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Weekly Notes – 19th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
The mile begins at 7pm on Wednesday evening, 21 September, at St. Mel’s College. Registration opens at 5.45pm at the Longford indoor athletics centre on the College grounds.

Schools Cross Country
The Schools Cross Country takes place this Sunday 25 September. Moyne Community School hosts the event with the first of four races for Co. Longford Primary Schools starting at 5pm. These will be followed by Post-Primary School races open to schools in or outside Longford. More information on www.longfordac.com

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 36-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Results
Another good performance over 26.2 miles by John Scott for a third place finish at the Medieval Marathon in Kilkenny on Saturday clocking 2:55. It was the half marathon distance for Charlie Barone on Saturday at the Dublin Half. Charlie paced it well for a sub-2 hour run in the Phoenix Park.

Weekly Notes – 12th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
To mark 40 years of Ray’s status as Ireland’s fastest-ever miler, the Ray Flynn Mile returns on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Registration is open at the Pop Up Races website. Ray will be there on the evening during his visit back to Longford from his home in Tennessee. The mile will be held in and around the grounds of St. Mel’s College where Ray’s running story began.

Schools Cross Country
In a change to the originally scheduled date, the Schools Cross Country will now take place on Sunday 25 September. Moyne Community School hosts the event with the first of four races for Co. Longford Primary Schools starting at 5pm. These will be followed by Post-Primary School races open to schools in or outside Longford.

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 36-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Weekly Notes – 5th Sept 2022

Ray Flynn Mile
To mark 40 years of Ray’s status as Ireland’s fastest-ever miler, the Ray Flynn Mile returns on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Registration is open at the Pop Up Races website. Ray will be there on the evening during his visit back to Longford from his home in Tennessee. The mile will be held in and around the grounds of St. Mel’s College where Ray’s running story began.

Royal Canal Camino
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 38-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Juvenile Training
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns in September. Information has been sent by email to parents of club members. With group sizes now at capacity, no new membership is currently being taken.

Schools Cross Country
The Schools Cross Country will take place on Saturday September 24 at Moyne Community School.

Weekly Notes – 29th Aug 2022

Longford Marathon
Making a welcome return on Sunday, the Abbott Longford Marathon again attracted a good entry with participants travelling from far and wide. Many club members also lined up taking in distances ranging from 5k to the Marathon and well done to all.

Colin Beades and John Scott both recorded top-10 finishes over the 26.2 miles with 2:56 with Colin first local man home and sixth overall. Anne Brady paced it well for 3:42 to be the seventh place lady and first Longford runner. Barry Sheil and Paddy Sharkey made the podium in the half marathon with Barry first in 1:11 and Paddy third with 1:13. In the 5k, Ben Quinn took the win in 17:55 just ahead of Ross Gannon in a close finish. Another superb run by young Rian McCaffrey for fourth place in 18:08.

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Many thanks to all involved with the staging of the event at what was another great Longford Marathon. We look forward to it’s 20th edition next year.

Trail Run Series
Newcastle Woods was the setting for the final evening of the Trail Run Series on Wednesday last. Another pleasant evening for running with good entry numbers. Thanks to all that helped out with the organising of the series during August.

Ray Flynn Mile
The next local race will be the Ray Flynn Mile on Wednesday September 21 at 7pm. Ray will be present on the evening and online registration is open at the Pop Up Races website.

Royal Canal Camino Walk
The Royal Canal Camino Walk takes place on Saturday October 1. The 38-kilometre route commences at Abbeyshrule finishing beside St. Mel’s Cathedral. Coach transfer before the walk will bring participants from the event HQ at St. Mel’s College to the starting point. The walk is a fundraiser for the completion of our new indoor athletics centre at the College. Full details at www.royalcanalcamino.ie

Juvenile Training
Juvenile and Little Athletics returns in September. Information has been sent by email to parents of club members. A waitlist is in place for interested new members.

