Weekly News

Weekly Notes – 18th Oct 2021

Cross Country: Good luck to the 100 children from County Longford taking part this Saturday at the Primary School’s finals in Co. Sligo. The first race starts at 12 noon. Club coaches will be present to hand out race numbers/safety pins. Connacht Even Ages takes place in Ballina on 31 October. Entries to be submitted on 21 October. Entries for the Uneven Ages in Galway on 7 November to be submitted by 28 October.

Friday Athletics: This Friday, 22 October, is the final evening of athletics before the mid-term break. Cross-country training will take place on Sunday at 10am. Athletics training will then resume on Friday 5 November.

Fun and non-competitive weekly athletics for children and young people with additional needs will begin on Friday, 29 October. The session will take place in the sports hall in the Mall from 6.15pm-7.00pm. Places are limited. To book, call/text Michaela on 086 6021716 or email mfarrelly@longfordcoco.ie

Sympathy: The club extends its condolences to the family of Sean Dooner, Ballyhaunis. Originally from Kenagh, Sean was a member of Longford AC completing half marathons when into his 80s and was always great company when meeting him at road races. May he Rest in Peace.

Weekly Notes – 10th Oct 2021

Schools Cross Country: Well done to the over 400 children that took part at the Schools Cross Country at Moyne CS on Sunday last. Great to see so many schools represented. Team results and qualifiers for the Connacht primary schools finals will be communicated to schools this week. Many thanks to everyone that assisted with the staging of the event. Full report in next week’s paper.

Cross Country Fixtures: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League – Sligo venue. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League – Mayo venue. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League – Galway venue.

Friday Athletics: On 15 October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics at the Mall. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members and are outlined on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Fit 4 Life / C25K: Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Notes – 4th Oct 2021

Schools Cross Country:
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS this Sunday, 10 October. Registration will begin at 3pm and the first race starts at 4pm. The distances are 1000m for third and fourth classes and 1200m for fifth and sixth classes. There will also be a race for Secondary school children who are preparing for the Connacht clubs. Entry is €3 per child.

Results:
The cross-country season got underway for club members on Sunday with the Mullingar Harriers Open event at Belvedere. Sophia Carey had a super run for first place in the Under 12 girls with Alisha Manning third. Rachel Keenan ran strongly for second in the Under 14s whilst Keeva Manning was fourth in the Under 10. Well done girls.

Conditions were favourable at the Galway Bay Marathon on Saturday. John Scott again covered the 26.2 miles just a week after his efforts in Tralee and showed no weariness running a 3:14 personal best. Kevin Ward and Christaan Snell also completed the distance in good times.

The ever-popular road races in Tarmonbarry returned on Sunday and was a very enjoyable and well-organised event by St. Barry’s GAA. In the 8km, Edel Mooney continued her good form with a win in 31:33 whilst Jack Gallagher was first junior. Good runs also from Edel Nolan, Maureen Fallon and Teresa Blake. A few club members lined up in the half marathon with Barry Sheil first home and strong runs also from Adrian Wrobel, Enda Coffey, Michael O’Hara and Collette Brennan. Longest run of the day from the club was by John Farrell who covered the three-quarters marathon distance with an evenly paced run.

Fit 4 Life / C25K: Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Athletics: On 8 October, there will be Little Athletics only at the Mall. From 15 October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members.

Weekly Notes – 27th Sept 2021

Results: A busy weekend of events with a highlight of two silver medals achieved by Longford athletes at the Community Games National finals in Carlow. Emma Brennan in the Under 14 800m and Funmi Talabi in the Under 16 100m each secured a podium spot, and both were unlucky not to win gold for their brilliant efforts with extremely close finishes. El’Nathan Okah placed fourth in the Under 10 200m.

Michael O’Hara was third in the Breffni Challenge Half Marathon with Enda Coffey and Seamus Murtagh not far behind whilst Little Athletics coach Edel Brady ran well in the 10k. Edel Mooney finished seventh in the womens race at the Mullingar Half Marathon in 1:30. Gary Brady and John Farrell put in good runs too. Little Athletics coach Maureen Fallon also completed the distance for the Virtual Longford Half Marathon on the roads of Longford. John Scott ran strongly at the Tralee Marathon in 3:29 and even had to complete an extra mile due to a marshalling error. Ciarán Madden finished an excellent third place at the Triathlon Ireland Olympic Distance race in Westport which included a 10km run in 35:33. Evan Radavicius covered some 46km at the Eco Trail Race in the Wicklow Mountains.

The Be Active Night
The Be Active Night 5km glow run and walk was held on Saturday in association with Longford Sports Partnership. An enjoyable event with participants of all ages looking great in different fluorescent attire to illuminate the Canal loop of a mild late-September evening. Several club members took part with plenty of good runs particularly from Daniel Higgins as first boy and Ciara Crossan as first girl. Colin Beades and Little Athletics coach Sharon Foley were the club’s first senior man and woman home.

