Weekly News

Yemi Success in USA

Yemi Talabi continued her superb form Stateside last weekend with a couple of big personal best performances at a track event in Louisiana. The University of Texas Arlington athlete ran an excellent 11.44 seconds for the 100m and, in doing so, took a massive 0.33 off her previous best. She crossed the line in fourth place at the Sun Belt Championships in Lafayette running strongly from lane two. This fantastic time moves 19-year-old Yemi to seventh in the all-time rankings for Irish women over 100m. The national record of 11.28 was set by Phil Healy in 2018.

In the 200m, Yemi also ran a new best with 23.82 to go sub-24 seconds for the first time and set the second fastest time by an Irish woman this year. Her performances have ensured qualification in both distances for the NCAA Regional Championships in Arkansas next week. In only her first year on scholarship in Texas, she is really progressing well as an athlete as part of the track and field programme at UTA. Hopefully Yemi’s good form will continue over the coming weeks, and we may see her in action at the National Championships in Dublin at the end of June.

Weekly Notes – 25th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Royal Canal Run
Making a welcome return after 4 years, the Royal Canal Run saw big numbers across the different distances on Saturday last with many club members among the large entry. Fiona Gettings and Barry Sheil claimed first place finishes in the 10k and Edel Mooney took the win in the half marathon in 1:28. Seamus Murtagh and Adrian Wrobel covered the most ground when completing the marathon distance in good times. Well done to the race organisers on a very enjoyable event.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes on 6 May.

Sympathy
The club extends its sympathies to the Carberry and Murphy families on the sad passing of Robin, Kenagh. May he Rest in Peace.

Weekly Notes – 18th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Results
Plenty of good times were recorded by club members, both juvenile and senior, at the Noel McManus Run in Mohill on Good Friday. Emma Brennan, Ciarán Madden, Anne Brady and John Scott were among the podium place finishers. John wasn’t finished with his weekend racing as on Easter Monday he finished second at the Carney Half Marathon in Sligo. Showing no fatigue, his time of 1:24 was even quicker than Friday’s effort. Well done all.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes in early May.

Weekly Notes – 11th April 2022

Primary Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Relays take place on Friday 29 April at Clonguish GAA, Allen Park, Newtownforbes. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older. The first race is off at 6.30pm with registration opening at 5.45pm. Schools are to have their relay teams selected in advance of the evening. There will be subs races for children not on a team as well as relay races for schools with 3 or less teachers. Information and the registration sheet have been sent to the schools and are on our website.

Results
Congratulations to Emma Brennan, representing Moyne CS, who was the winner of the minor girls race at the All-Ireland Community Schools Cross Country in Dublin on Friday. Well done to Fiona Gettings and Colleen Norris who both ran well at the first race of the Roscommon 5k series.

Friday Athletics
Weekly Juvenile and Little Athletics at the Mall resumes in early May.

Upcoming Events
April 15 – Noel McManus Run, Mohill.
April 23 – Royal Canal Run, Longford (sold out).
May 1 – Cairn Hill Challenge, Drumlish.
Check event Facebook pages for details of distances.

Weekly Notes – 4th April 2022

Indoor Relays
The indoor season concluded on Saturday last with the National Juvenile 4 x 200m relays in Athlone when four teams represented the club having qualified from Connacht. First up was the Under-13 quartet of Sinead Fitzsimons, Alisha Manning, Sinead Masterson and Sophia Carey running strongly for a time two seconds quicker than the Connachts. The U15 team of Aibhe Foley, Robin Og Murphy, Mia Kiernan and Emma Brennan combined well for a quick 1:59. Bea Casey, Katie Duignan, Aine Murray and Amy Jordan gave it their all for a strong team run in the U17 race. In the U12 race, good runs from Leah Waters, Isabella O’Farrell, Sophia Smith and Sarah Connolly produced a team time two seconds faster than their Connachts race. A great experience for all with a high standard of clubs on show from all over Ireland. Well done girls.