Cross Country Fixtures
September 24: Co Longford Schools – Moyne CS.
October 22: Connacht Primary Schools and Senior – Moyne CS.
November 6: Connacht Even Ages and Senior – Leitrim.
November 13: Connacht Uneven Ages and Senior – Roscommon.
November 20: All-Ireland Even Ages and Senior – Donegal.
December 4: All-Ireland Uneven Ages and Novice.

 

Weekly Notes – 16th Aug 2022

Double Gold for Longford Athletes at Community Games Finals
There was brilliant gold medal success for County Longford athletes Emma Brennan and Joe Rooney at the Community Games National finals in Carlow on Saturday.
Emma Brennan, of Drumlish/Ballinamuck, executed a perfectly paced 800 metres to claim victory in the Under-14 girls event in a new personal best time of 2:22. In the very hot conditions, Emma moved into first place past Cork’s Rachel Ledwith approaching the final bend before finishing strongly for the win at the end of the two-lap race.

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Emma with her gold medal

Further National success for Longford came when Mostrim’s Joe Rooney sprinted to gold in the boys Under-8 60 metres. Joe showed quick feet after a superb start and was the clear winner crossing the line first with his terrific run. He was soon greeted and congratulated by fellow Edgeworthstown native Jimmy Connell who was the event MC.

El’Nathan Okoh, of Longford South, was the county’s other top-four performer. He claimed a fourth place finisher’s medal for his fast run in the Under-12 boys 200 metres.

Having qualified from the Regional finals held recently in Clones, a number of other athletes from the county took part at Saturday’s finals held at the impressive SETU Carlow sports campus. Many excellent performances were recorded, with some narrowly missing out on the medals, on a testing day for competing in such high temperatures.

Longford AC athletes taking part in the national Community Games Finals

Longford AC athletes taking part in the national Community Games Finals

National Masters
The National Masters Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore with two medals achieved by Longford Athletics Club members. Fiona Gettings won silver in the F40 3000 metres clocking an excellent 10:28 in the very warm conditions. Following her good results in road races of late, Fiona ran strongly on her track debut and continues to excel having performed with distinction on the GAA fields over many years.

Peter Duffy won gold in the M75 5000 metres race walk. The temperatures, along with the twelve-and-a-half laps, provided a true test of stamina but Peter stuck to the task to claim the age category win.

Congratulations to all Longford medallists and well done to all that competed in Carlow and Tullamore in such hot temperatures.

Longford Trail Series
The Longford Trail Run series of 5km events continues on Wednesday 17 August at 7.30pm with Derrycassin Woods the venue. Following this, the remaining evening will be Newcastle Woods on 24 August. Registration is open at the MyRunResults website with further information on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Results Roundup
The second evening of the series saw 123 participants for the Corlea Bog 5k in very warm conditions last Wednesday. Plenty of good performances by club members including juvenile athlete Rachel Keenan as leading female finisher in 20:14. John Scott made the trip over to the Isle of Man to take in the marathon on Sunday and put in another strong run over the distance for ninth place in 3:01. Seamus Murtagh proved himself to be an Ironman in Cork on Sunday at the 140.6 event in completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Well done all.

Weekly Notes – 8th Aug 2022

Longford Trail Series
The 5km series continues on Wednesday 10 August at 7.30pm with Corlea Bog in Kenagh the venue. The remaining evenings this month are Derrycassin Woods (17th) and Newcastle Woods (24th). Registration is open at the MyRunResults website with further information on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Results
The opening evening of the series saw 121 participants for the Royal Canal 5k. Thanks to all that took part and helped out. Great to see many fine performances by club members, both juvenile and senior, including an excellent 18:39 by 12-year-old Rian McCaffrey for fifth place overall.

On Friday evening, Fiona Gettings recorded another superb run with a second place at the Streets of Athboy 5k in 17:23.

Barry Sheil and Paddy Sharkey both achieved top-10 finishes at the Kilbeggan 10 mile on Sunday with Barry third in 53:13 and Paddy clocking 56:21 for ninth.

