irish women over the half marathon distance for 2017. It has been nice to see that Adrianna’s achievements have been deservedly acknowledged by bodies outside of Longford AC with the Longford Leader/Longford Sports Partnership selecting Adrianna in 2017 for two monthly sports star nominations and the March award. Congratulations Adrianna from all at Longford AC.

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Dublin City Marathon 2017

October 29, 2017

Congratulations to all Longford AC adult members that completed the 26.2 mile marathon distance in Dublin, it’s a fine achievement to get the required training done and make it to the finish line. Well done to everybody especially those new to the distance. There were some outstanding times and new Pb’s. Three Longford AC members managed to achieve impressive results in their age category finishing inside the top 15.

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Ray Flynn Tribute Mile, 2 October 2017

Longford AC Juveniles were out in force on Monday 2nd October to take part in the Ray Flynn Tribute Mile. The event was organised by Irish Runner and the Liam Fenelon of the Longford Marathon Committee to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Ray Flynn’s Irish mile record that still stands today, 3:49.77 minutes set on July 7, 1982 in Oslo at the Bislett Games.

A large crowd of 122 runners, including Ray Flynn and Enda Fitzpatrick, took to the starting line on the Ballinalee Road finishing at the Cathderal.  Running a paced mile was a new experience for nearly all the juveniles, following more experienced pace setters at 5, 6, 7 and 8 minute times. Its not every Monday night that members of Longford AC get the opportunity to run with a local legend who is a 2 time Olympian and Irish record holder!

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5K / 10K Road Race Results

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