Schools Relays
The Co. Longford Primary Schools’ Relays will take place on Friday, April 29, on the pitch at Allen Park in Newtownforbes from 6.30pm. Races are 4 x 200m for children in second class and older.

Friday Athletics
This Friday, April 8, will be the final evening of athletics before the Easter break.

Upcoming Races

  • April 15 – Noel McManus Run, Mohill
  • April 23 – Royal Canal Run, Longford (sold out)
  • May 1 – Cairn Hill Challenge, Drumlish. Check event Facebook pages for details of distances.

Upcoming Outdoor Track Competition

An expression of interest form will be emailed to parents of juvenile members soon regarding upcoming outdoor track competition. This will be for children born in or before 2013 which is the age group eligible to take part in club competition.

Weekly Training

Weekly athletics will continue during May and June.

If you are interested in helping with our club sessions, please let a coach know of a Friday evening. There should be two adults with all groups at each session and often this is not the case. All help much appreciated.

New Facility

Completion works are continuing at the club’s new indoor centre at St. Mel’s College with it’s opening to be this coming September. Many thanks to all involved.

Weekly Notes – 21st March 2022

National Juvenile Indoor Championships
Well done to all our club members who performed so well at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone last weekend. John Fitzpatrick enjoyed double success winning both the Under-12 High Jump, with a best leap of 1.38m, and also the Shot Put. All-Ireland medals are not easily won so two golds in the one afternoon was a fantastic achievement.

Sinéad Masterson did brilliantly to win a bronze medal in the U13 High Jump with an excellent 1.30m jump for a joint third-place finish.

Oisín Dillon also secured bronze with a well-paced run in the U13 600m where a strong final lap saw him win his heat in 1:42 for the third-fastest time overall.

Izzy Masterson and Funmi Talabi both reached the final of the 60m in their respective age groups and recorded top-six finishes. Robin Óg Murphy placed a very good fifth in the U15 1000m Walk. Ella Duignan, Leah Waters and Rian McCaffrey performed very well at the High Jump in their categories.

Congratulations to our medallists John, Sinéad and Oisín and to all our athletes on a very successful weekend. Following the relays on April 2, we can then look forward to returning to indoor competition in future when our club members will have had the benefit of training in our soon to open, fully-equipped, indoor athletics centre.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Many thanks to all our young members, their parents and our club coaches for their involvement in our participation at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather didn’t dampen our spirits, our club mascot put on a great show while Ronan and Ashlee sprinted to victory in the relay! We were delighted to be awarded the trophy for Best Overall Entry. Thanks to the Longford Chamber of Commerce for a very well organised and enjoyable event.

Mullingar Road Races
It was a bright and breezy St. Patrick’s Day morning at the Mullingar Half Marathon and 5k with club members among the large entry. Barry Sheil placed fourth in the Half with John Scott, Michael O’Hara, Anne Brady and Seán Crossan also running good times. The 5k was a new addition this year and included Sandra Donaldson and Marian Dennigan who both ran well.

Friday Athletics
Athletics at the Mall resumes on Friday March 25 for the 6.30 and 7.30 groups. This will be the final evening for the 7.30 group as all groups all will assemble at 6.30 for athletics from April 1.

Couch 2 5K
The Dromard C25K group continues on Saturday mornings at 8.30am at Páirc na nGael. New members welcome. Contact longfordac@gmail.com for more information. The 8-week programme include a weekly pilates session from M.O. Movement Flow.

Weekly Notes – 14th March 2022

National Indoor Championships
Good luck to our 12 juvenile athletes taking part at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone this weekend. This is the largest number of entries the club has ever had at an All-Ireland track championship and we hope all enjoy the experience.