Couch to 5k
A beginners 8-week Couch to 5k programme began on Tuesday 9 August at the Mall from 7.30pm. Participants are provided with a programme along with support and advice to help build fitness in a fun way. New members welcome. Registration information is on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Longford Minors
Hard luck to the Longford minor footballers, including club members Sián Gallagher, Funmi Talabi and Caoimhe Crossan, on their defeat in last week’s All-Ireland final. Sián put in a player of the match performance scoring 2-1 from midfield.

Community Games
Best wishes to all the Longford athletes taking part at the Community Games National finals in Carlow on Saturday.

Weekly News – 1st Aug 2022

Longford 5k Trail Series
The Longford Trail Run series takes place in August, in conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership and Longford Tourism. Beginning 3 August at 7.30pm, these timed 5km events will be at a different location on four Wednesday evenings in the month. The Royal Canal loop in Longford town provides the opening setting followed by Corlea Bog, Derrycassin Woods and Newcastle Woods. Registration is open at the MyRunResults website.

Results
A number of club members took on the Breffni Challenge in Arva on Saturday. Colin Beades ran strongly to take the win in the half marathon in 1:22 with John Scott a close second. Fiona Gettings was first woman home in the 10k with another sub-40 mins clocking. Anne Brady was the club’s other podium finisher with a third place in the half. Fiona had the previous weekend ran well for fourth place at the Mullingar 10 mile. In the men’s race, Paddy Sharkey was sixth in 55:55 while Michael O’Hara and Charlie Barone also recorded good times.

Well done to the many children from County Longford that performed so well at the Community Games Regional finals in Clones on Saturday. Quite a number of Longford athletes qualified for the National finals to be held in Carlow on 13 August. Highlights included gold medals won by Izzy Masterson, Sophia Carey, Emma Brennan, El’Nathan Okoh and Joe Rooney. Congratulations to all qualifiers.

Couch to 5k
A beginners 8-week Couch to 5k programme starts on Tuesday 9 August at the Mall from 7.30pm. Held in association with Longford Sports Partnership, a weekly programme will be provided for participants along with support and advice to help build fitness in a fun way. Registration information is on the Longford Sports Partnership Facebook page.

Weekly Notes – 18th July 2022

Yemi Talabi at World Championships
Yemi Talabi and her Irish teammates are set to compete at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The women’s 4 x 100 metres relay is scheduled for the evening of Friday July 22, US local time. Given the 8-hour time difference, it will be 1.40am Irish time on Saturday when the two heats begin.

There are 16 nations entered in the relay with Jamaica and USA likely to be the main gold medal contenders. Ireland has a panel of five athletes in Oregon from which four will run as alongside Yemi are Molly Scott, Joan Healy, Sarah Leahy and Lauren Roy. Good luck to Yemi and all the Irish athletes.

Results Roundup
Nelvin Appiah and Aaron Kelly were in action at the All-Ireland Under-23 Championships in Tullamore on Sunday. Both took in the 100m and 200m with Nelvin reaching the final achieving a fifth-place finish at each distance. This included an excellent personal best 10.70 seconds clocking in the 100m. Aaron also competed well in both but didn’t qualify from the heats.

On the roads, Fiona Gettings enjoyed double success recently being first woman home at the Rooskey 5k and Kinnegad 5k races. Fiona clocked another sub-18 run in the latter with an impressive 17:58. In Rooskey, Paddy Sharkey took the win with Colin Beades finishing third.

Longford 5k Trail Series
The first-ever County Longford Trail Run series takes place in August, in conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership and Longford Tourism. Beginning August 3 at 7.30pm, these timed 5km events will be at a different location on four Wednesday evenings in the month. The Royal Canal loop in Longford town provides the opening setting followed by Corlea Bog, Derrycassin Woods and Newcastle Woods. Registration is open at the MyRunResults website.