Schools Cross Country
The Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. Registration will begin at 3pm and the first race starts at 4pm. The distances are 1000m for third and fourth classes and 1200m for fifth and sixth classes. There will also be a race for Secondary school children who are preparing for the Connacht clubs. Entry is €3 per child.

Cross Country Fixtures
Other upcoming cross-country events: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League – Sligo venue. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League – Mayo venue. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League – Galway venue.

Fit 4 Life / C25K
Fit 4 Life and Couch To 5k continues on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Friday Athletics
In mid-October, changes will come into effect with the scheduling of Friday evening athletics at the Mall. Full details have been emailed to parents of registered members.

Weekly Notes – 20th Sept 2021

Be Active Night 5k: This Saturday evening, 25 September, a 5km run/walk will take place in Longford in association with Longford Sports Partnership. The ‘Be Active Night – Ready, Set, Glow’ event starts and finishes at Longford Slashers GAA taking in a lap of the canal loop. Entry is free and registration is to be completed online in advance of the evening. Registration details can be found on the Longford Sports Partnership and Longford AC Facebook pages. The run includes a chip-timed option (entry fee €2.50) and starts at 7.30pm with the walk starting at 7.45pm. Participants are encouraged to glow from head-to-toe wearing neon clothing!

Couch To 5k: A beginners Couch To 5k programme has begun on Tuesdays at 8pm at the Mall. All welcome. Email longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Co Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships: The County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Championships takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. The first race starts at 4pm. Races are for children in third class and older. Full details on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Cross Country: Other upcoming cross-country events: 23 October – Connacht Primary Schools, Senior League. 31 October – Connacht Even Ages, Junior, Senior League. 7 November – Connacht Uneven Ages, Senior League. 21 November – National Even Ages, Junior, Senior. 5 December – National Uneven Ages, Novice.

Community Games: Good luck to all Longford athletes competing at the National finals in Carlow this weekend.

Sympathy: The club extends its condolences to the Ó Murchú family, Moneylagan, on the sad passing of Mícheál. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Weekly Notes – 13th Sept 2021

Results: Well done to all club members that competed at the Community Games Regional finals in Leixlip on Saturday. Many excellent performances were recorded with several Longford athletes qualifying for the National finals later this month. Caitlin Maher put in another good run over 1500m when representing Scoil Mhuire at the Tailteann Games in Santry. Ciarán Madden secured a fine victory at the Hazelwood Triathlon in Sligo on Sunday over the Olympic distance closing it out with a strong run over 10km in 36:55. John Scott set a good time of 1:32 at the Medic Half Marathon in Monasterevin.

Primary Schools Cross Country: The County Longford Primary Schools Cross Country takes place at Moyne CS on Sunday, 10 October. The first race starts at 4pm. Races are for children in third class and older. Full details on the Longford AC Facebook page.

Be Active Night 5k: On Saturday evening, 25 September, a 5km run/walk will take place in Longford in association with Longford Sports Partnership. The ‘Be Active Night – Ready, Set, Glow’ event starts and finishes at Longford Slashers GAA taking in a lap of the canal loop. The run will be chip-timed and starts at 7.30pm with the walk starting at 7.45pm. Entry is free and registration is to be completed in advance of the evening. Participants are encouraged to glow from head-to-toe wearing neon clothing! Details on the Longford Sports Partnership and Longford AC Facebook pages.

Sympathy: The club extends its deepest sympathies to club Chairperson Donal Mulligan and his family on the sad passing of Donal’s father Dan, Aughnacliffe. May he Rest in Peace.

Weekly Notes – 6th Sept 2021

Juvenile and Little Athletics Training
Juvenile and Little Athletics continues at the Mall on Friday at 6.30pm. Check the Longford AC Facebook page for updates. All training groups are full and no further places are available. The waiting list is no longer in effect.

Community Games
Good luck to club members taking part this weekend at the Community Games regional finals and at the Tailteann Games.

Results Roundup
Peter Duffy and Barry Sheil competed at the Masters Track and Field Championships in Santry last Sunday with Peter winning silver in the M75 5km walk.

Weekly Notes – 30th Aug 2021

Training: Juvenile and Little Athletics return at the Mall on Friday, 3 September at 6.30pm. Each of the training groups are now full. All children attending must be registered members with membership processed at the link emailed already to parents. Tuesday intervals for senior members have resumed and meet at the Mall at 6.30pm.

Good Luck: Best wishes to Yemi Talabi who has travelled to the US having secured a scholarship at the University of Texas at Arlington. We look forward to following Yemi’s progress as part of the UTA Mavericks Track and Field team.