All-Ireland School’s Cross Country
Four club members competed at the All-Ireland School’s Cross Country in Belfast on Saturday last. Emma Brennan, running for Moyne CS, was an excellent 13th in the minor girl’s race. Mercy Ballymahon student Max Gallagher gave it his all in the minor boy’s event while Robin Og Murphy and Rachel Keenan, both Mercy Ballymahon, placed well up in the junior girl’s race. Well done all.

Schools Cross Country

Max Gallagher, Robin Og Murphy, Emma Brennan and Rachel Keenan who made the journey to Belfast

Friday Athletics
There will be no athletics at the Mall on March 18. It resumes on March 25.

Weekly Notes – 7th March 2022

Results
Well done to John Scott who recorded a personal best time for the distance at the Kinvara Marathon on Saturday with an excellent 3:02.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The club will have a float in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We request parents of members to consider having their child participate with the club float on the day. More information to be posted on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Schools XC
Good luck to all Longford pupils running in the All-Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships in Belfast on Saturday.

Weekly Notes – 28th Feb 2022

Results
Aaron Kelly was the club’s sole representative at the National Senior Indoors in Abbotstown. A time of 23.97 in his 200m heat on Saturday was followed by 7.37 clocking in the 60m heats on Sunday.

The Ardagh 10 mile and 5k road races took place on a blustery Saturday with several club members taking part. Among them was Fiona Gettings, first at the Turgesius 10 mile in Westmeath the previous week, who registered another win over the distance with a time of 64:35.

Fiona Gettings at the Ardagh 10 Mile event

Sports Bursary
Congratulations to Funmi Talabi and Ciarán Madden who were both recent recipients of a Sports Bursary as awarded by Longford County Council in collaboration with Longford Sports Partnership. The award recognises young sports people who have the ability and potential to achieve success at national and international level.

Friday Athletics
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns on 4 March for the 6.30 and 7.30 groups.

Weekly Notes – 21st Feb 2022

Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships
Our club juvenile members were out in force over the weekend, when they competed at the Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone. The club had a very successful weekend with a fantastic tally of medals, and some very strong performances from prospective future medal-winners.

First up were our u12 & u13 athletes who competed on Saturday. There were fantastic performances from all, with the club securing 8 individual medals and two relay team medals. Medal winners were John Fitzpatrick Jnr gold in the boys u12 shot put & u12 high jump; Leah Waters gold in the u12 girls high jump; Izzy Masterson gold in the u13 girls 60m; Oisin Dillon silver in the boys U13 600m, Sophia Carey silver in the girls u13 60m; Rian McCaffrey bronze in U13 boys high jump; Sinead Masterson bronze in the girls u13 high jump; Sophia Carey, Sinead Fitzsimons, Alisha Manning & Sinead Masterson silver in the girls u13 girls 4x 200 metre relay; and Leah Waters, Isobel O’Farrell, Sophia Smith & Sarah Connolly bronze in the u12 girls 4×200 relay.

On Sunday it was the turn of our older juveniles and they didn’t disappoint when they added 6 individual medals and 2 relay medals to the previous day’s tally. Medal winners were Emma Brennan gold in the u15 girls 800m; Fumni Talabi silver in the u18 girls 60m and the 200m; Robin Óg Murphy bronze in the u15 girls walk; Jack Gallagher bronze in the u19 boys 800m; Ella Duignan bronze in the u14 girls high jump; Aibhe Foley, Robin Óg Murphy Mia Kiernan & Emma Brennan bronze in the u15 girls relay; and Bea Casey, Sian Gallagher, Katie Duignan & Amy Jordan bronze in the u17 girls relay.

Well done to all those who competed, and represented their club and county so well. Thank you to all the coaches for their help in Athlone, and of course to the parents for their ongoing support.

Connacht Seniors Indoor Championships
Well done to Aaron Kelly on his fine performances at the weekend taking silver in both the 60m and 200m.

Juvenile Training
There will be no juvenile training sessions this Friday as schools are on midterm break. Training resumes on Friday 4th March.