Weekly Notes – 11th July 2022

National Juvenile Track and Field Championships
Emma Brennan and Kevin Óg Murphy performed very well at the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Sunday. Despite the hot conditions, Emma ran strongly for a fast time in the Under-15 1500 metres to place seventh while Kevin Óg threw a personal best 9.99m in the Under-14 shot put. Well done both.

Ray Flynn Mile
This year’s event will be on Wednesday 21 September at 7pm held in and around St. Mel’s College. Registration is now open at the Pop-Up Races website.

Leinster Champions
Congratulations to the Longford minor ladies footballers, including club members Sián Gallagher, Funmi Talabi and Caoimhe Crossan, on their great win in the Leinster final. Good luck to the minor and Under-16 teams in their big upcoming games.

Weekly Notes – 4th July 2022

Yemi Talabi Selected for World Athletics Championships

Edgeworthstown’s Yemi Talabi has been named in the Irish 4 x 100 metres relay team to compete at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA later this month.

Selection was confirmed by Athletics Ireland following the Irish women’s relay team’s strong performance at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Thursday evening where they clocked a fast 44.25 seconds for a third-place finish. Yemi has been picked along with Sarah Leahy (Killarney Valley), Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn), Joan Healy (Leevale) and reserve Kate Doherty (Dundrum South Dublin).

Having just completed her first year at the University of Texas Arlington, Yemi has shown great form this track season including running 11.44 seconds in May for a 100m personal best. This is the seventh fastest-ever time by an Irish woman and ranks 19-year-old Yemi in second in the 2022 standings.

The World Championships will take place at the famous Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Yemi has only recently ran on the track there as part of the UTA Mavericks relay team which competed at the NCAA Collegiate finals last month.Yemi and her Irish relay teammates will line up for the 4 x 100m heats on 22 July.

All at Longford AC extend our congratulations to Yemi and her family on this fantastic achievement and we wish her well in her preparations for Oregon.

Double Gold for John Fitzpatrick at All-Ireland Juvenile Track & Field

A brilliant double gold success for the talented John Fitzpatrick was the club highlight of the opening weekend atthe All-Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. John’s best height of 1.47m secured the top spot on the podium in the Under-12 Boys High Jump on Saturday. With gold already won, he then almost cleared 1.50m with another super effort. Less than an hour later, John claimed gold in the U12 Shot Put with the longest effort. In March, John had also won gold in both events at the National Indoors.

Following his morning medal-winning exploits, John’s busy day of competition still wasn’t finished as the Javelin followed in the afternoon in which he narrowly missed out on a medal but did very well to place fourth. John’s brother Andrew was also in action as he and Charlie Nolan won silver medals with an excellent display in the U10 Boys Turbo Javelin pairs event. Andrew and Charlie’s best throws combined for the second longest distance of the entrants. Congratulations to John, Andrew and Charlie on winning National medals.

Sinéad Masterson leaped 1.35m in the U13 High Jump whileLeah Waters and Daria Lavorko also performed well in the High Jump at the U12 and U16 age groups respectively. Izzy Masterson carrying a slight knee injury couldn’t run at her best but still gave it her all in the U13 80m. Oisín Dillon put in a good run to place sixth in the U13 boys 600m and, in a high quality U15 girls 800m, Emma Brennan and Rachel Keenan ran strongly for good finish times. Well done all.

Ray Flynn Mile: A milestone is reached this week with it being 40 years since Ray Flynn set the Irish record for both the mile and the 1500 metres at the Dream Mile in Oslo on 7 July 1982. Congratulations to Ray on still being the standard-setter among men’s middle-distance athletes in Ireland and it’s quite remarkable that both records remain at the top of the rankings after four decades. To mark this, the Ray Flynn Mile event will take place in Longford on Wednesday 21 September at 7pm. Registration is now open online for €5, plus booking fee, at the Pop-Up Races website. The mile will take place in and around the grounds of St. Mel’s College. Ray will be present on the evening during his visit back to Longford from his home in Tennessee.