Results: Ciarán Madden performed well to finish fifth at the National Aquathon Championships in Coleraine. Barry Sheil was sixth in the Bohermeen 5-mile road race in Meath. Teresa Blake is keeping the times consistent at the Roscommon 5km series. Evan Radavicius earned a top 25 finish at the hilly Wicklow Way Half. Juraj Karcak completed a massive 167km in 25 hours as part of the Last One Standing event in Enniskillen. Closer to home, Christaan Snell and John Scott ran a 46km Parish Run to raise funds for the Edgeworthstown Group of Parishes. Well done all.

Weekly Notes – 23rd Aug 2021

Juvenile Track and Field Championships – Children’s Team Games

Tullamore Harriers hosted the final day of the Juvenile Track and Field Championships and also the Children’s Team Games on Saturday last. Wet conditions early on fortunately gave way to a pleasant afternoon which led to some great competition. Jack O’Farrell, having earlier qualified from his heat of the u13 60m hurdles, showed excellent technique to place fifth in the final. Sophia Carey performed well in a competitive u12 600m for eighth. Oisín Dillon had a busy afternoon after having twice ran in the 60m to reach the final, he lined up in the 600m which started at a fast pace. In contention for bronze approaching the final bend, Oisín just missed out but raced well against strong opposition.

In the Team Games, John Fitzpatrick and Setanta Smith were unlucky not to medal in the u11 pairs turbo javelin following some good throwing. The duo then ran strongly in the 600m to place well in high quality races. Andrew Fitzpatrick and Dáire Grealy were to both participate in the u9 turbo javelin. Despite travelling, Dáire was unfortunately unable to take part but Andrew competed and his best effort was the furthest in the age category.

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Community Games County Finals

Well done to all and well done also to the many club members at the Community Games County finals in Ballymahon last Sunday which included some of those athletes that were in Tullamore. Several members achieved podium finishes to secure qualification to the National finals in Leixlip next month.

Road Races

Fiona Gettings recorded another first place run this time at the Ballinamore 10k finishing in 39:02. Teresa Blake again ran well at the Roscommon 5k series.

Training

Juvenile and Little Athletics returns at the Mall on Friday, 3 September at 6.30pm. There are places available in the training groups. Please contact pro.longfordac@gmail.com for information.

Tuesday intervals for senior members have resumed meeting at the Mall at 6.30pm.

Weekly Notes – 9th August 2021

Presentation to Cian: On Friday evening last we made a club presentation to Cian McPhillips at St. Mel’s College to mark his fantastic win at the European Junior Championships and recent Irish Junior record. Club Chairperson Donal Mulligan welcomed all to the gathering and Leslie Finnan made a lovely speech of Cian’s athletic achievements over the years (including in long jump!). She entertained us with her own experience of watching at home the excitement and drama unfold of the European 1500m final success. We were delighted to be joined by club sponsor Eoin O’Boyle from O’Boyle and Co Accountants to present Cian with a framed singlet of the one he wore for the final in Estonia. It was also great to welcome Cian’s proud parents Laura and Paddy and sister Sarah and we were joined as well by some of our juvenile members. We were also joined by Aughnacliffe’s John Campbell who is home on holidays from USA. John was one of our leading junior athletes in the 1990s and has been a great supporter of our recent fundraising efforts.

cian presentation st mel's college

Earlier last week, Cian set a new outdoor personal best for 800 metres at the ‘Night of Sprints’ meet in Belfast. He finished in a time of 1:47.83 for third place behind national 800m champion John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) and Cillian Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock AC). Dropping down in distance from his preferred 1500m, Cian’s run places him in the top ten fastest outdoor 800m times this year by a European junior athlete.

National Juvenile Track and Field Championships: The first weekend of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore with four club members in action. The inclement weather made competing difficult, but everyone did their best. Funmi Talabi had a busy couple of days with four races in total and was very unfortunate not to medal. A fourth-place finish in the 200m in 26.46 on Saturday was just 0.03 behind the bronze medallist. This was followed by another fourth in the 100m the following day. Naoise Golden in the high jump as well as Emma Brennan and Jack Gallagher both in the 800m each gave it their all in the wet and windy conditions on Saturday. Good luck to Caitlin competing in the 1500m next weekend.

Road Races: More races are beginning to appear on the calendar thankfully. Ciarán Madden ran very well for a third-place finish at the Drogheda 5km on Sunday morning in a strong time of 16:20. Also on Sunday, Edel Mooney, John Farrell, Gary Brady and Enda Farrell all put in good runs at the Kilbeggan 10 mile.

Ciarán Madden ran strongly for a third-place finish at the Drogheda 5km.

Ciarán Madden ran strongly for a third-place finish at the Drogheda 5km.